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Personal trainer Jono Castano is behind Rebel Wilson’s weight loss, Chris Hemsworth’s transformation

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Jono Castano is the man celebrities go to when they want to achieve a stunning physical transformation.  

The personal trainer has a host of A-list clients, including former Home and Away star Pia Miller, Bachelor star Matty ‘J’ Johnson, Bachelor winner Laura Byrne, PR Queen Roxy Jacenko, and actors Lincoln Lewis, Jodi Gordon and Luke Cook. 

Most stunningly, the handsome 29-year-old is behind actress Rebel Wilson‘s amazing weight loss, believed to be over 18 kilos. 

The man! Jono Castano (pictured) is the man celebrities go to when they want to achieve a stunning physical transformation

The man! Jono Castano (pictured) is the man celebrities go to when they want to achieve a stunning physical transformation

As well as offering a one-on-one service for the elite, the Colombian-born fitness expert owns Acero Gym in Kensington, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. 

The former soccer player was recruited to join Academia F.C. – a Colombian football (soccer) team, based in the country’s capital Bogotá – at the tender age of 17. 

On his website, Jono describes himself as a natural mentor, who gains immense satisfaction from training others. 

Stars! The personal trainer has a whole host of A-listers for clients, including Home and Away star Pia Miller (left)

Stars! The personal trainer has a whole host of A-listers for clients, including Home and Away star Pia Miller (left) 

A-list: He's also worked with actress Jodi Gordon (left)  and actor Luke Cook (right)

A-list: He’s also worked with actress Jodi Gordon (left)  and actor Luke Cook (right) 

Bachelor babe: Bachelor star Matty 'J' Johnson (left) is another of Jono's clients

 Bachelor babe: Bachelor star Matty ‘J’ Johnson (left) is another of Jono’s clients

Famous face: Jono was recently catapulted into the spotlight after working with Rebel Wilson (right) on her 'year of fitness' and incredible weight loss

Famous face: Jono was recently catapulted into the spotlight after working with Rebel Wilson (right) on her ‘year of fitness’ and incredible weight loss

‘Nearing the end of my football career I began to act as a mentor to younger players. Being able to pass on the knowledge I’d built up over the years gave me a huge amount of satisfaction. I now get that same feeling from training my clients,’ he said. 

He added: ‘Exercise has the ability to be such a powerful tool – not only do I get to help people build strength and become healthier but I get to see the change in them mentally.’  

The personal trainer is well studied, holding diplomas in fitness and nutrition, and is also trained as a boxing instructor.

Gym bunny: As well as offering a one-on-one service for the elite, the Colombian-born fitness expert owns Acero Gym in Kensington, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs

 Gym bunny: As well as offering a one-on-one service for the elite, the Colombian-born fitness expert owns Acero Gym in Kensington, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

Sportsman: The former soccer player was recruited to join Academia F.C. - a Colombian football (soccer) team, based in Bogotá - at the tender age of 17

Sportsman: The former soccer player was recruited to join Academia F.C. – a Colombian football (soccer) team, based in Bogotá – at the tender age of 17

Wow! He lives a luxurious lifestyle, often pictured on tropical vacations, sailing on yachts or travelling in style aboard planes, seated in first class

Wow! He lives a luxurious lifestyle, often pictured on tropical vacations, sailing on yachts or travelling in style aboard planes, seated in first class 

He lives a luxurious lifestyle, often pictured on tropical vacations, sailing on yachts or travelling in style aboard planes, seated in first class. 

Jono is also a dedicated husband, having celebrated his second anniversary with influencer Amy Maree Castano just this week. 

The pair each shared a loved-up tribute to one another on Instagram, cuddled up together on a yacht in a set of sweet images. 

Natural: On his website, Jono describes himself as a natural mentor, who gains immense satisfaction from training others

Natural: On his website, Jono describes himself as a natural mentor, who gains immense satisfaction from training others

Fighting fit: 'Nearing the end of my football career I began to act as a mentor to younger players. Being able to pass on the knowledge I'd built up over the years gave me a huge amount of satisfaction. I now get that same feeling from training my clients,' he said

Fighting fit: ‘Nearing the end of my football career I began to act as a mentor to younger players. Being able to pass on the knowledge I’d built up over the years gave me a huge amount of satisfaction. I now get that same feeling from training my clients,’ he said

Amy herself is a popular fitness guru, boasting 475k followers on Instagram and often showcasing her impressive physique.  

