John Lloyd

John Lloyd

(6 customer reviews)


John Lloyd has been behind some of the most successful and well-loved TV and radio (and adverts) of the last three decades. He’s also written or co-authored over 30 books, and is the driving force behind developing a new concept of education based on his BBC panel show, QI.

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John Lloyd At Footlights

Studying law at Cambridge, John joined the famed Footlights society, meeting a number of the writers and performers he would later work with. That group included Douglas Adams, whose Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy John would help bring to radio. After university, John Lloyd joined BBC radio where he helped create shows that have become national institutions with The News Quiz (which John also briefly hosted), Quote…Unquote, The News Huddlines, and the original incarnation of To The Manor Born.

TV Moves

Switching to TV, John’s first major production was the satirical Not the Nine O’Clock News; with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, Rowan Atkinson, and Pamela Stephenson. The show created some of the most fondly remembered sketches of the era including; Gerald the Gorilla, the darts players, and a classic interview with Billy Connelly. The show also provided a platform for writers including Richard Curtis, Clive Anderson, David Renwick, and Andy Hamilton.

John Lloyd: Producer

John then went on to produce Blackadder, working again with Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and creating arguably one the greatest sit-coms ever. At the same time he worked on Spitting Image; alongside a host of comic writers and performers from Harry Enfield to Ian Hislop to Jo Brand. Briefly considered for the role as host of Have I Got News For You (he hosted the pilot episode) John remained behind the camera and created the panel show QI.


QI has gone on to spawn a range of books and other merchandise; but has also evolved into a system of research, learning and study. John Lloyd is at the forefront of looking at what real knowledge is and how it can be imparted. Reacting against the idea that Google and Wikipedia offer free access to knowledge; John considers what really is interesting, and useful, alongside tales from his varied and often surprising career.

He is in great demand for his keynote speech on Creative Thinking; as well as his after dinner speaking.

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6 reviews for John Lloyd

  1. Harrogate Business Club

    I just wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed your company at the event last Friday. As part of the “organising group” I must tell you that we received some fantastic feedback on your after lunch speech with a number of our attendees stating that it was the best lunch they had been to and your were our best ever speaker. This is no mean feat when you consider this was our 59th Lunch going back almost 20 years. To keep 450 people quiet and enthralled indicates to me that your future career as an after dinner speaker is likely to be highly successful. I think everyone appreciated your humour and it was interesting to hear people trying to recount some of your stories immediately after the meal – I have to say without your polished delivery…!!! We have yet to have a guest speak to us twice but I have no doubt you would be very welcome back at some stage in the future.

  2. William Reed Business Media

    A huge thank you to John, what a consummate professional. Very attentive in both the run up and his performance on the evening, John delivered both a bespoke and special speech tailored to our audience. The feedback has been wonderful and inspired, lots of laughter in the room. John’s delivery surpassed all our expectations!

  3. Smart Energy GB

    Fantastic, really interesting and entertaining. He came across as very personable, happy to chat with everyone and take lots of questions. A great choice for us, we were really happy with how the day went and John’s part in it.

  4. Sheffield & District Society of Chartered Accountants

    Absolutely spot-on and exactly what I was looking for. As well as delivering a great and very amusing speech, he arrived in time to mix with our guests, have his photo taken, chat to numerous attendees, and generally be a nice chap. The speech itself was delivered brilliantly, a good mix of jokes, anecdotes and extracts from his various books. All thoroughly entertaining. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for future events. The audience reaction was very good, lots of laughter and applause and he held their full attention for the whole 30 minutes of John’s speech. Since the event I have had numerous emails and letters with really good feedback and most pick out John’s speech as a major highlight. I’m absolutely delighted that we picked John to join us at our event.

  5. The QCA

    John did a fantastic job at ending our dinner on a high. His humorous stories of working in TV and radio had the whole room laughing out loud. He was able to connect with everyone in the room, I was unable to spot one person who did not have a smile on their face whilst he was speaking. The evidence of this can be seen in the photos taken on the night.

  6. Coast Communications

    Our heartfelt thanks to John. Addressing a fairly formal and quite exacting audience, he disarmed the gathering with wide ranging and witty stories from the worlds of television, academia and politics. He pitched the talk exactly right and our clients were delighted. We would have no hesitation in booking him again, nor recommending him for other events.

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