About Pam Rhodes
In April 2024, Pam Rhodes will have been a familiar face as a network television and radio presenter for 50 years, having made her first appearance on Thames Television back in 1974.  In the five decades since then, she’s been recognised around the world as the familiar face of BBC Television’s SONGS OF PRAISE, presenting programmes from tiny country churches to huge outside broadcasts, with interviews ranging from Pope John Paul II to Dolly Parton! 
•    Pam’s first job behind the scenes in television was as Programme Secretary for Eamonn Andrews on Thames Television’s live evening news programme for the London area, TODAY.  She then moved on to become Programme Organiser for ITV’s national flagship weekly documentary series, THIS WEEK. Once she’d stepped in front of the camera following an invitation to present the school series, THE WORLD AROUND US, for Thames Television in 1974, she was also asked by Thames to join the presenting team of the two network shows STAR GAMES (with Michael Aspel) and WHEELS, the ITV equivalent of TOP GEAR.

•    Pam continued to work in news and current affairs, particularly as studio presenter and interviewer for the live evening news programme ABOUT ANGLIA, a role she held for seven years.  During those years, she was also presenting regularly for British Forces Broadcasting Television, and for BBC Television’s MERRY GO ROUND for schools, and the arts series HURDY GURDY.

•    Pam was asked to become a presenter on BBC Television’s SONGS OF PRAISE in APRIL 1987, which means that in 2023, she will have been part of the team for 36 years making her the longest-serving presenter, fronting the greatest number of individual editions.

•    Over the years, Pam has earned a reputation for combining high professional and journalistic skills with a sensitivity and compassion that has resulted in many unforgettable interviews which have touched the heart of the nation. 

•    When Pam first started presenting ‘SONGS OF PRAISE’, the series was watched in around 40 different countries which has made her familiar friend to millions around the world.  She has travelled extensively since then, making programmes from Hong Kong to Vienna, South Africa to Nashville, the slums of Brazil to Hollywood, Ethiopia to Ireland, the Sidney Opera House to a Vatican Basilica when she talked to Pope John Paul II.  She’s been instantly recognised by farmers in the wilds of the Australian outback as well as Rastafarians on a beach in Jamaica! 

•    The highlights of Pam’s television career have included many significant live events, such as presenting a SONGS OF PRAISE at St. Paul’s Cathedral on the day Princess Diana died;  SONGS OF PRAISE in January 2000 for the Millennium New Year in front of a crowd of 66,000 at the newly-opened Cardiff Millennium Stadium; a landmark live televised carol service uniting military families in Aldershot and army bases in Germany, with servicemen and women in the desert at the start of the Iraq War.

•    For more than two decades, Pam has produced and presented the popular Sunday morning series HEARTS AND HYMNS on PREMIER CHRISTIAN RADIO, a request programme for listeners who write in to hear their favourite hymns.

•    With her almost encyclopaedic knowledge of hymns old and new, she also presents a daily singalong programme, ALL TOGETHER NOW, which has Christians singing enthusiastically across the country for an hour every lunchtime, six days a week, Monday to Saturday.  This started in lockdown in April 2020, and has become increasing popular ever since.

•    At the same time as lockdown began in April 2020, Pam started to produce and present SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE, the weekly online television magazine series for Christians across the UK, also heard on Premier Christian Radio on Sunday evenings. Every week, the series brings news of churches, charities and communities across the UK and around the world, sharing ideas, publicising resources, and supporting Christians in all walks of life.

•    Pam has written 27 books ranging from collections of stories behind our favourite hymns, to mainstream novels and trilogies.  These range from THE DUNBRIDGE CHRONICLES, four books covering 4 years in the life of a new young curate, Neil Fisher.  Pam’s latest trilogy is HOPE HALL, three books focussing on the staff, visitors and everyday life of a busy community centre throughout Spring, Summer and Christmas.  Pam has also written other many mainstream novels, books on the stories behind our favourite hymns, and other individual publications such as ARTHUR’S GARDEN, telling the story of Pam’s Uncle Arthur, who tended the garden in the family’s terrace house in the Medway Towns in Kent for 80 years from 1906 until he died there in 1986.

•    For the past 10 years, Pam has compered the spectacular BATTLE PROMS in various stately homes across England during the summer months, with flag-waving audiences of up to 10,000 on each occasion.  She is particularly engaged in raising awareness, and thousands of pounds, through the Battle Proms each year for SSAFA, the largest charity in the country that supports the needs of service men and women, and veterans.

•    Pam has always helped in every possible way with the numerous charities that have approached her over the years, but for decades Pam has been honoured to hold honorary positions for several major national and local charities:

Vice President of the Leprosy Mission

Patron of MHA (Methodist Homes) providing residential care homes for the elderly

Vice President of LIVABILITY providing accommodation, schooling and opportunities for disabled young people

Vice President of The Church Army

•    In addition, Pam’s had a long-term involvement in the work of several local hospices in the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, as well as regularly supporting the work of The Salvation Army, Christian Aid and many other local and national charities.

•    Throughout every year, Pam visits many towns and churches right across the UK, compering events that are often in aid of fund-raising for local charities.

•    Pam met her husband, Richard Crow at a modern jive class, when he threw her into ‘a Seducer’, and she’s been there ever since!  When they married in July 2003, her own two children, Max and Bethan, joined Richard’s six daughters to establish a remarkable new family.  Pam became mother to many and, in time, Nanny to a growing group of grandchildren.  She says being Nanny Pammy is her favourite role of all!

•     For many years at the small holding Pam shares with her husband, Richard, she’s been running a large cattery where, amongst pets staying because their owners are on holiday, a constant number of up to 10 RSPCA rescue cats are cared for and re-homed. 
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