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The Jump
"Contestants"
20s
25 January 2017
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Channel 4 borrow the Ski Sunday theme tune in this trail for The Jump. A vintage-style commentator introduces four celebs eager to keep their limbs intact: Sir Bradley Wiggins, Caprice, Gareth Thomas, and Robbie Fowler. Good delivery of a tongue-in-cheek script, while there’s a cheeky nod to Robbie Fowler’s famous goal celebration referencing a different kind of white powder.

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The Jump
"Contestants"
20s
25 Jan 2017
Channel 4 borrow the Ski Sunday theme tune in this trail for The Jump. A vintage-style commentator introduces four celebs eager to keep their limbs intact: Sir Bradley Wiggins, Caprice, Gareth Thomas, and Robbie Fowler. Good delivery of a tongue-in-cheek script, while there’s a cheeky nod to Robbie Fowler’s famous goal celebration referencing a different kind of white powder.

The Jump
"Flying Without Wings"
50s
18 Jan 2017
This promo for Channel 4's beleaguered reality show 'The Jump' features the plangent vocals of Westlife. 'Flying Without Wings' accompanies shots of this year's batch of celebrities flying over a snowy landscape, with appropriately transcendent expressions as they perform improbable acrobatic feats.

Channel 4
"Spies Teaser"
10s
9 Dec 2016
Channel 4 leak some intriguing intel on a project airing in the new year. We don't know if the broadcaster is risking life and limb bringing us information on 'Spies', but we "already know too much" according to the on-screen text. The viewer's mission (whether they choose to accept it or not) is to sit tight until January and await further instructions.

Channel 4
"Connections to 4"
65s
29 Nov 2016
Channel 4's cultural importance has been reinvigorated by its coverage of the Paralympics and it has built on a legacy of inclusiveness at a time when we need the values it espouses more than ever. This film reminds us of the meaning of '4' as it attaches itself to those whose voices wouldn't necessarily be heard with the broadcaster's commitment to diversity.

Channel 4
"Voices of 4"
2 mins
17 Nov 2016
This film introduces another diverse cast of continuity announcers. From a drag queen introducing Gogglebox, to the UK’s only Manx Gaelic class presenting The Simpsons, they’re all connected by the number - you guessed it - four. Like Channel 4’s recent visit to Leicester's Narborough Street, these vignettes let both personalities and inclusivity shine.

All 4
"Grayson Perry Meets Geoff"
4 mins 04s
3 Nov 2016
4Creative has produced a new four-part short-form series starting Grayson Perry, which have the artist discussing his own gender identity and meeting people from the trans community who've had to take risks to be themselves. It's the latest in Channel 4's Born Risky series, which has repeatedly pushed boundaries for the LGBT community (memorably with Gay Mountain, a trail created to support gay athletes competing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games).

All 4
"Grayson Perry"
3 mins
3 Nov 2016
This film from the collection made by Grayson Perry for Channel 4's 'Born Risky' series has the artist discussing his own gender identity. Perry talks about his early ventures into cross-dressing and how he grew into the person he is now, exploring ideas of sexuality and identity in a candid talk accompanied by archive footage of his past.

Film 4
"Film Fear"
40s
17 Oct 2016
Film Four celebrate the spookiest time of the year with this cracking animated film advertising the channel's temporary rebranding as 'Film Fear' for a week of horror movies leading up to Halloween. Starting with innocuous film scenes (romance, space), soon the colour palette shifts and shadow puppets act out classic horror tropes to great effect.

Hollyoaks
"Halloween"
60s
12 Oct 2016
Hollyoaks do the monster mash with this creepy promo for their Halloween extravaganza. We leave a subdued costume party and stumble into a spooky alternate reality. Our characters are trapped in an invisible maze, the unsettling soundtrack - a call-back to classic horror 'The Exorcist' - picking up as they try to break free of their supernatural prison.

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.

SAS: Who Dares Wins
"Teaser"
20s
15 Sep 2016
Channel 4 suggests military-grade thrills with this trail for SAS: Who Dares Wins. The camera remains locked on these contestants' eyes as their initial shock and terror slowly turns to resolve. The visuals capture the sensory barrage awaiting those looking to prove their mettle in the programme, while '2020' by Suuns is an apt track choice with its spiralling notes and throbbing beat.

Channel 4
"Leicester Announcers"
60s
1 Aug 2016
While the lot of LGBT people, disabled people, non-white people and women has - to a greater or lesser extent - improved since Channel 4's foundation in 1982, recent events have illustrated the underlying fragility of this progress. So what better time to celebrate the diversity found in multi-cultural Leicester?

