David Graeme Garden is a British comedy
writer and performer. He is also qualified as a medical
doctor and an accomplished actor, television director
He went to Repton public school and Emmanuel, Cambridge
where he joined the Footlights, performing at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival in 1962, and in Cambridge Circus (1963),
which went on to tour London and New York.
Graeme Garden qualified in medicine at King's College,
London, and some of the television series he has written
for have a medical theme including Doctor in the House
(1969) and Surgical Spirit (1994). He has also presented
three series of the BBC's health magazine Bodymatters.
He was co-writer and perfomer in the classic BBC
radio comedy show, I'm Sorry, I'll Read that Again
(1965), and on television The Goodies (1970-1982).
He was also the voice of the title character, General
Blight and Maurice in the children's animated series
called Bananaman (1983), which also featured his fellow
Goodies and parodied comic book super-heroes.
Graeme Garden is a participator in the long running
BBC Radio improvisation show I'm Sorry I Haven't A
Clue (ISIHAC), on which he is a permanent panellist.
He also stars in and co-writes You'll Have Had Your
Tea, a direct spin-off of ISIHAC, and has contributed
to several books from the series including guides to
the game Mornington Crescent. Garden is chair of the
spoof radio game show Beat The Kids. He has also appeared
on the UK version of the television series Whose Line
Is It Anyway?, which has a similar format.
He has a successful stage career, and has acted in
several National Theatre productions, as well as London's
West End. He has also acted in several BBC Radio Four
comedy drama series, and television drama including
Peak Practice and Holby City. He appeared in Bang-Bang-a-Boom!,
a spin off audio drama based on the BBC science fiction
television series Doctor Who by Big Finish Productions.
He also appeared in the politico sitcom, Yes, Minister.
Garden co-chairs Beat The Nation, a Channel 4 game
show, with Tim Brooke-Taylor, who he has also worked
with in many other comedy shows.
He lives in Oxfordshire with his family, his leisure
interests include painting and playing the banjo. His
son, John Garden plays the keyboard for the Scissor