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Image result for Ned Sherrin'''Edward George "Ned" Sherrin''', CBE (18 February 1931 – 1 October 2007) was an English broadcaster, author and stage director. He qualified as a barrister and then worked in independent television before joining the BBC. He appeared in a variety of radio and television satirical shows and theatre shows, some of which he also directed.

The son of Thomas Adam Sherrin, a farmer, and his wife, Dorothy Finch Drewett,[1] Sherrin was born at Low Ham[2] on the Somerset Levels.

He was educated at Sexey's School, in Bruton, Somerset,[3][4] and rendered his national service in the Royal Signals,[5] being commissioned as an officer in 1950.[6]

Although he read law at Exeter College, Oxford, and subsequently qualified as a barrister,[7] he became involved in theatre at Oxford and joined British television at the founding of independent television in 1956, producing shows for ATV in Birmingham.

Sherrin joined the BBC in 1957 as a temporary production assistant, then began working for them as a producer in "Television Talks" in 1963.[8] Specialising in satirical shows, he worked extensively in film production and television.

In 1962 he was responsible for the first satirical television series ''That Was The Week That Was''[9] starring David Frost and Millicent Martin and its successors ''Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life'' and ''BBC-3''. His other shows and films included ''Up Pompeii!'', ''Up the Front'', ''The Cobblers of Umbridge'' and ''The Virgin Soldiers''. In 1978, he also hosted ''We Interrupt This Week'', a lively and humorous news events quiz featuring two teams of well-known journalists and columnists sparring against one another. The show was a production of WNET/Channel 13 New York.

Sherrin produced and directed numerous theatre productions in London's West End, including ''Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell'' and the landmark musical ''Side By Side By Sondheim''. He received an Olivier Award in 1984 for directing and conceiving ''The Ratepayers' Iolanthe'', an adaptation by Sherrin and Alistair Beaton of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera ''Iolanthe''.[10]

On BBC Radio 4, from 1986, he presented a light entertainment show on Saturday mornings (latterly evenings) called ''Loose Ends'',[11][12] and ''Counterpoint'', a quiz show about all types of music, until forced off the air when his voice succumbed to throat cancer. In his autobiography, (So, anyway), John Cleese describes Sherrin as 'money mad' and 'treacherous'.

He also toured the UK with his one-man show ''An Evening of Theatrical Anecdotes''.

Sherrin wrote two volumes of autobiography, several books of quotations and anecdotes, as well as some fiction; and several works in collaboration with Caryl Brahms.

Openly gay,[13][14] he was a patron of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra,[15] as well as the Stephen Sondheim Society of Singapore up until 1995. Sherrin was awarded a CBE in the 1997 New Year's honours list.[16][17] He was diagnosed with unilateral vocal cord paralysis in January 2007[18] and died of complications of throat cancer on 1 October 2007, aged 76.


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  2. ^"Ned Sherrin (1931–2007)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 April 2014. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792694/
  3. ^Coveney, Michael (2 October 2007). "Groundbreaking iconoclast bows out". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2014. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2007/oct/02/radio.guardianobituaries
  4. ^Bio: Ned Sherrin. http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/1204295/index.html
  5. ^"Ned Sherrin". Retrieved 8 February 2015. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009mdnz
  6. ^Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 September 1950, p. 4527.
  7. ^"Obituary: Ned Sherrin". BBC. Retrieved 21 April 2014. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6705385.stm
  8. ^Briggs, Asa (1995), History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, p. 158, ISBN 0-19-215964-X
  9. ^"Sherrin, Ned (1931–2007)". Screenonline. BFI. Retrieved 21 April 2014. http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/1204295/index.html
  10. ^Olivier Award winners for 1984. http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/olivier_awards/view/item98519/Olivier-Winners-1984/
  11. ^Smith, Alistair (2 October 2007), "Satirical trailblazer and broadcaster Ned Sherrin dies", The Stage, retrieved 4 October 2007. http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/18389/satirical-trailblazer-and-broadcaster-ned
  12. ^Macintyre, James (2 October 2007). "Ned Sherrin, stalwart of Radio 4, dies aged 76". Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2014. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/ned-sherrin-stalwart-of-radio-4-dies-aged-76-395742.html
  13. ^Martin, Douglas (5 October 2007). "Ned Sherrin, Creator of Mock News 'Week,' Dies at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 April 2014. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/05/arts/05sherrin.html?ref=arts&_r=0
  14. ^Dwyer, Ciara (30 October 2005), "Sherrin and the source of all pleasure", The Independent. http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/news-gossip/sherrin-and-the-source-of-all-pleasure-473930.html
  15. ^Gibson, Owen (2 October 2007). "Ned Sherrin, wit, impresario, bon viveur and Radio 4 stalwart, dies at 76". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2014. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2007/oct/02/bbc.radio
  16. ^"Tributes paid to Ned Sherrin CBE". BBC. Retrieved 4 July 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2007/10_october/02/sherrin.shtml
  17. ^Sanderson, David (2 October 2007). "Ned Sherrin: That Was The Life That Was". The Times. London. Retrieved 4 July 2009. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article2571055.ece
  18. ^"The silencing of Ned Sherrin", Daily Mail, 23 March 2007, retrieved 20 October 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-443476/The-silencing-Ned-Sherrin.html