Alex MacIntosh

Last updated 09 January 2020

Alex MacIntosh (1925-1997)
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Alex MacIntosh

Born: Wednesday 18th November 1925
Died: Sunday 7th September 1997 (age: 71)


Alex Macintosh was a BBC presenter and continuity announcer from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. He was also the voice artist heard during the first British-broadcast advertisement, for Gibbs SR Toothpaste on ITV, 22 September 1955.

Macintosh was an ABC TV "in-vision" announcer from 1955 to 1961, which led to him becoming a presenter on other BBC programmes. He contributed to a number of diverse programmes, including a spell as a regional presenter on Come Dancing (between 1957 and 1966; and again 1968-1972). In 1962, he guest-starred in an episode of Brian Rix's Dial RIX as a host of "Come Prancing."

In addition to BBC work, Macintosh's voice was heard on the very first advert for Gibbs SR Toothpaste, that was shown at 8.12pm on the opening night of ITV on 22 September 1955."

In 1961, he presented the London area news magazine Town and Around, and was a "relief" news reader in March 1961. Macintosh also took many supporting roles in a variety of TV programmes, often as a TV reporter, interviewer or newsreader, in which guise he appeared in episodes of R3 (1965) and The Troubleshooters (1969).

After a considerable stint with the BBC, Macintosh worked for an Australian TV company in Sydney, before retiring to Norfolk where he pursued an interest in portrait painting.[2]