Adverts A-C

7Up - 1992

Appearing in 1992 to advertise 7Up and attempt to appeal to the 'hip' youth demographic is Fido Dido - a character created by Joanna Ferrone and Sue Rose some years previous.


Abbey National - 1986

An Abbey National ad from the eighties... ooh remember those interest rates though! Clip thanks to Iam Burn.


Action for Jobs - 1987

During the 80s, when unemployment was at a terribly high rate, the ever-helpful UK government brought out... a leaflet. Perhaps not a brilliant scheme, but the overexagerrated screaming makes this an interesting ad. Courtesy of Iam Burn.


All Bran - 1992

Back from the days when describing yourself as a 'great fibre provider' wouldn't instantly bring you under the eyes of Ofcom, Kellogg's tell us just how much you'd need to eat to get the same amount of fibre as a bowl of All Bran.


All Bran - 1997

5 years later and the advertising has gotten a bit more active, although the 'great fibre provider' tagline has remained.


Allinson Bread - 1993

Allinson reminding us in no uncertain terms that 'Its bread wi' nowt taken 'owt'... (and they dont make Brown!)


Alive Yoghurts - 1992

Cool it brothers - it's 3am. The yoghurts are having a party downstairs but it's keeping the fridge magnets awake. Hey I only commentate on these things, I don't write the advert script!


Ambrosia Devon Custard - 1991

Oh no, someone's stolen all the Ambrosia Devon cows! In true Famous Five style, the group have to solve this mystery quickly or there'll be no Ambrosia Devon Custard for anyone. Keep your eyes peeled for the textual jokes scattered throughout this one.


Amstrad PC 1512 - 1987

Back from the days when Lord Sugar's company made more than just Sky boxes, this man has £450 to spend a computer, so why not buy himself an Amstrad? In a throwback to The Generation Game. Courtesy of Iam Burn.


Anchor Butter - 1993

The anchor cows sing, as they do battle against the evil lawnmower taking all of their grass. There's some serious stuff going down in fields these days!


Anchor Butter - 1994

1994, and in a later Anchor advert the cows sing a different song. Perhaps attempting to animate in additional lip motion wasn't the best plan.


Argos - 1987

An Argos ad from the late 80s... with a song telling us how 'it's so easy' to shop with them. Thanks to Iam Burn for this.


Asda - 1991

One of a series of adverts for Asda from the early 90s, using Perfect from Fairground Attraction as a backing track. Plenty of 'everyday life' shots mixed in with items you could buy from Asda. Budding ident designers the world over may have been looking at this and thinking 'hmm, random lifestyle shots. Could we make channel idents out of this?..'.


Asda - 1991

An advert for Asda from the very early 90s. At the time the chain was undergoing a lot of financial issues behind the scenes, but it didn't stop them knocking 9p off a tin of soup! The style of this continues the style of the previous, and use of the song 'Perfect', only this time features more practical pricing shots rather than vague lifestyle ones.


Babycham - 1984

Who wouldn't want one of these as a pet then? A jolly little animation, advertising the drink Babycham in the 1980's, with their famous animated character.


Baby Shampoo - 1989

An advert for Johnson's Baby Shampoo, advertising it as 'for the whole family'. Come to think of it, they've always promoted the shampoo this way! Why didn't they just call it 'Family Shampoo' in the first place!


Baby Shampoo - 1997

A later advert for the same shampoo!


Barclays - 1991

An old advert for Barclays Bank in 1991, featuring the Ghost of the Headless Baron(Well, sort of!)


Barclaycard - 1995

Throughout the nineties, to promote their credit card, Barclays commissioned several adverts starring Rowan Atkinson as a bungling agent for the fictional government department MI7 alongside his sidekick 'Bough' who would usually come to the rescue with his Barclaycard. The idea behind this was to form the basis for Atkinson's later film Johnny English in 2003.


Barclaycard - 1995

Rowan Atkinson stars in another advert for Barclaycard, this time self-charged with protecting the shopping for the beautiful Economic Adviser to the UN. In this advert, Atkinson's character is actually named as Richard Latham. Although the character idea would be largely the same in the later movies that followed, this name was not carried through.


Barclaycard - 1997

The daily routine of a man who's house is falling to bits is shown in this Barclaycard ad, with the slogan 'Dont put it off, put it on!'.


Barclaycard - 2001

Another advert for Barclaycard, this time in 2001. By now, its now Angus Deayton at the helm!


Best Scotch - 1990

The States - Nice Place, shame aboot the beer! One of several similar-style ads for McEwans Best Scotch from 1990. There's a hilarious song, which a lot of local knowledge references which probably make much more sense to those from the North East. Thanks to Iam Burn for this.


BHS - 1994

The people of Portsmouth feature in a slightly bizarre advert for defunct clothing and homewares chain BHS in 1994. Cramming in as many nautical jokes as possible to promote their latest 'sail'...


