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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Who would live in a lift like this?

Celebs earn extra cash on the Tube

I'm sure anyone who's got into the lift at Covent Garden Tube station has heard some familiar very, very rounded vowels telling people "turn left four Neeeeel Street and roight for the Piazza and of course one of my very favourite mooooseums, The London Transport Mooooseum". Moind the GapProbably cos I was travelling at the tail end of the rush hour last night, the lift wasn't full of tourists but people who were laughing about Loyd Grossman (for it was his voice, extolling the virtues of the London Transport Museum) and people were loudly wondering how much he got paid for doing that voice over.

I had thought that he was the only celebrity that does automated announcements on the Tube or has anyone heard any others? One of my colleagues thinks she's heard Joanna Lumley (ages ago) and John Cleese on the Jubilee Line.

I do remember that LU did some experiments once to try to see what type of voice was best for announcements, and bizarrely a breathy sounding Marilyn Monroe voice
scored really highly. Perhaps Emma Clarke will be out of a job soon.

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