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Last Updated: Monday, 7 August 2006, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
About Working Lunch
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Business news you can use
Working Lunch is BBC Two's award winning daily business, personal finance and consumer news programme.

The programme has been on air since September 1994.

You can watch the programme on BBC Two at the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12.30 - 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 1.30 - 2.00pm
  • Friday 12.30 - 1.30pm.

    "Business news you can use" is what we're about, and we present it with a sense of humour and sharp insight.

    The Working Lunch team explains what is really happening in the world of business, the economy and on the high street. And, most importantly, how it affects you.

    The programme carries subtitles; just press Text and then 888 on your remote control.


    Meet the team

    Adrian Chiles
    Adrian Chiles
    Raised in Hagley in the West Midlands, Adrian says he emerged from local schools a slightly above average student. He went on to study English Literature at the University of London, where he says he was definitely a below average student.

    After graduating he planned to teach English abroad but broke his leg playing football and spent nearly a year on crutches instead. For some reason he ended up on a journalism course. West Bromwich Albion's loss, we're sure.

    Adrian's first job was with the Birmingham Post although he had done work experience on Business Breakfast on BBC One.

    His first on-air work was on the Financial World Tonight on Radio 4 and World Business Report on the World Service.

    With the launch of Radio 5 Live he found himself presenting the early morning business news. When Working Lunch launched in 1994 he became the presenter and also has a sports show on Radio 5 Live every Saturday.


    Adam Shaw
    Adam Shaw
    Adam studied Economics before beginning his career with the BBC, where he worked on consumer programmes Watchdog and That's Life.

    He left the Beeb to work as a reporter and a presenter on Japanese television but returned to present business on BBC World television, Business Breakfast and finally, Working Lunch.

    As our very own shares guru, he brings you an in-depth look at the stock markets movers and shakers and explains the technicalities and pitfalls of share dealing.


    Simon Gompertz
    Simon Gompertz
    Simon worked in the City and qualified as a Canadian stockbroker before bunking off to become a share tipster.

    He insists that it's pure coincidence that the stock market experienced its worst crash since 1929 on the day that he started broadcasting.

    Simon has worked on a range of BBC News programmes, including Today, The Money Programme and Business Breakfast.

    Rip-offs, frauds, financial black holes and companies in crisis are his daily diet. But they are helped down with inspiring business ideas, investment opportunities and money-saving tips.

    No lucrative suggestion is too small to be considered, no problem too large to be dealt with.


    Gillian Lacey-Solymar
    Gillian Lacey-Solymar
    Our consumer affairs specialist was born to Hungarian parents in Epping but will rarely admit to being an Essex girl.

    When she was two her parents took her to Paris for a year. On her return to the UK she finally started speaking English and has been hard to shut up ever since.

    Gillian studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford, then was recruited by a young William Hague to work as a management consultant at McKinsey.

    While he went into Parliament, she went into journalism. She joined Working Lunch at its launch in 1994 and has been pounding the High Street on behalf of consumers ever since.


    Rob Pittam
    Rob Pittam
    Rob, our man on the road, is back from a few months reporting for News 24.

    He'll be touring the UK, taking the pulse of business and listening to stories from the shop floor and the executive's office.

    Rob's earliest memory of money is losing it. Given a pound for his sixth birthday, he promptly dropped it and it hasn't been seen since.

    Born on Tyneside into a mining family, he moved to Nottinghamshire when the pit his father worked at closed. After a degree in politics he became a trainee manager at a knitwear company. Rob was ill-suited to the cut-throat world of textile management and soon left to become a journalist.

    He's worked on newspapers in Coventry, Leeds and Staffordshire and was the BBC's business correspondent for the East Midlands.

    In his spare time he plays football or scours the kitchen at his mother's house looking for that missing quid.


    Rachel Horne
    Rachel Horne
    Rachel grew up in Northern Ireland on the shores of Lough Erne.

    Aged 18 she swapped the wilds of Fermanagh for the deltas of Vietnam where she taught English and cemented a love of travelling.

    After reading Law and Theology at Cambridge University Rachel moved to London to study for a postgraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism.

    She's made cups of tea for Tony Blair at Breakfast with Frost, and helped BBC Northern Ireland prepare for Bill Clinton's visit to Stormont. She has also worked at BBC Radio Five Live and Radio 1 Newsbeat.

    At the wheel of a BBC people carrier with a thirty foot retractable ariel on the roof, an A-Z in one hand and microphone in the other, she knew that out and about reporting is what she loves best.

    After she mastered Southend's one-way system as BBC Essex's Breakfast radio reporter, she joined CBBC's Newsround team where she spent three years reporting on stories from the AIDS epidemic in Malawi to the Cannes film festival.

    She has also worked as a reporter for BBC News 24, a presenter for BBC3's 60 Seconds, and a newsreader for BBC Radio 2.

    Rachel will make sure you know all about the biggest stories in the world of personal finance, and more importantly how they affect you and what you can do about it.






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