Author Topic: RIP Richard Baker  (Read 494 times)

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RIP Richard Baker
« on: November 17, 2018, 05:12:17 pm »
Aged 93. The first BBC television news presenter, apparently. Also a very accomplished musician and presenter of classical music.

I found out that my across-the-Road neighbour was a close friend of Richard Baker and he once showed me a photograph of the two of them playing a piano duet.
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 05:37:16 pm »
Also a very accomplished musician and presenter of classical music.

I'm getting some vague memory of a musical quiz show in which he presented or took part in.
He may [guessing here] even have preceded the first transmission of ITV, those days of only two channels [not many on the forum that would remember that :-)].
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 07:18:47 pm »
'Face The Music' presented by Joseph Cooper, BBC 2 in the mid 70s.

Also featured in that Morecambe & Wise Xmas show. The 'South Pacific' pastiche.
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 09:31:31 pm »
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2018, 11:01:14 am »
'Face The Music' presented by Joseph Cooper, BBC 2 in the mid 70s.

Once described by Robert Robinson as "the one that begins 'Diddle-diddle-dumpling, my son John'".

Baker always came across as a really decent, friendly bloke. Well, 93 is a good age to reach. I hope he had an easy exit.
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2018, 12:02:42 pm »
I got his autograph at the London Motor Show in 1970.  I cannot remember why.
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2018, 04:59:05 pm »
It seems that RB ended his days in a care home. I read somewhere that, at popular request, at 6pm every day he would sit with a collection of newspapers and read out the headlines and articles in That Voice.  :thumbsup:
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2018, 01:27:38 pm »
I got his autograph at the London Motor Show in 1970.  I cannot remember why.
I got Ted Moult's (signed) autobiography a while ago. I do know why...
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Re: RIP Richard Baker
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2018, 01:55:57 pm »
It seems that RB ended his days in a care home. I read somewhere that, at popular request, at 6pm every day he would sit with a collection of newspapers and read out the headlines and articles in That Voice.  :thumbsup:

Yes, it's just down the road from me. More of a retirement community than a home. But he was until very recently active in the community there.