The couple first met on MySpace 13 years ago, before running into one another at a nightclub and falling in love.

Jono proposed in Maui, Hawaii, on Amy’s birthday, and she described the proposal as romantic and luxurious. 

He added: 'Exercise has the ability to be such a powerful tool – not only do I get to help people build strength and become healthier but I get to see the change in them mentally'

He added: ‘Exercise has the ability to be such a powerful tool – not only do I get to help people build strength and become healthier but I get to see the change in them mentally’ 

Knows his stuff: The personal trainer is well studied, holding diplomas in fitness and nutrition, and is also trained as a boxing instructor

Knows his stuff: The personal trainer is well studied, holding diplomas in fitness and nutrition, and is also trained as a boxing instructor

She told Husskie magazine: ‘The concierge took me to the beach, the sun was setting, and I walked down these stairs and there was Jono surrounded by candles and rose petals everywhere! 

‘He worked with the chef at Four Seasons Maui and created a menu of all of my favourite foods for the night. It was absolutely magical. 

‘I was so surprised! Jono and I discuss everything, but he designed my ring and organised all of this without me knowing’. 

Loved up! Jono is also a dedicated husband, having celebrated his second anniversary with influencer Amy Maree Castano (left) just this week

Loved up! Jono is also a dedicated husband, having celebrated his second anniversary with influencer Amy Maree Castano (left) just this week

Sweet: The pair each shared a loved-up tribute to one another on Instagram, cuddled up together on a yacht in a set of sweet images

Sweet: The pair each shared a loved-up tribute to one another on Instagram, cuddled up together on a yacht in a set of sweet images

Insta-famous: Amy herself is a popular fitness guru, boasting 475k followers on Instagram and often showcasing her impressive physique

Insta-famous: Amy herself is a popular fitness guru, boasting 475k followers on Instagram and often showcasing her impressive physique

Longterm: The couple first met on MySpace 13 years ago, before running into one another at a nightclub and falling in love

Longterm: The couple first met on MySpace 13 years ago, before running into one another at a nightclub and falling in love

Loved up: Jono proposed in Maui, Hawaii, on Amy's birthday, and she described the proposal as romantic and luxurious. Amy says Jono is very hardworking, revealing: 'He works 7 days a week and is an extremely confident and strong-minded person'

Loved up: Jono proposed in Maui, Hawaii, on Amy’s birthday, and she described the proposal as romantic and luxurious. Amy says Jono is very hardworking, revealing: ‘He works 7 days a week and is an extremely confident and strong-minded person’ 

Amy also describes Jono as very hardworking, telling the magazine: ‘Jono is one of the hardest working people I know! He works 7 days a week and is an extremely confident and strong-minded person.’ 

The pair enjoy ‘good food, travelling the world and fitness’ and even, ‘get facials, our brows, and hair done together’.

Jono was recently catapulted into the spotlight after working with Rebel Wilson on her ‘year of fitness’ and incredible weight loss. 

Changes: Jono has worked closely with Rebel Wilson to achieve her new look

 Changes: Jono has worked closely with Rebel Wilson to achieve her new look 

Blue beauty! In August, Rebel showed off her slimmed-down physique in a tight blue wrap dress on Instagram (pictured)

Before: Rebel is pictured in May 2019

Wow! In January, Rebel declared 2020 her ‘Year of Health’. In August, she showed off her slimmer physique in a tight blue wrap dress on Instagram (left). Pictured right in May 2019  

The PT said on Sunrise last week that he doesn’t use the word ‘diet’ to describe Rebel’s health and fitness overhaul, saying it’s more about finding ‘balance’.   

‘Exercise is just about getting the body moving,’ he said, adding that he combines ‘resistance and cardio’ when training with Rebel. 

He recommended 45 minutes of exercise five days a week, combined with a healthy diet, in order to achieve weight loss.

