Nicholas Tresilian obituary


My pal and neighbour Nicholas Tresilian, who has died of most cancers aged 85, was a broadcaster and entrepreneur who introduced BBC Two’s Late Night time Line-Up, arrange radio stations in jap Europe and was a co-founder of Traditional FM.

It was Nicholas’s pure ease and expertise on the BBC Two programme Writers’ World with Melvyn Bragg that prompted a producer of Late Night time Line-Up (LNLU) to ask him to affix the early LNLU group (1964-65). Presenting alongside Joan Bakewell, he interviewed many individuals then within the information together with Barbara Cartland, Tariq Ali, Marianne Faithfull and Andrew Loog Oldham. Nicholas went on to jot down, direct and narrate Non-public Landscapes (1974), a collection of BBC movies on new British artwork, exploring the work of artists Peter Blake, Joe Tilson, Richard Smith and David Inshaw.

Shifting on from the BBC, Nicholas helped arrange the enterprise channel Spafax Tv, which began in a single room in 1973 and was up and working by 1980, and from 1982 he was co-founder and an everyday presenter on Tv South West. Through the Nineteen Eighties, he additionally arrange Radio FM Plus in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, whereas within the UK he co-founded Traditional FM, in 1992, and, for greater than 10 years, introduced day by day and night live performance programmes.

Nicholas additionally wrote on artwork historical past and idea, and lectured at artwork faculties in Maidstone, Cardiff and on the Central Faculty of Artwork and Design in London (now a part of College of the Arts London). He was a director of the Artist Placement Group, a forerunner to the artists residency schemes of the 80s, based in 1965 by John Latham and Barbara Steveni, and was energetic within the Worldwide Society for the Examine of Time, serving as vice-president for a few years. In his latter years he produced movies on artwork’s roots and functions, and in 2021 he printed a memoir, Flints and Flashes. Quantity two was printed in 2022.

Born in Chobham, Surrey, the eldest little one of Nancye (nee Amis) and Stewart Tresilian, chief engineer at Rolls-Royce, Nicholas attended Wellington school in Berkshire. After two years’ nationwide service, he graduated in 1962 with an English literature diploma from Cambridge. Quickly after, his partaking bodily presence and attraction earned him a component in John Chapman’s farce The Brides of March on the Marlowe theatre in Canterbury, Kent. He then labored as a duplicate editor at Secker & Warburg (1962), and as a lecturer within the late 60s/early 70s.

In 1970, Nicholas married Religion Compton, they usually went on to have three youngsters, Arabella, Susannah and Alexander. Religion died in 2009. Six years later, he married Joanna Foster, whom he had met whereas Scottish dancing once they have been each 17.

In his final years, he and Joanna lived in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, the place Nicholas was an everyday presence on the road, determinedly strolling with two sticks, his Russian fur hat on his head, and a smartphone glowing on a string spherical his neck.

Nicholas is survived by Joanna, his youngsters and eight granddaughters.


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