Al Murray

Alastair James Hay Murray (born 10 May 1968) is an English comedian, actor and writer. Murray's career began working with Harry Hill at BBC Radio 4. He received acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before launching his "Pub Landlord" persona (which he describes as a "know-all know-nothing blowhard who knows the answer to every question even though he hasn't been asked any of them").[1] This in turn led to the 2000 Sky One sitcom Time Gentlemen Please. Oxford-educated, Murray's comedy is often hard-edged social and political satire. He continues to perform as a stand-up, and is a regular on British TV and radio.

Murray was born in Buckinghamshire, where his father worked at British Rail. His paternal grandfather was the diplomat Ralph Murray, while his maternal grandfather was killed at the Battle of Dunkirk, and Al retains a deep interest in the history of the Second World War. He is a descendant of William Makepeace Thackeray, from whom he believes he gets his sense of satire.

In 2003 he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy and in 2007 was voted the 16th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.

Al Murray
Al Murray
Murray as "The Pub Landlord" in 2011
Born10 May 1968 (age 51)
Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, England
MediumStand-up, television, radio
Alma materSt Edmund Hall, Oxford
Years active1994–present
GenresCharacter comedy, Parody, Political satire
Subject(s)British culture, British politics, World history, Current events
  • Katherine Perry
    (m. 1995; div. 2000)
  • Amber Hargreaves
    (m. 2002; separated 2008)
Notable works and rolesThe Pub Landlord;
Al Murray's Happy Hour;
Time Gentlemen Please;
Multiple Personality Disorder;
Fact Hunt; etc

Early life and family background

Murray was born in Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, the only son of a Lieutenant Colonel in the British army. A descendant of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray,[2] his grandfather was the former British ambassador Sir Ralph Murray,[3] was from Scottish aristocracy and married into the Kuenberg family, Imperial Counts[4] of the Holy Roman Empire. His patrilineal great-great-grandfather, Dr George Murray, was Bishop of Rochester,[5] while Sir Edward Leigh MP is his third cousin.[6] Al Murray is in remainder both to English and Scottish peerage titles, including the barony of Strange and the dukedom of Atholl.[7]

Murray was educated at Bedford School,[8] and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Modern History.[9] He later said of his time at school: "When I was nine I was sent to boarding school, which I despised. The first five years were hideous because I wanted to be at home. I guess I resented my parents a little and it put tons of distance between us. One of the things I took from boarding school is that it made me emotionally self-sufficient."[10]

At Oxford he performed in the comedy group the Oxford Revue, in a show directed by Stewart Lee, later an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall.[11]

Personal life and campaigning

Twitter Joke Trial 1
Murray (left) with Paul Chambers (centre) and Stephen Fry (right) outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 27 June 2012

Murray married Amber Hargreaves in 2002. The couple, who have two daughters, Scarlett and Willow, separated in 2008.[12] Murray is a keen cricket fan,[13] and was invited to attend a farewell lunch for the England cricket team before their departure for the 2013–14 Ashes series.[14]

Murray, together with Stephen Fry, supported Paul Chambers' High Court appeals after Chambers had been arrested for contravening the Communications Act 2003 when a joke tweet was regarded by police as "menacing" and a terrorist threat. An appeal against Chambers' conviction was successful.[15]

In August 2014, Murray was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.[16]

Murray was awarded an honorary degree (Hon MA) by the University of Bedfordshire in 2014,[17] and an honorary Doctor of Social Science (PhD) by the University of Wolverhampton in 2017.[18]


Having started out by touring with comedians such as Harry Hill and Frank Skinner, Murray won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1999, after being nominated in 1996, 1997 and 1998.[19] He started out with an act that involved sound-effect impressions, including guns, animals and a car boot. With this act, he supported Jim Tavaré in Leeds in Winter 1992.

