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Terry Christian is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He has presented several national television series in the UK including Channel 4's late night entertainment show The Word and six series of ITV1 moral issues talk show It's My Life. He also presented two series of Turn On Terry with regular guest Tony Wilson and numerous other programmes for ITV, MTV, VH1, Channel 4 as well as a variety of different local and national radio programmes on stations including Radio 4, BBC6 Music, Talksport, Century Radio, Key 103, Signal and BBC's Radio Derby and Manchester.

Terry Christian
Terence Christian

OccupationBroadcaster, journalist, author
Years active1981–present


Early lifeEdit

Christian grew up in the Brooks Bar neighbourhood of Old Trafford with six brothers and sisters and Irish parents from Dublin: Daniel Christian and Margaret Christian (née Cullen).[1] He was educated at St Alphonsus' RC Primary School, Ayres Road, Old Trafford, and St. Bede's College, Manchester, where one of his friends was John Maher, who would later become the drummer with Buzzcocks. His father, Daniel Christian, was a Transport and General Workers' Union shop steward at Esso in Trafford Park and his mother was a school dinner lady. He attended Thames Polytechnic in London and has a Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology specialising in microbiology and Genetics.

He first appeared on national TV in 1981 with other unemployed youngsters from inner-city areas of Manchester on Devil's Advocate, a Granada Television programme made for ITV by the World In Action team, presented by former World in Action editor Gus Macdonald and produced by Geoff Moore. The show was made in reaction to the Scarman report which looked into the causes of that summer's riots in Moss Side in Manchester, Toxteth in Liverpool, Brixton in London, Handsworth in Birmingham and St Pauls in Bristol. Other contributing youngsters on Devil's Advocate included 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.[2]


Christian worked for BBC Radio Derby from 1982–88 presenting Barbed Wireless, and from 1986–88 presented WPFM on Radio 4 , where Jo Whiley was his researcher. His Barbed Wireless show on BBC Radio Derby won Sony Awards in the Best Specialist Music category in 1985 and again in 1986. He also contributed regularly to Saturday Live on BBC Radio 1where interviews with Mark E Smith The Fall , The Ramones science fiction author Brian Aldiss and various reviews and packages on subjects like Northern Soul and Joy Division by him were broadcast. From 1986 to 1988 he presented Radio 4's programme Wavelength, which became Wavelength Plus or WPFM.

Christian managed a twelve-piece Reggae band, from the Derby/Nottingham area, Junior C Reaction, who received airplay on John Peel and Janice Long's shows on BBC Radio 1 for their first independent release on Centurion Records, a double A Side, "Cry Jahoviah", 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 1 and Capital Radio at the time, as well as playing a live session on Radio One's Saturday Live. Christian also promoted regular gigs around the Derby and Nottingham area, promoting concerts by The Fall, Misty In Roots the Jazz Defektors, Nico (of the Velvet Underground fame), Pop Will Eat Itself, the Naturalites, John Cooper Clarke, the Beyond, the Meteors, The Cocteau Twins, the Bo Diddley and Hugh Masekela and regular house nights at Derby's Twentieth Century club, where the resident Saturday-night DJ was Graeme Park, who left to join Mike Pickering at the The Haçienda|Hacienda Nude Night]].[2]

In late 1988, Christian joined Piccadilly Radio's Key 103 FM, presenting from 6–9 p.m. on weekday evenings, and 2–5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. He was given a free hand and created a show that broadcast and promoted what would later be dubbed the Madchester Scene to a mainstream young audience in the Manchester area, playing the Stone Roses, the Happy Mondays, the Inspiral Carpets and 808 State), as well as a mixture of classics by musicians such as The Beatles, Love, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, classic soul], {House , Techno Hip Hop and funk, plus Manchester favourites like the Buzzcocks, the Smiths, the Fall, New Order, Joy Division, A Guy Called Gerald and the Chameleons. Christian also wrote "The Word" page in the Manchester Evening News from September 1989, dedicated to the Manchester music scene, and gave the first press to a host of Manchester luminaries including the Charlatans, Oasis, the Doves (then called Sub Sub) and M People.

Christian has presented on every radio station in the Manchester area and several across the North West, including Century Radio, where he presented a syndicated evening show from 7–10 p.m. across the network. He also presented the breakfast and drivetime show on BBC Radio Manchester, and the same station's Manchester Music Show in 2002, featuring new bands from the Manchester area mixed up with Manchester classics from every era, a precursor to the BBC Introducing series. The Manchester Music show gave first sessions and airplay to bands including Cherry Ghost, Liam Fray, The Courteeners, Liam Frost, Mr Scruff Nine Black Alps, Delphic and poet Mike Garry. He then went on to host the breakfast show on BBC Radio Manchester in April 2006, doubling the listening figures in only 7 months. In 2006 he hosted the Manchester Passion, an outside broadcast that won the Jerusalem gold medal. He was also the presenter of The Final Whistle on talkSPORT every Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. from 2006 until 2008, alongside ex-footballer Micky Quinn.[3]

Christian joined Stockport-based radio station Imagine FM (104.9 FM) in March 2011.[4] where he still showcases young bands from Manchester including first radio plays for Blossoms, Jun Tzu, Mutineers, Bugzy Malone and poets JB Barrington, Thick Richard and Mike Garry. Imagine was formerly known as KFM, and Christian once presented a nightly show on the old station alongside Jon Ronson, Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash.

