Pam Rhodes has been the familiar face of BBC Television’s SONGS OF PRAISE for over twenty years, with high profile interviews and meetings including the Pope, Dr. Christiaan Barnard, Sir James Galway, Sir Harry Secombe, Pat Boone, Sir Cliff Richard, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dame Thora Hird, the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Reverend Jesse Jackson, members of the Royal Family and Dolly Parton! Pam cut her teeth in news journalism, being the anchor for ANGLIA TELEVISION’s daily evening news programme for seven years, in addition to presenting network holiday and travel programmes, her own daily interview series on LIFESTYLE TELEVISION, RADIO 2 and other long-term commitments for LONDON WEEKEND, THAMES AND BFBS TELEVISION. She is currently presenting the weekly series COUNTRY DAYS, an affectionate look at the landscape of East Anglia over the years, for ANGLIA TELEVISION, and for six years, she has also had her own weekly programme on PREMIER RAIOD. She is well known as an After Dinner speaker, and often comperes large orchestral and musical events at symphony halls around the country, having presented prestigious television recordings from venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
She is established herself as a prolific mainstream author in recent years, with five novels and four factual books under her belt. She is married to Richard Crow, and they live in an old farmhouse in Bedfordshire where she’s a patron of many local charities. Nationally she’s a Vice President of THE CHURCH ARMY, and Patron of MHA (METHODIST HOMES FOR THE AGED), THE FORESTERS’ CHARITY STEWARDS UK TRUST and WILDLIFE AID. She’s also particularly committed to the work of THE SALVATION ARMY, CHRISTIAN AID, HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE, JOHN GROOMS ASSOCIATION FOR THE DISABLED and THE HOSPICE MOVEMENT. Locally she’s a patron of THE PASQUE HOSPICE including KEECH COTTAGE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE, and a Trustee of THE LISTER HOSPITAL APPEAL providing much needed extra facilities for the area’s major NHS Hospital.
Many moons ago, she was one of George Mitchell’s BLACK AND WHITE MINSTRELS, and as a qualified youth worker volunteered to teach dancing and drama in youth clubs around London for ten years. She still loves dancing – in fact, she met her husband at a jiving class where he threw her into a ‘seducer’ and she’s been there ever since! She’s happiest in her wellies pottering about in the garden, loves singing, plays the piano very badly when she thinks no-one’s listening – and can turn her hand to a mean party piece on the concert xylophone when really pressed!