Best voices are those of Baker and Lumley

Radio Times has conducted a survey to find out which broadcasting voices are loved or loathed by viewers and listeners.

The survey ties in with a two-part Radio 4 documentary, A Voice Like Honey, presented by impersonator and Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens. The programme looks at the latest advances in vocal surgery that are helping people with serious medical conditions and explores the future possibilities of a trip to a voice surgeon to get a new voice.

Users of radiotimes.com voted Tom Baker — of Doctor Who and Little Britain fame — and Joanna Lumley as having the best broadcasting voices and concluded that Julian Clary and Janet Street-Porter have the worst.

In this week’s edition of Radio Times, a poll of more than 4,500 readers reveals the Top 10 best and worst male and female voices on television and radio.

Other popular voices to make the grade in the male stakes included Stephen Fry (number 2), James Nesbitt (number 5)

and Terry Wogan (number 9). Davina McCall (number 3), Fiona Bruce (number 4) and Lorraine Kelly (number 6)

were some of the top women.

A Voice Like Honey can be heard on Radio 4 on Wednesday 1 March at 9pm and Wednesday 8 March at the same time.

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