There must be moments when Terry Christian can’t believe the career he’s had.
Best known as presenter of Channel 4’s cult show The Word, Christian was living in inner-city Manchester in 1981 when he was asked to take part in a programme along with 99 other unemployed youngsters from the area (one of them being a certain Johnny Marr, later to find fame with The Smiths).
It went out on Sunday nights on ITV and Christian came across so well, he was offered his own show on Radio Derby.
Called Barbed Wireless, it won Sony Awards, which led to Christian getting his own show on Radio 4 and writing for all sorts of newspapers and magazines.
Next came The Word – a show everyone of a certain age will remember with either fondness or horror, depending on your viewpoint – and he’s been in the public eye pretty much ever since, these days hosting a daytime radio show and presenting a Sunday morning show on MUTV about his beloved Manchester United.
But what’s the reason for all this Terry Christian talk, I hear you cry? Well, the man himself is taking his debut stand-up show on tour and one of the venues he’s performing at is Thornton’s Little Theatre. He’s there on Saturday, October 11, and is promising to regale the audiences with tales from the streets of inner city Manchester to the boulevards of Beverly Hills, via the north west music scene and a house with an outside toilet.
Described as “a hilarious romp through the guilt-ridden and occasionally darker realms of life”, Christian’s show will deal with sex, violence, religion and class prejudice. That’s the first half of the show.
After the interval, Christian – who says his best ever moment in life was meeting the late, great James Brown – opens himself up to the audience for what he promises will be a no-holds-barred Q&A session.
He’s on stage at 7.30pm and tickets are £13.50. To book go to www.wyretheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01253 887693.