Building firms don’t tend to make memorable adverts, but Barratt’s long-lived 1970s campaign, in which a helicopter zoomed over the majestic expanses of link detached residences on Orchard Mews and Fairview Drive struck a chord. This was down to the none-more-actorly voice of the chopper’s passenger, Patrick Allen. His rich tones (even his voice seemed to wear a cravat) somehow imbued the mundane talk of double garages and double glazing with the stamp of fruity authority. Point of confusion: Allen also voiced the infamous Protect and Survive nuclear fallout films – did that mean a Barratt home could survive a ten megaton attack?
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Into the eighties now, where food programmes in particular took on the guise we know now, where the recipes themselves play second fiddle to the chefs and their encounters over the dinner table. We hope we get some clips of On The House and Tricks Of The Trade too, because we used to love them. Lance Percival telling us how to mop up red wine? Bring it on!
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