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McDonald's
"Monopoly"
20s
21 Mar 2017
McDonald's annual Monopoly ad returns - this time with a scientific twist. While the pair of researchers here aren't exactly Indiana Jones, they react with appropriate excitement when they stumble upon a pristine artefact they've been searching for. As they rush to preserve the precious parchment, however, disaster strikes...

VW
"Gesture"
40s
21 Mar 2017
Iggy Pop's 'The Passenger' became synonymous with car ads thanks to a 1998 Toyota Avensis commercial; now it's VW's turn to hit play. The German marque places great importance on gestures in this Golf ad... though motorists seeking compensation over the emissions scandal will be expecting something more on the lines of a generous gesture of goodwill.

Specsavers
"Dishes"
30s
21 Mar 2017
Specsavers's long-running campaign has rarely focused on children's glasses, so this latest entry is a welcome diversion. While a music aficionado (the wonderful Cavan Clerkin) tends to his collection, his son is busy washing the dishes. Alas, no matter how hard you scrub, some plates just won't come clean. In this case, there's a sound explanation....

Emirates
"Electronic Devices"
20s
22 Mar 2017
Emirates have released a topical extract from their recent ad starring Jennifer Aniston. The airlline is making the best of a recent ban on electronics being carried on flights from nine countries, cheekily pointing out they've got so much in-flight entertainment available that nothing extra is required to keep boredom at bay. No word as to whether their TVs have Candy Crush though...

Rail Delivery Group
"Improvements"
40s
20 Mar 2017
We're not particularly keen on the phrase "post-truth era" at DAVID, suggesting - as it does - that lying in public is a new idea but it's tempting to use it to describe this extraordinary piece of propaganda on behalf of Britain's train network. The ad itself is well made but you cannot overlook its complete failure to acknowledge the problems generated by a creaking infrastructure and the dysfunctional relationship between train companies and trade unions.

Eastenders
"Brace Yourself"
40s
22 Mar 2017
This atmospheric trailer from BBC Creative gives us glimpses of explosive scenes to come in Albert Square. A secret affair between a teacher and student is revealed by a slow-motion kiss in the rain, but the shocked reactions from other characters suggest there won't be anything romantic about the fall-out. Martin even stops eating his fish and chips at the sight - brace yourself indeed.

HSBC
"The Journey"
60s
22 Mar 2017
Willie Nelson's 'On the Road Again' scores this charming ad promoting the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. A rugby ball crosses all manner of terrain in order to reach the players' tunnel before kick-off. It's a neat way of reflecting the tournament's international reach, and Outsider's Jim Gilchrist ensures a bouncy treatment. Lovely ball work, too.

Unkle
"Cowboys or Indians"
4 mins 04s
20 Mar 2017
Unkle may be a constantly changing act, but they know when consistency pays off. 'Cowboys or Indians' is their latest collaboration with directors Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton-Jones, and the pair deliver a typically trippy promo. Murky shades and hues ooze across the screen as bodies shift in and out of focus.

Nike
"Hurri-Kane"
30s
22 Mar 2017
You can tell Harry Kane is enjoying his new Nike Hypervenom boots... shame, then, that the Tottenham striker is currently nursing an ankle injury. While Spurs and England fans would rather see him back on the pitch, this colourful ad fizzes with energy as Kane summons the elements in training. Premier League defences will welcome the respite from the storm.

The Moonlandingz
"The Strangle Of Anna"
3 mins 40s
20 Mar 2017
Ah... Lias Saoudi. Where to start? The louche frontman of Fat White Family has an alter ego - Johnny Rocket - who sings with The Moonlandingz; a band that is, in itself, an alter ego for the Eccentronic Research Council. Here, his wasted hero sings an elegy to a woman called Anna while Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor comes on like a Yorkshire Julee Cruise.

J D Williams
"Spring into Summer"
30s
17 Mar 2017
JD Williams has been brought into the 21st century. What was a fusty old brand aimed at women presumed to be past all that fashion nonsense has been transformed over the course of several ads. Not only does this latest have a distinct look all of its own, it comes with a music track that gives it extra clout and credibility.

The Weeknd
"I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk)"
4 mins 56s
21 Mar 2017
Fresh from their on-stage collaboration at the Grammys, The Weeknd and Daft Punk star in this slice of retro sci-fi for ‘I Feel It Coming’. The Canadian singer mourns the loss of his celestial amour as he mooches about, stranded on a rocky planet like an ill-fated love interest from Space 1999. The early MTV video aesthetic - complete with control track flickers – is terrific; ideal for the track’s summery Eighties vibe.

