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Ready Brek
"Lump Guarantee"
30s
12 January 2013
UK Porridge / Porridge Mixes

The makers of Ready Brek are so confident about the smoothness of their porridge that they're promising to make fools of themselves should we find a lump in our breakfast bowl. It's amiable nonsense and, presumably, it aims to combat a widely held impression about the advertised product... though not one we'd considere problematic.

The Sun on Sunday
"What Makes You Smile?"

Matt said:

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson in the dock?


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Honda FR-V
"Fast Food Outing"
30s
22 Jan 2005
The family introduced in a previous ad take another family out to a fast food restaurant, sadly they do not allow dogs so they take the drivethrough facility instead. Luckily the people carrier is so big they can comfortably eat their food whilst on board. Simple animated representations, quirky and Garrison Keillor's drawling delivery combine beautifully.

BMW
"It's Just A Car"
60s
22 Jan 2006
It's only a car. Well, not really. It's a fantastically expensive car made to look very cool by a typically slick piece of advertising which reflects the brand's core values: (ie: unostentatious yet smug wealth) in a manner that suggests they've been a teeny bit influenced by the current Honda campaign.

Swedish Horse Racing
"Know Your Horses"
60s
22 Jan 2010
This dynamic Swedish commercial shows people fostering relationships with horses so they can get inside information and gamble successfully. The various situations depicted are inventive and amusing and will undoubtedly stir interest in the sport.

Barclaycard
"Rollercoaster"
60s
22 Jan 2010
In this follow-up to last year's water slide commercial, the idea of freedom is explored in exhilarating fashion as a man careers through the city aboard a roller coaster. Boston's More Than A Feeling provides the music as our hero raises his arms and enjoys the ride.

Snickers
"Diva"
30s
22 Jan 2012
Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham guest star in this ad for Snickers as a pair of dressing room divas. The conceit is imported from a series of similar ads made in the US featuring veteran comedy actress Betty White. As in the original ads, the actresses stand-in for athletes in need of a sugar boost.

Tesco
"Daydream"
40s
22 Jan 2013
Tesco's latest wheeze is to show us a woman fantasising abut a Barbarian dong her shopping for her. His two main props are the unlikely combination of mobile phone and a massive sword... one of which he uses to slice some tiger bread for her. No horses were harmed in the making of this commercial.

McCain Oven Chips
"Lift Error"
10s
22 Jan 2004
This ad conveys its message effectively and quickly with an illustration of a situation many can relate to. Watching the woman's frantic attempt and subsequent guilt-ridden failure to hold a lift door open for a mother and child, we can be glad that she won't also have to feel guilty about eating oven chips with too much fat in them.

BT
"Web Cam (No Trousers)"
30s
22 Jan 2004
In this ad for BT, we watch a young student as he awakens to a mess of an apocalyptic scale and skillfully rearranges it out of sight of his computer's webcam. He does so just in time to brush off his parents' concerns with a knowing smile, reassuring them with a daring nonchalance that "as they can see" the house is tidy.

Silver Spoon Light
"Horse"
10s
22 Jan 2006
Another strange animated piece showing how Silver Spoon Light is so like sugar that anyone can be fooled into thinking it's the real thing. This time it's a horse interrupting a picnic who happily partakes of the white glittery stuff.

Kia Cee'd
"Questions"
30s
22 Jan 2007
Is it an ad? Is it a movie trail? Is it another of those campaigns built around a competition to achieve something unlikely (like unearthing a buried car) or is the task more prosaic... like trying to figure out what this is all about?

Channel 4
"Secret Talent"
60s
22 Jan 2007
The usual suspects are asked if they have a secret talent. Gordon Ramsay reveals he can play the drums ... really, is there no end to his obnoxiousness? Meanwhile, Charlotte Church reveals she can fit her fist in her mouth begging the question: why doesn't she leave it in there?

