"Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin." These are the words which greeted generations of children and their parents as they tuned into the radio program 'Listen with Mother', which was the main entertainment aimed at children in the days before the great variety of children' television emerged. The lines were delivered by Daphne Oxenford.
Oxenford died on December 21, although her death has only now been announced, according to the BBC
Daphne Oxenford was born on October 31, 1919. She became an theater actress at an early age. Her best known role is the voice for BBC radio's 'Listen with Mother', which ran from 1950 to 1971; she was also a reader on the Granada Television’s newspaper review program What the Papers Say for over thirty years.
In addition to her radio work, the Independent
notes, she featured in the television program 'Coronation Street', playing Esther Hayes from 1960 to 1963, 1971 and 1972. She also featured in the sitcom 'To the Manor Born'.
Daphne Oxenford’s feature film credits included parts in 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' (1969), 'That’ll Be The Day' (1973), and as 'Mrs Pumphrey' in All Creatures Great And Small (1974).
Her last role, the Daily Mail
states, was in 2008, playing an elderly Dame Agatha Christie alongside David Tennant in a DVD episode of Dr Who.