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    • All at sea.Some brands may prefer the go loud or go home approach, but not MSC.
    • Gone to the dogs.Director Joe Roberts mines every dog owner’s worst nightmare for laughs in this black comedy starring actor and comedian Maddy Anholt.
    • Masters of their domain.EBS (formerly the Educational Building Society) appeal to frazzled house hunters up and down the country in this engaging commercial.
    • John X Carey marks the spot for HunkyDory.American filmmaker John X. Carey is back in the UK thanks to HunkyDory.
    • On the down-low.This Honda commercial is less top-down and more bottom-up, you might say.
    • Hands-On in the HimalayasThe importance of keeping inquisitive young minds occupied takes centre stage in this fascinating film for Czech conservation group Hnuti Brontosaurus.
    • Savings Well SpentAgency Joint and director Kevin Thomas deliver a playful 60" ode to money well-saved.
    • The Bond identity.Heineken celebrate Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond with this two-minute caper directed by Miles Jay.
    • Julia Fetterman joins LS Productions.In their ongoing effort to secure the services of all the nicest people in the business, LS Productions have persuaded Julia Fetterman to join their merry crew.
    •  OB Management welcome Jörn ThrelfallOB Management have welcomed Jörn Threlfall to their roster for commercial representation.
    • This is the PitsThis Dove commercial takes a stand against the latest ridiculous, arbitrary beauty standard women are expected to develop anxiety about.
    • The long and short of it.UNICEF offer children a literal lifeline in this quietly effective commercial.
    • Forever sign Danica Kleinknecht.Sasha Nixon and Forever are "thrilled" to confirm the signing of Los Angeles-based director Danica Kleinknecht.
    • Seed it to believe it.This suitably nutty trio of commercials for the Almond Board of California (ABC) shows what a handful of seeds can do for snackers across the UK.

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Hnutí Brontosaurus
"Physics in Little Tibet"
2 mins 20s
28 January 2020

The importance of keeping inquisitive young minds occupied takes centre stage in this fascinating film for Czech conservation group Hnuti Brontosaurus (Brontosaurus in the Himalayas). The action centres on a kid named Dorjey, who wreaks havoc after a volunteer leaves a physics textbook behind in his home village. With only written instructions as a guide, the lad's experiments quickly become… unstable.

In addition to highlighting the need for adequate science teaching in rural areas such as Little Tibet, this film is a charming exploration of how children learn by doing. From helpful innovations (eg a reel and pulley system, an egg cooker) to mischief managed (Dorjey rocket ship is a standout piece of tech), one can only hope that regular STEM classes will channel his brainpower in constructive ways. For his long-suffering mum's sake, if nothing else.


Uswitch
"Before and After"
60s
26 January 2020

Along with a complete overhaul of their look and logo, price comparison site Uswitch have launched their biggest commercial campaign for twenty years this spring - kicking off with this playful ode to money well-saved.

Whatever our pastime - be it for garish trainers, geekdom, or going all out on dates - the brand reckon they can save us enough cash on energy bills to pursue a hobby with fresh vigour. This is ably illustrated by an affectionate montage of weirdos, who each revel in their own oddities with pride.

Boasting quirky visuals and a welcome sense of humour, director Kevin Thomas’s ad marks the next step up from 2017’s coach-focused campaign - as Uswitch have become increasingly sophisticated in their advertising strategy. Hopefully this means the Philip Glenister days are consigned to the history books for good.


Heineken
"Daniel Craig vs James Bond"
2 mins 08s
26 January 2020

As Daniel Craig prepares to hang up his tuxedo once and for all, Heineken celebrate his tenure as James Bond with this two-minute caper directed by Miles Jay. Yet despite Craig’s best efforts, putting 007 to rest is easier said than done.

Thanks to an overenthusiastic taxi driver, the actor is left sans passport in rural Italy. Unlike his fictional alter ego, Craig struggles to pursue his target - humorously encapsulated by two locals observing a winded bloke who, er, looks a bit like James Bond.

This meta streak continues as Craig infiltrates a castle party through standard MI6 operating procedure (ie pinching a spare tuxedo). It tests the often tetchy actor's patience to the limit… and that’s before the band starts playing an overly familiar tune.