In 1994–95, he was the drummer in the band Evangelista,[20] the house band at Stewart Lee's and Simon Munnery's experimental Cluub Zarathustra in London.[20] Film maker Martin Pickles made a short film about the band in 2002. At this time the lead singer Reid described Murray as "he's still not a household name, but anyone who's into comedy knows who Al Murray is".[21]

The Pub Landlord

Murray's character is an English publican with conservative values and an animosity towards Germans and the French; challenges audience members to name any country before producing some plausible instance of Britain bettering it. The character has great love for the British 1970s rock band Queen, often getting musician(s) on his show to perform one of Queen's tunes in their own style.

The character first appeared in 1994 during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in the show "Pub Internationale", with Harry Hill[11] and Matthew Bradstock-Smith (who played "Little Alan" as well as the keyboards in Hill's Edinburgh, radio and TV shows). The show featured the "Pub Band", with Murray playing the drums and compering. After trying out a character deemed not to have worked, at the opening show Murray suggested saying that the compere had not made it to the show and that the barman in the venue, the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, had offered to fill in. At the Edinburgh Festival,[22] Murray came up with "The Pub Landlord".[23]

Murray made his first television appearances on Harry Hill in 1997 playing Harry's big brother Alan ("If it's too hard, I can't understand it!"), and subsequently featured in a short film, Pub Fiction. He made a brief appearance as the Pub Landlord in Series 2, Episode 6 of Lee and Herring's This Morning with Richard Not Judy. Murray's Pub Landlord theatre show, My Gaff, My Rules was short-listed for an Olivier Award in 2002.[24]

The Pub Landlord is the central focus of the television series Time Gentlemen Please, as well as a number of other television appearances, including the An Audience with... strand. Subsequent theatre tours were: ...And A Glass of White Wine for the Lady (another catchphrase) and Giving it Both Barrels.

The Pub Landlord has hosted several television programmes including Fact Hunt, named after the fictional quiz machine of the same name from Time Gentlemen Please.[25] In addition, the character has ghost written four books: The Pub Landlord's Book Of British Common Sense, The Pub Landlord's Think Yourself British, The Pub Landlord's Great British Quiz Book and Let's Re-Great Britain.

Other work

As a teenager, Murray was a drummer in the "big band" at Bedford School,[26] and also played percussion in the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra.[27] He played drums on the music for "The Pub Landlord" television series and during an appearance on "Happy Hour" by Phil Collins they performed a duet. He also plays the drums for the rock cover band T-34 and appeared at the Download Festival in 2010, returning once again in 2011.[28]

Murray presented Al Murray's Road to Berlin on the Discovery Channel. This was a series about the last phase of the Second World War, taking him from the beaches of Normandy, through Arnhem and up the Rhine, ending in Berlin. In the series he drove around in a restored Willys Jeep, and interviewed survivors from both sides of the war. In the episode about Operation Market Garden he parachuted, together with veterans, from an aircraft, to commemorate the battle.[29][30]

Murray starred in Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder, a sketch show, which aired in early 2009.[31]

In late 2010, Murray made a documentary on German culture for BBC Four Al Murray's German Adventure in which he presented a different side of the German nation from the one portrayed by "The Pub Landlord" character.[32]

Murray invented his own potato crisps – branded "Steak and Al Pie" – as entered in a "crisp competition" hosted by Gary Lineker, used to raise money for Comic Relief.[33] The other flavours were "Jimmy Con Carne" (Jimmy Carr), "Stephen Fry-Up" (Stephen Fry) and "Frank Roast Dinner" (Frank Skinner). The winner was Stephen Fry-up at 27%, with Al's in 2nd with 25%. The other two got 24% each.[34]

In September 2015 Murray co-founded the British Drum Company.[35]

In August 2016 and March 2017 Murray sat in for Steve Wright on his Steve Wright in the Afternoon show on BBC Radio 2. In April 2016, Murray played Nick Bottom in Shakespeare Live, a celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare, opposite Judi Dench as Titania.[36] In 2018 he starred in pantomime at the New Wimbledon Theatre, as Jack's brother Al, in Jack and the Beanstalk, winning 'Best Newcomer' for this role, at the Great British Pantomime Awards in April 2018.[37]

In October 2018 Murray fronted the HISTORY TV series Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The English, appearing as both Al Murray and his alter-ego The Pub Landlord.[38] The series looks at the historical rivalries between England and its closest neighbours and features comedians Antoine de Caunes, Elis James, Andrew Maxwell, Fred MacAulay and Henning Wehn representing their respective nations.

