Anthea Turner

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Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner.jpg
Turner at a book signing in 2008
BornAnthea Millicent Turner
(1960-05-25) 25 May 1960 (age 53)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
OccupationJournalist, television
presenter
and media personality
Notable credit(s)Presenting:
Blue Peter (1992-94)
Top of the Pops (1988–91)
GMTV (1994-96)
Perfect Housewife (2006-07)
Dinner Party Wars
Spouse(s)Peter Powell (1990–1998; divorced)
Grant Bovey (2000-present; separated)
Children3 stepdaughters
 
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Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner.jpg
Turner at a book signing in 2008
BornAnthea Millicent Turner
(1960-05-25) 25 May 1960 (age 53)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
OccupationJournalist, television
presenter
and media personality
Notable credit(s)Presenting:
Blue Peter (1992-94)
Top of the Pops (1988–91)
GMTV (1994-96)
Perfect Housewife (2006-07)
Dinner Party Wars
Spouse(s)Peter Powell (1990–1998; divorced)
Grant Bovey (2000-present; separated)
Children3 stepdaughters

Anthea Millicent Turner (born 25 May 1960)[1] is an English television presenter and media personality.

Education[edit]

Turner was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and educated there at the independent catholic St. Dominic's Priory School, (Stone).

Career[edit]

Turner joined BBC Radio Stoke as a runner, eventually joining breakfast show presenter Bruno Brookes as part of his rap crew. The couple became romantically involved and employed Peter Powell as an agent through his management company.

Television[edit]

Turner moved into television through Sky Channel and Music Box presenting live music programmes from July 1986 to 1989. Her debut on national television was with the BBC on But First This, which led to her fronting two series for the BBC on the Saturday morning show UP2U.

During a motorbike stunt that went wrong on UP2U,[2] Turner suffered burns and temporary hearing loss, which led to her successful lawsuit against the BBC.[citation needed]

She was the only non-Radio One DJ to regularly present Top of the Pops, remaining with the programme for three years.

Turner presented the children's television show Blue Peter from 27 June 1992 to 29 June 1994, and around this time, was also associated with publicising 'The Y Plan', a system of exercise developed by the London YMCA. She moved on to presenting on Totally Live on pan-European music channel Music Box, followed by GMTV which she presented from July 1994 to 24 December 1996.

Turner was also a host on the first National Lottery draw on BBC One on 19 November 1994 with Noel Edmonds and Gordon Kennedy. She remained as sole host of the National Lottery Live until 20 April 1996, when she defected to ITV and the travel show Wish You Were Here...?, becoming the second highest paid female television presenter in the UK, after Cilla Black.[citation needed]

Turner released two work-out videos: Anthea Turner Body Basics (1996) and Anthea Turner: Tone, Lift and Condition: The Inch Buster (1999), both produced and distributed by Grant Bovey.[citation needed]

The relationship between Turner and her GMTV co-presenter Eamonn Holmes was frosty, with Holmes issuing an ultimatum to the GMTV management that he would leave if they did not sack his colleague; as a result of this Turner lost her job.[3] After Bovey left his wife Della for Turner, the ensuing tabloid interest, and then the "Flakegate" scandal, Turner's career went into a decline.

Attempting to revive her career, Turner presented BBC One's short-lived Saturday evening programme Your Kids Are In Charge in 2000 with Wendy Turner Webster, her sister. The following year, she participated in Celebrity Big Brother, and was the third contestant to be evicted, after Chris Eubank and Vanessa Feltz. But nothing seemed to work to erase the fallout from the media reaction to Flakegate, and in 2003 she came 15th in a Channel 4 poll of 100 Worst Britons.

