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Geoff Lloyd’s Hometown Glory is back for another series

Series Four of the hit radio show and accompanying podcast returns to Union JACK Radio next weekend, with guests including Absolutely Fabulous’s Helen Lederer, world-renowned sports broadcaster Jim Rosenthal, and celebrated actors Christopher Biggins and Brian Blessed


6 January 2020, Oxford: Series four of Geoff Lloyd’s Hometown Glory returns to national radio station Union JACK next weekend, featuring a range of standout guests, witty banter and entertaining anecdotes. The first show in the new series launches at 11am on Saturday 11 January 2020, and each show will then be available as a podcast immediately afterwards.


Geoff Lloyd’s Hometown Glory – a top 10 comedy podcast in the itunes charts – sees celebrated broadcaster Geoff Lloyd taking a host of famous faces on a virtual trip down memory lane, recalling their childhood years and visiting their old haunts through the use of Google Maps, with consequences that will have listeners laughing out loud. Series Four will run weekly for six weeks, with the following guests confirmed:


  • Actor and national treasure Brian Blessed OBE: 11 January 2020
  • Actress and writer Helen Lederer: 18 January 2020
  • Celebrated sports broadcaster Jim Rosenthal:  25 January 2020
  • Stand-up comedian and writer Dane Baptiste: 1 February 2020
  • Comedian Josie Long: 8 February 2020
  • Actor and presenter Christopher Biggins: 15 February 2020


Standout moments of the series include Brian Blessed confessing that he was forced to leave school and start work at 14, as a result of his father being injured in the process of rescuing a number of miners; Christopher Biggins reminiscing about his days being brought up in a caravan and being bathed once a week in a tin bath; and Jim Rosenthal setting the record straight about the claim from his son, actor and comedian Tom Rosenthal, that he is an active participant on the Cookham Dean swingers scene!



Speaking of the show on Union JACK Radio, Geoff Lloyd said: “The caliber of guests on this series of Hometown Glory is outstanding. All of them offer up hilarious anecdotes and poignant moments from their upbringing.


Giles Gear, Programme Manager at Union JACK Radio, said: “As Union JACK Radio continues to commission and produce more comedy per-hour than any other radio station, Geoff has been there since the beginning. His show is a real pillar of our programming output. Series 4 of Hometown Glory is the funniest, saddest and most surprising series yet, with an absolutely stellar line-up.”


Union JACK Radio broke new ground when it launched in 2016 announcing a format that saw the audience select the music in its entirety, via an app boasting the most extensive playlist in UK radio. In 2019, the station became the fastest growing station in the UK and remains one of the last independent commercial radio groups, with a complete focus on the best of British music and comedy, and an array of both high-profile and emerging comedic talent featured across the station’s schedule. 


Union JACK Radio is available across the UK on digital radio, online at and via the Union JACK app.

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