Barry Johnston is the eldest son of the late BBC cricket commentator Brian Johnston. After leaving Eton College, he formed the harmony group Design who appeared on over fifty TV shows in the 1970s, working with stars such as Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Benny Hill and Tommy Cooper.

 

In 1981 he moved to Hollywood and after graduating from the Los Angeles Broadcasting School he presented the breakfast show on KLOA Radio.

 

Later Barry returned to England and was a presenter on BBC Radio Sussex for eight years before he was invited to join BBC Radio 5, where he hosted the Sunday breakfast show Sunday Edition.

 

Barry now runs Barn Productions and has produced more than eighty audio books. He has recently written and presented the BBC CD Johnners: Cricketing Gaffes, Giggles and Cakes which is due for release in October 2008. Barry has also written and edited several books, including a critically acclaimed biography of his father. His latest book The Wit of Cricket, an anthology of funny cricket stories, will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2009.

 

For more than twenty years Barry has been entertaining audiences at lunches, dinners and clubs all over the country with his hilarious stories about mistakes in radio and television, as well as his affectionate and highly amusing memories of his father, Brian.

 

Lectures

  • The Other Side of the Microphone - hilarious tales of what really goes on behind the scenes in radio and TV.

  • Johnners - The Life of Brian, Barry's personal memories of his father's life and career, including all the famous gaffes and giggles.