Alistair Appleton

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Alistair Appleton
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Alistair Appleton

Born: 1970 (age: 54)


Alistair Appleton is a British television presenter.

Born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent to Peter Appleton and Sally Cooper, their second son. 

He taught English in Eastern Germany and worked as a translator and journalist for Deutsche Welle TV. Appleton broke into television with Deutsche Welle, and eventually became the frontman of the channel's youth current-affairs show, Heat.

In 1999, Appleton returned to the UK, where he scored roles on Sky's Hot TV (2000), Five's House Doctor (2000–2003), BBC Two's Rhona (2000), the Travel Channel's Travel On (2001), BBC One's Garden Invaders (2001), Cash in the Attic (2002–2005), BBC Food's Stately Suppers (2005), and had an appearance as himself on the 2006 Doctor Who episode Army of Ghosts. He has also hosted several television specials, including The Proms.

Appleton also did some acting, including a role in Footballers' Wives during 2002. In 2005, he completed, The Man Who Drank the Universe, a short documentary on the entheogen ayahuasca.

In early January 2007, Appleton appeared in BBC America promos for the fourth series of Cash in the Attic, even though he sat that series out. Since 2007 he has been the presenter on Escape to the Country for BBC Two. He is also the regular host of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's late night concert series The Night Shift in London's South Bank.

In 2008, Appleton began studying for an MA in psychotherapy alongside his TV commitments which complements his long-standing commitment to Mindfulness meditation which he teaches across the world. Since 2004, he has run an organisation promoting therapeutic mindfulness.