John Lloyd (producer)
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John Lloyd in 2013
|Born||John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd
30 September 1951
|Alma mater||West Hill Park School
The King's School, Canterbury
Trinity College, Cambridge
|Occupation||Television producer, comedy writer, radio presenter, author, radio director|
John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd, CBE (born 30 September 1951) is a British television producer and writer best known for his work on such comedy television programmes as Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder and QI.
Lloyd was born in Dover, England. His father, H. L. 'Harpy' Lloyd, was an Anglo-Irish captain with the Royal Navy. As a child Lloyd lived in several different places, owing to his father's job. This led him to attend school properly only at the age of 9 1⁄2. He was educated at West Hill Park School in Titchfield, Hampshire, a place where he claims bullying was "endemic", and later at The King's School, Canterbury, where he was extremely unhappy. He read Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a member of the Footlights. There he befriended, and later shared a flat with, Douglas Adams.
Lloyd worked as a radio producer at the BBC between 1974 and 1978 and created The News Quiz, The News Huddlines, To The Manor Born (with Peter Spence) and Quote... Unquote (with Nigel Rees). He wrote Hordes of the Things (as J. H. W. Lloyd) with Andrew Marshall, co-authored two episodes of Doctor Snuggles with Douglas Adams, and went on to co-write the fifth and sixth episodes of the first radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with Adams (Douglas Adams wrote all the previous and subsequent episodes solo, as well as the television adaptation – though Lloyd was involved in the TV series as associate producer).
Lloyd then worked as a TV producer at both the BBC and ITV 1979–1989, where he created Not the Nine O'Clock News (with Sean Hardie) and Spitting Image (with Peter Fluck and Roger Law). He also produced all four Blackadder series. Lloyd was originally to have been the host of BBC topical news quiz Have I Got News For You, with the programme initially intended to be called John Lloyd's Newsround. A pilot episode of the show was recorded under this name in mid-1990, with Lloyd hosting alongside team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. Lloyd subsequently decided to pull out of hosting the programme full-time and the pilot episode was never broadcast. Lloyd was replaced by Angus Deayton as host and the show was renamed Have I Got News for You in time for its debut on BBC2 later that year.
Lloyd has worked as a TV commercials director on and off since 1987. His first new TV series for 14 years, QI (short for "Quite Interesting" and a deliberate reversal of IQ), starring Stephen Fry and Alan Davies, began on 11 September 2003 at 10pm on BBC Two for a run of 12 episodes. In its eighth series, which started on BBC One in September 2010, Lloyd appeared as a panellist in one of the episodes. All episodes of QI (including the pilot) have been directed by Ian Lorimer. Lloyd currently presents the radio series The Museum of Curiosity (2011), which he co-created with producers Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber and former co-host Bill Bailey. In December 2011, Lloyd appeared as part of the winning Trinity College, Cambridge team on the Christmas University Challenge.
He co-authored the books:
- Not! The Nine O'Clock News
- Not 1982 (Calendar)
- Not 1983 (Calendar)
- Not the Royal Wedding
- Not the General Election
- The Meaning of Liff (1983, with Douglas Adams)
- The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990, with Douglas Adams)
- The Appallingly Disrespectful Spitting Image Book
- Spitting Image
- Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty 1485-1917 (2000, with Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson)
- The Book of General Ignorance (2006, with John Mitchinson and the QI Elves)
- The Book of Animal Ignorance (2007, with John Mitchinson and the QI Elves)
- The QI Annual E [editor] (2007, with various authors)
- Advanced Banter (2008, with John Mitchinson and the QI Elves)
- The QI Annual F [co-editor] (2008, with John Mitchinson [co-editor] and various authors)
- The QI Annual G [editor] (2009, with various authors)
- The QI Book of the Dead (2009, with John Mitchinson and the QI Elves)
- The Second Book of General Ignorance (2010, with John Mitchinson and the QI Elves)
- 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off (2012, with John Mitchinson, James Harkin and the QI Elves)
- Afterliff (2013, with Jon Canter)
- John Lloyd at the Internet Movie Database
- Guide to Comedy entry from the BBC
- The People Behind QI
- The Idler Archives — Conversations: John Lloyd
- John Lloyd (with John Mitchinson) discussing The Book of General Ignorance