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Tim Lovejoy

Tim Lovejoy
Born (1968-03-28) 28 March 1968
Northwood, London, England
Spouse(s) Jade Lovejoy (m. 2002-06; divorced)
Domestic partner Tamsin Greenway (2012—)
Children 3
Website Official website

Timothy "Tim" Lovejoy (born 28 March 1968) is an English television presenter, best known for hosting Saturday morning football programme Soccer AM with Helen Chamberlain for over a decade. He presents Sunday Brunch and Daily Brunch on Channel 4 and BT Sports Panel on Saturday mornings on the BT Sport channel.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Early career 1.1
    • Soccer AM 1.2
    • Post-Soccer AM 1.3
    • Something for the Weekend 1.4
    • Sunday Brunch and Daily Brunch 1.5
    • BT Sport 1.6
  • Books 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Career

Early career

Lovejoy began his television career as a covering VJ for MTV UK. He then joined Planet 24, working as a researcher for The Big Breakfast before going on to produce the show.[1]

Richard Marson's book celebrating fifty years of Blue Peter also comments that Lovejoy auditioned as a presenter in the 1990s.

Soccer AM

Lovejoy began hosting and producing football show Soccer AM on Sky Television in 1996, with Helen Chamberlain. He remained on the show for eleven years.

Following the success of Soccer AM, Lovejoy became a radio DJ, joining Xfm before moving to Virgin Radio, where he briefly presented a Sunday-afternoon show. He also hosted Tim Lovejoy and the Allstars, a show similar to TFI Friday, on Sky 1, where he chatted with celebrities, between performances from a variety of bands.

In 2006, Lovejoy was appointed as the co-host of the car show Fifth Gear on Five for one series.

Lovejoy announced on 5 June 2007 that he would be leaving Soccer AM after eleven years.[2]

Post-Soccer AM

Following his departure from Soccer AM, Lovejoy joined BBC Radio Five Live as the Wednesday night host of its football phone-in show 6-0-6 though he was dropped in 2009.[3] He also presented the UK edition of Five's Major League Soccer magazine show David Beckham's Soccer USA

In 2008, Lovejoy launched an internet TV channel called Channel Bee. As of 20 November 2009, the website has been taken down.[4]

In February 2010, Lovejoy guest presented an episode of Blue Peter 12 years after auditioning for the show. A clip of Lovejoy's original audition was shown during the programme.[5]

In 2010, Lovejoy made a cameo appearance as a news reporter in the comedy feature Being Sold.

Lovejoy participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Something for the Weekend

Since 2006, Lovejoy has co-presented the Sunday morning TV programme Something for the Weekend on BBC Two, opposite chef Simon Rimmer and various female co-hosts including Louise Redknapp (previous co-hosts include Amanda Hamilton and Caroline Flack).[6]

The show centred on cookery, with celebrity guests assisting in the preparation of easy recipes, and viewers encouraged to make the same dishes at home. It also had regular segments on cocktails, gadgets, and 'guess the year' based on old pop and news clips.

It was reported in January 2012 that the show, which in 2011 ran as a 46 x 90-minute series, had fallen foul of the BBC's Delivering Quality First cuts because of its unfortunate scheduling on BBC 2 during the day, despite consistently high ratings. The show ended on 18 March 2012.[7] An online campaign was launched to save the programme.[8]

Sunday Brunch and Daily Brunch

On 25 March 2012, Lovejoy and Rimmer began hosting a new show for Channel 4, Sunday Brunch.[9][10] The series started one week after the final episode of Something for the Weekend.

In 2014, Lovejoy and Rimmer presented a short-lived spin-off series called Daily Brunch, airing Monday to Fridays from 10am. The show lasted for just eight weeks.[11]

BT Sport

In August 2013, Lovejoy began hosting the Saturday morning BT Sports Panel (BTSP) show of predictions, previews and reviews — a format similar to his former Soccer AM days.

Books

The two other books are linked to his TV series; "Lazy Brunch", 'co-authored' with chef Simon Rimmer (Quadrille Publishing, London, 2008) and "Something for the Weekend: 60 fabulous recipes for a Lazy Brunch", also 'co-authored' with Rimmer (Quadrille Publishing, London, 2009). His name is also associated with two DVDs on football: Lovejoy and Redknapp's Best Of Football, (2007) and Tim Lovejoy's Football Managers Uncut - A Guide to the Game's Greatest Gaffers (2008).

His book Lovejoy on Football was not critically well received. Taylor Parkes in monthly football magazine When Saturday Comes described it as "tedious in the extreme ... Hopelessly banal and nauseatingly self-assured, smirkingly unfunny ... There’s something sinister here, too: beamingly positive, thrilled by wealth, too pleased with himself to ask awkward questions."[12] Ally Ross of The Sun compared the number of photos Lovejoy included of himself in the work (38) to Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom (8).[13]

Personal life

Lovejoy married Jade in 2002 and has twin girls from the marriage; Grace and Rose. The couple are now divorced.[14]

In 2009, Lovejoy was named by The Daily Telegraph as the 49th most eligible bachelor in Britain.[15]

Lovejoy is in a relationship with English netball player Tamsin Greenway. She gave birth to the couple's first child together, a daughter named Jamie Jeane Lovejoy on 22nd May, 2013.[16]

Lovejoy has strong connections with FK Vidar, a small but upcoming football team based in Stavanger Norway. He tweeted about their new logo, Fenrir, from Norse mythology, and created a legion of global fans for the team. FKVidar have a 30-year plan to win the Champions league in 2043.

References

  1. ^ Tim Lovejoy Biography Speakers Corner
  2. ^ Dowell, Ben (5 June 2007). "Lovejoy to leave Soccer AM". MediaGuardian.  
  3. ^ Plunkett, John (26 June 2007). "Lovejoy to host Five Live phone-in". MediaGuardian.  
  4. ^ MediaGuardian (2008-07-07). "Tim Lovejoy: Leaving Sky was the day my life changed". Guardian. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  5. ^ Published Tuesday, Feb 16 2010, 10:37 GMT (2010-02-16). "'"Lovejoy to guest present 'Blue Peter. Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Something for the Weekend". BBC2 website. 
  7. ^ The Sun. 7 January 2012 http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/4045057/Something-For-The-Weekend-axed-Sunday-magazine-show-finishes-in-March.html. 
  8. ^ Jones, Paul (2012-01-09). "Campaign to save Something for the Weekend attracts celebrity support". Radio Times. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  9. ^ cookerymedia/2012/feb/16/something-for-the-weekend-channel-4
  10. ^ "Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer to join Channel 4 for Sunday Brunch - Channel 4 - Info - Press". Channel 4. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Taylor Parkes, When Saturday Comes, 250, Dec. 2007No Love No Joy
  13. ^ The Times, November 26, 2008 The 50 Worst Famous Football Fans
  14. ^ "Sunday Mirror article". Findarticles.com. 2006-02-05. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  15. ^ 14 Jun 2009 (2009-06-14). "Telegraph list of most eligible bachelors". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  16. ^  

External links

  • When Saturday Comes book review
  • Daily Telegraph article
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