David Dickinson is the the real life Lovejoy. Although David wears a suit and has a different style in patter. He was born and breed in Manchester. He was very much the budding entrepreneur working in the textile industry. He met his wife in the sixties who was a hard working cabaret singer on the international nightclub circuit. David became her manager, and together they travelled the world. It was at this point that David began his interest in Antiques eventually opening his own shop.
In 1996 a chance meeting with a TV producer at a barbecue lead to David’s first TV appearance, a two part documentary for the BBC made about his preparation for a show at Olympia. This lead to him hosting the National Televison Award winning game show Bargain Hunt for BBC (it’s prime time editions bagged 7.5 million viewers on BBC1).
David’s television career is now well established and is still thriving. Since 2006 he presents the weekday show ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’ on ITV, now in its tenth series and which has also enjoyed a stint on prime time. He is constantly being asked to appear on many panel and game shows and even hosted his own afternoon chat show for ITV in 2010, ‘The David Dickinson Show’ . It was a great honour for him to be the subject of ‘This is Your Life’ and the iconic chat show’ Parkinson’, his own very personal story was told in Series 3 of ‘Who Do You Think You Are? ‘ And over the years he has taken part in the nation’s favourite TV reality shows including ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
With so many filming commitments he no longer has the time to deal in antiques although they will always be his passion.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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