ALISTAIR’S LIFE AND WORK
2013 Recording series 14 of Escape to the Country – starting in the Spring and filming through to October. Working away on the final year dissertation for the Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy. Working together with the Olympic Legacy organisers to bring mindfulness into the Olympic Park in East London. Continuing as host for the The Night Shift with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Talking books on BBC Radio 4’s “A Good Read” Mindsprings courses in the UK and one planned in Switzerland for the summer.
2012 Filmed Series 13 of Escape to the Country for BBC2 – a newly formatted, fresh version of this BBC staple. There were live births, helicopter rides, high tea and of course, lots of beautiful properties. Alistair completed his training as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and got his Diploma. Worked throughout the year as live host for The Night Shift with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Very nearly won Celebrity Eggheads on BBC’s top quiz show. Ran workshops in Scotland, London and Oxfordshire for Mindsprings. 2011 Training and working as
2011 Training and working as psychotherapist: Year 2 of MA Studies. In production for Series 12 (!) of Escape to the Country for the BBC. Live host of the sell-out classical concert series, The Night Shift with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Work with Integrative Mindfulness, a marriage of meditation and therapy – in schools, businesses and in regular courses. Workshops with Mindsprings in Iceland, USA, Scotland, and England. Launching on-line podcasts, e-book and training through the mind-springs.org website
2010 Escape to the Country Series 11 (in production: BBC1 &2) Nightshift live presenting for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenement at the Roundhouse. Year 1 training in Psychotherapy. Teaching mindfulness to groups and organizations under Mindsprings.
2009 Began 4-year Diploma/MA in Psychotherapy Escape to the Country Series 10 (BBC1 &2) Toured Zimbabwe teaching Mindfulness. Mindsprings meditation courses continue apace. Radio 3 Breakfast, BBC Radio 3 Nightshift Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenement (x5)
2008 Escape to the Country Series 6 (BBC1 &2) Celebrity Cash in the Attic (BBC1) Radio 3 Breakfast, BBC Radio 3 Nightshift Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenement (x3) Hosting at ABO (Association of British Orchestras) Conference, Brighton. Meditation courses on Holy Island, in London, Oxfordshire and Brazil.
2007 Cash in the Attic Series 11 & 12 Escape to the Country Series 5 (BBC2 & 1) Fantasy Homes by the Sea (UKtv Style) Fantasy Homes in the City (UKtv Style) Hosting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Nightshift concerts. Writing, filming and performing acclaimed performance at the Spitalfields Festival.
2006 Cash in the Attic Series 8 (BBC1 & Worldwide) Escape to the Country Series 4 (BBC2) Four meditation courses across the country Pilot: Blank Canvas for W Networks, Canada Work on novel.
2005 Cash in the Attic Series 6 (BBC1 & Worldwide) Uncharted Territory (BBC1) Foreign Exchange (BBC1) The Proms (BBC2 & 4) The Weakest Link (Charity Special BBC1) Dr. Who (drama BBC1) Stately Suppers (BBC2) 2nd course up on Holy Island Documentary The Man Who Drank the Universe
2004 Taught ABC of Meditation course on Holy Island Live OB from Tate Modern for BBC Breakfast Series Five of Cash in the Attic (BBC) Performance on Three (BBC Radio 3) Young Musician of the Year (BBC2/4) Cash in the Attic USA (HGTV) The Proms (BBC4)
2003 Live OB Broadcasts, 45min 5x a week, (open-mike talkback) for BBC Breakfast from Bath Spa and the Proms at the Albert Hall. 2nd and 3rd Series of Cash in the Attic Series 6 of House Doctor 2 films for BBC Holiday Filmed report for Heaven and Earth
2002 Appeared as Ricky in Footballers Wives Presented 5 hour BBC2 Special A Week in the Westend Filmed third series of House Doctor for TalkBack Filmed brand new BBC1 series Cash in the Attic
2001 Started filming Garden Invaders for BBC1
2001 Second series of House Doctor (Channel 5) Presenter Travel On (Travel Channel)
2000 Became a Buddhist.
2000 Actor in BBC2 sitcom Rhona lead role The 8th Deadly Sin 90 minute feature film for German ARD.
2000 Presenter House Doctor (Channel 5) Presenter Hot TV (Sky)
1999-00 Worked doing commercials (Kellogs, Nokia, VW) Corporate MC-ing (Uniroyal, Informix) Freelance print journalism.
1999 Returned to UK to work as freelance presenter.
1998 Cut out the dissolute lifestyle and became HEAT’s permanent frontman.
1997 Got a break as presenter of Deutsche Welle’s youth current affairs show HEAT.
1996 Started working as a translator and journalist in the newsroom of Deutsche Welle tv.
1993-5 Taught English to East Germans in Berlin. Lived a suitably dissolute Berlin lifestyle.
1993 On his way back from Poland stopped off to visit a friend in Berlin. Stayed there
1992 Fled recession and set out for Poland where he taught at the University of Gdansk and pretended to be a poet with young Poles.
1988-91 Went up to Cambridge to read English Literature at Gonville & Caius College. Read a few books did acres of acting sang in a chapel choir rowed for his college and came away with a sterling 2.1.
1981-88 Secondary education at St. John’s Catholic School. Got himself 10 O levels, 3 A Levels alongside being bad at rugby and good at theatre.
1970 Born to Sally and Peter Appleton in Tunbridge Wells – their second son.