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Virgin Holidays
"Sale"
30s
10 January 2017
UK Holiday Companies

Characteristic stuff from Virgin Holidays: bright, bold, and set to an energising soundtrack sure to grab viewers' attention. Thrilled with their cheap holidays, a crowd of people run into the ocean and frolic with colourful inflatables in celebration of Virgin's latest sale. Cutting to a pair of divers and muffling the music momentarily is a nice touch.

Domino's Pizza
"Winter Survival"

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Virgin Holidays
"Sale"
30s
10 Jan 2017
Characteristic stuff from Virgin Holidays: bright, bold, and set to an energising soundtrack sure to grab viewers' attention. Thrilled with their cheap holidays, a crowd of people run into the ocean and frolic with colourful inflatables in celebration of Virgin's latest sale. Cutting to a pair of divers and muffling the music momentarily is a nice touch.

Mobil1
"The Dot"
67s
5 Jan 2017
Any ad which manages to use the phrase 'industrial lubricants' without raising a juvenile titter is going to be intriguing, and this brilliantly animated film for Mobil1 definitely hits that mark. The action centres on 'dot' and the many ways it's expressed - making a point (pun intended) about how important little things are.

BT Mobile
"Jeremy Renner"
40s
2 Jan 2017
BT have become synonymous with A-list talent in recent times, including Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebel Wilson. Now it’s Jeremy Renner’s turn to provide some OTT star power. Renner makes an impressive landing in front of this unsuspecting family, promising to save them from an unseen threat. Alas, his “awesome” antics aren’t quite what the familiar BT duo had in mind.

Lotto
"Thank You"
40s
9 Dec 2016
This animated Lotto film pays tribute to those who've added to the game's charitable fund in 2016. The ad demonstrates how Lotto funding has aided urban restoration, community projects, and UK athletes. So even if the odds of us winning the jackpot are longer than ever before, at least someone's benefiting from our weekly stakes.

Smart Energy GB
"Renter"
30s
5 Dec 2016
Flat-hunting's stressful enough without being given uber-vague details. When this woman asks her potential flatmates how much the rent is, they respond with some unorthodox parameters - like if she has a regular toothbrush or one that goes "vrrrr". Her befuddlement encapsulates why we should never tolerate estimates when it comes to our energy bills.

Highways England
"Rain"
60s
2 Dec 2016
Highways England is urging drivers to slow down in rainy conditions after recent statistics revealed that almost 3,000 people were killed or seriously injured in wet weather accidents last year. This beautifully-shot ad makes its point gracefully as rain begins to pour inside a house, soaking the remains of a busy morning that's been mysteriously abandoned.

Currys PC World
"Macbook"
30s
1 Dec 2016
This dad’s not as clued up about tech as he’d like to be. Luckily, a Currys PC World assistant is able to point him in the right direction - and a Macbook produces the desired reaction from his daughter. We're edging ever further from last year's Jeff Goldblum triumph, but the ad should resonate with those who want to look switched on in front of their offspring.

Metropolitan Police
"Double Lock"
62s
1 Dec 2016
It turns out you don't actually have to do anything exceptional to be a hero - just show a bit of common sense. That's the message in this spot for the Met, who celebrate a local woman as crime fighter extraordinaire simply for double-locking her front door. Hope she gets them to clear up all that ticker tape on her lawn, though.

Sainsbury's
"The Greatest Gift: Food"
60s
24 Nov 2016
Having set the scene in its opening commercial and brought in the Goggleboxers over a full ad break, Sainsbury's now lays out its festive stall in all its glory. We're offered a sumptuous blend of live action food photography and stop-motion animation... it's a real treat.

HP
"Brothers"
2 mins 50s
22 Nov 2016
AMV BBDO have managed to capture the warmth and togetherness of the holiday season without succumbing to schmaltz in this touching ad for the HP Spectre x360. The bond between siblings is strained as one - who is deaf - cannot share in the other's passion for music. Seeing his brother struggle, the musician decides something must be done.

Metropolitan Police
"Independent Witness"
55s
22 Nov 2016
The Metropolitan Police depict both sides of the story in this bold film. Shot from body-worn cameras, we get up close and extremely personal with a violent dispute. While two officers neutralise the threats, witness statements contradict what we see. By putting us in their shoes, Greater London's police force aim to show why these cameras are becoming increasingly necessary.

Sainsbury's
"Googlebox Christmas"
3 mins 20s
18 Nov 2016
The cast of Gogglebox become stop-motion characters in this special adbreak from the show's creators Channel 4, and Sainsbury's. Following the groundbreaking ad to promote The Lego Movie - in which Orange Supermarket's current agency PHD recreated an entire commercial break in Lego - this ad sees the Gogglebox crew react to the Sainsbury's animated Christmas ad which launched last week.

