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Samsung
"School Report"
3 mins 08s
21 October 2016
UK Corporations

This film is a compilation of some of the bloopers and outtakes from Samsung's campaign around the Olympics this summer. Jack Whitehall is at his funniest unscripted, trying - and failing - to learn to behave like an Olympic athlete. Particular highlights include the wee man annoying Bradley Wiggins. No swans were harmed in the making of this ad... we hope.

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Samsung
"School Report"
3 mins 08s
21 Oct 2016
This film is a compilation of some of the bloopers and outtakes from Samsung's campaign around the Olympics this summer. Jack Whitehall is at his funniest unscripted, trying - and failing - to learn to behave like an Olympic athlete. Particular highlights include the wee man annoying Bradley Wiggins. No swans were harmed in the making of this ad... we hope.

Samsung
"Dressage"
60s
7 Sep 2016
Jack Whitehall again confirms he's, erm, a Jack of all sports and master of none in the latest Samsung commercial celebrating the Paralympics. This time, the comedian joins Natasha Baker and Lee Pearson for a dressage tutorial. Despite looking the part and displaying some equine reversing skills, it's safe to say Whitehall is unlikely to be picking up any medals.

Samsung
"Resilience"
60s
4 Sep 2016
Having tested the patience of Team GB's Olympic heroes earlier this summer, Jack Whitehall now joins Susie Rodgers and Ellie Simmonds at poolside ahead of the Paralympic Games. The duo prove to be more than a match for Whitehall as he questions why only he's compelled to sweat on the exercise bike, while his efforts in the water are more sink than swim.

Samsung
"Jack Tries Boxing"
60s
28 Jul 2016
Round three of Jack Whitehall's Olympic trials for Samsung appropriately sees the comedian enter the boxing ring with Team Ireland's Katie Taylor and Joe Ward. Chivalry doesn't get Whitehall very far as the comedian feels the full force of a Taylor onslaught before 'landing' a glove of his own. While the advertised Galaxy S7 Edge isn't as fortified as Whitehall's midriff, it's still got enough in defence to sway smartphone buyers.

Samsung
"Jack Tries Rowing"
90s
26 Jul 2016
Jack Whitehall shows he's without a paddle when it comes to rowing... or recognising five-time Olympic medallists. After narrowly negotiating a conversation with Sir Steve Redgrave and fellow Olympic champion Helen Glover, it doesn't take long for Whitehall's stint as coxswain to result in a, erm, career-ending injury. Another amusing execution from the brand, and a neat way of communicating their tech's water-resistant credentials.

Samsung
"Jack Tries Cycling"
90s
25 Jul 2016
Those who enjoyed Jack Whitehall's tragicomic attempts to mix it with the England rugby union team last year won't be surprised to learn the comedian has opted for alternative pursuits. In a new series of films by Samsung ahead of Rio 2016, Whitehall now throws himself into various Olympic disciplines - and this sterling ad set in the velodrome sees him come face-to-face with Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Audi
"Virtual Cockpit"
60s
25 Apr 2016
You can trust Rogue's Mark Jenkinson to elicit drama out of dashboard instruments, and Audi's faith in the director is rewarded with this neat piece of storytelling. It appears the car maker is rather proud of its digital interface, one which displays everything a road user requires along with some nifty extras. Outside the comfort of the cab, however, all is not well.

Ladbrokes
"Man, Horse, and Gut"
30s
16 Mar 2016
Ladbrokes revisit one of their betting archetypes in this clever Cheltenham ad. Once again, 'The Gut Truster' attempts to gain gambling wisdom by staring into the eyes of a nearby horse. While he and the nag attempt to forge a telepathic connection, the VO injects geezer gravitas into a very funny script about the bond between "man", "horse", and "gut"... and all variations in between. The tongue-in-cheek tone undercuts talk of ways to gamble away your dosh very nicely.

St John Ambulance
"Miscellaneous Objects"
40s
15 Jan 2015
A shift in direction for the St John Ambulance service, as previous spots have been filmed with real people. But it's a highly effective change: the very items a young child can choke on are the ones instructing us how to react, and there are some funny lines in it: "I'm a baby that chokes babies". The humour helps it remain instructive rather than terrifying, and the low-key animation of the objects is lovely.

Gordon's Gin
"Boar"
60s
24 Dec 2014
There's reinforcing a brand name, and then there's reinforcing a brand name... and this ad does the latter with lashings of style. It uses the boar's head image which has been part of the Gordon family crest since 1769; attaching a 3D version to the lithe body of a James Bond type who has taken dancing lessons from Christopher Walken.

Ladbrokes
"Everyday Santa"
30s
4 Nov 2014
Another in this excellent series for the betting giant gives us further detail on one of the lads who like an occasional wager on the football. This is the guy who splurges all his winnings on treats for his mates and it is brimming with agreeable laddishness - let's hope his mates are there for him when he's being turfed out of his house because he forgot to "bet responsibly".

