Danny Baker Biography
Danny Baker is an English comedy writer, screenwriter, journalist, and radio DJ. He was born on June 22, 1957, in Deptford, London, England. He has worked with many publications and broadcasters among them the BBC, NME, LWT and Talk Radio, since the late 1970s.
Baker attended Rotherhithe Primary School and later proceeded to West Greenwich Secondary Boys School, Deptford. Baker first worked at a small record shop in London, South Molton Street; One Stop Records, after leaving school aged 14 in April 1972.
Danny Baker Sacked | Fired
Danny Baker (Aged 61) got fired from the BBC Radio 5 for tweeting a ‘racist’ picture following the birth of the new royal baby (Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor). He claimed that he did not know the Duchess of Sussex was going to give birth. Baker was fired by the BBC with a BBC spokesperson saying: “This was a serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody. Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us.”
The radio host had tweeted then deleted an image of an ape dressed in human clothes with a white couple saying: “Royal baby leaves hospital.” A tweet which many said compared Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby, to a chimpanzee. It caused outrage from many who accused him of being ‘racist’ because of Meghan’s heritage. The photo has come to be known as Danny Baker Twitter photo.
The Cradle To Grave writer tweeted on Thursday, May 9, “Just got fired from @bbc5live.”
Danny Baker then added: “Would have used same stupid pic for any other Royal birth or Boris Johnson kid or even one of my own. It’s a funny image. (Though not of course in that context.) Enormous mistake, for sure. Grotesque. Anyway, here’s to ya Archie, Sorry mate.”
After removing the picture, Danny Baker wrote: ‘Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased.
‘Soon as those good enough to point out it’s possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.”
Baker has since called his sacking “a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity.” Tweeting: “The call to fire me from @bbc5live was a masterclass of pompous faux-gravity. Took a tone that said I actually meant that ridiculous tweet and the BBC must uphold blah blah blah. Literally threw me under the bus. Could hear the suits knees knocking.” Baker accused his bosses of “throwing him under the bus.” However, Met Police have now launched an investigation into the tweet.
The royal baby – whose name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – was born on Monday 6 May before making his first public appearance at Windsor Castle two days later. It is the third time Danny Baker has been sacked by the BBC. He was dismissed by Five Live in 1997 in a row over a referee and in 2012 when his BBC London show was axed.
Baker will be telling stories from his life and career at the Theatre Royal on May 12, 2019, as part of his Good Time Charlie’s Back UK tour.
Danny Baker Family
Baker was born in 1957 to Fred Baker ( a dockworker) and Betty (a factory worker) and grew up in Bermondsey. He had two elder siblings Sharon and Michael.
Danny Baker Wife | Children
Baker met Wendy at the NME where she was a secretary. They got married in 1988 and have three kids; Mancie Baker, Bonnie Baker, and Sonny Baker. Following the birth of their kids, Baker’s wife Wendy left her job as a secretary to focus on raising them.
Danny Baker Age
Baker was born on June 22, 1957, in Deptford, London, England. He attended Rotherhithe Primary School and then instead of taking up a grammar school place he went to the nearby West Greenwich Secondary Boys School, Deptford. Danny Baker is 62 years old as of 2019.
Danny Baker Brother
Danny Baker had an elder brother named Michael Baker who died age just 29 years from a respiratory problem. By the time of his death, he had a daughter named Alexandra. Twitter 2018:
“Welcome back Mickey Baker. #BravoAlexBravo”.
This is a great, great day. My big brother Mickey died when he was 29. Today his daughter @AlexandraBaker gave birth to a son in Los Angeles. He is named Michael. Welcome back Mickey Baker. #BravoAlexBravo
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) August 2, 2018
Danny Baker Print journalism
Danny Baker started writing for fanzine Sniffin’ Glue which was founded by Mark Perry, in 1977. He then got an offer from the New Musical Express (NME) as the office receptionist. Baker started making contributions to articles and reviewing them before progressing to interviews.
