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Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up comedian on the British comedy circuit and on national tours since 1983. For Radio 4, he has written and performed four series of The Mark Steel Solution. A fourth series of The Mark Steel Lecture is on its way and will also be shown on BBC4 for the first time.
third series of The Mark Steel Lecture was a collection of absorbing,
half-hour profiles of historical figures. Mark delved into the lives
of people whose passionate ideas inspired their generation including:
romantic poet Lord Byron; the father of modern philosophy Aristotle;
artist Leonardo Da Vinci; jazz singer Billie Holiday; the revolutionary
Che Guevara and our most revered socialist Karl Marx.
"The second best book I have read about growing up under Thatcher and Major" - John O'Farrell
Mark's first book, It's Not A Runner Bean - Dispatches from a Slightly Successful Comedian, charts Mark's career as a skint comedian, on the comedy circuit in the eighties and nineties.
Mark has also hosted the BBC Radio 5 sports programme Extra Time, produced a weekly column for The Guardian and now does so for The Independent.