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BBC
"Every Element of Wonder"
50s
9 February 2017
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Olivia Colman covers Tom Lehrer’s ‘The Elements’ with a BBC twist in this colourful promo. Replacing the elements of the periodic table are programmes designed to stimulate the ol’ grey matter... who said learning had to be dull?

Directors weareflink match Colman’s pacy delivery with a cubic spectacle. Each ‘element’ provides a neat twist on familiar and not-so familiar programming. Thus, we have The Sky at Night’s Maggie Aderin-Pocock with a cubed and molten sun, Chris Packham observing a rather square crab, and Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage represented by - what else - a simian typist.

The broadcaster seems confident it can deliver “distinctive content” that’s both informative and entertaining - enough to fill the periodic table with, at any rate. It’s a jaunty way of bringing the Beeb’s scheduling to life, while Colman has a new party piece up her sleeve.

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BBC
"Every Element of Wonder"
50s
9 Feb 2017
Olivia Colman covers Tom Lehrer’s ‘The Elements’ with a BBC twist in this colourful promo. Replacing the elements of the periodic table are programmes designed to stimulate the ol’ grey matter. Who said learning had to be dull? Directors weareflink match Colman’s pacy delivery with a cubic spectacle.

BBC
"The Victorian Slum"
30s
30 Sep 2016
Another piece of 'send 'em back and watch 'em suffer' programming from the BBC as misery and triumph coexist in this trail promising to show the reality of Victorian slum living. Well-chosen shots of modern people being stunned by poverty and buoyed by change are propped up by inspirational music and engaging graphics, promising an interesting trip into the past.

BBC
"Summer With The BBC"
50s
28 Jun 2016
While it may not be all smiles and sunshine in the BBC talent pool post-Clarkson and co., this ad for the Beeb's summer schedule does an appealing job of positioning the broadcaster as the home of entertainment through heatwaves and inevitable downpours. Lenny Henry narrates a montage of seasonal pursuits with the BBC's TV and radio stations complementing the mood.

BBC
"Attenborough at 90"
60s
25 Apr 2016
Shirley Bassey's bravado cover of 'Nature Boy' is the apt soundtrack to this BBC tribute to David Attenborough. Spanning his career through black-and-white, colour, and high definition, the film does a lovely job of highlighting Attenborough's dauntless character and childlike enthusiasm for the natural world. In what has been a sombre year for cultural icons, the Beeb celebrate a man with plenty more wandering to do.

BBC
"Shakespeare Festival"
60s
20 Apr 2016
To celebrate the legacy of William Shakespeare four hundred years on from his passing, the BBC have a banquet of Bard-packed programming in store. From Benedict Cumberbatch getting the hump as Richard III to David Mitchell's depiction of Shakespeare as a struggling comedy writer, this trail promises an eclectic season which will delve into the playwright's past, present, and future influence.

BBC
"Crime Scene"
60s
16 Dec 2015
Why have one detective on the scene when you can have four? The BBC assembles a star-studded quartet of sleuths to show they are channel of choice for all things crimebusting. Stella Gibson, John Luther, Sherlock Holmes, and Doctor Watson all heed the call, though such a clash of personalities maybe isn't conducive to speedy police work. A very enjoyable mash-up nonetheless.

BBC
"Pure Drama"
90s
3 Dec 2015
A collection of clips from BBC dramas is accompanied by an awkward reading of Ella Wheeler Wilcox's poem 'Solitude'. Suranne Jones is one of the UK's most compelling actors and DAVID is a huge fan but she gives Wheeler Wilcox's rhymes the kind of cadence you'd expect of a primary school child and this is not her finest hour.

BBC
"Contains Strong Language"
40s
7 Oct 2015
This trailer features a bunch of weird and wonderful folk - captured on TV through the decades - who are evidently residing in the hinterlands of sanity. What must the programme be about? Mental health? Well, kind of: the trailer heralds a season of poets and poetry; kicking off with Ted Hughes, that loveable old granite-jawed sadist.

BBC
"Digital Season"
40s
24 Aug 2015
The BBC's latest season of programming aims to take stock of just how far technology has come as we contemplate a fully digital realm. From the history of computer programming to contemporary issues like the influence of video games on society, the channel promises to highlight the efforts of British minds in digitising our world.

BBC
"Walkies"
15s
29 Jul 2015
In their efforts to spread the love across their network, the BBC are pushing it a touch with this 15" ad. A dog eagerly tries to nab its lead in preparation for a walk as House of Pain's "Jump Around" fittingly accompanies its bounds. Turns out all this is in aid of making us show our appreciation for the weather service, but it comes across as a bit of a strained leap.

BBC
"Edinburgh Festivals"
30s
29 Jul 2015
The BBC have set themselves the mammoth task of covering all the stand-out cultural goings on during this year's Edinburgh festivals. "Anything goes," as one comic shrewdly puts it, so artforms of every kind can be found across the capital. Thanks to this multi-platform coverage, fans can enjoy the events without having to deal with the crowds, queues, and over-priced pints.

