Patrick Rory McGrath (born 17 March 1956; Redruth, Cornwall) is an English comedian. He studied at Redruth Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, from which he received a third class degree.
McGrath became a member of the Cambridge Footlights and met Jimmy Mulville, with whom he wrote and performed. After university, they wrote BBC radio scripts for Frankie Howerd and Windsor Davies. McGrath also co-wrote Black Cinderella Two Goes East with Clive Anderson for BBC Radio 4 in 1978. McGrath and Mulville went on to write for shows such as Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, and they were part of the team of writer/performers behind the Channel 4 comedy sketch series Who Dares Wins.
In 1986, McGrath was co-founder, with Jimmy Mulville and Denise O'Donoghue , of the independent British TV production company Hat Trick Productions. An early production was Chelmsford 123 (1988 and 1990), which McGrath and Mulville wrote and performed. In 1990, McGrath hosted the game show Trivial Pursuit on BBC1.
In 1992, McGrath was dismissed from Hat Trick, for allegedly not pulling his weight. The confrontation came days after McGrath had left his wife and two young children .
McGrath was a panel member on the BBC comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over (1995–2006). He was presenter of the series Rory's Commercial Breakdown (1997), where humorous adverts were shown from different countries.
McGrath has made two football DVDs titled: Own Goals and Gaffs - The Premiership in 2002 and More Own Goals and Gaffs in 2003.
His appearance on the quiz show QI made him one of the highest-scoring contestants. He correctly identified chicken as the most common bird in the world, and received a 100 point bonus for correctly recognising calcium as the most common metal in the human body, ending the program with 88 points.
Since 2006 McGrath has starred in the BBC's Three Men in a Boat series, alongside Dara Ó Briain and Griff Rhys Jones. The series has included the trio rowing the River Thames, as in the 1889 novel, sailing from London to the Isle of White for a sail boat race, borrowing numerous vessels to make their way from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly. In their most recent adventure the three took to the Irish Canals and Rivers and along with Dara's dog, Snip Nua, enjoyed a trip from Dublin to Limerick.
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