Bill Dare

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Bill Dare
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
OccupationAuthor, director, writer, producer
Known forDead Ringers
The Now Show
Parent(s)Peter Jones and Jeri Jones

Bill Dare is an English author and creator/producer of radio and television comedy programmes.

Dare is the producer or devisor of various (mainly comedy) programmes mainly for BBC Radio and television, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Dead Ringers, The Now Show, The Late Edition, I've Never Seen Star Wars and The Secret World, and Brian Gulliver's Travels. He was also the producer of eight series of ITV's Spitting Image. A running gag on the radio version of Dead Ringers was Jon Culshaw, in the style of Tom Baker saying Dare's name in an exaggerated fashion at the end of the credits.

He wrote and appeared in his own Radio 4 sketch show, Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue which ran for five series. More recently he has emerged as a more serious writer. Dare's first novel, Natural Selection is published in the UK and US, and his first stage play, Touch, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007. His second play, "Misconception" was also performed at Edinburgh.

His radio series, Brian Gulliver's Travels is now a novel, published by Pilrig Press 2013. Ian Hislop wrote "A modern tale that keeps the flavour of the original classic, cleverly managing to provoke both laughter and thought".[citation needed] It's a satirical take on modern life in which Brian travels to mysterious worlds.

The son of the actor and broadcaster Peter Jones, he is a graduate of the University of Manchester where he studied English and Philosophy.[1]


  1. ^ "Bill Dare | School of Social Sciences | The University of Manchester". Retrieved 2015-10-22.

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