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Author photo. Jean Metcalfe was one of Britain's best-loved radio personalities.

Jean Metcalfe was one of Britain's best-loved radio personalities.

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Originally a typist on the Forces' Programme, Jean Metcalfe went on to play music requests on Forces' Favourites, before being chosen to present the British side of Two Way Family Favourites following the war.

Her co-presenter, based in Hamburg, was an RAF Squadron Leader called Cliff Michelmore. The two did not meet face to face for six months, but were quickly engaged and married in 1950.

Jean Metcalfe with her husband Cliff Michelmore.
Cliff Michelmore called it 'love at first hearing'.
Jean Metcalfe was the first presenter of Woman's Hour and was a mentor to the programme's current anchor, Jenni Murray.

Following her retirement, she went on to become an accomplished painter and writer and, in 1980, she published an acclaimed book of watercolours which looked back at her childhood in Surrey.

Jean Metcalfe had two children and six grandchildren. Her son, Guy, followed in his father's footsteps as a popular television presenter.
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