Graeme Garden

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David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943 in Aberdeen, Scotland) is a British comedy writer and performer. He is also qualified as a medical doctor and an accomplished actor, television director and author.

He went to Repton public school and Emmanuel, Cambridge where he joined the Footlights, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1962, and in Cambridge Circus (1963), which went on to tour London and New York.

Graeme Garden qualified in medicine at King's College, London, and some of the television series he has written for have a medical theme including Doctor in the House (1969) and Surgical Spirit (1994). He has also presented three series of the BBC's health magazine Bodymatters.

He was co-writer and perfomer in the classic BBC radio comedy show, I'm Sorry, I'll Read that Again (1965), and on television The Goodies (1970-1982). He was also the voice of the title character, General Blight and Maurice in the children's animated series called Bananaman (1983), which also featured his fellow Goodies and parodied comic book super-heroes.

Graeme Garden is a participator in the long running BBC Radio improvisation show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (ISIHAC), on which he is a permanent panellist. He also stars in and co-writes You'll Have Had Your Tea, a direct spin-off of ISIHAC, and has contributed to several books from the series including guides to the game Mornington Crescent. Garden is chair of the spoof radio game show Beat The Kids. He has also appeared on the UK version of the television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which has a similar format.

He has a successful stage career, and has acted in several National Theatre productions, as well as London's West End. He has also acted in several BBC Radio Four comedy drama series, and television drama including Peak Practice and Holby City. He appeared in Bang-Bang-a-Boom!, a spin off audio drama based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who by Big Finish Productions. He also appeared in the politico sitcom, Yes, Minister.

Garden co-chairs Beat The Nation, a Channel 4 game show, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, who he has also worked with in many other comedy shows.

Graeme Garden also writes and directs for the corporate video company Video Arts, famous for its training films starring John Cleese.

He lives in Oxfordshire with his family, his leisure interests include painting and playing the banjo.

His son, John Garden plays the keyboard for the Scissor Sisters.


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