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Secret Comedy Podcast, August 2013
John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd
30 September 1951
|Education||West Hill Park School|
The King's School, Canterbury
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
Sarah Wallace (m. 1989)
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 9½. 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. He read Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a member of the Footlights. There he befriended Douglas Adams, with whom he later shared a flat.
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). He wrote a lengthy storyline for season 17 of Doctor Who which was script edited by Adams. He also produced The Burkiss Way.
Lloyd then worked as a TV producer at both the BBC, producing Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and ITV 1979–1989, where he created Not the Nine O'Clock News (with Sean Hardie) --dropping his writing for Doctor Who at the time-- 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 married Sarah Wallace in 1989, with whom he has three children , one of whom is Harry Lloyd (christened Hardress Llewellyn Lloyd), frontman and singer-songwriter of the band Waiting For Smith.
He has worked as a TV commercials director on and off since 1987. His first new TV series for 14 years, QI starring Stephen Fry (Sandi Toksvig from 2016) 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 captain of the winning Trinity College, Cambridge, team on the Christmas University Challenge.
Lloyd was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting. Lloyd was also awarded an honorary degree from Southampton Solent University.
In a 2016 interview with the spiritual Beshara Magazine, Lloyd talked about the process of self-knowledge, and explained his interest in the Indian guru, Nisargadatta Maharaj's book I Am That, and in Sufi mysticism, particularly the works of the writer, thinker and Sufi teacher, Idries Shah.
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