Griff Rhys Jones
Griff joined the BBC as a trainee radio producer working with Frankie Howerd and David Jason. Having played many roles in the first series of Not The Nine O’Clock News, he was brought in as a regular member of the cast. Griff went on to found Talkback Productions alongside Mel Smith, producing their own shows (include Alas Smith And Jones) and those of other performers.
He continued to work in the theatre, primarily in comedy and farce, winning Olivier awards for best comedy performance in Charley’s Aunt (1984) and An Absolute Turkey (1994). Griff is also known for writing and as a TV presenter of documentaries such as Thomas Hardy and The Wind in the Willow. Griff also took over as presenter of It’ll Be Alright on the Night in 2008. He has made many documentary series, including Mountain, which won a Scottish BAFTA in 2007, Greatest Cities (2008), Rivers (2009), Hidden Treasures (2011), Britain’s Lost Routes (2012) and a Great Welsh Adventure (2014). He is currently on tour, where he explores the subject of travel.