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Richard Preddy and Tony Robinson are trying to brighten up the daily commute
Blackadder star Tony Robinson has come up with a cunning plan to make the morning commute more bearable.
The actor and presenter has teamed up with Richard Preddy, who wrote the sitcom Green Wing, on a series of witty announcements to be played on trains between Birmingham and London and at Marylebone Station.
Preddy wrote the lines while Robinson, who played dim-witted Baldrick in Blackadder, spent a month with staff on Chiltern Railways helping them learn 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: "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."
Another is: "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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