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Penelope Jane Smith

Thomson Foundation

TV Presentation


She is an actress and producer, known for Jonathan Creek (1997), Trial & Retribution (1997) and Moon and Son (1992). She was previously married to Tony Birtley. Began her career as a reporter and presenter of local (non-network) TV news bulletins, on "Look around" for the Scottish ITV company Border Television (1988-1987), later on "Thames News" for the London ITV company Thames Television (1989-1988). From Thames, she moved to Sky News.


Smith began her career as a reporter and feature writer on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 1977. After four years, she left to backpack through Central and South America and South East Asia where she reported and presented on a current affairs programme for Radio Television Hong Kong. In 1984 she joined Radio Trent as a reporter/presenter and then worked for Central Television as press officer for documentaries and drama. After that she co-presented Lookaround, the local evening news for Border Television and in 1987 she joined Thames Television to co-present Thames News with Andrew Gardner. Smith left the station toward the end of 1988 to help launch Sky News in February 1989. In April 1993 she joined GMTV where she stayed on the programme until 4 June 2010

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