Richard Philip Edwards (born 20 May 1979 in Enfield, London) is an English journalist, presenter and screenwriter. Edwards presented T4 for four years, and has also presented Tool Academy, Freshly Squeezed, E4 Music and much of Channel 4's 2012 Paralympics coverage.
Richard Philip Edwards
20 May 1979
|Occupation||Television presenter, journalist, screenwriter|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
Emer Kenny (m. 2016)
He actively campaigns for youth engagement in politics and voting and, in Summer 2014, delivered a TEDx Houses Of Parliament talk offering some solutions to get more young people to vote. His first book, None Of The Above, was subsequently published in March 2015 by Simon & Schuster. In it he describes the basics of the political process in the UK, gives an overview of the issues facing the country, and explains the power of your vote.
Edwards went to Portsmouth Grammar School. He later attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, studying mathematics originally before changing to natural sciences after his first year. He performed stand-up and sketch shows during his time at university.
Edwards hosted a Saturday evening radio show on XFM entitled The Weekender for several years, hosting his last show on 10 January 2009. He also formed part of the BBC presenting team for their coverage of the Reading and Leeds Festival. In 2011 Edwards began hosting E4's Tool Academy, a reality TV show about fed-up girlfriends who have enrolled their underperforming other halves in a school in which "tools become men". During the 2012 Paralympics, Edwards formed part of the Channel 4 commentary team as well as co-presenting That Paralympic Show with Ade Adepitan.
Edwards currently hosts the podcast Science(ish) alongside Dr Michael Brooks which delves into the science behind popular films. The series proved such a hit that the duo were commissioned by Atlantic to write a book of the same name, Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind The Movies, which was published in October 2017 and ranked number 1 in the Physics, Cosmology and Humorous Essays Amazon charts for several weeks as well as achieving a position of 21 in the overall book charts. The podcast itself has topped the iTunes Science & Medicine chart.
In March 2016, Edwards landed the anchor role on Sky's DC Fancast alongside Beck Hill. He claims this is a true highlight of his career. In January 2017, Edwards began presenting !mpossible, a daytime BBC One quiz show.
As a writer his original film Burger Van Champion was commissioned as part of C4’s Coming Up strand in 2013 and was described by the Observer as ‘a remarkable debut’ and by Time Out as ‘funny, touching [and] superbly written’.
Edwards stated in an interview with the Daily Mail that he has a very poor sense of smell due to sniffing pure ammonia while in school. Edwards supported green organisation Global Cool in 2010 as part of their Traincation campaign, along with his friend George Lamb.
|2007||Fist of Zen||Narrator|
|2008–2012||T4 on the Beach||Presenter|
|2008–2010||The Hollyoaks Music Show||Presenter|
|2009–2010||Freshly Squeezed||Presenter||3 episodes|
|2010–2011||Stars and Strikes||Presenter||4 episodes|
|2010–2012||That Paralympic Show||Co-presenter|
|2010||The Real Hustle||Himself|
|2011||Rick and Peter||Rick||One-off special|
|2011–2012||Tool Academy||Presenter||3 series|
|2011–2017||Made in Chelsea||Presenter||Special episodes only|
|2012||Games On||Writer||Mini series|
|2012||London 2012 Paralympics on Channel 4||Commentator|
|2013||Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?||Presenter||One-off documentary|
|2013||The Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened?||Presenter||One-off documentary|
|2013||Eye Spy||Presenter||3 episodes|
|2013–2015||Free Speech||Co-presenter with Tina Daheley|
|2015||Revolution Presents: Democracy Dealers||Himself||TV film|
|2015||Chewing Gum||Himself||1 episode|
|2016||Police Interceptors||Presenter||3 episodes|
|2016||Celebrity Advice Bureau||Himself||3 episodes|
|2017–present||Impossible||Presenter||6 series (regular)|
2 series (celebrity)
|2018||Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers||Co-presenter|
|2018||The Bermuda Triangle Enigma||Co-presenter with Ortis Deley||3 part series|
|2019||River Hunters||Co-presenter with Beau Ouimette|
|2019||Make or Break?||Presenter|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Interview: Rick Edwards". Cherwell. 23 November 2008.
- Dan Poole, "Interview: C4's ‘Freshly squeezed’ Rick Edwards", The Independent, 26 June 2008.
- "The real world: Rick Edwards TV and radio presenter", The Independent, 28 May 2008.
- "Channel 4 presenters: Rick Edwards". London 2012, C4 Paralympics.
- "Free Speech returning to BBC Three". 3 March 2015.
- "History takes Rick Edwards and YouTube river hunter Beau Ouimette on mission to find underwater treasure". A&E Networks. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
- "A twinterview with Rick Edwards".
- "Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Rick Edwards, Television Presenter", KentishTowner.
- "Rick Edwards: I've lost my sense of smell", Now Daily, 12 April 2009.
- "It's A Man's World: Rick Edwards", Daily Mail, 23 August 2008.
- "Rick and George's Traincation diary". Global Cool. UK: Global Cool Foundation. 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Ex-EastEnders star Emer Kenny marries presenter Rick Edwards". 1 June 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2017.