Tips and tricks! The PT said on Sunrise last week that he doesn't use the word 'diet' to describe Rebel's health and fitness overhaul, saying it's more about finding 'balance'

Tips and tricks! The PT said on Sunrise last week that he doesn’t use the word ‘diet’ to describe Rebel’s health and fitness overhaul, saying it’s more about finding ‘balance’

Fancy: Jono and Rebel have become good friends, with the personal trainer and his wife Amy hosting an early 40th birthday dinner for Rebel in Los Angeles in February

Fancy: Jono and Rebel have become good friends, with the personal trainer and his wife Amy hosting an early 40th birthday dinner for Rebel in Los Angeles in February

The segment came after Rebel revealed she was just 6.5lbs or three kilograms away from reaching her goal weight of 165lbs / 75kg (11.8st).  

Jono and Rebel have become good friends, with the personal trainer and his wife Amy hosting an early 40th birthday dinner for Rebel in Los Angeles in February.   

Lincoln Lewis has also worked with Jono – he showed off his impressive physique on the cover of Men’s Health after shedding an impressive 12kg in 12 weeks last year.   

Looking good: Jono also trained Lincoln Lewis (pictured), who showed off his impressive physique on the cover of Men's Health after shedding 12kg in 12 weeks last year

 Looking good: Jono also trained Lincoln Lewis (pictured), who showed off his impressive physique on the cover of Men’s Health after shedding 12kg in 12 weeks last year

New look: The former Home and Away star explained to Yahoo Australia that a lull in his acting career and mental health problems forced him to rely on 'sh**** foods'. With the help of the personal trainer, Lincoln began his jaw-dropping transformation

 New look: The former Home and Away star explained to Yahoo Australia that a lull in his acting career and mental health problems forced him to rely on ‘sh**** foods’. With the help of the personal trainer, Lincoln began his jaw-dropping transformation

The former Home and Away star explained to Yahoo Australia that a lull in his acting career and mental health problems forced him to rely on ‘sh**** foods’.  

With the help of the dedicated personal trainer, Lincoln began his jaw-dropping transformation.   

For Jono, the goal is always to make sure his clients achieve the fitness they dreamed of – and he’s immensely happy to be part of the process. 

Jono says on his website: ‘Knowing I’ve been a part of their journey every step of the way is the most rewarding part.’ 

Jono says on his website: 'Knowing I've been a part of their journey every step of the way is the most rewarding part'

Jono says on his website: ‘Knowing I’ve been a part of their journey every step of the way is the most rewarding part’ 

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Hugh Grant’s a plodder… but Nicole Kidman is a thriller: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews The Undoing

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The Undoing – Sky Atlantic

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You have to wonder why Hugh Grant does it. The 60-year-old has been declaring airily for decades that he detests acting. 

It’s his favourite headline-grabber whenever an interview is flagging.

‘I hate it quite a lot, all acting,’ he bragged to Vanity Fair back in 2003, and last year he was still saying it – telling fellow thesp Matthew McConaughey: ‘It’s so boring. I’m a miserable human being on a film set.’

What he particularly loathes, he says, is the way ‘I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row’.

You have to wonder why Hugh Grant does it. The 60-year-old has been declaring airily for decades that he detests acting, writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS. Pictured: Grant alongside Nicola Kidman and Noah Jupe in The Undoing

You have to wonder why Hugh Grant does it. The 60-year-old has been declaring airily for decades that he detests acting, writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS. Pictured: Grant alongside Nicola Kidman and Noah Jupe in The Undoing

You have to wonder why Hugh Grant does it. The 60-year-old has been declaring airily for decades that he detests acting, writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS. Pictured: Grant alongside Nicola Kidman and Noah Jupe in The Undoing

Yet here he is again, in The Undoing (Sky Atlantic), playing a loveably flustered Englishman. 

Self-deprecating, wry, shy and melancholy, he pulls a pained expression and mumbles: ‘Well, I, yes, it’s absolutely, oh flump, no, of course, hmm, well, no, flumpitty-flump.’

He can’t need the money. He made more than £11million from the sale of an Andy Warhol painting of Liz Taylor that, he likes to claim, he bought for a song at Sotheby’s when he was drunk.

And it’s not as if there’s nothing else he can do. 

As former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe in the political drama A Very English Scandal two years ago, Grant was excellent – so good that even the most grudging fans were mystified he had never really bothered flexing his talent before.

Now he’s back to the same old tired routine, in a role that he could perform in his sleep: bumbling through his lines as cancer doctor Jonathan Fraser.

