Jeff Evans

Location: Newbury, Berkshire
About me...

I’m a freelance journalist and author of 30 books on a number of subjects – in particular television history, including The Penguin TV Companion, Evans’ TV Trivia (HarperCollins), Midsomer Murders: The Making of An English Crime Classic (BT Batsford) and Rock & Pop on British TV (Omnibus Press). I’ve also written about television for the Radio Times and I write television-related entries for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

During my long career, I’ve worked as a radio presenter and a coach tour guide in Europe. I’ve edited the national Good Beer Guide for CAMRA, judged beer all around the world and appeared on countless TV and radio shows, including The Big Breakfast and Steve Wright in the Afternoon. I also write questions for TV quiz programmes and, for a number of years, I’ve been a member of the specialist subject writing team for Mastermind.

About my Talks...

The talks generally last from 50 minutes to one hour. I present Powerpoint shows that can be tailored to suit the age and experience of the audience. I can bring my all my own equipment and the talks can also be delivered as virtual presentations (Zoom).

‘A really great talk. The feedback from our members present has been exceptionally positive.’ – Radlett & District u3a

‘Thank you for such a brilliant and extremely informative talk. So many of our members have been very complimentary.’ – Kennet Valley Probus

‘It was a pleasure to listen to someone who really knew their subject.’ – Hungerford u3a

‘Thank you for an excellent and informative talk. It went down very well with our members and we all had a lovely evening.’ – Radnage WI

‘We thoroughly enjoyed your talk. It was well illustrated and informative, as well as being ‘a trip down Memory Lane’. – Windsor u3a


From £95, plus travel expenses. I live in Newbury, Berkshire, but I’m happy to travel anywhere in the country. Short-notice (even very short-notice) bookings may be possible.

My Contact Details:

01635 37524

The Golden Age of Children's Television

Public Speaker from Berkshire, Jeff Evans talks about The Golden Age of Children's Television

Join author and TV historian Jeff Evans on a journey through your childhood as he tells the fascinating story of children’s television in the UK. Jeff’s colourful talk covers the period from the start of television to the 1970s, truly a golden age for those of us who grew up glued to the small screen when we returned home from school. Some people will remember the earliest TV stars such as Muffin the Mule and Andy Pandy; others will recall with great fondness series such as Crackerjack, Ivor the Engine, Thunderbirds, The Magic Roundabout and the rather spooky The Singing Ringing Tree. This talk features them all, and much more besides.


They Think It’s All Over! A History of Sport on TV

Public Speaker from Berkshire, Jeff Evans talks about They Think It’s All Over! A History of Sport on TV

It’s been nearly 90 years since a major sporting event was first shown on British television and, boy, has TV’s coverage of sport changed since those early days.

Author and television historian Jeff Evans tells you all about the history of sport on TV in this lively, fully-illustrated talk, offering lots of ‘I never knew that’ moments and bringing back many warm memories.

Football, rugby, cricket, tennis, rowing, horse racing, boxing, wrestling, athletics and snooker all feature prominently, as do some rather less obvious sports and some truly wacky moments that have graced the television screen over the years. And there’s also a chance to learn more about the many presenters, commentators and sports analysts who have contributed so much to the viewing experience.

Jeff’s 50–60-minute talk will carry you back in time, helping you to relive some of the most exciting sporting moments over the decades and taking you behind the scenes of the most fondly-remembered sports programmes.

Pop on the Box

Jeff Evans, author of Rock & Pop on British TV, tells the fascinating story of 60 years of music on television in this fully illustrated talk, beginning in the 1950s with shows such as Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! and continuing through the decades with programmes including Juke Box Jury, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Ready, Steady, Go!, Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Tube and Later with Jools Holland, as well as a number of programmes that you may just have forgotten. Expect lots of warm memories and more than a few surprises. And if you have any questions, just fire away!

The talk can be tailored to suit the audience. Tell me your favoured eras and I’ll shape the talk accordingly.


The Questionable History of the TV Quiz Show

One of television’s most successful creations is the quiz show – the programme where everyone can show how clever they are and possibly earn a small fortune in the process. But where did it all begin? Which shows have been the most successful? And who, along the way, have been the winners, losers and – perhaps most intriguingly – the cheaters?

Jeff’s fully illustrated, entertaining talk covers the whole colourful history of the TV quiz show from its earliest days in the 1930s to today, showing how the format developed, celebrating the good, the bad and the ugly, and unearthing some very dodgy dealing along the way.

Expect lots of warm memories, plenty of surprises and lots of ‘I didn’t know that’ moments in this 50–60-minute talk.

Jeff Evans Contact Details:

01635 37524

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