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Overview (2)

Born in Dover, Kent, England, UK
Birth NameJohn Hardress Wilfred Lloyd

Mini Bio (1)

John Lloyd was born in 1951 in Dover, Kent, England as John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd. He is a writer and producer, known for Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979), Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) and Spitting Image (1984).

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Was the original choice for presenter of "Have I Got News for You" (1990)
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to broadcasting.
Contributed material for episodes 5 and 6 of the radio series of "The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy", when writer Douglas Adams was overwhelmed by simultaneous writing assignments for both Hitchhiker and Doctor Who (1963). Most of Lloyd's material was replaced by Adams in later incarnations of the story (TV, novels, albums, etc), and the film (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)) ends before this point in the story.
Lloyd's Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979) had a spin-off book called "Not 1982" (1982). One of the sections in this book was a list of nonsense words and their humorous definitions, under the heading "Today's new word from the Oxtail English Dictionary". This list was then expanded by Lloyd and colleague Douglas Adams into the book "The Meaning of Liff" (1983) and further expanded in "The Deeper Meaning of Liff" (1990). At roughly the same time, a similar concept (defintions of invented words) was very successful in the US under the name "Sniglets", which began as a recurring sketch by Rich Hall on Not Necessarily the News (1982) (an American remake of Lloyd's "Not the Nine O'Clock News").
Wantage, Oxfordshire, England [December 2010]

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