Terry Christian Biography

Award Winning TV and Radio Presenter Terry Christian was born and raised a in Brookes Bar Old Trafford, one street away from where Joy Division’s Ian Curtis was born and went to school with John Maher, the drummer with Manchester’s premier punk band The Buzzcocks.

After gaining an HND in Applied Biology at Polytechnic, Terry found himself unemployed in 1981. Asked along with 99 other young people who were out of work to appear on a chat show on ITV made by the World In Action Team (Devil’s Advocate), Terry was spotted over eight weeks of the show being networked by a couple of BBC producers and offered his own week night show, Barbed Wireless, on BBC Radio Derby. Inspired by Anthony H Wilson and what he’d experienced of the fledgling Manchester Music scene that came from punk, Terry felt inspired to present a show focussing on all kinds of new music, from Jazz Funk, Reggae and Punk to Indie with his main focus on up and coming bands from the Derby/ Nottingham area. His Barbed Wireless show which ran from 1982-1988 twice won the Sony Radio Award for the Best Specialist music show, Terry also worked on Saturday Live on Radio One (1986-1988) and presented a show called WPFM on Radio 4 from 1986 – 1988.

Terry also managed several bands including 12 piece Reggae Band Junior C Reaction (signed to Chrysalis records in 1985) and promoted his own gigs with bands such as The Fall, Nico (of Velvet Underground fame), Pop Will Eat Itself ,,The Cocteau Twins, Misty In Roots, James, Inspiral Carpets and many others. In 1988 Terry returned to Manchester to present the 6-9pm slot on Piccadilly/Key 103.The show became a showcase for the latest wave of new talent coming up in Manchester such as The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, 808 State, A Guy Called, The Charlatans etc. With all the fuss over the next eighteen months about Madchester, Terry was offered the job of presenting and formatting a new show for Channel 4 called The Word (The name came from the page Terry wrote in The Manchester Evening News every Friday, covering up and coming bands from the Greater Manchester Area).

The first episode of the Word appeared on TV screens on August 17th 1990 and for the next five years became the most controversial and talked about show on British Television. The show involved unusual stories, new music (TV firsts for Oasis, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Jamiraquai, The Manic Street Preachers, EMF, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg and many others) plus major stars of Hollywood such as Tom Hanks, Sharon Stone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hallie Berry Patrick Swayze, Jean Claude Van Damme, Leonardo De Caprio, River Phoenix.

After The Word, Terry presented TV shows on Sky (The Hitmix) for three years and Backchat, The Big City (Carlton TV), The Football Show (Tyne Tees), Hothouse, The G.Spot and Unsigned In The City (Granada), and in recent years Turn On Terry for ITV (north west Bafta nomination), six series so far of youth issues chat show ‘It’s My Life’ for ITV, which has been nominated for two Northwest Baftas and two St Martin’s Trust Awards. He also presented the UK’s biggest football phone The Final Whistle on Talksport from August 2006- August 2008, and the breakfast show on Radio Manchester from April 2006-June 2007 and the Drivetime show from June2007 to April 2008 as well as presenting The Manchester Music show covering new unsigned talent from the Greater Manchester Area from January 2002 until July 2008. He also won a Jerusalem Gold award in 2006 for Best Outside Broadcast, For The Manchester Passion on BBC Radio Manchester. He finished second in reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother in January 2009. He currently presents shows called ‘ Sunday Worship’ and ‘ The Terry Christian Big Interview’, and Live At The Red Café for Manchester United Television and a seventh series of ‘It’s My Life’ was aired in the spring of 2009. He’s also narrated the series ‘Asbo Teen To Beauty Queen for Channel 5 in 2007, several documentary Series for Discovery Channels (The Gymn 2004, and presented and narrated a number of music specials and series for both VH1 (Madchester Remembered, Biggest selling singles of The Nineties, Top Twenty coolest Records ever)) and MTV (Best New Bands of 2006). He’s appeared as a regular guest on numerous shows including That’s Show Business (BBC1), The Politics Show, The Big Questions, Sunday Live, Fantasy Football, 8 out Of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Watchdog, The Culture Show, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celelebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Weakest Link and iis a patron of The Five Stars Charity and is a regular panellist on The Wright Stuff on Channel 5. He currently Presents Terry Christians NWA (North West Attitude) on Imagine FM 104.9


Terry has written three books:
•    Brothers From Childhood To Oasis – Virgin Publishing September 1996
•    Reds In The Hood – Andre Deutsch April 1999
•    My Word – Orion July 2007
He’s also written articles for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Daily Mirror, The Express, and columns for The Sun (filling in for Jeremy Clarkson, Kelvin Mackenzie and John Gaunt), and was a had a page for six years called The Word in The Manchester Evening News covering the up and coming Manchester Music scene and has a regular column in Northern Life magazine.Share This!

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