(born David Pilditch
10 September 1938) is a British radio presenter. Since his broadcasting career began in 1959, Hamilton has hosted over 12,000 radio
shows and more than 1,000 TV
shows. He is usually known as 'Diddy David Hamilton' which was a name given to him by the successful British comedian Ken Dodd
Hamilton was born in Manchester
in 1938 as David Pilditch. He adopted his mother's maiden name as a showbusiness name.
He attended Glastonbury Road Grammar School at St. Helier in Surrey, until aged 17.
On leaving school Hamilton became a script-writer for the TV series, Portrait of a Star
In 1960 he became an in-vision television announcer for ABC TV based in Manchester and appeared with Ken Dodd
in the TV series, Doddy's Music Box
, acquiring the nickname, 'Diddy'. Throughout the Sixties he hosted shows for the Tyne Tees
and Westward Television
He joined the new Thames
as an announcer in 1968, subsequently hosting many shows for them including Miss TV Times
, TV Times Gala Awards
, The World Disco Dance Championships
, as well as many outside broadcasts, circus and sports shows. He appeared alongside comedians Benny Hill
and Tommy Cooper
and hosted Thames TV's showcase weeks on television in New York and Los Angeles. Later he hosted ATV's Saturday night series, Up For The Cup
, and four series of ITV's Hangman-style game show, All Clued Up
For BBC TV he compered Top of the Pops
and Seaside Special
and in 1986 the......