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Cant 'best children's TV voice'
Brian Cant
Brian Cant appeared on shows like Play Away in the 1970s
The narrator of iconic shows Trumpton and Camberwick Green has the best-loved voice from UK children's television, a survey says.

Brian Cant beat Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine narrator Oliver Postgate into second place, in the poll of over 1,200 people for Underground Ernie magazine.

Actor Sir David Jason, who has voiced shows including Dangermouse, was third.

Cant, now 73, also presented the BBC's Play School, and has acted in shows including Doctor Who and Casualty.

The top five was completed by Bernard Cribbins, narrator of The Wombles, and Jim Henson, who was the voice of The Muppet Show's Kermit the Frog.

"Many of us find it hard to forget the hypnotic-like animation, stop-motion figures, and wonderfully imaginative environments and characters from British children's TV," said Paddy Kempshall, editor of Underground Ernie magazine.

Windy Miller
Cant provided the voice for Windy Miller in Camberwick Green
"This poll demonstrates that the iconic status of shows such as Trumpton or Bagpuss were as much due to the voices and narration behind them as the writing, producing or even illustrating were."

The top 20 also featured ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine; Peter Sallis, who voices Wallace in the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit animations; and Roobarb and Custard narrator Richard Briers.

The survey was conducted online for the launch of the BBC magazine.

The CBeebies cartoon series Underground Ernie is about an international Tube train system and is voiced by former footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker.


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