Belfast Telegraph

Police 5's Shaw Taylor dies aged 90

Veteran TV presenter Shaw Taylor, best known for hosting the classic crime-solving television programme Police 5, has died.

The star's signature catchphrase "Keep 'em peeled!" helped to make him a household name during his 30-year stretch on the programme.

Friends said he was a "complete gentleman" who will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

Mr Taylor died peacefully at his home in the Isle of Wight yesterday aged 90. His partner Shirley Ferrari was at his side.

During his later years the presenter was a keen supporter of local charities and helped save the Isle of Wight's popular Shanklin Theatre from closure.

Peter Coleman, chairman of the Friends of the Shanklin Theatre, said: "About five years ago the council decided they would close the theatre and Shaw was one of the people who played a role in making sure it kept open.

"He was in his mid eighties at the time, but he was a firm supporter. One of the reasons why he felt so strongly was because he had started his career at the theatre.

"He appeared in a number of Agatha Christie plays, and recently he came down to watch our latest run of Agatha Christie plays and see the parts he had played as a young man.

"He was a complete gentleman. He will be sorely missed by us."

Born Eric Taylor in the East End of London, he served in the RAF and later trained at the prestigious Rada acting school.

He acted for a spell on stage in the West End before becoming a television and radio presenter.

It was as the popular host of the crime-solving show Police 5 that he became best known and he was made an MBE in 1986.

A forerunner of today's Crimewatch, the ITV show was first broadcast in 1962 and enlisted the help of the public to solve crimes.

He returned to the classic crime-fighting series aged 89 when it was relaunched on Channel 5.

He is survived by his son, Richard, and by his partner, Ms Ferrari.


From Belfast Telegraph