Jilly is one of the UK’s most recognised food and drink personalities on television. She is most famous for her elaborate and abstract description of wines on BBCs Food and Drink and for 18 years she co-presented the Food and Drink television series in Britain, with Chris Kelly, Michael Barry and her good friend Oz Clarke.
She has presented two television series on antiques for BBC1, The Great Antiques Hunt and Going, Going, Gone, and she has travelled extensively as a regular presenter on BBC1’s Holiday programme. During 2003, she was presenter on BBC1’s Holiday – You Call the Shots.
She has also starred in a mini-drama written directed by Pauline Quirke and she has performed in The Vagina Monologues at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2008, Jilly took part in a special of Wife Swap in the UK, swapping with Cynthia O’Neal, the wife of Alexander O’Neal.
Jilly Goolden started as a journalist, contributing at some time or another to most national daily and weekly newspapers and glossy magazines published in Britain. As well as writing about wine, she has written about travel, women’s issues, sex, the occult and a wide range of general features. She has written and contributed to books on wine and food as well as palmistry, which have featured strongly on the Sunday Times best-seller list.
She has co-written books which include five volumes of Food and Drink, Entertaining with Food and Drink and The Big Food and Wine Drink Book. As well as books on food and drink, Goolden co-authored Your Hand – An Illustrated Guide To Palmistry in the early 1980s.
Her media popularity was boosted when, in 2005, she appeared in ITV1’s fifth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and, in 2004, the Radio Times included Goolden in a list of the top 40 most eccentric TV presenters of all time.
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Jilly continues to delight after dinner audiences with her wine appreciation evenings. She supplies wine lists to suit the budget, and encourages guests to discuss each wine before guessing the price and region of each. Her other after dinner topics include travel, wildlife, antiques, gardening, ghosts and the occult and, of course, life in the jungle.