Doctor Tarrant

10 July 2006 – for immediate release

Chris Tarrant, one of the UK’s most popular television presenters and broadcasters, will be in the spotlight at Aston University in Birmingham this week when he will receive an honorary degree for his services to the entertainment industry.

Chris will join graduating students of the University in a special ceremony at 11am on Friday 14 July when he will receive an Honorary Doctorate.

Chris has a strong connection with the Midlands. He was educated at King's School, Worcester and then gave up an offer of a place at Oxford University to read English for a place at the University of Birmingham.

After a short spell teaching in London, his broadcasting career began in 1972 at ATV Midlands, and he became a familiar face for many brummies on ATV Today before shooting to national fame as the front man on the popular children’s TV programme Tiswas.

The show’s blend of anarchy, custard pies and slapstick made Chris, and fellow presenters Sally James and Lenry Henry stars of Saturday morning television the length and breadth of the country.

Chris turned his talents to Capital Radio in 1987 where he became the man to wake up London for 16 years winning the coveted Sony Radio Academy Breakfast Show Gold in 1995.

Today Chris is best known as the host of the hugely popular ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?’, but also hosts Tarrant on TV which is in its fifteenth year, and now with his own TV production company, CT-TV he is behind many other TV hits.

Chris said: ‘I love the Midlands, and regard it as my second home. So it is a particular honour for me to receive this Doctorate from Aston University. Although I took my degree at Birmingham University, I recall floating between the bars of both!’


For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 204 4552 or Hannah Brookes on 0121 204 4549.

Note to Picture Editors. Chris Tarrant will be available for pictures following the ceremony in the main reception of the University at 12 noon on Friday 14th July 2006.

Notes to editors: Aston University in Birmingham’s city centre has recently been named one of the best in the country in The Times newspaper’s annual Good University Guide. It is ranked 13th out of 109 higher education institutions in the Guide. For further information visit www.aston.ac.uk

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