Chris Howland

Chris Howland (30 July 1928 – 29 November 2013)[1] was a British radio and TV presenter.[2][3] For most of his career he worked in (Western) Germany, where he started a few years after World War II at BFN in Hamburg. He became a popular disc jockey and presenter also at German networks. He also was a prolific Schlager-singer[4] and starred in films.

Chris Howland
Chris Howland in 2009
John Christopher Howland

(1928-07-30)30 July 1928
Died29 November 2013(2013-11-29) (aged 85)
OccupationRadio- and TV presenter, actor, singer, author
Years active1948–2013

Youth in EnglandEdit

Chris Howland was born in London and brought up in Southern England and became a professional beekeeper.[5]

Radio careerEdit

In 1948 he started working for the BFN in Germany.[6][7]

The British programmes were popular among German youths who would rather listen to British music than to the comparatively slow contemporary German music. So his popularity subsequently soon exceeded his actual target audience.[8] Howland also got acquainted with the German language. In 1952, when he already spoke German fluently, he was hired by the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk broadcaster.[9] Still, when he debuted six years later as a singer,[10] he did it in German and had two hits. But in 1959 he stopped doing radio shows and returned to Britain.

TV careerEdit

On British TV Howland had a show called Peoples and Places but he was not as popular as in Germany where the audiences loved his British accent.[11] So after two years he continued his career in Germany.[12] Here he got a show called Studio B,[13] which featured pop stars in a new way that included a lot of humour. The show was broadcast more than sixty times. Howland's next coup was a version of Candid Camera for German TV.[14]

Cinema careerEdit

From 1954, Howland acted in more than twenty films, including six European Karl May films. In 2007 he appeared in a parody on German Edgar Wallace feature films.[15] He acted mainly in comedies which were carried out in a style quite like the British Carry On films.

Accent as trademarkEdit

Like the Dutch TV presenter, singer and actor Rudi Carrell and the American musician, actor and journalist Bill Ramsey (who also appeared as guest in Howland's show "Studio B"[16]) he made his accent his trademark.[17]

Recent activitiesEdit

Until his death Howland lived outside Cologne and worked again as a radio presenter[18] and appeared occasionally as an actor or talker on TV. In 2009 he published his memoirs Yes, Sir.[19] The book was well received.[20]

Howland died on 29 November 2013.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Press release,, accessdate 3 December 2013
  2. ^ "Chris Howland, der legendäre Kult-Star - Chris Howland, der Sänger, Chris Howland der Entertainer !".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Chris Howland discography at Discogs
  5. ^ "Winnetou I, Chris Howland". 25 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Working for BFBS while it was still called BFN".
  7. ^ "Chris Howland - UKGameshows".
  8. ^ "German TV about his career and his memoirs". YouTube.
  9. ^ "Interview with Chris Howland". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Chris Howland song on YouTube". YouTube.
  11. ^ "Famous British accent".
  12. ^ "Chris Howland".
  13. ^ "Musik aus Studio B".
  14. ^ "Joke with hidden cam". YouTube.
  15. ^ "Nostalgic hommage to a classic feature film series".
  16. ^ "American guests in "Studio B"". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  17. ^ "ZDF-Mittagsmagazin".
  18. ^ "WDR 4 Programm". 18 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Chris Howland, der legendäre Kult-Star - Chris Howland, der Sänger, Chris Howland der Entertainer !".
  20. ^ Miersch, Michael (29 July 2008). "Kabarett: Chris Howland war der erste Gastarbeiter".

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