Frederick Robert Yule (7 October 1893, Norfolk – 11 December 1982, Southend-on-Sea)[1] was an English character actor, comedian and singer, mainly known for his appearances in post-war BBC Radio programmes such as ITMA, Ray's a Laugh, Band Waggon (1947 era) and The Archers.

He began his stage career as a singer in pantomime, West End musicals and music hall. He first broadcast in 1925, as the vocalist with Herman Darewski's orchestra. After that he became a prolific broadcaster with a wide range, including variety, drama, features, talks, and programmes for young listeners. His voice was well known to a generation of radio listeners as the one that stopped "the mighty roar of London's traffic" at the start of each episode of In Town Tonight.[2] He also provided more than one voice in a radio adaptation of "Three Men in a Boat" by Hubert Gregg. This was repeated, after many years in the archives, on BBC Radio 4 extra. His sole film appearance was in The Charcoal-Burner's Son (1939).[3]

He was married to music hall actress Doreen Monte.[4]


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ "Mr Fred Yule", The Times, 13 December 1982, p. 14
  3. ^ "Personally Speaking" BBC radio interview 1978
  4. ^ Profile,; retrieved 25 March 2015.