1987 Dan Dare TV Adverts

 

In 1987 a series of three live-action advertisements for Mobil Oil products was shown on British television, featuring Dan Dare (played by Niven Boyd) and Digby (played by Jimmy Yule). The Mekon made a guest appearance in the third one. The adverts were affectionate parodies played for laughs, with Dan portrayed as being rather gung-ho and dim-witted while Digby was portrayed as being the brains behind the team. The three adverts were as follows:

  •  Dan Dare in "Rocket to Nowhere" - advertising Mobil synthetic oil

  •  Dan Dare in "Passage to Delmik" - advertising Mobil unleaded petrol

  •  Dan Dare in "Mekon Ahoy" - advertising Mobil cleaner diesel
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    Dan Dare in "Rocket to Nowhere"

    Dan Dare in "Rocket to Nowhere"
     
    Dan Dare in "Passage to Delmik"

    Dan Dare in "Passage to Delmik"


    You can listen to the soundtrack from the second advert by clicking on the following link - it is in Windows Media Audio format, is 761 KB in size, and has a running time of 1:03 minutes: TV Advert #2 - Passage to Delmik

     

    Below are some images taken from the third advert:


    Dan Dare in "Mekon Ahoy"

    Dan Dare in "Mekon Ahoy"
     
    Digby and Dan in their spaceship

    Digby and Dan in their spaceship


    Ship Ahoy!

    Ship Ahoy!
     
    Dan identifies the spaceship's owner...

    Dan identifies the spaceship's owner...


    It's that infernal Mekon!

    It's that infernal Mekon!
     
    Out of fuel and thumbing for a lift!

    Out of fuel and thumbing for a lift!


    As a special treat for you, the third advert is reproduced in its entirity in this site, and you can view it by clicking on the following link - it is in RealPlayer Movie format, is 4.97 MB in size, and has a running time of 1:04 minutes: TV Advert #3 - Mekon Ahoy

     

    There are some more images of Dan Dare and The Mekon to view on my "Picture Gallery" page.

    For a complete listing of the weekly adventures of Dan Dare and The Mekon that appeared in the 1950's and 60's "Eagle", plus details of all the other weekly stories they starred in - including the 2002 TV series - go to my "Weekly Comic-Strip Serials Listing" page.

    For a detailed and illustrated profile of all the major characters (not just Dan Dare and The Mekon) that featured in the original 1950's and 60's "Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future" stories, go to my "1950's and 60's Who's Who" page.

    To see a detailed and illustrated profile of all the major characters from the 2002 TV series, go to my "2002 TV Series Who's Who" page.

    For more detailed information on the Treens, including how they evolved on Venus and how they created The Mekon, go to my pages about "The Treen Dynasty".

     

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