DIARY: Walker, ex-adman, is back in the business to earn another crust

Ad agency fans of the new Abbott Mead Vickers commercial for Pizza Hut ‘stuffed crust pizzas’ (bleurgh!) could be forgiven for thinking they’ve seen that man acting opposite Damon Hill before.Yes, of course, it’s Murray Walker, the BBC’s voice of Formula One, but what not many people know is that until the early 80s Walker was a board account director at D’Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles in St James’s Square.

Ad agency fans of the new Abbott Mead Vickers commercial for Pizza Hut

‘stuffed crust pizzas’ (bleurgh!) could be forgiven for thinking they’ve

seen that man acting opposite Damon Hill before.Yes, of course, it’s

Murray Walker, the BBC’s voice of Formula One, but what not many people

know is that until the early 80s Walker was a board account director at

D’Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles in St James’s Square.



Walker excelled himself selling Vauxhall cars, Eastern Electricity, the

Co-op and Trill budgie food. You know, ‘Trill makes budgies bounce with

health.’



Apparently, he’d been with Jack Wynne-Williams of old, and commentating

was his night job. In the early 80s he retired from advertising,

believing he’d made enough money. Almost overnight, the commentating

took off.



Graham Hinton, now the Bates Dorland chairman but formerly Walker’s boss

at DMB&B, remembers him wistfully: ‘Yes, yes, he always used to talk 19

to the dozen and was terribly enthusiastic about everything. He never

did have any hair.’



Sadly, we have reason to be less charitable about Walker. While Murray

was running the Trill account, the Diary’s editor fell, as innocent

schoolboys do, for the advertising and was feeding his budgie the stuff.

Poor Pip didn’t ‘bounce with health’. In fact, he died young.



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