David Dimbleby is full of the joys of young love after he slipped away for a secret honeymoon with his wife Belinda — 17 years after they got married
Friends of David Dimbleby have noticed a new spring in the veteran broadcaster’s step.
At 78, he is full of the joys of young love after he slipped away for a secret honeymoon with his wife Belinda — 17 years after they got married.
‘They were too busy to have a honeymoon after their wedding in 2000 and have now renewed their marriage vows,’ says a friend. ‘They’ve both had their wedding rings engraved inside with a quote from John Donne.’
BBC1 Question Time presenter Dimbleby is famously reticent about his private life and declines to elaborate on this latest romantic twist.
In 1993 he left Josceline, his cookery-writer first wife, after an affair of several years standing with Belinda Giles, a television producer 20 years his junior and wife of society photographer Christopher Sykes.
He broke the news of his affair to Josceline just before they were due to go to Venice to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. They still went —for what must have been a very doleful weekend.
With Josceline, he has three children: Liza, an artist, Henry, who founded the fast-food chain Leon, and Kate, a jazz singer.
After their separation Josceline had a relationship with foreign correspondent Jon Swain and later Johnnie Culme-Seymour.
Dimbleby, who has covered every general election since 1979, as well as major events such as Princess Diana’s funeral, lives on a farm in East Sussex with Belinda and their son Fred, 19, who is a student at Oxford University.
Dimbleby, who has covered every general election since 1979, as well as major events such as Princess Diana’s funeral, lives on a farm in East Sussex with Belinda
The Dimbleby dynasty also includes David’s younger brother Jonathan, host of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?
Dimbleby seems to be living his life in reverse like F Scott Fitgerald’s character Benjamin Button.
At 75 he made headlines after having a scorpion inked on to his shoulder.
What next for the rejuvenated grand inquistor?
Martin Amis sneered at Jeremy Corbyn’s academic record on the Radio 4 Today programme: ‘That good showing in the election did not improve his A-level grades.’ But what of the New York-based novelist’s own salad days?
Martin Amis sneered at Jeremy Corbyn’s academic record on the Radio 4 Today programme
Amis failed his English A-level and admits it was only under the tutelage of stepmother Elizabeth Jane Howard, ‘much of it spent in a last-ditch boarding crammer in Brighton’ that he scraped together the qualifications that earned him a ‘second-tier scholarship to Oxford.’
But things didn’t turn out too badly in the end for the son of famed writer Sir Kingsley, author of Lucky Jim.
Russell Brand puts his foot in it, again
Gobby Russell Brand’s gift of the gab landed him in trouble again when he offended Mr Selfridge star Sam West at the National Theatre this week.
MENTIONING NO NAMES…
Which heart-throb Hollywood star with a benevolent reputation fired his cleaner on her first day because she asked him for a selfie?
‘I saw Sam — the son of Timothy West and Prunella Scales,’ explains Brand. ‘I go: “I very much enjoyed you in The Big Short”.
‘And he went: “Bless you”. I thought: he’s trying to be nice there, but it’s mixed in with something.’
The 42-year-old reveals: ‘I realised he’s not in The Big Short, it’s Rafe Spall — Tim Spall’s son.
‘I indicated that I see him in the category of sons of famous people.
That’s literally the non-racist version of when Samuel L Jackson got a compliment for a film that Denzel Washington was in.’
Wrong again. It was Laurence Fishburne. In an advert.
Good news for Debbie McGee ahead of her first twirl on tonight’s Strictly. Cambridge University number crunchers have found ‘evidence that the judges tend to give slightly higher scores to female celebrities’.
Craig Revel Horwood has been the toughest to impress over the 14 series. ‘On average, he is about a point tougher on contestants than the other judges are,’ the analysis finds. Let’s hope she doesn’t put a foot wrong in her Paso Doble.