From Old Grey Whistle Test to Silver Screen.
Saturday April 27 2019: Whispering Bob Harris's acting debut.
After decades as a radio and TV presenter, Bob Harris has achieved the mark of a true legend: being asked to play himself in a movie.
The film, which is already enjoying critical acclaim, follows the story of a young Glaswegian girl’s dream of making it big in the country music world. Nicole Taylor, the film’s writer, was keen to write Bob into the movie.
But playing yourself on screen isn’t without its challenges, and Bob had his work cut out learning his lines.
“Even as I headed onto set, I wasn’t 100%, but Tom gave me such confidence and I felt that Nicole had captured my tone so perfectly, that it all turned out OK in the end”
During the filming, music afficionado Bob became good friends with Jessie Buckley (I'd Do Anything, Taboo) who plays singer ‘Rose-Lynn Harlan’.
“She’s such a great actor, and musician also… she gigs as Rose-Lynn every now and then, and we connected over music mainly.”
Keeping his eye on the Ball!
Wednesday February 27 2019: Excellent's Simon McCoy makes his Radio debut!
BBC News presenter and Afternoon Live anchor Simon McCoy will be reading the news for the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show!
Zoe Ball's takeover from Chris Evans on Radio 2's Breakfast Show at the start of 2019 was historic, and our very own Simon McCoy was there to catch up with Zoe after her first show.
Fast forward a month and Simon is joining Zoe on air!!! He will be filling in for the programme's resident newsreader, Tina Daheley.
Simon is a "huge fan of Zoe Ball and when they announced that they would need someone to fill this position (he) got in touch immediately!"
This will be Simon's first piece of radio broadcasting, which is interesting given his extensive career as a TV broadcaster- Royal Correspondent for Sky, reporting from the front line in war zones and famously outside central London hospitals awaiting the birth of Royal babies.
Simon has assured us that his lack of experience in radio was not a conscious choice: "a job in TV came my way and I grabbed it, but radio is exciting and a lot of fun, and heck, I've certainly got the face for it..." he adds.
Given this show is the most listened to Breakfast Show in Europe is Simon feeling nervous? “I’ve spent a few hours rehearsing with the team at Radio 2 and I’m feeling confident, although it could all go horribly wrong so make sure to listen in!".
Do not miss Simon this Thursday 28th Feb and Friday 1st March on Radio 2's Breakfast Show, where he'll join Zoe and the rest of the gang who he has described as "a tight family unit" that he is excited to work with!
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Kicking up a storm!
Wednesday October 24 2018: Carol Kirkwood reporting from Hollyoaks Village!
Excellent's Carol Kirkwood will be on your screens in the evening for a change as she tackles the tumultuous Hollyoaks scene, reporting the the arrival of "Storm Hollyoaks".
2018 has seen some heavy storms and strong winds, and Carol has been at the forefront of it all! Warning us of turbulent weather ahead is what she does best, but can Carol warn the Hollyoaks cast in time to avoid disaster?
Do not miss Carol on Hollyoaks at 7pm on 24th and 25th Oct, on E4!
If you're interested in booking Carol, please visit her page on our website.
Weather you like it or not, it's happening!
Thursday October 4 2018: 2018 The Extreme Summer - Excellent's Laura Tobin hosts ITV's Tonight Show
From the “Beast from the East” to the hottest summer on record, 2018 has been a rollercoaster for meteorologists such as Laura Tobin. But it's not just the temperature that's been abnormal - it has also affected everything from food prices to employment markets.
On ITV's Tonight programme Laura visits the people and businesses whose lives and livelihoods have been radically affected by the British weather this year, and asks what could our weather look like in 30 years time? Is this extreme heat and widespread flooding the new normal for Summer in the UK?
Don’t miss Laura on ITV 1 tonight at 19:30.
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Bright and early!
Friday September 14 2018: Excellent's Carol Kirkwood is on the cover of Radio Times, and reveals exclusive details about her early mornings!
Speaking to Michael Hodges, for Radio Times, Carol reveals what a working morning looks like for her. We can all agree that her 2:45am start is not enviable!
Since first starting on Breakfast in 1998, Carol has enjoyed 20 whopping years on our screens! This colourful Radio Times cover is the perfect portrayal of Carol: smiling her way through the week, even when it pours.
There's no silencing this female voice!
Wednesday September 12 2018: Excellent's Lucianne McEvoy has wowed audiences (and major publications!) in her role as Northern Irish playwright in controversial satire.
Fresh from one of the most successful Edinburgh Fringe stages this year, Excellent’s Lucianne McEvoy is as excited as we are to share that this award-winning show is going to be enjoying both a New York and a London transfer, after winning the “Best of Edinburgh” award at this year’s Festival!
