Cruise Talks




David's presentations include memories of his days as a BBC Reporter illustrated with recordings from his personal archive  doing such things as aerobatics in a glider, reporting from the jungles of Sarawak, going under Southampton Water in a diving suit, flying a low level strike run in an attack aircraft, interviewing a Duchess on horseback and taking a Japanese bath.



David adds in a sprinkling of highly amusing 'bloopers' recorded over the years and featuring a number of well known broadcasters to an array of experience from his days as a BBC Producer, he recalls days working with some of the greats in the theatrical profession such as Richard Todd, Moira Lister, Bob Monkhouse, Roy Hudd, Ian Richardson and others from the Royal Shakespeare Company together with one young actor, to whom David gave his first broadcasting job, and who went on to become an international Star.


Additionally David has developed a series entitled "The Magic of the Musicals". These include "Les Miserables" and  "South Pacific."

In the Christmas season he adds Carol Menotti's magical piece "Amahl and the Night Visitors".    Also at that time of year he includes a personal and highly-acclaimed performance of his own abridgement of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".


David normally travels with his wife Jane, a former BBC Production Secretary,  and together they present a sequence entitled "Poetry IS Fun" which includes many long-standing favourites together with some new pieces. There is also an opportunity for audiences to join in.

On longer voyages passengers are able to benefit from David's skills as a Director when they take part in a radio comedy which culminates in performance in front of fellow passengers. For all concerned it lifts the veil on the way that radio drama works in a studio setting.

A natural entertainer, with a considerable track record in the Cruise Industry,  David's presentations are noted for his sense of humour particularly tuned to more sophisticated audiences.


Away from the sea David has a considerable record as an after dinner speaker. He has often been invited to speak at luncheons for the ladies of men attending major conferences. 


In his years after leaving the BBC he was Chairman of two successful companies, one producing video programmes and staging conferences for industry, the other making a full range of lead crystal. Both companies were sited in the picturesque South Derbyshire village of Melbourne which gives its name to the other place in Australia.