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John McCririck's Biography

John McCririck is a rather eccentric racing pundit, who supports Newcastle United, and can often be seen on racecourses in a deerstalker and cape, waving his hands about in a fashion that purports to be that of a tic-tac man, and then shouting "Female - what's happening on the exchanges?"

David Elsworth in The Racing Post's version of Room 101 on 25 April 2004 had 'Big Mac' as the first item he would consign to the bin!

John McCririck has some rather right-wing views, hates the use of the whip, and was often been the subject of Paul Haigh's amusing column in The Racing Post.

The Guardian's excellent article about McCririck gives a flavour of the man:

"If you switch on Channel 4's racing coverage on Saturdays, you will see a large man dressed in strange clothes and an outlandish hat waving manically at the camera ... You can love or loathe John McCririck (the television critic Nina Myskow said he had all the charm of an armpit), but he is hard to ignore. Big Mac, as his admirers call him, is tall and heavily built, smokes huge Lusitania cigars, has a voice as loud as his clothes, and stalks the racecourse betting ring as if he owns it."

John McCririck is a keen poker player, and if his television performances are anything to go by, he has an insatiable appetite for bluffing.

John McCririck was educated at Harrow, where he obtained three O-levels.

In March 2010 it was revealed that John McCririck's exposure on Channel Four was being cut with him no longer featuring in the majority of their Saturday afternoon racing coverage.

Having been on Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, five years later, in 2010, John McCririck returned to the Big Brother house - this time as one of the ultimate housemates. However, he was the first housemate to be evicted.

In November 2013, the Central London Employment Tribunal ruled that John McCririck lost his job at Channel 4 because his "pantomime persona" was "unpalatable". McCririck had claimed that he was dropped by Channel 4 from their horse-racing coverage after 29 years because of his age, but the tribunal came down in favour of the broadcaster.

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