David Stafford is a barber’s son (Stafford’s Hairdresser’s Six Assistants, No Waiting) from Alum Rock, Birmingham. In the 1970s he worked in fringe and community theatre, then drifted into TV, radio and journalism. In the eighties he collaborated and toured with Alexei Sayle, which resulted in two series for Capital Radio, two films for TV, a book, Great Bus Journeys of the World, and various songs and records including an album that made number 62 in the hot 100 and held that position for two weeks before vanishing without trace. At the same time he was a presenter on the Channel 4 consumer programme 4 What It’s Worth, contributed to many arts programmes and documentaries including The Media Show (Channel 4) and extensively to The Late Show (BBC2). His TV plays include Catherine (ITV), Dread Poets Society (BBC2) co-written with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and various drama series for children’s TV. For ten years he also wrote a weekly column for the Saturday Guardian.
During the 1990s, he presented Tracks for BBC2, Going Places for BBC Radio 4 and was a regular panellist on Radio 4's literary parody game, Booked. He frequently stood in for John Peel as the presenter of Home Truths (BBC Radio 4). After Peel's death, he became first one of the pool of presenters and later sole presenter of the programme.His latest venture is a novel, Skelton's Guide to Domestic Poisons, to be published by Allison and Busby in the autumn of 2020, to be followed, in spring 2021 by a sequel, Skelton's Guide to Suitcase Murders.
Caroline was in the fashion business. She worked with various short-lived but ultra-fashionable labels, ran her own company for a while, then became
fabric and accessories buyer for Nicol Farhi where she had the honour of naming the colours. If you ever buy a coat and the swing-tag says it’s ‘Labrador’, you know who to blame. She’d also dabbled in journalism, but never drank enough to take it seriously.In the mid-nineties, Caroline and David started writing together and, in between raising three children, turned out a string of comedies and dramas, mostly for radio, including Man of Soup, The Brothers, Hazelbeach, The True and Inspirational Life Of St Nicholas, The Day The Planes Came, The Year They Invented Sex, Hancock's Ashes and a series of legal dramas based on the true-life cases of Norman Birkett.
For a while they were the king and queen of voice-overs, turning out commentaries for lurid fly-on-the-wall sagas – Ten Years Younger, No Going Back, How to Look Good Naked and possibly a score of others that never get repeated or remembered.
More recently, they’ve written a string of showbiz and music biographies published by Omnibus Press. Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be - The Life of Lionel Bart, was chosen as BBC Radio 4's Book of The Week and shortlisted for the Sheridan Morley award. Their latest, The Police (the band not the force) is slated for publication in 2021.
Along the way, either singly or together, they’ve picked up awards including a Pye Radio Award (in the days before it became the Sony Radio Award and was presented at a quiet luncheon by a minor member of the Royal Family), two Travelex Travel Writers awards, a Prix Europa, a Prix Marulic, and, indirectly, an Emmy.