In 2019 Murray starred as his own ancestor William Makepeace Thackeray in a three-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Vanity Fair by Jim Poyser, with additional material by himself.[39]


In 2003 he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.[40] In 2007, he was voted the 16th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.

Parliamentary candidacy

On 14 January 2015, Murray announced his formation of the "Free United Kingdom Party" (FUKP)[41] and declared his candidacy, deploying his Pub Landlord persona, for the seat of South Thanet[42] running against UKIP leader Nigel Farage, as parliamentary candidate in the 2015 general election.[43][44] Murray’s agent, Dan Lloyd, told the BBC: "it's definitely happening".[43] The party's logo is an upside-down pound sign,[45] not dissimilar to UKIP’s purple and gold pound sign.[46] Murray said: “it seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions", adding: “let it be known that like many of the parliamentary hopefuls in the forthcoming election, I have no idea where South Thanet is – but did that stop Margaret Thatcher from saving the Falkland Islands? No!”[47]

Farage appeared to welcome his new opponent on Twitter, saying "the more, the merrier", and a spokesperson for the UKIP MEP said: “at last, serious competition in the constituency”.[48] The Conservative candidate, Craig Mackinlay, said he enjoyed Murray's video and his proclamations but was not worried that the comedian would split the anti-UKIP vote.[49] Finally, the Labour candidate, Will Scobie, insisted it was "always good to have people putting their names forward to stand" and that Murray would "certainly make things interesting".[46] When nominations for South Thanet were released on 9 April 2015, it was confirmed that Murray would appear on the ballot paper with no description, rather than his FUKP name and emblem.[50][51][52]

The results of the election were announced on 8 May, revealing that Murray garnered 318 votes. This number of votes was higher than the average votes received by candidates from, amongst others, the Communist, Socialist and BNP parties.[53] When it was announced that Farage had failed to get elected, coming second in the poll to the Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay, Murray's reaction – feigning shock and clapping on stage – garnered widespread media attention.[54] Speaking to the media during the vote count, Murray invited Farage to a drink in his pub to drown his sorrow at losing.[55]

Stand-up DVDs

Title Released Notes
Live - My Gaff, My Rules 24 November 2003 Live at London's Playhouse Theatre
...And A Glass of White Wine for the Lady!: Recorded Live at the Playhouse London 22 November 2004 Live at London's Playhouse Theatre
Giving It Both Barrels: Live 29 May 2006 Live at London's Bloomsbury Theatre
Live at the London Palladium 19 November 2007 Live at London's Palladium Theatre
Beautiful British Tour: Live at the O2 16 November 2009 Live at London's O2 Arena
Barrel of Fun: Live 22 November 2010 Live at London's Hammersmith Apollo
The Only Way Is Epic 26 November 2012 Live at Brighton's Theatre Royal
One Man, One Guvnor 24 November 2014 Live at Bath's Theatre Royal


Title Published
The Pub Landlord's Book of British Common Sense 11 October 2007
The Pub Landlord's Think Yourself British 5 October 2009
The Pub Landlord's Great British Pub Quiz Book 28 October 2010
Watching War Films with My Dad 24 October 2013
Let's Re-Great Britain 1 April 2015[56]


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  21. ^ Fall Apart: The Evangelista Story (2002), at 1.40. This comment lead to great audience amusement when the film was screened at Pickles' 45th birthday in London in 2013. Half of the band can be seen in a video by Pickles: Pickles also produced an Evangelista CD in 2003 featuring Murray. Contrary to the film the press release claimed the band was active 1992-1995.
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External links

7 Day Sunday

7 Day Sunday (7 Day Saturday in 2013) is a British comedy radio talk show hosted by Al Murray on BBC Radio 5 Live. Broadcast weekly on Sunday mornings, the show takes an irreverent look at the topical news stories of the past seven days. Originally presented by Chris Addison: he was joined by regular guests Sarah Millican and Andy Zaltzman, and a fourth special guest each episode. It premièred in January 2010 to mixed reviews. It returned for a second series in September 2010. Al Murray served as host for the last five episodes of the second series, joined by regular guests Rebecca Front and Joe Wilkinson. The show returned for a third series in January 2012 with Murray hosting alongside Andy Zaltzman and Rebecca Front as the regular guests. A fourth series followed from September 2012.

