Violet Berlin

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Violet Berlin
Violet Berlin and Gareth Jones.jpg
Berlin with partner Gareth Jones in 2003
Born (1968-01-02) 2 January 1968 (age 49)
Zonguldak, Turkey[1]
Show WildBunch, Cool Cube, Bad Influence!, Saturday Disney, The Big Bang, Bits & Bytes, Gamepad
Country United Kingdom

Violet Berlin (born 2 January 1968) is a Turkish-born English television presenter, writer and producer best known for her coverage of video games.


Berlin began presenting in the 1980s and 1990s when she presented WildBunch on BBC One from 1988 to 1992, and Cool Cube for BSkyB when it ran from 1989 to 1992.[2] She is best known for co-presenting Bad Influence! between 1992 and 1996, a video gaming series with Andy Crane on terrestrial television (ITV) at a time where Mega Drive, SNES and Game Boy products dominated the market.[3]

Berlin then went on the host a number of other terrestrial shows, including Saturday Disney, The Big Bang, and Bits & Bytes.

She is also known for writing and hosting video gaming show Gamepad, which aired on the Bravo satellite channel between 2001 and 2004.

The Big Bang ran for four series, and was produced by the company Berlin runs with her partner Gareth Jones, her co-presenter who has presented other shows such as How 2.

She currently works as a writer and science communicator for major museum projects such as The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, and sometimes appears on Jones's motoring podcast "Gareth Jones on Speed".

Personal life[edit]

Berlin lives in Stoke Newington with Jones and their two sons, Tycho and Indi.[4]

Other appearances[edit]

Violet also had cameos as a playable character in the 1994 Codemasters racing videogame Micro Machines 2 and subsequent sequels, and as a non-player character in Gabriel Knight 2 and Normality.[5]


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  2. ^ "Violet Berlin Website 2008". Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  3. ^ James Osborne. "Violet Berlin, Andy Crane, et al.". Bad Influence!. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  4. ^ FAQ at Jones's official web site
  5. ^ Osborne, James. "An interview with Violet Berlin". Bad Influence!. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 

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