Tony Robinson helps Chiltern Railways staff deliver comedy train announcements

07:44 14 May 2012

Richard Preddy (left) and Tony Robinson at Marylebone station, London, to launch a new project from television comedy channel GOLD and Chiltern Railways where a series of witty one-liners are to replace the standard train announcements. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Richard Preddy (left) and Tony Robinson at Marylebone station, London, to launch a new project from television comedy channel GOLD and Chiltern Railways where a series of witty one-liners are to replace the standard train announcements. Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Train passengers are being advised to prepare for London’s “overwhelmingly calm and relaxing pace of life” in a series of new comedy announcements.

Actor and presenter Tony Robinson, who played dim-witted Baldrick in Blackadder, has teamed up with Richard Preddy, who wrote the sitcom Green Wing, for the witty announcements to be played on trains between Birmingham and London and at Marylebone Station.

Preddy wrote the lines while Robinson spent a month coaching staff on Chiltern Railways to deliver the lines.

Preddy said: “It was fascinating to meet the Chiltern staff and a wonderful, if challenging, project to work on.

“We have all waited for a train or a bus into work as the rain pours down and bustled our way to a seat, and I think comedy can help to alleviate that stress.

“Everyone we met was so enthusiastic and the feedback so far has been fantastic.

“It’s important to note that we aren’t trying to turn everyone into a comedian. Rather we are hoping to bring out a little more of the staff’s personality and humour via their day-to-day announcements and help cheer up the commuters along the way.”

Among the announcements passengers will hear are:

“I’d like to welcome passengers boarding this 7.33 from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone. If you’ve just bumped into someone who you barely know, you now have one hour and 30 minutes of awkward small talk. Good luck.”

“For any passengers who’ve not visited London before, do please prepare yourselves for the capital’s overwhelmingly calm and relaxing pace of life.”

“We will shortly be passing through West Ruislip where we will be racing the Underground trains. Do please feel free to cheer for our driver.”

“Will any passengers listening to noisy iPods please get a better taste in music. Thank you.”

The project was conceived by comedy channel Gold, for the full list of witty announcements go to www.goldtvchannel.co.uk

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