Tales from the Tannoy

Tales from the Tannoy

Everyone has a story to tell. Even robots. Have you ever wondered about the lives behind the people who provide the soundtrack to your life? Probably not. Did you even realise they ARE real people? Perhaps. Did you know that two of the voices on the London Underground are a married couple who work together all day long, even though one of them is dead? Did you know that the voice in your SatNav has a broken heart? Did you know that the calm, reassuring voice that accompanies your daily life has had a life punctuated by tragedy? Tales from the Tannoy tells the true life stories behind the voices you hear every day.... Show More

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February 22, 2021 34 min

To viewers of Channel 4, Barra Fitzgibbon's voice is familiar even if his name is not.

His gentle Irish lilt has introduced countless programmes, but in the last couple of years his voice has disappeared from the airwaves and he's now using it for an entirely different reason.

Barra talks to Elinor Hamilton about his personal experience of Covid-19, and how this near death experience completely changed his life.

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Janey Godley has spent lockdown livening up Nicola Sturgeon's coronavirus briefings with her alternative voiceovers. She's made the nation laugh through the toughest of times, but who is the woman behind the voice? 

Tales from the Tannoy tells the stories behind all the anonymous voices in our day-to-day lives, and although Janey's name and face are known by many, we felt it was worth bending our own rules. (Well, it'...

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Emma Hignett's voice is heard on all the London buses, and she's employed for sounding clear and composed. But the woman behind that sound hasn't always been entirely sensible. In Episode 15, the voice of the London Overground speaks to the voice of the London Underground. They've both been paid to say Cockfosters, but only one of them might have done it in six inch heels and feathers... With Elinor Hamilton. Produc...

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Mike Cooper's voice is perfect for the BBC - calm and assured; neutral but engaging. For many years he was heard across the World Service imparting news and current affairs... but a completely different kind of affair turned his world upside down. With Elinor Hamilton. Recorded in August 2020, and produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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The same tragic story told from two very different perspectives. Della and Abi Phillips are both voiceover artists who can be heard all over the place, from phone lines to radio adverts. Mum Della sounds cool and in control. Daughter Abi... just sounds totally cool. But fifteen years ago, a car accident changed their lives forever. With Elinor Hamilton. Recorded in July 2020, and produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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Marc Silk is the voice of a number of characters on film and television: Scooby Doo, Go Jetters, Thunderbirds, Star Wars, Bob the Builder and more. But a brain tumour in childhood actually led him towards a very happy future, while his dad's wooden leg walked all the way to Hollywood. Elinor Hamilton talks to the man with a thousand voices (usually in his own voice, but with occasional trips into character. He can't help hi...

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Every night across America, Anna Vocino's voice is heard by millions as the voice of NBC. She sounds fun, cheeky, and engaging... and she is. But that's because she's managed to put past traumas behind her - and cook her way into health and happiness. She explains her journey, from anorexia to blueberry muffins, to Elinor Hamilton. Recorded in June 2020. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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Most of the voices we hear every day are completely anonymous, and the people behind them are a mystery... but every now and again, a voice is so familiar that it becomes a celebrity in its own right. In a lighthearted look back at his career, Elinor Hamilton hears Peter Dickson's journey to becoming the voice of the X Factor - beginning in Belfast, via Bolton. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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Elinor Hamilton talks to Rio Attoh-Wood - the voice of Capital Xtra - about the Black Lives Matter movement. He describes his experiences of growing up as a young black man in the UK, his feelings in the wake of George Floyd's death, and his hopes for the future. Recorded in June 2020. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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We've all shouted at that voice at the checkout when she tells us there's an unexpected item in the bagging area. But did you know there's a real person behind the voice? Her life began in Hollywood and ended up on the breadline. She knows how it feels to be embarrassed at the checkout because she's been there before, unable to pay. Elinor Hamilton talks to the voice of Morrisons, Posy Brewer. Recorded in June 2020....

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Rik Scott is the man behind the cool but anonymous voice heard on many of the UK's hottest radio stations. But behind that super-hip sound is a guy who has fallen apart on air and off. Elinor Hamilton talks to him about his mental health, multiple marriages and more. Recorded in May 2020. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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May 19, 2020 31 min

Elinor Hamilton talks to Redd Pepper, whose voice is heard worldwide on movie trailers, video games, and on a whole range of adverts you'll almost certainly be familiar with. But while Elinor's husband is remembered as the voice of the London Underground, Redd's career began there... when he suddenly moved from driving trains to voicing trailers. Recorded in April 2020. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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Elinor Hamilton talks to Katy Maw, whose voice guides shoppers to the latest offers in the supermarket - and elsewhere. She sounds perfectly composed and tantalisingly persuasive... but it hasn't always been this way. Recorded in March 2020. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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Elinor Hamilton talks to Tom Clarke-Hill, the voice of Tony the Tiger, whose catchphrase on the Kellogg's Frosties TV commercials ("they're grrrreat!") delighted a generation of children.  At home, though, his family life was not so easy. Recorded in April 2020. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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Every night across the UK, the evening news is introduced by the same voice. She has always sounded calm, composed, and confident. That delivery has never wavered, even when life away from the microphone left her feeling quite the opposite. Elinor Hamilton talks to Gayanne Potter. Recorded in February 2020, and produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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Elinor Hamilton talks to Jon Briggs - the original voice of Siri in the UK, and the voice inside many sat navs - about the psychological impact of his heart attack, and his "other" job... sending people to their final destination. Recorded at Jukebox Studios, London, in March 2020. Produced by Karl Svenson at Tadah Media.

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The true life love story of the married couple who announce the trains together on London Underground. Phil Sayer is the man behind the iconic "Mind the Gap" announcement on many of the London Underground lines, and although he died in 2016 his recordings are still being used. His wife, Elinor Hamilton, still accompanies him as they safely guide Londoners to their destination, but - even in death - it seems as if Phil is st...

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