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Archer, Jeffrey Biography




biography of Archer, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Howard Archer
15 April 1940, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
5' 10"


-   'Mary Archer' (qv) (1966 - present); 2 children


-   Writes all his stories with a felt tip pen

-   Despite his criminal conviction at the Old Bailey, he retained his title of Lord Archer.

-   (July 19, 2001) Began a four year jail sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice, relating back to his successful 1987 libel action against the Daily Star tabloid newspaper. He was released in 2003 after serving half of his sentence.

-   The former MP and Conservative Party chairman was made a life peer by 'John Major' (qv)'s government in 1992.

-   Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 136, pages 8-15. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

-   Father of 'William Archer (II)' (qv) and James Archer.

-   His mother, Lola Cook, was born in Bristol in 1913 and lived in Sefton Park Road during her school years.


-   TV commercial for British Telecom.

-   (1989) His play, "Exclusive," was performed at the Strand Theatre in London, England with Paul Scofield, Eileen Atkins, Alec McCowen, Jeffry Wickham, and Steven Pacey in the cast. Michael Rudman was director.

-   (September 1987) His play, "Beyond Reasonable Doubt," was performed at the Queens Theatre in London, England with Frank Finlay, Wendy Craig, David Langton, Jeffry Wickham, and Andrew Cruickshank in the cast. David Gilmore was director.

-   (2000) Stage Play: The Accused

-   (1977) Novel: Shall We Tell the President?

-   (1980) Novel: Kane and Abel (filmed as 'Kane & Abel (1985)')

-   (1982) Novel: The Prodigal Daughter

-   (2002) Non-Fiction Book: Prison Diary 1. Hell - Belmarsh

-   (2003) Non-Fiction Book: Prison Diary 2. Purgatory - Wayland

-   (2004) Non-Fiction Book: Prison Diary 3. Heaven - North Sea Camp

-   (1976) Novel: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (filmed as 'Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990)')

-   (1984) Novel: First Among Equals (filmed as 'First Among Equals (1986)')

-   (1986) Novel: A Matter of Honour

-   (1991) Novel: As the Crow Flies

-   (1993) Novel: Honour Among Thieves

-   (1996) Novel: The Fourth Estate

-   (1998) Novel: The Eleventh Commandment

-   (2002) Novel: Sons of Fortune

-   (2013) Novel in the Clifton Chronicles: Best Kept Secret

-   (2012) Novel in the Clifton Chronicles: The Sins of the Father

-   (2011) Novel in the Clifton Chronicles: Only Time Will Tell

-   (1981) Children's book: Willy and the Killer Kipper

-   (1980) Children's book: Willy Visits the Square World

-   (1980) Children's book: By Royal Appointment

-   (1980) Children's book: The First Miracle

-   (2011) Editor: The New Collected Short Stories

-   (2010) Editor: And Thereby Hangs a Tale

-   (2006) Editor: Cat O'Nine Tales

-   (2000) Editor: To Cut a Long Story Short

-   (1997) Editor: The Collected Short Stories

-   (1994) Editor: Twelve Red Herrings

-   (1991) Short Stories Collection: Fools, Knaves, and Heroes: Great Political Short

-   (1989) Short Stories Collection: A Twist in the Tale

-   (1980) Short Stories Collection: A Quiver Full of Arrows

-   (2013) Novel: Best Kept Secret

-   (2012) Novel: The Sins of the Father

-   (2011) Novel: Only Time Will Tell

-   (2009) Novel: Paths of Glory

-   (2008) Novel: A Prisoner of Birth

-   (2007) Novel: The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot With Francis J. Moloney

-   (2005) Novel: False Impression


-   [March 1990, on his political career] Perhaps the Prime Minister will bring me back at some stage. I hope so - I want to do something useful for the next 20 years.


-   (July 2001) Given four year jail sentence after being found guilty of perjury.

-   (July 2003) Released from prison after serving half of his sentence.


