Oh Buoy, it’s Pip Ahoy!
British acting legend Sir David Jason and fellow actor Teresa Gallagher are lending their voices to the latest audio podcast from Littlestone RNLI station.
Since January 2014, the station has been recording a quarterly podcast to keep those who support them updated about the work they do and the rescues they carry out.
Over two episodes (April and July) the voices of David and Teresa, who star as Uncle Skipper and Pip in the Channel 5 animation series ‘Pip Ahoy!’, will be heard alongside the regular crew telling the story of Littlestone lifeboat station and the volunteers who give up their time to save lives at sea.
The podcast is available via the station Facebook page and is heard by people all over the world, not just those who know the station locally.
The first of two special episodes will be launched on Easter Saturday, 4th April and sees Pip collected from Salty Cove by RNLI Helmsman John Ruffhead and brought to Littlestone-On-Sea to meet the crew.
During the recording of the first episode, a real emergency happened for the crew to respond to, as will be heard in the production.
Sir David who is known to millions for playing Delboy in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ has been a voice of cartoon characters for many years, famously playing Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and Toad of Toad Hall in the animated television series in the 1980s, ‘Wind in the Willows’.
Voice actor, Teresa Gallagher, who lives in Kent, is the voice of Pip and can be heard as a host of other animated television characters in series of ‘Noddy’, ‘Thomas and Friends’, ‘Octonaughts’ and the upcoming ‘Thunderbirds’ film. Cosgrove Hall, who make the ‘Pip Ahoy!’ series, say they’re delighted to work with RNLI Littlestone:
Jenny Johnstone, commercial director, CHF Entertainment Ltd. said:
“We are delighted to be invited to participate in the RNLI’s podcasts this year.
We feel that the Pip Ahoy! characters, storylines and sea side setting compliments the charity’s activities to deliver essential beach and sea safety education to children.
One of our key mission’s is to use the popularity of the show to support relevant causes and we look forward to working with RNLI Littlestone on future events.”
Charlie Davies, Lifeboat Operations Manager at RNLI Littlestone: “It all happened because one of our crew, who knows Teresa well, suggested that she might like to be part of our regular podcast and the idea blossomed from there.
Before we knew it, Sir David was recording his lines in a London studio and Teresa joined us recently one Sunday morning and we recorded the whole episode with the crew.
Our idea was to give younger children an understanding of what we do and who better to guide them than Pip?
We are so grateful to Teresa, Sir David and Cosgrove Hall for volunteering their time to the RNLI and to our station here at Littlestone”.