Rightmove
"School Checker"
30s
21 Mar 2017
Rightmove's new School Checker feature allows parents to scope out their sprog's educational prospects before they decide to move house. It's tricky to sell kids talking about catchment areas and OFSTED, but this bright film just about pulls it off. Great if you're selling in the right school location; not so great if you aren't.

Dispatches
"Secrets of Coca-Cola"
20s
20 Mar 2017
With its cheery burst of Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop The Feeling' (not a million miles away from a certain campaign slogan) and distinctive red-and white animation, this ad for Dispatches' investigation into Coke captures the essence of one of the most visible brands on earth.

Domino's Pizza
"Home for Pizza"
1 min 42s
20 Mar 2017
Having starred in ‘Stranger Things,’ Joe Keery should feel at home in Eighties throwbacks. Now the tousled heartthrob takes the lead in this lovely homage to 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' from Domino's. Keery navigates backyards and trampolines in a race home. He's not trying to evade parents or thwart a vengeful sister, though... the man's got pizza on the way.

Vanish
"Mountain"
20s
18 Mar 2017
Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing may have conquered Everest, but they've got nothing on the star of this Vanish commercial. This bloke explores a mountain range comprised of worn-out t-shirts. Luckily, the brand have their usual fish tank and table combination prepared, allowing him to restore said garments to their original hue.

Milka
"Egg Hunt"
90s
17 Mar 2017
This ad for Milka chocolate has a touch of the Hunger Games about it, as children compete to gather the most Easter eggs by any means necessary (including one particularly creative girl who attacks her rival with bees). Disaster strikes when a chocolate bunny falls out of reach, and the youngsters work together to find a whimsical solution - with some unexpected help from a spiky friend.

iZettle
"Football"
50s
17 Mar 2017
iZettle have released a series of ads - created by Round & Round and directed by Lukas Hammar - focused on, uh, 'true' historical moments when people refused to take no for an answer. It's all part of their 'Do Your Thing' campaign, which champions the bravery of small businesses. This film shows the birth of the beautiful game... sort of.

B&M
"Walkies"
30s
18 Mar 2017
B&M have apparently created the world's first TV commercial aimed at dogs. They consulted 'dog behavioural specialists' and everything... really. We're not sure the subtitles on the 'Woof' version are an accurate translation of dogspeak, so we've provided you with the version in which an actor pretends he's talking to a dog instead. The whole thing is - ahem- barking.

Compare The Market
"Tail"
20s
20 Mar 2017
Poor Sergei. The venerable meerkat once again falls victim to Aleksandr's rapier wit during a two-for-one cinema jolly. This time, the whiskered duo is watching the live-action remake of 'Beauty and the Beast'... and Aleksandr can never resist a good pun. One can only imagine would life would've been like had Sergei picked Nicole Kidman instead.

Quorn
"Spag Bol"
20s
20 Mar 2017
With this spot, Quorn have significantly changed their approach to conquering the meat-free market. Gone are athletes endorsing the benefits of protein... instead the brand has charged director Richard Jung - master of delectable food ads - with making Quorn seem tasty rather than virtuous. A convinced VO from Alan Davies is the perfect accompaniment.

Co-op Supermarkets
"Mother's Day"
90s
20 Mar 2017
The Co-op aren’t shy about embracing the past. Since reviving their 1960s logo last year, the supermarket have emphasised traditional values and community spirit - the kind of things you see immortalised in grainy film footage. Such thinking inspires this affectionate Mother’s Day ad as a woman treats mum and the whole family to a filmic trip down memory lane.

Refuge
"Grow"
4 mins 04s
20 Mar 2017
Delicate animation and an apt song choice drive this emotive piece of work from Refuge. Lyrics from Frances's 'Grow' take on new meaning as Melanie drifts through her daily life, knowing an abusive partner awaits at home. While she appears transparent throughout, the advertised charity provides the vital support she needs to feel whole again.

Boots
"Mother's Day"
30s
17 Mar 2017
Boots eschew the usual cards and flowers in favour of pampering a mum who spends most of the time getting her hands dirty mucking out cows. It's a smart move to put the kids front and centre in this documentary-style film, especially when one tyke declares his mum can now have 'a good old scrub' and get 'shiny'.

Sainsbury's
"Red Noses"
10s
17 Mar 2017
Those who crave variety in their novelty schnozzes are in for a treat this Red Nose Day. To celebrate the biennial charity drive, shoppers can nab one of ten characterful noses from Sainsbury's. Meanwhile, rapper MysDiggi makes a brief cameo as he wonders where his own red nose has gone - always in the last place you look, eh?


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