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Charlie Parsons & Lord Waheed Alli

Charlie Parsons (born 7 August 1958) is a British television producer who created a number of notable television shows including Survivor. He also created The Big Breakfast and The Word. His life partner is Lord Waheed Alli, who is also his business partner. Their former company, Planet 24, was sold for several million pounds in 1999.

The first version of Survivor was the Swedish 1997 season, but he began to try to sell the idea in 1994. He has won several awards including an Emmy for US series Survivor in 2001.

In March 2010 the Guardian newspaper reported that Parsons was investing in new independent production company, NERD, and had become the company's Chairman.

He went to Pembroke College, Oxford where he studied English Literature and afterwards trained as a journalist. According to a review in 2000,
This nice middle-class schoolboy from Kent, who read English at Oxford, became - so his critics claim - the Titan of Tack TV. He's the bloke that gets the blame for everything that is bad about British television - yoof TV, decline in standards and dumbing-down. But to his admirers, Parsons is a creative genius; a co-founder of Planet 24 and the brain behind such television hits as The Word and The Big Breakfast.

In the mid-1980s Waheed Alli made a killing as an investment banker, and then he started a television production company, Planet 24, with his life partner Charlie Parson (creator of Survivor) and musicist/activist Bob Geldof. In 1998 Alli was made a life peer as Baron Alli of Norbury in the London Borough of Croydon. He became the youngest member of the House of Lords and the first openly gay one. He's one of the few Muslim public figures anywhere to acknowledge his homosexual orientation.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Parsons

Truly a person who rose from rags to riches, Lord Waheed Alli was born in downscale South London on November 16, 1964, and is now a multimillionaire.

Alli's mother was a nurse from Trinidad and his father a mechanic from Guyana. At age sixteen, Alli got a job as a researcher for the magazine Planned Savings. He worked his way up the corporate ladder in Robert Maxwell’s publishing empire.

In the mid-1980s Alli made a killing as an investment banker, and then he started a television production company, Planet 24, with his life partner Charlie Parsons (b. 1958) and musicist/activist Bob Geldof. The Big Breakfast for Channel 4 was their first hit show, and a subsequent project, Survivor, became an international success and helped launch the Reality TV genre. (Picture: Charlie Parsons)

In 1998 Alli was made a life peer as Baron Alli of Norbury in the London Borough of Croydon. He became the youngest member of the House of Lords and the first openly gay one. He’s one of the few Muslim public figures anywhere to acknowledge his homosexual orientation. Alli has been active in gay rights issues, arguing successfully for an equal age of consent and for repeal of the anti-gay Section 28.

Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals. Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Further Readings:

Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals Paperback by Keith Stern
Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933771879
ISBN-13: 978-1933771878
Amazon: Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals
Amazon Kindle: Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals

Queers in History is the first comprehensive biographical compendium of important historical and contemporary figures who were/are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. From Egyptian pharaohs, Catholic popes, and Abraham Lincoln to Bishop Gene Robinson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Angelina Jolie, Queers in History brings these figures, from their work to their sexuality, to life.

The hundreds of people whose stories appear in this book are some of the most intriguing personalities of their times: actors and actresses, writers and musicians, businessmen and politicians, scientists and soldiers. But this irresistibly readable encyclopedia intended for gays and straights alike doesn’t just report those details that get left out of the standard biographies; it reveals a fascinating picture of queer society and culture throughout recorded history, from the homosexual traditions practiced by samurai in Japan to the modern struggles for equal rights in America. Sir Ian McKellen offers a foreword

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