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

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.