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Encyclopedia > Robin Day

Sir Robin Day, OBE (24 October 19236 August 2000) was a British political broadcaster and commentator of note. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

On television, he presented Panorama and chaired Question Time (1979–89), and on radio was presenter of The World at One. His incisive and sometimes abrasive interviewing style, together with his heavy-rimmed spectacles and trademark bow tie made him an instantly recognisable and frequently impersonated figure on British television over five decades. Panorama is a long-running current affairs documentary series on BBC television, launched on 11 November 1953 and focusing on investigative journalism. ... Question Time is a topical debate television programme in the United Kingdom, based on Any Questions?. It is currently shown on BBC One at 22:35 on Thursdays, and typically features politicians from the three major political parties and other public figures who answer questions put to them by the... The World at One, or WATO for short, is BBC Radio 4s long-running lunchtime news and current affairs programme, which is broadcast from 1pm to 1:30pm from Monday to Friday. ... One option to tie a bowtie The bowtie is a mens fashion accessory, popularly worn with other formal attire, such as suits. ...

Monty Python's Flying Circus often used him as a reference point, including on the famous "Eddie Baby" sketch, where John Cleese turns to the camera and states "Robin Day's got a hedgehog named Frank." In another sketch, Eric Idle said that he was able to return his "Robin Day tie" to Harrod's. He was also spoofed (as Robin Yad) on The Goodies' episode "Saturday Night Grease". This article discusses the series itself. ... John Marwood Cleese (born October 27, 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning English comedian and actor most famous for being one of the founding members of the renowned comedy group Monty Python. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Goodies was a surreal British television comedy series of the 1970s and early 1980s combining sketches and situation comedy and starring Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie. ... Saturday Night Grease is an episode of the British comedy television series The Goodies. ...

Born in Hampstead, London, the son of a telephone engineer who eventually became the telephone manager at Gloucester, Robin Day briefly attended The Crypt School, Gloucester. Later he was sent to Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Crypt School is a grammar school for boys in the city of Gloucester, England, founded in 1539 by John and Joan Cooke. ... Bembridge School was a private school located between the village of Bembridge and Whitecliff Bay, on the Isle of Wight. ... The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, off the southern English coast, to the south of the county of Hampshire. ...

After war service, Day received his university education at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and, while a student, he was elected President of the Oxford Union debating society. Day also took part in the ESU USA Tour, the debating tour of the United States run by the English-Speaking Union. He was called to the Bar in 1952, but spent his entire career in journalism. College name St Edmund Hall Aula Sancti Edmundi Named after St Edmund of Abingdon Established 13th century, (c. ... The Oxford Union Society, commonly referred to simply as the Oxford Union, is a private debating society in the city of Oxford, whose membership is drawn primarily but not exclusively from the University of Oxford. ... The English-Speaking Union has been running tours and events to promote the English language, and to foster international friendship for over 80 years. ... The English-Speaking Union is an international educational charity founded in 1918 to promote international understanding and friendship through the use of the English language. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Journalism is a discipline of writing. ...

Day first rose to prominence on the then new Independent Television News (ITN) from 1955, when he was the first British journalist to obtain an interview with President Nasser of Egypt after Britain's humiliating defeat in the Suez Crisis. Independent Television News (ITN) is the main supplier of news broadcasts to two British television groups: ITV and Channel 4. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Combatants Israel United Kingdom France Egypt Commanders Moshe Dayan Charles Keightley Pierre Barjot Gamal Abdel Nasser Strength 175,000 Israeli 45,000 British 34,000 French 70,000 Casualties 197 Israeli KIA 56 British KIA 91 British WIA 10 French KIA 43 French WIA 650 KIA 2,900 WIA 2...

In the 1959 General Election he stood as a Liberal Party candidate for Hereford but failed to win the seat. This United Kingdom general election was held on October 8, 1959, and marked a third successive victory for the ruling Conservative party, led by Harold MacMillan. ... This article is about the historic Liberal Party. ... Hereford is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom comprising the City of Hereford and most of South Herefordshire, including Ross-on-Wye but excluding Ledbury and Much Marcle, Herefordshire which are in the Leominster constituency. ...

He became known in British broadcasting circles as "the Grand Inquisitor" for his abrasive style of interviewing politicians, a style that was radically out of keeping with the British media's culture of deference to authority and office that prevailed during the early days of his career. In 1981, he was Knighted for his services to broadcasting. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In October 1982, during an infamous interview with the then Conservative Secretary of State for Defence John Nott, whilst pursuing a line of questioning regarding cuts in defence expenditure, he posed the question "But why should the public, on this issue, as regards the future of the Royal Navy, believe you, a transient, here-today and, if I may say so, gone-tomorrow politician, [a reference to Nott's announcement that he was to stand down at the next General Election] rather than a senior officer of many years?" John Nott promptly rose from his seat, removed his microphone, said "I'm sorry, I'm fed up with this interview. Really, it's ridiculous." and walked off the set. John Nott's autobiography published in 2003 is called Here Today Gone Tomorrow: Recollections of an Errant Politician. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and is the second oldest extant political party in the world. ... The Secretary of State for Defence is the senior United Kingdom government minister in charge of the Ministry of Defence. ... The Right Honourable Sir John William Frederic Nott (born February 1, 1932 in Bideford, Devon) was a British Conservative Party politician prominent in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. ...

Robin Day published two autobiographies; Day by Day in 1975 and The Grand Inquisitor in 1989. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Sir Robin Day: 1923–2000 from the BBC
  • Tributes to Sir Robin Day from the BBC
Preceded by
programme started
Regular Host of Question Time
Succeeded by
Peter Sissons

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Internet Obituary Network, Obituary for Sir Robin Day (687 words)
Day was sent to the Bemridge School on the Isle of Wight and upon completing his secondary education enlisted in the Armed Forces, serving the Royal Artillery in Northern Ireland and in Kenya during and after World War II (1943-1947).
Day, however, was determined to get the answers to issues he believed his viewers deserved, however hard he may have to press a subject to get them.
Day published a memoir, "Grand Inquisitor" in 1989 which was very successful commercially and went into serialization in a number of British newspapers.
Telemetric Observations of a Robin (Turdus Migratorius) (2373 words)
The Robin also rested in the day in the cherry and hackberry trees where it fed. It spent most of its day (about 71 per cent) sleeping or resting with eyes closed, and no more than 26 per cent of the day foraging and feeding.
The Robin's behavior the second day was similar to that of the first; it frequented the same areas and even the same trees.
The Robin was captured, with a mist net at 0730 hours on 20 July 1964, near the south edge of the University of Illinois campus.
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