Melvyn Bragg

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Melvyn Bragg


Host of "The South Bank Show" which featured an episode dedicated to The Smiths and was filmed just before the band split (first aired: October 18, 1987).

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Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, (born 6 October 1939) is an English broadcaster, author and parliamentarian. He is the editor and presenter of The South Bank Show (1978–2010, 2012–2023), and made the BBC Radio 4 documentary series In Our Time. Earlier in his career, Bragg worked for the BBC in various roles including presenter, a connection that resumed in 1988 when he began to host Start the Week on BBC Radio 4. After his ennoblement in 1998, he switched to presenting the new In Our Time, an academic discussion radio programme, which has run to more than one thousand broadcast editions and is also a podcast. He was Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1999 until 2017.