Rick Edwards

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Synopsis

From his early days acting and hosting T4, Rick is now one of the most versatile presenters around. From Channel 4’s Paralympics coverage to documentaries, quiz shows to examinations of politics and science, he's also a writer and has served as a member of the Observer’s Ethical Awards judging panel.

Biography

Presenter, DJ and erstwhile Hollyoaks extra (he’s still a massive fan), Rick Edwards has also added writer and podcaster to his list of credits. Hosting quiz and entertainment shows, documentaries, sports coverage and podcasts covering everything from science to politics, he’s one of the most versatile presenters around.

Whilst studying natural sciences at Cambridge, Rick performed stand-up and in sketch shows before becoming a regular face on T4 and E4. As host of Freshly Squeezed and T4 On the Beach, Rick honed his live presenting and interview skills, hosting game-shows and fronting movie, music and sports programmes.

Rick went on to host Channel 4’s groundbreaking coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as That Paralympic Show. He also fronted a BBC documentary on the Oscar Pistorius story, as well as other factual shows on kidnapping and food before hosting youth-focused political programme Free Speech. Rick went on speak at TEDx Houses of Parliament with his well-received speech entitled ‘How to get young people to vote.’ His political interests led him to write his first book, None of the Above, an analysis of why people should vote and how to encourage them to do so as a counter to other, more sceptical voices.

Returning to his love of science, Rick hosts the podcast Science(ish) with Dr Michael Brooks. The show examines the intersection of pop culture and science and the duo have written the books Science(ish) and Hollywood Wants To Kill You, both looking at the real science used (and abused) in films. Rick also co-hosts the History channel’s River Hunters, exploring the archaeology of British waterways, and the BBC’s online series The Edge of Science.

Regularly writing on media, young people and politics for the Huffington Post and the Evening Standard, Rick has also penned a monthly fashion column in the Observer Magazine. He has written a series of comedy short films starring Tim Key and Tom Basden, and a standalone film - Burger Van Champion - for Channel 4, described by Time Out as ‘funny, touching and superbly written.’ He is a regular member of the Observer’s Ethical Awards judging panel.

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