Blackadder creator to be patron of Jersey Arts Centre
JOHN Lloyd, the television producer behind many of Britain’s most cherished programmes including Blackadder, Spitting Image and QI, has been announced as Jersey Art Centre’s honorary patron for the next five years.
Mr Lloyd (66), who performed his anecdotal show The Venerable Beeb in Jersey during the JAC’s 35th birthday celebrations in January, has agreed to take on the honorary position through to 2023.
The role will see Mr Lloyd, who also co-created the classic satirical BBC series Not the Nine O’Clock News, attend JAC-run events and perform at least once a year in the Island during his tenure.
Mr Lloyd told the JEP he was ‘very pleased and honoured’ to take on the role.
Daniel Austin, Jersey Arts Centre director, said he was thrilled that Mr Lloyd had accepted the invitation.
‘We had such a terrific time with John Lloyd at [the] Festival 35 Weekend that it seemed natural to invite him to spend more time at Jersey Arts Centre,’ Mr Austin said.
‘We were delighted when he agreed to be our honorary patron for the next five years and we can’t wait until he is here next.’
He added: ‘His body of work speaks for itself and our audiences will have more exciting experiences at the theatre.’
Mr Lloyd, who was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours for his services to broadcasting, currently hosts BBC Radio Four’s The Museum of Curiosity, a spin-off from the QI television series.
He also co-wrote the fifth and sixth episodes of the first radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with Douglas Adams, and he has produced dozens of TV advertisements. Through his advertising work he has won more Bafta Awards than anyone in the world except actress Dame Judi Dench.