Richard Ingrams

Richard Ingrams

Richard Ingrams (born August 19, 1937) was a co-founder and second editor of the British satirical magazine "Private Eye", taking over from Christopher Booker in 1963. He now edits "The Oldie" magazine.


Ingrams' parents were Leonard St Clair Ingrams and Victoria (née Reid), who had three other sons; the banker and opera impresario Leonard Ingrams (1941–2005) was one of Ingrams' brothers. Ingrams attended the preparatory school West Downs in Winchester and Shrewsbury School, where he first met Willie Rushton and edited the school magazine. Before attending Oxford, he did his National Service in the army ranks after failing his interview for officer training, something which was unusual for someone from his background at the time. At University College, Oxford, where he read Classics, he shared tutorials with Robin Butler, later Cabinet Secretary and a pillar of the Establishment. At University College, more importantly though he met Paul Foot, another former Shrewsbury pupil, who was to be a life-long friend, and whose biography Ingrams eventually wrote after Foot's early death.

Along with several other Old Salopians, including Willie Rushton, Ingrams founded "Private Eye" in the early 1960s - a classic case, he claimed on "Desert Island Discs" in 2008, of the "old boy network". "Private Eye" was part of the "satire boom" of the early 1960s, which included the television show "That Was The Week That Was", for which Ingrams wrote, and The Establishment nightclub, run by Peter Cook. When "Private Eye" ran into financial problems Cook was able to gain a majority shareholding on the proceeds of his brief, but financially successful venture.

After Ingrams vacated the editor's chair at the "Eye" in 1986, Ian Hislop took over at this point, he created in 1992 and still edits "The Oldie", a now monthly humorous lifestyle and issues magazine mainly aimed at the older generation. He is still Chairman of "Private Eye", working there every Monday,Rob McGibbon [ "Richard Ingrams interview",] "Press Gazette" 15th December 2005.] and, his partner wrote at the turn of the decade, spends four days a week in London. [Deborah Bosley [ "Country living stinks",] "New Statesman", 26 June 2000. Retrieved on 3 August 2008.]

He was a regular on the radio panel quiz "The News Quiz" for its first two decades and contributed a column to "The Observer" for eighteen years. In late 2005 he moved to "The Independent", and considers "The Observer" to have gone downhill, particularly as a consequence of its support for the Iraq war.

Private Life

Ingrams married Mary Morgan in 1962; they had three children: a son, Fred, who is an artist, a second son, Arthur, who was disabled and died in childhood, and a daughter, Margaret Ford, who died of a heroin overdose in Brighton in early 2004.

By 1993 he had become involved with Deborah Bosley, a former head waitress at the Groucho Club and an author,>Elizabeth Grice [ "'AA keeps me sober - most of the time'",] "Daily Telegraph", 9 Nobember 2000. Retrieved on 3 August 2008.] who is his junior by several decades. Bosley left him when Ingrams refused to have a child with her. Bosley found a new partner, and had a son with him, but they soon split up and Bosley returned to live with Ingrams.Michael Leapman [ "The New Statesman Profile - Richard Ingrams",] 11 March 2002. Retrieved on 3 August 2008.]

Ingrams is a church-going Anglican who plays the organ in his local church in Aldworth, Berkshire each Sunday. The Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust was formed under the patronage of Ingrams and the then Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie.

A biography, "Richard Ingrams: Lord of the Gnomes" (ISBN-10: 0434778281) by Harry Thompson was published in 1994.


ee also

* Paul Foot
* Private Eye
* The Oldie

External links

* [ Richard Ingrams interview]
* [ The Oldie]

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