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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Mr & Mrs host Derek Batey dies aged 84

Derek Batey – the Cumbrian broadcaster known the world over for his classic TV show Mr & Mrs – has died.

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loved mr,mrs,@ derek,remember opening song well,always had cheerful face,always thought was irish,as like val doonicans,another great singer,entertainer,was shown daytimes then,around same time as who,s baby,had to guess famous parents of celebrity babys tho not hosted by derek,think david frost,derek always clean, smart suit,was just 1 of many early game shows,its sad to see so many of those times now gone,many with great talent,like sitcoms 2 wiv late richard briars,along wiv derek,talent wel,long miss after.r.i.p.both derek,richard.

Posted by ina henderson on 20 February 2013 at 00:46

So, so sorry to hear of Derek's death. It was because of him that, while working a the Cumberland News for 18 years, I had an amazing career specialising in showbiz. Everytime someone was making a programme at Border I would get invited up there to interview them. Derek was a real gent, generous of spirit and I'm so glad we remained in touch until his last email only a few weeks ago.

Posted by Clare Brotherwood on 19 February 2013 at 12:11

I remember Derek Batey as one of the hosts of Mr & Mrs. His version aired for six months of the year and the HTV version with Alan Taylor for the other six months. What is not widely known is that there were two other versions one for Anglia Television hosted by Norman Vaughan and another for Ulster Television hosted by Jimmy Green. Rest in peace Derek Batey always a nice man who never tried to make fun of the contestants. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Jenny Beattie on 19 February 2013 at 10:57

My condolences today to Dianne and all Derek's family. I was a bluecoat at Pontins in 1976 at the same time as Dianne. Over the years you often think back and wonder how people are fairing. So, I think of you particularly at this sad time. Although I never met your dad, I got the impression of his gentle kindness from seeing him on TV. May God bless you and console you all today.

Posted by Brian Gallagher on 19 February 2013 at 08:52

Condolences to your family especially Diane whom I went to school with and also had a little contact with in The Canary Isles some years ago

Posted by Barbara Hough formerly Pace on 18 February 2013 at 22:05

The highlight of our holidays at Pontins, Blackpool was when Derek Batey was on with his Mr & Mrs Show. He had a white Mercedes with a " Cumberland " registration ?HH We still have one of his pens from his Shows in the drawer...so I suppose they will be "Collectors Items" now!!! Rest in Peace Derek and it is good to know how much laughter was given to so many people over the Years. My late Mum always looked forward to all his Shows on TV too.xx

Posted by Anne Black on 18 February 2013 at 20:45

So sad to hear the news that Derek Batey had passed away suddenly yesterday.What a fab guy and tv host ect. Thoughts are with his loved one.s.x

Posted by millie on 18 February 2013 at 20:32

RIP Derek, a good all round entertainer

Posted by Stemax1960 on 18 February 2013 at 17:49

I Was very sorry to hear the sad news of Derek Batey has passed away yesterday after a short illness at the age of 84 years.

He Joined Border Television in April 1961 as The Part of ITV Regional Companies and best known as the famous quizmaster in Mr & Mrs and The Chat Host in Look Who's Talking with The Great Famous Stars including Ken Dodd,Barbara Windsor,Peter Adamson,Norman Collier,Les Dawson,Dukes & Lee,Jim Bowen,
Ken Goodwin,Ernie Wise and Jimmy Jewell.

I Won't forget The Original Broadcaster's of Border Television icon is The late Derek Batey.

August 8th 1928-February 17th 2013.

Terry Christie
From Sunderland,Tyne & Wear

Posted by Terry Christie on 18 February 2013 at 16:45

One always felt twelve inches taller in Derek's company. He was excellent at boosting moral. Derek discovered my birthday.On 8th September the phone rang and I heard Derek and Edith singing "Happy Birthday". An action probably repeated for others ..but a clear illustration of Derek's care and regards

Posted by Malcolm Ward on 18 February 2013 at 16:28

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