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HSBC
"Jade"
60s
11 January 2017
UK Banks

HSBC Premier launch their Jade membership scheme with this attractive-looking commercial. After delivering a mysterious box (the best kind of box), a young boy finds all doors open to him as he explores the high life. We're left unsure about what being a Jade member entails, but, then again, this is likely aimed at a very select portion of the bank's clientele.

Domino's Pizza
"Winter Survival"

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great acting


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HSBC
"Jade"
60s
11 Jan 2017
HSBC Premier launch their Jade membership scheme with this attractive-looking commercial. After delivering a mysterious box (the best kind of box), a young boy finds all doors open to him as he explores the high life. We're left unsure about what being a Jade member entails, but, then again, this is likely aimed at a very select portion of the bank's clientele.

Audi
"Picking Teams"
2 mins 10s
6 Sep 2016
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti must take a relaxed stance on team preparation if he's willing to let his star players cruise the streets of New York City. Still, it's Audi's gain as this Manhattan-set caper sees Jérôme Boateng, Thiago, Franck Ribéry, and Arturo Vidal compete to unearth the city's hidden talent. An unorthodox scouting technique, perhaps, but a speedy one at that.

Aldi
"Hot Cross Buns"
40s
11 Mar 2016
Another helping of Easter parody has Aldi spoofing the famous Diet Coke ad. But - in this incarnation - the muscular protagonist is pouring hot cross buns down his naked torso. This has little impact on the gazing adoration of the crowd which is part of the attention to detail that makes this such a fun piece of work.

Aldi
"Easter Gorilla"
40s
10 Mar 2016
Mark Denton's swiftly chucked together spoof of John Lewis's Christmas ad did wonders for Aldi when it got a massive thumbs up on social media - so it's little wonder McCann Manchester turned to him once again to help them realise a parody of one of advertising's greatest icons... the Cadbury gorilla.

National Lottery GameStore
"Giggles"
30s
23 Feb 2016
As 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' so memorably showed us, stifling one's amusement at a verbal quirk can be a trial. This man's chances of holding it together lessen with each suggestive pronunciation of the word "banking" by a French finance expert. Hardly helpful for his career prospects, but playing a National Lottery GameStore scratchcard on his phone at least offers a one in four chance of success.

National Lottery GameStore
"IT"
20s
18 Feb 2016
The reputation of IT departments won't be enhanced any time soon by this wry little number. The pc user ringing for help has more chance of winning with the National Lottery Gamestore than seeing the tech guy appear in her office - a one in four chance, to be precise. Love the moment at the end, too, with her British restraint allowing her no more than a Paddington stare as he joins her at the bus stop.

National Lottery GameStore
"Bankers In Need"
20s
16 Feb 2016
Another humorous ad for National Lottery GameStore depicts a charity mugger (or 'chugger', to use the technical term) facing an uphill struggle when canvassing for donations. Who would've thought sympathy for the bankers was in such short supply, eh? Back in her civvies, this woman's chances of success seem more favourable with a scratchcard. Just don't try asking for a moment of her time.

National Lottery GameStore
"Farmer"
20s
16 Feb 2016
This agreeably silly commercial for the National Lottery's line of GameStore amusements has an off-screen man asking a couple of women if they fancy being shown around a farmer's market. Sadly, the voice belongs to a cow farmer with his arm occupied where the sun don't shine. Their interest quickly dissipates and his chances meet a pile of manure. Never mind, though - he's got a one-in-four chance with a Lotto app game.

HomeAway
"Why Share?"
30s
19 Jan 2016
Those who like their advertising to have a combative edge are going to enjoy this commercial for travel service HomeAway. It concentrates its message on the contrast between a holiday home where you're required to share the space with others (ie: the kind of thing that might happen when you book through AirBnB) and the kind of holiday you can expect when you have the facilities all to yourselves.

Currys PC World
"Secret Santa"
60s
5 Nov 2015
In this wry spot for Currys PC World, Jeff Goldblum gives some unsolicited advice to Russ, the employee at the office party who's already on "thin ice". Explaining the etiquette of Secret Santa, he encourages the hapless young man to think of the "naff" slogan mug his boss has given him as something that's actually cool - like a Google Chromecast device. But Russ is a bit slow on the uptake...

Currys PC World
"Turkey"
1 min 55s
5 Nov 2015
Easy charm and a beautiful head of hair aren't enough to save this chap's unsuccessful attempt at a Christmas dinner, but Jeff Goldblum ensures his family react with a little more encouragement... even if he can't act his way through a mouthful. Comedic brilliance, but judging by these outtakes, it's a Christmas miracle they managed to get all five of these ads done in time for November!

Currys PC World
"Talc Powder"
90s
5 Nov 2015
Such is the quality of Currys PC World's Christmas campaign, we're almost hoping to receive at least one clunker of a gift this year if it means Jeff Goldblum suddenly materializes next to us. Next to receive some pointers is a man who's less than enthused by his partner's gift - peppermint-scented talc powder (we've looked it up and it's a real thing). As ever, Jeff is on hand to help turn that frown upside down...

Currys PC World
"Jigsaw"
2 mins 30s
4 Nov 2015
Currys PC World's terrific Christmas campaign centres on the moments of strained enthusiasm we radiate when our nearest and dearest don't quite provide the Christmas of our dreams. What if we had someone to help coach us in the art of improving our 'bad gift' face? That's where Jeff Goldblum comes in.

Currys PC World
"Movies"
85s
4 Nov 2015
The beauty of this whole campaign for Currys PC World is the way that at first we have no real idea where they're going. The cast look just as surprised as we are to see Goldblum's deus ex machina breeze into their homes and give them strangely intimate lessons on how to act when the gift received isn't from Currys PC World. Genius.

Drench
"Caravan"
40s
26 Apr 2011
This is one of two new commercials for Drench which are, ironically enough, dryly delivered descriptions of a special institute where they're conducting experiments in rehydration. In this execution, a family sit inside a caravan as it's doused with water from one of those aircraft used to put out forest fires.

Drench
"Fire Engine"
40s
26 Apr 2011
This is one of two new commercials for Drench which are, ironically enough, dryly delivered descriptions of a special institute where they're conducting experiments in rehydration. In this ad, a line of people have a fire hose turned on them to see how well this works when it comes to providing them with the water they need.

Eurostar
"Exploring Is Beautiful"
60s
17 Jul 2010
Eurostar's first ad for three years is a charming piece focusing on a little girl searching for a little companionship. She offers a "hello" to all creatures great and small and is quite astonished when she finally receives a reply.

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