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VOICEOVERS: A LAUGHING MATTER.
13 August 2021

As host of Channel 4's The Last Leg, comedian Adam Hills plays a key role in the broadcaster’s Paralympics coverage. His latest contribution may be offscreen, but his presence is hard to ignore.

The Australian provides audio description for Channel 4’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympics trailer. It's a warm, dynamic, and witty performance, and shows how the right script can let a comedian shine. So, who else has made their voice count over the years?

Matt Berry

Every now and again, even DAVID can be caught unaware and so it was when a tweeted link sent by actor and recording studio regular Matt Berry passed across our social media horizon in 2015.

At first, we took this Veterans For Peace commercial to be a piece of comedy. Edgy, for sure, but not out of step with the Toast of London co-creator's canon of work. However, this brilliantly realised spoof of an ad for Action Man actually has a deadly serious message about the age of many of those who join the British Army.


Peter Serafinowicz

Peter Serafinowicz's slightly nasal yet deadpan delivery of an excellent script makes this Weetabix ad a memorable treat. A chap who has chosen to boil an egg for his breakfast stands by the pan waiting for it to cook as the VO addresses him.

Throughout, Serafinowicz's VO questions Greg laconically. What: no bread to go with the egg? How long has it still got to boil? Then there's the necessity of letting it cool down before you peel it. That's going to be tricky, isn't it?


Julian Barratt

Move over, Gordon the Boar - there's a new anthropomorphic gin connoisseur in town. His name is Mr Swan, and he's the focal point of this terrific commercial for artisan distillers Sipsmith.

Realised through deft stop-motion animation, Mr. Swan (voiced by Julian Barratt) saunters through the ad whilst outlining the gin's production process. He may be fowl, so to speak, but Barratt's Swan proves a witty and entertaining advocate for the brand's wares.


Ellie White & Tim Key

This 30" animated launch ad for Bulb sets out the energy company's stall in wry fashion. And what better way to pique viewers' interest than with a monstrous kelp plant?

Said gardening crisis is neatly brought to life via minimalist animation and dry voice work from comedians Tim Key and Ellie White, as their characters segue from talk of power suppliers to rapidly growing tendrils.


James Acaster

Keen to promote good mental health as well as witty banter, Dave partner with the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for this ad break takeover narrated by channel regular James Acaster

The work encourages viewers to "be the mate you'd want", and sometimes that means simply reaching out to a friend to check if they're OK. Four minutes is a demanding prospect, but Acaster's storytelling nous keeps viewers engaged.


Obviously, this is a very male-centric list... we'll take a look at female voiceovers in the near future. Who are your favourites?

News

SUPERNOVA HEAD TO YOU ARE HERE

You Are Here have added South American directing duo Supernova to their roster for representation.


THE CORNER SHOP NAB VINCENT RENÉ-LORTIE.

The Corner Shop have signed director Vincent René-Lortie for work in the UK, the US, and the Netherlands.


KNUCKLEHEAD SIGN DAVE BULLIVANT

Knucklehead have signed director and photographer Dave Bullivant for representation in the UK and Amsterdam.


JOHN ALLISON AND CHRIS BOVILL JOIN PABLO LONDON.

Creative tag team John Allison and Chris Bovill have joined Pablo London on a permanent basis.


TV KLAXON: HAWKEYE

Disney+'s Hawkeye focuses on Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and his protégé Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).


CAROLINE KONING ARRIVES AT NEW LAND.

Dutch filmmaker Caroline Koning has joined New Land for representation in the UK and Scandinavia.


GREAT GUNS ADD JESSE VILE

Great Guns have added noted documentary filmmaker Jesse Vile to their roster.


RINGAN

It's nearly two weeks since we heard the shocking news that Ringan Ledwidge had died at the age of just 50.


CURATE ADDS PRANO BAILEY-BOND

Curate have added rising star Prano Bailey-Bond to their bespoke roster.


SILENCE AT SPINDLE.

Known for her ability to cut through the noise, director Silence has joined Spindle's roster for representation.


CHARLIE ROBINS JOINS AGILE FILMS.

Music video whizz Charlie Robins has joined the promos roster at Agile Films.


DAVID BERTRAM LANDS AT BLINK.

French creative-turned-director David Bertram has joined Blink's rosters in London and Amsterdam.


WHITEHOUSE POST ELECT BEN CANNY.

Whitehouse Post have signed editor Ben Canny to their London roster.


HENRY WELCOME SEBASTIAN STRASSER.

Sebastian Strasser, one of Germany's foremost TVC directors, has joined HENRY for French representation.


FILM KLAXON - LIONESS: THE NICOLA ADAMS STORY

Whether you know her as Babyface or The Lioness, Nicola Adams is one of the UK's most decorated boxers.


SCOTT PERRY SIGNS WITH HAMLET.

New markets await for director Scott Perry as he joins HAMLET for representation.


ANOTHER ICELANDIC SIGNING FOR TANTRUM

tantrum have added award-winning director Thora Hilmarsdottir to their roster of talent.


AUBE PERRIE HEADS TO PULSE FILMS

Those with a keen eye on the world of music promos will be excited to learn that Pulse Films have added Aube Perrie to their music videos and commercials roster.


PRETTYBIRD SWOOP FOR JOSEPH WILSON

London filmmaker Joseph Wilson has joined Prettybird UK for commercial representation.


SAM COLEMAN JOINS DARLING

Darling Films have added South African director Sam Coleman to their roster for UK representation.


CHEAT ENLIST JONNY TULLY.

Seasoned operator Jonny Tully has joined CHEAT as a senior colourist.


DOLLY WELLS IS A HAPPY SNAPPER.

Writer, director, and performer Dolly Wells has completed her move to Snapper Films.


FILM KLAXON: SOLIDAGO.

Jerusha West’s 'Solidago' is an upcoming short film set in an all-female 1960s commune.


DAX MARTINEZ-VARGAS IS CURATE MATERIAL.

Curate's directing roster now boasts Dax Martinez-Vargas for UK and European work.


STINK RISING ADDS OLIVIA ROSE

Stink have added director and photographer Olivia Rose to their Rising roster.


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