Jon Magnusson
OccupationTelevision producer, writer and director

Jon Magnusson (born May 1965)[1] is a British producer, writer and director. He is the son of Magnus Magnusson, the original presenter of Mastermind and Mamie Baird, a journalist, and a brother of TV presenter Sally Magnusson.

Magnusson produced the medical sketch show Struck Off and Die,[2] several editions of the spoof radio panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, and episodes of the sketch series Bremner, Bird and Fortune[3] and Alas Smith and Jones[4] on television.

He has a long involvement with Graham Norton, as producer of So Graham Norton (1999), Graham Norton's Bigger Picture (2005), and series producer of The Graham Norton Show (2009–2018).[3][5][6]

Magnusson was awarded a BAFTA for Best Entertainment Programme or Series for The Graham Norton Show in 2013,[7] and for So Graham Norton in 2001,[8] and was nominated for the same award for the same programme in 2000.[8] Magnusson was also nominated for another BAFTA, the Best Light Entertainment award, for impressionist show Rory Bremner, Who Else?[8]

Magnusson credits Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones ("the Guv'nors") with teaching him to write comedy,[5] and has written for Bremner, Bird and Fortune and So Graham Norton.[3]


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  2. ^ Davies, Russell (14 June 1997). "A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 26 February 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Jon Magnusson (I)". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2018.[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "Smith & Jones (1984–1998) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2018.[unreliable source?]
  5. ^ a b "So who's the mastermind behind a TV success?". The Herald. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  6. ^ Williams, Zoe (29 September 2017). "'He's phenomenal': how Graham Norton became the undisputed talk show king". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Television Entertainment Programme in 2013". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Jon Magnusson Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 6 September 2018.[unreliable source?]