David Jacobs

Actor + Broadcaster + President
Born May 19, 1926

David Lewis Jacobs CBE is a British actor and broadcaster who gained prominence as presenter of the 1960s peak-time BBC Television show Juke Box Jury and Chairman of the BBC Radio 4 political forum, Any Questions?

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of David Jacobs.


1926 Birth Born in 1926.


1944 18 Years Old Jacobs was born in London and educated at Strand School. He served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947, and first broadcast on the popular BBC General Forces Programme Navy Mixture in 1944. … Read More


1957 31 Years Old 1 More Event
He had, between 1957 and 1961, established the chart show format of the Light Programme's Pick of the Pops, to which he briefly returned in 1962.


1973 47 Years Old 1 More Event
He hosted the panel game What's My Line? when it was revived on BBC2 from 1973 to 1974.
1975 49 Years Old In 1975, Jacobs survived a car accident in which his second wife, Caroline, whom he had married earlier that year, and Caroline Marsh, wife of politician Richard Marsh, were killed.


1978 52 Years Old His actress daughter Emma Jacobs is best known for her role as Alex Khaled, daughter of Fontaine Khaled (Joan Collins) in the 1978 film The Stud. … Read More
1985 59 Years Old Between January 1985 and December 1991, Jacobs presented a daily lunchtime programme on Radio 2 of what he characterised as "our kind of music", much of it popular tunes from musical theatre. … Read More


1986 60 Years Old He also presented Radio 2's long-running Sunday programme Melodies for You from 1986 to 1998. … Read More
2008 82 Years Old 1 More Event
In Journey Into Space, he played the lead role of Jet Morgan in Frozen In Time on BBC Radio 4 on 12 April 2008, and he played The Host in The Host on BBC Radio 4 on 27 June 2009.
2010 84 Years Old In 2010, he provided soundbites for Chris Evans's breakfast show, and chose a record each Thursday. … Read More
2012 86 Years Old 1 More Event
During the first half of 2012, while Jacobs was recovering from two major operations, he continued to be heard each Sunday on BBC Radio 2, which broadcast repeats of The David Jacobs Collection and Frank Sinatra: Voice of the Century, presented by Jacobs in 1998.
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