Griff Rhys Jones, OBE: Comedian has gone on to write books and make documentaries. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter, he will be presented the honour for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. By A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and … Two years later he presented another 5 episode documentary series Return to a Pembrokeshire Farm which was broadcast on BBC4 in September/ October 2009. Rhys Jones has continued his acting career, having roles in Casualty and Agatha Christie's Marple as well as starring in Russell T Davies' drama series Mine All Mine on ITV. “In the big cities of Britain, the problem is they’ve turned some of them into wastelands that close at 5.30pm and they can’t quite work out why nobody wants to go there at all anymore.”. "[41] He started running as a leisure pursuit in his early forties. Mr Rhys Jones became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith And Jones. In 2008, he presented two programmes called Losing It which were shown on BBC Two, in which he discussed his own problems with anger management. In January 2012, Rhys Jones returned to sketch comedy at the BBC alongside "some of the biggest names in TV", including Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander and Larry Lamb, for one of a three episode series in which comedy legends take to the stage for a mix of stand-up and sketches. [33], Rhys Jones released the book in 2003, saying of the experience: "As a child you go out and play and you lose all track of time and space. They eventually sold the company to Pearson for £62 million. In 2005, Rhys Jones created his own production company 'Modern Television',[14] which has since made a number of productions with Rhys Jones as presenter[15] and executive producer. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and … When Smith died in the summer of 2013, Rhys Jones wrote a moving piece about his comedy partner in the Radio Times, saying it was "sheer bliss" to perform with Mel.[13]. in London's West End from 14 December 2009 until 8 January 2011. He starred as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Oliver! He presented a seasonal documentary, Charles Dickens and the Invention of Christmas, which was broadcast on 23 December 2007 on BBC One. By about 11 o'clock, everybody goes to another planet and you're not there with them, so I tend to avoid that sort of thing. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. Release date: 01 August 2019. In 2002, Rhys Jones starred in a series of adaptations of comedic stories by Nikolai Gogol broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (subsequently re-broadcast on BBC Radio 7 and BBC Radio 4 Extra) under the umbrella title of Three Ivans, Two Aunts and an Overcoat. [47], A resident of East Anglia, Rhys Jones was awarded an honorary degree by the University of East Anglia in 2002. After the first series, the pair appeared on the big screen in Mike Hodges' sci fi comedy movie Morons from Outer Space and then in 1989, the LWT production Wilt. As he collects an OBE, Griff Rhys Jones says: “This recognition is for all civic societies” President of Civic Voice, Griff Rhys Jones was honoured on Thursday with an OBE for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charities and entertainment. Rhys Jones came to national attention in the 1980s for his work in the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner, Mel Smith. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. [8] He wrote to eight of the Canadians afterwards. [2], Rhys Jones went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting work. The entertainer is the president of Civic Voice, a charity that promotes civic pride and the importance of town and city centres. Alfie Boe, Griff Rhys Jones and Bear Grylls are among the names who are being recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019. Rhys Jones was himself succeeded in 2018 by David Walliams. He said the investiture ceremony on Thursday was “rather an amazing thing” and that he had enjoyed meeting others who were also receiving honours. The riverway is so beautiful and unspoilt, especially with the wildlife and water-lilies and bullrushes, it is just terrific. In the early 1980s he worked on the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith & Jones alongside Mel Smith. He also played Toad in The Wind in the Willows at the National Theatre in 1990, as well as a number of other theatre roles. The accolade is based on … The celebrated performer had a long working partnership with Mel Smith. “Everywhere you go in London there are shops, but you walk 20 yards and there are people living. Some cities outside of London have centres that become deserted at the end of the working day, Mr Rhys Jones said. Rhys Jones was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1984 (1983 season) for Best Comedy Performance in Charley's Aunt and in 1994 (1993 season) for Best Comedy Performance for his performance in An Absolute Turkey. Griff Rhys Jones has spoken of his hatred towards increasingly politically correct comedy during an appearance on Steph's Packed Lunch this week. The first programme starring Rhys Jones aired in 2008. The 66-year-old was speaking after collecting an OBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace for his services to charity and entertainment. Griff Rhys Jonesin titteli on jatkossa Brittiläisen imperiumin upseeri (Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE). In December 2015, it was announced that Rhys Jones would present Griff's Great Britain, a new eight-part series for ITV. Griff Rhys Jones, who received an OBE for his services to charity and entertainment, hopes his online auction will help raise lots of funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Image: Getty Images)He once helped raise £17million to restore the Hackney … Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter, he will be presented the honour for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Griff