Michael Flanders

(Trivia: Stephanie doesn't have any significant game shows - yet. Per "Private Passions" interview, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c2lwy)
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Presenter, singer, songwriter and raconteur whose hopes for a career on the stage were dashed when he contracted polio during a tour of duty with the Royal Navy in 1943, which left him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  
Presenter, singer, songwriter and raconteur whose hopes for a career on the stage were dashed when he contracted polio during a tour of duty with the Royal Navy in 1943, which left him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  
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Instead he turned to radio, acting and presenting shows while also writing songs for revue with old schoolfriend Donald Swann. The success of a set of animal-themed songs they'd written for future [[My Music]] regular Ian Wallace (including their soon-to-be signature song, "The Hippotamus") convinced them they were on to something, and the songwriters turned performers for the pared-back two-man revue ''At the Drop of a Hat'', a huge success which toured the world for five years and was followed, logically enough, by ''At the Drop of Another Hat''.  
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Instead he turned to radio, acting and presenting shows while also writing songs for revue with old schoolfriend Donald Swann. The success of a set of animal-themed songs they'd written for future [[My Music]] regular Ian Wallace (including their soon-to-be signature song, "The Hippopotamus") convinced them they were on to something, and the songwriters turned performers for the pared-back two-man revue ''At the Drop of a Hat'', a huge success which toured the world for five years and was followed, logically enough, by ''At the Drop of Another Hat''.  
When not serenading the locals in some far-flung corner of the world, Flanders continued to host TV and radio shows, and feature as a panellist on the likes of [[Call My Bluff]] and [[The Animal Game]].  
When not serenading the locals in some far-flung corner of the world, Flanders continued to host TV and radio shows, and feature as a panellist on the likes of [[Call My Bluff]] and [[The Animal Game]].  

Current revision as of 13:44, 19 September 2020

Biography

Presenter, singer, songwriter and raconteur whose hopes for a career on the stage were dashed when he contracted polio during a tour of duty with the Royal Navy in 1943, which left him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Instead he turned to radio, acting and presenting shows while also writing songs for revue with old schoolfriend Donald Swann. The success of a set of animal-themed songs they'd written for future My Music regular Ian Wallace (including their soon-to-be signature song, "The Hippopotamus") convinced them they were on to something, and the songwriters turned performers for the pared-back two-man revue At the Drop of a Hat, a huge success which toured the world for five years and was followed, logically enough, by At the Drop of Another Hat.

When not serenading the locals in some far-flung corner of the world, Flanders continued to host TV and radio shows, and feature as a panellist on the likes of Call My Bluff and The Animal Game.

He died suddenly of a brain anerysm in 1975, aged 53.

Trivia

He was probably the first and (until Crisis Control came along thirty-odd years later) only game show host in a wheelchair.

Stephanie Flanders, the former BBC economic editor, is Michael's daughter.

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