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People's Postcode Lottery
"Winning Street"
30s
17 May 2017
UK Lotteries / Pools

Long associated with smiley types in red jackets presenting oversized cheques, the People's Postcode Lottery change tack with this latest commercial. Animated markers descend upon various residential locales with the all-important postcode. Chirpy music aside, this is an effective way of highlighting the draw's USP.

Qantas
"Dreamliner"

Miles said:

Starts off promisingly and then crash lands into burning flames of cheesey shmaltz.


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Coronation Street now has as many years as Heinz has varieties and despite a broadcasting landscape that has altered out of all recognition since the programme's 1960 debut, it remains one of ITV's most important assets. This celebration of the programme cleverly reminds us of some of its most famous moments.

Dolmio
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When DAVID mentioned to someone that he'd heard a rumour about Dominic West's involvement with a new Dolmio commercial, he was wryly asked if the star of The Wire would be working the puppets. Alas, that prediction was wide of the mark as there is no sign of the cloth-eared Italian family in the latest work... who knows, perhaps they got eaten by moths.

The Zoo
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Gushers
"Squid"
15s
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A misguided teenager licks a squid in this curious American ad. Harold Einstein and Michael Illick directed the over-the-top spot entirely in-camera, focusing on a kid who's so obsessed with the gooey centre of Gushers candy that can't stop herself diving into a squid's viscous leavings. Luckily, there's a talking starfish to set her right. Bizarre but somehow compelling.

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"Soap"
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McCain
"Family"
60s
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Always
"#LikeAGirl - Keep Going"
2 mins
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A recent Always Confidence & Puberty survey reveals that in America, 50% of pubescent girls feel 'paralysed by fear' that whatever they attempt will end in failure. So in this follow-up spot to the highly-acclaimed original, the brand looks at the notion of failure and puts it in a whole new light.

Royal Mail
"Email Phishing"
30s
17 Aug 2017
Another safety-conscious ad from the Royal Mail exposes the dange of email phishing scams - and how unlikely we'd be to respond to them if they took place offline. Upon being approached by a shady bloke in a library, a woman happily gives up her bank details without so much as questioning if he's really from her bank. An important lesson, clearly delivered.

Masterchef
"Mexico"
60s
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Plusnet
"No Hard Sell"
36s
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Bwin
"Black vs Yellow"
90s
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Kwiff
"Father And Son"
50s
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"The Dealership"
64s
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Radox
"It's Just Fashion"
64s
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GoGurt
"Tim And Charlie"
30s
16 Aug 2017
While the chorus of children in VO is a touch toe-curling, this ad for kids' yogurt brand GoGurt nonetheless strikes a note of recognition. We don't need to be adults to wonder if those younger than ourselves appreciate how easy they have it compared to us - and these two prematurely-aged fourth graders can only shake their heads in sorrow at the fact third graders don't even realise that their yogurty snacks are now even easier to open.

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"Weights"
16s
16 Aug 2017
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Nespresso
"Nespresso On Ice"
30s
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"Safe and Sound"
2 mins
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"Ditch Dull Dinners"
20s
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Microsoft
"Teacher"
20s
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"Photoshoot"
60s
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Kwiff
"Bedlam"
45s
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