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Skoda Fabia
"Trouser Press Chase"
60s
5 Mar 2005
A man is involved in a desperate urban chase as he tries to outrun a trouser press matching him stride for stride across rooftops and subway trains. The idea is that the Fabia is both practical and exciting but maybe the subtext is that buying a family saloon is acknowledgement that you can no longer escape the trouser press of life.

Skoda Fabia
"Trouser Press Chase"
30s
5 Mar 2005
Shorter version of the dramatic urban chase where a man is menaced by a trouser press.

Lidl
"The Little Pub"
60s
5 Mar 2015
Lidl's latest spot is excellent. In a bustling gastropub called the Adam and Eve (aye aye), dining customers are handed a menu each... and are baffled by the absence of prices. The friendly waiters explain they should pay what they think their meal has been worth at the end. Classy-looking food is brought and - when the cost is revealed - it makes everyone stop and think.

Geico
"High Five"
30s
5 Mar 2015
Ha! says insurance company Geico with the triumph of a small child outwitting its parents. You can't skip this ad because it's already over! It's a brilliant way of dealing with online users' tendency to press 'SKIP' at the earliest possible opportunity so they can watch kittens being cute/Swedish blokes playing video games/a skateboarder putting himself in hospital (delete as appropriate).

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
"Overlook Hotel"
30s
5 Mar 2018
One can only imagine how The Shining's Overlook Hotel would fare in the TripAdviser era. Demented inhabitants, uncanny floor plans, blood-soaked lifts... it's a marketing team's nightmare. Still, this affectionate commercial from the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures puts a positive spin on one of cinema's most notorious guest houses.

Samsung Galaxy
"Make It Yours"
60s
5 Mar 2018
Two bed-bound youngsters suffer a creative funk in this zippy Samsung ad. Their initial brainstorm session doesn't inspire confidence; fortunately, the brand have assembled an impressive brains trust. Launched during Sunday's Academy Awards broadcast, the ad features bright sparks from a variety of fields.

LNER
"This is Our LNER"
60s
5 Mar 2019
With its nod to British Rail's classic 'Relax' campaign, this sumptuous delicacy for LNER reminds us again of the creativity and tranquility that can't be found in rush hour traffic. It has that same seductive quality of the original - and, even though we can't quite suspend our disbelief, we find ourselves wanting to agree that yes, it's far better to travel by train.

Formula E
"Street Level"
90s
5 Mar 2019
Thought the remote control car you got for Christmas was cool? Think again. This cleverly made film unleashes two miniaturised Formula E cars on the city streets, with plenty of towering obstacles between them and the finish line. Even if the contest is over too soon, a darkly funny end gag shows the brand isn't messing around.

Nike
"From the Grounds Up"
4 mins 06s
5 Mar 2020
While we’re far from the ‘Just Say No’ days of trying to convince kids that bad behaviour isn’t cool on adult word alone, there are few schemes which effectively harness the power of peer pressure to influence positive change. This ad for Nike shines a light on one such scheme, as former convict and football enthusiast Bobby Kasanga explains his efforts to keep kids out of gang life since his release from prison.

Lego
"The Friendship Festival"
60s
5 Mar 2022
Another dollop of wonderful and genuine inclusivity from Lego and director Luc Rëso Janin. Once again, children with disabilities play alongside those without, and all share the same joie de vrie. Styled very similarly to the commercial we featured last week, it's a textured celebration of differentness.

Samsung
"Charles Jeffrey Loverboy Feat. Charli XCX"
1 min 41s
5 Mar 2022
There's something strange happening on the farm in this wonderfully weird offering for Samsung (and others) from director Matilda Finn. The aim is to draw attention to the advertised phone's ability to film at night, and while it may be a little self-defeating to use the kind of lighting that's only available to film crews, this nonetheless lands the idea successfully.

UPS
"Jean Reno"
60s
5 Mar 2005
Jean Reno plays a man from the future visiting himself as a baby and explaing what an exciting life he will lead travelling through time and space (technically you are traveling through both time and space while on the bus so it isn't necessarily that exciting).

