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Kristian Digby
Born 24 June 1977(1977-06-24)
Torquay, Devon, England
Died 1 March 2010 (aged 32)
Newham, London, England
Residence Newham, London
Nationality British
Ethnicity White British
Occupation Television presenter
Television director

Kristian Digby (pronounced /ˈkrɪstjən ˈdɪɡbi/; 24 June 1977 – 1 March 2010) was an English television presenter and director best known for presenting To Buy or Not to Buy on BBC One. On 1 March 2010 he was found dead in what police said were "unexplained circumstances".[1][2]


Early life

Digby was born on 24 June 1977 in Torquay, Devon, to a family of property developers.[3][4] He attended Bramdean School in Exeter, where he is said to have battled with dyslexia. He later presented a documentary for the BBC entitled Hiding the Truth: I Can't Read in which he returned to the school.[5][6] In 1997, Digby's film Words of Deception won him a Junior BAFTA.[7] The following year, his film Last Train to Demise, which featured actress and model Lucy Perkins, won the Melbourne Film Festival's Best Student Film award.[7]

Personal life

Digby was openly gay.[8] He claimed to have discovered his sexuality when he was studying for his degree in "Film, video and photographic arts" at the University of Westminster (1995 to 1998).[9] According to a friend, Digby had an eight-year relationship,[10] which had ended a year before.[citation needed]

Television career

Digby started his television presenting career for ITV presenting Nightlife. Prior to this he covered for LBC's TV critic Chris Stacey on LBC's evening shows, Sunday Night and One Night Strand.[7] At around the same time, he directed television programmes Homefront, Fantasy Rooms, She’s Gotta Have It which also featured actress and model Lucy Perkins, Girls On Top (Not be confused with the 1980s sitcom) and The O-Zone.[7] In 2001, Digby presented That Gay Show on BBC Choice.[11]

Beginning in 2003, Digby presented various programmes for the BBC, most notably To Buy or Not to Buy.[7] In addition, he has presented Uncharted Territory, Holiday, Trading Up, Living in the Sun and Open House.[7]

In 2006 he appeared in Simon Fanshawe's The Trouble with Gay Men and bemoaned the lack of gay role models, explaining how he refused to camp it up on TV, although he was known for his pole dancing skills excerpted on That Gay Show.[12] In the September 2006 edition of AXM he appeared nude for charity.

Digby presented the following morning TV BBC shows:

Open House - Along with his team, he made over properties that are not selling through the traditional estate agent route, after the make over they host an open house for possible buyers.

Buy It, Sell It, Bank It - The show follows two property developers at a property auction, the winner is followed for the rest of the show as he or she alters the house. The loser at the auction gives his or her thoughts of the improvements at the end of the show.

To Build or Not to Build - In 2008 Digby decided to build his own house, designed by Neu Architects.[13] The BBC decided to follow this and also draw in other people who have done something similar with Digby interviewing them. The premise is similar to Channel 4's Grand Designs, but on a smaller scale.


A neighbour found Digby dead in his flat in Richford Road, Newham, London E15 at 7:45 am on 1 March 2010. An ambulance was called; paramedics declared him dead at the scene.[14] The circumstances are as yet unexplained.[2][14][15][16] Digby's post-mortem was held on 2 March 2010; the results were inconclusive.[17] The police are satisfied that there was no third-party involvement.[18][19][20] Digby's body was identified by his mother, Paula Dubois. His inquest opened on 4 March 2010 at Walthamstow Coroner's Court; both his parents attended. The inquest was adjourned later the same day.[21]


  1. ^ "TV Presenter Found Dead At His Flat". Sky News. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "TV presenter Kristian Digby found dead in London flat". BBC News. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Digby, Kristian". British Film Institute. 
  4. ^ "Presenter biographies". BBC. 
  5. ^ BBC News, Tributes to 'much-loved' TV presenter Kristian Digby, 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  6. ^ The Daily Mirror, Kristian Digby dead: To Buy Or Not To Buy presenter's body found at flat, 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Kristian Digby". NCI Management Ltd. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. 
  8. ^ BBC presenter Kristian Digby found dead in 'unexplained' circumstances
  9. ^ Katbamna, Mira (14 August 2008). "My first year: Nervous about starting university? Mira Katbamna asks a few people who've been there and done that for their best advice". The Observer. 
  10. ^ BBC presenter died 'as sex game went wrong': Colleague weeps as he lays a floral tribute
  11. ^ "TW:Kristian Digby". Rainbow Network. 7 October 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. 
  12. ^ Wells, Matt (11 November 2002). "BBC venture seeks to corner the gay market". The Observer. 
  13. ^ Hewitson, Jessie (August 2, 2009). "Kristian Digby: Here’s one I built earlier". The Sunday Times. 
  14. ^ a b Jenkins, Russell (March 2, 2010). "TV presenter Kristian Digby died after 'solo sex game went wrong'". Times Online. 
  15. ^ Press Association (1 March 2010). "BBC television presenter Kristian Digby found dead: Circumstances of To Buy or Not to Buy presenter's death are 'unexplained', police say". The Observer. 
  16. ^ Press Association (2 March 2010). "Family shocked by TV host's 'sex game' death". The Independent. 
  17. ^ Family shocked by TV host Kristian Digby's 'sex game' death
  18. ^ Lloyd, Peter (2 March 2010). "UPDATE: Kristian Digby's post-mortem is "inconclusive"". Pink Paper. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  19. ^ Roberts, Laura (2 March 2010). "Kristian Digby, the BBC presenter, may have died in sex game gone wrong". The Telegraph. 
  20. ^ "Family shock over 'sex game' death". The Mirror. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  21. ^ "Mother's tears for TV Kristian Digby". The Express. March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 

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