We normally bring you news of agencies struggling against inclement
weather while shooting TV campaigns in locations like Barbados, but M&C
Saatchi experienced problems rather closer to home while filming the new
Save the Children commercial.
Closing off London’s Whitehall was a challenge in itself, but stopping
the ubiquitous London tourists from making their presence felt was even
The first brush with them came when the crew was starting to set up.
A bemused man wandered on to one of the buses being used to transport
the child extras - and enquired whether it was going to Putney. He was
soon pointed in the right direction and contentedly went on his way.
Two Italian tourists, however, were slightly more difficult to shift
when they discovered the catering van. Speaking very little English,
they insisted on trying to buy some food and it took the best efforts of
the caterers and their smattering of Italian to explain that no, the
food couldn’t be bought and was just for the actors.
Luckily, more tourists came in handy when it actually came time to shoot
the commercial. A crowd was required for a background shot and the
unofficial extras performed impeccably by looking suitably sombre.
Let’s hope it was down to good acting rather than their impressions of