E.T. does Comic Relief

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Every two years, at the start of Spring, the British public do something strange. They wear a Red Nose for a day and take part in charity events around the country, all in the name of Comedy. They’ve been doing this since 1985 with a variety of celebrities from the world of laughter, but in 2001, they were helped by someone a little more alien.

I bet you didn’t think you’d see E.T. sporting that nose today, did you?

The advert, whilst charitable, was really just an extension of a series of ad’s from British Telecoms (B.T.) that ran from 1999 using the slogan “B.T. has E.T.” to UK audiences. The E.T. was re-purposed to mean “extra technology” as this was the dawn of the internet age!

Here are a couple of those adverts for your viewing pleasure.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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