Sally James (presenter)

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Sally James
Born (1950-05-10) 10 May 1950 (age 66)
Chiswick, London, England
Occupation Television presenter, radio broadcaster

Sally James (born Sally Cann, 10 May 1950) is a former presenter on the ITV Saturday morning children's show Tiswas from 1977 until it ended in 1982.

Before this success, she was an actress on such television shows as Sanctuary, Dixon of Dock Green, Journey to the Unknown, Curry & Chips, Paul Temple, Father Dear Father, Harriet's Back in Town, Crown Court, The Two Ronnies, Beryl's Lot and The Protectors. Film roles included a small part in To Sir, with Love (1967), The Railway Children (1970), and the glam rock film Never Too Young To Rock (1975). Richard Marson's book celebrating fifty years of Blue Peter comments that James was considered as a possible replacement for Lesley Judd in the 1970s.

She now runs a business selling school uniforms in Cobham, Surrey, using her married name of Sally Smith, and had a programme on BBC WM on Saturday mornings from 6.00am - 9.00am until the summer of 2005 when the show was taken over by Les Ross.

James and her family, who live near Effingham, Surrey, have retained a close friendship with Tiswas producer and fellow presenter Chris Tarrant and his former wife Ingrid who live in nearby Esher. She is married to agent and entrepreneur Mike Smith. They have three boys.

Some 25 years after Tiswas ended, James presented a reunion show Tiswas Reunited alongside Chris on ITV on 16 June 2007. Lasting 90 minutes, the show featured contributions from celebrities who enjoyed the show as children, and appearances by people who had been on the show.

James appeared on stage in Harpenden for Christmas 2013 in the panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.[1]

Sally James was referenced in the Half Man Half Biscuit song CAMRA Man.


  1. ^ "What's On Herts :: Jack and the Beanstalk - Harpenden's family panto". 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 

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