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BBC director who voiced Robot Wars dies in car crash

BBC director Stuart McDonald has died (Picture: BBC/LinkedIn)

Tributes have been pouring in following the death of BBC director Stuart McDonald who died in a car crash on Tuesday morning.

Stuart worked on a number of beloved shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Top Of The Pops, and was also the famed voice of Robot Wars.

‘Roboteers, stand by,’ was one of the notorious phrases announced by the late star on the programme which ran from 1998 to 2004 and from 2016 to 2018, as well as: ‘three, two, one, activate’ and ‘cease’.

Children’s TV duo Dick and Dom – otherwise known as Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood – paid their respects to Stuart on Twitter.

‘A one off,’ they penned. ‘You didn’t work in showbiz until you were directed by Stuart. X’

Television producer Richard Marson wrote: ‘Very sad to hear of the death of prolific TV director Stuart McDonald. He was brilliant at the often taken for granted art of multi camera direction & his talkback was always enjoyably witty. I can hear him now on That’s Life!saying, “cue the Esther person!”’

Stuart died in a car crash on Tuesday (Picture: IMDB)

Stuart’s death was also announced on BBC Radio Oxford, with presenter David Prever telling listeners his ‘mentor’ had died.

‘I woke to some really upsetting news this morning that he man who gave me my break doing this 40 years ago – I was 12 years old – died yesterday,’ he said.

‘I doubt you would have known him but I guarantee you will have seen his work over the years.

‘His name is Stuart MacDonald. He worked for many years as Senior Director of the BBC and he was responsible for pretty much most of the light Entertainment Television while I was growing up; Parkinson, Top of the Pops, all of the audience with shows, all of the Royal Variety shows and the National Lottery for years.

‘It was his name there saying cue Terry, cue Gabby, cue Lenny, and all of those things. And right up to date with The Chase, Pointless and so many other shows.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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