I WOULD like to introduce something new for this week’s column.

As 2018 is drawing to a close and this was the first year of The Peter Greenwood Show, I thought it would be nice to update you on how things have been going.

I welcome you, therefore, to the first annual ‘State of The Union of The Peter Greenwood Show’ address.

This is completely different to the State of The Union address I used to do on my Big Drive Home show (may it rest in peace).

It’s fair to say this has been a testing year for all of those of us who work on The Peter Greenwood Show.

Actually, I’m the only person who works on the show, but it has been a testing time all the same.

Thankfully, I have felt emboldened by many things. I can’t think exactly what those things were right now but I’m sure I felt good about some of them at least once.

If I had to use one word to describe the show over the course of the year, it would be ‘growth.’

The show has grown massively and now spreads over two continents. It’s like a plague, with the exception that, sooner or later, the plague kills you.

I have not, as far as I know, managed to kill anyone with this show. Displeased people, yes.

But killed? No.

And whom exactly have I displeased?

Well, it’s no secret that I’m quite mouthy on air and on social media.

And of all the topics I’ve taken on – Trump, Brexit, movie reviews, dentists – what was the thing that got me into trouble most?

It was Countryfile. Yes, Countryfile – the BBC show where people in waterproof jackets do nothing but walk around and look at cliffs and cows.

I was displeased that Doctor Who was being led in by Countryfile, so I tweeted my displeasure.

I wasn’t rude or nasty, I just wondered who would seriously schedule Doctor Who after the most boring show since Last of The Summer Wine went off air.

However, the people at Countryfile saw my tweet and replied “Umm…the schedulers?”

That sure put me in my place!

To make matters worse, the bloke who played Boycey in Only Fools and Horses liked that tweet, so I ended up getting it both barrels.

However, being the real trooper that I am, I managed to overcome that. I overcame critics online. I even overcame my dislike of peaches, so I guess it’s been a fairly successful year all round.

As for the quality of the guests I’ve had on my show? Well, at the risk of sounding immodest, it has been amazing.

I’ve welcomed the likes of Tessa Violet, Felicity Ward, Rob Broderick and Jaret Reddick, as well as the cast and crew of Anna and The Apocalypse.

Another highlight was chatting with Jane McCarry, who is  best known for her role as Isa Drennan in the BBC Scotland sitcom Still Game.

Some wonderful people have given up their time to make a guest appearance on my pokey little radio show on a Sunday evening, for which I am very grateful.

How about we do it all again next year?