Channel 4
"Book Shop"
20s
26 Jul 2016
We'd love to know what Dylan Moran's morose bookseller, Bernard Black, would make of chirpy Ian here. The proprietor of Tin Drum Books continues Channel 4's experiment on Leicester's Narborough Road by announcing one of the broadcaster's programmes. In this instance, it's The Job Interview - an ordeal Ian happily hasn't endured for forty-eight years.

Channel 4
"Luigi"
30s
26 Jul 2016
Channel 4's trip along Leicester's Narborough Street takes them to Luigi's barbershop, where the silver-haired snipper has a go at introducing Child Genius to the viewing masses. While the broadcaster's usual announcers needn't fear for their long-term employment, we can't help but appreciate Luigi's insistence that his hair looks good for the cameras. Most professional.

Channel 4 Paralympics Coverage
"We're the Superhumans"
2 mins 53s
14 Jul 2016
While Rio's main event is bogged down by fears about the Zika virus and by the banning (or otherwise) of athletes from Russia and Kenya because of systematic cheating, the Paralympics is left to hold aloft the torch of Olympic ideals all by itself. The scale and importance of these Games has lifted it from a cultural after-thought to a series of events so much more in keeping with the Olympian ideal that there may come a time when it completely eclipses its able-bodied equivalent.

Channel 4
"Alan Carr"
40s
19 Apr 2016
There's more pep to this edition of 'Chewing the Fat with Underdog' thanks to chat show host Alan Carr becoming the interviewee for a change. While he describes his career trajectory at Channel 4, Underdog shows canines do indeed dream as he imagines life as Carr's replacement. Alas, no amount of doggy kibble will turn this interview around.

Channel 4
"21 Seconds"
40s
13 Apr 2016
This isn't our favourite C4 promo work but - to be fair - that's a high bar. In this execution of a series featuring the chat-show canine, the dogged host challenges guest Ashley Walters to extol the station's benefits in 21 seconds - a nod to the actor's So Solid Crew days. It feels like it's at least one joke too far from its original premise.

Channel 4
"Greg Davies"
40s
24 Mar 2016
Both Greg Davies and Underdog seem at a loss in this latest spot for Channel 4. Davies pretends to be ill-at-ease as he tries to talk about the impact his breakthrough had on him because Underdog has put an image in his mind that he can't shake. The in-joke has been taken a bit too far this time and the edginess seems a bit too real.

Channel 4
"Jonnie Peacock"
40s
22 Mar 2016
We get an extended glimpse at Underdog's one-to-one interviewing technique in another fun Channel 4 ad. His latest guest on 'Chewing the Fat' is Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, and while Peacock is keen to praise the broadcaster's public support of athletes like him, Underdog's canine instincts overrides his journalistic ones when faced with an artificial leg.

Channel 4
"More Chewing The Fat"
60s
23 Mar 2016
Jonathan Ross will no doubt be wishing he could pull such an impressive roster of guests as the one Underdog enjoys. Channel 4's dog-in-residence continues to amuse and bemuse contributors such as Thomas Turgoose, Michaela Coel, and Ashley Walters (who's given an amusing reminder of his So Solid Crew days). It's not all plain sailing though - chat show veteran Alan Carr does a Bee Gees and storms off.

Channel 4
"Chewing the Fat with Underdog"
60s
11 Mar 2016
Channel 4's Flea Street reporter must have a good agent as he's now landed his own prime time chat show. The topic of conversation is once again Channel 4's open-minded reputation, while the inquisitive pooch's guests include Jon Snow, Anne-Marie Duff, and Rob Delaney - though the host's mind does tend to wander. Plenty of amusing set gags keep the entertainment value of this idea strong.

Channel 4
"Formula One Launch"
30s
10 Mar 2016
Channel 4's full-length ad for their coverage of the 2016 Formula One season takes things slow before hitting the accelerator. As sparks flutter from the tarmac and tyre trails singe the surface, Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain' simmers in the background before its signature riff bursts into life. An eye-catching plug for the sport adorned with the broadcaster's signature visual style.

Channel 4
"Alien League"
40s
5 Feb 2016
This trail has been made to look as though it's a pirate broadcast interrupting other Channel 4 communication. It's not the first time this technique has been used but it still has enough novelty to grab the attention and we certainly took the trouble to find out what it's all about... looks like we can expect a new series set in the near future using the relationship between different species as a cypher for the refugee crisis.

Channel 4
"True Colours"
60s
2 Feb 2016
Channel 4 take the opportunity during the greyest months of the year to remind audiences that they are the most colourful broadcaster on the box. Clips of various programmes are shown as 'True Colours' by Studio Killers provides the musical glue. The piece shows that the station's aim to raise eyebrows and open eyes with its programming remains as true as ever.

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.

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