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Video: Brian Blessed teaching voice projection in a cycling tunnel? Here you go

"Gordon's Alive?!" Star of cult movie delivers catchphrase in Monsal Trail tunnel...

No-one would accuse actor Brian Blessed of being softly, softly spoken (besides which, if we’re referencing TV cop shows of yesteryear, it was Z Cars he was in). But imagine that booming voice echoing in a disused railway tunnel on a popular cycling route?

Well, imagine no more. Here he is in a tunnel on the Monsal Trail in the Peak District National Park teaching BBC Radio Derbyshire’s Tom Ingall how to project his voice.

The phrase? Well, it could only be “Gordon’s alive!” from the cult 1980 movie Flash Gordon ...

Brian Blessed teaches BBC reporter Tom Ingall how to project his voice in a tunnel on the Monsal Trail.The actor was visiting Derbyshire to help launch a fundraising campaign to maintain the area.

Posted by BBC Radio Derby on Wednesday, 27 January 2016


Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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