Gyles Brandreth

Our intrepid reporter Gyles Brandreth journeys across the country for us to discuss the quintessentially British things like only he could. Be it the nation's decline in politeness or showing off some of the realm's best graveyards he has an opinion on everything.

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What would be the ONE meal you could not live without?
A fish fingers and tomato ketchup sandwich
What would be the ONE thing you could not live without?
My wife. And an Americano coffee with hot milk
What would be the ONE thing you would take to a desert island?
My wife. And an Americano coffee with hot milk
What ONE surprising fact do you have that our audience should know about you?
I am the guy who noticed the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square and came up with the idea of putting interesting works of art on it

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP, Gyles is also a prolific broadcaster, novelist, children’s author, biographer and performer.

For me variety is the spice of life so I love being a One Show reporter - one day I'm watching the sun rise at Stonehenge, the next I'm in Dr Who's Tardis. Terrific job, terrific show."
Gyles Brandreth

For The One Show Gyles has reported on the Victorian martial art Bartitsu, played the Victorian street doctor, reported on art forgers, dastardly murders, a suburban Soviet agent, a 1967 UFO Hoax, and all with an encyclopaedic knowledge of history’s trivia treasure trove.