A stone’s throw from the Bates UK offices lies the notorious Sussex
Gardens which, according to the boys in blue, has been attracting ’a lot
of sightseers’ recently.
Some visitors forced to dodge the unwelcome attentions of the vice squad
at the heart of the area featured in the BBC docusoap, Paddington Green,
were apparently from the agency itself.
Their target, though, was not Jackie McAuliffe, the transsexual
prostitute turned recording artist as a result of the fly-on-the-wall
It was the show’s undisputed star, Mr Gilbert, the hopelessly eccentric
wigmaker and ballroom dancer who, at 86, caught the eye of the
commercials director, Chris Palmer, and has been given the opportunity
to augment the income from his bizarre little business by getting a spot
in Bates’s latest commercial for the Halifax.
Mr Gilbert, you will recall, is still looking to clean up from his
elixir of youth invention which he has been brewing in his cellar for
the past ten years.
But what if Mr G has been quietly sipping the stuff and is really a
sprightly 150? Get working on strategic proposals now, lads. L’Oreal
won’t know what’s hit it.
Incidentally, Bates says it turned down the opportunity to take part in
the fly-on-the-wall series. Probably a good idea in the light of recent