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If you persevere through the demo clips (or fast forward!), the last is
“TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes”… as a phony BBC TV interviewer,
I play a joke on Ned Beatty… and I promise you a good laugh!
Just before Flight 777 took off from Portugal to England, 7-year old Derek had to vacate his seat, so VIP Leslie Howard (Ashley in “Gone With the Wind”) could take his place. The Dakota was shot down by the Nazi Luftwaffe, with the loss of all lives.
Derek hosted documentaries “Leslie Howard, The Man Who Gave a Damn“,”The Mystery of Flight 777″ (on the video demo) and “Howard In Hollywood” for Warner Home Video, to go out with “Gone With The Wind”. He hosted Massey Ferguson’s 50th Anniversary video in French, Italian, Spanish, German & Irish.
He is spokesman for New Zealand’s XtendLife, world #1 vitamin firm and was Monex Gold’s spokesman for 25 years on 12 national networks. A newscaster for NewspapersForTheBlind, he now reads London’s Daily Telegraph for AIRS LA blind and narrated UK Ministry of Defence videos.
Derek has won 2 Emmys, 2 Tellys and a Voicey Lifetime Achievement Award. For 40 years, his distinguished appearance and distinctive (but unstuffy!) Brit accent have provided credibility for quality TV programs and videos on health, medicine, environment, finance, commerce, law, art, travel, religion, training, safety, sport & celebrities. For 10 years he anchored Financial Inquiry on FNN (now CNBC).
He started with RTV and RBC radio in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where he was the nation’s head TV news anchor, host of the top-rated talk show “Frankly Partridge”, “The Kwhizz Kids” and “Message to the Nation” TV specials. In Miami, he hosted two daily, 2-hour radio talk shows and in between anchored the 6.0 pm news hour for ABC affiliate WKAT. He was also a news anchor for London’s Sky TV.