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Simeon Courtie left school to become a mechanical engineer, only to find he didn't enjoy it very much. 'Just give it another month or 2,' his parents would preach until, 4 years later, he completed his apprenticeship at Timsons, a printing press manufacturer, swapped his spanner for a microphone and began a broadcasting career at BBC Radio Northampton. This flourished into a TV job as a Childrenʼs BBC presenter presenting live on BBC1 with a puppet aardvark sidekick. After fronting several high profile peak-time childrenʼs shows on both BBC and ITV he moved behind the camera to write formats and comedy scripts.
In 2010 he persuaded his wife and 3 daughters to join him on an epic quest, driving a VW camper van around the world and busking The Beatles for charity as they went. Their incredible story is told in Simeon's first book, 'The Long and Whining Road', Grand Prize Winner of the London Book Festival 2012.
He lives in Oxfordshire and presents several radio shows for both BBC local radio and the forces radio station BFBS.