Gary James is an actor, writer and broadcaster who was born and raised in Tunbridge Wells. After a stint with local operatic dramatic companies he moved to London in 1975 to seek fame and fortune in Pukka Theatre. He was a founding member of the Young People’s Theatre Scheme at the Royal Court Theatre and was then a member of the political touring theatre company, Gay Sweatshop. He also wrote and co-presented for the world’s first gay radio programme made by and for gay people in London and broadcast by a pirate radio station from an aerial secreted on the 13th floor balcony washing line of a tower block in Old Street. In 1982 Gary became one of the presenters of the seminal rock television show, The Tube, for the new national TV station – Channel 4. He also broadcast regularly on BBC London as well as others. He now lives in East Sussex with his partner and champion mouser cat.
Through Gary’s involvement in pioneering gay theatre productions, the world’s first gay pirate radio broadcasts and finally becoming the first openly gay TV presenter on the seminal rock television show, ‘The Tube’, this book vividly captures the zeitgeist of a 60s childhood, a teenage 70s and the explosion of youth culture in the early 80s. From Bolan and Bowie to Frankie and Duran Duran, every cliché is there, stuck rigid with nuclear hair gel and fabulous shoulder pads. If you’ve ever wondered what a TV presenter actually does, whilst trying to figure out what’s going on around him, then this is the story for you.
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