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Terry Christian (8 May 1962 in Old Traffordmarker, Manchestermarker, Englandmarker) is an award winning presenter of radio and television, whose credits include Channel 4's late night Youth Entertainment show The Word and ITV1 youth talk show It's My Life, as well as a variety of different local and national radio programmes.

Early Life

Christian is one of six children, three sisters, Janet, Mary and Sheila, two brothers Tony and Kevin. Born to Dublinmarker-born parents Daniel Christian (b. 31 January 1925 - d. Manchestermarker, Englandmarker, 20 December 1996) and Margaret Josephine Christian, née Cullen, (6 September 1926 - 1 April 2008). Terry Christian was born and grew up in Brooks's Bar in Old Traffordmarker, and was taught at St. Alphonsus primary school, and, after passing his eleven plus in 1971, at St Bede's College, Manchestermarker in Alexandra Parkmarker. His father was a shop steward in the TGWU for twenty-five years. Christian was spotted in 1981 by Granada producer Geoff Moore, who booked him for Devil's Advocate, a programme made by Granada Television about youngsters on the dole, presented by former World In Action editor Gus Macdonald. Amongst the other kids on the dole alongside Terry on Devil's Advocate was Johnny Marr of The Smiths. As a result of his appearances on the programme, Christian was offered his own radio show on BBC Radio Derby called Barbed Wireless.


Terry is to appear in a cameo role as a hopeful recording artist in forthcoming British horror film - "DeadTime." The feature is to be shot in Birmingham, made by DeadTime films Ltd in conjunction with Spooked Films Ltd. [according to Express & Star Newspaper website] Mixing & editing is to take place at Sony Pictures in London.

Terry's exact role in the narrative is still be confirmed, however pre-production & early marketing sources suggest he is appearing in scenes set in a dilapidated recording studio. "DeadTime" tells a fictional tale of how real-life heavy metal band "Love Meets Murder" meet their maker whilst recording a last-chance album. [according to official website] Current blogs surmise that he will interact with the band in a mysterious way (who won't be playing themselves) & may even turn out to be the film's chief bad guy.Of the project he recently stated "its caught my eye, quite scary & kind of '80's at the same time. Some serious tunes in there & an angry building too." [according to official website]

The horror film is set at the real-life Post Office Studios - itself a rustic & moody collection of audio studios on Holyhead Road in Wednesbury, Birmingham, England. "DeadTime" is slated to be released in Summer 2010. It is not yet known if Terry has taken on any other film related projects as well.


Christian gained plaudits and honours for his radio work for BBC local radio stations in the 1980s, with his Barbed Wireless programme winning Sony Awards in the specialist music category in 1985 and again in 1986. He also presented WPFM on Radio 4 for two years, and contributed regularly to Saturday Live on BBC Radio 1.

He managed a twelve-piece Reggae band, from the Nottingham / Derby area, Junior C Reaction, who received airplay on John Peel and Janice Long's show on BBC Radio 1 for their first independent release on Centurion Records, a double A Side, "CryJahoviah", and "Love & Emotion". They were signed to Cooltempo, a Chrysalis subsidiary, and enjoyed a modicum of success with their first release, a version of the Delroy Wilson classic, "'Better Must Come", which was C-listed on Radio One and Capital Radio at the time as well as playing a live session on Radio One's Saturday live. Terry also promoted regular gigs around the Derby and Nottingham area, promoting concerts by Pop Will Eat Itself, The Jazz Defektors, Nico (of Velvet Underground fame) Misty In Roots, The Naturalites, The Fall, and regular house nights at Derby's Twentieth Century club, where the resident Saturday night DJ was Graeme Parkmarker, who left to join Mike Pickering at the legendary Haciendamarker Nude night.

