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    Question Meaning of "some children talk to their parents"

    I can't clearly figure out the meaning of "some children talk to their parents" in the BT adverts discribed on the following BBC news.
    Does it mean "you should call your parents more often"?
    And who is Melvin in this article, Melvin Frank?

    BBC NEWS | Magazine | Why don't you call your mother?

    Your help will be highly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Meaning of "some children talk to their parents"

    Quote Originally Posted by chebu View Post
    I can't clearly figure out the meaning of "some children talk to their parents" in the BT adverts discribed on the following BBC news.
    Does it mean "you should call your parents more often"?
    And who is Melvin in this article, Melvin Frank?

    BBC NEWS | Magazine | Why don't you call your mother?

    Your help will be highly appreciated.
    "Some children talk to their parents," huffed Maureen Lipman's excruciating grandmother at her middle aged son Melvin in the 1980s BT adverts as she threatened to come to his office and bring him a jumper and a sandwich."

    The sense seems to be that Maureen Lipman played an excruciating grandmother -- Maureen Lipman's (rendition of an) excruciating grandmother.
    Melvin is her fictional middle aged son.
    "some children talk to their parents" implies that Melvin doesn't phone his mother (the excruciating grandmother).

    Yes, the underlying message is that you should call your parents more often, especially if you're paying BT for the call.

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    Question Re: Meaning of "some children talk to their parents"

    To Raymott

    Thank you for your instruction.

    Does anyone know if " Melvin" on the article is actor Melvin Frank, or another actor?

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    Default Re: Meaning of "some children talk to their parents"

    Quote Originally Posted by chebu View Post
    To Raymott

    Thank you for your instruction.

    Does anyone know if " Melvin" on the article is actor Melvin Frank, or another actor?
    As Raymott said 'Melvin is her fictional middle aged son.' He wasn't an actor; he had no second name, unless the scriptwriters chose to give him one. He didn't exist outside the adverts.

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    Smile Re: Meaning of "some children talk to their parents"

    To BobK

    Thank you so much!

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