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David Bowie
"No Plan"
4 mins 01s
12 January 2017
UK Promos

Historians will likely pinpoint David Bowie’s death as the moment we should’ve realised 2016 was a write-off. Still, we made it to 2017 somehow, and the music keeps coming. The title track from Bowie’s posthumous ‘No Plan’ EP receives a suitably elegaic promo from Tom Hingston.

Bowie’s voice is frail but venerable as the lyrics materialise across multiple television screens in Newton's Electrics store front - a nod to his character in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Even in death - “lost in sound streams” - the man still draws an audience.

The piece is laden with cryptic and not-so cryptic imagery: shots of New York City, balloons released en masse, a solitary bird flying… familiar imagery lost in static. Finally, a rocket ascends before hurtling back to Earth. Rather fitting for a Starman, don’t you think?

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David Bowie
"No Plan"
4 mins 01s
12 Jan 2017
Historians will likely pinpoint David Bowie’s death as the moment we should’ve realised 2016 was a write-off. Still, we made it to 2017 somehow, and the music keeps coming. The title track from Bowie’s posthumous ‘No Plan’ EP receives a suitably elegaic promo from Tom Hingston.

Mitsubishi Outlander
"Hybrids"
60s
10 Jan 2017
This intriguing film for Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV by Golley Slater and director Bugsy Steel offers an unusual, highly creative take on car advertising tropes. There are loving shots of smooth driving and a visceral soundtrack, yes, but something strange is lurking near the road...

Land Rover Range Rover
"Inferno"
5 mins 25s
25 Nov 2016
Racing driver and former Top Gear wheelman Ben Collins takes on the invitingly named 'Inferno' ski course in a Range Rover Sport. The erstwhile Stig shows his mettle by navigating ice, rock, and dirt in an unforgiving drive. No need for a helicopter lift to hospital though - years of teaching celebrities to drive full-pelt around a race track have given Collins nerves of steel.

Humans
"Product Recall"
60s
26 Sep 2016
Last year, Channel 4 rattled viewers with a mysterious communication from Persona Synthetics - later revealed to be the architects behind the world of sci-fi series Humans. Now, the corporation wishes to placate anxious customers with a product recall announcement.

Short Films
"Red Dirt Road"
14 mins 02s
8 Aug 2016
This documentary from director Rodney Rascona offers a compelling insight into one Cambodian village's efforts to craft a better future for itself stitch by stitch. Following sewing worker Hab Saly's efforts to leave the industrial hardship of Phnom Penh in favour of a more optimistic future, the film juxtaposes footage of Cambodia's traumatic past with its present-day landscape. For Saly, both her friends and family's future lies beyond the factory gates.

KFC
"An Apology"
1 min 40s
25 Jul 2016
This tongue-in-cheek apology proves a brilliant way of introducing a new 'Irish' burger at KFC. We can only assume that the personnel at BBH charged with finding an angle for this were so dumbfounded by the proposition that they decided the only possible approach was to take the piss out of it... and it's an immensely good call.

Travel Channel
"Judith Chalmers"
45s
8 Jun 2016
80 year old Judith Chalmers proves a game trouper in this VFX-laden ad for the Travel Channel which looks to dispel the idea that a Travel channel deals solely in the currency of holidays. And especially not in the same fashion as Chalmers famously did in 'Wish You Were Here' (younger readers should picture 'Top Gear' without the cars).

giffgaff
"I’m a giffgaff Member"
60s
27 May 2016
giffgaff is an advertising earworm that's been wriggling its way into the collective consciousness of the British public over the last few years. It has very successfully established its core principles with its earlier advertising while allowing the proposition itself to be somewhat nebulous. The arc of their communication has gradually shifted to clarify the offer and this - their latest commercial - sees their proposition solidify into something which demands our attention.

Batiste
"Yes You Can"
30s
9 May 2016
We never thought we'd mention Batiste and Barack Obama in the same sentence, but there's a first time for everything. The hair styling brand presents its own Obama-esque can-do moxie with this bright and bold commercial featuring a cheery cast turning hairy situations to their advantage. Thanks to Batiste's equally colourful selection, renegade strands needn't get in the way of a good time any more.

Sony PlayStation
"Ad Break Takeover"
3 mins 30s
7 May 2016
After their bold ad break collaboration with Ronseal last time out, Channel 4 once again venture into uncharted territory of a different kind. To celebrate the release of PS4 keystone 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End', Gogglebox audiences were treated to a blockbuster sequence from the game. Once Nathan Drake enthusiasts had stopped salivating at the game's graphics, they could take to Twitter for a chance to win their own treasure haul.

Food Network UK
"Paul Hollywood City Bakes"
30s
26 Apr 2016
Paul Hollywood is the thinking woman's crumpet on every level and he know how to use his appeal. Here, the silver fox promotes a TV option which will give his fans the opportunity to watch him explore the cuisines of other countries.... while baking the occasional loaf himself, we expect.

Dairylea
"Knights"
30s
5 Apr 2016
This is a great way for Dairylea to return to our screens. The sensibility is reminiscent of Quiet Storm's excellent Haribo work and it also brings to mind last year's Hovis ad. However, it's better than the latter while more than holding its own against the former. Two knights are readying themselves for a battle with some dragons when they stop for a little sustenance... but not all is as it seems.

Domino's Pizza
"Pepperoni & Sriracha"
10s
29 Mar 2016
More gobby gymnastics from Domino's in this 10" plug for their pepperoni and Sriracha sauce pizza. These two suffer a sensory overload with the aforementioned dish under their noses, and the power of speech proves no match for the power of pepperoni. The idea naturally isn't given as much to time make an impact as the main ad, but the brand have faith in the oddness factor.

Domino's Pizza
"Mouths"
30s
25 Mar 2016
Domino's aren't afraid to mouth off about the supposed tastiness of their pizzas as this zany commercial shows. In the presence of an order from the advertised pizza vendor, the mouths of these customers take on lives of their own. While their gobs do an eye-catching shuffle, the only way to articulate their pleasure is through incomprehensible gibberish.

Mellon Educate
"What the Fuck Have You Done?"
3 mins
21 Mar 2016
Daydreamers, procrastinators, and dilly-dallyers beware - volunteer charity Mellon Educate have you in their sights. This clever film riffs off the vagaries of online interaction to guide us towards channelling our clicking energy into something worthwhile. Easier said than done in this age of falling down the YouTube video rabbit hole.

World Child Cancer
"The Big C"
30s
10 Mar 2016
This beautifully realised ad for World Child Cancer takes one of society's most common labels for cancer - the Big C - and turns it into an arresting visual metaphor. A child's building block increases in size as it crashes down a flight of stairs, where It ends up towering over a Bangladeshi girl playing with her own blocks. The two children share the same pastime, but one has a far better chance of beating cancer than the other.

Nicorette
"Achieving The Impossible"
5 mins 28s
11 Feb 2016
This short film obliquely connected to Nicorette doesn't sound like it's going to be particularly compelling, especially when you consider some of the Nicorette advertising that's graced our screens in recent years. However, it commands your attention from the get-go... and doesn't let up. A beautifully inspiring piece that refuses to succumb to sentimentality.

Army Recruitment
"Skills"
30s
8 Feb 2016
This army recruit will have a story to tell when asked how he learned to drive and how he came to make a life for himself behind the wheel. This is the latest instalment in an effective series of recruitment ads showing how the armed forces can allow individuals to learn new abilities and vocations - and have an immediate outlet for them.

Army Recruitment
"Size"
30s
8 Feb 2016
Proving the naysayers wrong can be a potent motivating force, and it's what compels this woman to embark on the Army's exacting selection process. What this kinetic ad reveals is that size doesn't matter, only a recruit's determination - and her successful completion of an assault course underlines this campaign's call for those with a point to prove.

Army Recruitment
"Fear"
30s
19 Jan 2016
Actions speak louder than words as the Army embark on a new direction with their recruitment drive. As a civilian, a fear of drowning may well have governed the rest of this man's life. However, diving into a swimming pool in full uniform shows our limits are not set in stone - a life in the Army can help people like this soldier open their eyes as to what they can achieve.

Army Recruitment
"Grow"
30s
19 Jan 2016
Actions speak louder than words as the Army embark on a new direction with their recruitment drive. Supers inform us of this soldier's dissatisfaction with her previous life; one masterful assembly of a rifle later, we see that she has found the challenge she had been striving for. For those aiming to go beyond themselves, the Armed Forces can be the catalyst.

Enterprise
"Liverpool"
3 mins 13s
18 Jan 2016
This intimate piece for Enterprise follows three Liverpool inhabitants and describes how the city has shaped them. Unsurprisingly, football plays a major role in their day-to-day lives and we see how the beautiful game has the ability to bring people of all circumstances together. While Reds fans will be hoping for more glamorous nights than Europa League Thursdays, the ad is a warm depiction of a city always with its eye on the ball.

The Jump
"Skyfall"
60s
13 Jan 2016
A happy family arrive at their fairytale ski chalet and are just admiring its picturesque charm when something falls, hollering, from the snowy skies. Horrified, they discover it's a vaguely familiar man - but just as we ascertain there's been no lasting damage to him, another being falls... and another... and another. This amusing spot for the new series of The Jump - something that's never appealed here at DAVID HQ - makes it look like appointment TV.

Elle
"If Santa Was A Woman"
90s
14 Dec 2015
This is a really fascinating project... a bunch of children were asked how they think Santa would perform if he was a she. Unusually, this doesn't seem to have been made with any kind of agenda – it is, as it claims to be, a social experiment and we assume its makers were willing to broadcast the results regardless of their editorial slant.

Lifecake
"Me And My Bear"
1 min 35s
26 Nov 2015
This lovely debut effort from director MICH proves it can pay dividends working with children and animals... well, OK, teddy bears. A doting grandmother's knitted gift becomes an inseparable friend for this young boy, with the Lifecake photo app allowing her to keep track of their adventures. Just the right level of sweetness and a smart choice of music - fans of 'The Office' will be on guard to sort out that something in their eye.

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