Tom Binns

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Tom Binns
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Tom Binns as hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury, Glastonbury Festival, 2019
Christopher Thomas Binns

1970 (age 49–50)
OccupationWriter, actor, comic

Christopher Thomas Binns (born 1970) is a British writer, actor, comic, television presenter and radio presenter.


Binns was nominated at the Edinburgh Festival for the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2007 for his hospital radio DJ character Ivan Brackenbury. He has been twice nominated for the Adelaide Fringe Comedy Award, in 2010 and 2011. He was voted a Foster's Comedy God in 2010. He also was nominated for a Chortle Award in 2011 and was also named in a list of their 50 Most Memorable Gigs of the decade. He won the Best International Act at the 2013 New Zealand International Comedy Festival and was nominated for Best Comedy Show at FringeWorld, Perth in 2015 and 2016.[1]

He appears in the BBC MI5 drama Spooks (Episode 6 Series 6)[2], Series 3 of the IT Crowd on Channel 4[3], and, in character as Ivan Brackenbury, on The Jason Byrne Show and Knowing Me Knowing Yule with Alan Partridge.

As Ian D Montfort he had a BBC Radio 2 series called Ian D Montfort is Unbelievable, broadcast in February 2013.[4]

Besides writing comedy for television and radio, Binns has appeared on other television shows, such as RI:SE, Bullrun, Oblivion and as a writer on Trigger Happy TV, for which he earned "best comedy moment" and "TV moment of 2001" awards. His first television appearances were Friday Night Armistice (BBC2) and Lee and Herring's Fist of Fun, and has gone on to further appear in the Channel 4-based late night sports talk show Under the Moon, with Danny Kelly and stage appearances at the Bloomsbury Theatre and Garrick Theatre.

Binns has worked on Radio 1, Virgin, BRMB and GLR, Talksport UK, Hallam FM, Sheffield and Key 103, appearing either as himself or as hospital radio character Ivan Brackenbury.[5]

Binns is the co-writer of BBC 1's Hospital People, part of the BBC's Comedy Playhouse, in which he plays the five lead characters Ivan Brackenbury, Ian D Montfort, Susan Mitchell, Terry Boyle and Father Kenny.[6]

He has written the book How to Get Famous - A Cynical Guide.[7]


In 1999, London-based radio station Xfm was fined £50,000 by Ofcom (at the time the largest fine levied by the authority) following complaints regarding the use of coarse sexual innuendo when discussing a bestial pornography video with a listener during the Tom Binns Breakfast Show.[8] Parent company Capital Radio decided not to sack Binns but in a meeting shortly after the fine was issued, the Radio Authority made it clear to Capital Radio that this would negatively affect the decision to renew the XFM licence.

In December 2009, Binns was fired from BRMB by its owners Orion Media after he cut short the Queen's Christmas Message.[9] The Message was played into his show in error instead of the expected two-minute news bulletin. Binns joked, "Two words: bore-ring". He then went on to joke that the British monarchy can't be as good for tourism as some people claim because "the French executed theirs and people still visit France" and played a George Michael record with the link "from one queen to another".[10][11]

Live credits[edit]

  • 2007: Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow
  • 2008: Ivan Brackenbury's Christmas Show
  • 2009: Ivan Brackenbury's Disease Hour
  • 2010: Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Remix
  • 2010: Ian D Montfort: Touching the Dead[12]
  • 2011: Ian D Montfort: Spirit Comedium
  • 2012: Ian D Montfort: Unbelievable
  • 2012: Tom Binns does Ivan Brackenbury and others
  • 2013: Ian D Montfort: Psychic Fayre
  • 2014: Ian D Montfort: Midday Seance
  • 2014: Tom Binns has not been himself
  • 2015: Ian D Montfort: Under Sciencey Conditions
  • 2015: Tom Binns: The Club Sets

TV Credits[edit]

Radio credits[edit]

  • Fist of Fun on BBC Radio 1
  • Digital Update on BBC Radio 1
  • The Ivan Brackenbury Show on BBC Radio 2
  • The Jason Byrne Show on BBC Radio 2
  • 99p Challenge on BBC Radio 4
  • Ian D Montfort is Unbelievable on BBC Radio 2

Awards & Accolades[edit]

Binns has received several accolades:

  • Melody Maker readers voted his show best of the year in 1999.
  • More magazine readers voted him as the 25th sexiest man in the world 2002
  • Nominee for the if.comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival 2007
  • Nominee for Best Established Comedian at the Adelaide Fringe 2010 and 2011
  • Chortle Award Nominee 2011 Best Character Comic
  • Best International Act New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2013
  • Best Comedy Show Nomination 2014 and 2015
  • Best Act award winner at the Midlands Comedy Awards 2015.[13][14]

See also[edit]

List of if.comedy and Perrier comedy award winners


  1. ^ "Tom Binns: The Psychic Comedium support from Ivan Brackenbury". The Leadmill. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ "BBC - Spooks - Series 6, Episode 6 Credits". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  3. ^ Tramps Like Us, retrieved 1 August 2019
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelievable". BBC. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Making a career out of a sick joke". 26 January 2008. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ "BBC - Production has begun on new comedy series Hospital People, with guest stars including Russell Brand and Sally Phillips - Media Centre". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  7. ^ How to Get Famous: Cynical Advice for Celebrity Wannabes. 2002. ISBN 978-1-85375-501-9.
  8. ^ "Record fines for radio stations". BBC News. 14 December 1999. Retrieved 1 February 2007. – Article describing the nature of complaints against Tom Binns on Xfm
  9. ^ Plunkett, John (29 December 2009). "Radio DJ sacked for interrupting Queen's Christmas speech". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Tom Binned over Queen's speech gag". Chortle. 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. – News report on Tom Binns being sacked from Orion Media Group
  11. ^ "Sacked BRMB DJ Tom Binns thanks public for support". Birmingham Mail.
  12. ^ Williams, Holly (2010). "Interview: Ian D Montford". Spoonfed. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  13. ^ "News: Midlands Comedy Awards Results Announced". Beyond The Joke. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Midlands Bankers". Chortle. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2016.

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