In The Undoing, Grant plays a loveably flustered Englishman, while his co-star Nicole Kidman is his super-rich wife Grace

In The Undoing, Grant plays a loveably flustered Englishman, while his co-star Nicole Kidman is his super-rich wife Grace

In The Undoing, Grant plays a loveably flustered Englishman, while his co-star Nicole Kidman is his super-rich wife Grace

Co-star Nicole Kidman, as his super-rich wife Grace, is well aware that he’s not trying.

When we first saw them together, in the splendid kitchen of their New York brownstone mansion, she was straightening his tie and teasing him that he looked like he was going to a funeral… again. 

She didn’t need to mention the four weddings. Grant’s laziness doesn’t damage the drama. It suits the character. 

We guess from the start that Jonathan is lying to Grace, though he scarcely needs to bother. 

A therapist who thinks she understands everyone else’s problems, Grace is so pleased with her marriage that the idea her husband is deceiving her never crosses her mind. 

Her smug world, we sense, is about to implode.

Ever so kindly, she pities the mothers at her son’s private school whose marriages are less wonderful than her own and condescends to the poorer ones whose children are on scholarships. 

At the fundraising auction she organises, in a penthouse that quite literally looks down on Manhattan, Grace smiles with an arch awareness of her moral superiority, as parents compete to donate the most.

A glass of tap water fetches a thousand dollars. 

The mums in Miss Kidman’s previous TV thriller about sudden death at the school gates, Big Little Lies, were paupers by comparison with this crowd.

Fans of that drama will relish this one. 

It’s pacy, suspenseful and resists the temptation to leap back and forwards through the story, instead letting events build to nerve-racking cliffhangers.

The Undoing is pacy, suspenseful and resists the temptation to leap back and forwards through the story, instead letting events build to nerve-racking cliffhangers

The Undoing is pacy, suspenseful and resists the temptation to leap back and forwards through the story, instead letting events build to nerve-racking cliffhangers

The Undoing is pacy, suspenseful and resists the temptation to leap back and forwards through the story, instead letting events build to nerve-racking cliffhangers

Whether she’s fussing with the food blender, power-walking to a meeting or just taking a shower, Miss Kidman cannot be bettered as the ultra-competitive mother who cannot switch off her perfectionist instincts. 

Even when she’s asleep, she looks tense.

There’s no actress more believable as she lets us glimpse the fraught, frantic energy expended in projecting a serene facade.

Donald Sutherland has a brief scene as Grace’s viciously wealthy father. It’s a role he, too, has played often enough. 

Unlike Grant, though, he doesn’t coast when he’s on screen.

The unknown element is supplied by Italian actress Matilda De Angelis. 

She plays struggling artist Elena, whose son has won a place at the $50,000-a-year academy for the ultra-privileged.

Elena scandalises the other mothers by breastfeeding in public. 

She might be skint by their standards, but she can still afford to use the exclusive gym where Grace works out – and where Elena may be stalking Grace.

Hints of the killing to come are semaphored from the outset. The opening credits, to the tune of Dream A Little Dream Of Me, feature soft-focus shots of a little girl with red curling hair. 

She chases bubbles and tries on a white wedding veil – that is splashed, just for a moment, with blood.

When Jonathan walks his son through Central Park, pristine drifts of snow are banked along the paths. 

You almost expect Santa to swoosh by on his sleigh. That’s what happens in some of Grant’s soppier movies. 

This time, though, our hapless Englishman has blundered into a darker world.

The murder didn’t happen until the final few minutes and the frustration is we can’t discover more until next week – Sky is stretching this one out across six Mondays. 

It is also available via Now TV – but it might be more satisfying to wait till the whole series is online.

Grant is back to the same old tired routine, in a role that he could perform in his sleep: bumbling through his lines as cancer doctor Jonathan Fraser

Grant is back to the same old tired routine, in a role that he could perform in his sleep: bumbling through his lines as cancer doctor Jonathan Fraser

Grant is back to the same old tired routine, in a role that he could perform in his sleep: bumbling through his lines as cancer doctor Jonathan Fraser

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Holey Moley FIRST LOOK: Channel Seven releases a trailer for mini golf show

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Channel Seven has offered viewers a glimpse of its upcoming mini golf-themed competitive reality show Holey Moley, which is set to air early 2021.

