Bernard Levin

Journalist + Writer and Broadcaster
Born Aug 19, 1928

Henry Bernard Levin CBE was an English journalist, author and broadcaster, described by The Times as "the most famous journalist of his day". The son of a poor Jewish family in London, he won a scholarship to the independent school Christ's Hospital and went on to the London School of Economics, graduating in 1952.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bernard Levin.


1928 Birth Born in 1928.


1945 17 Years Old He battled on many fronts at Christ's Hospital: he was a Jew at a Church of England establishment; he was from a poor family; he was slight of stature; he was utterly indifferent to sport; he adopted a Marxist stance, hanging the Red Flag from a school window to celebrate the Labour victory in 1945. … Read More


1952 24 Years Old Having graduated from the LSE in 1952, Levin worked briefly as a tour guide, and then joined the BBC's North American Service. … Read More
1953 25 Years Old In 1953, Levin applied for a job on the weekly periodical Truth. … Read More
1955 27 Years Old While still at Truth, Levin was invited to write a column in The Manchester Guardian about ITV, Britain's first commercial television channel, launched in 1955. … Read More
1956 28 Years Old In 1956, Levin found himself in irreconcilable disagreement with Truth's support of the Anglo-French military action in the Suez Crisis. … Read More


1959 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1959, Gilmour, while remaining as proprietor, stepped down as editor and was succeeded by his deputy, Brian Inglis; Levin took over from Inglis as assistant editor. … Read More
1962 34 Years Old Gilmour discouraged any hopes Levin might have had of succeeding Inglis as editor and in 1962, Levin left both The Spectator and The Daily Express, becoming drama critic of The Daily Mail. … Read More
1963 35 Years Old In 1963 Levin was invited to appear regularly on BBC television's new weekly late-night satirical revue, That Was The Week That Was, where he delivered monologues to camera about his pet hates and conducted interviews, appearing as "a tiny figure taking on assorted noisy giants in debate". … Read More


1970 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Levin published his first book in 1970. … Read More
1971 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Two months later, controversy followed Levin's renewed condemnation of Lord Goddard immediately after the latter's death in May 1971. … Read More


1980 52 Years Old In 1980 he wrote extensive accounts in his column about his visit to the Indian commune of the meditation teacher Osho. … Read More
1981 53 Years Old In 1981 Levin took a sabbatical from The Times after Rupert Murdoch bought the paper and Harold Evans succeeded Rees-Mogg as editor. … Read More
1982 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Within a year Evans and Murdoch fell out and Evans left in 1982; Douglas-Home became editor, and coaxed Levin back, to write two columns a week.
1983 55 Years Old Levin never published an autobiography, but his book Enthusiasms, published in 1983, consists of chapters on his principal pleasures: books, pictures, cities, walking, Shakespeare, music, food and drink, and spiritual mystery. … Read More
1984 56 Years Old …  He was president of the English Association, 1984–85, and vice-president 1985–88. … Read More
1985 57 Years Old …  He wrote books based on each of the three series, published in 1985, 1987 and 1989 respectively.


1988 - 1990 2 More Events
1995 67 Years Old From September 1995 his Times column appeared once weekly instead of twice, and in January 1997 the editor, Peter Stothard, concluded, despite a great admiration for Levin, that the weekly column should cease. … Read More
1997 69 Years Old …  From the early 1990s, Levin developed Alzheimer's disease, which eventually forced him to give up his regular column in 1997, and to stop writing altogether not long afterwards. … Read More
2004 76 Years Old Died in 2004.
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