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Brian Blessed collaborates with Union JACK Radio to launch his first-ever podcast series

  • Brian Blessed’s Bedtime Stories brings together one of the nation’s most recognisable voices and some of the world’s most loved classic bedtime stories – with a twist of Union JACK’s hilarity!


  • First weekly episode launches on Wednesday 9 September 2020 – listen on demand through the Union JACK radio app, online at, or via major podcast channels including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


  • Podcast preview available to download here.


20 August 2020, Oxford:  Union JACK radio can today announce an off-the-wall collaboration with the widely revered actor, Brian Blessed OBE, resulting in one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated podcasts to come from the comedic radio outlet – and the very first podcast in Blessed’s own portfolio. 


Brian Blessed’s Bedtime Stories will feature Blessed, globally-renowned for his hearty, booming voice, regaling listeners with his own take on some of the world’s greatest bedtime stories. From Peter Rabbit to Paddington Bear, Brian will get listeners ready for bed with a ‘calming’ and often completely off-the-rails reading of some of the world’s most famous fairytales and children’s stories.


Suitable for children and adults alike, the podcast launches on Wednesday 9 September, with a new story released each week for a series of 12 weeks. Listen on-demand through the Union JACK radio app, online at, or via major podcast channels including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


Speaking of the podcast, Brian Blessed OBE said: “As a shy and retiring fellow, this idea from Union JACK radio is right up my snicket. Listeners will be sound asleep before they even realise it! And not only that, but it’s my first ever podcast – whatever a podcast is? Is it like a fax? Gordon’s Alive!”


Giles Gear, Programme Manager of Union JACK radio, added: “We are delighted to welcome Brian into the Union JACK family. As a radio station that is absolutely unique, and which chooses to ignore convention and carve out our own path, Brian’s first ever podcast is exactly the right fit. We are so excited for the world to hear it, along with the many new comedy initiatives still to come from Union JACK radio.”


Brian Blessed joins a raft of talent who have joined forces with the much-loved independent radio station Union JACK, which celebrates the best of British music and comedy via a range of clever programming initiatives and unique listening experiences.


Recent hits have included The Not-in-the-Pub Pub Quiz, a hilarious and voice-activated pub quiz hosted by Mark “The Beast” Labbett; Josh Berry’s Fake News, which sees viral impressionist Josh Berry slice through topical news and is one of the top six funniest UK podcasts according to the British Podcast Awards 2020; and Geoff Lloyd’s Hometown Glory, which sees talented broadcaster Geoff Lloyd, star of podcasts including Adrift and Reasons to be Cheerful, interview a host of famous faces, bringing their early memories to life through the clever use of Google Maps with some hilarious consequences.


The first episode of Brian Blessed’s Bedtime Stories is available from 9 September 2020, with a new story released each week. Listen on-demand through the Union JACK radio app, online or via major podcast channels.



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