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Richard Bacon in 2010
Born
Richard Paul Bacon

30 November 1975 (1975-11-30) (age 45)
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Education Worksop College, Nottinghamshire
(independent boarding school)
Alma mater Nottingham Trent University
Occupation television and radio presenter
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Rebecca McFarlane (m. 2008)
Children Roland Bacon

Richard Paul Bacon (born 30 November 1975) is an English television and radio presenter. He was a host of the children's show Blue Peter—his first high-profile media role. He has since worked as a reporter or presenter on numerous television shows, including The Big Breakfast, and on ITV's Good Morning Britain as a stand-in presenter, and on radio stations including Capital FM, Xfm London and BBC Radio Five Live. In 2016, Bacon became the presenter of The National Geographic Channel's reboot of its documentary/panel discussion TV series, Explorer.

Early life and education

Bacon grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and was educated at St Peter's Church of England Primary School on Bellamy Road, followed by two independent schools, also in Nottinghamshire: at Wellow House School, a preparatory school on Newark Road in the village of Wellow, and then at Worksop College, a boarding school on Windmill Lane in the town of Worksop. He studied Business Studies with Electronics at Nottingham Trent University, but dropped out after a year.

Life and career

His first job in the media was as a reporter for BBC Radio Nottingham, notably on the programme The Beat. In February 1996, he joined L!VE TV as a reporter; this saw him being banned from the State Opening of Parliament, and having a beer thrown at him by Damon Albarn as he tried to interview him leaving a nightclub.

Blue Peter

Bacon's television break was as a presenter on the children's show Blue Peter, which he joined on 21 February 1997. He presented alongside Romana D'Annunzio, Katy Hill, Konnie Huq and Stuart Miles. On 19 October 1998, he was the programme's first-ever presenter to have his contract terminated in mid-season. His tenure on the programme lasted just over 18 months. Bacon was required to return his Blue Peter badge upon his dismissal.

TV career since Blue Peter

Bacon's television career survived the setback, and he has since presented such shows as The Big Breakfast, Top of the Pops, and reality TV shows Back To Reality and Castaway Exposed.

In August 2005, the band The Magic Numbers walked out of Top of the Pops, after Bacon made a remark that was widely thought to be about the body shape of members of the band; during rehearsals he referred to the band as a "big, fat melting pot of talent".

Since 2006, he has narrated and presented BBC Three's series Most Annoying People.

Bacon guest-hosted ITV's This Morning during 2005, Channel 5's The Wright Stuff on several occasions during 2007 and 2008, and BBC Two's Something for the Weekend from 2008 to 2009. He was the narrator for series 1 to 3 of Sky's police documentary Brit Cops.

In late 2010, he presented Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club on ITV4. A second series aired in late 2011. Just before the 2010 World Cup he hosted a show called World Cup's Most Shocking Moments, with Peter Crouch.

Bacon presented editions of BBC Three's Young Voters' Question Time. He has made several TV cameo appearances as himself, including Hotel Babylon in 2007 (in which his character hires escort girls to play Scrabble with him all night), the episode "Video Killed the Radio Star" of the TV series FM, an episode of The Thick of It (both in 2009) and an episode of Psychoville in 2011. In October 2011, he hosted BBC Three's Up for Hire, an interactive series over the course of five nights tackling one of Britain's biggest issues – youth unemployment.

In April 2012, he presented the Channel 4 television series Hidden Talent, where each programme featured ordinary members of the public taking tests in certain fields or skills to identify any previously unidentified talent.

On 13 January 2013 Bacon appeared on All Star Family Fortunes with his family playing against Louie Spence. On 25 November 2013, Bacon hosted one series of ITV's game show Show Me the Telly. On 8 December 2013, he guest-presented an episode of Sunday Scoop.

On 17 February 2014, he hosted a one-off show, Benefits Britain: The Debate, for Channel 4. In 2014, he presented the live Channel 4 programme How Rich Are You?, about the UK economy.

In 2015, Bacon co-presented the first series of The Big Painting Challenge alongside Una Stubbs for BBC One, and sports show Eternal Glory for ITV. He also joined Reena Ninan as a substitute co-host of ABC's World News Now overnight and America This Morning news program.

Beginning on 14 November 2016, the U.S. worldwide educational cable network National Geographic Channel debuted its "global" overhaul and rebranding of the channel with its entirely new primetime lineup that night: the much anticipated, multi-million-dollar docudrama miniseries Mars, followed by the reboot of Explorer, and then Star Talk, a lighthearted panel discussion series loosely centered around astrophysics and astronomy, hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Bacon became the presenter for the Explorer programme, which comprises several (usually three) short films, introduced by Bacon and shot from all over the world, involving matters of social, political, environmental, and/or humanitarian significance. Each film is then discussed before a live studio audience with Bacon moderating and usually includes the filmmaker or another representative of the film. Then, at least one expert on either side of the issue also joins the discussion. The live-audience segments of each episode of Explorer are filmed at CBS Studios in New York City. For the debut show, Bacon hiked through Yosemite National Park with President Barack Obama.

In June 2017, he began hosting a daily half hour newsmagazine show called Top 30. It originally aired on Fox affiliates for four weeks before being picked up as a regular series, broadcast nationally across America in September 2017. On 13 September 2017, it was renewed through 2019.

In July 2019, he became the latest guest presenter to fill in for Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.

In October 2019, the American TV network ABC commissioned his original "whodunnit" game show format The Hustler for an eight-part series, hosted by Craig Ferguson. Production began in the fall, with Bacon serving as one of its executive producers.

Personal life

Bacon married Rebecca McFarlane in 2008. They live in Los Angeles, where Bacon works in U.S. television. They have two children. His father-in-law is John McFarlane, currently serving as chairman of Barclays.

In October 2011, Bacon announced on his podcast that he had been contacted by the Metropolitan Police, who advised him that his phone had been hacked by the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

On 28 March 2018, Bacon explained to Nicky Campbell in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live that at the age of 42 he was diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), about which he said "I like having it a lot, it is who I am. It's just learning to work with it and manage it means that life gets less chaotic and painful for my wife and children."

In July 2018, he was placed in an induced coma after becoming ill with pneumonia.

In October 2019, he discussed his alcohol addiction.

Charity

Bacon is a celebrity supporter of the British Red Cross and is particularly interested in their National Flood Appeal and international messaging services.

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