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Edmonds' return to the limelight
Presenter Noel Edmonds' return to BBC One next month revives an association with the channel that dates back more than 35 years.

Noel Edmonds
Bearded and bubbly, Edmonds was once the BBC's golden boy
The veteran TV star's triumphant return to the limelight on hit C4 game show Deal or No Deal was been hailed as one of TV's greatest ever comebacks.

Edmonds will probably be remembered as the man who gave the world Mr Blobby. But there is more to the 57-year-old than fluffy jumpers, Crinkley Bottom and that pink, latex sidekick.

Born in 1948 in Ilford, Essex, the only child of two teachers was educated at Brentwood Public School where he gained 10 'O' levels and three 'A' levels.

After a stint as a teacher himself, he gained his first taste of the airwaves on Radio Luxembourg in November 1968.

His big break came the following year when he was picked to succeed Kenny Everett on Radio 1's Saturday morning show. At just 21 years of age he was the station's youngest DJ.

Devastated

His unique patter and pranks quickly built up a huge following and led to him taking over the breakfast show from Tony Blackburn in 1973.

Television appearances followed, notably on BBC One's Top Of The Pops, but also Come Dancing and the children's series Z Shed.

Noel Edmonds
His top-rated Radio 1 Breakfast Show proved a huge draw for listeners
A TV natural, he went on to front such successes as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, the Saturday Roadshow and Telly Addicts. Another hit was The Late Late Breakfast Show, begun in 1981.

Five years into the programme, however tragedy struck when Michael Lush, who had volunteered to do a bungee jump on the show, was killed while rehearsing the stunt.

Though there was no suggestion of any culpability on Edmonds' part, he was devastated by the incident and considered quitting TV altogether.

In the 1990s he fronted Noel's House Party, once described as the BBC's most important programme.

Its family-oriented blend of comic one-liners, celebrity guests and imaginative pranks made it a worldwide hit, generating millions in revenue for the BBC and Edmonds' Unique Group production company.

Highs and lows

Items such as the Gotchas and NTV helped earn it a Bafta in 1993, while theme parks were given licences for Crinkley Bottom and Mr Blobby.

But the demise of the show in 1999 seemed to bring an end to the presenter's long association with the BBC.

Noel Edmonds and Mr Blobby
Edmonds' latex sidekick Mr Blobby became a worldwide phenomenon
His name was once again inadvertently linked with tragedy again after a nine-year-old boy died in a helicopter crash at a 1997 charity event he had organised in Scotland. Again, there was no suggestion of culpability on Edmonds' part.

Apart from a stint on Radio 2's Drivetime Show in 2003, Edmonds has spent recent years focusing on family and business interests.

But after five years away from our screens, the phenomenal success of Deal or No Deal - capped off this year when Edmonds won his first ever Bafta nomination - has once again made him one of Britain's most popular and sought-after broadcasters.

In recent months he has also moved into the world of publishing, talking about the high and low points in his professional career in the book Positively Happy: Cosmic Ways to Change Your Life.


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