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How Kojak helped promote Aberdeen
Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas is best remembered as 70s TV detective Kojak
The story of how Kojak star Telly Savalas was recruited to help promote Aberdeen as Europe's oil capital in 1980 has been revealed.

The actor provided the voice for a long-forgotten short film called Telly Savalas Looks At Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Harbour, Union Street and the "black gold" oil industry are featured.

Retired Aberdeen council planner John Souter worked on the project and said: "I believed it would work and it worked very well."

I was captivated by everything I saw and I will be back, that's for sure. So long Aberdeen and here's lookin' at you
Telly Savalas

It was commissioned to meet a quota of domestic films that distributors had to include in British cinemas.

The late actor never visited Aberdeen and recorded his voice for the film in London.

He described Aberdeen as a city "preserved in silver grey granite" and adds: "The city by the sea is a bonus for me."

'Splendid job'

He ends: "I was captivated by everything I saw and I will be back, that's for sure. So long Aberdeen and here's lookin' at you."

Mr Souter told BBC Scotland: "I was summoned to come to my boss to be seconded to make a film featuring Telly Savalas.

"The idea was to send something like 50 or 60 copies around planet earth to advertise the oil-related capital of Europe.

"The rest, as they say, is history. A quarter of a century has passed and it has stood the test of time."

Mr Souter said: "Telly Savalas did a splendid job indeed."




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