Wilfred Pickles

1904 - 1978




Wilfred Pickles first broadcast in 1927 and began announcing in 1938. As an occasional newsreader on the National Programme from 1941 - and the first with a regional accent - his sign-off, "...and to all in the North, good neet", caused indignation among traditionalists.

Pickles achieved his greatest success as the genial host of the Have A Go in which ordinary people performed party pieces and answered simple questions.

He was a 'Children's Hour' regular and presented a sentimental show which reunited lost friends. At his height, he was a great MC with a genuine common touch.

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Wilfred Pickles – BBC News – 1941

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Wilfred Pickles – Have A Go ‘Are You Courting’ – BBC

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Wilfred Pickles – Hindles Wake – BBC

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Wilfred Pickles – The Vicar of Wakefield – BBC – 1969

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