Andenna is possibly the JSF presenter with the most varied curriculum vitae,
for not only has this popular television presenter had a long and successful
career in television and radio, but he has also worked as a journalist and has
served as a member of the Italian Parliament.
sports journalist and entertainment presenter who presented both the domestic
and international competitions in the Netherlands. A familiar face on Dutch
television for over twenty-five years, Barendse was at home commentating on a
cycle race as he was waxing lyric about the antics of JSF.
Charlie Chester was among the last of the music hall generation. A versatile
writer-performer, he wrote songs for Flanagan and Allen, fronted radio and
television comedy shows... but his radio programme of twenty years, Sunday
Soapbox is most likely his lasting legacy.
Clauwaert's contribution to Jeux Sans Frontières took in the Dutch domestic
series, Zeskamp, and the editions of JSF broadcast from the Netherlands.
Clauwaert has since forged a remarkable career in Dutch and Flemish television
in front and behind the camera.
Colehan, the first producer of It's A Knockout, was a pioneer of the
early days of Light Entertainment on BBC TV and radio. He created many
successful and long-running series and his contribution to the development and
success of It's A Knockout cannot be underestimated.
1969 until the series' end in 1982, Arthur Ellis was It's A Knockout's
main referee, quickly cementing his place not only in the series but in the
affections of the audience. There were, however, more strings to Arthur's bow, not
least in his capacity as referee of football's inaugural European Cup Final in
Hall came up through the ranks of regional television news and sports
reporting before he was catapulted to national and international fame as
presenter of It's A Knockout from 1972. Unfortunately, as has been revealed in
recent years, Hall was one person on camera and an entirely different one off
MacDonald Hobley was a household name by time he landed the role as presenter on the
first series of It's A Knockout. A BBC announcer since the mid-1940s,
Hobley moved to ITV in 1956, where he became one of the leading lights of the
fledgling channel. Hobley also acted in television, radio, stage and film
anyone could be credited as the brains behind the whole Knockout/JSF
phenomenon, it would have to be Guy Lux. Born in Paris in 1919, Lux was a star
of French television for forty years and was the man who created Intervilles
and Jeux Sans Frontières.
in 1933, Dick Passchier was a mainstay of the Dutch heats of Jeux Sans
Frontières between 1970 and 1977, and was also co-presenter with Barend
Barendse and Regine Clauwaert of the Netherlands' domestic equivalent of It's A Knockout, called
Zeskamp from 1968-1987.
the son of a Lancashire comedian, Ted Ray appeared in the first series of It's
A Knockout. Best known for his long-running radio show, Ray's A Laugh, he
achieved further success on television. He also made occasional
appearances in feature films including a starring role in Carry On Teacher
Vine was quite simply a legend of television sports broadcasting. Aside
from It's A Knockout, he lent his insight and vocal skills to a
multitude of sports and entertainment transmissions, including the fondly
remembered Ski Sunday, World Snooker, A Question of Sport and
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half of It's A Knockout's "dynamic duo", Eddie Waring was a
versatile and much-loved broadcaster who popularised Rugby League almost
single-handedly. In a career that took in sports commentary, presentation,
variety and Knockout's fun and games, Eddie Waring found his way
into the hearts of millions.