Mr & Mrs host Derek Batey dies aged 84
Last updated at 12:37, Monday, 18 February 2013
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.
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.
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.