Category: Adverts

  • Why Doctor Who VHS Tapes Weren’t Released Until 1983
    Why Doctor Who VHS Tapes Weren’t Released Until 1983

    At the risk of descending into uncritical nostalgia, there was a trailer that ran at the start of every single CiC Star Trek VHS tape that was so good, I would always watch it. This is mostly an irrelevant aside, but a fun one, I hope you agree. Let’s have a look at what BBC…

  • Ooh, They’re Floaty Light
    Ooh, They’re Floaty Light

    Today’s earworm is the strapline from this 1990s Quavers advert. Which is a much better advert than this one from 1994. But I do like this one, the animation in particular, and the voice work from Lenny Henry. It’s from back when crisp packets had windows in the bag so you could see inside.

  • Is This The Movie Trailer That Changed Movie Trailers?
    Is This The Movie Trailer That Changed Movie Trailers?

    This trailer for the first Mission: Impossible film has really stuck with me through the years. It felt different from other trailers around that time, and was of course aided by the music. This is how many other trailers were around that time – with the voice-over guy that is still referenced in spoof trailers…

  • Smith, Jones And Philips
    Smith, Jones And Philips

    In 1982 VisionHire once again teamed with Philips to bring new models of their TVs and VCRs to rental and retail stores throughout the UK. And they enlisted the help of Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones to do so. Here’s one of the TV spots. And here’s a remarkable curio (from the excellent Neil…

  • Michael Palin’s Teeth
    Michael Palin’s Teeth

    Here’s a radio advert for Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. And here’s a review of the exclusive performance they mention, from the next day (9th November 1979) in the Daily Mirror.

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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