Janet Street Porter has a career that spans almost five decades, encompassing print, radio and broadcast media, starting in the late 1960‘s as a fashion writer and weekly columnist on the Daily Mail and then the Evening Standard. She moved to radio, co-hosting a morning show on LBC, London’s first commercial station, in 1973. On screen and on the page she’s covered everything from architecture to food, education to driving a taxi. After dinner dinner speaker Janet explains why she refused to give in to pressure to make fiddly food on Masterchef, her unique management style, and why she was picked to go into the jungle.
Janet Street Porter On TV
In 1975 she moved to television, presenting an award-winning series for young people, The London Weekend Show. She hosted late night talk shows Around Midnight and Saturday Night Peopleand prime chat series like The Six O’Clock Show for ITV. In 1981 Janet became a producer, creating a series for Danny Baker, 20th Century Box. Next, she co-created the ground-breaking series Network 7 for Channel 4, winning a BAFTA for originality in 1988.
In 1987 she was appointed Head of Youth and Entertainment Features for the BBC. Here she commissioned numerous series and wrote new formats like the Rough Guides. She remained at the BBC until 1994 and during this time was responsible for 35 series from This Is Your Life through to Fantasy Football League. She won the Prix Italia for her production of a little-known opera, The Vampyr.
In 1999 Janet moved back into print media and became Editor of the Independent on Sunday.
Janet Street Porter Today
Over recent years Janet has appeared on numerous TV shows for all the major broadcasters including four series of The F Word with Gordon Ramsay, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (2004), Deadline (she was the editor of this celebrity staffed newspaper), Call Me A Cabbie, So You Think You Can Nurse and So You Think You Can Teach. She has appeared frequently on Question Time and Have I Got News For You.
Janet Street Porter was a finalist on Celebrity Masterchef in 2013 and presented a 20 part series on the food specialties of Britain A Taste of Britain with Brian Turner on BBC One in 2014.
Beyond The Spotlight
A former President of the Ramblers, Janet Street Porter has made a number of television programmes on Britain’s great walks, including Coast to Coast and As The Crow Flies, walking in a straight line from Edinburgh to London.
She studied architecture before entering journalism and has commissioned and built two houses. She chose the content for a recent BBC4 series on post war architecture in Britain and presented The Genius of British Art and Demolition both for Channel 4.
Janet appears twice weekly as a panelist on ITV1’s Loose Women, writes regularly for the Daily Mail and has a weekly column for the Independent on Saturdays.
She has written seven books including two volumes of memoirs, two self-help guides and two books on walking.
- Tonight: Old, Wealthy and on Benefits? ITV 1, 2016
- Countdown, Channel 4, 2016
- Loose Women, ITV 1, current panelist
- A Taste of Britain, BBC 1, 2014
- The Alan Titchmarsh Show, ITV 1, regular contributions
- The Genius of British Art, Channel 4, 2010
- The Culture Show, BBC 2, 2011
- Have I Got News For You, BBC 1, regular contributions
- Question Time, BBC, regular contributions from 1998 to date
- The One Show, BBC 1, 2009
- The F Word, Channel 4 regular contributions
- Call Me A Cabbie, ITV 1, 2007
- So You Think You Can Nurse, Channel 5, 2007
- So You Think You Can Teach, Channel 5, 2005
- Coming Home, BBC Wales
- TV on Trial, BBC 3. 2005
- Demolition, Channel 4, 2005
- I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, ITV 1, 2004
- Janet Saves the Monarchy, Sky One, (writer & presenter)
- Michael and Me, Sky One (writer & presenter)
…and of course, whilst she was at the BBC she was responsible for 35 series from This Is Your Life through to Fantasy Football League.
Teenage Diaries, Radio 4, 2011
All The Rage, one woman show at the Edinburgh Festival, 2004
Janet Street Porter Books
- Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down, Quadrille, 2009
- Life’s Too F***ing Short, Quadrille, 2008
- Fallout, Headline, 2006
- Baggage, Headline, 2004
- Scandal, Allen Lane, 1981
- The British Teapot, Angus and Robertson, 1981
- The Independent, weekly columnist
- Daily Mail, regular columnist
- Editor at large – Independent on Sunday, weekly column, 2002 to date
- Editor, Independent on Sunday, 1999
Honours, Accolades & Achievements
- Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
- Associate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects
- Honorary Vice President of The Ramblers Association
- Fellow of The Royal Television Society
- She won the Prix Italia for her opera The Vampyr, 1992
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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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