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Alistair Appleton

Alistair Appleton is a TV natural and top-class event host and facilitator. Renowned for his relaxed, friendly style, he has featured on our TV screens for the last 10 years - most notably in top-rating shows 'Escape to the Country', 'House Doctor' and 'Cash in the Attic'. Alistair is also a classically trained choral tenor and has sung in choirs since he was a boy, which led him into presenting for BBC Classical on the 'Young Musician of the Year' and three seasons of the 'BBC Proms'.


About Alistair Appleton

Alistair Appleton worked as TV presenter for over two decades. Having hosted ‘Escape to the Country’ for more than 14 years, Alistair became a household name for the two million people who tune in every week. Since coming out as gay in University, Alistair has retold his story for the likes of Gay Times and BBC America – as well as at events across the country. Alistair places great importance on inclusion through his mindfulness programme.


Alistair Appleton is also an expert in fields outside of television. He’s an experienced teacher of meditation and has been a practising Buddhist for many years. His detailed knowledge of Eastern philosophy and its practical application is proving an increasingly important part of his journalist portfolio. Broadcast interest in these areas is growing all the time. Fluent in German and conversant in French and Portuguese, Alistair has also done corporate work in the UK and internationally for clients as diverse as the Royal Bank of Scotland, SAO, Nokia and Kelloggs.

An accredited UKCP Psychotherapist, Alistair passionately shares his practices of meditation with those suffering from depression, anxiety and the pressures of modern-day society- putting into practice the vows of meditation that he took at the Samye Ling Monastery.

Alistair’s writing and journalism spans an impressive blog and numerous articles in property magazine ‘What House?’ and in mind and body magazine ‘Psychologies’.  After graduating from Cambridge, he began working in 1996 as a journalist for an international news network based in Berlin. Since moving back to the UK in 1999, he’s worked as on-screen talent for BBC1, 2 and 4, as well as Five and Sky.

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