Bill Turnbull is an English journalist and presenter, who currently works as a presenter for the radio station Classic FM, following many years as a presenter with the BBC. He was the main male presenter of BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2016, and currently presents the religious series Songs of Praise and game show Think Tank.
In August 2006, Turnbull agreed to take part in a polyphasic sleep experiment presented on BBC One‘s The One Show. In this experiment, he slept for a total of three hours per day, in six thirty-minute bursts, for ten consecutive days. The effect of this sleep pattern on his health was visible, as he presented Breakfast almost every weekday during the duration of the exercise and became increasingly sleep-deprived.
On 28 October 2007, Turnbull made a guest appearance on the children’s television show SMart. In January 2008, he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was beekeeping. In 2009, he took part in the BBC series Around the World in 80 Days with Breakfast colleague Louise Minchin for Children in Need, travelling from Mongolia, through Russia and South Korea, before crossing the Pacific on a container ship and landing in California.
In 2011, he also made an appearance on the BBC One game show Pointless Celebrities alongside Sian Williams, which they won. He also appeared alongside Lee Mack and Louie Spence on Would I Lie To You? and made a guest appearance as himself in The Wedding of River Song, the sixth series finale of Doctor Who, with his then Breakfast co-presenter Sian Williams. In 2012, he appeared in Professor Green’s music video for Remedy. In 2013, he appeared in an episode of Room 101 and in 2016, he was a contestant in a celebrity episode of The Chase.
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