RADIO & TV
Gyles Brandreth made his first national radio broadcast in 1969, giving a talk on women’s rights for Woman’s Hour.
He hosted his first series for BBC Radio 4 in 1971, a panel game called A Rhyme in Time.
Since then he has appeared on countless programmes for BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Live, including Today, Start the Week, Midweek, Loose Ends, Saturday Live, Broadcasting House, You and Yours, The World at One, PM, Any Questions, Broadcasting House, The Week in Westminster, The Westminster Hour, The Archive Hour, The Brandreth Rules, Sound Advice, Great Lives, Pick of the Week, With Great Pleasure, The News Quiz, My Teenage Diaries - even The Week’s Good Cause. He was a guest on Desert Island Discs in 2011.
He has written and presented a wide range of radio documentaries on politics, history, the arts and entertainment – and been nominated for Sony Awards for some of them.
Since A Rhyme in Time, the panel games he has devised and chaired for BBC Radio 4 include Funny Peculiar, Whispers and, most recently, Wordahollics. He has made more than a hundred appearances on Just A Minute since 1981 and, in 2018, sat in as chairman for Nicholas Parsons for two episodes.
He appeared on Britain’s first commercial speech radio station, LBC, on its very first day: 8 October 1973. For five years, between 1997 and 2002, he produced and hosted more than two hundred editions of LBC’s weekly arts and entertainment review, Sunday with Gyles Brandreth.