The whole thing is delivered with tongue firmly in cheek, as Craig gamely riffs on his physique and his love-hate relationship with Bond. Enough to keep fans satisfied until ‘No Time to Die’ finally hits screens.


Julia Fetterman joins LS Productions.

In their ongoing effort to secure the services of all the nicest people in the advertising business, LS Productions have persuaded Julia Fetterman to join their merry crew.

Julia's wealth of experience will prove invaluable in her new role as head of LS's London service production arm. Having successfully operated as a freelancer for the last ten years, Julia is incredibly well positioned to ensure the UK-wide company goes from strength to strength in the capital.


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OB Management welcome Jörn Threlfall

OB Management have welcomed Jörn Threlfall to their roster for representation.

The London-born director's work spans a vast range of genres and formats, as Threlfall studied film and theatre in Berlin before moving to London and working for the Discovery Channel and Channel 4. This has given him a wealth of experience which OB will represent across commercials, music promos, and narrative films.


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HP
"Runner"
75s
29 Jan 2007
Very entertaining viral shows us a young man fetching a cup of tea for his boss via a rip-roaring sequence of stunts, jumps and completely unnecessary twists and turns. It's supposed to make us think about the speed and agility of HP's systems. Who cares whether it does or not.

DNB
"The Morning After"
75s
29 Jan 2013
This is like the scene in The Hangover when the protagonists wake in a Las Vegas hotel and find clues of the previous night's mayhem all around... except that this time there's something slightly less dangerous than Mike Tyson's tiger lurking in the bathroom - Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney.

Yo! Sushi
"Ramen v Hunger"
20s
29 Jan 2013
Yo! Sushi's first commercial on British telly is also a début for their agency... KentLyons. To illustrate the news that fans of the chain can now march to their nearest branch and take away one of their favourite snacks, a tub of said foodstuff sends out a pulsing beat to prove that it can tackle our hunger.

Jarlsberg
"Compromise"
60s
29 Jan 2015
This terrific ad from Norway spells out the perils at settling for second best in no uncertain terms. When a young man's new love prepares breakfast for him, he asks if the cheese she's put on the table is Jarlsberg. She shrugs. "Cheese is cheese," she replies. The young man is horror-struck. If she's that indifferent to the best cheese ever, what else is she indifferent to?

Adidas
"Loop"
90s
29 Jan 2018
This multi-layered Adidas commercial reminds us there's no rest for the wicked. Scored by Inaya Day's 'Keep Pushin', the sportswear brand riff on their "Original Is Never Finished" mantra. While Day sings "Keep on pushing to the top", the brand's pool of influencers, designers, and trendsetters respond in kind.

Ancestry
"Together Forever"
65s
29 Jan 2018
Genetic heritage site Ancestry takes on Britain's bizarre decision to leave the EU in this excellent film from Droga5 and director Noam Murro. By turns amusing and confronting, the film sees people from across Europe serenade the finicky little island with Rick Astley's 'Together Forever' - reminding us that even after Brexit, we'll still be Europeans.

The Independent
"No Less Entertaining etc"
30s
29 Jan 2004
The Independent breaks the news of its new "compact" edition by comparing it to other things that don't allow their size to compromise their quality. Shots of an espresso and sushi are shown against a crisp white background with simple background music to keep the message straightforward and clear.

Coors
"Urban Icing"
50s
29 Jan 2005
To demonstrate the cooling effects of Coors Beer, we see some hot and sweaty men popping into a beer and as they have a drink the whole city starts to frost over.

BBC Sport
"Six Nations"
45s
29 Jan 2007
The intensity of the preparation for the Six Nations rugby union competition is captured here as various players are shown attaining the focus they will need to pummel seven flavours of shit out of each another, starting on February 3rd.

More4
"You'll Never Be Me"
10s
29 Jan 2007
Brilliant addition to the current More4 campaign featuring Jon Snow, the patron saint of liberal broadcast journalism, enjoying a moment of conceit as he watches his stand-in, Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Snow comments: "you're good, baby... but you'll never be me."

