BBC Presenter of Children’s Programmes Under a Cloud Over Girl Friend’s Death

by VR Sreeraman on  January 4, 2008 at 6:03 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
BBC Presenter of Children’s Programmes Under a Cloud Over Girl Friend’s Death
How do you like it when a star presenter of children's programmes, for the BBC at that, is arrested over the 'drug' death of his girlfriend?

Mark Speight, the man involved, has since been released on bail. The whole episode should be turning many British parents uneasy.

Actress Natasha Collins, 32, was found in the bath in the couple's north London home and pronounced dead at the scene in St John's Wood.

Scotland Yard said her death was being treated as "unexplained," but sources said it was a suspected drug overdose.

Police said officers were called at 1.20pm Thursday to reports of a sudden death of a woman.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The woman, aged in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem will be held in due course, details to be confirmed."

Speight, 42, was arrested on suspicion of murder but was released later on bail.

The police were expected to be relying on toxicology tests to determine how she died.

Speight, 42, a qualified graphic designer, is best known for presenting children's art programme SMart, which he has hosted since 1995.

He starred in a number of children's TV programmes for the BBC, CITV and the Discovery Channel.

Ms Collins was a presenter and actress best known for appearing alongside Speight in the children's programme See It Saw It.

She also had small roles in BBC children's drama The Tenth Kingdom and ITV drama Real Women.

Clive Doig, managing director of independent TV production company Brechin, which made See It Saw It for three years from 1998, said Ms Collins was a "very good young actress".

"She was one of the three main actors on the series. She was a very good young actress and she was a lot of fun working with us.

"She was See, a court jester to the king, played by Mark Speight.

"I'm shocked to hear of her death. It's terribly sad."

Source: Medindia

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