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Paddy Haycocks is an experienced broadcaster and producer who has worked in the British media for over 25 years. Born in Portsmouth on the 9th of April, 1950[1] his first brush with fame came when he was appearing on the Streetwise section of the ill-fated Channel Four Daily. Haycocks regularly interviewed a lawyer who represented Ronnie Kray. The sartorially traditional Kray disapproved of Haycock’s open necked presentational style [2] and sent him a beautiful silk tie[3], which Haycocks naturally wore at the first opportunity. He then went on to present South Today, a stint which included the famous “Total Darkness” episode[4]. He is perhaps best remembered for a low-budget daytime show called As it happens[5] where he was beamed live from a famous place waiting for something to unfold, a style many critics feel[6] has been adopted by modern news channels. Haycocks himself was a pioneering presenter of Channel One, London’s first digital news channel[7] but from the late 1990s worked increasingly on the other side of the camera[8] and was, until his resignation in February 2006, factual programming executive at Talkback Thames.[9] A truly versatile performer Haycocks is, in his spare time, a leading light in the Wokingham Choral Society.[10]


  1. ^ IMDB details
  2. ^ Standard Channel 4 policy at the time
  3. ^ Morning Glory-A history of Breakfast TV Jones, I : Tiverton, Kelly, 2004 ISBN 190305320X
  4. ^ In the Dark with Sally Taylor
  5. ^ Appreciation of the programme
  6. ^ Comparison of genres
  7. ^ Obituary of co-presenter Fiona McDiarmid
  8. ^ Involvement with Talkback Thames
  9. ^ Perhaps his most well known programme is Open House with Gloria Hunniford [1]
  10. ^ Society information

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