BBC Radio 4 regular Chris Neill is well known to millions of listeners from his waspish and acidic regular appearances on Just A Minute and Broadcasting House.
He has written for and appeared on a multitude of other BBC networked shows including Linda Smith’s Brief History of Time-Wasting, Serious About Comedy, Sean Lock’s 15 Storeys High, Josie Long’s series All The Planet’s Wonders, Quote … Unquote, Audio Diaries, Today, PM and The Husky Betty Marsden (a documentary he wrote and presented) as well as various BBC World Service programmes and on 5Live.
Further voice work includes an acerbic narration for a ITV clip show, Owl in all 52 episodes of Poppy Cat for Nick Jr, Lord Cutler Beckett in a Disney Pirates of the Caribbean video game and yet another English baddie, Sir James Tyrrell, in an audio Dr Who.
The man memorably described as “sounding like a cross between Julian Clary and Kenneth Williams, but looking like Sgt Bilko” ( The Scotsman ) is a hit on the UK stand-up circuit with his trademark sharp tongue and fund of outrageous anecdotes.
He has appeared all over the country with his tall tales and barbed asides leading the London Evening Standard to hail him, “this acidic storyteller is the natural successor to Kenneth Williams.”
He was a core performer in the British Comedy Award-nominated Robin Ince’s Book Club, can be heard all too frequently on BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co in his own weekly slot, and has worked as a TV warm-up man and an after-dinner speaker.
A perennial hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in 2008 he presented his cookery-cum-comedy show Chris Neill’s Got A Bun In The Oven, as a result of which he recently presented a new ITV cookery show.
His writing has been published by amongst others Hodder & Stoughton, BBC, Daily Telegraph, Fire & Knives and The Spectator.