Award-winning LBC presenter and best-selling author James O’Brien hosts a series of compelling conversations with fascinating people. These are revealing interviews with people who rarely give in-depth interviews, be it from politics, entertainment or news. Subscribe to get a new episode every Friday.
The comedian, actor and musician, Bill Bailey describes his upbringing in the town of Keynsham in Somerset as idyllic. He credits his strong work ethic to his father who was a GP in the village and whose waiting room was situated in the front of their family home, where, occasionally he’d bump into ailing strangers as they attempted to navigate the various doors. Bailey believes his work ethic is what helped him to become the oldest winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020. His En Route To Normal tour kicks off in Plymouth on Sun 12 December and runs through to mid January. Tickets and dates can be found at www.BillBailey.co.uk
Les Dennis has been a star in Britain's light entertainment scene for decades, but his career began off screen as a stand-up comedian in the working men's clubs of Northwest England. By the 1980s Dennis had become a household name, including as the host of the much-loved Family Fortunes. After a professional lull accompanied by a turbulent private life, Dennis took part in one of the first series of Celebrity Big Brother, endearing himself to a new generation of viewers. Dennis currently stars in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, HMS Pinafore which is on at the London Coliseum until Dec 11 2021.
When he published his first memoir back in 2014, the actor and author Alan Cumming took a deep dive and opened up about his traumatic childhood. In his second memoir, Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life, he dispels the myth that he had 'overcome' his trauma or 'triumphed' over it. Cumming believes that a willingness to be vulnerable is what captivates audiences, whether it be on stage or on screen, and he boasts an eclectic filmography ranging from Stanley Kubric's Eyes Wide Shut to Spice World. In this episode of Full Disclosure, he speaks to James about what he values about all of these experiences. His second memoir is out now.
Introducing 'At your leisure'
Introducing 'At your leisure'
How does a miner's daughter from Bishop Auckland in County Durham end up in the White House? Whilst her community was small, a combination of luck, opportunity and sharp intellect led Fiona Hill to Russia, opening her eyes to our shared human experience and deepening her geopolitical understanding. Hill's diplomatic qualities helped her work under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Then in the first quarter of 2017 Hill was appointed by President Trump to his National Security Council. Two years later she would testify in the impeachment inquiry against him. Her book, There Is Nothing for You Here is out now.
As a professional cricketer he was nicknamed ‘Whispering Death’ for his light-footed, silent run up to the bowling crease. As a commentator he was known for his unflinching and direct analysis of the game. Then, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Michael Holding lead an impassioned and unexpected message about the “dehumanisation of the black race” within our collective human history. In this episode of Full Disclosure he speaks to James about his life and career. His book, ‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’ is out now.
Lucky Yaz loves this
James O’Brien is a miracle worker teasing out the stories of such interesting people. I have learned so much as a housebound disabled Mum of two. James opens a window into the world for me and if you feel low or stressed have a listen. It heals.
Less talk from James
In the Jimmy Carr episodes James kept interrupting and talking over him. This isn’t the first time James has not left his guests to answer/talk the questions.
Just an awful host/interviewer
I’ve just listened to the Jimmy Carr episode and I actually had to stop after 10 minutes as James was just unbearable. Please James, remember you are not the star of the Show. Your guests are. So please, ask a question but then STFU. Maybe listen to James English and get some tips as he is a great interviewer. He doesn’t interject with verbose narratives or those annoying verbal ticks like ‘okay’, or ‘yep’ or ‘sure’ or ‘of course’. He just lets them speak. If you did the same then your podcast may be bearable.