Chris Kelly – biography

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Chris Kelly began his television career in Norwich with Anglia TV as an announcer and later a presenter, having gone there from Cambridge University, via a brief spell teaching French. But then one day in 1966 he got a call from Michael Apted, who had been a friend at university and who was, at the time, working for Granada. Apted was looking for a replacement for Michael Parkinson and so Chris moved north to become a regular presenter on the nightly news programme sitting alongside Bob Greaves and Mike Scott. He later presented Clapperboard and Zoo Time and was for many years the voice over on World In Action. Over the years he worked with and interviewed some of the great names including James Cameron, Jacques Tati, Gene Kelly, Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire. Chris remained full time at Granada five years before going freelance although he continued to work on various programmes for the company. He finally left in 1988, disillusioned by the direction television was heading.

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