The Voice Of Joe Grundy

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Felicity Finch pays tribute to Ted Kelsey who played Joe Grundy in The Archers for over 30 years before his death earlier this year. Felicity, who often starred alongside him in her role as Ruth Archer, uses an interview she recorded with Ted before he died for the BBC’s Oral History Collection as the starting point to explore his life and work.

Edward Kelsey was born in Hampshire in 1930 to a dressmaking mother. He attended medical school but soon realised that what he really wanted to do was act and so changed paths. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Speech and Drama and went on to win the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Award which gave him a six-month contract on the BBC Radio Drama Repertory Company. He never lost his love of radio, both as an actor and writer, and in 1985 took over from Haydn Jones as the great Grundy patriarch Joe in The Archers, recording his poignant final scenes in April this year.

Joe Grundy was at the heart of endless tales of mischief and misadventure, some wild, some barely legal, as well as having some of the most tragic storylines in Ambridge. All were delivered with irresistible warmth and worldly wisdom that was uniquely Joe, making him one of the programme’s best loved and most memorable characters.

In this programme Felicity talks to Ted’s sister and daughter, Gillian Denton and Lisbet Thomson, to Trevor Harrison, who plays Joe Grundy’s son Eddie and to Philip Molloy and Barry Farrimond who play his grandsons Will and Ed.

Edward Kelsey was also the voice of Mr Growbag in Wallace and Gromit’s Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Colonel K and Baron Greenback in Danger Mouse. He appeared in countless radio dramas over the years, as well as making many television appearances including Doctor Who and the Vicar of Dibley.

Presenter and Producer: Felicity Finch

You can find out more about the BBC Oral History Collection here: https://connectedhistoriesofthebbc.org/100-voices-that-made-the-bbc/

A tribute to Ted Kelsey - The Archers' Joe Grundy - who died earlier this year.

20191229

Felicity Finch pays tribute to Ted Kelsey who played Joe Grundy in The Archers for over 30 years before his death earlier this year. Felicity, who often starred alongside him in her role as Ruth Archer, uses an interview she recorded with Ted before he died for the BBC’s Oral History Collection as the starting point to explore his life and work.

Edward Kelsey was born in Hampshire in 1930 to a dressmaking mother. He attended medical school but soon realised that what he really wanted to do was act and so changed paths. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Speech and Drama and went on to win the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Award which gave him a six-month contract on the BBC Radio Drama Repertory Company. He never lost his love of radio, both as an actor and writer, and in 1985 took over from Haydn Jones as the great Grundy patriarch Joe in The Archers, recording his poignant final scenes in April this year.

Joe Grundy was at the heart of endless tales of mischief and misadventure, some wild, some barely legal, as well as having some of the most tragic storylines in Ambridge. All were delivered with irresistible warmth and worldly wisdom that was uniquely Joe, making him one of the programme’s best loved and most memorable characters.

In this programme Felicity talks to Ted’s sister and daughter, Gillian Denton and Lisbet Thomson, to Trevor Harrison, who plays Joe Grundy’s son Eddie and to Philip Molloy and Barry Farrimond who play his grandsons Will and Ed.

Edward Kelsey was also the voice of Mr Growbag in Wallace and Gromit’s Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Colonel K and Baron Greenback in Danger Mouse. He appeared in countless radio dramas over the years, as well as making many television appearances including Doctor Who and the Vicar of Dibley.

Presenter and Producer: Felicity Finch

You can find out more about the BBC Oral History Collection here: https://connectedhistoriesofthebbc.org/100-voices-that-made-the-bbc/

A tribute to Ted Kelsey - The Archers' Joe Grundy - who died earlier this year.

20191229

Felicity Finch pays tribute to Ted Kelsey who played Joe Grundy in The Archers for over 30 years before his death earlier this year. Felicity, who often starred alongside him in her role as Ruth Archer, uses an interview she recorded with Ted before he died for the BBC’s Oral History project as the starting point to explore his life and work.

Edward Kelsey was born in Hampshire in 1930 to a dressmaking mother. He attended medical school but soon realised that what he really wanted to do was act and won a place at drama school instead. Having trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied speech and drama teaching, he went on to win the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Award which gave him a six month contract on the BBC Radio Drama Repertory Company. He never lost his love of radio, both as an actor and writer, and in 1985 he took over from Haydn Jones as the great Grundy patriarch Joe, a part he played ever since, recording his poignant final scenes in April this year. In The Archers on air, Joe Grundy died in October.

Ted’s first appearance as Joe Grundy was in March 1985, in a storyline which involved raiding his son and partner-in-crime Eddie’s cash box for dubious motives. The tone was set for years of mischief and misadventure for a lovable rogue as listeners followed his moneymaking schemes, some wild, some barely legal, but all delivered with irresistible warmth and worldly wisdom that was uniquely Joe. Known for his loathing of duvets and his penchant for Vera Lynn, Joe was nevertheless at the cutting-edge of 1980s technology when he ventured into the world of computer-dating. A surprisingly good listener, he comforted many a troubled Ambridge resident over a pint of delicious Borsetshire Beauty cider and sometimes featured in more tragic stories such as the Grundy family's loss of Grange Farm. From ‘Joe’s Jottings’ on Radio Borsetshire to his ever present ‘Farmer’s Lung’, Joe made his mark as one of the programme’s best loved and most memorable characters.

Ted Kelsey was also the voice of Mr Growbag in Wallace and Gromit’s Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Colonel K and Baron Greenback in Danger Mouse. He appeared in countless radio dramas over the years, and in The Vicar of Dibley, Doctor Who, The Avengers, Z Cars, Minder, Casualty, The Saint and many other TV series.

Producer and Presenter: Felicity Finch

A tribute to Ted Kelsey - The Archers' Joe Grundy - who died earlier this year.