In February 2006, Turner made a television comeback on BBC Three in Anthea Turner: Perfect Housewife, where she taught disorganised housewomen and men how to clean and run their houses. This period was widely referred to in the television industry as the "Turner Renaissance"[citation needed]. The series was accompanied by three related books. Later in 2006, she appeared as a guest on BBC Two's music-based panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

In April 2009, Turner appeared on the ITV reality show Hell's Kitchen with Marco Pierre White, alongside her then husband Grant Bovey. Turner also presented the show Help Me Anthea, I'm Infested for BBC Three, as she advises people whose homes have been overrun by pests.[citation needed]

Dancing on Ice[edit]

In 2013, Turner appeared as a contestant in the eight series of Dancing on Ice, where she finished in ninth place out of twelve celebrity skaters. She participated in the show with her professional skating partner Andrew Buchanan. In the third week she performed to the Donny Osmond song "Puppy Love", and found herself in the skate-off against Keith Chegwin. They lost the skate-off and were the fourth couple to be eliminated in the series.[citation needed]

WeekSongJudges' scoresResult
Robin CousinsKaren BarberAshley RobertsJason GardinerTotal
2"Skyfall"4.54.54.54.518.0Bottom two
3"Broken Strings"AntheaAntheaAntheaAntheaAntheaImmune
4"Puppy Love"4.55.05.04.018.5Eliminated

The Jump[edit]

Anthea is currently taking part in the primetime Channel 4 game show The Jump, which sees twelve celebrities take part in winter sports. The show is set in a mountainside in Austria.

Events
EpisodeAir dateEventTime
(seconds)
LeaderboardResult
227 January 2014Women's skeleton45.4134thSafe
429 January 2014Women's giant slalom56.143rdBottom two
530 January 2014Bobsleigh1:00.246thSafe
631 January 2014Speed skatingN/A6thBottom three
 ??February 2014
Live ski jumps
EpisodeAir dateTypeDistance
(metres)
Jumping AgainstResult
429 January 2014K2411.0SinittaSafe
631 January 2014K2413.0Ritchie Neville
Kimberly Wyatt
Sir Steve Redgrave
Safe

Personal life[edit]

Turner's private life has led the tabloids to take a continual interest in her. After her long relationship with fellow Stoke resident and one-time DJ co-worker Bruno Brookes, she married her manager, former DJ Peter Powell; the couple divorced in 1998. That year, Grant Bovey, left his wife Della for Turner; he then reconciled with Della, before leaving her again. Bovey and Turner eventually married on 23 August 2000. On 23 February 2009, the Daily Mail reported that their Surrey mansion had been put up for sale owing to catastrophic failures in Bovey's buy-to-let property business, Imagine Homes.[4][5] The newspaper reported Turner is making television commercials for household detergents to alleviate financial difficulties.

Turner was keen to start her own family with Bovey.[6] She is stepmother to Bovey's three daughters Lily, Amelia and Claudia, from his previous marriage.

On 12 June 2013, Turner confirmed that she and husband Grant Bovey had agreed to go their separate ways.[citation needed] In August 2013 she started dating the millionaire and former Dragons' Den star Richard Farleigh.

Controversies[edit]

In 2000, Turner received negative publicity from tabloid newspapers when photographs of her wedding reception, published in the magazine OK! in an exclusive deal worth £450,000, showed the couple (apparently) using their wedding to publicise a new Cadbury chocolate bar, Snowflake. OK! issued the photo to the media with the caption "Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey: exclusive OK! wedding photograph, enjoying Cadbury's new Snowflake. For the complete wedding coverage and a free Cadburys Snowflake, buy OK! magazine this weekend. OK! First for celebrity news." The Sun described it as "the most sickening wedding photo ever", and the event is now referred to as "Flakegate".[7] Turner, Bovey, Cadbury's and OK! all denied that the chocolate was part of a sponsorship deal.[8]

The wedding was paid for by OK! magazine.[citation needed] Pictures of their wedding and their subsequent honeymoon were in the magazine for the next two weeks. Turner and Bovey insist that someone had stuck the chocolate bar in her hand and snapped a picture before she knew what was happening. Richard Desmond the proprietor of OK! and his wife were sitting next to the newly married Boveys at the time. The pair briefly split up, due to Grant Bovey's extramarital affair only to reconcile in late 2012.

In January 2013, Turner was quoted as saying: "Last year was awful, horrible, one of the worst. But at the end of the day Grant is my future, my soulmate."[9] However they separated in June 2013.[citation needed] and are currently going through divorce proceedings.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Yvette Fielding
Blue Peter Presenter No. 20
1992–94
Succeeded by
Stuart Miles