Hughie Green
English television presenter
Hughie Green
Hugh Hughes Green was the host of numerous British television shows.
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Let's channel our energies into saving BBC4 - WalesOnline
Google News - over 5 years
But BBC4 doesn't do celebrities – apart from old dead ones like Hattie Jacques, Hughie Green or Tony Hancock portrayed in their clever biopics. It's not obsessed with making its programmes “accessible” – telly euphemism for “even a 10-year-old would
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Carolyn Hitt: There is nothing like our Dame - WalesOnline
Google News - over 5 years
We've seen Ruth Jones romping as a saucy Hattie Jacques, Trevor Eve play Hughie Green and Ken Stott recreate the troubled comic genius of Tony Hancock. But they usually wait until the subjects of these well-crafted films are gone before probing the
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Review: The final edition of the News of the World - The Drum
Google News - over 5 years
... the charging of two 10-year old boys for killing Jamie Bulger, an exclusive interview with Divine Brown discussing her experience with Hugh Grant (he's probably not reading), Hughie Green announcing that he was the father of Paula Yates,
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Thank you and goodbye - News of the World
Google News - over 5 years
We shocked the showbiz world when we revealed hell-raiser Paula Yates was the secret love-child of Opportunity Knocks star Hughie Green. Our bombshell revelation stunned millions March 22, 1998... Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd and vice-chairman
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David Heyman: Man behind the magic - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
At the start of his career, when he headed PR for Associated Television, John Heyman's jobs included writing the questions for Double Your Money and managing Hughie Green. Heyman's mother is Norma Heyman, who was the first British woman to produce an
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Herald's founder recalls early days - Prince Albert Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
For instance, there was Hughie Green, the fish major. Hughie was the life of any party he attended and he always managed to liven things up wherever and whenever he happened around. Then there was “Scotty” Westwood. Every so often “Scotty” would dress
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Bob Geldof: 'I made of list of reasons to live. There was only one item on it ... - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Yates, the daughter of TV host Hughie Green and showgirl Elaine Smith, was brought up as the daughter of Jess Yates, the presenter of religious television shows. "Paula had a very, very weird childhood. Very weird and very difficult," he adds,
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The battle of breakfast radio: Radio 2 - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Smooth Radio has Simon Bates....he has that great knack of sounding incredibly insincere like a noughties version of Hughie Green......also the adverts last far longer than the music. Last is Chris Evans.....his show reminds me of when a Doctor says
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Variety shows just why Britain's got talent - Yorkshire Post (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Many readers, I'm sure, will remember the great Carroll Levis and his “Discoveries” and the excitable Hughie Green and his Opportunity Knocks show. They toured the country's theatres searching for talent. The last time I saw Carroll Levis was at the
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Ah, the drama! 'BGT' favourite Ronan is pipped at the post - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
When Hughie Green suggested that "opportunity knocks" four decades ago, he meant for a precious few only. These days, it's viewed practically as everybody's birthright. Perhaps, then, this is the reason the latest series of BGT has struggled
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'Iron Lady' set off airport star alarm - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
In a career going back to the 1930s she worked with other stars including Hughie Green, Tony Hancock and George Cole. More recently she appeared in shows including Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Hotel Babylon. And far from being lost in a haze of other
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Janet Brown, comédienne sosie de Margaret Thatcher, est morte... - Pure People
Google News - almost 6 years
Au cours de sa longue et riche carrière, Janet Brown collabore notamment avec Hughie Green, ou encore Tony Hancock. Elle a été mariée à l'acteur Peter Butterworth jusqu'à la mort de ce dernier en 1979. Elle laisse dans le deuil un fils et un petit-fils
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A Star Is Born
NYTimes - over 13 years
PERSONALITY By Andrew O'Hagan. 311 pp. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt. $25. A group of boys, playing in the dunes, discovers the corpse of a drowned man washed up on the beach. A scene from a Fellini movie, or from the latest tabloid crime scandal? What, really, is the difference? ''Personality,'' Andrew O'Hagan's meditative second novel, investigates
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hughie Green
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 77
    Died on May 3, 1997.
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  • 1992
    Age 72
    Green told Phillip Schofield in a TV interview in 1992 that he came up with the catchphrase himself.
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  • 1989
    Age 69
    After a failed court case against the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation over a copyright case which cost him £250,000 in 1989, Green lived out his life away from the media in solitude, confined to his Baker Street flat and lacking the riches he enjoyed during his fame.
    More Details Hide Details After a lifetime of smoking a pipe, heavy drinking and latterly taking recreational barbiturates, Green was diagnosed with and died from lung cancer in the Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea, London. Green's son Christopher postponed his wedding and flew from Canada to be at his dying father's bedside. The bulk of Hughie Green's estate was bequeathed to his lover at the time of his death, Christina Sharples, widow of Green's friend and Opportunity Knocks musical director Bob Sharples. His memorial at Golders Green Crematorium, reads: "You were the star that made opportunity knock. You will never be forgotten. Christina". In light of the death in 2000 of his daughter Paula Yates, his son Christopher Green, now a Canadian resident, wrote the autobiographical perspective Hughie and Paula: The Tangled Lives of Hughie Green and Paula Yates. On 2 April 2008 a TV film about Green's life was broadcast on BBC Four. In the film, entitled Hughie Green, Most Sincerely, Trevor Eve was cast in the lead role. In The Sunday Telegraph of 3 February 2008, his daughter Linda Plentl said the new BBC drama about her father would reopen intolerable wounds. She told of her struggle with his legacy and her three meetings with half-sister Paula Yates.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1978
    Age 58
    After numerous viewer complaints, Thames axed the show in March 1978, despite its attracting high ratings, something Green mentioned in a bitter rant against Thames in his last show.
    More Details Hide Details Family-friendly Opportunity Knocks was replaced by youth-orientated comedy The Kenny Everett Video Show which attracted 14 million viewers. After his rather slow-paced and "end of the pier" entertainment-style shows were replaced with more active audience participation formats, Green tried presenting variants on the Opportunity Knocks theme in Ireland, Australia and one show in the USSR, where a TV set was the top prize (no cash prizes were allowed). Green provided the voice for Tony the Tiger in the 1970s TV advert for Frosties. Green was often mocked for his permanent door-to-door salesman's smile and Canadian accent. His catchphrase "I mean that most sincerely" was also mocked, to such an extent that it is sometimes mistakenly believed to have been invented by the impressionist Mike Yarwood, who was known for his impersonation of Green.
  • 1974
    Age 54
    It has been suggested that Green believed that Harold Wilson and his Labour government were communists and that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, should replace Wilson as leader of the country and, to that end, he used Opportunity Knocks as an end-of-year soapbox, telling the country at the end of 1974 to 'wake up!' Two years later, in December 1976, Green recited a monologue about the state of the United Kingdom, followed by a choir singing "Stand Up and Be Counted", with the words coming up in subtitles: "Stand up and be counted, where the managers manage and the workers don't go on strike".
    More Details Hide Details It was released as a single in 1977. Partly seen as an open support of Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, he was disciplined by Thames Television, but continued to make political comments.
    His game show The Sky's the Limit was generally considered a failure and was dropped by most ITV regional companies after the first run, although it lasted until 1974 in the Yorkshire and Granada regions, eventually being cancelled due to low ratings, combined with a falling-out between Green and producer Jess Yates.
    More Details Hide Details Right up until its final shows, Opportunity Knocks was a ratings hit that attracted up to 18 million viewers weekly. But Green, known for his right-wing politics, had decided he was bigger than the show format he had devised and began politicising an apolitical family-friendly format.
  • FORTIES
  • 1966
    Age 46
    On 8 November 1966, Hughie Green presented the show from The House of Friendship in Moscow.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Monica Rose, he also had Natasha Vasylyeva as assistant. Because the Communist Party would not allow money as a prize, the top prize was a television set. Green's most successful show format was his self-developed long-running talent show, Opportunity Knocks. It started as a UK-wide touring show produced for the radio, and one of Green's early finds was singer Frankie Vaughan, who came second as part of a duet. When the show transferred to television on the ITV network, first in 1956 and then again from 1964, it began the show business careers of Les Dawson, Lena Zavaroni, Pam Ayres and Mary Hopkin, among others. Green, who possessed a pilot's licence, would fly the panel of judges between audition venues all over Britain, in his small Cessna aircraft.
