Name: Ned Sherrin
Field: Writer and Broadcaster
An Audience With Ned Sherrin
Biography: Ned Sherrin was educated at Exeter College Oxford and Grays Inn. He was called as a Barrister in 1955, but joined ATV immediately after as a Producer in London and Birmingham.
Two years later he moved to London to the BBC and directed the Tonight programme and directed and produced a range of variety shows, panel games and musicals. In 1962 he devised, produced and directed the original That Was The Week That Was and its successor.
Leaving the BBC in 1966, he produced ten motion pictures in the next few years, including The Virgin Soldiers, The National Health,and Girl Stroke Boy.
As an author, Ned Sherrin had a long collaboration with Caryl Brahms which produced many songs, three novels, two collections of short stories, a number of radio and television plays, five plays for the theatre – most notably Beecham starring Timothy West – and six musicals.
He has appeared frequently on television and radio. His own series, We Interrupt This Week was a hit on PBS Television in America. He hosted many radio and television conversation shows – notably, Friday Night, Saturday Morning, Midweek, Medium Dry Sherrin and And So to Ned. He is currently presenting a weekly Radio 4 Programme, Loose Ends.
In the book world, A Small Thing Like an Earthquake was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the Spring of 1983. Song by Song (with Caryl Brahms), Cutting Edge (J.M. Dent) Anthology of Wit (1984) and 1956 and All That (with Neil Shand). Ned has edited Caryl Brahms memoirs Too Dirty for the Windmill, which were published in 1986. A further publication is Loose Neds (Robson Books). In 1991 he published Ned Sherrins Theatrical Anecdotes and in 1993 Ned Sherrin in his Anecdotage. Sinclair Stevenson published his novel Scratch an Actor and Virgin, his diary Sherrins Year. His most recent publication, in 2005, is Ned Sherrin The Autobiography.
For the past five years he has toured with his one man show An Evening with Ned Sherrin – Theatrical Anecdotes.
Ned Sherrin was awarded a C.B.E. in the 97 New Years honours list.