Diary: On the QT ..

With the threat of legislative limits to its freedoms, adland could do with all the friends it can get.

While it was heartening to see three senior UK ad luminaries - Robin Wight, John Hegarty and Chris Powell - on Channel 4 News in as many minutes passing verdict on Tony Blair's decade as the Prime Minister, perhaps the UK should follow the lead of its French cousins: last week, the French president-elect, Nicolas Sarkozy, was enjoying three days of post-election R&R as a guest on the Havas chairman Vincent Bollore's yacht. Anyone got room in their Cannes villa for Gordon Brown? ...

Traitorous behaviour out East. News has reached Diary that Whistleblowers, Tony Merchant's forthcoming drama on the ways the booze industry markets its products at children, will feature scenes shot in an actual agency. The turncoat? Wieden & Kennedy. Diary wonders if the agency would have offered up its offices if it still had an alcohol account ...

On to more important matters. Namely, shoes. No doubt Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo will be bracing themselves for a slump in profits after Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO secured the Clarks shoes brief. While AMV's advertising will no doubt boost the cobbler's market share, will the agency's chief executive, Farah Ramzan Golant, curtail her fancy footwear fetish and dress more "on-brand"? ...

Those agencies not put off TV after CHI & Partners' role on The Apprentice this week should get down to the offices of Twenty Twenty. The production company behind Brat Camp and The Choir is making a four-part series in which a retired creative will battle a graduate for a job. Is experience worth more than enthusiasm? ...

The CHI & Partners spouses Claire Hornby and Emma Howarth have opened pyjamaroom.com, a site selling sleepwear and loungewear. Sadly, neither Johnny Hornby nor Nick Howarth could be persuaded to model the haute couture jim-jams. Shame.

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