-   "The Observer Magazine" (UK), 8 March 2009, pg. 12 - 13, by: Elizabeth Day (interview) Richard Saker (photograph), "This Much I Know"

-   "The Sun" (UK), 2 October 2002, pg. 9, by: Neil Syson, "Archer in £2m lies payback"

-   "The Sun" (UK), 28 September 2002, pg. 1+4-5, by: John Kay, "Archer's lunch with jail boss"

-   "The Daily Express" (England, UK), 18 September 2000, pg. 11, by: Peter Florence, "Why we love serendipity"

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  1. Frost on Interviews (2012) (TV)
  2. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2010-05-20)}
  3. "This Week" (2003) {(2010-04-29)}
  4. "Mornings with Kerri-Anne" (2002) {(2008-04-08)}
  5. "Profiling" (2008) {Colin Dexter (#1.3)}
  6. "Profiling" (2008) {P.D. James (#1.4)}
  7. The Shackles of Sherlock (2007) (TV)
  8. "Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway" (2007) {(#1.1)}
  9. "Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway" (2007) {(#1.2)}
  10. "Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway" (2007) {(#1.3)}
  11. "Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway" (2007) {(#1.4)}
  12. "Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway" (2007) {(#1.5)}
  13. "Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway" (2007) {(#1.6)}
  14. "Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway" (2007) {(#1.7)}
  15. "Room 101" (1994) {(#11.4)}
  16. "The Dame Edna Treatment" (2007) {Dame Edna's 50th Anniversary Special (#1.7)}
  17. "The Verdict" (2007) {Day 1 (#1.1)}
  18. "The Verdict" (2007) {Day 2 (#1.2)}
  19. "The Verdict" (2007) {Day 3 (#1.3)}
  20. "The Verdict" (2007) {Day 4 (#1.4)}
  21. "The Verdict" (2007) {Day 5 (#1.5)}
  22. Adventures for Boys: John Buchan - Master of Suspense (2006) (TV)
  23. "Richard & Judy" (2001) {(2006-02-27)}
  24. "Sunday AM" (2005) {(#1.23)}
  25. "Good Morning Australia" (1993) {(2005-12-05)}
  26. "Have I Got News for You" (1990) {(#30.7)}
  27. 25 Years of Question Time (2004) (TV)
  28. Hand to Hand (2004)
  29. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
  30. "Room 101" (1994) {(#5.1)}
  31. An Audience with Tom Jones (1999) (TV)
  32. "Breakfast with Frost" (1993) {(1999-09-05)}
  33. "Heroes of Comedy" (1995) {Barry Humphries (#4.5)}
  34. "The Sunday Programme" (1994) {(1999-09-19)}
  35. "My Favourite Hymns" (1998)
  36. "Heroes of Comedy" (1995) {Tony Hancock (#3.4)}
  37. "The London Programme" (1975) {The Candidate}
  38. "The Sunday Programme" (1994) {(1998-03-08)}
  39. Dennis Pennis R.I.P. (1997) (V)
  40. Election 97 (1997) (TV)
  41. Jim Davidson Xposed (1997) (V)
  42. Remembering Diana Princess of Wales (1997) (V)
  43. The Private Life of Princess Diana (1997) (TV)
  44. "Very Important Pennis" (1995) {Very Important Pennis: Part 3 (#1.4)}
  45. Happy Birthday Shirley (1996) (TV)
  46. "The Sunday Programme" (1994) {(1995-04-09)}
  47. "Question Time" (1979) {(1994-01-20)}
  48. Election 92 (1992) (TV)
  49. "Question Time" (1979) {(1991-02-14)}
  50. "The Dame Edna Experience" (1987) {(#2.4)}
  51. "The Dame Edna Experience" (1987) {(#2.5)}
  52. "The Dame Edna Experience" (1987) {(#2.6)}
  53. "The Groovy Fellers" (1989) {(#1.6)}
  54. One More Audience with Dame Edna Everage (1988) (TV)
  55. Election 1987 (1987) (TV)
  56. "The Dame Edna Experience" (1987) {(#1.2)}
  57. "Panorama" (1953) {Message to Maggie}
  58. "Question Time" (1979) {(1986-06-12)}
  59. Bestseller (1985) (TV)
  60. "Panorama" (1953) {Maggie's Market Forces}
  61. "Question Time" (1979) {(1985-03-14)}
  62. "The Diana Dors Show" (1981) {(#1.5)}
  63. "This Is Your Life" (1969) {Jeffrey Archer (#12.14)}

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