The legendary commentator has made a full recovery from a health scare.
Three years after major heart surgery, our regular blogger, former TV commentator and raconteur Peter Brackley, survived a heart attack a few weeks ago while on stage with Guy Butters and Gary O'Reilly for an AITC event with the North West Sussex Seagulls in Horsham.
Now, he devotes his latest blog to his typically whimsical take on his event, which, while obviously hugely tongue in cheek (but still in part fact-related!), in no way, of course, diminishes his "enormous admiration and appreciation" of all the "amazing" people who have kept him on the planet!
We've had all the sequels, from Rocky to Die Hard, Star Wars and the Godfather; now comes the latest rip-roaring medical drama, hitting an (operating) theatre near you Brackers is Back: The Sequel- reviewed here from the press showing ahead of the gala nationwide premier!
The docudrama opens with a jaw-dropping sequence as Brackley, seemingly responding to an audience request to "do your Tommy Cooper impression," flops into the lap of fellow performer Gary O'Reilly, while the assembled Albion supporters in Horsham hoot with uncontrollable laughter.
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As the film truly kicks into gear, O’Reilly and Guy Butters, two ex-footballers sharing the stage with Brackley, try to take in what has prompted their pal’s unscheduled collapse; Butters is urgently dispatched to find a defibrillator - but inexplicably returns with a refrigerator.
Due to the extraordinary efforts of those on the scene, Brackley survives and is whisked away to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
The narrative moves swiftly and seamlessly through the operating room to the cardiac high dependency units, as Brackley draws us into a web of high-intrigue and subplots.
Our hero even resolves the problem of how to watch Brighton's live game at Cardiff on Sky Sports from his hospital bed by borrowing an iPad.
Over the kick off, Brackley hears the Sky commentators wish him a speedy recovery, but is soon heading the other way as his beloved Seagulls go 3-0 down after 20 minutes, and he is seen scrambling around frantically for either a commode or panic button.
Brackley’s own skilful commentary is showcased as we are suddenly swept away to the strange, surreal world of pacemaker inserting; while at the same time voicing an Albion women’s match for the big screen at the Amex, he starts commentating to himself on the extraordinary procedure as it happens: "What a sensational stitch!" he roars, as the whole shooting match, with pacemaker device securely in place, is done and dusted in a world record 40 minutes and 18 seconds.
But will the hospital staff miss him? We find out as we eavesdrop over the closing credits while Brackley is away having tests.
"Maybe,” says one nurse to another, “when he returns, they'll transfer him to another ward.”
"Or better still,” observes the other, “to another country.”
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