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The James Hanson Show

Since January 2018 I've hosted "The James Hanson Show" on BBC Radio Bristol. It airs every Saturday morning between 9-11am, having previously aired at Saturday lunchtime. It's a light entertainment show featuring celebrity interviews, comedy characters, sketches, and regular feature "The Kids V The News" - in which I visit a different local primary school each week to get their consistently hilarious views on the week's news. I love doing the show and it seems to be going down well with our audience - with the listening figures having doubled (RAJAR Q1 2019) since taking over at the start of 2018.

Guests so far include: Graham Norton; Joanna Lumley; Sir Michael Parkinson; Jools Holland; David Baddiel; Ade Edmondson; Sister Sledge; Gok Wan; Alexander O'Neal; Fiona Bruce; Julian Clary; Rob Brydon; UB40; Eamonn Holmes; Ruth Langsford; Bananarama; Russell Howard; Paddy McGuinness; Freddie Flintoff; Chris Harris; Timothy Spall; Lulu; Daniel O'Donnell; Dave Gorman; Phill Jupitus; Jasper Carrott; Russell Watson; James Morrison; Midge Ure; Tom Allen; Francis Rossi; Brendan Cole; Angus Deayton; Mark Watson; Michael Ball; Helen Lederer; The Proclaimers; Russell Kane; Simon Evans; Noel Fitzpatrick; Jamie Cullum; Kim Wilde; Paul Sinha; Nick Knowles; Jon Ronson; Alistair McGowan; Kiki Dee; Fred Sirieix; Peter Purves; Ed Balls; Ray Mears; Beverley Knight; Hal Cruttenden; Ardal O'Hanlon; Henry Blofeld; Gary Delaney; Griff Rhys Jones; Reginald D Hunter; Mark Kermode; John Robins; Lost Voice Guy; Nathan Carter; Paul Zerdin; and many more.

Among the regular cast of characters you'll hear on the show are: Terry the Odd Job Man (a handy-man from Southmead); Alan in Ashton (south Bristol's 8th favourite amateur comedian); Jemima from Clifton (an upper middle-class "yummy mummy"); Peter the Pensford Pedant (who frequently calls in to make corrections to the show); Barbara and Emerson (American tourists visiting the West Country); Tony Hall (an impersonation of the BBC's Director General, Lord Hall); and Sebastien from Stokes Croft (a Bristol hipster who's always trying to shun the mainstream). Regular voice artists: Chris Arnold; Benjamin Howard; Jody Kamali; Charlie Markham, Tim McSweeney; and Olivia Pockett.