Al Murray's Compete for the Meat

Al Murray's Compete for the Meat (sometimes promoted as just Compete for the Meat) is a British comedy quiz show, where the contestants compete for a frozen chicken, while the second placed team gets sausages. It was hosted by comedian Al Murray in his guise as The Pub Landlord, and co-hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Zöe Salmon. The first episode was shown on Dave, on 19 May 2011 at 9:00pm.

Al Murray's Happy Hour

Al Murray's Happy Hour is a television chat show presented by comedian Al Murray and produced by Avalon TV. The first series aired in early 2007 and contained stand-up, guest interviews and live music. The episodes ended with Murray performing a Queen song with the musical guest.

Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder

Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder is a British sketch show starring comedian Al Murray. The multi character aspect of the show was a departure from Murray's previous television comedy work, as the sole character The Pub Landlord. The show ran from 27 February to 12 April 2009, airing in the Friday night prime time slot on ITV & UTV. STV in Scotland did not broadcast the programme. It was commissioned on 4 June 2008.

Al Murray (ice hockey)

Allan Haines Murray (November 10, 1906 – January 7, 1982) was a professional ice hockey player who played 277 games in the National Hockey League. He played all his seven seasons (1933–1934 to 1939–1940) with the New York Americans. He was born in Stratford, Ontario.

An Audience with...

An Audience with... was a British entertainment television show produced by London Weekend Television (now part of ITV Studios), in which a host, usually a singer or comedian, performed for an invited audience of celebrity guests, interspersed with questions from the audience, in a light hearted revue/tribute style.

Chain Reaction (radio programme)

Chain Reaction (nicknamed "the tag-team talk show") is a hostless chat show first broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in 1991, and then revived on BBC Radio 4 in 2004. Each week an individual from the world of entertainment selects someone that they would like to interview. This interviewee goes on to be the next week's interviewer.

The first series comprised four programmes broadcast on Radio 5 on successive nights starting on New Year's Eve 31 December 1991, with the following guests:

Ralph Steadman interviewing John Cleese

John Cleese interviewing William Goldman

William Goldman interviewing Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen interviewing Glenys KinnockThe second series of 5 episodes were broadcast at 9.30am on BBC Radio 5 daily from 14-18 September 1992

Glynis Kinnock interviewing Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson interviewing Helen Bamber

Helen Bamber interviewing John Sessions

John Sessions interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknownThe third series of 5 episodes were broadcast at 9.30am on BBC Radio 5 daily from 2-6 November 1992

Rob Newman interviewing Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan interviewing John Wells

John Wells interviewing Paul Merton

Paul Merton interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknownThe fourth series of 5 episodes were broadcast at 9.30am on BBC Radio 5 daily from 14-18 December 1992

Joe Strummer interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknownThe fifth series of 5 episodes were broadcast on consecutive Fridays at 9.30pm on BBC Radio 5, starting on 6 August 1993

David Gedge interviewing John Peel

John Peel interviewing Ian Rush

Ian Rush interviewing Max Boyce

Max Boyce interviewing Pete Waterman

Pete Waterman interviewing Jimmy SavileThe first revived series comprised six episodes, with the following guests:

Jenny Eclair interviewing Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr interviewing Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas interviewing Johnny Vegas

Johnny Vegas interviewing Stewart Lee

Stewart Lee interviewing Alan Moore

Alan Moore interviewing Brian EnoThe second series comprised six episodes, with the following guests:

Jo Brand interviewing Barry Cryer

Barry Cryer interviewing Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas interviewing Alexei Sayle

