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STEWART, Ed ‘Stewpot’

'Stewpot' helps the Radio Times celebrate ten years of Radio 1 while being attacked by Dumbo‘STEWPOT’ was briefly king of all media in the seventies – witness his assorted tenures as affable cabbage-baiting Crackerjack frontman, resident Look-In gagmeister, and star of ‘don’t let your two-year-old talk to strangers’ Public Information Film, along with daughter Francesca – and his crowning glory was his long innings as a Radio 1 big name, a stature somewhat at odds with his could-do-better catchphrase: “Morning!”. Later moved to Nellie-centric Junior Choice presentation duties, while still a regular face on the Roadshow, and now to be found chez Radio Two.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Glenn A

    July 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Moved to Radio 2 in 1980 as I think he had had enough of playing Nellie the Elephant. However, hugely popular with the under 16 audience in the seventies as until Swap Shop came along there was nothing else for ver kids. He did have the ultimate Cream moment when he did the spoken part on the Lynsey de Paul hit Won’t Somebody Dance With Me- she being a near permanent feature on music shows at the time and he being one of the top radio DJs- and, of course, said record was played on every Junior Choice for several months.

  2. Matthew Harris

    August 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Now to be found in an urn.

  3. Droogie

    August 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve never been able to think of him in the same light after reading Danny Baker’s hilarious review of his 2005 Autobiography Out Of The Stewpot. His book reads like an unintentionally hilarious sub-Partridge memoir, until it all gets creepy when he talks about meeting his future wife when she was 13 and he was 34, and his relationship with her for the next few years until he marries her at 17.

  4. Richard16378

    August 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    At one time in the 1970s you could by an Ed Stewart endorsed radio, which looked like an orange handbag with Stewpot’s signature printed on it.

    http://www.dustygizmos.com/arcpages/arcradio.htm#Ed%20%E2%80%98Stewpot%E2%80%99

  5. Glenn Aylett

    October 17, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    One anecdote is when he first met Kenny Everett on pirate radio in 1964 or 1965 and Stewart being an Everton fan thought he could get a good football conversation out of Everett, as Everett was from Liverpool and would possibly be either an Everton and Liverpool fan. Instead, he met a total blank as Everett had no interest in football, which Stewart considered unusual for a Liverpudlian.

  6. THX 1139

    October 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I remember hearing the tribute programme to Ed when he died, and despite all the celebs interviewed trying to be respectful, they painted a picture of a complete git notorious for accepting but never paying for drinks.

  7. Droogie

    October 17, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    A total creep. This piece in Stewpots News Desk from a 1974 edition of Look-In on how to treat your young newlywed wife will make your blood curdle.

    https://twitter.com/woodg31/status/1300132864684630016?s=20

    • Glenn Aylett

      October 17, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      @ Droogie. it was the seventies and it does look odd now. Also I wonder if there was ever anything between him and Lynsey de Paul, who seemed to have a string of famous boyfriends in the seventies, as he was asked to guest on one of her hits.

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