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Wilfred Makepeace Lunn (born 1942 in Rastrick, West Yorkshire, England) is an English inventor, prop maker and TV presenter. He is best known for his regular appearances on the 1960s and 1970s UK children's television show Vision On.
Early life and career
Lunn was born in Rastrick, West Yorkshire, England to deaf parents. He later taught lip-reading and religious education at Odsal House School for the Deaf in Bradford. In the first part of this self-made interview video series "My Best Cellar", available through his website, Lunn claims he was "brought up in a cellar by deaf mutes".
The parents of actor James Mason lived nearby, leading to Lunn meeting Mason, who effected an introduction to the theatrical agent Blanche Marvin. An unsuccessful interview for Vision On, was followed by an appearance on Joan Bakewell's Late Night Line-Up that night. This was Lunn's first television appearance. He subsequently appeared on the children's TV show Magpie, and on Vision On. He later appeared in several other series, including Jigsaw and Eureka.
Lunn built novelty bicycles and had a separate career as an inventor. When asked, in an interview with the b3ta website, "In the event of the end of the world, what would be the last thing you'd do before death?" Lunn answered: "I'm constantly being told at the end I would turn to God. I always point out it was your God that made me an atheist. I have been teetotal for fifteen years, so I would turn to drink."
- Late Night Line-Up
- Vision On
- Ask Aspel
- Patently Obvious
- Object in Question
- Jim'll Fix It
- What's the Idea (writer and presenter)
- Game for a Laugh
- The 6 O'Clock Show
- Home James (James Mason documentary)
- Mad Science
- The Word
- See It Saw It
- 3-2-1 (game designer)
- Mooncat - presenter
- Magic Music Man (art director)
- Fun Factory
- Rolf on Saturday, OK!
- Fantastic Facts (with Jonathan Ross)
- Huddersfield Novelty Suicide Company - Disco Queen (pantomime)
- Theatre Museum, Covent Garden (one-man-show)
- Mad Things to Make from 'Vision On' (1976)
- Cheap, Cheerful and Sometimes Grotty Gifts to Make (1984)
- My Best Cellar: An Autobiography Up to the Age of Eleven... and Other Stuff (2008), Shaffron Publishing Ltd ISBN 0955615518, ISBN 978-0955615511
- No Animals Were Harmed Making These Christmas Cards (2012)
- Prix Jeunesse
- BAFTA Harlequin Award for Drama/Light Entertainment (for Jigsaw)
- Critic's Award
- Ohio State Award
- "Marsh inventor Wilf Lunn's work on show for first time". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
- "Cycle, Bicycle Art - Wilf Lunn autobiography, TV personality, inventor, writer, designer, cartoonist". wilflunn.com. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
- www.red-letter.co.uk. "About Wilf Lunn". www.wilflunn.com. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
- "Interviews: Wilf Lunn". b3ta.com.
- "About Wilf Lunn". wilflunn.com.