Peter Tuddenham

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Peter Tuddenham
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Peter Tuddenham at the launch of the Blake's 7 second series DVD, 2005.
Born(1918-11-27)27 November 1918
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Died9 July 2007(2007-07-09) (aged 88)
Years active1955-1995
Known forBlake's 7

Peter Tuddenham (27 November 1918 – 9 July 2007) was a British actor. He was well known for his voice work, and provided the contrasting voices of the computers in the science-fiction series Blake's 7 (BBC, 1978–1981).

Life and career[edit]

Tuddenham was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, and raised in the nearby seaside town of Felixstowe. He made his professional debut before the Second World War, in repertory at Hastings. In the wartime Royal Army Service Corps, he appeared in Stars in Battledress.[2]

After the war he joined a production of Ivor Novello's The Dancing Years; later, in 1959, BBC productions of this and another Novello musical, Perchance to Dream, were among his early television appearances. In 1950 he appeared in Noël Coward's Ace of Clubs, which had a moderate run in the West End.[2]

Tuddenham's first appeared on television in an early ITV production The Granville Melodramas (1955), with Hattie Jacques and John Le Mesurier. He had a regular role in Anglia Television's Weavers Green (1966), a short-lived, twice-weekly soap.[1]

He provided the voice-over for Akenfield. Peter Hall's 1974 film treatment of Ronald Blythe's book. Tuddenham became the dialogue coach for Hall's 1985 production at Glyndebourne of Benjamin Britten's opera, Albert Herring, which was televised on BBC2.[2]

Tuddenham appeared in radio dramas including the soap operas Mrs Dale's Diary and Waggoner's Walk, and became an off-screen voice in the Doctor Who stories The Ark in Space and The Masque of Mandragora, in 1975 and 1976.[1] He was then cast in Blake's 7, providing the voices of the computers.[1] Tuddenham reprised his roles in revivals for radio.[2]

In serious drama television drama Tuddenham frequently appeared in character roles, playing doctors and other figures of authority. Among these appearances were North and South (1975),[1] The Lost Boys (1978), The Burston Rebellion (1985), and Anything More Would Be Greedy (1989), again for Anglia.[1] In comedy he featured in Nearest and Dearest, Only Fools and Horses, One Foot in the Grave and Double First.[2]

According to an obituarist, "Tuddenham remained a genial character, and was an unfailingly popular guest at sci-fi conventions." Rosie, his second wife, and their son Julian survive him, together with a son from his first marriage. Another son predeceased him.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1975-1987 Doctor Who Computer/Titan/Brain (voice) 3 episodes
1975 North and South Dr. Lowe Miniseries
1978-1981 Blake's 7 Zen/Orac/Slave (voice)
1978 The Lost Boys Dr. Rendel Miniseries
1981-1982 Tales of the Unexpected Control Voice/Tommy 2 episodes
1986 Lovejoy Auctioneer Episode: The Sting
David Copperfield Bootmaker Miniseries
Only Fools and Horses Charles Episode: A Royal Flush
1989 Campion Pepper 2 episodes
1995 The Bill Mr. Wilson Episode: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Peter Tuddenham", British Film Institute. Retrieved 11 May 2019
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gaughan, Gavin. "Obituary: Peter Tuddenham", The Guardian, 2 August 2007

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