Griff's relaunch - May 04
Griff Rhys Jones will be back to launch this years Restoration.
The Northern Ireland based BBC series which challenges teams
to restore ancient buildings returns to our screens soon with
last years presenter Griff Rhys Jones at the helm. This year
a lock keepers cottage is up against Northern Ireland's oldest
prison and Derry's Playhouse.
Griff's Restoration! - 15/09/03
Welsh comedian Griff Rhys Jones hosted the live television
programme that pledged to give £3.4m to restore a listed heritage
When you think of a celebrity that really cares for National
Heritage the first name to spring to mind is Griff, as he
spends a lot of time campaigning to save buildings of historical
and national importance. London's Hackney Empire - one of
the oldest music halls in the city, has benefited greatly
by Griff lending his support. So it was of no surprise to
find that he was at the helm of the BBC2 series called Restoration.
The many listed buildings in need of help were whittled down
to just ten - one being the oldest town house in Wales - Llanelly
House. But it was The Victoria Baths in Manchester that won
the vote, gaining £3.4m to be spent on its restoration to
splendour. Griff said the Restoration programme had been a
huge success. "It has put conservation concerns on the agenda,
and, I hope, entertained a lot of people on the way."
Save from ruin - 01/04/03
Islington based comedian and conservationist Griff Rhys Jones
will be giving the public the chance to save one of 30 historic
buildings across the UK - when he presents Restoration this
The new BBC2 programme is based on the UK's architectural
treasures. Each of the 30 buildings will have a celebrity
advocate who will highlight the reasons their particular structure
should be rescued from ruin. The winner, to be chosen from
10 finalists, will be chosen during a live show in September,
with the prize a multi-million-pound restoration project.
Griff 'Bridges the Gap' - 12/11/02
Islington resident Griff Rhys Jones was one of the celebrities
that joined over 1,200 people on the Bridge the Gap Charity
Walk in Cambridge.
The 4.5 mile walk was to raise money for the Arthur Rank House
cancer hospice and East Anglia's Children's Hospices. So far
the charity walk has pulled in an amazing £25,000 for the
charities. Griff was part of the walk along with comedian
Rory McGrath as they were both former students at Emmanuel
College, which is on the walk route.
They both took their friends and families on the walk, which
they enjoyed although Rory has said that he 'since he was
last seen entering the Clarendon Arms on route - he is still
technically on the walk!''
25/10/02 Cardiff born comedian, actor and broadcaster,
Griff Rhys Jones received an Honorary Graduate from the University
of East Anglia and had the packed Grand Hall of the Suffolk
College in stitches.
The 49 year-old is currently 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 St
Petersburg, port by port. This year they reached Copenhagen
where the boat is now stored and hope to complete the journey
next summer. In the meantime, there is a new series of the
BBC Radio 2 comedy series, The Griff Rhys Jones Show to write
and record, and a new televison series called Restoration,
where Griff helps the nation choose its favourite old building,
in the way he gently cajoled us into choosing our favourite
poem and artist.
Griff was born on the 6th November, 1953, in Cardiff. A bit
of a clever lad, he got into Cambridge University and that's
where his interest in performing really began and flourished.
He belonged to the famous thespian Cambridge Footlights Club,
even becoming it's Vice-President.
He has gone on to achieve huge success with his own unique
style and brand of comedy. He's one of Britains best loved
comedians, and made his name in first-class, ground-breaking
shows such as Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O'Clock News.
Also a 'serious' actor, he's kept up his love for treading
the boards and has appeared in countless stage productions
including The Alchemist and CharlieÕs Aunt at The Lyric, Hammersmith;
The Resistable Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Queens Theatre; Trumpets
And Raspberries at The Pheonix Theatre, too mention but a
few. Also a shrewd businessman he set up his own production
company, TalkBack, back in 1981 with Mel Smith. Talkback is
now one of the UK's leading independent production companies
and has made many award-winning shows, including The Day Today
and They Think It's all Over.
Griff works as an actor, director, writer and producer. He
is married to graphic designer June, and they divide their
time bewtween their London home in Islington and their country
pad in Sussex.
Despite the fame, the power, the money and glory he remains
a thouroughly decent bloke and every year he raises huge sums
of money for comic relief, as well as working for other charities.
For example, Griff chairs the £15 million Appeal Campaign
for the renovation of the beautiful London building The Hackney
Empire. He probably has some bad points but we can't seem
to find any!