Holey Moley brings together ‘the most skilled’ mini golfers from across Australia for a series of challenging one-on-one battles. 

In the new teaser,  golfing legend Greg Norman tells viewers: ‘I’ve found one thing bigger than golf… mini golf.’ 

Coming soon! Channel Seven has offered viewers a glimpse of its upcoming mini golf-themed competitive reality show Holey Moley, which is set to air early 2021

Coming soon! Channel Seven has offered viewers a glimpse of its upcoming mini golf-themed competitive reality show Holey Moley, which is set to air early 2021

Coming soon! Channel Seven has offered viewers a glimpse of its upcoming mini golf-themed competitive reality show Holey Moley, which is set to air early 2021 

We also see several mini-golf fanatics competing against each other while trying to outmaneuver a series of Wipeout-style challenges.  

Greg will serve as the Resident Golf Pro, as American comedian Rob Riggle shares commentary duties alongside Seven sports anchor Matt Shirvington.

While she didn’t appear in the 60-second advert, Sonia Kruger will host the series. 

Sidelines: Greg Norman will serve as the Resident Golf Pro, as American comedian Rob Riggle (right) shares commentary duties alongside Seven sports anchor Matt Shirvington (left)

Sidelines: Greg Norman will serve as the Resident Golf Pro, as American comedian Rob Riggle (right) shares commentary duties alongside Seven sports anchor Matt Shirvington (left)

Sidelines: Greg Norman will serve as the Resident Golf Pro, as American comedian Rob Riggle (right) shares commentary duties alongside Seven sports anchor Matt Shirvington (left)

The winning team will receive a cash prize of $100,000, but will have to deal with the pressure of a live studio audience.

Holey Moley was created for U.S. TV by Australian producer Chris Culvenor, who is the man behind MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance.

Seven’s director of programming, Angus Ross, recently told TV Blackbox the show will go head to head against Nine’s Married At First Sight and 10’s The Amazing Race.

‘It feels like it’s the right sort of counter-programming against MAFS, and The Amazing Race on 10. Really, really family-friendly, big-scale entertainment,’ he said.

Hostess: While she didn't appear in the 60-second advert, Sonia Kruger will host the series

Hostess: While she didn't appear in the 60-second advert, Sonia Kruger will host the series

Hostess: While she didn’t appear in the 60-second advert, Sonia Kruger will host the series 

Andrew Backwell, Seven’s Director of Production, also told the publication that Seven was targeting kids with the new format.

‘Kids are not watching Married At First Sight, well they shouldn’t be,’ he said.

‘If you can get kids, you get family viewing and suddenly you have that broad family audience. I personally think Holey Moley is a really good alternative.’

Holey Moley will air on Channel Seven in early February 2021

Counter-programming: Seven executive Angus Ross recently told TV Blackbox the show will go head to head against Nine's Married At First Sight (pictured) and 10's The Amazing Race

Counter-programming: Seven executive Angus Ross recently told TV Blackbox the show will go head to head against Nine's Married At First Sight (pictured) and 10's The Amazing Race

Counter-programming: Seven executive Angus Ross recently told TV Blackbox the show will go head to head against Nine’s Married At First Sight (pictured) and 10’s The Amazing Race 

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It was the downfall of Frank Bough (and the wife who stood by him) that was such a tale of our times

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This was Frank Bough’s time of year. His undisputed realm was Saturday afternoons in the autumn, with rain lashing the windowpanes outside and nothing much to do.

Imagine it is the late 1970s and there are no iPhones or social media to banish the tedium; no live football on Sky or BT Sports.

In fact, there are only three channels to be found on the family television set. One of them — ITV — is showing a wrestling bout between Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy, more scripted pantomime than sport.

Another — BBC2 — is, as usual, offering a dreary black and white costume drama.

But on BBC1, Frank Bough is presenting Grandstand, and you know the afternoon ahead will be like easing into a warm bath.

Fallen star: Frank Bough with his wife Nesta (pictured circa 1980) who he married in 1959, had three sons with and lived comfortably by the Thames near Maidenhead

Fallen star: Frank Bough with his wife Nesta (pictured circa 1980) who he married in 1959, had three sons with and lived comfortably by the Thames near Maidenhead

Fallen star: Frank Bough with his wife Nesta (pictured circa 1980) who he married in 1959, had three sons with and lived comfortably by the Thames near Maidenhead

Bough was the consummate broadcaster who emerged from a more gentle sporting age. Today, rolling news and sports coverage are wallpaper to our lives. But it was Bough, who died last week aged 87, and a handful of other presenters who blazed a trail in live TV with his ability to hold our attention through those long, wet afternoons.

