(1935 – 2009)
In memory of
(1935 – 2009)
This is an obituary to Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd, born Cyril Nicholas Dodd but better known by his stage name Simon Dee. He was a British television interviewer and radio disc jockey who hosted a twice-weekly BBC TV chat show, Dee Time in the late 1960s. After moving from the BBC to London Weekend Television (LWT) in 1970 he was dropped and his career never recovered. He succumbed to bone cancer at 11:50am on 29 August 2009, leaving three ex-wives, four children, and four grandchildren. In 1964 he joined Radio Caroline, a pirate radio ship broadcasting pop music from outside UK territorial waters. On Easter Day, 30 March, his was the first voice to be heard on the radio station, welcoming listeners and handing over
to the only other DJ on the ship at the time, Chris Moore, for the opening programme. In 1965 Dee was given a job on the BBC Light Programme, introducing a late-night show on Saturdays. He also worked on Radio Luxembourg. He told a reporter at the time that he left Caroline "while the going was good". After BBC Radio 1 opened in 1967, he introduced the Monday edition of Midday Spin and sometimes presented Top of the Pops on BBC television. In 1967 Dee began his early evening chat show Dee Time on BBC television. The show became very popular, with up to 18 million viewers. Dee Time opened with sports presenter Len Martin announcing "It's Siiiiimon Dee!", imitating The Johnny Carson show, and closed with a shot of
Dee driving off in an E-type Jaguar with blonde model Lorna McDonald. Only two complete editions of Dee Time survive in the BBC archives; the programme was transmitted live and the BBC rarely recorded live programmes they did not intend to repeat. He became very successful and adopted an extravagant lifestyle. This memorial is in honour of Simon Dee's life and his acheivements.
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