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Forge of Empires
"Trade"
30s
22 Jun 2017
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we imagine the makers of 'Age of Empires' will be tickled pink by this commercial. Like the long-running PC series, the similarly titled 'Forge of Empires' gives players the chance to reshape human history. For, er, actual gameplay footage, hasten to your chosen app vendor.

Short Films
"The Enlightenment of Cosmic Panda"
50s
22 Jun 2017
If you've ever wondered what's going on behind a panda's adorable eyes, Mr Kat & Friends have some valuable insights. They take us on a colourful journey through the cosmic panda's inner life, surreal images swirling through an internal galaxy. We particularly like the bear's nonplussed reaction to the trip - what kind of leaves has he been eating?

BBC Music
"Glastonbury '17"
30s
22 Jun 2017
Saturday night headliner Foo Fighters score this ad promoting the BBC's annual Glastonbury coverage. To the strains of 'All My LIfe', these dancers present a condensed version of the Somerset festival... including a nod to the local wildlife. If you failed to procure a ticket or are wary of another mudbath, the Beeb's has you covered.

Orchard Thieves
"Palindrome"
40s
22 Jun 2017
There's a rather blunt message behind this ad for Orchard Thieves cider: drink up, because you'll be dead soon. The visuals show an upbeat, fox-themed rooftop party... while the soundtrack of 'Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)' asks 'how far can you travel when you're six feet underground?'. Subtle and morbidly tongue in cheek - we like it.

Sega
"Amazing"
2 mins 10s
22 Jun 2017
A sleeping giant wakes in this moody Sega commercial. Since the Dreamcast's demise in 2001, the company has steered clear of their home console rivals. Now bigwig Toshihiro Nagoshi hints at the video game stalwart's future plans - no doubt Sonic the Hedgehog will be along for the ride. An intriguing morsel for Sega aficionados.

Stevie Parker
"Prey"
3 mins 57s
22 Jun 2017
Things turn white-hot in this Stevie Parker promo. Friend Londonís Bison captures the Bristol singer via thermal camera. Rendered as a white spectre, Parkerís ghostly form contrasts with another figure - an infrared blur running at full-pelt. Bisonís heightened aesthetic marries well with Parkerís brooding tone.

KP Nuts
"Party Guest"
30s
22 Jun 2017
BMB have aired the first KP Nuts ad campaign for twenty-four years with this fun film. Following the trend for CG spokesbeasts, the brand employ a discerning baby elephant to emphasise the quality of their nuts. The little guy quickly detects that his hosts of have skimped on the snacks, spitting out a trunkful of sub-par nuts in alarm once he gets a taste.

Samsung
"Sarah Walker"
60s
22 Jun 2017
"No pain, no gain", as the old adage goes. New Zealand BMX rider Sarah Walker has experienced plenty of the former. Sixteen broken bones only scratch the surface in this Samsung film. Ruled out of the Rio 2016 Olympics due to injury, Walker says the only way forward is to embrace her setbacks.

Martini
"La Dolce Vita"
60s
22 Jun 2017
Martiniís 2016 comeback claimed that time was only currency that mattered. Now they return to the theme with this Italian caper. We see some fleet-footed revellers converge on a drinks party. Rome may be famous for its traffic jams, but nothing will delay their tipple. It looks and sounds the part, with director Autumn de Wilde and DP Luca Bigazzi delivering a classy aperitivo.

Trip Advisor
"Safe"
20s
21 Jun 2017
Little Wiser returns in a pun-heavy ad for Tripadvisor - who want to let us know they offer more than a place to vent about disappointing holiday experiences. Little informs us thatusing he site to find a decent hotel price is a safe bet... while standing inside a safe. Unfortunately there's no way to reach through the screen and lock him in.

23andMe
"Your Story"
30s
20 Jun 2017
23andMe claim to test your DNA to tell 'the story of you' in this bland ad. The disclaimer taking up half the screen is no surprise, since the company has faced numerous questions about what their process actually tests for... and what they could do with the information gathered. Maybe better to skip the spit kit until Minority Report is off the table.

letgo
"Clock"
30s
21 Jun 2017
This cheerfully surreal ad for online marketplace letgo features a bloke who's style is more vintage than high-tech. We enjoy the whimsical approach to his inconvenient timepiece, which becomes wedged between lorries in homage to Volvo's classic Van Damme stunt. A bloke on horseback soon turns up to buy the clock, providing another beat of understated humour.

Vitaminwater
"Gym Squeeze"
45s
21 Jun 2017
Aaron Paul takes his cardio routine up a notch in this Vitaminwater commercial. The actor observes his fellow gym patrons toiling alongside him. Luckily, heís got a bottled of Zero Squeezed handy. One swig later, the treadmill becomes his dancefloor. Keep moving, or else.

