Redvers Kyle, voice-over artist and actor, Died at 86

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Redvers Kyle was born in 1929, and died on November 18, 2015.

He was a South African-born British broadcaster, voice over artist, actor and composer, best known for his work on the ITV network in the United Kingdom.

Redvers was born in Germiston, South Africa and named after General Sir Redvers Buller, the British military commander in the early stages of the Anglo-Boer War.

During his university studies, Redvers began his broadcasting career with the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg and appeared in dramatic productions including Boy with a Cart, which won him an award at a national drama festival.

Redvers emigrated to England in August 1952, and spent a year as a schoolmaster before becoming a freelance radio and television broadcaster.

His involvement with ITV began in its first month – September 1955 – when he appeared on a Sunday afternoon series for ATV.

Redvers also made early contributions to ITN, providing commentary to news film.

His career as a continuity announcer began when he joined Associated-Rediffusion in February 1956, working alongside Muriel Young and the station’s presentation chief Leslie Mitchell.

Redvers later became Chief Announcer and continued with Rediffusion until the company lost its franchise.

He was on duty for the station’s final night of transmission on Monday 29 July 1968.

It was during Redvers time at Rediffusion that he made television history by presenting the first schools programme on British television in 1957.

The programme was called Looking and Seeing and Kyle was criticised for talking too much and trying “to cover too much ground in too short a time”.

Redvers went onto host a number of other children’s programmes produced by A-R in the late 1950s and early 1960s, voiced over local adverts for ATV in the Midlands, was heard as a narrator on a number of LP records, and composed light music.

Following Rediffusion’s closure, Redvers moved to the new Yorkshire Television in Leeds, where he served as its Chief Announcer for nearly a quarter of a century.

During this period, his voice was heard nationally on trails and promos for networked programming as well as the long-running schools series How We Used To Live and during the 1980s, the YTV children’s series The Giddy Game Show.

Redvers passed away at age 86 in November 2015.


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