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Virgin Media
"Non-Stop Entertainment"
90s
23 March 2017
UK Broadband Providers

Sometimes more is more, and Virgin Media prove it with this full-throttle commercial. A stampede of cinematic archetypes race against one another in a high-tech tunnel; Supermen, cowgirls, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all along for the ride. We don’t fancy the Prohibition gangsters’ chances, though - they’ve got a right Muppet at the wheel.

Meanwhile, Virgin’s spirit animal, Usain Bolt, swaps his running shoes for a souped-up roadster. Not for the first time, he’s the man to beat.

Film buffs will enjoy the visual references laced throughout, including the clown mask worn by Heath Ledger’s Joker and a Mad Max-style deathmobile. It’s a genre mash-up with extra juice.

Rogue’s Sam Brown ensures everything brims with energy and a playful sensibility. And when the racing action threatens to overwhelm, the ad shifts gear with a fun domestic denouement.

For those who such demand speed and variety from their broadband package, Virgin comes across as the dynamic option.

moneysupermarket.com
"Skeletor"

Anthony said:

Whatever next? Mumm-Ra struts to Hot Chocolate? Dungeon Master and Venger do the Macarena? What's Cyril Sneer up to these days? Yawn.


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Virgin Media
"Non-Stop Entertainment"
90s
23 Mar 2017
Sometimes more is more, and Virgin Media prove it with this full-throttle commercial. A stampede of cinematic archetypes race against one another in a high-tech tunnel; Supermen, cowgirls, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all along for the ride. We don’t fancy the Prohibition gangsters’ chances, though - they’ve got a right Muppet at the wheel.

Virgin Media
"Control Entertainment"
20s
16 Oct 2016
This postscript to Virgin Media's recent ad focuses on the way their TV service is easily searchable across multiple platforms, which is pretty important for parents who don't want to be left at the mercy of their children's programming whims. Quirky as she might be, there's only so much Peppa Pig an adult human can watch in one go.

Virgin Media
"Masters of Entertainment"
60s
10 Sep 2016
In 1933's Duck Soup, Groucho Marx's character exclaims: "Clear? Huh! Why a four-year-old child could understand this report! Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can't make head or tail of it." Not much has changed since then according to this cleverly-scripted piece of work for Virgin Media. It's still children we need to unravel certain kinds of complexity and the youngsters in this ad are very much masters of their domain.

Audi R8
"Spin"
60s
1 Jun 2016
When it feels like you're going around in circles, it can be a frustrating experience. Audi, on the other hand, like nothing better than going for a good long spin. Having shown they can let rip like the best of them in the past, the luxury brand present a cultured take on a boy racer's speciality. The camera remains in faithful orbit around the R8 as it executes a textbook doughnut on a warehouse floor.

Virgin Media
"Nick the Navy Seal"
40s
14 Mar 2015
More anthropomorphism for Virgin Media as dad takes on the literal embodiment of a Navy SEAL while playing a video game. Large, impassive, and totally in the zone, he's enjoying not being dad for a little while... but his peace is shattered when his family returns and he's unable to continue wreaking virtual carnage on the screen.

Virgin Media
"Broadbandits"
60s
2 Feb 2015
Usain Bolt's charm has been deployed to excellent effect again in this sixty-second spot for Virgin Media. Having already been introduced to Ally the Night Owl and Ed the Sofa Bear, we now make the acquaintance of the Broadbandits: two cuter-than-cute baby raccoons depicting the typical online behavior of your average offspring.

Audi
"Motivation"
60s
5 Oct 2014
This very stylish ad for Audi actually demonstrates what its strapline - "presence redefined" - means, which is a refreshing change from the abundance of advertising that relies on baffling non sequiturs. A gramophone in an austere old warehouse pours forth redundant advice on how to obtain said presence with posture and language... till a sleek new Audi rolls in and nudges the instrument to the floor.

Audi A5
"Ugly Conditions"
80s
12 Aug 2014
Why would you deliver a pristine new car to a photoshoot when you could drive it there instead? Especially if you need a good vehicle to cope with unpleasant weather conditions. Here, the person responsible for getting the Audi from A to B has succumbed to their own argument and arrived at the shoot with one very muddy car. Lovely filming.

Dulux
"Cocktail"
40s
12 May 2014
In this second helping of the Dulux campaign that likens an absence of colour to the prohibition era of the late 1920s, the rebellious woman we encountered in the first ad finds herself in a speakeasy. Here, a cocktail waiter mixes paint for her in a excellent extension of the metaphor... which also serves as a useful product demonstration. Clever stuff.

Weetabix
"I Am the Monkey"
20s
9 Apr 2014
Children behave like monkeys in this charming short for Weetabix directed by MJ Delaney. The choice of music, combined with lovely shots of children monkeying around make this a perfect recipe for the breakfast cereal company. Given her superb track record, it's unsurprising that so many of Delaney's TVCs projects involve children but as she demonstrated with her debut feature The Powder Room she has a lot more to offer than that.

