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Tess Alps

Tess Alps

Job

Chief executive

Company

Thinkbox

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7630 2320

Address

Manning House, 22 Carlisle Place, London, SW1 1JA

Born

13th November 1953

Career highlights

Telly, PDH, telly.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Unfortunate typo on client presentation of \"disocunt\".

Best thing about your job

Fighting for something that matters, that I love, and believe in. Gosh, I sound dull.

Worst thing about your job

Erm... journalists? Did I really say that? Only a few national ones, I guess.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Stop thinking about The A List and do some fucking work.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

Sometimes I think that Rory Sutherland and I must be long-lost brother and sister (cuddly, cardi-wearing, Bach-loving rent-a-gobs) who will be reunited in a quasi-Shakespearean melodrama one day. So perhaps him.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Polish my shoes.

Your USP?

Stamina.

What would you change about yourself?

Body?

Favourite media

Apart from the hundreds of TV programmes I adore (like The Wire, 30 Rock, The IT Crowd, Ant & Dec, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Peep Show, Gladiators, etc etc), Radios 3 and 4, The Garden, Radio Times, Facebook, Classic FM, Private Eye and a few blogs.

Favourite shop

The Post Office in Aldbury.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

\"We're really looking forward to working with you\" after a successful new-business pitch.

How many toilets do you own?

Three, but we also wee on the compost heap in a green sort of way.

What can’t you live without (apart from family)?

Is it... the duodenum?

Lowdown

The TV industry's energetic evangelist refuses to let the downturn get her down and continues to plug what good news there is in the industry with fervour. She may be one of the most welcoming, charming people in the business but get on her wrong side and she can demonstrate a steely talent for winning the argument.


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