Alexei Sayle interviewing Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry interviewing Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey interviewing Simon PeggThe third series comprised six episodes, with the following guests:

Marcus Brigstocke interviewing Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson interviewing John Lloyd

John Lloyd interviewing Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus interviewing John Hegley

John Hegley interviewing Jack Dee

Jack Dee interviewing Jeremy HardyThe fourth series comprises four episodes, with the following guests:

Catherine Tate interviewing David Tennant

David Tennant interviewing Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson interviewing Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir interviewing Paul WhitehouseThe fifth series comprises six episodes, with the following guests:

Robert Llewellyn interviewing Dave Gorman

Dave Gorman interviewing Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner interviewing Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard interviewing Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell interviewing Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan interviewing Simon CallowThe sixth series began on Friday 13 August 2010, with the following guests:

Ronni Ancona interviewing Lee Mack

Lee Mack interviewing Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson interviewing Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax interviewing Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer interviewing Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant interviewing Jarvis CockerThe seventh series began on Friday 29 July 2011, with the following guests:

Rhys Thomas interviewing Simon Day

Simon Day interviewing Peter Hook

Peter Hook interviewing John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke interviewing Kevin Eldon

Kevin Eldon interviewing Mark Steel

Mark Steel interviewing Barry DaviesThe eighth series began on Friday 27 July 2012, with the following guests:

Jeremy Front interviewing his sister Rebecca Front

Rebecca Front interviewing Chris Addison

Chris Addison interviewing Derren Brown

Derren Brown interviewing Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin interviewing Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran interviewing Jennifer SaundersThe ninth series began on Friday 27 December 2013, with the following guests:

Terry Christian interviewing Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges interviewing Frankie Boyle

Frankie Boyle interviewing Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison interviewing Neil Innes

Neil Innes interviewing Graham Linehan

Graham Linehan interviewing Adam Buxton.The tenth series began on Wednesday 18 February 2015, with the following guests:

Adam Buxton interviewing Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith interviewing Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer interviewing Vic Reeves

Vic Reeves interviewing Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman interviewing Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan interviewing Dennis KellyThe eleventh series began on Wednesday 24 February 2016, with the following guests:

Ed Byrne interviewing Al Murray

Al Murray interviewing Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop interviewing Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell interviewing Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig interviewing Roy Hudd

Roy Hudd interviewing Alison SteadmanThe twelfth series began on Monday 13 February 2017, with the following guests:

Sara Cox interviewing Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett interviewing Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan interviewing Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe interviewing Harry Hill

Harry Hill interviewing Tim Vine

Tim Vine interviewing Sir Ken DoddThe theme music is "I Do Not Fear Jazz" by Big Strides.

Dave (TV channel)

Dave is a British free-to-air television channel owned by UKTV, which is available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel took the name Dave in October 2007, but it had been on air under various identities and formats since October 1998.

Fist of Fun

Fist of Fun was a British comedy enterprise, initially a BBC Radio 1 series in 1993 and then a BBC2 television series in 1995. It was written by and starred Lee and Herring (the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring).

Each episode of Fist of Fun consisted of disparate sketches, stand-up comedy segments, dialogues, and situations.

It was broadcast at 9pm on Tuesday nights, and was successful, but not a major ratings-winner. The second series was aired on Friday nights, and although its ratings were relatively good, the show suffered from network interference and poor promotion. The show was not given a third series, but Lee and Herring went on to create This Morning with Richard Not Judy, for BBC2.

Many other comedians who appeared in the series went on to fame themselves, including the actor Kevin Eldon, Peter Baynham, Ronni Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Al Murray, John Thomson, Rebecca Front, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Ben Moor and Sally Phillips.

Harry Hill's Fruit Corner

Harry Hill's Fruit Corner was a radio show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the United Kingdom, that ran for four series between 1993 and 1997. The series starred Harry Hill, Al Murray, Burt Kwouk and Martin Hyder, and served as the predecessor for Hill's breakthrough television series, Harry Hill.

Ian Matthews (drummer)

Ian Matthews is an English musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band Kasabian.