In late 1988, he joined Piccadilly Radio's Key 103 FM, presenting from 6-9pm on weekday evenings, and 2pm-5pm on Sunday afternoon. Christian immediately started filling Manchester's airwaves with the city's "new breed" (The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, and 808 State), as well as a mixture of classics by everyone from The Beatles, Love, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, classic soul and funk, plus Manchester favourites like The Buzzcocks, The Smiths, The Fall, New Order, and Joy Division. Terry also wrote The Word page in the Manchester Evening News from September 1989, a page dedicated to the Manchester music scene, and gave the first press to a host of Manchester luminaries including The Charlatans, Oasis, and Doves (then called Sub Sub).

Christian has presented on every radio station in the Manchester area. Still on the cutting edge music-wise, he's been responsible for first airplays for Cherry Ghost from Boltonmarker, who, after one play on Terry's show three years ago, were immediately signed up by Doves manager Dave Rofe, and then landed a recording contract with Heavenly records; Liam Fray, who then formed the Courteeners, whose album debuted in the UK album Charts at number 4 in April 2008; as well as first radio plays for the best of the rest in Manchester music, like The Ting Tings, Liam Frost, Twisted Wheel, The (now bassy-less) 5 Leaves (Left), The Delphics and Kid British and The Whip. He was also the presenter of The Final Whistle on talkSPORT every Saturday between 5pm and 8pm from 2006 until 2008, now officially Britain's most listened-to after-match football phone-in, alongside ex-footballer Micky Quinn.


Christian shot to national fame and notoriety in 1990, when he was recruited to host the controversial Channel 4 youth show The Word, named after his column in the Manchester Evening News, and based on the format of his pioneering music magazine radio shows. The show was a groundbreaking mayhemic mixture of pop music and teen attitude, a Friday night-out brought into your living room, which attracted up to a 49% audience share in its Friday night slot. Christian remained its only continuous presenter until it finished its run in 1995.

He went on to present Carlton Television's The Big City, Sky1's pop music show The Hitmix, and The Football Show for Tyne Tees Television. He also presented two series of late night TV review programme Turn On Terry for ITV, and to date six series of youth issues talkshow It's My Life (2003–2007) produced by former World In action Editor and Tony Wilson's So It Goes Series producer Geoff Moore for ITV, which was nominated for two St Martin's Trusts Awards.

He has starred as himself in the young Wakefieldmarker band The Cribs' video for the standalone single "You're Gonna Lose Us", which was made to look like an episode of The Word; and also played the part of Ross Peagrum, despotic TV presenter, in series 2 and 4 of the popular BBC TV drama series Cutting It, as well appearing as a guest on numerous TV shows in the UK and The Republic Of Ireland. During the nineties, Terry was also regularly seen as a presenter on MTV Europe.

Christian has recently completed hosting series six of ITV's youth discussion show "It's My Life", made by Manchester-based independent Moore Television. The programme is filmed at Granada Television in Manchester. Special guests on this series include Hazel Blears MP, Andy Burnham, secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport, and widow of Gary Newlove, Helen Newlove.

He recently appeared as a contestant on a Radio DJ special of Weakest Link, but lost in the final to Janice Long. Host Anne Robinson jokingly allluded his second-place finishing to that of his placing in Celebrity Big Brother.

Christian being an avid Manchester United fan he frequently appears on the Manchester United channel MUTV and has his own show Terry Christian's Sunday Worship. He can also be seen as a regular panellist on topical debate chat show The Wright Stuff.

He stars also in the Indie Horror film Deadtime under the direction from Tony Jopia.


Christian has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, Manchester Evening News, The Observer, The Times, The Sun, Rolling Stone Magazine, New York Rocker ,The Guardian, and The Sunday Times. He has also written three books: Brothers - from Childhood to Oasis (Virgin publishers) - about Oasis with Paul Gallagher ( older brother of Noel and Liam, and Blues In The Hood (Andre Deutsch 1999)' - about growing up in a large Irish community in Moss Side and supporting Manchester City covering the sixties up to 1977. A third book, My Word, a look at the world of television in the 1990s, was published by Orion books in June 2007 to favourable reviews, and came out in paperback in May 2008. He writes the music pages for the Pride Of Manchester website. [111240]


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