TV & Radio
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 - 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 first appeared on Just A Minute in 1981.
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.
Gyles’s guests included: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kenneth Branagh, James Fox, John
Sergeant, Hear’Say, Carol Vorderman, Felicity Kendal, Richard Dreyfuss, Ronnie Corbett,
Britt Ekland, David Suchet, Clare Francis, Sir John Mortimer, Dame Beryl Bainbridge, Joanna
Lumley, Henry Goodman, the children of Laurence Olivier, Enid Blyton and Eric Morecambe,
Paul Bailey, Josephine Cox, Anthony Gormley, Simon Jenkins, Humphrey Burton, Jeremy
Isaacs, Joss Ackland, Mark Rylance, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, the chief
executive of the British Library, Clive Francis, Lady Antonia Fraser, Lee Langley, Theo
Richmond, Harriet Walter, Deborah Bull, Katie Puckrik, Sheridan Morley, Eric Knowles,
Ken Livingstone, Jeffrey Archer, Richard Whiteley, The Earl of Bradford, Martin Jarvis, Fern
Britton, Susannah York, Anton Rogers, David Hemmings, Philip Schofield, Tim Pigott-Smith,
Anthony Holden, Joel Gray, David Croft, Jimmy Tarbuck, Angela Rippon, Auberon Waugh,
Lynda Bellingham, Jilly Cooper, Tom Conti, Su Pollard, Kriss Akabussi, Sebastian Coe,
David Troughton, Richard Dunwoody, Richard Briers, Roger McGough, Jenny Seagrove, Uri
Geller, Simon Callow, Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales, Patricia Hodge, Glenda Jackson,
Norman Lamont, Madhur Jaffrey, Barry Cryer, Christopher Lee, Margaret Cook, Michael
Aspel, Sir Tim Rice, Sian Phillips, Frederick Forsyth, Prue Leith, Ann Widdecombe, Quentin
Crisp, the Duke of Devonshire, Charlton Heston, Christine Hamilton, Kirsty Young, Melinda
Messenger, Paul Burrell, Barbara Dickson, Helen Shapiro, Ken Russell, Sir Harry Secombe,
Sir John Mills, Sir Patrick Moore, Matthew Kelly, Lorraine Kelly, Michael Brunson, Tony Benn,
Twiggy, Elaine Paige, Lord Snowdon, George Melly, Julie Felix, Cilla Black, Jane Asher,
Anthony Andrews, Dora Bryan, Roy Hudd, Sir Arthur C Clarke, Melvyn Bragg, Earl Spencer,
Lynn Redgrave, Dame Edna Everage, Michael Frayn, Mo Mowlam, Alan Tichmarsh, Patricia
Cornwell, the Duke of Edinburgh, Louis Theroux, Sir Ian McKellen, Steven Berkoff.
Gyles Brandreth first appeared on national television in 1968 when he was
interviewed for Panorama by Robin Day.