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Drinks Reception 6pm
Call to dinner 6.40pm
Carriages 12am
Dress Code Black tie


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Evening Host

We are delighted to have stand-up comedian and newspaper columnist Mark Steel as our host for the 2017 UK Housing Awards. 

Mark started doing stand up in 1982, around the circuit of bizarre gigs, going on after jugglers and escapologists and people that banged nails into their ear. Then came the Comedy Store and Jongleurs and, and then a regular slot on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, where he met Joseph Heller, Christopher Lee and Gary Glitter.

Mark then did 4 series of ‘The Mark Steel Solution’, one for Radio 5 and the others on Radio 4, and a radio series about cricket, which provoked a whole page of fury in the Daily Express. Mark presented three series of a sports programme called ‘Extra Time’ and then there was four series of the lectures on Radio 4, a book called ‘It’s Not a Runner Bean’, another one called ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’, and 3 television series of the lectures on BBC 4 and BBC 2.

Mark has done weekly columns in the Socialist Worker, the Guardian and the Independent and appeared on various panel shows like Have I Got News For You and QI, and on Room 101, and on Question Time. More recently he toured with Mark Steel In Town for Radio 4 where he was committed to performing a routine about the history of every town he’ll perform in. However, he may regret making this promise.