Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"secret lemonade drinker" from ein hod

Julian chagrin is a comedian, mime, writer and director often working with his comedian wife Rolanda. Despite his French name, he was actually born in Manchester. He appeared in the celebrated game of tennis with no ball in Michaelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up (1966)
1973 saw the launch of the brand’s most famous advertising campaign, ‘The Secret Lemonade Drinker’, which remained on screen until 1984.

The ad featured jullian chagrin in striped pyjamas, with his hairstyle seemingly unaltered since the 60's creeping downstairs to raid the fridge at night for "R Whites Lemonade" while declaiming "I'm a secret lemonade drinker..." . Ross McManus, the father of singer Elvis Costello) sang the original song, with his teenage son, providing backing vocals. The ad won a silver award at the 1974 International Advertising Festival.

1 comment:

  1. Hi this is Julian Chagrin. The R Whites lemonade person. That commercial has haunted me. I could never understand what on earth people saw in it. Not that it's of the remotest interest to anyone but I was actually born in Hampstead London, not in Manchester, though I worked there a lot at Granada TV where I wrote and performed a show for kids called "A Man and a Dog" with me and a rottweiller (who was the real star.) I also started my One Man show and was the lead in Joe Orton's Loot at the University theatre, Manchester before they moved to the Royal Exchange. Boring but true!
    Here's the best two word joke I know to relieve the tedium:
    "Affected? Moi?".
    Although Ring Lardner's three worder comes close:
    "Shuttup!" he explained.