A shocked British television audience were in, well, shock, when one advert on television didn't feature a voiceover by Stephen Fry, and a demonstration was quickly organised at the BBC's headquarters in central London.
Protestor Mrs. Victoria Station said: 'We're all devastated by what's happened. Mr. Fry's endless voiceovers on adverts, in that ridiculously pompous and irritating way he talks, just made our day. OK, the BBC doesn't show ads, but we couldn't find an ITV picture in the gallery. This monstrous and disgraceful use of someone else's voice must never be allowed to happen again!'
And another demonstrator, Mr. Peckham Rye, added: 'Not having Fry doing the voices on ads is terrible, it's nearly as bad as Sky Sports not having Arsene Wenger doing an interview on it every day. What we want is all ads being spoken by Fry, and Wenger doing interviews in between, for 24 hours a day! And when do we want it? Next Tuesday, when we cash our pensions!'
Stephen Fry is famous for speaking in a patronising and cringeworthy voice in 'Blackadder', the comedy series that launched the career of lots of other people, and denied that voiceovers are only done by ham actors, who otherwise would be reduced to writing dreadful books that fill up charity shops in their thousands.
One such ham actor and failed writer, Ben Elton, said: 'If you need a car insurance quote, why go anywhere else than Direct Whine? Whine, whine, whine, more wine please, waiter', and then left to sign another few hundred of his unread books in the nearby Help The Ham Actor Foundation shop, in Hammersmith.
American President Barack Obama was approached to do a few finance company adverts, but declined on the grounds that he'd need to say something that actually meant anything. Oh yes.