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19 December 1922|
|Died||5 November 1987
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Occupation||Television and radio presenter|
|Children||3 adopted children|
Eamonn Andrews, CBE (19 December 1922 – 5 November 1987), was an Irish radio and television presenter, based from 1950 in the United Kingdom. From 1960 to 1964 he chaired the Radio Éireann Authority (now the RTÉ Authority), responsible for the introduction of State television to Ireland.
Andrews (his first name could also be spelled as Éamonn, with a fada on the E, as in 'É') was born in Synge Street, Dublin, Ireland, the same street as playwright George Bernard Shaw. He was educated at the local school, Synge Street CBS. He began his career as a clerk in an insurance office. He was a keen amateur boxer and won the Irish junior middleweight title in 1944.
In 1946 he became a full-time freelance sports commentator, working for Radio Éireann, Ireland's national broadcaster. In 1950, he began presenting programmes for the BBC, being particularly well known for boxing commentaries, and soon became one of television's most popular presenters.
In 1955 Andrews made a brief appearance on celluloid, appearing on camera as the narrator who introduces the unrelated segments that comprise the 'portmanteau' film, Three Cases of Murder. Throughout the 1950s he commentated on the major British heavyweight fights on the BBC Light Programme with inter-round summaries by J. Barrington Dalby.
On 20 January 1956, he reached #18 in the UK Singles Chart with a "spoken narrative" recording named "The Shifting Whispering Sands (Parts 1 & 2)", which had musical backing by the Ron Goodwin Orchestra and Chorus.
Series with which he was associated included:
He chaired the Radio Éireann Authority (now the RTÉ Authority) between 1960 and 1964, overseeing the introduction of State television to Ireland and establishing the Irish State broadcaster as an independent semi-state body. About this time he also acquired a number of business interests in Ireland, including recording studios and a dance hall.
He was famous for coming up with off-the-cuff linkings which did not work – such as 'speaking of cheese sandwiches, have you come far?' This was parodied by the character Seamus Android in the BBC radio programme Round the Horne in the 1960s, performed by Bill Pertwee. At the time Andrews hosted a chat show on ITV. He was also famous for sweating while on screen, as parodied by another BBC radio programme The Burkiss Way. Andrews' contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy's Hall of Fame.
In the late 1960s, at the height of the Cold War and Vietnam War, he showed his serious side when at his own expense he interviewed many notables to ask them their current opinions, and what they thought the world would be like twenty years into the future. He planned to invite them back, to screen what they had said, and to chat about how accurate they had been. He didn't live to record the second part; the tapes exist in the family's archives, and have never been viewed.
He is perhaps best known as the presenter of the UK's version of This Is Your Life, between its inception in 1955 and his death in 1987, when he was succeeded by Michael Aspel (who had also succeeded Andrews as host of Crackerjack 22 years earlier). He also created a long-running panel game called Whose Baby? that originally ran on the BBC and later on ITV. He was a regular presenter of the early Miss World pageants.
After months of illness, originally picked up as a virus on a plane trip (but not recognised at the time), he died suddenly from heart failure in November 1987, aged 64, in the private Cromwell Hospital, London. His widow Gráinne Bourke, whom he married in 1951, died 18 months later. They had three adopted children.