Saturday, 28 May 2011

Saturday Superstore: Sch... You Know Who!

Schweppes Advertisement - Radio Times, 1971
Schweppes Tonic water was a frequent sight around most homes in the 1970s during party seasons and a frequent sight on television too, generally featuring the actor William Franklyn promoting ithem in comical scenarios including dinner parties and house demolitions - always with style and grace!

William Franklyn had one of those distinguishable voices which you recognised instantly on British Television during the 60s, 70s and 80s. He voiced and appeared in several commercials for Schweppes as well as featuring in television shows The Avengers, Whodunnit and Masterspy.

Two little known facts are he was the original voice for Dangermouse in the pilot episode of the cartoon series and later on replaced the late Peter Jones as the voice of the book for the radio series of Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.

William's daughter, Sabina is also a popular actress having appeared in Fawlty Towers and a regular in the ITV sitcom Keep it In The Family.


  1. I think the Sh... ads began in the late 1960s, but I'm uncertain of the year. Does anybody know?

  2. I believe it was around 1965. Look out for another William Franklyn magazine ad soon!



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