Rhys Jones was made an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge (Jonathan Brady/PA) He added that there should be “more of a focus” in the UK on making towns and cities “good enough to live in”. Griff Rhys Jones, who received an OBE for his services to charity and entertainment, hopes his online auction will help raise lots of funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Image: Getty Images) He once helped raise £17million to restore the Hackney Empire so if anyone should know about charity fundraising, it’s actor Griff Rhys Jones. Griff Rhys Jones, Actor: Not the Nine O'Clock News. Some cities outside of London have centres that become deserted at the end of the working day, Mr Rhys Jones said. The 66-year-old was given the honour for services to entertainment and charity. [33], He was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Glamorgan, the University of Essex[7] and an honorary D.Litt from Anglia Ruskin University. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. The celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter began his comedy career at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the famous Footlights drama club. [7], After a short spell working as a petrol pump attendant, Rhys Jones gained a gap year job on the P&O ship Uganda, working for a company organising school trips. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and … Rhys Jones says, "I am a strong supporter of the River Stour Trust and everything to do with it. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. He is an actor and writer, known for Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979), The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt (1989) and The 1977 Cambridge Footlights Revue (1977). Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones OBE at the launch of the Town of Culture programme in Bury (Image: Manchester Evening News). [9], Rhys Jones read History and English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating with a 2:1. ©Copyright 2001-2021. [39], In May 2014, Rhys Jones was executive producer on his production company's debut BBC drama A Poet in New York starring Tom Hollander as Dylan Thomas. [10], Rhys Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment. Credit: PA:Press Association. Rhys Jones has developed a career as a television presenter, beginning as the co-host on several Comic Relief programmes. Griffith Rhys Jones OBE (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor, and television presenter. Griff Rhys Jones, Actor: Not the Nine O'Clock News. "[9], His early life has been captured in his autobiography, Semi-Detached, published in 2006 by Penguin Books. Griff Rhys Jones was born on November 16, 1953 in Cardiff, Wales as Griffith Rhys Jones. He said that when you walk around Salford in Greater Manchester it is like “walking around in an architect’s drawing and not feeling very wanted”. A second series featuring Rome, Sydney and Hong Kong was broadcast in April and May 2010. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. [citation needed], An active conservationist, Rhys Jones is the president of Civic Voice, the national organisation representing Britain's civic societies. [37], Rhys Jones is a Vice-President of the Victorian Society and has done much to publicise their Top Ten Endangered Buildings. It’s about people feeling good about the locality that they have and the things that they need, the small shops around them,” he said. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. Griff Rhys Jones has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List Picture: JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIRE Comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones will be made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. [6] Rhys Jones attended Conifers Primary School in Midhurst, West Sussex, junior school in Epping, Essex, and Brentwood School, also in Essex. The accolade is based on … Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. Rhys Jones filled in several minor roles in the first series of Not the Nine O'Clock News, and was brought in as a regular cast member from the second series onwards, replacing Chris Langham. The Nation's darling, Griff Rhys Jones OBE @griffrhysjones charms us with his reading of The Quangle Wangle‘s Hat, by Edward Lear. He is married to Jo Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979), The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt (1989) and Alas Smith & Jones (1984). [22], During July to August 2009, Rhys Jones presented the BBC programme Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones. Alun chats to Griff about his upcoming performances in Winchester and the Isle of Wight. In his autobiography, Semi-Detached, he describes how he was charged with helping to look after 600 Canadian schoolgirls, followed by a similar number of younger Scottish schoolchildren, and refers to the experience as being like "St Trinians at sea". Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. [4], Griffith Rhys Jones was born on 16 November 1953 in Cardiff, the son of Gwynneth Margaret (née Jones) and Elwyn Rhys Jones,[5] a medical doctor. It also featured a special guest appearance by former comedy partner Mel Smith in a new Head to Head sketch, referring many times to it having been 16 years since their last.[12]. [45], A former heavy drinker, Rhys Jones is a teetotaller: "I don't drink so going to a party can become very tedious. [18], Rhys Jones has also created and presented programmes about Arthur Ransome,[19] Thomas Hardy,[20] John Betjeman[21] and Rudyard Kipling. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter, he will be presented the honour for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Their final television appearance together was a Head To Head routine for the special of 2012 The One Griff Rhys-Jones. [citation needed], Rhys Jones won Olivier awards for best comedy performance in Charley's Aunt (1984) and An Absolute Turkey (1994), and appeared at the National Theatre as Toad in The Wind in the Willows in 1990. Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event. They have two children. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE.A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter, This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. The 66-year-old was speaking after collecting an OBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace for his services to charity and entertainment. An evening planned to spend watching his hero Frankie Howerd at the invitation of friends Clive Anderson and Rory McGrath, who were writing the show at the time, resulted in Rhys Jones replacing the show's producer, who had suffered from a stress-related illness from dealing with the comedian. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter, he will be presented the honour for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. “The future is not about loads of cars and huge car parks and everybody coming in. His family moved due to his father's occupation to West Sussex when Rhys Jones was six months old. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter, he will be presented the honour for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones ‘humbled’ as he collects OBE UK News Published: Dec 19, 2019 Last Updated: Dec 20, 2019 The 66-year-old was given … Griffith Rhys Jones OBE (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor, and television presenter. [43], Around 2011, he bought a 1948 57-foot (17 m) wooden yacht, Argyll, which he races at various regattas, including the Fastnet Race. On 29 April 2012, Rhys Jones guest presented an episode of Perspectives on ITV, his chosen subject being Wind in the Willows. Griff Rhys Jones OBE. [46], In August 2014, Rhys Jones was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue. He provided the voices on the series of short cartoons Funnybones, for which he also sang the theme tune. The first series, featuring London, New York City and Paris, aired on primetime ITV in October 2008. He presented Bookworm from 1994 to 2000, was the presenter of the BBC's Restoration programme and has done a considerable amount of fundraising work for the Hackney Empire theatre conservation project. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. A CELEBRATED comedian and TV presenter with a special connection to the Dedham Vale has been honoured with an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. His book to accompany the BBC One series Mountain was published in July 2007. Olivia Colman will receive an CBE for her services to drama, under her real name Sarah Sinclair. Griff Rhys Jones has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List Picture: JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIRE Comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones will be made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. His documentary series Mountain, for which he climbed 15 British peaks during 2006,[17] was broadcast on BBC One 29 July–26 August 2007. Rhys Jones became a regular from the commissioned second series. [41][42] Rhys Jones owned Undina, the 45-foot (14 m), fifty-year-old wooden sailing yacht which was used in Three Men in Another Boat; he spent £500,000 on her restoration and in 2013 stated she was for sale for £195,000, "probably less". Griff Rhys Jones pictured after being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. A celebrated comedian, writer, actor and presenter, he will be presented the honour for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. [36], Rhys Jones provided the voice over for Brentwood School's 450th anniversary DVD, reading a script written by fellow Old Brentwoodian Jonathan Ruffle. The 66-year-old was given the honour for services to entertainment and charity. Griff Rhys Jones was made an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge (Jonathan Brady/PA) He said: “I have got this not really for myself but for the whole civic movement and I am really pleased to do that.” He added that there should be “more of a focus” in the UK on making towns and cities “good enough to live in”. They were both about the renovation of a farm in Pembrokeshire which he had purchased with a view to restoring them and giving them a new purpose. [34], During 1999 to 2001, Rhys Jones featured in television adverts for the Vauxhall range of cars, as a "boffin". Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. A Gannett Company. Speaking after the presentation by Prince William, Griff Rhys Jones OBE … As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. As he collects an OBE, Griff Rhys Jones says: “This recognition is for all civic societies” President of Civic Voice, Griff Rhys Jones was honoured on Thursday with an OBE for services to the National Civic Society Movement, charities and entertainment. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. It's harder and harder to attain that blissful state of absorption as you get older. In April 2001, he was dismissed by Vauxhall, after an embarrassing advert for the Vauxhall VX220. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/comedian-griff-rhys-jones-humbled-064614577.html Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has called for a greater focus on improving the standard of living in towns and cities outside London. [citation needed], Rhys Jones has written or co-written many of the programmes he has appeared in, and a number of spin-off books. Some cities outside of London have centres that become deserted at the end of the working day, Mr Rhys Jones said. Griff Rhys Jones OBE comes to the South! He added that there should be “more of a focus” in the UK on making towns and cities “good enough to live in”. Richard and Judy -sarjassa. “I know it is an honour as it is called an honour, but it is also an honour to get one.”, Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. [51][52], Rhys Jones returned to his mother's roots in Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taff for the purposes of an episode of the BBC One series Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast on 20 September 2007. [48] He is also a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama,[49] the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of his alma mater, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Speaking after the presentation by Prince William, Griff Rhys Jones OBE … [26], Rhys Jones presented Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones[27] on BBC One from 30 May to 20 June 2012. In 1981, Rhys Jones along with Mel Smith founded Talkback, a production company which produced many of the most popular British comedy series of the past two decades, including Smack the Pony, Da Ali G Show, I'm Alan Partridge, They Think It's All Over, QI and Big Train. "[citation needed], In June 2008, it was announced that Rhys Jones was to become the President of Civic Voice, the nationwide charity that campaigns for better places in the built and green environment. Press Association 2020. Duration: 13 minutes He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner, Mel Smith. [10], After Cambridge, Rhys Jones then joined BBC Radio Light Entertainment as a trainee producer, with his output including the satirical show Week Ending and Brain of Britain.[11]. [29], In 2014, Rhys Jones fronted an eight-part ITV documentary series entitled A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones. Griff Rhys Jones Essential Media Group has launched a production base in New Zealand which has landed its first commission: a factual series fronted by Welsh comedian and TV travel presenter Griff Rhys Jones. The celebrated performer had a long working partnership with Mel Smith. 10. The 66-year-old was given the honour for services to entertainment and charity. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. [30], From 10 April 2015, he introduced a five-part documentary series for ITV, Slow Train Through Africa, taking in life on and off trains from Morocco to South Africa, by way of Algeria, Tunisia, Kenya and Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.[31]. In 2002, he started writing a book called To the Baltic with Bob, describing his adventures on the high seas with his sailing friend Bob, as they make their way to Saint Petersburg, port by port. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. The 66-year-old was speaking after collecting an OBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace for his services to charity and entertainment. [50] In 2009 he was honoured by his father's former university, the University of Wales College of Medicine (now part of Cardiff University). Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. Griff Rhys Jones was born on November 16, 1953 in Cardiff, Wales as Griffith Rhys Jones. Griff Rhys Jones was made an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge (Jonathan Brady/PA) He said: “I have got this not really for myself but for the whole civic movement and I am really pleased to do that.” He added that there should be “more of a focus” in the UK on making towns and cities “good enough to live in”. 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The 66-year-old was speaking after collecting an OBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace for his services to charity and entertainment. After Not the Nine O'Clock News, Mel Smith and Rhys Jones decided to create and write more material together, and to start a management company. They have two children. The 66-year-old was speaking after collecting an OBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace for his services to charity and entertainment. Griff Rhys Jones gets an OBE for services to National Civic Society Movement, charity and entertainment Olivia Colman and Griff Rhys Jones are among those named in the Queen's Birthday Honours. I did a six-month sailing trip to St Petersburg with some mates just to get it back. [23] which featured on the cover of Radio Times[24], In 2010, Rhys Jones presented a programme called The Prince's Welsh Village that featured Prince Charles. The couple have two children, and live between homes in London (previously in Islington, now in a Grade I listed house in London's Fitzrovia in the West End) and Holbrook in Suffolk. Griff is a presenter, writer and broadcaster. It'll be Alright on the Night returned with Rhys Jones as the new presenter, taking over from Denis Norden. Rhys Jones on esiintynyt paljon omana itsenään, mm. He said: “I have got this not really for myself but for the whole civic movement and I am really pleased to do that.”. Griff Rhys Jones, who became a household name in the 1980s with Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, will receive an OBE. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. The 66-year-old was speaking after collecting an OBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace for his services to charity and entertainment. With Smith, he co-founded the television production company Talkback Productions, now part of RTL Group and later in 2005, he started the production company Modern Television. He presented a documentary series with 5 episodes A Pembrokeshire Farm which was broadcast on BBC4 in July/August 2007. [32] The show began airing in January 2016. [43][44] He and Jo are keen gardeners, and he discussed their extensive garden in an October 2015 episode of BBC Gardeners' World, part of which was filmed there. In 2004, he led a demonstration at the Senate House in Cambridge University for the purpose of saving architecture as a degree in Cambridge. He later produced Rowan Atkinson's show The Atkinson People for the BBC and has appeared twice on Whose Line Is It Anyway? In the episode, he detailed early memories and stories of his grandparents' fruit and vegetable shop on the high street and his mother's childhood concert performances at Trerhondda Chapel. 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