Western Suze - you've ruined my story arc. Why should we let facts get in the way of a good argument?
But as for Genial Jim being past his broadcast-by date: if you could get beyond his pipe-and-slippers cosiness and fondness for the Yetties, (whom he managed for a while, such was his fondness), you might be forced to admit that he was head and shoulders above the rag-tag assortment of part-timers that followed him in that slot over the decades. With Jim there was no grisly hyperbole, no clunking repetitiveness, no "When I was in Clutterbuck's Monkey Stranglers with Bernard Wrigley" self-promotion, no "What was I going to say next?" (J Kirkpatrick, j'accuse! JK is of course another hilarious live performer.), just smooth-as-the-Medway quiet professionalism. Mark Radcliffe, there's your plimsoll line - but chuck in a few good jokes, there's a good chap.