Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Hardeep Singh Kholi, born 1969 in Glasgow, is a writer, presenter, broadcaster and reporter. After studying law Hardeep was offered a job at BBC Radio Scotland and was chosen as one of a handful of prestigious BBC graduate production trainees. After two years of training in every department of the BBC Hardeep moved into directing Children's TV. In 1994 he was awarded a BAFTA and RTS Award for the kids' science show It'll Never Work. He starred in a comedy series Meet the Magoons for Channel 4 in the UK which he wrote and starred in with his brother Sanjeev Kohli. He presents the radio show Up All Night for BBC Radio 5 Live. He also wrote and presented a one-off documentary, In Search of the Tartan Turban for Channel 4, for which he won a BAFTA. He has also recently presented a series of documentaires titled Hardeep Does... where he tackles different topical issues. He has appeared twice on Question Time, the BBC's political panel programme. He also regularly appears on the One Show on BBC One and Newsnight Review on BBC two. Hardeep is an acid cook and has appeared on Celebrity Masterchef a cooking show in which he was runner-up. He grew up in a working class family and his parents ran a corner shop as well as working other jobs. His mum was a social worker and his dad a teacher, he says his mum was on her feet for 13 hours a day 7 days a week. He is currently a regular reporter on the One Show and presents Get 100 a childrens game show on CBBC. He was a Man Booker Prize judge for 2008, which is a literary prize awarded every year for the best original novel. He has himself written a book called Indian Takeaway released in 2008, in which he travels around India and cooks Bcottish dishes.