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Terry Christian (b. 8 May 1962, Old Trafford, Manchester, England, U.K.) is an award-winning British television and radio presenter, whose credits include Channel 4's late night Youth Entertainment show The Word and ITV1 youth talk show It's My Life, as well as a variety of different local and national radio programmes.

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Early life

Christian was born and grew up in Brooks's Bar in Old Trafford, and was educated at St. Alphonsus Primary and St Bede's College, Manchester. His father was a shop steward in the TGWU.[citation needed]

He was spotted in 1981 by Granada producer Geoff Moore, who booked him for Devil's Advocate, a programme made by Granada Television about youngsters on the dole, presented by former World In Action editor Gus Macdonald. Amongst the other kids on the dole alongside Terry on Devil's Advocate was Johnny Marr of The Smiths. As a result of his appearances on the programme, Christian was offered his own radio show on BBC Radio Derby called Barbed Wireless.[citation needed]

Radio

Christian worked for BBC local radio stations in the 1980s, with his Barbed Wireless programme winning Sony Awards in the specialist music category in 1985 and 1986. He also presented WPFM on Radio 4 for two years, and contributed regularly to Saturday Live on BBC Radio 1.

He managed a twelve-piece Reggae band, from the Nottingham/Derby area, Junior C Reaction, who received airplay on John Peel and Janice Long's show on BBC Radio 1 for their first independent release on Centurion Records, a double A Side, "CryJahoviah", and "Love & Emotion". They were signed to Cooltempo, a Chrysalis subsidiary, and enjoyed a modicum of success with their first release, a version of the Delroy Wilson classic, "'Better Must Come", which was C-listed on Radio One and Capital Radio at the time as well as playing a live session on Radio One's Saturday live. Terry also promoted regular gigs around the Derby and Nottingham area, promoting concerts by Pop Will Eat Itself, The Jazz Defektors, Nico (of Velvet Underground fame) Misty In Roots, The Naturalites, The Fall, and regular house nights at Derby's Twentieth Century club, where the resident Saturday night DJ was Graeme Park, who left to join Mike Pickering at the legendary Hacienda Nude Night.[citation needed]

In late 1988, he joined Piccadilly Radio's Key 103 FM, presenting from 6-9pm on weekday evenings, and 2pm-5pm on Sunday afternoon, playing (The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, and 808 State), as well as a mixture of classics by everyone from The Beatles, Love, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, classic soul and funk, plus Manchester favourites like The Buzzcocks, The Smiths, The Fall, New Order, and Joy Division. Terry also wrote The Word page in the Manchester Evening News from September 1989, a page dedicated to the Manchester music scene, and gave the first press to a host of Manchester luminaries including The Charlatans, Oasis, and Doves (then called Sub Sub).[citation needed]

Christian has presented on every radio station in the Manchester area. He was also the presenter of The Final Whistle on talkSPORT every Saturday between 5pm and 8pm from 2006 until 2008, now officially Britain's most listened-to after-match football phone-in, alongside ex-footballer Micky Quinn.[citation needed]

Television

In 1990,Christian was recruited to host the controversial Channel 4 youth show The Word, named after his column in the Manchester Evening News, and based on the format of his music magazine radio shows. The show was a mayhemic mixture of pop music and teen attitude, and attracted up to a 49% audience share in its Friday night slot. Christian remained its only continuous presenter until it finished its run in 1995.[citation needed]

He went on to present Carlton Television's The Big City, Sky1's pop music show The Hitmix, and The Football Show for Tyne Tees Television. He presented Turn On Terry for ITV and six series (to date) of It's My Life (2003–2007) produced by former World In Action editor and Tony Wilson's So It Goes Series producer Geoff Moore for ITV, which was nominated for two St. Martin's Trust Awards.[citation needed]

He has starred as himself in The Cribs' video for the standalone single "You're Gonna Lose Us", which was made to look like an episode of The Word; and also played the part of Ross Peagrum, despotic TV presenter, in series 2 and 4 of the popular BBC TV drama series Cutting It, as well appearing as a guest on numerous TV shows in the UK and Ireland. During the nineties, Terry was also regularly seen as a presenter on MTV Europe.[citation needed] Christian has recently completed hosting series six of ITV's youth discussion show "It's My Life", made by Manchester-based independent Moore Television. The programme is filmed at Granada Television in Manchester. Special guests on this series include Hazel Blears MP, Andy Burnham, secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, and Helen Newlove, widow of Gary Newlove. He recently appeared as a contestant on a Radio DJ special of Weakest Link, but lost in the final to Janice Long.[citation needed]

Christian being an avid Manchester United fan he frequently appears on the Manchester United channel MUTV and has his own show, Terry Christian's Sunday Worship. He can also be seen as a regular panellist on topical debate chat show The Wright Stuff. He stars also in the Indie Horror film Deadtime under the direction of Tony Jopia.[1] Whilst appearing on We Need Answers, he achieved the World Record for nodding, with 137 successful nods in 60 seconds.

Writing

Terry Christian has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, Manchester Evening News, The Observer, The Times, The Sun, Rolling Stone Magazine, New York Rocker, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times. He has also written three books: Brothers - from Childhood to Oasis (Virgin publishers), Reds In The Hood (Andre Deutsch 1999)' and My Word, a look at the world of television in the 1990s, was published by Orion books in June 2007 to favourable reviews, and came out in paperback in May 2008. He writes the music pages for the Pride Of Manchester website.

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