Prior to Kasabian, Matthews played with a number of noted local Bristol bands, such as K-Passa, CCQ, and Sissi. He met Kasabian in 2001 before the band were signed when they were recording demos in Bristol. It was from these early sessions Matthews recorded with them came the single "Processed Beats". He also played on "Butcher Blues" and "Club Foot" from Kasabian's self-titled debut album. He also overdubbed an extra drum track over the single version of "Cutt Off", and recorded the drums to the B-side "Beneficial Herbs". He was asked to tour with them in April 2004 and became a permanent member in April 2005.

Matthews started his career as a young club/jazz drummer and when not touring or recording with Kasabian, he often plays small jazz/funk gigs in and around Bristol. He has recorded with Bristol artist James Morton's Porkchop on Don't You Worry 'Bout That album.He cites Mitch Mitchell, Tony Williams and Buddy Rich as his strongest drumming influences.In 2015, Matthews joined with Al Murray, Keith Keough, Stuart Warmington and Al Kitching in founding the British Drum Company.

Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

The award was originally titled Best Entertainment before being later renamed to Best Entertainment and Family in 2012.

Paramount Comedy (Russia)

Paramount Comedy is a 24-hour Russian cable television and satellite television comedy channel available in Russia, launched in 2012. It is owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe and Viacom.

Roy Heather

Roy Heather (20 May 1935 – 3 September 2014) was an English television actor best remembered for playing cafe owner Sid in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses.Heather was born in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire. After leaving school, he worked for an asbestos firm before National Service with the Royal Air Force. He then did several jobs, including working as a Betterware household goods salesman, while continuing his interest in amateur acting. He was spotted by David Tudor, who gave him his first professional job in repertory theatre at the age of 44. While working for Tudor, he played many leading roles including Frank in Winter Journey and Reg in The Norman Conquests, and co-starred in the world premiere of Aurelia, with Ingrid Pitt. He debuted the role of Pistol in Peter Mottley's stage monologue, After Agincourt.

Heather appeared in various British television shows, usually in small roles, including Edge of Darkness, Poirot, The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, Birds of a Feather, Hi-De-Hi, Bottom, The Green Green Grass, The Bill and an episode of series 10 of BBC sitcom My Family. He appeared as a nameless old man in the Al Murray/Richard Herring programme Time Gentlemen Please. He also attended fan conventions for Only Fools and Horses.

The Now Show

The Now Show is a British radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4, which satirises the week's news. The show is a mixture of stand-up, sketches and songs hosted by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. The show used to feature regular appearances by Jon Holmes, Laura Shavin (earlier series had Emma Kennedy, or occasionally Sue Perkins, for the female voices), a monologue by Marcus Brigstocke, and music by Mitch Benn, Pippa Evans or Adam Kay, but now features a much wider range of contributors.

Most episodes will feature a special guest. Past guests include Robin Ince, Rory Bremner, Dave Gorman, Simon Munnery, Al Murray, Andy Zaltzman, Paul Sinha, Richard Stilgoe, Dr Phil Hammond, Barry Cryer, John Finnemore, Andy Parsons, Shappi Khorsandi, Nathan Caton, Grace Petrie, Sarah Kendall and Francesca Martinez. Jon Culshaw has featured on the 2004 and 2005 Christmas editions and also starred in the 2008 Christmas edition. Guests have also stood in for absent cast members.

The series is a successor to the early 1990s topical comedy show The Mary Whitehouse Experience, in which Punt and Dennis were a key part, although its origins lie with the short-lived Live on Arrival from 1988. The programme first aired on 26 September 1998. Repeats of The Now Show can be heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

In October 2016, long-running cast member Jon Holmes reported that he had been fired because 'the BBC want to recast with more women and diversity.'

The One Show

The One Show is a British television magazine and chat show programme. Broadcast live on BBC One weeknights at 7:00 pm, it features topical stories and studio guests. It is currently co-hosted by Alex Jones alongside Matt Baker (Mondays to Thursdays) and a guest host on Fridays. Various reporters also assist with subject-specific presenting, both in the studio and on location, or through filmed segments. Originally produced in Birmingham and then in BBC's Media Village in White City, London, since 2014 the studio is in Broadcasting House, the BBC's headquarters in London.

