BBC daytime television host Kristian Digby (opens in new tab) has been found dead at his flat. Police sources said the circumstances of the To Buy Or Not To Buy presenter's death were "unexplained" - but detectives do not think it was suicide. He was pronounced dead at the scene when ambulance services arrived at his flat on Richford Road, Newham, east London. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a body of a man in his 30s found at an address in Richford Road, E15. "Ambulance services attended and life was pronounced extinct. Next of kin were informed and we await formal identification. There will be a post-mortem at 12 noon at East Ham mortuary." Newham CID are investigating the "unexplained" circumstances, a police source added. Kristian, a property expert, worked on a string of shows including Double Agents, Living In The Sun, House Swap and Buy It, Sell It, Bank It. He was found at 7.45am on Monday morning and relatives have been informed. Kristian's agent Jo Wander said: "I am devastated by the loss. He was a lovely guy and a very talented presenter." The BBC said in a statement: "Kristian was a much-loved and talented presenter. "He brought a real sense of energy and warmth to all the shows. Our thoughts are with his family." Talking to BBC Online, Kristian's friend and co-presenter Dominic Littlewood said: "There's not a bad word I can say about Kristian. He was a lovely, jolly, decent person, who was good to everybody. "He was a caring person and to be taken away in his early 30s, it's a terrible shame. I'm still shocked."
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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