This Is What I Look Like


Category: ISBN: 9781905537846


From Traffic & Travel to Lulu, Andy Williams & Glen Campbell…via Beechgrove & the BBC Comedy Unit. Joyful, hilarious tales from one of Scotland’s best known voices – the antidote to misery memoirs.

Photo: Bob McDevitt Photography

Photo: Bob McDevitt Photography

“It’s fun being me. Loads of people know what I sound like, but hardly anyone recognises me.”

Theresa Talbot – ‘TT’ to many of her fellow BBC presenters and hundreds of thousands of listeners – is familiar to many as one of the main voices behind Radio Scotland’s Traffic & Travel output and as the host of the BBC’s Beechgrove Potting Shed.

Yet few people know what she looks like. And even fewer know how she’s ended up where she is. Even she’s unsure!

In this voyage of self-discovery, TT entertains us with us a life-story many will relate to: of trying numerous occupations in the 1980s and 1990s (in her case from bank clerk to Pepsi Challenge girl); of recognising the need to self-educate; and of eavesdropping on a No.66 bus…and thus ending up at the BBC and Radio Clyde via AA Roadwatch. (That happens to everyone…doesn’t it?)

Theresa reveals how she stole (there’s no other word for it) a milk float as a young child, with disastrous consequences. She recalls her trepidation at the prospect of producing Lulu and explains why she talked non-stop for 15 minutes to Andy Williams and couldn’t sing for Glen Campbell. And, along the way, she gives an insider’s guide to presenting Traffic & Travel and points out the importance of hairdressers to comedy careers. Plus, there’s an hilarious guide to having a stress-free Xmas.


Theresa Talbot

The woman behind the voice. Photo: Bob McDevitt Photography


Publication: 30 October 2014

ISBN: 978-1-905537-84-6

RRP £7.99

B-format paperback.

Memoir. BIC codes: BM, BGFA

Rights available: English, excluding UK; translation