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Robert Robinson obituary

Broadcaster, writer and quizmaster known for Brain of Britain, Call My Bluff and Stop the Week

The broadcaster and writer Robert Robinson, who has died at the age of 83 after a long period of ill health, had an extraordinary flair for either captivating or irritating his audience, or sometimes both. The wide range of programmes he presided over for BBC television included the film programme Picture Parade (1959), the arts review The Look of the Week (1966), and the quiz shows Call My Bluff and Ask the Family (or as he labelled them, "call my agent" and "ask your dad", both from 1967 onwards). In 1961 he started the five-minute slot for viewers' letters, Points of View, which has continued until the present under a dynasty of presenters, among them two further but unrelated Robinsons, Kenneth and Anne.

On Radio 4 from 1971 to 1974, he and John Timpson were the first to make the morning news programme Today a double-act,

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