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John Lloyd

John Lloyd, director, producer and writer, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the director, producer and writer, John Lloyd.

His work has been making us laugh for over thirty years: Spitting Image, Not The Nine o'Clock News, Blackadder and QI are just a handful of the programmes he's helped to create. If the comedy work ever dries up he could open a shop selling second hand Baftas - he's won a stack of them and a Grammy and an Emmy.

Which isn't to say it's been an easy ride - fall outs, multiple sackings and missed opportunities have peppered his stellar career in comedy. He says,

"I like starting things ... there are starters and finishers in life, that's the great divide ... I like the fight and the passion and the difficulty - well I don't like it, but it's what I do".

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 23 Nov 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Van Morrison

      Bright Side of the Road

      • Into the Music.
      • Mercury.
  • The Waterboys

    The Raggle Taggle Gypsy

    • Room to Room.
    • Ensign.
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful

    Do you Believe in Magic?

    • The Lovin’ Spoonful – the Collection.
    • Castle.
  • America

    Sister Golden Hair

    • America – Greatest Hits.
    • Warner.
  • The Crystals

    Da Doo Rom Ron

    • Phil Spector Collection.
    • Abkco.
  • George Frideric Handel

    The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

    Performer: The Academy of St Martins in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner

    • Pachelbel, Albinoni, ….
    • Decca.
  • Dire Straits

    Walk of Life

    • Sultans of Swing.
    • Vertigo.
  • Mark Fry


    • Shooting The Moon.
    • Boredidlebaby.
  • Book Choice

    • The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are - Alan Watts

  • Luxury Choice

    • A whirligig festooned with flower seeds


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest John Lloyd


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