Christian has presented Pick of the Week on BBC Radio 4 as well as With Great Pleasure and A Good Read and appeared on The News Quiz and Chain Reaction, where he was chosen by his old KFM colleague Caroline Aherne.


In 1990, with the explosion of the Madchester scene, Christian was recruited to host the controversial Channel 4 youth entertainment show The Word, named after his column in the Manchester Evening News, and based on the format of his music magazine radio shows. The show was a mixture of pop music and teen attitude, and attracted up to a 49% audience share in its Friday night slot. The Word hosted many groups playing live for the first time on British TV, including Oasis, Nirvana, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy and Rage Against the Machine. Christian remained its only continuous presenter until it finished its run in 1995.[2]

He went on to present Carlton Television's The Big City, Sky 1's pop music show The Hitmix, and The Football Show for Tyne Tees Television. He presented Turn on Terry for ITV with regular guest Tony Wilson and six series of Moore Television's It's My Life (2003–2009) produced by Geoff Moore (former World in Action producer and series producer of Tony Wilson's So It Goes) for ITV. "It's My Life" was nominated for two St. Martin's Trust Awards.[3]

Christian starred as himself in The Cribs' video for the stand-alone 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 Ireland. During the '90s, Terry was also regularly seen as a presenter on MTV Europe.[2] In January 2009 he entered as a contestant on the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother alongside Verne Troyer, La Toya Jackson, Ulrika Jonsson, Coolio and Mutya Buena, finishing in second place. Christian has 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, Richard Dawkins, and Helen Newlove, widow of Garry Newlove.

Christian set up his own production company, Gigwise Productions, in April 2010 and is working on documentaries about legendary Manchester photographer Harry Goodwin and Britain's first black professional footballer Arthur Wharton.

He has been a host for corporate events and as a guest on a number of TV shows including Come Dine with Me, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Would I Lie to You?. He is a regular guest on a variety of discussion shows on Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, BBC Two's The Culture Show, Good Morning Britain and he is a regular panellist on topical debate chat show The Wright Stuff.

Christian is an avid Manchester United fan and has had several shows on MUTV, including Terry Christian's Sunday Worship and Live from the Red Cafe. He also appeared in 4 episodes of the BBC drama series Cutting It playing the part of TV host Ross Peagrum; he also played the part of a debauched Catholic priest in the Mad theatre company's production of Angels with Manky Faces, based loosely on Andrew Davies' book Gangs of Manchester, and also appeared in the film Selling Yourself in April 2011.

Christian has recently delved into the realm of stand-up comedy with his new show Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic which has been featured on various radio shows and on Granada Reports and other local TV stations.[5][6] Since 2009 he has been a regular panellist on The Wright Stuff on Channel 5 and later Jeremy Vine series.


Christian has been writing articles and columns for newspapers since 1983 and is a regular columnist in the Sunday People and has contributed to other British newspapers. He has also had regular columns in the Daily Sport, Manchester Evening News and the Derby Evening Telegraph and written articles for magazines like Rolling Stone and New York Rocker. and currently writes a regular column mainly focussing on Manchester's rich cultural and musical history for I Love MCR

He has also written three books: Brothers – from Childhood to Oasis, which as of February 2018 is being adapted as a film script; Reds in the Hood (1999), about his early life growing up in Old Trafford, and being of Irish descent in inner-city Manchester, set to the backdrop of his early days watching Manchester United and attending Old Trafford from 1969 until 1977; and My Word, a look at the world of television in the 1990s, published in June 2007 to favourable reviews, and reissued in paperback in May 2008.


  1. ^ Christian, Terry (1999). Reds in the Hood. André Deutsch. ISBN 978-0233994277.
  2. ^ a b c d Christian, Terry (2006). My Word. Orion. ISBN 9780752874371.
  3. ^ a b "Terry Christian: TV Presenter, Radio Host, Writer". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Radio News – Terry Christian brings attitude to Imagine FM". RadioWorks. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Review: Terry Christian's 'Confession of a recovering Catholic' by Kermit Rothero | VIVA Lifestyle Magazine". 20 June 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Review: Terry Christian – Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic". Retrieved 18 August 2014.


  • Terry Christian – My Word, Orion Publishing, 2006, ISBN 9780752874371
  • Terry Christian – Reds in the Hood, André Deutsch, 1999, ISBN 978-0233994277
  • Terry Christian and Paul Gallagher – Brothers From Childhood to Oasis, Virgin Books, 1996, ISBN 978-1852276713

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