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Dale Winton
Born Dale Jonathan Winton
(1955-05-22)22 May 1955
Marylebone, London, England
Died 18 April 2018(2018-04-18) (aged 62)
Whetstone, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Radio DJ/Broadcaster
Years active 1972–2018
Television Dale's Supermarket Sweep (1993–2001, 2007)
In It to Win It (2002–2016)
Hole in the Wall (2008)
Parent(s)

Dale Jonathan Winton (22 May 1955 – 18 April 2018) was an English radio DJ and television presenter. He presented the shows Dale's Supermarket Sweep from 1993 until 2001 and again in 2007, the National Lottery game show In It to Win It between 2002 and 2016 and the 2008 series of Hole in the Wall. Winton also presented Pets Win Prizes (1995–96) and The Other Half (1997–2002).

Early life

Winton was born on 22 May 1955 to a Jewish father, Gary Winton, and actress Sheree Winton, a Jewish convert. Winton's father died on the day of his bar mitzvah and Winton was brought up by his mother.[1][2] Winton's mother committed suicide in 1976 while suffering from depression.[3][4]

Career

Radio

Winton started DJ'ing in clubs in Richmond in 1972, where he met Steve Allen, the LBC radio presenter. The two remained friends thereafter, and lived together for a period and would go on holiday together.[5] From there he had a selection of jobs including selling timeshares.[6] In 1982, Winton moved to London and began his entertainment career on the London club circuit, where he DJ'd at weekends. This led him to the United Biscuits Radio Network where he did a variety of jobs working for Adrian Love, before getting his own morning show.[7] From here he joined Radio Trent in Nottingham, where he presented a weekend show, moving to the weekday mid-morning show, before leaving in 1985, and going on to work at a number of other local radio stations including Chiltern Radio, Beacon Radio (in Wolverhampton, for 3 years) as well as Blue Danube Radio in Vienna, Austria.[8][9]

In 2000, Winton took over from Alan Freeman to present Pick of the Pops on BBC Radio 2,[10] and hosted the show until 30 October 2010, when Tony Blackburn replaced him.[11][12] Winton sat in for Steve Wright and Liza Tarbuck on BBC Radio 2, covering the latter's Saturday show in September 2013 and November/December 2016.[13][14][15]

Television

Winton began his television career in 1986 on Pet Watch,[16] before working for Channel 4, Lifestyle Channel and ITV. From 1993-2000, hehosted Dale's Supermarket Sweep during the daytime TV period on ITV. In 2007, Supermarket Sweep was revived after a ​5 12-year absence. Winton portrayed himself as an irritating gameshow presenter in Danny Boyle's 1996 film Trainspotting.[2]

In 1995–96, Winton presented BBC's Saturday night gameshow Pets Win Prizes. In 1997, he presented the final of the Great British Song Contest, the UK's national pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, due to a tie-in with the lottery programme. Between that year and 2002, he also presented a dating show called The Other Half. In 1999, he appeared on the sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme with Kathy Burke in the episode Do They Take Sugar?.[17]

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 2000 when he was surprised by Michael Aspel.[18] In 2001, he presented Channel 5's endurance show Touch the Truck.[19] In 2002, Winton began presenting the National Lottery game show In It to Win It.[20] In 2003, he appeared in the BBC Three mockumentary, Dale's Wedding, in which he supposedly married the UK celebrity Nell McAndrew.[21]

From 2003-04, he hosted two series of Stars Reunited where the casts of popular British television series were reunited after many years. Between 2004 and 2006, he presented three series of the celebrity weight loss "boot camp" programme, Celebrity Fit Club on ITV.[22]

Winton presented BBC One's Saturday night entertainment programme Hole In The Wall in 2008, based on the Japanese original, where contestants in skin-tight lycra costumes contorted themselves to fit through oddly-shaped holes in a moving wall.[23] The show returned for a second series in 2009, but Anton du Beke replaced Winton as host. Winton began appearing in television advertisements for cashmygold.co.uk in 2010.[24] Winton appeared on Matt Lucas and David Walliams' BBC comedy series Come Fly With Me.