Cadbury Crème Eggs
"CCTV"
30s
22 Jan 2007
Three sponsorship bumpers for the seasonal chocolate offering which is 'back on the street' - an appropriate tie-in since the sponsored programme is Coronation Street. The CCTV footage idea may be a bit overused but it is cleverly employed here.

Diet Coke
"Lift"
30s
22 Jan 2007
The annoying tortoise has presumably been turned into an ornamental ashtray as we see the return of an old theme for Diet Coke. Three women take to the lift for their Diet Coke break before pressing the alarm button to gain the attention of the hunky maintenance man.

Shreddies
"Nanas (Coco Ending)"
40s
22 Jan 2008
Another outing for the Nanas who knit Shreddies has an appendage which has a couple of the oldsters cooing over a coco variant. The geriatric minimum-wagers seem to enjoy their work... which is just as well really.

Kellogg's Special K
"Quick Change"
30s
22 Jan 2009
A woman's mood brightens as she realises she doesn't have to have the same humdrum cereal every day. There are now ten different varieties of Special K and the look of the protagonist changes as she tries each of them.

RBC
"Olympic Torch Relay"
60s
22 Jan 2010
This impressive-looking ad for Canadian bank RBC depicts the Olympic torch as a path of fire making its way across the North American landscape. The company is a sponsor of the Olympic torch's progress and they suggest that it has the ability to light up a nation.

Argos
"Reservations"
30s
22 Jan 2010
A series of vignettes demonstrate how annoying life can be when you are unable to make a reservation before using this to illustrate the wondrousness of being able to reserve stuff online before popping round to your local Argos to collect it.

Maple Leaf Bacon
"Sorry"
30s
22 Jan 2010
One of a series of new Canadian commercials for Maple Leaf Bacon which focus on its new resealable packaging. In this execution, a man who works in an office is sent some bacon as an apology by a woman who hit his car with hers.

Maple Leaf Bacon
"Proposal"
30s
22 Jan 2010
One of a series of new Canadian commercials for Maple Leaf Bacon which focus on its new resealable packaging. In this execution, a woman proposes marriage while holding open a package of the advertised meat as though it was a box holding a ring.

Kit Kat
"Crane"
30s
22 Jan 2011
A wrecking ball operator is enjoying a Kit Kat during his break when he decides to have some fun. We were pretty sure that we'd worked out what was coming next but we were wrong... it wasn't conkers as we imagined but something even more elaborate.

Alpen Porridge
"Bung It In The Microwave"
20s
22 Jan 2012
A new variant of Alpen is designed to be "bunged in the microwave" and this ad aims to simultaneously emphasise its wholesome credentials and debunk the idea that it's a poncy cereal. A tough ask, you might think, but this does the job rather nicely.

Black Mirror
"A Future You Deserve"
60s
22 Jan 2013
This series promises another delve into the darker recesses of Charlie Brooker's brain. The poacher turned gamekeeper isn't quite as good at making dramas as he was at tearing them apart in his columns for The Guardian and on Screenwipe but this trail for the new series certainly suggests that it'll be worth a look.

McVitie's Breakfast
"Breakfast Challenge"
30s
22 Jan 2013
David Mitchell provides the voiceover for this lacklustre piece demonstrating how a woman is able to face the pressures of the morning provided she's eaten the advertised biscuit. The regret in Mitchell's voice is palpable as he describes her antics with outsized versions of the stuff that troubles us in real life.

Virgin Media
"Multiple Tennants"
40s
22 Jan 2013
David Tennant has acted alongside other versions of himself before - as fans of Doctor Who will doubtless recall. Here the Scottish actor is accompanied by an additional three versions of himself to highlight the advertised service's ability to record three streams at once.

Wonders of Life
"Brian Cox"
30s
22 Jan 2013
This trail is worth watching if for one thing alone - the luscious Professor Cox doesn't smile - or talk with a smile in his voice - for nearly all of it. He's mostly moody and brooding. Hard, then, to concentrate on the amazing things he's telling us about life and its wonders and stuff because... he's not smiling as much. Wow.

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