Joan Gilbert, 84, an early British tv personality as host of “Picture Page” and other magazine format shows for BBC-TV, died Jan. 29 in London.

She joined BBC in 1933 as a clerk-typist, got into production, then switched to the tv division in 1936 when it started the world’s first regular high-definition service that year. In the 1950s she turned freelance and also wrote about tv for magazines.

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