John Lloyd is the man behind iconic TV comedy classics such as Not The Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI, as well as the popular BBC radio show The News Quiz. He has also penned a number of popular books, including The Meaning of Life and QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off.
John’s first steps to success were taken as a member of the famous Cambridge Footlights revue, where he met and befriended Douglas Adams, whose Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy John subsequently helped to bring to radio. After graduating from Cambridge University, he joined the BBC as a producer on radio shows, including The News Quiz, The News Huddlines and Quote....Unquote (with Nigel Rees). He moved over to TV in 1979 and spent next decade working as a producer at both the BBC and ITV, during which time he created Not The Nine O'Clock News (with Sean Hardie), Spitting Image (with Peter Fluck and Roger Law) and Have I Got News for You. In addition, he produced all four Blackadder series. John also devised the idea for BBC TV's highly popular quiz show QI, and is currently presenting a spin-off of QI on BBC Radio 4, entitled The Museum of Curiosity.
A prolific writer, John's latest book is entitled 1411 Quite Interesting Facts to Knock You Sideways (with John Mitchinson and James Harkin). He says that despite his insatiable appetite for collecting hard facts, and partly inspired by conversations with his young children, he has come to the realisation that questions are often more interesting than answers!
John was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting.
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