Richard Ingrams was born in 1937. His father was the head of Black Propaganda in the Second World War; his maternal grandfather was Queen Victoria's doctor. Educated at Shrewsbury and Oxford, Ingrams was one of the founders of Private Eye in 1961, becoming editor the following year, a post which he held for over twenty years. In 1992 he helped to launch The Oldie magazine which he edited until 2014. He has written regular weekly columns for the Observer and later the Independent and was a panellist on the BBC's News Quiz for many years. His books include biographies of William Cobbett and Malcolm Muggeridge, a memoir of John Stewart Collis and a number of anthologies including England, The Best of Beachcomber and Jesus: Authors Take Sides.