Audi
"Change Over"
45s
21 Jun 2017
This brisk Audi commercial shows there's still plenty of bite to electric vehicles. The marque subject one of its flagship race cars to a comprehensive pit stop, transforming it into an e-tron model. The camera keeps pace with the on-track action, while Phil Bolland's propulsive sound design hits the mark. Fast, furious, and eco-friendly.

The Sun
"Best Man"
30s
20 Jun 2017
Another ad for the Sun which demonstrates an astute understanding of precisely who their core demographic is. A childish best man gets distracted during his wedding speech by explaining the newspaper's latest promotion, much to the guests' chagrin. The husband doesn't see anything wrong with his friend's actions, or his boorish response to his bride. Lucky for her, there's still time for an annulment.

Trip Advisor
"Owl"
30s
20 Jun 2017
There's something uncanny about Trip Advisor's new spokesowl Little Wiser. Perhaps it's the way he moves, or the fact his mini dressing gown makes it look like he's welcoming you into his boudoir with romantic intent. The slightly odd script delivery doesn't do him any favours either... but he's still a step up from the irritating dog featured in the site's last campaign.

ao.com
"Web Chat"
30s
20 Jun 2017
Looks like this couple have been on an AO spending spree. While chatting with their son via web chat, we see a constant stream of AO delivery men in the background. While Norman perfects the extreme close-up, the online conceit is supported by a laggy framerate - just in case you thought your connection was lousy.

Channel 4
"Fifty Shades of Gay"
40s
20 Jun 2017
Fifty years since homosexuality was decriminalised, Channel 4 present a colourful trail for its 'Fifty Shades of Gay' season. The droll title gives us a good idea what to expect from the programme schedule, encompassing both serious and celebratory subject matter. It's also a salient reminder of how far attitudes have progressed on and off-screen since 1967.

Isaac Gracie
"All in My Mind"
4 mins 25s
20 Jun 2017
Analogue trumps digital as singer-songwriter Isaac Gracie's bittersweet track is given the 16mm treatment. Flitting between the past and the present, Bunny Kinney's evocative promo is awash with hazy compositions and film scratches. Meanwhile, Gracie's fetching paisley shirt only heightens the video's nostalgic atmosphere.

Chase & Status
"This Moment (ft. Blossoms)"
3 mins 35s
20 Jun 2017
This intriguing promo for Chase & Status's collaboration with Blossoms takes an intimate look at the life of a young family of Travellers. Director Joshua Osborne's slowed-down visuals lend the film a dreamy air, intensifying the sense that we're looking at a microcosm slightly outside of time. The sound may be a departure for Chase & Status, but it's an effective soundtrack to scenes of caravan living.

Our Time
"Three's A Crowd"
20s
20 Jun 2017
Over-fifties dating service Our Time encourages singletons to follow this enamoured couple's lead. Having met each other via the Match.com off-shoot, it's clear they enjoy a hands-on approach. Before we get a chance to say "get a room", the bloke's son offers to stick the kettle on... ostensibly eager to hear all about their romantic exploits. Eww.

Robinsons Refresh'd
"Endless Straw"
30s
19 Jun 2017
Feeling parched? Youíre not the only one. As much of the UK bakes, Robinsons launch their latest variant - a flavoured water called Refreshíd. When this woman takes a slurp, her straw embarks on a countrywide refreshment hunt. The intrepid straw pierces succulent apples and raspberries before hoovering some H2O. And you thought your crazy straw was impressive.

TIM
"Spider-Man"
60s
20 Jun 2017
So thatís where Spider-Man gets his moves from. This TIM commercial pairs Spidey with the Italian telecom firmís spokesdancer. We doubt thatís 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' star Tom Holland, but director Igor Borghi has a nimble substitute. Like the brandís previous ad, it celebrates freedom of movement - who better to reinforce the point than the wall-crawler?

Asda
"Perfect Spot"
20s
20 Jun 2017
Asda take staycations to the extreme in this latest summer commercial. Packed and ready to go, this father and daughter arrive at an unlikely holiday destination: the back garden. Well, no need to worry about baggage allowance. Whether you're holidaying at home or abroad, the supermarket have the suitcase essentials covered.

Quorn
"Barbecue ABC"
20s
20 Jun 2017
Quorn turn their attention to the barbecue market as summer rolls around for meat-eaters and veggies alike. The food photography in this campaign continues to serve it well, making non-meat look like a tasty alternative. Alan Davies's voiceover is appealing as ever, although we always find the vague phrasing of 'protein source' a little suspect.


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