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Henry

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Henry Kelly was born in Dublin but lived for the first seven years of his life in Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland. He read Economics and English at University College, Dublin.

He began his career as a journalist and was the Northern Editor of the Irish Times in Belfast during the 1970s. He wrote How Stormont Fell in 1972, a still highly regarded work.

In 1976, he moved to London to work on Radio 4's World Tonight programme and in a complete career change from serious journalism, he moved into television at the beginning of the 1980s.

Henry soon became a household name in the UK as part of the presenting team for LWT's practical-joke show Game for a Laugh. He went on to present Going for Gold for over nine years, a significantly popular lunchtime TV quiz show on BBC1.

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It was through his work on Going for Gold, Henry developed the catchphrases: "What am I?" and "Now you're playing catchup".

In 1992, Henry was also one of the launch presenters of Classic FM, initially presenting the weekday mid-morning show from 9am-12pm.

He then moved on to the Breakfast Show attracting 3.5m listeners making his programme the stations highest-rated daily programme and the most popular breakfast show on commer...

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