Mike Read - The Heritage Chart
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Mike Read has won ten National Broadcaster of the Year Awards, an International Music Award, and was awarded the coveted Gold Badge of Merit for his special contribution to Britain’s music industry. A household name in Britain for forty years having fronted three top-rated long-running BBC TV series, Top of the Pops, Pop Quiz & Saturday Superstore and three national radio breakfast shows, including Radio One and Classic FM. He features regularly on the re-runs of Top of the Pops on BBC Four and has presented two Pop Quiz specials for the BBC in 2017 and has just recorded two new episodes for 2020. From the beginning of 2021, Mike has hosted the breakfast show on Nation Radio UK and does regular presentations for the TV Training Academy at Pinewood Studios. Mike Stock has produced a new TV series That Was Then This Is Now a Top of the Pops for the new decade which was transmitted at the end of 2020.
Mike was created a Knight of Malta in 2011. As Chairman of the British Plaque Trust, he also devised and spearheaded the 50 Blue Plaques to music icons for BBC Music Day in 2017. In 2018 he has expanded the Blue Plaque scheme into the Commonwealth including Barbados and Malta. Mike is also an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, founder of the Rupert Brooke Museum & Society, and was Chairman of the Lords and Commons Entertainment Committee for several years.
2016 & 2017 saw him presenting front line programmes for the BBC as well as producing and presenting a new TV song-writing series, Tin Pan Alley, which ran for 8 weeks on Sky in 2016/17. A global distributor is now selling the format to territories around the world. in 2020 Mike created the world's first Heritage Chart which has been a phenomenal success on the radio.
During 2016 and 2017 he was writing, shooting, producing and presenting a six-part series Jamaicaphiles, working with the Jamaican Tourist Board and shot entirely in Jamaica, featuring Noel Coward, Oscar Hammerstein, Ian Fleming, Errol Flynn, John F. Kennedy and Johnny Cash.
A best-selling author, he has had more than forty books published, those currently available include his autobiography Seize the Day, Forever England, a biography of Rupert Brooke, 1,000 Years of Caversham Park and his latest book, “The Writing on the Wall….British Blue Plaques.” There will be a follow-up book. More Writing on the Wall .. His latest book A Thousand Years of a London Street….Denmark Street was published in August 2019 and he has finished the follow-up A Thousand Years of Cheapside, with A Thousand Years of Piccadilly being written at the moment. Another book that is to be published in 2021 is Words of Love a celebration of some of the world’s biggest artists, all recipients of Buddy Holly guitars from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation and Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena.
Mike has written several film scripts, had eight musicals staged and penned songs for over forty major artists including Cliff Richard, The Bee Gees, Marc Almond, Boy George, Gene Pitney, Don McLean, Brian Wilson, Barry & Robin Gibb, Donovan, David Essex, Steve Harley, Peter Andre, Colin Blunstone, Justin Hayward and many others.
Mike has had several charts hits, twice topped the Independent singles chart and won the TV Theme of the Year Award. He recently had a best-selling CD featuring his settings of Rupert Brooke’s War Sonnets, performed by the Kings College Choir & the Eton College Chapel Choir. One of his songs made the top 40 in Australia and in March 2019 one of his songs went No.1 North American Chart. 2021 is meant to see his musical Great Expectations undertaking another national tour.
He has played himself in such perennial TV favourites as Only Fools and Horses and Midsomer Murders and has interviewed several visiting American Icons for major stage productions over the last two years, including Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino and Jerry Lee Lewis. As well as interviewing 100s of major artists on his live TV show, Mike has also presented for and worked with most of the Royal Family, including HM the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, The Princess of Wales & The Princess Royal.
He regularly travels to different parts of the world broadcasting or giving talks, including, Russia, Estonia, Australia, the USA, Malta, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Hawaii, Honolulu, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, France, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, The Canary Islands, Greece, Croatia, Italy, the Azores and the Caribbean Islands including Bermuda, Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas
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