On leaving RADA Valerie joined the Bromley Repertory Company for one year and during her early 20’s she became one of the top voice-over commentators for television commercials. She worked for five years as an actress in the theatre and on television and also appeared on several television advertising magazines - including the Arnold Doodle Show on which she presented on her own on Sunday afternoons on ATV with Arnold Doodle a cartoon character.
She joined BLUE PETER in September 1962 which she presented regularly for 10 years. She had to give up presenting when BLUE PETER went twice weekly. In 1971 she presented the BLUE PETER ROYAL SAFARI in Kenya with H.R.H. The Princess Anne (now the Princess Royal), on her first visit abroad as the newly appointed President of The Save the Children Fund and from 1972 to 1976 she was a presenter on the early evening current affairs programme. NATIONWIDE Consumer Unit for the BBC1. Valerie was also involved with the BLUE PETER SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT on BBC1 and ended up presenting four series of six programmes each on CITIES (Paris, Vienna, Rome, Madrid.....) ISLANDS (Hong Kong, Skye, Malta.....) HISTORICAL HOMES (Keats, Disraeli, Darwin.....)
She also made three series of six programmes each called VAL MEETS THE V.I.P’S for the BBC 1 in which Val and an audience of children talked to well-known personalities. Guests included: Margaret Thatcher, Morecambe and Wise, Petula Clarke, Thor Heyerdahl... Other BBC commission include TONIGHT and TONIGHT IN TOWN, BBC1, BLUE PETER SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, BBC1, Rivers: Niagara, Yukon, MIGRANT WORKERS IN EUROPE, BBC 2 Special, ECHOES OF GERMANY which was a 40 minute documentary looking at the German reaction to the American series Holocaust
THE MONEY PROGRAMME and an early evening Current Affairs programme called P.M. for BBC Radio 4
Other Television and Radio work includes;
The Frank Bough Interview, SKY TV - Guest interviewer for one week. Co-presented The Royal Wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips, BBC1, The Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York, Breakfast Time, BBC1 reporting from the village of Dummer, Mid Week - Radio 4 Guest Presenter for a month, Ideas Unlimited, BBC2, Open University, BBC1 and Maxwell the Last Days - BBC Radio 4 Narrator. She has chaired many studio debates, was caught out by Noel’s House party with a Gotcha Oscar and was a recipient of This is Your Life in 2001.
She has guested on Going Going Gone, Cluedo, Granada Gameshow, That’s Showbusiness, BBC1, Don’t Quote Me, Channel Four, Animal Quiz, BBC1, News Quiz, Radio 4, Going for a Song, Dog Breeding: studio debate.
Valerie has interviewed many celebrities in all walks of life Sophia Loren, Oliver Reed, Alan Alda, Bette Midler, David Bowie, Paul Tortellier, Joseph Heller, ABBA, Sting, Michael Caine, Dudley Moore, Deborah Kerr, Audrey Hepburn and many more.
Valerie is an experienced presenter of internal corporate conferences, videos and voice overs for use within companies and her client list includes:- SHELL UK, MARKS AND SPENCER, FISONS, NORTH THAMES GAS, CENTRAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION, SAINSBURYS
BRITISH TELECOM, BRITISH AIRWAYS, HAMBRO LIFE, MARS CONFECTIONARY, ANGLO FACTORING BASS CHARRINGTON, ACCOUNTANTS INHOUSE
Valerie has presented many ceremonies including BARNARDOS CHAMPION CHILDREN for four years, (two of which were televised for NATIONWIDE) with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Margaret. Valerie has judged a variety of competitions including the Ian St James short story competition.
Voices over clinets include AIRWICK, QUICKBREW TEA, BRILLO, OXYDOL, HARPIC, LAYERS WHISKEY FLAKE, AERO, SCOTTISH MILK PUBLICITY COUNCIL, RIBENA, HOOVERMATIC, LUX LIQUID, ANDREX, KELLOGS, TUPPERWARE, HORLICKS, CHILTONIAN TEA FINGERS, KRAFT CRACKERBARREL, KIT E KAT, PALMOLIVE SOAP, GAS BOARD, BLACK MAGIC, SURF, OXO, MAWS LANOLIN CREAM, ROWNTREES FRUIT PASTILLES, BSM, SOUTH WESTERN GASBOARD, ASTRAL, PHENSIC, LIFEGUARD, CHEESE BUREAU, CROSSE & BLACKWELL SOUP, NATIONAL DAIRY COUNCIL, FINDUS, LITTLE X GIRDLE, PERSIL, KELLOGGS ‘BOIL IN THE BAG’ RICE, PERSONALITY PERFUMED SOAP PETALS (A number of these Voice-Over’s Valerie did on a regular basis.)Visual include MILKY WAY, HARVEY’S SHERRY, MALTESERS, FLASH, MIDLAND BANK, FRIENDS PROVIDENT