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Post 1

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

I just heard the announcement of the demise of Peter Jones (BBC Radio 4 news, 10th April 2000, just before 1:30pm) - apparently he passed away last night. I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear it, and this seemed the least inappropriate forum.

As well as being inextricably linked with "The Guide" in the minds of all radio listeners, Peter was one of the bright spots in Radio 4's "Just a Minute", where his brief moments of lucidity threw the mediocre wordplay of the new generation of players into sharp relief. He will be sadly missed.

If DNA's reading this, PLEASE DON'T get an "American" voice for the book in the movie! Might I be so bold as to suggest Ned Sherrin as an appropriate replacement...?


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Post 2

Bruce

That really is bad news - every time I heard Peter Jones voice I was instantly transported back to the heady days when I first heard the radio show.

;^(#


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Post 3

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

On the subject of replacement voices for the movie, a friend pointed out to me that Kerry Shale does an excellent Peter Jones sound-alike...


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Post 4

Demon Drawer

OK who is Kerry Shale?

BTW I have added an Obit to Peter Jones on the Obituary page and am just wiating for John-the-Gardener to update the page.


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Post 5

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

Kerry Shale is a very talented actor and mimic; he was a regular feature of UK speech radio in the late '80s - early '90s, as producers got several characters for the cost of one actor, but now does mostly theatre. A couple of friends saw him at the Edinburgh Festival some years back, doing a "one man show with a cast of thousands"...


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Post 6

Researcher 117885

I ,like you, were transported back to my younger days whenever I heard that wonderful voice. It is always sad when someone passes away, but when it is of the likes of Peter it is somehow doubly sad.

No more to hear the Story of the Babble Fish - how sad


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Post 7

Researcher 110207 Non Sequitur

I don't know the voices of Ned Sherrin or Kerry Shale, and, sadly,
I really can't remember how Peter Jones sounded, either. If you
don't want an American voice in the movie, but want a voice familiar
to Americans, may I suggest Patrick Stewart, who is probably best
known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
He's also done some voice-over work in American television adverts
with his authoritative yet friendly tone. I think that's the sort of thing
we're looking for....

If you're interested in talking about who to cast in the movie, there's a
discussion about it under the article "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy". I don't remember the article number, but the discussion is
called "HHGTTG Movie".


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Post 8

Researcher 110207 Non Sequitur

Okay, stupid, this IS the article I was talking about!
(Is there a smiley with an embarrassed grin?)


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Post 9

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

I'm afraid that by not hearing them, you may have missed the point... An "authoritative" tone is pretty much the last thing we want! smiley - smiley Peter approached the "Guide" like an old schoolmaster trying to explain sub-atomic physics to a 5-year old... That was the charm of his interpretation! smiley - bigeyes


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Post 10

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

I'm gurrently listening to an excellent Peter Jones documentary on Radio 4 smiley - bigeyes


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Post 11

Demon Drawer

Missed it is it to be repeated this week?


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Post 12

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

I don't know if it'll be repeated - I can't see another airing in this week's Radio Times, but when these things are repeated it tends to be on a Sunday, which falls into the domain of next weeks issue. (I haven't got it yet...)

The programme was called "Peter Jones - A Celebration", subtitled "A Hitch-Hiker's Guide to Peter Jones", and it was presented by Douglas Adams! (I hadn't recognised his voice when I made the original posting - I came across the programme by accident.) smiley - fish


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Post 13

Demon Drawer

I think you may have heard the repeat I caught something like that a while back I think.


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Post 14

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

I don't think so - it made "Choice of the day" in the Radio Times, and wasn't flagged as a repeat, while other programmes are. It's a shame I didn't check the radio pages last night.


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Post 15

Demon Drawer

Maybe it was just a tribute thingy I heard then near the time of his death.


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Post 16

Researcher 110207 Non Sequitur

Authoritative but friendly! If you've ever heard his RCA adverts on American telly,
you might see what I mean.

Also, how about that guy who does "Connections"? I forget his name, but I remember
he's sort of famous as a documentary narrator.


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Post 17

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

James Burke? An odd suggestion, but getting a real science person to voice the book might be just the sort of in-joke which would appeal to DNA... smiley - winkeye

I guess JB is now working in the states, as I haven't seen any new British stuff from him (apart from in print) for over ten years. I'm told there's an ongoing series of "Connections" on one of the satellite channels, but sadly my cable box doesn't carry it.


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Post 18

Poowinraz

All my friends and I agree that Stephen Fry would make a WONDERFUL Voice of the Book. He is a wonderful mimic and has a great speaking voice.

Poowinraz


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Post 19

Ralph the Wonder Llama and André the dodo; Excrement Occurs

Try William Franklyn...


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Post 20

Peet (the Pedantic Punctuation Policeman, Muse of Lateral Programming Ideas, Eggcups-Spurtle-and-Spoonswinner, BBC Cheese Namer & Zaphodista)

Oooh, that's a good idea; I wonder if they've thought of it...







smiley - nahnah


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