Sainsbury's
"The Greatest Gift"
3 mins 30s
14 Nov 2016
As Sainsbury's saunter across London and park their account between the penny farthings at the HQ of Wieden+Kennedy, their heads will be filled with a parting serenade created for them by outgoing agency AMV. Sung by James Corden and written by Flight of the Conchords's Bret McKenzie, it's a part of a farewell gift that may have the retailer questioning the wisdom of their decision to part company with the agency after forty years.

Currys PC World
"Christmas Lights"
30s
3 Nov 2016
One of two droll Christmas ads from Currys PC World showing how far we’ll go to draw attention to the items on our festive wishlist. In this, a family gathers round as dad prepares to switch on the Christmas lights. He’s delighted with his handiwork, but their excitement quickly fades when they see the lights pointing to next door’s living room - and the LG 4K Oled television within. Oh, and one very confused neighbour into the bargain.

Currys PC World
"Nativity"
30s
3 Nov 2016
After last year’s excellent ‘Spare The Act’ series starring Jeff Goldblum, Currys PC World have some, well, act to follow. However, AMV BBDO and Outsider’s James Rouse have proved themselves to be up to the challenge with two wry ads. We join this school’s nativity as the Three Kings arrive on the scene. We all know how the story goes, right? “The gifts the wise men presented were gold, frankincense, and… oversized silver headphones?”

Quaker Oats
"Moon"
2 mins
30 Oct 2016
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day - especially when you’re planning to blast off into space later. Who better to argue this point than Buzz Aldrin? This evocative film from Quaker Oats takes us back to the golden age of space travel, with eighty-six-year-old Aldrin musing on the past, the present, and the future.

Whiskas
"Hairbrush"
20s
23 Oct 2016
Whiskas continue to celebrate curiosity in this amusing ad which features a cat who hasn't quite figured out that hairbrushes are nigh on unkillable. Julian Barratt's voiceover brings the kitty's inner monologue to life, as he stalks and pounces on his unsuspecting, spiny prey - only to be distracted by the sound of much more edible food being opened.

Sainsbury's
"More Than A Pumpkin"
20s
20 Oct 2016
Sainsbury's show us their Halloween range has expanded to include much more than pumpkins in this upbeat party ad. With decorations, food, and costumes on offer, they promise to help you 'Halloween like you've never Halloweened before'... even if your dad is a totally unscary dork at your Halloween party.

Sainsbury's
"Midweek Meals"
30s
13 Oct 2016
Sainsbury's offers more tips on how to crank our tried and tested recipes up a notch. By adding mustard to a risotto, pesto to a cheese toastie, and horseradish to beef stew, these households each enjoy a weeknight dinner with a difference. It's easy-going stuff, but this campaign's strength is underlining how subtle additions can produce intriguing results.

Whiskas
"Water Drop"
20s
13 Oct 2016
Cat owners will be familiar with the inner monologue of the kitty in Whiskas' new ad. While he thinks of himself as a calculating, ruthless hunter stalking his prey with satisfaction, the opening of a Whiskas packet reveals him as a domestic cat watching a dripping tap. This is a fun exploration of the curiosity of cats... in a non-lethal sense.

Road Safety
"Between"
45s
6 Oct 2016
This film for Road safety is bound to have the impact it wants: making cyclists cautious about their decisions when lorries are around. Opening with a skilfully edited montage of clips of things you don't want to get stuck between: rutting stags, hurtling hockey players, a boxer's fist and his opponent's face, the ad sets viewer up so they expect the content to be funny, before letting dread creep in as impacts start to land and things begin to look sinister.

National Lottery Euromillions
"Nicer Problems to Have"
10s
6 Oct 2016
As part of the National Lottery's campaign focussing on the comical downsides of being a millionaire, a woman finds that lounging on a tropical beach can't save you from becoming a target for birds whose bowels need emptying. Still, as we are reminded, there are definitely worse problems you could have... like being poor.

Snickers
"Firemen"
30s
7 Oct 2016
In this Snickers ad a group of mimes struggle when trying to use an invisible hose to put out an actual fire. It feels like it should be a poignant metaphor for something, but it turns out they're just really hungry. A Snickers bite quickly transforms the firemen back to usual, of course. The ad amusingly extends the long-running "you're not you when you're hungry" idea into a new scenario, though it does give a slightly alarming portrayal of the emergency services.

Nicorette
"One Breath"
2 mins 55s
6 Oct 2016
This compelling anti-smoking film for Nicorette features freediver Daan Verhoeven. We follow him on a beautifully shot dive through clear blue water as he talks through his addiction to cigarettes and his determination to "beat the stupid little white stick".

Which?
"University"
20s
5 Oct 2016
Which? reminds us to listen to impartial advice as well as those around us in this compelling ad for their Which? University service. We see a young man ready to get away from the constrains of school and family living, to make his own decisions about where he's going to apply to university. "You've always been told what to do," Which? tells him, "Time to make your own decisions." With a little advice, of course.

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