Piping the way to TV stardom

03 July, 2017
Star alert for local St Andrew man who stars in Specsavers advert
St Andrews man made his TV debut in Specsavers advert

A joiner from St Andrews made his TV debut recently with a starring role in the latest comic Specsavers advert.

James Connell, 47, features in a brand new 20-second video on demand advert on the STV Player.

Television debut

The father-of-four filmed his scenes with STV and the Specsavers team in picturesque Glencoe against the backdrop of rugged mountain peaks.

In the STV Player advert, he forms part of a piping trio whose tune goes wildly off key. While playing, the two skilled pipers alongside James suddenly realise he ‘should’ve gone to Specsavers’ – because he is using golf clubs instead of bagpipes.

As part of the same campaign, James will also appear in a sponsorship bumper on STV, highlighting Specsavers’ sponsorship of STV’s main channel.

James said: ‘It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of the advert in such a great location too.

‘The boys on the building site will be heckling me with the ‘should’ve gone to Specsavers’ tagline for weeks now. The whole experience was very light-hearted and a good laugh.’

A word from our store director

Specsavers St Andrews store director, Julia Campbell, said: ‘The new sponsorship bumpers are great fun and James takes the lead with his comic role.

‘We hope that they help to reinforce the importance of regular eye health check-ups every two years at your local Specsavers store.’

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