Grayson Randall is a character from The Mammal Wars. He is the prosecution judge at the trial of scientists Forbflaith Hennessy and Katja Naganowska. But alongside fellow judge William Houghton, Randall returns in Wolves Attack as a quiz show host and later in Seslinian vs. Zebiccoon alongside Charles Williamson as one of the many interviewers interrogating government ministers about the reports of a giant bat in England.
Like defense judge Charles Williamson, Randall is based on another journalist and quiz show host in the form of Jeremy Paxman who appeared on Newsnight for twenty five years before stepping down in 2014 and currently hosts long running quiz program University Challenge, having done so since 1994 when he took over from Bamber Gascoigne who left the series in 1987.
He is a sixty five year old man despite Paxman being a year older thanks to confusion over his age and like WIlliamson has white hair, fair skin and brown eyes. Alongside Williamson, Randall wears navy blue trousers, a white shirt, a navy blue waistcoat, a navy blue blazer and a black judge robes with a neckerchief.
In Wolves Attack, Randall wears a light blue shirt, a navy blue blazer and trousers and a red tie.
Unlike the much more forthright and tenacious Williamson, Randall is shown to be a lot more abrasive and forthright in his interviewing technique. It is also said "no wonder Randall was on the prosecution" hinting that his abrasive style carries to law and makes him popular in the law world; in fact this is hardly surprising given the man that Randall is based on and the fact that Paxman is also well known for his abrasive interviewing style.
However, like the other judges, this is all that is known about Randall.
Alongside the much more belligerent James Harrison, Randall is the second judge that is involved in the closing moments of the trial of scientist and criminal Forbflaith Hennessy. He is first being shown with Williamson taking his place in court ready for the judges to arrive to begin the trial.
When Katja Naganowska is tried and found guilty of animal cruelty, Randall watches Houghton deliver his verdict and sentences her to life in prison. He later becomes involved in delivering the verdict for scientist Forbflaith Hennessy who is not dealt with so kindly and it is no wonder, given how remorseless Forbflaith is.
Once the scientist is sentenced, Randall leaves the court with the other judges.
Along with William Houghton, Randall appears on British television a month after Seslinian's rampage on Buckinghamshire where he is depicted as the host of a University Challenge sketch with the competing teams representing Emmanuel College, Cambridge represented by Charlie Holland from Cambridge studying Medicine, Molly Fletcher from Oxford studying Law, their captain Morgan Brown from Aberyswyth in Wales studying Classics and Vicente Crawford from Italy studying Music.
Their opponents are Manchester Metropolitan University represented by Amber Brown from Manchester studying Business, Hazel Everett from Leicester studying English, their captain Jake Barker from London studying theology and Louie Hawkins also from London studying history. During the episode, Randall asks typical University Challenge questions until about ten minutes in when he starts another starter question:
""Sauron was become now a sorcerer of dreadful power, master of shadows and of phantoms, foul in wisdom, cruel in strength, misshaping what he touched, twisting what he ruled, lord of werewolves; his dominion was torment.”
These words describing the Dark Lord Sauron are from which of Tolkien's literature, posthumously published..."This results in an incorrect interruption from Manchester Met with the student in question responding with "Untold Tales" forcing Randall to fine them five points. He then passes the question over to Emmanuel College, Cambridge and their captain Morgan gives a very enthusiastic answer of "The Silmarillion".
Emmanuel College now have three bonuses on three more Tolkien villains with the answers being as follows: Smaug and the Witch King of Angmar, one quote being stated at the Siege of Gondor while the second is his penultimate words at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
The students then take a picture round with the picture starter being a picture of Seslinian's animal; the Red Fox, with the starter being answered by Manchester Metropolitan. Their bonuses end up as three more mammals which eventually become Seslinian's allies and enemies including a wolf, a coyote and a jaguar. After the sketch is over, the program finishes with Emmanuel's victory but Manchester living to fight another day and barely a minute after University Challenge has finished, the televisions around England end up with static.
Despite Grayson being based on Jeremy Paxman who already has left Newsnight, he appears in a Newsnight sketch where he is still as acerbic as ever. In this sketch, he is first seen interviewing the new Minister of Defence in the form of Maurice Bunker who surprisingly calmly responds to his questions about what the Armed Forces make of the giant bat reported to be sighted in England.
That is, until Grayson asks him what the Army will do if the bat is like the other monsters that plague the Earth in the 51st Century and is immune to firepower which causes Maurice to struggle to provide an answer and for Grayson to cut him off before he can provide an answer. It is also this story that is the last appearance of Randall because of the series' eventual focus on the Animals after The PHANTOM Invasion.