Cruise Ship Speakers

Broadcasting
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Alastair Lack
Broadcaster
BBC,Oxford University, MCC
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Alastair was educated at Whitgift School and University College, Oxford where he read Modern History. In 1971 he joined the BBC where he spent almost all of his more than twenty-seven years at the World Service, during which time he travelled widely as a presenter, producer, editor and manager for a broad range of programmes. Following his retirement, he was Secretary of the Oxford University Society and is is now an official guide for the city. He talks about his time with the BBC and the City of Oxford.

Paul Lavers
TV Presenter & Actor
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Paul Lavers is probably best known as one of the original presenters on QVC – the shopping channel, where with his humour and singing he charmed people into buying. However he trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic school and worked extensively on the UK's theatre repertory circuit. He's also well known to fans of "Doctor Who" as Paul featured in four episodes with Tom Baker, 'The Androids of Tara'. Paul is skilled behind the camera as well and set up Ideal World TV and other channels, including The Entrepreneur Channel.

David Mercer
Sports Commentator & Journalist
The World of Tennis
Coming from: Wendover,  Buckinghamshire  UK
David is a sports broadcaster specialising in tennis, badminton and rowing. From 1973 to 1984 David umpired at Wimbledon, taking charge of the Men’s Doubles Final in 1983 and the Men’s Singles Final, between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, in 1984. He umpired at numerous other tournaments and Davis Cup ties. David became a full-time broadcaster in 1984 when he joined BBC Radio Sport in London, and 2 years later he joined BBC Television. In his lectures David covers the world of tennis, past, present and future and reveals the hazards of being a sports broadcaster.

Ernest Rea
Religious Affairs
Coming from: Alderley Edge,  Cheshire  UK
Ernest Rea was born in Northern Ireland and gained degrees in History, Politics and Theology. In 1976 he embarked on a career in Religious Broadcasting working for BBC Northern Ireland and BBC1 Television eventually becoming responsible for all the BBC's religious output across radio and tv. He has expertise in all religions, in the history of the ancient world, in the modern history of Britain and Europe, and in contemporary political issues that affect religion and ethics, .

Andrew Robertshaw
Military & Social History
BA, MA, FSA Military and Social History
Coming from: Faversham,  Kent  UK
Andrew Robertshaw is a freelance military historian, author and broadcaster who has specialised in the study of the two world wars. He was previously a Museum Director at The Royal Logistic Corps Museum, and before that Head of Education at the National Army Museum in London. Andrew has written fourteen military history books. He is a consultant for television, specifically military history and archaeology and many of these programmes are featured on The History Channel. His largest movie project to date is ‘War Horse’ for Steven Spielberg.