Launched with a pilot series in 2006, leading to a full series from 2007, it has had various previous permanent and temporary hosts; the partnership of Jones and Baker began in 2011, with Chris Evans serving as the first Fridays only host from 2010 until 2015. Prior to the introduction of Evans, the longest presenting partnership was Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley from 2007 to 2010. Their easy and approachable on-screen chemistry is credited with boosting ratings after an unpromising start, establishing the show as a popular staple of British viewing.The programme is usually 30 minutes long, although it is occasionally extended to an hour. It runs all year round, apart from a two-week break at Christmas and a four-week summer holiday, with the summer slot filled with a highlights show, The One Show: Best of British, presented by Matt Allwright and Lucy Siegle.

Launching the full series represented a major financial commitment for the BBC and was seen by them as a first test of a wide-ranging restructuring of the BBC's production arm into a more flexible and creative organisation, with the show seen as potential platform for piloting other programme ideas.

The Tabard, Chiswick

The Tabard (previously known as the Tabard Hotel) is a Grade II* listed pub in Bedford Park, Chiswick, London.It was built in 1880 by the architect Norman Shaw as part of Jonathan Carr's development of Bedford Park. Notable features, along with its original street facade, include the swing sign which was painted by T M Rooke. The original arts and craft tiling by William de Morgan and the fireplaces with surrounds of tiles created by Walter Crane (an early example of Art Nouveau) are in view in the front entrance and the right hand bar. These tiles are a fine example of the movement's style that their counterparts are held by the British Museum.The pub is now managed by Greene King after previously being managed by Punch Taverns and Spirit Pub Company under its Taylor Walker Pubs brand.

On the first floor is the Tabard Theatre, an intimate fringe theatre which has been host to the likes of Al Murray, Harry Hill and Russell Brand.


Thronecast is a British television series on Sky Atlantic which is presented by Sue Perkins and Jamie East. It is an aftershow to Game of Thrones, which also airs on the channel. Each episode is an hour in length and features interviews with members of the cast and crew, interaction with the audience and social media alongside analysis of the previous episode and a preview of the next episode of Game of Thrones. It was the only official aftershow for the American series until HBO aired After the Thrones in 2016 – a show which was cancelled after only one series.Thronecast was originally devised by Koink Productions Ltd for Sky Digital Entertainment. The series began airing online in April 2011 as a series of 10-minute podcasts presented by Geoff Lloyd to correspond with the first series of Game of Thrones. Annabel Port joined Geoff for the second series, which corresponded with the broadcast of the second series of Game of Thrones. For the third series, Thronecast became a 15-minute on-air show that was broadcast on Sky Atlantic following each episode of the third series of Game of Thrones, and featured new guest presenter Grace Dent. The fourth series was presented by Jamie East and Rachel Parris, and was 30 minutes long. The fifth series was presented by Sue Perkins and Jamie East and was 30 minutes long, except for the series finale which was an extended hour long special. Perkins and East continued to present the seventh and eighth series of the show which were all 60 minutes long with the exception of the final episode of the show, which was 70 minutes. Series 7 and 8 included pre-series episodes titled War Room, and the eighth series also included a 90 minutes long gameshow titled Gameshow of Thrones and a 30-minute pre-finale episode titled Thronecast: The End is Coming.

Each series was also made available on Sky Go, On Demand (previously Sky Anytime and Sky Anytime+) and NOW TV. Series 1 to 4 of Thronecast were produced by Koink Productions Ltd for Sky Atlantic. Series 5 of Thronecast was produced by CPL Productions for Sky Atlantic. Series 6 and 7 of the show were produced by Sky's in-house production company, Sky Vision Productions. Series 8 of the show was produced by independent production company Znak & Co Ltd.

Time Gentlemen Please

Time Gentlemen Please was a British sitcom that was primarily written by Richard Herring and Al Murray and broadcast on Sky One.

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