About this site


The site was started in 1996 as a result of hearing Hugh Laurie's voice in many of the adverts that were being screened at the time. I though it might be interesting to make a note of who I recognised in the many adverts that bombard us in between the programmes (if you remember, they are meant to be the interesting bits). It didn't take long before I had a list long enough to make it worth while posting on the web for everyone to enjoy


The early days...

When the site was first published, it contained a simple list of voice-overs and appearances and not a lot else. Over the years I added wonderful things such as the video clips section, music entries, java search engine, guestbook, forms for submitting adverts, links, etc. I have been helped over the years by many people submitting advert details, video clips and other useful information. You can see the more prolific ones by clicking here.

For all those of you interested in the more technical aspects, the site consisted of many static html pages generated from flat text files containing the data. A 'C' program and a number of REXX scripts generated the html files. This was all very well but it did make the site difficult to update and it wasn't very interactive. Then, everything changed...


The next step...

The site was re-written completely in C# using Microsoft's ASP.NET 1.1 framework. It made for a more interactive experience with the introduction of forums as well as the ability to update the site as each new voice-over, appearance and soundtrack is identified. The storage for the forums and the advert database consisted of a number of XML files. That served me well for a while but as the forums and adverts grew, things started to creak a bit.


Where we are today...

The site has been moved over to the ASP.NET 2.0 framework and now uses Master pages to help keep a consistency throughout the site. The XML files have finally been dropped and converted to SQL databases which have improved the speed and quality of the searches tremendously.