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Early life

Rory Bremner was the second son born to Major Donald Stuart Ogilvy Bremner (March 1908–1979) (who was 53 years old at Rory’s birth) and his second wife Ann Simpson (1922–2001).[1] Bremner was educated at Clifton Hall School and Wellington College and then studied Modern Languages at King’s College London. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of King’s College London Students’ Union in the early 2000s. In 2005 he accepted an Honorary Fellowship at King’s. Additionally, he was awarded an honorary fellowship by Queen Mary, University of London in 2008.[2]

Rory first came into the limelight in 1985, when his single, N-N-Nineteen Not Out (released under the name, “The Commentators”) was a big hit in the British charts. It was a parody of Paul Hardcastle’s number one hit, 19, with Bremner impersonating cricket commentators, including Richie Benaud and Brian Johnston, and replacing references to the Vietnam War with references to the England cricket team’s disastrous 1984 home series against the West Indies in which the England captain David Gower had averaged 19.[3]

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Bremner soon had his own BBC Two show, and later moved to Channel 4, where his output became more satirical and the sporting commentators gradually came to represent a smaller proportion of his repertoire. Having teamed up with veterans, John Bird and John Fortune, he now hosts Bremner, Bird and Fortune, which (along with its predecessor Rory Bremner, Who Else?) has won numerous awards.

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