Life and work
Richard Spendlove worked for the former British Railways for 35 years, and in 1963 was appointed Relief Station Master at Cambridge, becoming one of the youngest men to hold such a post. He retired from the railways in 1989 at the age of 50, the earliest age at which his pension was available, He has been working for the BBC ever since. His radio show was broadcast from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays on a number of the BBC's regional radio stations, including Radio Norfolk,Radio Suffolk,Radio Essex, BBC Three Counties (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire),Radio Cambridgeshire,Radio Northampton and Radio Kent. It began on 18 March 1989 and was believed to be the longest continually running phone-in show on UK radio. Spendlove was awarded the MBE "For Services to Regional and Local Radio Broadcasting" in June 2000. Richard presented his final Saturday night programme on Saturday 6 May 2017. He then still continued to present on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Thursday and Friday Afternoons with Christopher South until Friday 16th June 2017. On 15th June 2017, it was announced that BBC Three Counties Radio presenter Justin Dealey would replace him on his Saturday Night show from the 17th June that year.
In collaboration with David Croft Spendlove also created, wrote several episodes for, and acted in the BBC TV comedy series Oh, Doctor Beeching!, which ran from 1995 to 1997. He played the district inspector, Mr Orkindale.