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Eamonn Andrews

Eamonn Andrews (1922-1987) was a Irish born television presenter in the United Kingdom.

Andrews was born in Synge Street, Dublin, Ireland, the same street in which playwright George Bernard Shaw was born. He began his career as an amateur boxer and went on to be a sports commentator on Radio Éireann. In 1950, he began presenting programmes for the BBC and soon moved on to become one of television's most popular presenters. Series with which he was associated included:

  • What's My Line? (1951-1963 and 1984-87)
  • This is your Life (1955-1987)
  • Crackerjack (children's series)

He was famous for coming up with off-the-cuff linkings which didn't work — such as 'speaking of cheese sandwiches, have you come far?' and so on. This was parodied by Seamus Android[?] in the BBC radio programme Round the Horne in the 1960s.

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