Stornowegian merchandising opportunities in film and telly

13 04 2010

Doctor Who fever has hit the nation once again. As Stornowegian kids once more hide behind the peatstack as the latest nasty alien attacks earth, a great deal of attention has been brought on the Doctor’s attire. His Harris Tweed jacket has caught the imagination of fashionistas everywhere and it is predicted that Haggas will sell a further two jackets on the back of all this publicity.

But the Doctor’s jacket is not the first bit of Hebridean ‘product placement’ to have appeared on our screens over the last few decades.

In the first series of ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’ all of the building tools used by the actors were nicked from Seaforth Builders yard on Rigs Road. The series was actually filmed in the Cearns and not in Germany.

In the pilot episode of Dallas, the producers originally wanted JR Ewing to wear a black church hat, as worn by Church Elders everywhere. One was purchased from MacKenzie and MacSweens shop on Cromwell Street and plonked on JR’s head. However, following the first screen-test, the church hat was considered to be a better actor than Larry Hagman and so was unceremoniously dropped after Mr Hagman’s Agent complained. The church hat was replaced by a Stetson. Coincidently, Stetsons’ became the hat of choice for Church Elders for several years after this.

In the pilot episode of Inspector Morse, he used to listen to tapes by The Lochies as he drove around Oxford in his Jaguar. However, The Lochies were replaced by various opera coves, as the Producers felt that The Lochies were too highbrow for the masses.

In Last Tango In Paris, Marlon Brando’s drarsh were supplied by Lewis Crofters.

The famous Alien from the sci-fi films was designed by conceptual artist HR Geiger, who took his inspiration from a dead guga he encountered whilst painting the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse as a young man. Film fans will recall that the Alien’s blood was acid and deadly to humankind, in much the same way as a guga’s blood is.

In ‘Gone With The Wind’, the actual wind was brought over to Hollywood from Tiumpan Head. Scarlet O’Hara was originally going to be called Scarlet Oh Hearna.

The leather bondage gear featured in Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ video was made in the back shop of Smiths Shoe Shop, from leftover ‘Arnish Boots’.