Dulux
"Colour Prohibition"
80s
2 Mar 2014
Back in the 1920s in an alternative universe, colour was banned instead of booze. Dulux's epic ad shows us a place where the brightness of a reckless dandelion is stamped out by the jackboot of monochrome fascists; and relationships are shunned until the stealthy nicking of stray pots of paint releases the proletariat's collective inner rainbow.

Barclays
"New Mum"
30s
15 Dec 2013
New mum Annabel likes Barclays because it lets her control her finances by mobile and means she can treat herself to a new dress without her husband knowing. It strikes a determinedly old-fashioned note - perhaps to remind us of virtues that used to be attached to banks - but it's very much an acknowledgement of the depressing state of money matters still found in relationships.

Barclays
"Derek's Bank"
30s
2 Dec 2013
Give Derek a slight speech impediment and get him a little over-excited and he'd sound exactly like Count Arthur Strong. But actually he comes across as a thoroughly lovely fellow and we can't help but be impressed with the way his generation have adapted to doing their banking online.

Barclays
"Birthday"
40s
14 Sep 2013
Can't replace your lost debit card the same day? Then you could risk wrecking your child's birthday. Heaven forfend. But phew - no such trouble if you're with Barclays. Done with wit and style, the structure of this ad is excellent - instead of fizzling out because the chap's problems have all been solved, the end leaves him in the same predicament he started in.

Weetabix
"Grandpa"
30s
26 Aug 2013
A campaign that continues to go from strength to strength. In this instance, rather than a tot exhausting his dad, we have a grandpa who has just as much energy as his charges. So once mum and dad have nervously left him alone to cope for the day, the fun begins. The casting's lovely - for such a polite-looking oldie, he really gets stuck in.

Alpen
"Workout"
30s
14 Jul 2012
A man goes through an exercise regime that he finds especially taxing in this ad for the healthy breakfast option. Meanwhile, his wife simply walks to the table and begins eating her Alpen. He appears to have been won over by this approach when he tries some himself but she still makes him reach for the orange juice himself.

Barclaycard
"Talking Phones"
30s
28 May 2012
The increasingly popular low-budget idea of ascribing personalities to inanimate objects with decent voice work is given another spin in this clever ad highlighting a new service from Barclaycard that enables people to use their mobile phones to pay for stuff. It certainly impresses the other phones.

Weetabix
"Dad's Day Out"
60s
13 Apr 2012
This wonderful commercial for Weetabix's latest variant has a young boy giving his dad the runaround when the two spend the day together. The performances are perfect and it's a thoroughly funny and charming piece of work. Dads are really in at the moment, aren't they?

Matalan
"Snow Globes"
60s
3 Nov 2011
Matalan's Christmas effort steals the conceit from the film 'Inception' and turns it into something a great deal more entertaining than Christopher Nolan managed in his vastly overrated movie. Each scene turns out to be inside another snow globe.

KFC
"Wash Out"
30s
17 Oct 2011
More big family complications ensue when the protagonists try to go on a camping holiday. Things go awry but they can console themselves with a large bucket of chicken parts thanks to the advertised chain of fast food 'restaurants'.

KFC
"Zoe's Family"
30s
18 Jul 2011
A cute ad for KFC faces the reality of modern Britain with its multiplicity of new family relationships by looking at the world through the eyes of a young girl sitting down to eat some food from the advertised fast food joint with her nearest and dearest.

Kronenbourg 1664
"Baggy Trousers"
2 mins
4 Jun 2011
Madness's Baggy Trousers gets the Kronenbourg treatment as Motorhead's Ace Of Spades did before. This feels more contrived than the previous ad but has the asset of becoming more interesting each time you watch it.

KFC
"Emergency Chairs"
60s
2 Apr 2011
You see, it wasn't that difficult, was it? By making the food a relatively incidental part of what's going on in their latest commercial, KFC have finally created a piece of advertising that isn't embarrassing. In fact,it's really good. Chairs are sought from here, there and everywhere for a massive family gathering.

Baileys
"Ice"
20s
14 Dec 2010
Surely, if anything, this is the time this group of wholesome individual "didn't make their own ice"? Is it just us or does this look like a post-Apocalypse dinner party that's about to be interrupted by the arrival of feral half-human beings intent on eating their Baileys-flavoured livers?

Baileys
"Hazelnut"
20s
3 Nov 2010
When her friends are struggling to crack open some hazelnuts, a hostess is happy to present them with hazelnut-flavoured Baileys. Strangely this ad includes a super reading 'does not contain nuts' which makes you wonder how the flavouring is created.

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