  • 1961
    Age 41
    Claire and Green separated in 1961 and filed for divorce in March 1975 after Green started an affair with Gwen Claremont, the sister of an earlier lover, Pat.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Claire married Upstairs, Downstairs actor David Langton. After separation from Claire, Green's drinking became more compulsive, while his affairs continued even during the height of his fame presenting Opportunity Knocks. Journalist Noel Botham approached Green to expose him, but Green countered with a lawsuit threat. Eventually the two became good friends. Botham then became key in two stories in Green's life. Green grew frustrated by Yorkshire Television's failure to remove programme producer Jess Yates when he requested this to be done and so leaked to Botham the stories of Yates's affair with the young actress Anita Kay, whose story, published in the News of the World, destroyed Yates' career. After Green's death from lung cancer, Botham wrote the exposé story, also in the News of the World, of Green being the biological father of Jess Yates's daughter, TV presenter Paula Yates, a fact she had first learned after the tabloids printed the story. Through his daughter Linda, Green had four granddaughters, Delia, Christina, Stephanie and Marina. Through his daughter Paula, Green had four other granddaughters whom he never knew: Fifi, Peaches and Pixie Geldof, fathered by Bob Geldof, and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, fathered by Michael Hutchence. Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof was legally adopted by Bob Geldof in 2007. Green also chose never to contact his son Barry Hands and a grandson Robert Hands and granddaughter Karen Hands.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 38
    He was not discharged from bankruptcy until 18 June 1958.
    More Details Hide Details Green became a household name in 1955, with the ITV quiz show Double Your Money, which had actually originated some years earlier on Radio Luxembourg. Green brought his future co-host Monica Rose to the screen. Rose, a chirpy 15-year-old Cockney junior accounts clerk, had won £8 answering questions on famous women and was invited back by Green to be a hostess.
  • 1956
    Age 36
    As a result of the costs in the case, Green's creditors filed a petition for his bankruptcy, and a receiving order was made on 8 May 1956.
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  • 1955
    Age 35
    The case came to trial at the High Court in May 1955, with Green represented by Viscount Hailsham.
    More Details Hide Details The trial lasted for twenty days, but on 27 May, after a retirement of only 20 minutes, the jury returned a verdict for the defendants.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 29
    In 1949 Green devised a talent show called Opportunity Knocks, which was commissioned by BBC Radio.
    More Details Hide Details The show lasted for only one series, and Green was apparently told it was "too American" for the British audience. After the show was cancelled, Green sued the BBC, Carroll Levis, and six friends and family of Levis, alleging a conspiracy to keep his Opportunity Knocks show off the air to preserve Levis's rival show, "Discoveries".
  • 1947
    Age 27
    From 1947, when he returned to London, he was involved in business activities that included selling aircraft.
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  • 1942
    Age 22
    They married in 1942 and settled in Montreal, before moving to London in 1947.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two children, son Christopher and daughter Linda. The family lived in a fifth-floor flat in Baker Street, London, although with Green's numerous affairs and self-obsession, including taking luxury holidays and spending Christmas often on his own, his children defined it as "highly dysfunctional."
    In 1942, he married Montreal society beauty Claire Wilson, and went on to work in the aircraft industry as a ferry transport pilot and stunt pilot.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1935
    Age 15
    After an extensive tour of Canada, in 1935 Green appeared in his first film, Midshipman Easy, then went to Hollywood where he appeared in the film Tom Brown's School Days and at the Cocoanut Grove with his cabaret act.
    More Details Hide Details Having already fathered his first illegitimate child with Vera Hands, a Birmingham usherette at the age of 17, and having been caught in North America on the declaration of war, during the Second World War Green served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, ferrying aircraft across the Atlantic with RAF Ferry Command.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Age 0
    Born on February 2, 1920.
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