17 December 1949
Edinburgh, Scotland
|Residence||Bowdon, Greater Manchester|
|Education||North Cestrian Grammar School, Altrincham, Cheshire|
|Employer||ITV (Granada Television)|
|Known for||Granada Reports
Brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire, he was a pupil at North Cestrian Grammar School and in 1964 a founding member of the Altrincham and District Astronomical Society in which he remains involved today. He co-discovered a meteor shower, the June Lyrids, in June 1966.
He taught biology at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and also recorded a weekly astronomy programme for radio. In 1984, he began presenting on Granada Reports, a local news programme in North West England. Granada Television later commissioned Talbot to appear in a general educational science programme for children called The Final Frontier. He remained a regular reporter for Granada Reports becoming a weatherman for the ITV's This Morning in 1988.
Until production of This Morning was moved from the Albert Dock, Liverpool to London, Talbot presented weather reports from a large floating map of the British Isles in the dock. He was forced to jump across a gap to go back and forth between Ireland and Britain; crowds often gathered to watch his leap. On one occasion, a diver swam near the map to distract Talbot and on another a streaker swam naked up to the map and jumped on.
In 1998, Talbot was named 'Weatherman of the year' at the Annual International Weather Festival in Paris.
In 2006, Talbot presented a regional series for ITV Granada called Locks and Quays which explored the canal system of North West England. This was followed by a second series in 2007 presented by Matthew Corbett.
To celebrate the centenary in 2007 of Alfred Wainwright, the writer of the Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Talbot undertook a series of walks from each of the seven guidebooks for the ITV Granada programme Wainwright Country.
In February 2009, he began presenting weather forecasts for ITV Granada and he occasionally provides cover for ITV Central. Talbot also produces occasional reports for Granada Reports, including a Where's Fred? feature where viewers have to guess which city, town or village he has been out and about in. He last appeared in November 2012. Additionally, he also appeared on CITV's Prove It! where he demonstrated to children how to use simple home items to perform various fun and interesting experiments.
Talbot is also a popular after-dinner speaker.
On 9 April 2013 it was announced that Talbot had been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys between the early 1970s and early 1980s. He has not been on air as a weatherman on Granada Reports since the allegations surfaced but is not suspended. On 16 December 2013, it was reported that Talbot had been re-arrested by police in connection with the allegations. On 27 January 2014, Greater Manchester Police announced that Talbot had been charged with ten historical sex offences, and was charged with a further sexual assault on 13 June 2014.
In 2007 Talbot was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Manchester Metropolitan University in recognition of bringing to a mass audience, through his media work, a better understanding of scientific and environmental issues in a way that is educational, interesting and entertaining.