David Dimbleby

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David Dimbleby (born 28 October 1938) is a British BBC TV commentator and a presenter of current affairs and political programmes, most notably the BBC's flagship political show Question Time, and more recently, art, architectural history and history series.

Early life

Dimbleby was born in Surrey and educated at two independent schools, the then Glengorse School in Battle, East Sussex, and Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey (where he was a contemporary of Adam Raphael). After learning French in Paris and Italian in Perugia, he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford and graduated with a third-class honours degree. While at Oxford he was President of the Christ Church JCR, a member of the Bullingdon Club - a socially exclusive student dining society - and editor of the student magazine, Isis.


Dimbleby joined the BBC as a news reporter in Bristol in the 1960s and has appeared in news programmes since 1962, early on co-presenting the televised version of the school quiz Top of the Form. In 1974 he became presenter of Panorama, which had been presented by his father, Richard Dimbleby, and was involved in a variety of projects throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, which combined his established role as presenter and interviewer with documentary making. Notable among these were the 1979 The White Tribe of Africa (an...
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