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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Let’s hope this is the first of many tributes to the great man, and let’s also hope there are some new tributes as well and not just repeated documentaries like this one from when he was still alive, and a few more repeats that aren’t just the same two from 1976 and 1986 they’ve shown on BBC4 before. This’ll do for now, though.
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