He appeared in the last episode of the series, playing himself.[22] In 2012, he hosted one-off ITV game show Dale's Great Getaway. In February 2018, Winton hosted travelogue series Dale Winton's Florida Fly Drive aired on Channel 5.[25]

Personal life and death

In 2002 he released his autobiography in which he wrote about his rise to fame and his actress mother's suicide, and came out about his homosexuality.[26]

On 18 April 2018 Jan Kennedy, Winton's long-term agent, announced that he had died at his home.[27] On 19 April a spokesman for Scotland Yard said that police were treating the death as "unexplained" but did not believe it to be suspicious.[28] According to his friend, Gloria Hunniford, "Dale had a lot of things going wrong, he had pain with arthritis, he had a heart complaint, he had a chest infection, and we all know how the winter affected that. He had asthma as well."[29]

Winton had recently moved from a £2.9 million apartment in Regent's Park to a property in Whetstone, North London.[30] Winton's close friends celebrated his life with a non-religious humanist funeral ceremony from Humanists UK on 22 May, his birthday.[31][32] His eulogy was preserved by the Bishopsgate Institute, as part of a public historical archive of humanist funerals.[33]

References

  1. ^ Winton, Dale. My Story. London: Arrow Books. ISBN 978-0-09957-393-7. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Dale Winton obituary". The Times. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Festive sauce". The Daily Telegraph. 31 December 2000. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  4. ^ Clarendon, Dan (18 April 2018). "'Supermarket Sweep' Star Dale Winton Privately Battled Health Issues for Years Before His Death". Closer Weekly. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Steve Allen's Emotional Tribute To Close Friend Dale Winton". LBC. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  6. ^ Hayward, David (19 April 2018). "Dale Winton obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "About Dale". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  8. ^ The Daily Telegraph, London. Obituary 20 April 2018
  9. ^ "BBC Radio 1 People – Dale Winton's Winning Ways". Radio Rewind. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "'Fluff' hands over to Dale". BBC News. 27 March 2000. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Press Office: Programme Information: Network Radio BBC Week 44: 31 October-5 November: Pick Of The Pops Saturday 30 October 1.00–3.00pm BBC RADIO 2". BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Profile: Tony Blackburn". BBC News. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "Dale Winton sits in". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "Dale Winton sits in". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Radio presenter Dale Winton dies aged 62". Radio Today. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "BBC listings, Pet Watch". BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  17. ^ Harp, Justin (18 April 2018). "Supermarket Sweep presenter Dale Winton dies at age 62". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  18. ^ "Dale Winton profile". Bigredbook.info. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  19. ^ "Vashca – Bespoke Television Productions". Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  20. ^ Sharman, Jon (18 April 2018). "Dale Winton death: Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win It presenter lauded as 'the perfect host'". The Independent. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "Nell McAndrew on marrying Dale Winton". BBC News. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  22. ^ a b Duncan, Amy (19 April 2018). "Dale Winton in Trainspotting to Pets Win Prizes, remembering his work other than Supermarket Sweep". Metro. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "Hole In The Wall commissioned for BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  24. ^ Freeman, Hadley (6 January 2010). "Awful ads, crass jingles and Dale Winton – daytime TV fodder is now primetime: In a recession we're assumed to be sitting ducks for any money-saving tip". The Observer. 
  25. ^ "What's happened to Dale Winton's Florida Fly Drive?". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  26. ^ "Dale Winton: I never told my mum I was gay". Now Magazine. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  27. ^ "TV presenter Dale Winton dies aged 62". BBC News. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  28. ^ "Police treat Dale Winton's death as 'unexplained'". Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  29. ^ Gloria Hunniford on death of Dale Winton, hellomagazine.com; accessed 1 June 2018.
  30. ^ "Dale Winton's health 'not quite right' recently, says neighbour". Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  31. ^ Kelly, Emma (22 May 2018). "Dale Winton to be laid to rest today in Humanist memorial service". Metro. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  32. ^ Wright, Minnie (22 May 2018). "Dale Winton funeral: TV legend 'to be laid to rest in Humanist ceremony TODAY'". The Daily Express. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  33. ^ Andersson, Jasmine (12 June 2018). "Dale Winton's last wish fulfilled as eulogy made public". Pink News. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 

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