BBC
"For All"
50s
13 Jul 2015
DAVID suspects this film was commissioned on 8 May this year - the day after the Conservatives won their unexpected majority at the general election. The BBC knew what was coming and they weren't wrong - a sustained attack on their raison d'etre from a government incapable of understanding the value of what the institution does for the UK. This moving defence is part of the fightback.

BBC
"Quizzy Mondays"
30s
6 Jul 2015
Monday nights are for the quiz fiends on BBC2 and this trail announcing the return of University Challenge and Only Connect emphasises the brain teasing fun in store. Some jiggery-pokery in the editing suite sees hosts Victoria Coren-Mitchell and Jeremy Paxman receiving some unorthodox ideas from their respective contestants.

BBC
"Another Brian"
20s
15 Jun 2015
Ahead of BBC Three's online switch, BBC2 becomes the new home of Family Guy. To get Peter Griffin and co a little more acquainted with the channel's programming, the Drunken Clam screens a Brian Cox documentary. The evergreen physicist's ponderous delivery doesn't impress Cleveland though. Boy, he can talk..er, slowly.

BBC
"Script"
60s
26 May 2015
The BBC typically take great pride when it comes to showcasing their upcoming slate of original drama. This ample offering is based on the dramatic performances we see on screen originating from the words on the page. As such, we see the lines of Jim Broadbent, Peter Mullen, and Anthony Hopkins in full 'actor' mode scroll down the screen in textual form.

BBC
"Dish Up"
30s
25 May 2015
The Beeb launch their year-long campaign urging us to start cooking easy-to-learn recipes with this cheerful animated ad. Various anthropomorphised ingredients belt out 'ABC' by The Jackson 5 before a showstopping red pepper informs us that we can find more information at the advertised website.

BBC
"25 Years of BBC Films"
40s
18 May 2015
The Beeb takes the opportunity to showcase some of the biggest successes from twenty five years of their film arm, including Mrs Henderson Presents, Made in Dagenham, and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. As part of their week-long celebration, film lovers can partake in these homegrown releases on BBC Two each night.

BBC
"Springwatch"
15s
12 May 2015
This sweet ident lets us know that Springwatch is on its way. It smartly incorporates the '2' logo as a visual reminder that the programme is, of course, on BBC2 with the animated numeral represented as a shy and delightfully-coloured caterpillar who sneezes when he sticks his head in a flower.

BBC
"Election Wipe"
20s
27 Apr 2015
If Channel 4's 10 O'Clock Live hadn't been such an unmitigated disaster then Charlie Brooker might have been joining his erstwhile colleagues in an election special but - as it is - he'll be doing what he does best for the BBC... the night before the election. In this matter-of-fact trail, the Guardian writer explains the whats and whens with the practised enunciation of someone who's got it wrong seventeen times before finally nailing it.

BBC
"General Election"
40s
1 Apr 2015
The BBC promises to be more comprehensive and comprehensible than ever with their 2015 election coverage. From the Radio 1 news desk to the vanguard of 4am constituency results led by David Dimbleby, the Beeb do a fine job of heralding the scope of their reportage with slick editing and the participation of their political big guns.

BBC
"All You Need Is Love"
30s
30 Mar 2015
This shortened version of Vaughan Arnell's ad for the BBC iPlayer retains the same flair and atmosphere of the original. Rae Morris's cover of "All You Need Is Love" accompanies a montage of viewers displaying their affection for various programmes. Those of a similar disposition are invited to press the heart button on the service to show their appreciation.

BBC
"Radio 4"
30s
26 Mar 2015
Selfishness is a good thing. So says this new spot for Radio 4, which also asks if we think the past is better than the present and whether ants could save our lives. Superb graphics accompany the VO - if you turned the sound off you'd still want to stare at the screen - and we admire the way the ad addresses topics the typical R4 listener wants, while visually drawing in a younger audience.

BBC
"Laughter"
30s
16 Mar 2015
David Brent may not the fountain of wisdom he thinks he is, but he's on to something when he says laughing everyday makes you feel good. A montage of sniggers, cackles, guffaws, and chortles from BBC comedies across the decades reminds us of some of the gems the Beeb have brought us, and aim to continue bringing us for a long time to come.

BBC
"CBeebies and Radio 4"
30s
5 Mar 2015
This spot for CBeebies and Radio 4 is rather odd. The little girl is very sweet, but sounds like she's much younger than she looks, which jars. Either that or she's immensely drunk and doing her best to hide it. Mum, meanwhile, is oblivious to the situation and burbles on about War and Peace with no comprehension whatsoever.

BBC
"Little Painting Challenge"
20s
2 Mar 2015
"Get creative!" is the message in this colourful plug for the BBC's Little Painting Challenge. The upbeat VO encourages the nation's budding artists to produce a postcard-sized masterpiece to be displayed in a gallery. And why not? We've already had sewing bees, bake-offs, and allotment competitions. If it's a hobby, you know the Beeb will be on it.

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