I've DEFINITELY just discovered a flaw in the television at the moment while trying to sort out my husband's chesty cough and blocked sinuses. Look at the doctor on Eastenders:
Now here she is AGAIN as a mother buying Vicks:
The whole thing is VERY confusing because:
1) She's having 'baby problems' on Eastenders but has a baby in this advert = confusing!
2) She's buying Vicks in a supermarket but, as a doctor, would probably just send a nurse out to buy it for her in real life = wrong!
3) It was on ITV and Eastenders is on BBC = confused brand message!
Anyway, I can GUARANTEE that this will NOT sell Vicks OR help anyone understand Eastenders (impenetrable at the best of times, downright sordid at the worst). The only good thing about the whole disaster is that the advert is EXCELLENT. I give it four stars**** for goodness, but minus three stars-*-*-* for clarity. Rotten to the core.
After this mayhem was eventually cleared up, the good shops were shut and Herman was making noises like an air-locked radiator full of mud. Inhuman.
Fortunately, I managed to create my own Vicks out of chewing gum, horseradish, toothpaste (Macleans, but Colgate would have been 100% better), glue and turps. Easy if you have the ingredients to hand. Impossible if you don't (unless the shops are open: then you're back to square one).
So far, the feedback is that it's minty AND effective. Herman says he hasn't felt this sinus-clean since he was "gassed good and proper" in the army. He's prone to exaggeration though - he keeps making lewd comments about not minding the doctor from Eastenders cutting his leg off, which is a downright LIE. He cried like an infant when he dropped a paving slab on his foot last year while re-doing the patio.
Anyway, he didn't sleep a wink ALL night due to the burning sensation inside his head and eyes from my homebrew Vicks. That's a CLOUD, but the lack of gurgling and grunts through the night is a silver lining.
I'm not sure whether to email the BBC or Vicks about this new medicine. I may just take it to the local chemist on a 'sale or return' basis. I need the mop bucket to clean the floor but it's brimming over with the fuming slop.