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Maggie Philbin: ‘I expected a huge fee for Swap Shop. It was £25 a day’

Maggie Philbin
Broadcaster Maggie Philbin received an OBE in 2017 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/Reuters

Maggie Philbin has worked in television TV and radio for more than three decades, during which time she co-presented the popular children’s show Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Tomorrow’s World and, more recently, BBC’s Bang Goes The Theory.

Much of her time now is dedicated to TeenTech, a charity that she co-founded in 2008.

Interactive science and engineering events for teenagers are organised around Britain, helping them to appreciate the career opportunities in those fields.

Now 61, Maggie is single and lives in London. She has a grown-up daughter, Rose.

How did your childhood influence your attitude to money?

My dad was an accountant and I have childhood memories of being mortified in shops when he’d ask for a discount if he paid cash; he was always looking for the best deal. Amazingly, it worked nine times out of 10.

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