Richard Spendlove worked for the former British Railways for 35 years, and in 1963 was appointed Relief Station Master at Cambridge, one of the youngest men in that job. He retired from the railways at 50 - "The earliest age at which his pension was available"
He now works for the BBC; His radio show, broadcast every Saturday from 8pm until 11pm on BBC Local Radio across East Anglia BBC Radio's Norfolk,Suffolk,Essex,BBC 3CR Beds,Herts and Bucks,Cambridgeshire,Northamptonshire and Kent (with BBC Radio Kent joining at 9pm) It is believed to be the longest continually running phone-in show on UK radio. It holds a clutch of local and national awards, and has been running for over 22 years. It is broadcast on various BBC local radio stations in the South and East of England and worldwide on the web. He was awarded the MBE "For Services to Regional and Local Radio Broadcasting" in June 2000. For television, with he created and co-wrote the BBC comedy series '''', which ran from 1995 to 1997, making a guest appearance as the inspector, Mr. Ernest Orkindale.