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After Dinner Speaker Gyles Brandreth's varied career has 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.
In 1997, with politics behind him, he returned to a career in writing and broadcasting. He is the children's publisher with Andre Deutsch and editorial consultant to Whitaker's Almanac.
With his wife Michele, he is the founder of the award-winning Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. He is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association, the national trust of recreational space.
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.
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Gyles Brandreth is one of Britain's most sought-after public speakers. Author, broadcaster, former Oxford Scholar and President of the Oxford Union, one-time MP for the City of Chester and a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, he once featured in the Guinness Book of Records for making the longest-ever after-dinner speech - lasting twelve and a half hours!
Well-known for his appearances on TV-am and in countless game shows in the 1970s and 1980s, Gyles Brandreth now appears on Channel Four's wordgame Countdown, Just a Minute on BBC TV and as a presenter for CBS News in the United States. He has his own radio show every Sunday on LBC 1152.
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
The former Member of Parliament for the City of Chester, a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of The Treasury, Gyles Brandreth's private member's bills included the 1994 Marriage Act - allowing civil marriage ceremonies to take place in venues other than registry offices. His political diaries, Breaking the Code, are published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Gyles Brandreth's many other books include The Complete Public Speaker, an autobiography called Under the Jumper, and, more recently, Who Is Nick Saint?, described by The Times as 'a first novel of wit, style and confidence... Not merely, like all the best after-dinner speakers, does he know how to spin a yarn; unlike most politicians, he has a touching access to the secrets of the human heart'.
Gyles Brandreth, formerly Chairman and now Vice-President of the National Playing Fields Association, is married to writer and publisher Michele Brown (with whom he founded The Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1988) and they have three children.
As an award-winning after-dinner speaker he has performed in venues as varied as the Waldorf-Astoria, the Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace and Strangeways Prison. As well as providing keynote addresses and individual tailored after-dinner speeches, Gyles Brandreth gives a number of set-piece talks including 'Language is Power' (he is a member of Trevor McDonald's Better English Campaign) and 'The Secret Life of Westminster'.
Gyles' Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries has been described as - `by far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark's' - The Times.
`Searingly honest, wildly indiscreet and incredibly funny' -Daily Mail
`A deadpan comic to rival Jack Dee' -Daily Telegraph
`Not merely, like all the best after-dinner speakers, does he know how to spin a yarn - he has a touching access to the secrets of the human heart.' -The Times
`If ever I hear a better speaker, I'll be surprised. Brandreth is brilliant.' -Daily Express
ONE MAN SHOW - WIT'S END...
GYLES BRANDRETH, writer, raconteur, sometime actor and MP, presents a personal - and wonderfully idiosyncratic - A to Z of wit and wordplay. From
Woody Allen to Oscar Wilde, from Noel Coward to Zero Mostel, with
unexpected anecdotes and candid tales from his time in politics, the theatre
and TV, Brandreth explores what makes us laugh - and why.