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Bill Deedes (1913–2007)

Bill Deedes was born on June 1, 1913 in Saltwood Castle, Hythe, Kent, England. He is known for Abdication: A Very British Coup (2006), Have I Got News for You (1990) and This Is Your Life (1955). He was married to Evelyn Hilary Branfoot. He died on August 17, 2007 in Kent. See full bio »


(age 94) in Kent, England, UK

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 2007 Timeshift (TV Series documentary)
 2006 Abdication: A Very British Coup (Documentary)
 2005 What the Papers Say (TV Series)
- Episode dated 5 March 2005 (2005) ... Presenter (as WF Deedes)
 2004 Channel 4 News (TV Series)
- Episode dated 5 July 2004 (2004) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
 2003 Reporters at War (TV Series documentary)
Self - Correspondent, Morning Post
- Dying to Tell a Story (2003) ... Self - Correspondent, Morning Post
 2003 Readers and Writers Roadshow (TV Series)
- Evelyn Waugh Special (2003) ... Self
 2003 Breakfast with Frost (TV Series)
- Episode dated 30 March 2003 (2003) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
 1999-2002 Have I Got News for You (TV Series)
- Episode #23.5 (2002) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
- Episode #18.8 (1999) ... Self
 1998 This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary)
- Bill Deedes (1998)
 1997 Alan Clark's History of the Tory Party (TV Series documentary)
- The Rank Outsider (1997) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
 1997 Hitler of the Andes (TV Series documentary)
Self - Conservative MP 1950-74
- Lords of the Underworld (1997) ... Self - Conservative MP 1950-74 (as Lord Deedes)
 1996 The Churchills (TV Mini Series documentary)
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
 1990 The Media Show (TV Series documentary)
- Germany (1990) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
- Episode #6.12 (1990) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
 1989 The Road to War (TV Mini Series documentary)
Self - Reporter, Daily Telegraph 1937-1939
- Great Britain (1989) ... Self - Reporter, Daily Telegraph 1937-1939 (as Lord Deedes)
 1989 Timewatch (TV Series documentary)
Self - Information Minister, 1962-1964
- Michael Cockerell Investigates: The Night of the Long Knives (1989) ... Self - Information Minister, 1962-1964 (as Lord Deedes)
 1987 Arena (TV Series documentary)
- The Waugh Trilogy Part 3: An Englishman's Home (1987) ... Self (as William Deedes)
- The Waugh Trilogy Part 2: Mayfair and the Jungle (1987) ... Self (as Lord Deedes)
 1984 Taking Sides (TV Series)
- Episode dated 18 October 1984 (1984) ... Self
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 2002 The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (Video)
Self (as Lord Bill Deedes)

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Alternate Names:

Lord Bill Deedes | Lord Deedes | WF Deedes | William Deedes


Evelyn Hilary Branfoot  (her death)  (5 children)

Did You Know?


In 1974, he became editor of the Daily Telegraph, making him the only man to have been both a Cabinet minister and the editor of a national newspaper. He returned to reporting in 1986 as a special correspondent and columnist. According to the Telegraph, he wrote his final columns on a laptop from his sickbed, a few weeks before his death. See more »


He frequently used mixed metaphors when speaking, such as "We've got to nail our matchbox to the mast". These were dubbed "Billisms" by his fellow journalists.


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