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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
About Tim Samuels
Tim Samuels at Abbey Road studios with "The Zimmers"
Tim Samuels at Abbey Road studios with "The Zimmers"
Despite being a scruffy schmo from Manchester, Tim is actually an acclaimed documentary-maker with several top awards under his belt.

Tim, 31, originally started out as a TV reporter after joining the BBC as a trainee from university.

He went on to become an investigative correspondent for the Newsnight programme, exposing miscarriages of justice on death row and working undercover in Belfast to show new forms of racism.


By the age of 30, Tim had won an unprecedented two Royal Television Society awards - including Young Journalist of the Year, and Best British News Story.

He has also won TV Journalist of the Year at the Race in the Media Awards, and been commended by Amnesty International and the New York Festivals for his human rights journalism.

Tim Samuels (Photo: Wolf Kettler)
But Tim swapped the hardcore investigations for stirring up a spot of trouble.

Last year, he led a hundred MRSA victims on a mass impromptu clean-up of our dirtiest hospitals for the BBC documentary A Dirty Weekend in Hospital - which won Best Current Affairs documentary at the Banff World Television Festival 2006.

Three nearly interesting facts about Tim

    Morrissey (L) and Tim Samuels aged 13 (R)
    Morrissey (L) and Tim Samuels (R) aged 13
  • Tim's first break in journalism was interviewing pop star Morrissey - at the age of 13. The Smiths front man came round to Tim's flat for the interview after being accosted by Tim in a Smiths T-shirt in Manchester. Morrissey declined the offer of staying for dinner (vegetarian shepherd's pie).
  • At 14, Tim appeared on cult kids TV show Eggs'n'Baker with Cheryl Baker to talk about being vegetarian. He cooked a lentil bake for boy band Brother Beyond. Ten year's of vegetarianism later came to a sticky end in a McDonalds in Golder's Green.
  • He drove a car covered in England flags around Scotland during the last World Cup for a Newsnight experiment. The car never made it out of Glasgow in one piece. The SNP weren't too chuffed and a big parliamentary row kicked off.

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