Kathryn Apanowicz first met Richard Whiteley when she was just nine years old. At Seventeen she began what was to be an on-off relationship with him throughout the rest of his life. Born in Leeds, Kathryn trained as an actress and worked on the stage and in television series such as Angels and EastEnders. In Yorkshire she is well known as a radio broadcaster with her own programme. Kathryn lived with Richard Whiteley for the last eight years of his life in a home they created together in the Dales. They had a close and loving relationship and travelled the world together.
Have your hankies at the ready, I almost cried twice in the first chapter. Richard Whiteley's partner takes us through the life of Britain's favourite gameshow host. With a foreword from his 'on-screen wife', Carol Vorderman. A fascinating and heartwarming insight into Richard Whiteley's life.
When Richard Whiteley died in 2005, he was mourned by a nation. He had been the face of teatime television for many years. But the wordplay and wit shown on Countdown hid a tenacious political journalist who had interviewed every Prime Minister from Macmillan to Blair. Kathryn Apanowicz went on her first date with Richard when she was seventeen. They had an on-off relationship over the years, finally living together for the last eight years before his death. In this intimate retelling of his life and their years together, we get to see the man behind the laughter for the first time.