NSPCC
"Hit"
30s
5 Mar 2005
People vent their frustration on inanimate objects and show, in doing so, that they have lost control. The same is true with much more serious consequences of a young Mum who is struggling with a disobedient child.

ask.com
"Wanderer"
30s
5 Mar 2006
You don't get if you don't ask according to this ad for Ask (née Ask Jeeves) in which a man gets all kinds of childish treats simply because he was prepared to ask innocent bystanders to indulge him.

Kellogg's Wheats
"Tasty Wheats"
30s
5 Mar 2007
Jackie Wilson's Reet Petite is cleverly adapted to 'tasty wheats' and sung with some gusto in this animated ad for a new Kellogg's variant which appears to contain wheat, chocolate, raisins and rabbits. Yummy.

Mini
"Genie"
30s
5 Mar 2007
If you are ever fortunate enough to release an imprisoned genie, you may hope that he's a little more grateful than this thoroughly modern fellow who insists it is he, rather than his saviour, who should have his wishes fulfilled... specifically an opportunity to enjoy a drive in a Mini.

Bradford & Bingley
"Dreams"
40s
5 Mar 2007
After we see a number of people trailing their dreams in the form of words behind them, a young woman looking like Sally Bowles if she was played by Clare Grogan tells us how she hates to see people's dreams fail. Luckily, Bradford & Bingley will step in and allow your dreams to come true.

Anti Smoking
"Wedding Killer"
40s
5 Mar 2007
This anti-smoking film makes clear the futility of the habit of trying to waft smoke away from bystanders. Apparently much of the most harmful smoke is invisible and this film depicts it a benign black fog surrounding the poor innocents smokers imagine they are protecting with their waving gestures.

Road Safety
"Mobiles"
30s
5 Mar 2007
Powerful piece for the COI's road safety campaign shows us a conversation in split screen between a woman at home and her other half who is in the car. When he crashes the vehicle because of his inattention, it's suggested she is also culpable because she knew he was driving.

PG Tips
"A Tale Of Two Continents"
40s
5 Mar 2008
A trail for a forthcoming short film which will be appearing in the seminars whets our appetites by showing Monkey in a variety of worldwide locations. DAVID is a keen cinema-goer in any case so he is looking forward to seeing Monkey and Al on the big screen.

MasterCard
"Studious Pupil"
60s
5 Mar 2008
Self-conscious quirky piece out of the US for MasterCard introduces us to a character who was suddenly afflicted by a wandering eye. His curious orb is determined to find priceless objects so we can only assume that he runs up the biggest credit card bill in history.

Crown Breatheasy
"Breathe Easy"
30s
5 Mar 2008
The way these people behave when they walk into newly decorated rooms, you'd think they had stumbled into a cell at the Maze Prison during the the IRA prisoners' dirty protest. It's only paint for heaven's sakes. Is the fact that it gives off a smell while it dries really such a big issue?

PG Tips
"Rainforest Alliance"
40s
5 Mar 2008
Monkey and Big Al are back. The duo have returned to explain that PG Tips are helping to ensure that the people who work on the tea plantations are receiving a fair wage. As you would expect, this message is conveyed with appropriate dollops of comedy and campness.

Kingsmill Bread
"Just A Seed"
30s
5 Mar 2008
A woman impatiently waiting for her partner sits with their baby in a car outside his office. When he is delayed, she prises open his lunchbox and steals a little of his sandwich. Explaining to the baby that it is merely a seed she finds herself eating more and more until his whole lunch is consumed.

Cadbury Flake
"Joss Stone"
40s
5 Mar 2008
This ad is filmed to look as though Joss Stone was unaware of the cameras as she sings the product's familiar jingle. But since Stone referred to Bob Geldof as Bob Gandalf when recording the Band-Aid anniversary record, we reckon she thinks a flake is the person she sees in the mirror.

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