Originally a RADA trained actress, Valerte Singleton was a successful voice-over artist when, in 1962, the BBC came looking for the perfect presenter to join existing frontman Christopher Trace on their children's show Blue Peter. She fitted the role to perfection and soon earned a reputation for being glamorous and unflappable but never afraid to muck-in.
After leaving the show as a full-time member of the team, Val went on to present Nationwide from 1972 to 1976. She also became Blue Peter's roving reporter, popping up in the studio and on film reports and fronting Blue Peter Special Assignments. Her last report for the show was in 1981 - nearly two decades after she made her debut.
Stints on the Money Programme for BBC2 and PM on Radio 4 followed. Additionally, she has made many guest appearances on the nation’s favourite TV shows and has also presented programmes on such diverse topics as travel, history, alcohol abuse, violence in present day society and a game show.
In An Audience with Valerie Singleton she talks about her long and fascinating career.
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