Dick Strawbridge is a British engineer, environmentalist, television presenter and an ex-army lieutenant colonel. He began his career with the army and spent over two decades in it rising from the position of troop commander to lieutenant colonel. In the year 1993, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services in Northern Ireland. His television journey began while he was still serving the army. His first television show was Scrapheap Challenge where he was first a contestant and then a presenter. He then went on to do shows like It's Not Easy Being Green, Coast, The Hungry Sailors and Celebrity Masterchef. His most well-known show, though, is Escape To The Chateau in which he and his wife Angel, along with their kids, shift to a 19th century dilapidated chateau in France. The show follows them as they go about restoring the chateau to its former glory. The first year of their journey is elaborated in a book authored by the couple themselves. Dick previously authored the Made at Home book series with his son James Strawbridge.