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The City of London's statues brought to life - hear their exciting tales

9 statues in the City of London are brought to life with voiceovers provided by some of the nation's most cherished speakers in the exciting Talking Statues project to animate much-loved street art.

All you need is a phone with internet access. Visit each statue, follow the instructions and they'll call you and tell you what's really on their mind.

Check out our YouTube film from the Talking Statues launch, and hear Leanne O'Boyle talk about the project and some of the street art you can see in the City.

Listen out for:

  • Nicholas Parsons narrate Hodge the Cat
  • Hugh Dennis giving voice to a goat
  • Prunella Scales as Queen Victoria
  • Jeremy Paxman defending free speech as John Wilkes
  • Alan Johnson narrating Rowland Hill, inventor of the postage stamp
  • Maisie Williams as the daughter of the Broad Family
  • Clive Anderson brings to life the daily trails and tribulations of a commuter
  • Sara Pascoe reading the minds of passers-by

Check the map (660KB) to find the City's talking statues.

There are also statues in wider London and other cities around the globe - check out the website for location maps.

    Hodge the Cat

    ​Hodge the Cat sits in Gough Square outside his old master Dr Johnson's House, and is now given a voice by Nicholas Parsons