David Baddiel began his career as a writer and comedian after graduating from Cambridge with a double first in English Literature in 1986, performing on the London stand-up comedy circuit and writing sketches for BBC Radio 4’s Weekending. He wrote a PhD thesis on Victorian sexuality and literature at University College London but never submitted it. Television credits include The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Fantasy Football League, Newman and Baddiel in Pieces, and three series of Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned.
His debut novel, Time for Bed, was published in 1995, his second novel, Whatever Love Means, was published in 1999 and his most recent The Secret Poppies was published in 2004. He also wrote and starred in the sitcom Baddiel’s Syndrome in 2001.
He was a judge for the Guardian First Book Award in 2000 and participated in the live discussion panel on BBC TV for the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Whitbread Book Awards. He was a panelist for the 2001 People’s Booker on BBC TV, and was a live commentator on the prize-night itself and went on to be part of the judging panel for the 2002 Man Booker Prize.