James Valentine with H.G. Nelson & Special Guests WHAT A YEAR IT’S BEEN…!

James Valentine with H.G. Nelson
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

James Valentine returns with an exclusive ‘one off’ show… just because 2017 has been so great!  From Trump to Trolls to Turnbull and Tony, from Weiner to Weinstein to Wilkinson, it really is a year to be proud of.  

It’s been a great year to be a dual citizen, to pay an electricity bill, to vote in a national survey where the vote didn’t count – it’s a year of innovation and agility like we’ve never seen before.

James thinks “it’s a year we should remember because it’s one we want to forget”.

Special guest H.G. Nelson will join James for a live meeting of the Even Greater Sydney Planning Committee, a two-person body that oversees all other NSW planning committees. As well as reviewing some of the top notch decision-making in planning this year – how good is the Light Rail and West Connex? We’ll be awarding the Beriijiklian Prize for Excellence In Urban Development.

Watch a video message from the Even Greater Sydney Planning Committee- LIVE!

And if that’s not enough, we’re proud to announce broadcasting legend Margaret Throsby to the line-up. Together Margaret and James will determine the new standards of behaviour in social deportment required in 2017!

Margaret says, “I barely knew how to cut a sandwich correctly or reply to a bitmoji greeting before I started talking with James!”

Joined by H.G. Nelson and one of Australia’s favourite broadcasters Margaret Throsby, together they will remember the strange, the weird, the really quite ordinary and the damn right mediocre moments that made 2017 a year to forget.

Back to the Concourse by popular demand, James Valentine and his ABC Radio Sydney Afternoons regulars will look back at the year and do the only thing that makes sense…laugh.

See you there!

Note: This show is ABC certified to be both fair and balanced….

James Valentine is one of Australia’s most loved radio presenters and in a long and eclectic career has worked as a journalist, author, television host and musician.  A saxophonist, he has performed with many acclaimed acts including: Jo Jo Zep, Models and Absent Friends. Jamesalso hosts the ABC Podcast Head Room,which expands on musings and questions posed during James’ Afternoons radio show from 1-3pm weekdays on ABC Radio Sydney and NSW. 



with H.G. Nelson & Margaret Throsby in


"A Gala Party, because 2017 needs Roasting!” 


The Concourse, Chatswood Wednesday 29 November 2017

Concert Hall

Performance time: 8pm

Tickets $60.00, $55 Concession plus Ticketek handling fee

Book now www.theconcourse.com.auor 02 8075 8111

or Ticketek 1300 795 012 www.ticketek.com.au

Promo video: https://vimeo.com/239279872

Margaret Throsby  

Margaret Throsby's face and voice is familiar Australia-wide - her distinguished career encompasses both radio and television. 

Margaret joined the ABC as an announcer in 1967. She has presented a variety of music and current affairs programs, and won a devoted audience for her high rating morning program The Margaret Throsby Show on ABC's Radio 2BL (702 Sydney).

Margaret was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for Services to Broadcasting in 1989. She has also received the Variety Club of Australia's Radio Award, two Avion Awards for the 'Best in the World' in-flight audio programs (Qantas), the Golden Gavel Award presented by the Law Society of NSW for Excellence in Legal Reporting, the Children's Week Award Media Award and Rostrum Speaker of the Year.

Over the past 20 years, Margaret has interviewed Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Oliver Sacks, Patricia Routledge, Dr Tim Flannery, the Hon Paul Keating, Claire Bloom, John le Carre, Victoria de los Angeles, Spike Milligan, Steve Waugh, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, and Bruce Beresford.

Greig Pickhaver (aka H.G. Nelson)

Actor, comedian and writer Greig Pickhaver (also known as H.G. Nelson) is one half of iconic Australian sports comedy duo “Roy & H.G.” The award-winning duo originally teamed up in 1986 for the ABC Triple J radio comedy program “This Sporting Life”, which was broadcast nation-wide for 22 years and led to several successful TV spinoffs. Pickhaver is a graduate of Flinders University. After a stint as a roadie for Australian rocker Billy Thorpe in the early 1970s, Pickhaver moved into acting and comedy and first developed the H.G. Nelson character while performing in the Melbourne radio sports comedy show “Punter To Punter” in the early 1980s. Greig has most recently created a three-part local history series, Secrets of our Cities for the SBS TV.