Baker worked with The Times in the late 1990s, writing a weekly sports column and also with film magazine Empire as a columnist, briefly in it’s early publications.
Danny Baker Television
In 1980, Baker started his career in TV with London Weekend Television (LWT), as the presenter of Twentieth Century Box. The series comprised of regional documentaries on events of youth culture in London with Janet Street Porter the producer. In the first series, one edition documented the burgeoning new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) scene and an early TV appearance of Iron Maiden.
At LWT, Baker had a stint on The Six O’Clock Show during which time he was caught on camera having an altercation with a British Rail press officer. This clip is often resuscitated for clip shows and can be viewed on YouTube. Baker’s time at The Six O’Clock Show alongside Fred Housego gave him his first mainstream break.
Danny Baker BBC Radio 5
Baker started his career in radio in 1989 on BBC GLR. He presented Weekend Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 am to 9 am. The show was produced by Chris Evans. Baker joined the newly launched BBC Radio 5 in 1990. He presented Sportscall which was a phone-in sport quiz broadcast, lunchtime every Saturday.
Danny Baker Twitter
Danny Baker Tour
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St Georges Hall
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The Victoria Hall
Danny Baker Tickets
Tickets for Baker’s upcoming events can be bought from dannybakerlive.com
Danny Baker Autobiography
Danny Baker’s autobiography was released on On 6 November 2012. It was titled, Going to Sea in a Sieve. It was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (volume 1). On 25 September 2014, a second volume entitled Going Off Alarming was published with a third volume entitled, Going on the Turn, published on 5 October 2017.
It covers Danny Baker’s childhood through to his rise as a prominent media personality. However, the autobiography does not cover some of his recent history such as his fight with throat and mouth cancer.
Danny Baker Cradle To Grave
Cradle to Grave is a British sitcom based on Going To Sea In A Sieve (Danny Baker’s autobiography). The series chronicles Baker’s life from the age of 15, anchored on actual events and characters. The first series consisted of eight episodes started airing on 3 September 2015.
Danny Baker Books
- Classic Football Debates Settled Once and for All: v. 1
- Going on the Turn: Being the Extraordinary Stories of My Life and Dodging Death’s Door
- Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography: Vol 2
- Edgar Allan Poet: Journal #3
- Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography
Danny Baker Interview
Do you write down and memorize what you’ll say at the tour performances?
Danny Baker: Even my wife said to me before I started the last tour, are you going to plan what you are going to say. But I’ve never been one of those people. If I am talking and something pops into my head which is entertaining, or a different story, it’ll be one that I want to tell and the audiences will go along with it and laugh.
What is your next show about?
Danny Baker: I have told people that this is a show about the fact that I didn’t want to go out on tour. But there was such demand and the audiences loved it, I found myself drawn to doing it again. The nice thing is that there are places that the first tour didn’t go to like Northampton and so a lot of the stories that I told on the first tour, some people will have not heard. But it is not a case of repeating the same things but if the audience wants to hear about something then I’ll tell them.
Do you ever get nervous before or even during your shows?
Danny Baker: I don’t even get nervous at all. I am incredibly lucky in that I am treated very well by the BBC who allow me to come in five minutes before I go on air and trust me to deliver the goods.
How long will the show in Northampton be?
Danny Baker: It is unique for everyone who comes to see that show in Northampton. But I have such a good time telling the stories that they do tend to turn into three-and-a-half hour shows. I’ve been offered the chance to put the show on to DVD but have been told they would need to be an hour-and-a-half and I lack the discipline to do it.
Given that dear old Ken Dodd has now gone, I’m one of the few out there trying to keep marathon shows going, like a raconteur on turbo charge or Peter Ustinov with the power of a locomotive.
What is the progress on the second series of Cradle to Grave?
Danny Baker: The last series ended and I hadn’t even left school. So I’ll be at least growing up in the next series. We’ll spend the next few months on the tour writing the scripts . It will still be another year before the show is on the air I imagine. It will cover the time when I left to go and work on the NME and all of the people I went on to meet.