Inept hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury is the creation of Tom Binns, the star and co-writer of the BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy Show Hospital People featuring Ian D Montfort as the Hospital Porter and Psychic Healer, along with Hospital Radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and three additional characters, all played by himself.
As himself, Tom 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 DJ Ivan Brakenbury relatively early in his career, and the character appeared on Radio 1, Virgin and GLR, before being rested as Tom developed his own radio career, which included landing XFM with a then-record £50,000 fine for talking about bestiality on air.
However, DJ Ivan 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.