Ted Ray, real name Charles Olden, (November 21st, 1905 - November 8th, 1977) was a popular English comedian of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s.
Ray was born in Wigan, Lancashire. His parents moved to Liverpool within days of his birth and Liverpudlians regard him as a local. As a comedian of the 1940s and 1950s, he demonstrated his ad-libbing skills in his weekly radio show, "Ray's A Laugh", from 1949 until 1961.
Ted narrated some of the Railway Series books for the BBC Children's television series "Jackanory" from September - October 1970.
Ted died at the age of 71 on November 8th, 1977.
- The Three Railway Engines (28th September 1970)
- Thomas the Tank Engine (29th September 1970)
- Duck and the Diesel Engine (30th September 1970)
- Toby the Tram Engine (1st October 1970)
- The Eight Famous Engines (2nd October 1970)
- Tank Engine Thomas Again (17th January 1972)
- James the Red Engine (18th January 1972)
- Troublesome Engines (19th January 1972)
- Percy the Small Engine (20th January 1972)
- Edward the Blue Engine (21st January 1972)