Ivan Brackenbury

Ivan Brackenbury

Inept hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury is the creation of Tom Binns, a former breakfast radio host on London's XFM as well as a comedian in his own right.

As himself, Binns won the Jongleurs new act of the year, piloted his own chat show on Five called Tom Binns Munchies, and was one of the presenters on Channel 4 breakfast show RI:SE. He’s also appeared on Knowing Me Knowing Yule With Alan Partridge, Friday Night Armistice and Fist Of Fun as a comic actor.

He created Brakenbury relatively early in his career, and the character appeared on Radio 1, Virgin and GLR, before being rested as Binns developed his own radio career, which included landing XFM with a then-record £50,000 fine for talking about bestiality on air.

However, Brakenbury was resurrected for the Edinburgh Fringe 2007, where he was nominated for the if.comedy prize for the best show, and his roadshow, complete with inappropriate records and bungled cues, is now a regular fixture on the live circuit.

He went on to star in the BBC One comedy Hospital People.

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Russell Brand joins Hospital People

Playing a 'nutrition guru'

Russell Brand is to appear in BBC One’s new sitcom Hospital People.

The show’s creator Tom Binns tweeted the news yesterday after Brand was spotted filming in University Hospital of Hartlepool. Brand's long-term collaboratorMatt Morgan is a co-writer on the sitcom, alongside Trollied co-creator Paul Doolan.

Hospital People is a vehicle for Binns’s most successful alter-ego, hospital radio DJ  Ivan Brackenbury, as well as other characters including spirit medium Ian D Montfort, now reimagined as a hospital porter, and chaplain Father Kenny Mercer.

Hospital People

Brand is to play ‘nutrition guru’  Tyler Watt, the Radio Times reports, while other familiar faces lined up for guest appearances include Sally Phillips, Sian Gibson, Alex MacQueen, Mark Williams and James Fleet.

The show, the first BBC One commission from production company Roughtcut TV, was picked up for a six-part series following a successful pilot last year.

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Published: 13 Feb 2017



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