Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth

(6 customer reviews)


Gyles Brandreth has a varied career that ranged from playing Baron Hardup in Cinderella; to being a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government. Known for the colourful jumpers he wore on countless game shows; and on TV-am in the 1970s and 1980s, he became the MP for the City of Chester in 1992. He is a popular after dinner speaker & host. Gyles, reveals the part he played in the biggest cheque in British history. The 7 secrets of happiness and how Westminster and Whitehall really work.

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Gyles Brandreth: Writer

In 1997, with politics behind him, Gyles Brandreth returned to a career in writing and broadcasting. He is the children’s publisher with Andre Deutsch and editorial consultant to Whitaker’s Almanack. With his wife Michele. He is the founder of the award-winning Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. Gyles is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association, the national trust of recreational space.


As the Sunday Telegraph Review’s Editor-at-Large and a journalist for many years. Gyles has interviewed a wealth of celebrities and world leaders. Many of these meetings were documented in Brief Encounters: Meetings with Remarkable People. A book described by doyen of interviewers Michael Parkinson as ‘quite superb.’ Gyles’s vast oeuvre also takes in books on royalty (Charles and CamillaPhilip and Elizabeth), rhetoric (You Talkin’ to Me?), The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, 7 Secrets of Happiness and numerous volumes of diaries as well as compilations of party games, jokes, brainteasers and quotations.

Better English Campaign

A member of Trevor McDonald’s Better English campaign, the founder of the National Scrabble Championships. He has featured in the Guinness Book of Records for making the longest ever after dinner speech. Lasting twelve and a half hours. He is also editor-at-large of the Sunday Telegraph Review.

Weekly Arts At LBC

Gyles Brandreth presents LBC’s weekly arts, entertainment and lifestyle review on LBC 1152. Ha also presents London Comment on Up to the Minute for CBS network TV in the US.


He has appeared on ITV with his Video Diaries; and on Just a Minute, Call My Bluff and Have I Got News for You on BBC TV. But probably made his name as a morning presenter on TV-Am. Wearing colourful sweaters


A habitual name-dropper and story teller. Gyles also speaks about leaders and leadership with lessons drawn from the biggest names on the world stage from Thatcher and Blair to Clinton and Bush, Charles de Gaulle, Richard Branson and Sheik Mohammed of Dubai. An expert after dinner speaker, Gyles adapts his huge store of personal anecdotes and tales to any audience which consistent success. From his early time wearing unusual knitwear on morning television to Westminster to writing, Gyles is now a regular on The One Show and Radio 4 institution Just A Minute. He’s also appeared in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner more than any other guest, and made appearances on everything from Dr Who to The IT Crowd to The Gadget Show.

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6 reviews for Gyles Brandreth

  1. ACTSO

    Gyles was fantastic and was such a gent. His speech couldn’t have been more perfect and apt if we had written it for him. The fact that he was on just before the Minister worked brilliantly, and he said things that no-one else could have got away with. Fortunately the Minister took them in the matter intended and, in fact, had a little dig back which was priceless.

  2. Nordex

    Gyles met all our objectives and was an excellent after dinner speaker, very clever and very entertaining. We don’t tell our guests who the speaker is going to be, a few of them recognised Gyles when he came into the bar which went down very well. We have had very good feedback from a number of our guests and our German colleagues, although we did have to explain a few things to them! I think that Gyles will be getting further bookings from some of our guests over the next few months!

  3. D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.

    We had a fabulous night at the event and Gyles was the perfect host. I honestly could not speak highly enough of him – he was professional and hilarious and kept the audience’s attention all night (even when we overran by 30 minutes).

  4. Transport Times

    Gyles was sensational at the London Transport Awards last night: the best speaker we have had in 13 years of running the event.

  5. Scottish Financial Enterprise

    What a breath of fresh air!! Gyles was just wonderful at our annual dinner. From the moment he arrived for rehearsals, he had everyone in hysterics. His professionalism in taking the time to meet all of the awards nominees was the sign of a great compere. He knew exactly the line tread and the laughter in the room spoke for itself. We couldn’t recommend Gyles enough. His ability to include details about our organisation and the sponsor showed his real talent as a public speaker and his enthusiasm really got everyone motivated for the evening – it was a night guests won’t forget in a hurry. Thanks again Gyles and the team at JLA

  6. PAM Insight

    Wonderful! Exceeded our expectations. Clever, knowledgeable with just the right level of humility, self-deprecation and teasing.

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