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Edward George "Ned" Sherrin CBE (18 February 1931 – 1 October 2007) was an Englishmarker 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.

Early life

Born in a farming family at Low Hammarker in the Somerset Levels, Sherrin attended Sexey's Schoolmarker, in Brutonmarker, Somersetmarker. Although he read law at Exeter College, Oxfordmarker and subsequently qualified as a barrister, he became involved in theatre at Oxfordmarker and joined British television at the founding of independent television in 1956, producing shows for ATV in Birminghammarker.


Sherrin joined the BBC in 1957 as a temporary production assistant, then began working for them as a producer in "Television Talks" in 1963. 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 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 Londonmarker's West Endmarker, 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.

On BBC Radio 4, from 1986, he presented a light entertainment show on Saturday evenings called Loose Ends, and Counterpoint, a quiz show about all types of music, until forced off the air when his voice succumbed to throat cancer.

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.

Personal life

Openly gay, he was a patron of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra. Sherrin was awarded a CBE in the 1997 New Year’s honours list.He was diagnosed with unilateral vocal cord paralysis in January 2007 and died of complications of throat cancer on 1 October 2007, aged 76.

Selected works


  1. Bio: Ned Sherrin
  2. Olivier Award winners for 1984

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