Here is an insight into the career and
skills of Pam Rhodes, the journalist, presenter, writer
and speaker who has become such a familiar face on our
television screens and our book shelves.
Pam Rhodes cut her teeth in news journalism, firstly
as Programme Organiser on Thames Television's network
documentary series, THIS WEEK, then as the anchor for
Anglia Television live daily evening news programme
for seven years. She's featured on a very wide
range of television and radio programmes ever since,
but since 1987, has been best known as the familiar
face of BBC Television's SONGS OF PRAISE. In that
time she has interviewed people ranging from The Pope
to Dolly Parton, earning herself a reputation as a highly
professional and empathetic interviewer, especially
when people are speaking about sensitive, perhaps traumatic
experiences. Also, SONGS OF PRAISE is the
perfect programme for a presenter who truly loves hymns,
old and new. If you mention almost any hymn you
can think of to Pam, she's likely to come back with
the full story of who wrote it and why, as well as giving
you renditions of a couple of tunes to which it can
be sung - as you'd know if you've ever dipped into any
of her weekly radio programmes WITH HEARTS AND HYMNS
which have featured on Premier Christian Radio for a
She has presented televised recordings in venues
from the Sydney Opera House to London's Royal Albert
hall, and is often asked to compere large orchestral
or musical events at theatres and churches around the
country - including, throughout Summer 2011, the famous
BATTLE PROMS concerts which attract thousands to visitors
to the gardens of glorious stately homes for an evening
of picnic, patriotic music, Napoloeonic re-enactment,
orchestral music, Spitfire fly-pasts and the largest
collection of cannons and artillery you're likely to
see in action anywhere! Pam is also well known
as an entertaining after-dinner speaker, and as a mainstream
author with five novels and six factual books under
her belt. She regularly contributes articles
and short stories to national newspapers like The Daily
Mail, and publications such as CHOICE, MY WEEKLY, PEOPLE'S
FRIEND, WOMAN'S WEEKLY and other specialist publications.
She is married to Richard Crow and lives with the
family at a two-acre small holding in Bedfordshire.
It is there that they run BIGGLESWADE CAT LODGE
which not only takes in cats while their owners are
on holiday, but has also become known for boarding RSPCA
animals who need loving care whilst new homes are found
for them. So Pam is likely to be cleaning out
cat pens most days, or escaping for a potter in the
garden when she's not happily tied to the computer by
her first love of writing! She also enjoys dancing
so is often out ballroom, line or tap dancing - or at
modern jive evenings similar to the one at which she
met her husband Richard some years ago!
In addition to being the familiar face of BBC Television's SONGS OF
PRAISE series for more than twenty years, Pam has presented
a wide range of other programming, such as:
- LIFESTYLE TELEVISION - her own daily
interview programme for two years.
- RADIO 2 - she regularly stood in for
Debbie Thrower on the lunchtime music and chat programme
on Radio 2, plus many weeks of presenting GOOD MORNING
SUNDAY, as well as other one-off programmes including
- LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION - live presentation
announcing, a role she won even though the advertisement
attracted 6000 applicants.
- THAMES TELEVISION - presenter of THE
WORLD AROUND US School Series; STAR GAMES co-presenting
with Michael Aspel; WHEELS, ITV's equivalent of
TOP GEAR, plus other one-off productions.
- BRITISH FORCES BROADCASTING TELEVISION
- presentation announcing and interviewer on programmes
transmitted to British Forces in Germany.
- BBC TELEVISION - MERRY-GO-ROUND schools
series; HURDY GURDY arts series for BBC Birmingham.
- 'SONGS OF PRAISE', BBC Television - the
familiar face of this worldwide series for more
than twenty years.
- PREMIER RADIO - presenter and producer
of own radio weekly radio programme for eight years.
- PRESENTING - with thirty years of presenting
experience, Pam is recognised as one of the most
professional and reliable presenters on mainstream
television today. She has fronted countless
live productions, including complicated Outside
Broadcast links around the world. She has an almost
photographic memory for words, and prefers to work
without autocue, even on live programmes.
- INTERVIEWING - Pam brings her journalistic
background to her role as an interviewer, but in
addition, because of her years on SONGS OF PRAISE,
she has become known as an incisive and empathetic
interviewer, especially when people are speaking
about sensitive, perhaps traumatic experiences.
High profile interviewees range from The Pope,
Dr. Christian Barnard, Sir James Galway, Jackie
Collins, Marcel Marceau, Chris Rea, Sir Ian McKellern,
Sting, Sir Cliff Richard, Roald Dahl, Lord Andrew
Lloyd Webber, Sir Tim Rice, Rosemary Conley, the
Reverend Jesse Jackson, members of the Royal Family,
politicians, archbishops - and Dolly Parton! However,
they are a small percentage of the thousands of
people she has interviewed both on radio and television
over the years.
- NEWS - Pam's first job was as part of the
production team on Thames Television's live evening
news programme, TODAY. She then moved on to
become Programme Organiser on THIS WEEK, ITV's flagship
weekly documentary series. Once she stepped
in front of the camera, Pam continued to work in news,
and was not only the studio presenter and interviewer
for the live evening news programme ABOUT ANGLIA,
but also worked extensively as a news reporter.
In addition, she regularly read the ITN news headlines
and weather on LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION.
- WRITING - Pam writes all her own scripts
- as well as often being called in to write scripts
for others! She is also the author of five
mainstream novels and six factual books, working
for publishers of the calibre of HODDER AND STOUGHTON
- ARTICLE AND SHORT STORY WRITING - Pam
is often commissioned to write for national and
local newspapers and magazines. She has written
two articles for The Daily Mail within the last
three months, plus other articles in CHOICE and
MY WEEKLY magazines. She has had many short
stories published in magazines like WOMAN'S WEEKLY,
with one shortly to appear in PEOPLE'S FRIEND -
with a variety of stories and articles in a range
of other specialist or television publications.
- PUBLIC SPEAKING, CONFERENCES, SPEECHES
- Pam is a professional speaker, often asked to
chair conferences or discussion groups, as well
as public speaking on specialist subjects
ranging from the impact of a death in a family for
a gathering of undertakers - to the welfare of Army
personnel, their wives and children at The Army
Families Federation Conference - or a prize-giving
to medical staff at NHS Hospitals! She usually
has at least four speaking engagements a month for
audiences numbering from a handful to several thousand
- and groups who invite her include The Women's
Institute, University of the Third Age, Rotary,
Lion, Luncheon Clubs and fund-raising events. She
also presents events on behalf of charities in which
she has an official role, such as patron - like
Keech Cottage Children's Hospice, Livability, MHA
Group providing housing for the elderly, Christian
Aid and The British Legion.
- COMPERING CONCERTS - having compered
prestigious television musical occasions in major
concert halls around the world in venues such as
The Golden Hall in Vienna, the Sydney Opera House
or The Royal Albert Hall in London, Pam is often
asked to compere large orchestral or musical events
at symphony halls and theatres around the country
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