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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.

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.

BBC Radio
"Turn It Up"
60s
22 Mar 2016
BBC Radio present a lyrical and eye-catching tribute to the wireless with this 60" ad directed by Rogue's Mark Jenkinson. Poet and wordsmith James Massiah is our guide through an ever-changing environment as he ponders radio's ability to keep us switched on from the moment we slide out of bed.

Lloyds Bank
"For Your Next Step"
60s
11 Mar 2016
Having released their famous black horse from its stable last year with a gallop through history, Lloyds present another arresting film depicting life's noteworthy moments. We see the beast stride through the background of various scenarios rendered in slow motion. The technique allows the emotional heft of a new born baby, a proposal in a busy street, and the last goodbye to a loved one to be skilfully amplified.

Argos
"Just Can't Wait for Christmas"
60s
6 Nov 2015
When there are five directors of photography included in the credits, you'd better believe that most of what you ultimately see has been done in camera. And when what you see is the best part of an Argos store hurtling down the side of a snowy mountain, you'd better believe it's a mighty impressive achievement.

Road Safety
"50th Anniversary"
60s
14 Nov 2014
It's astonishing to learn that fifty years ago - when there were far fewer cars on the road - deaths caused by drink driving were over seven times higher than they are today. The Road Safety campaign has been largely instrumental in this, and so they have good reason to celebrate this startling reduction. But that's not going to be of any help to the 230 each year who die, as this brave and sensitive film tells us.

KFC
"Quad Bikes"
30s
28 Apr 2014
KFC aim to show how much their new Quad Wrap packs in with an ad featuring besuited office types doing donuts on the beach on quad bikes during their lunch hour. Not only have they had an adrenalin-fuelled time while others are picking up a sarnie from the local Greggs, but they've still got enough leeway to order the aforementioned item before heading back to work.

Jaguar
"The Art of Villainy"
2 mins 10s
6 Apr 2014
Mark Jenkinson's follow up to the Super Bowl ad highlighting the Britishness of villains in Hollywood movies is more than a match for its big budget prequel. Tom Hiddlestone - who also appeared in Tom Hooper's film - pulls out all the stops as he offers a step-by-step guide to villainy that incorporates a Shakespeare recital and a lot of smouldering.

London Grammar
"Strong"
3 mins 59s
28 Jul 2013
First things first - don't try this at home, kids. Same goes for you, dads. Sam Brown's inventive video for London Grammar's superb new single Strong goes in a direction you really don't expect and it's a pyrotechnical joy, but don't be surprised if your local paper reports a spate of garden shed fires once this has been on YouTube for a few weeks.

Strongbow
"Moments of Truth"
60s
5 Jun 2013
What a total stunner of an ad. A beautifully simple, effective idea - earn your drink - brought to life in the most imaginative way possible. DAVID is a great believer in 'truthiness', and this has pint glasses of it. We've all known moments of triumph snatched from the yawning maw of disaster, and this captures the euphoria fabulously.

Kellogg's Crunchy Nut
"Chase"
30s
15 Aug 2005
Cracking ad has an urban chase as a black undercover cop chases a villain. The two tear through the streets causing mayhem before the robber jumps through someone's back garden and into a house. His chaser is close until distracted by some Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes.

Powergen
"Fridge"
10s
28 Dec 2004


Powergen
"Vegetables"
10s
14 Jun 2004


Powergen
"Postman"
20s
9 Feb 2004


Powergen
"Tesco"
30s
20 Jan 2004


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