Channel 4
"First Record"
60s
29 Jan 2007
Another insight into the tastes of the stars of Channel 4 has them revealing the first record they ever bought. The most revealing thing is the generational differences... but surely the best response is David Mitchell's explanation about only having bought one record.

Ryvita
"Yoga"
10s
29 Jan 2007
Overweight television presenter Fern Britton is superimposed once again on a much slimmer woman's body (who, on this occasion, appears to be in an unlikely yoga position) to make a point about the low calorie impact of Ryvita (and, post production, presumably).

O2
"Treats"
30s
29 Jan 2007
Apparently O2's treats aren't just for new customers, they get passed on to existing customers too. A day at the seaside provides the visual metaphor for a sequence that shows the iconic bubble bouncing across a landscape and momentarily enhancing things like so much Smirnoff vodka.

Channel 4
"Change"
60s
29 Jan 2007
The Channel 4 luminaries re-visit the issue of what they would change about their physical appearance. John C McGinley who plays Dr Cox in Scrubs would like a "bigger cock" wheras Gordon Ramsay would fix his nose which he says has often been hit. Not often enough, not nearly often enough.

Shell
"Jaap"
60s
29 Jan 2007
Jaap, who works for Shell, has a eureka moment when he spots a lad managing to get the last of his drink by manipulating his straw around the cubes of ice in the bottom. Jaap realises Shell can get to more of the oil if they use a snaking drill that uses the same principle.

Ryvita
"City Gent"
10s
29 Jan 2007
Fern Britton dresses up as a city gent and makes a disturbingly convincing City Gent in this ad for the low calorie bread alternative. Perhaps there's a role for her in a drama about a women's prison in which she plays a Ms Big on L Wing... if you get our drift.

Channel M
"Gig"
30s
29 Jan 2008
The opening half of this commercial is very impressive. It shows the preparations for a gig with instruments being plugged in and the amplifiers being set. What follows is a bit more pedestrian but, nonetheless, a good effort for the sector.

Virgin Media
"Kelly Osbourne"
60s
29 Jan 2009
Kelly Osbourne is the latest public figure to be satirised in this amusing campaign. The porcine daughter of bat-quaffing rocker Ozzy and boy-band-botherer Sharon is given advice on being the child of celebrities in this animated series.

Carlsberg
"Hula Bula"
40s
29 Jan 2009
This amusing Irish ad has three thatchers wondering how they're going to survive in the credit crunch before concluding that it might be possible to utilise their skills in other areas. They turn their hand to making hula skirts on a tropical island.

Amnesty International
"We Don't Expect The Impossible"
2 mins 20s
29 Jan 2009
Oh, give the bloke a chance. The usually admirable Amnesty International have put their name to this lengthy low-key diatribe urging Barack Obama to stick to his promises to close Guantánamo Bay and end American complicity in torture. He will... stop fretting.

NHS Alcohol Health Harms
"Scan - Female"
40s
29 Jan 2010
A semi-transparent woman has a glass of wine with a friend. She doesn't imagine she can be doing herself any harm... how little she knows. As a voice-over describes the various risks she faces, her strange see-through quality enables us to see them happening.

NHS Alcohol Health Harms
"Scan - Male"
40s
29 Jan 2010
Another in the series which uses a semi-transparent human being to illustrate the harm done to us by excessive alcohol consumption. As has been the case with the previous films in the series, ordinary drinkers are being challenged to consider their intake.

PartyCasino.com
"Phil Tufnell"
40s
29 Jan 2010
Phil Tufnell wrings another droplet of milk from the fame he gained as the winner of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here back in 1882. Even though the ex-cricketer is playing himself, he still finds it a struggle and you wonder if he shouldn't have been played by a real actor.

Barclays
"Shoes"
30s
29 Jan 2011
Another excellent piece of work to add to this increasingly confident campaign. Stephen Merchant provides the wry voiceover that's become a trademark of the series as he explains that the advertised bank are doing what they can to loan money to small businesses.

Ant And Dec's Push The Button
"Race"
60s
29 Jan 2011
The pint-sized TV presenters who seem to spend most of their lives on television are getting ready for another series of Push The Button. They don wigs and make-up as they play the parts of the family members who will compete in the programme.

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