Famed for cartoon strips; ‘THE FOSDYKE SAGA’ (Daily Mirror) and ‘THE CLOGGIES’ (Private Eye), ‘DR. WHITTLE’ (General Practitioner), which ran for over 25 years and ‘KEGBUSTER’ still appearing in CAMRA’s monthly magazine, ‘What’s Brewing?’ He also regularly contributes to Classic FM magazine, Private Eye, The Oldie and Punch.
His love of archaeology also reflects in his professional life, as he is a contributing cartoonist to three archaeological magazines; BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY, ANTIQUITY and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA.
Bill has appeared on many shows; ‘COUNTDOWN’, ‘WATERCOLOUR CHALLENGE’ & ‘COLLECTOR’S LOT’ (C4), ‘THROUGH THE KEYHOLE’ (twice!) & ALPHABET GAME (BBC) ‘OPEN HOUSE’ (C5) & “SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE’ (R4). He wrote and presented ‘TIDY UP WALSALL’, TIDY UP NAPLES’ ‘THREE DAYS LAST SUMMER and ‘DRAW ME’, a 13 part children''s’ TV series. Has guest presented; ‘FOOD FILE’ (C4), ‘COUNTRYFILE’ (BBC) and ‘SKY SPORTS’ Saturday morning show. He has also been a recipient of ‘THIS IS YOUR LIFE’.
Bill has the totally amazing ability to turn his hand to any subject, offering unique visual communication during his thrilling after dinner, training or product presentations. This put along side his phenomenally ‘quick on the draw’ humour, enthrall audiences again and again and many leading companies such as STENA LINES, PAGE & MOY, LLOYDSTSB, JCB, ICI call for his services. Advertising & PR groups seek his help in their campaigns; sales conference speaking, product launches, open days etc. Clients include EASYJET, YAKULT, BATCHELORS, BT, EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT & MARKS AND SPENCER.
Writer of more than 20 books and illustrator of over 70; ‘THE WORLD’S WORST GOLF CLUB’, his autobiography ‘IS THERE ANY NEWS OF THE ICEBERG?’, ‘BILL TIDY’S BOOK OF QUOTATIONS’, DISGRACEFUL ARCHAEOLOGY’ with Dr. Paul Bahn and most recently, ‘THE GREATEST CRICKETER OF THEM ALL’, volume one of a series of Sporting Legends. Bill also writes and illustrates children''s books.
Bill Tidy designed board games, ventriloquist dummies, stage sets and the ‘IT’S A KNOCKOUT’ trophy; receiving Granada TV’s ‘CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR’ award in 1974 and ‘SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS’ award in 1980.
Bill Tidy also offers exclusive personalised cartoon publicity in the form of original limited editions, Christmas cards and calendars specifically aimed at companies, tailoring each drawing to their corporate identity. Clients include VIRGIN HOLIDAYS, HALIFAX PROPERTY SERVICES, BOOTS, BASS BREWERS, HOLIDAY INN and AUTOGLASS.
Bill was awarded a MBE in 2000 and has been a member of The Lord’s Taverners for 30 years. Hobbies include supporting Everton FC and cultivating peas and beans in his garden.
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