The award winning American television series ‘Mad Men’, is back on our screens courtesy of Sky Atlantic following an eighteen months hiatus. Now in it’s fifth series, the drama, centred around the life of Don Draper and his colleagues in one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies in the 1960s, has returned to disappointing reviews and somewhat concerning viewing figures.
Nevertheless its impact is not lost on Tim McKane, the son of one of Northern Ireland’s original and most innovative sixties ‘Mad Men’ – Rex McKane.
Rex will be forever identified with the Cookstown Sizzler and George Best, the start of an advertising revolution in commercial television in Northern Ireland.
According to Tim, his father was the quintessential Don Draper of Northern Ireland’s advertising world, always embracing the latest ideas and creations in the promotion of ‘the product.’ There was a read across from the States in trends, and advertising was certainly no exception according to Tim.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Tim himself is a pioneer in the new world of advertising, having established a specialist social media agency, Navajo based in Holywood, Co. Down.
Tim joined me in the stdio to discuss his love for ‘Mad Men’ and the cross-over between his own life and the hit show: