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Catherine Saunders: On generous figures, genuine advice, and gyms...

Interviews - 2012

Catherine Saunders has worked in both broadcasting and public relations. She began as a radio announcer in 1961 and produced a number of documentaries, before crossing over to television. In the mid 60s, Saunders  reported for Town and Around (she was paid half the amount of the male reporters). Later she spent 12 years as a panelist on Beauty and the Beast, and hosted chat show Tonight with Cathy Saunders. In the 90s, Saunders co-hosted 50 Forward, a show aimed at older viewers.

In this ScreenTalk, Saunders talks about:

  • Doing 'silly' stories on regional news show Town and Around
  • Working with intelligent, articulate women
  • How female presenters today have thin waists and big breasts
  • Shooting three weeks of shows in one day on Beauty and the Beast
  • Tackling controversial topics on the show and offering serious advice
  • How the audience didn't want advice from men on the show
  • Working with the genius that was host Selwyn Toogood
  • Being surprised by a protest while making chat show Tonight with Cathy Saunders
  • The reason co-host Geoff Sinclair left talk show Saunders and Sinclair
  • Having fun at a gym with Gordon McLauchlan on 50 Forward

This video is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside