Christopher John Tarrant was born on Thursday 10th October 1946; was educated as a boarder in Choir House at the King’s School, Worcester where he represented the school at hockey and cricket. He briefly became a researcher for the Central Office of Information before becoming a newsreader on ATV Today. It was in 1974 that things progressed. For 8 years between 1974 & 82 he hosted the ITV children’s television show Tiswas. Two years later – in 1984 – he joined Capital Radio and was host for 20 years. He is probably best remembered, though, for his 16 years on the ITV game show ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’
In March 2014 he suffered a stroke at 39,000ft on a work flight from Thailand to London. Doctors at Charing Cross Hospital, London, told him he’d had a stroke, and did emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his right leg. Chris recalls: “They were brilliant. I’m always aware that if I hadn’t gone I could be in a wheelchair. What happened makes me want to enjoy my life. I take medication and pills. I keep pretty active. I’ve got a big rambling estate in Berkshire so I walk around hills as I can’t stand the gym. I think I’m mentally fit, too.”
The place is getting like Piccadilly Circus: we had another visitor today – a tall, good looking, fellow in an expensive suit. He asked for Janine by name; said they had known each other a long time ago but he had only just learnt of her illness.
We asked him where he had heard such a story. The funny thing was, he couldn’t tell us where he had heard the news – said he just had. It seemed strange, but in a peculiar way it rang true; a totally different sort of feeling to that we had about the woman of a few days ago.
He said that he wanted to see Janine but we said we would have to check on that. He understood. We’re going to have a word with the doctor tonight and have asked the man to come back tomorrow. We’ll see what we do then.
Only me and Bashful got to see Janine tonight. Sleepy was tired and Sneezy has a cold so Dopy, Grumpy and Doc set to tidy up the place. We need to have the place looking tidy when our visitor returns tomorrow.
When we got to the hospital there had been no change in Janine. She still lays there looking as beautiful as ever – just as if she fell asleep five minutes ago. We are all beginning to wonder if she will ever become her old self again.
I’ll let you know the outcome of tomorrow’s meeting.
Dear Mum & Dad
It’s been weeks now since we came home and found Janine collapsed on the settee.
Since that day – the day they took her to hospital – there has been no change in her at all. When we ask, all the doctors will say is that ‘her condition is stable’. What on earth does that mean? She hasn’t moved or flickered an eyelid since they took her into hospital!
To look at her, though, she hasn’t changed one bit. She is still as beautiful as ever.
I can’t say the same for the flat though! That has disintegrated into its old state of untidiness. None of us have the urge to keep up the standards our lovely Janine set.
We are frightened about it all. All we want is our lovely Janine to get better and come home.