CAMPAIGN DIARY: Bates risks attracting vice squad in hunt for docusoap’s eccentric

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.

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

series.



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

events.



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