He had about him the air of a good-natured schoolmaster. Charming, if slightly dull. Except that underneath his comfy golfing jumper there beat — on occasion — the heart of a sexual libertine which was altogether at odds with his public persona.

Today’s Snapchat videos of wealthy young footballers inhaling ‘hippy crack’ or tales of their bedding ‘high class’ courtesans were old hat to him. Balding, middle-aged ‘Uncle Frank’ had been there, done that, more than 30 years ago and paid the professional price.

Like Icarus in a Pringle sweater, he had flown too close to the sun. Or, to be precise, too close to the News of the World, which in 1988 revealed Bough’s participation, clad in female lingerie, in a string of parties featuring cocaine and prostitutes.

At the time, it was rather like learning the Archbishop of Canterbury was running a protection racket. But even that would have been less shocking, particularly to women of a certain age who had considered Bough, always a courteous interviewer, to be their ideal of a clean-cut family man.

He was a by-word for respectablility. And then, suddenly, he was no longer respectable and was gone from our screens for ever, although he was never abandoned by his faithful, long-suffering wife, Nesta.

The story that revealed his secret life: The front page of the News of the World, which in 1988 revealed Bough’s participation, clad in female lingerie, in a string of parties featuring cocaine and prostitutes

The story that revealed his secret life: The front page of the News of the World, which in 1988 revealed Bough’s participation, clad in female lingerie, in a string of parties featuring cocaine and prostitutes

The story that revealed his secret life: The front page of the News of the World, which in 1988 revealed Bough’s participation, clad in female lingerie, in a string of parties featuring cocaine and prostitutes

The pity is that he is remembered more for the circumstances of his downfall than the broadcasting excellence which went before. Bough was born in a terrace house in the Potteries town of Fenton. His mother painted porcelain in a factory, his father was a furniture upholsterer.

Frank proved to be a fine athlete — a county sprint champion — and did well academically, winning a place at Merton College, Oxford, where he studied history and won a football blue.

After National Service in the Royal Tank Regiment, he joined the chemicals giant ICI and in 1959 married Nesta. All was set, it seemed, for contented obscurity.

But Bough longed to try his hand at broadcasting. After several years of badgering, the BBC gave him his chance.

He began his new career as a sports correspondent and local news presenter in Newcastle, and in 1964 was chosen to host the show which would become the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.

Another significant break happened when he was sent to commentate on the 1966 World Cup tie between Italy and North Korea, which proved to be the shock of the tournament when the Koreans won.

Within 18 months, Bough was presenting Grandstand, which would cement his place as a household name. The format was straightforward but daunting: Bough fronted what became five hours of live television every Saturday, covering a variety of sports events as they happened.

On any given edition he might introduce a couple of Peter O’Sullevan racing commentaries and then Rugby League’s Eddie Waring to describe in his own distinctive style a clash in the Yorkshire mud between Hull Kingston Rovers and Castleford.

There might be more mud and collisions as Ford Escorts and Vauxhall Chevettes duelled in the rallycross from Brands Hatch. All the while, ‘Uncle Frank’ would be keeping a close eye on the events at Old Trafford or Anfield; everything would be revealed in the ‘Final Score’ segment, by the stuttering tele-printer.

Bough died last week aged 87  as former colleagues remembered him with respect and affection

Bough died last week aged 87  as former colleagues remembered him with respect and affection

Bough died last week aged 87  as former colleagues remembered him with respect and affection

Famously unflappable, if Giant Haystacks had burst into the studio and put Bough into a head lock, he would no doubt have continued to perform his anchorman duties as if nothing untoward was happening.

‘I’ve got a very long fuse,’ he once explained of his delight in keeping so many plates spinning at once.

But, sometimes, the circumstances were gruelling even for him. He anchored the BBC’s live coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics in which terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes. He found it hard to comprehend that the games went on amid the slaughter.