Ladbrokes
"Mr Brightside"
30s
21 Oct 2014
Ooh, clever. One of the characters in the Ladbrokes line-up - Mr Brightside - actually loses a bet. But it's only a few quid; nothing he'll miss as he steps onto the dancefloor. On the one hand he looks like the dimwit offspring of James McAvoy and Dean Gaffney; on the other, the casual way he shrugs off the loss suggests he's not desperate for money. He legitimises betting without being a smooth bastard we'd all hate. Like we said... clever.

Ladbrokes
"Gut Truster"
30s
19 Aug 2014
Again, another sharp move from Ladbrokes. This spot, continuing in the British heist movie vernacular that blokes find so irresistible, features 'The Gut Truster'; a chubby geezah sporting bling fur coats and trusting his instinct about the nags. In fact, we discover he's a bit of a buffoon to do so which, while it doesn't make his style of betting look smart, suggests every other geezer who gambles must be way smarter and thus way cooler.

Ladbrokes
"Brain Lunges"
30s
20 Jun 2014
A chap gets his thousand-yard stare going as he calculates various betting odds while his girlfriend yammers on at him across the table. She is probably mistaking his expression for one of deep interest in her words and would be horrified to discover his little grey cells are working up a sweat over the possibility of Benzema - who sounds like a skin problem - scoring in a football match.

Ladbrokes
"The Believer"
30s
24 May 2014
This has been beautifully done and it's a lovely addition to the main campaign, but don't study the underlying message whatever you do... because it suggests that you'd have to be a fool to place the kind of bets favoured by the danger-loving protagonist. That's about right as it happens: a ten-match accumulator is the betting equivalent of a lottery scratch card.

Ladbrokes
"The Ladbrokes Life"
60s
28 Apr 2014
A clever commercial making betting look like a savvy art form; a colourful world inhabited by larger-than-life characters introduced to us like the protagonists of a film. "The Ladbrokes life" is a shrewd, insightful creation. It invokes a brotherhood of the cool and streetwise; initiates into an existence not everyone would understand. This isn't about loners and desperation - it's about exclusivity, and more importantly, loyalty to a brand.

The Guardian
"Do It All"
60s
9 Jan 2014
One doesn't expect to leave one's other half home alone for an hour in the fear they'll trash the place like some Inbetweener on a cider-fuelled bender. However, that's not taking into account other halves left with a Guardian Weekend in their possession. This is the sorry tale of Ian, who didn't know any better.

KFC
"Unite This Christmas"
2 mins 30s
29 Nov 2013
Just when we thought we'd seen it all this Christmas, along comes this amazing commercial for KFC that brilliantly mocks many of our most revered Christmas rituals. It's a highly surprising move for the advertiser who - despite a lengthy relationship with one of the most consistently creative agencies in London - has tended to a favour a pretty conservative approach.

Johnnie Walker
"From the Future"
60s
25 Sep 2013
Over the hardcore techno track Pursuit, an urgent male VO talks us through someone's present - only to reveal that the someone is yourself, and it's your future self who's doing the talking. Are you destined to be an office drone or will you carpe diem with the help of Johnnie Walker?

Johnnie Walker
"Morning"
75s
11 Apr 2013
A very unusual - and rather brave - angle to take for a whisky commercial. Instead of the traditional routes - ie, the blend men choose to bond over / the quirky logo-based approach / the single malt that transports you to its place of origin - this aligns itself with significant moments, whether planned or yet to arrive. It suggests Johnnie Walker is the brand appropriate to commemorate them. Shrewd.

Barclaycard
"Toys"
90s
8 Nov 2012
A man is rather overwhelmed by the choices on offer in a toy shop in this impressive ad for Barclaycard. While choosing a present might be difficult, paying for it isn't as this man demonstrates when he opts to take the monkey voiced by James Corden home with him after paying for it using the advertised credit card.

Lynx Shower Gel
"Brainy Girl"
60s
5 Jul 2012
In the latest instalment of this campaign demonstrating the lengths to which men will go on to keep their women compliant in the bedroom, a young man pretends to enjoy a desperately long play in order to impress his 'brainy girl'. The element of manipulation implied by this campaign is most unpalatably in evidence in this execution.

Lynx Shower Gel
"Flirty Girl"
60s
5 Jul 2012
"More touchy-feely than a school trip to a petting zoo" is a great line... it's used to describe the 'flirty girl' who works the room while her boyfriend loyally stands by her. There's a hint that his reward might be a ménage à trois with his gal and her blonde friend... in his dreams.

Lynx Shower Gel
"High Maintenance Girl"
60s
5 Jul 2012
Another young man demonstrates the compromises required to maintain a modern relationship. 'High Maintenance Girl' requires that he'd be on hand for her every whim and desire... he's even obliged to collect her dog's shit from the pavement when the yapping little chap makes an untimely deposit.

Lynx Shower Gel
"Party Girl"
60s
5 Jul 2012
Another Commercial in this amusing series offering a tongue in cheek take on modern relationships. In this instalment, a young man does what ever it takes to keep up with his 'party girl' and even tolerates the trashing of his apartment because of the prospect of carnal reward.

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