Bill Mitchell The Man Who Wrestled Pumas... Probably.txt
Bill Mitchell - The Man Who Wrestled Pumas... Probably 20090618 BBC R4.mp3
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Bill Mitchell: The Man Who Wrestled Pumas... Probably 18-06-2009
Miriam Margolyes presents a documentary charting the life and career of her late colleague and friend Bill Mitchell, the voice-over artist who informed us the latest blockbusters would be 'at cinemas near you from Sunday', told us 'Carlsberg was probably the best lager in the world', and that Denim was 'for men who didn't have to try too hard'.
Born in Canada, he admitted that heavy drinking and smoking from his teens helped preserve the voice, and indeed drove his excessive lifestyle. He 'had to' abuse his body to maintain the voice and he 'had to' be in a Soho pub because it was handy for the recording studios.
Bill's career spanned acting, voice-over work, plus a brief spell as 1970s pop outfit Yin and Yan with friend Chris Sandford. His remains ranked as one of the greats within the advertising industry.
Featuring contributions from Bill's daughter Amanda McAllister, musicians and friends Zoot Money and Kenny Clayton, and industry moguls Nick Angell and Rob Townsend.
From The Radio Times
[size=4]It's the way he tells them[/size]
[size=3]Bill Mitchell was the man whose voice launched a thousand ad campaigns.[/size]
The name Bill Mitchell may not ring any bells but his gravel-toned voice is guaranteed to induce a warm flush of nostalgia in anyone over 40. Cast your mind back to that advert from the 1970s: a sylph-like woman slips her hand inside a man's shirt, she starts to pull his popper studs open - ask your dad to explain if you don't understand the concept of men's clothing fastened with poppers - and, just as the most eye-bogglingly hirsute part of his chest is about to be revealed, he clamps her wandering, lustful fingers in a grip of steel. "Denim, for men who don't have to try too hard" rasps the voice, which belonged, of course, to Bill Mitchell. He also took over from Orson Welles when the latter's fees for the Carlsberg adverts rocketed too high. This week Miriam Margolyes not only profiles Mitchell's work, but also his love affair with the Coach and Horses pub in London's Soho, whose famous frequenters included the journalist Jeffrey Barnard - enough said. But, lifestyle choices aside, he made a good living and a great reputation as the master of the voiceover, not to mention a fortnightly appearance in old Private Eye cartoon The Regulars.
-- Jane Anderson
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Bitrate : 128
Mode : stereo
Frequency : 44100 Hz
Length : 00:27:42
Encoder : Lame 3.97
Source : iPlayer
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