Roy Sydney George Hattersley, Baron Hattersley (born 28 December 1932) is a British Labour politician, author and journalist from Sheffield. He served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1983 to 1992.
Arthur Mitchell Ransome (18 January 1884 – 3 June 1967) was an English author and journalist, best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books. These tell of school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. Many of the books involve sailing; other common subjects include fishing and camping.
John Edward Taylor (11 September 1791 – 6 January 1844) was the founder of the Manchester Guardian newspaper, later to become The Guardian. He was born at Ilminster, Somerset, England, to Mary Scott, the poet, and John Taylor, a Unitarian minister. He was apprenticed to a cotton manufacturer in Manchester, and later became a successful merchant.
Rebecca Front (born 28 June 1965) is an English comedienne and actress, perhaps best known for her performances in a series of critically-acclaimed satirical comedies in the early 1990s: On The Hour, The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge. Her career has continued across a range of comedy genres into the 2000s with prominent roles in animation Monkey Dust, sitcoms The Thick of It, Time Gentlemen Please and Nighty Night, and sketch show Big Train.
Charles Prestwich Scott (26 October 1846 – 1 January 1932) was a British journalist, publisher and politician. Born in Bath, Somerset, he was the editor of the Manchester Guardian from 1872 until 1929 and its owner from 1907 until his death. He was also a Liberal Member of Parliament and pursued a progressive liberal agenda in the pages of the newspaper.
Cyril Lionel Robert James (4 January 1901 – 19 May 1989) was an Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist and essayist. He was influential in the United Kingdom and the United States in socialist parties and Marxist thought, as well as leading ideas about the end of colonialism. He is also famed as a writer on cricket.
Gavyn Davies, OBE (born 27 November 1950) was the chairman of the BBC from 2001 until 2004, a former Goldman Sachs banker and a former economic advisor to the British Government. On 28 January 2004 he announced that he was resigning his BBC post following the publication of the Hutton Inquiry report which heavily criticised the organisation. Davies was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge and Balliol College, Oxford.
John Andrew Sutherland (born 9 October 1938) is an English academic, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author. Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing.
Terry Major-Ball (2 July 1932 – 13 March 2007) was the elder brother of the former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, who during his brother's seven-year premiership had a brief career as a television and radio personality and newspaper columnist. Despite the media attention, he always remained loyal and discreet.
Ronald Franklin "Ron" Atkinson, (born 18 March 1939) commonly known as "Big Ron" and (earlier in his managerial career) "Bojangles" is an English former football player and manager. In recent years he has become one of Britain's best-known football pundits.
Leslie Thomas John Arlott OBE (25 February 1914 – 14 December 1991) was an English journalist, author and cricket commentator for the BBC's Test Match Special. He was also a poet, wine connoisseur and former police officer in Hampshire. Known for his poetic phraseology, Arlott was a popular figure in the world of cricket commentary, he was noted for his "wonderful gift for evoking cricketing moments" by the BBC.
Jon Ronson (born 10 May 1967) is a Cardiff-born journalist, documentary filmmaker, radio presenter and the author of four nonfiction books, including The Men Who Stare At Goats. His journalism and columns have appeared in British publications including The Guardian newspaper, City Life and Time Out magazine. He has made several documentary films for television and two documentary series for Channel 4.
Brian Redhead (28 December 1929 - 23 January 1994) was a British author, journalist and broadcaster. He was probably best known as a co-presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 which he worked on from 1975 until 1993, shortly before his death. He was a great lover and promoter of the city of Manchester and the North West in general, where he lived and worked for many years.
Linda Colley, Lady Cannadine, CBE (born 1949) is a British historian, widely known for her 1992 study Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707–1837, which explored the development of Britishness following the 1707 Acts of Union. She is currently Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University in the United States.
Sir Simon David Jenkins (born 10 June 1943) is a British newspaper columnist currently associated with The Guardian after fifteen years with News International titles. He was educated at Mill Hill School and St John's College, Oxford. A former editor of The Times newspaper, he received a knighthood for services to journalism in the 2004 New Year honours.
Ben Goldacre is a British medical doctor and journalist, and the author of the The Guardian newspaper's weekly Bad Science column. He works full-time as a junior doctor for the National Health Service and is a registered psychiatrist. His first book, also called Bad Science, was published by Fourth Estate in September 2008. Goldacre is the nephew of science journalist Robyn Williams, and he is the great-great-grandson of Sir Henry Parkes.
Jill Sheila Tweedie (22 May 1932 - 12 November 1993) was an influential feminist, writer and broadcaster. She was educated at the independent Croydon High School in Croydon, South London. She is mainly remembered for her column in The Guardian on feminist issues (1969-1988), 'Letters from a faint-hearted feminist' and for her autobiography Eating Children (1993). She succeeded Mary Stott as a principal columnist on The Guardian's Women's Page.
Lucy Mangan is a columnist who writes regular columns and TV reviews for The Guardian newspaper since 2003. A collection of her columns in Guardian Weekend magazine was published as a book in May 2009 titled My Family and Other Disasters. She has also written a book satirising her personal experiences growing up called Hopscotch and Handbags: The Essential Guide to Being a Girl. She is congenitally anosmic, i.e. she was born with no sense of smell.