His work wasn’t all sports-related. He interviewed Prime Ministers and fronted General Election coverage. In 1972, he was given a main presenting role on Nationwide, BBC1’s early evening current affairs programme.

By then, he was presenting 12 hours of live television a week and was one of the nation’s most famous faces. This was confirmed when — along with Eddie Waring and others — he performed a number from South Pacific on the 1977 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show. A record 21 million tuned in.

But television was changing, and when the BBC prepared to launch Breakfast TV in 1983, Bough leapt at the chance. He was an obvious front man for the enterprise, sharing a sofa with Nick Ross and Selina Scott. And he was a great success.

Off screen, life was good, too. He and Nesta had three sons and lived comfortably by the Thames near Maidenhead.

But after four years, the early morning starts began to pale. In 1987, he quit to become presenter of the BBC’s Holiday programme.Shortly afterwards, his secret life was sensationally revealed. The world fell on his head.

‘Frank Bough: I took drugs with vice girls’ was the News of the World’s front page headline. ‘Frank watched as party junkies had sex together,’ read the caption under a large photograph of the presenter alongside.

Bough’s response was to meet the allegations head-on. He claimed the prostitutes with whom he partied had introduced him to Class A drugs. But the more he talked, the deeper was the hole he dug himself into.

He was never abandoned by his faithful, long-suffering wife, Nesta. She said she was ‘very hurt and angry’ with her husband: but she stuck by him (pictured together attending the Rainbow Ball in aid of terminally-ill children)

He was never abandoned by his faithful, long-suffering wife, Nesta. She said she was ‘very hurt and angry’ with her husband: but she stuck by him (pictured together attending the Rainbow Ball in aid of terminally-ill children)

He was never abandoned by his faithful, long-suffering wife, Nesta. She said she was ‘very hurt and angry’ with her husband: but she stuck by him (pictured together attending the Rainbow Ball in aid of terminally-ill children)

He told the paper: ‘I am not a wicked man, nor do I mean any harm or evil to people. I’ve made mistakes but everyone is entitled to do that. No one suffered but my wife, my family and myself. It was a brief but appalling period in my life. Don’t condemn my entire career for a brief episode I regret.’

Nesta stood by him, declaring: ‘I know this won’t happen again because of the disgrace this has brought on his family.’

The BBC was less forgiving and he was sacked without ceremony.

Bough had treatment for his — most unlikely — hard drugs problem and began to rebuild his shattered image and career at independent TV and radio stations, presenting LWT’s Six O’Clock Live show.

The rehabilitation seemed to be making good progress when he was chosen to front ITV’s coverage of the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

Alas, his resurrection was to be short-lived.

In August 1992, under the headline ‘Sex Slave Bough’s Den of Evil’, the Sunday Mirror set out in lurid detail how the broadcaster was a regular at a sado-masochistic ‘dungeon’ in Central London, run by one ‘Mistress Charlotte’, a rubber-clad dominatrix.

When confronted at his home by the ‘investigators’, the appalled Bough choked: ‘I’ve been through all this before. I may never work again if this story is published.’

And so it came to pass.

There were more considered but no less painful mea culpas. ‘I caused a lot of pain to my wife and my family and I bitterly regret all these things,’ he said in a television interview shortly afterwards.

Poor Nesta, by then his wife of 37 years. She said she was ‘very hurt and angry’ with her husband: but she stuck by him.

Save for a brave appearance on the satirical show Have I Got News For You, which had ragged him mercilessly about his scandals, Bough largely disappeared into seclusion. (It should be noted that the chief tormentor, the presenter Angus Deayton, would, almost a decade later, be sacked from the show after newspaper revelations concerning his own use of cocaine and prostitutes.)

Former colleagues remember him with respect and affection. Yesterday, Nick Owen tweeted: ‘RIP Frank Bough. I regarded him as the ultimate broadcaster who combined news and sport brilliantly. Whatever the scandals that broke around him, he was an inspiration to me when I started in TV more than 40 years ago.’

Clearly, there was a degree of torment behind the calm professional face of Uncle Frank.

If he had remained a colleague of Eddie ‘up and under’ Waring rather than breaking into the showbusiness-obsessed world of morning TV, would he have strayed from the Corinthian sporting path that he seemed to embody?

What a morality tale. Yet he was all our autumn Saturday afternoons. For that, at least, thank you Frank Bough. 

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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