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John Cole (VIII) (1927–2013)

John Cole was born on November 23, 1927 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was married to Madge. He died on November 7, 2013 in Surrey, England. See full bio »


(age 85) in Surrey, England, UK

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Known For

A Progress Through Politics
A Progress Through Politics Himself - Presenter
Election 92
Election 92 Himself - BBC Political Editor
Election 1987
Election 1987 Himself - Analyst
BBC Six O'Clock News
BBC Six O'Clock News Political Editor (1981-1992)


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 2005 The Daily Politics (TV Series)
- Episode dated 11 November 2005 (2005) ... Himself
 2005 This Week (TV Series)
Guest Reporter
- Episode dated 16 June 2005 (2005) ... Guest Reporter
 1998 Celebrity Countdown (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1998) ... Himself
 1995 Anyone for Pennis? (TV Movie)
 1995 A Progress Through Politics (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Presenter
 1992-1993 Public Eye (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Reporter
- Cole on the Dole (1993) ... Himself - Reporter
 1992 Election 92 (TV Movie)
Himself - BBC Political Editor
 1991 Panorama (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Presenter
- Episode dated 7 October 1991 (1991) ... Himself - Presenter
 1989 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Himself - BBC Political Editor
- Blackpool Wakes (1989) ... Himself - BBC Political Editor
 1988 Comic Relief (TV Special)
 1987 Election 1987 (TV Movie)
Himself - Analyst
 1987 The Media Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1987) ... Himself
 1983 Election 83 (TV Movie)
 1979 Decision 79 (TV Movie)
Himself - The Observer
 1979 Tonight (TV Series)
Himself - Deputy Editor 'The Observer'
- Episode dated 28 March 1979 (1979) ... Himself - Deputy Editor 'The Observer'

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I ended up on telly by accident. Us modern Presbyterians don't believe in predestination, but on this occasion I thought I'd give it a whizz. [on accepting the BBC post]


He began started out at the Belfast Telegraph at the age of 17. He then worked at the Guardian and the Observer, before succeeding John Simpson as political editor at the BBC in 1981. See more »


His Ulster accent and his overcoat

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