This hard-hitting David Ireland play, which explores abuses of power, the confusion of cultural identity and the silencing of the female voice, has received glowing reviews from publications such as the The Telegraph and The New York Times, and a 5 star review from The Guardian!
Lucianne’s theatre credits include the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime, and her on-screen experience includes Channel 4’s NY-LON! Recent VO credits include Hayu, JML Ireland TV and a host of radio credits such as Stardust and If I Could Fly, both for RTE and most recently The Vital Spark : Intelligence for BBC Scotland.
An overall talent! Listen to her reels on our website, and get in touch to work with this inevitably high in-demand FVO!
Drivetimes with Lisa!
Tuesday September 11 2018: Excellent's award-winning presenter Lisa Aziz has joined Eddie Mair's new team at LBC Drivetime!
Lisa anchored LBC’s early breakfast for 3 years, working with Nick Ferrari - before heading for Classic FM. Her return to LBC reunites her with another news giant of the airwaves Eddie Mair!
Lisa has now become a part of Eddie Mair’s fantastic drivetime team and will be on air every weekday from 4-6pm, as well as presenting the news for Nigel Farage’s show which follows this!
Having become one of the main news presenters for Sky News very early on in her career, Lisa has always been one for a challenge. “It’s all very fast paced and political and newsy!” – Lisa on the switch from breakfast to drivetime.
Listen out for Lisa on your end-of-day commutes, and check out her reels to get a better idea of every(VO)thing she has to offer!
A truly Excellent talent!
Thursday August 16 2018: Excellent's Melina Theocharidou has just returned to London after performing in the Greek production of Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe's "Every Brilliant Thing", to critical acclaim!
This award-winning, one-woman play follows the story of a 7 year-old-girl confronting her mother’s suicide attempt by listing every brilliant thing there is to live for. Years later, she comes to tell us her story, and the story of the List, which is now 1 million brilliant things long!
"Melina Theocharidou is beyond extraordinary" (Enetpress) and "A faultless performance by Melina Theocharidou" (Artic) are just a couple of the glowing reviews of the play. The multi-talented actress has also been starring as the infamous Arsinoe in a new production of The Misanthrope in Athens.
Melina’s voice has featured in countless campaigns for radio and television, language learning courses, in-flight announcements, and TV series (Peaky Blinders, BBC). She is the voice of the Greek edition of the toy My Little Pony. Most recently, Melina voiced various characters for an as yet unannounced AAA Video Game.
Listen to her voiceover showreels and prepare to be impressed by this multi-linguist!
A pioneering project!
Friday July 27 2018: Excellent's Laura Tobin leads the way with clever
Having followed the story of Laura and her baby daughter Charlotte’s early entry into the world, Good Morning Britain and Hallmark have collaborated with baby charity Bliss to create a range of unique cards for sick and premature babies.
Laura led a focus group which included other mothers in a similar situation to her, discussing the awkwardness expressed by friends and family when it came to congratulating them on the new addition to the family. As a result, four different designs were created for the new card range.
These cards are available to buy now on Amazon, at selected Tescos and Morrisons supermarkets, as well as selected gift card shops around the country. 20 pence from each sale will be donated to the premature baby charity Bliss.
Ruth Turner-Blood, manager of the Writing Studio at Hallmark, said: “We are incredibly proud of the cards we have created to raise money for Bliss. We’d like to thank Laura and all the wonderful families with their incredible babies, for being so open in sharing their experiences.”
The voice of ITV sport for 4 decades!
Friday July 6 2018: Excellent is delighted to represent one of ITV's best known sports pundits, Jim Rosenthal!
After decades of top level sports presenting, Jim Rosenthal has collected some amazing memories and is now making some more in the VO world! Jim has covered eight FIFA World Cups, three Rugby World Cups, two Olympic Games and 150 Formula One races.
Though he enjoys each and every sport he has covered, football takes the lead for him with rugby a close second! Having been sat behind the goal when Maradona's infamous "Hand of God" moment happened, and at the arguably more infamous penalty shoot-out between West Germany and England in Italia 90', it is safe to say that Jim has done his fair share of nail-biting! “Nothing beats the atmosphere in South Africa 2010 though”, as Jim describes, “that whole tournament was just incredible!” An equally patriotic favourite moment for Jim was in Australia at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop kick. Champions!
The world of VO seemed a “natural follow on” for Jim, given his successful broadcasting career. You’ll hear him currently on the History Channel for the History of Football Series, during this World Cup season. With regard to the current tournament and England team, Jim has made sure to “keep pushing the optimistic button” – it seems to be working!
Some voices are just synonymous with the world of sport. We think Jim is among the greatest. Check out his new page on our website and give his reels a listen.