William Gladstone Stewart
(born July 15
, North East Lincolnshire
) is an English television producer
of comedy and game shows, now best known as the former presenter (and producer) of the Channel 4
quiz show Fifteen to One
Among the many shows he has produced or directed are Father, Dear Father
, Love Thy Neighbour
, Bless This House
, My Good Woman
, Spooner's Patch
, The Rag Trade
, Family Fortunes
and The Price is Right
. He also presented the short-lived 1992
quiz show Famous People, Famous Places
, made by his company, Regent Productions
(which also made Fifteen to One
) for Thames Television and shown only in the London region. He later sold Regent to Pearson Television
, (which, ironically, also purchased Thames) and they have now been amalgamated (along with the likes of Grundy Productions) into talkbackTHAMES
, the UK arm of FremantleMedia
In 1998, he successfully sued a Fifteen to One contestant who had lied to get onto the programme.
His catchphrase was: "that's it for today, we'll be back tomorrow, see you then."
, he married his third wife Laura Calland — the voice-over artist from Fifteen to One
. His first marriage was to Audrey Harrison (1960-76); his second wife was actress Sally Geeson
(1976-86). He had his eldest child, Nick, by Harrison. He has two children by Geeson, who starred in Bless This House
, called Barney and Hayley. He also has two more children by Calland named Isobel and Hannah, and also has a nephew, Alistair, and two nieces, Lucy and Helena.
Stewart is a long-standing supporter of the campaign to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece.
He is an avid Manchester United fan, and has been a supporter of the club since childhood. He attributes this to meeting a boy during the Second World War who claimed his father played for the club. Many years later, he met Sir Matt Busby, who checked the club's records and discovered that the boy's father had never played for the side. Nevertheless, he continued to support them.
He is known to be good friends with Nicholas Parsons. This was often referred to when a Nicholas Parsons related question was asked on Fifteen to One. He is also a keen morris-dancer.
In 2007, he made a return to television on the new National Lottery show The People's Quiz.