Bingo - 1996

Samantha Womack (at the time Janus) stars in this advert for the shortlived Bingo bar from the mid 90s. Admittedly with the internet age looming, choosing a generic name which would be nigh on impossible to search for mightn't have been the best marketing choice, but there you go.


Captain Birds Eye (Fish Quarter Pounders) - 1990

The late John Hewer played the famous Captain Birds Eye (or Birdseye, depending on your point of view) from 1967 through until 1998. The concept never changed much over that time - A jolly sea captain would ply a crew of children with plates of his finest fish fingers. In this advert from 1990, the children are looking a bit older, and the shape of the fish fingers is somewhat rounder.


Bisto - 1992

Discussing parents either getting back together or remarrying... over a nice meal with Bisto gravy naturally.


Bisto - 1997

Julie Walters stars in this humorous Advert for Bisto from the late 90s. Clip courtesy of Iam Burn.


Bisto Chicken - 1997

Julie Walters again, this time getting tongue-tied over new Chicken flavour Bisto. Thanks to Iam Burn.


Boddingtons - 1997

A famous ad for Boddingtons from the 90s. In a spoof of all those stylish trainer ads, an athlete runs through the desert to catch up with an Ice Cream truck driven by Melanie Sykes. Clip thanks to Iam Burn.


Boddingtons - 2001

A 2001 Boddingtons where that cow who's supposedly male(with an udder?) teaches us pint survival during parachute failure. Thanks again to Iam.


Boots - Christmas 1991

The run up to Christmas 1991, and the festive advert style from Boots that year followed an animated style for Santa and his friendly elves, who look like the remaining members of a comeback tour for the seven dwarves.


Boots - Christmas 1995

A few years later and Boots are now using live action for their Christmas campaign. Although in those 4 years their actual selection of gifts doesn't appear to have changed massively!


Boots - 1996

1996 and a non-festive advert for Boots. The 'Someone Cares' advertising style present in the 1995 Christmas campaign continues through to their summer range.


Bounty - 1998

A friendly reminder of the possibly hallucinogenic effects of coconuts, courtesy of Bounty in the late 90s.


Bradford & Bingley - 1991

Mrs Collins wouldn't just trust anyone, so she certainly knows who to trust with their important financial needs - The Bradford & Bingley. I wonder how that one panned out for her in the long term!


British Airways - Christmas 1992

From Christmas 1992, and British Airways let everyone know how special they make people feel... and apparently how their staff are some sort of giant omnipotent Gods in the sky! All whilst showing considerably more shots of sailing boats than of any planes.


British Rail - 1989

A long 1989 advert promoting the rail industry in 1989, featuring footage shot around the country. A fun game is spotting how many of the same trains can still be seen in use 30 years later.


BSB - 1990

From a few months before BSB and British Sky Broadcasting were forced to merge to avoid bankruptcy of both companies, a promo for the new 5 channel service from BSB. Showing just what amazing things could come from the sky in the night.


BT Share Offer - 1993

1993, and Mel Smith is enlisted to promote the BT share offer. Thanks again to Iam.


Budweiser - 1998

An ad from the famous Budweiser Frogs set from the late 90s. The concept itself was very simple - three frogs just repeat the name Budweiser over and over again.


Budweiser - 1999

A later advert from the Budweiser Frogs campaign. This time round, some lizards who weren't able to get screen time due to those showstealing frogs begin plotting their revenge.


Carling Black Label - 1991

King Arthur returns Excalibur... with a twist, in this 1991 advert for Carling Black Label. One of many from across the years where the 'I'll bet he/she/they drinks Carling Black Label' catchphrase was used, which would always follow something unexpected happening onscreen. The slogan was eventually dropped in the 90s as the drink was also rebranded to just 'Carling'.


Carling - 2001

An advert for Carling, where a bloke just walks home through a pretty normal world, with naked receptionists, talking dogs, and people herding animals on stairs. The tagline for this advert, one of several different words in use during the campaign, is 'Amazing'.


Cesar - 1993

One of the many dogfoods to come out of the Masterfoods department of Mars, Cesar has always been positioned as their more 'upmarket food for smaller dogs' range. And this advert from 1993 is no exception.


Cheetos - 1990

Cheetos have proven a very successful brand in the US for many years, complete with their mascot and his famous catchphrase 'It Aint Easy Being Cheesy', however it has been a much more limited success story over here. Owners PepsiCo initially tried to launch the brand in the UK in 1990, bringing both the character and catchphrase over with him, although it was shortlived. After another aborted try in the early 2000s, the brand was finally brought back to the UK in 2015, although without the famous mascot from America.


Churchill Insurance - 1996

The original and well known nodding dog advert for Churchill, voiced by Reeves and Mortimer. Clip courtesy of Iam Burn.


Churchill Insurance - 2002

Are you eating a sweet? Yep, Still with the same voices, a 2002 Churchill ad now. Once again thanks to Iam.


Churchill Insurance - 2004

A new ad for Churchill, appearing in 2004, whereby we find out Churchill is no good at saving the Earth from an alien invasion... but is quite good at saving money on car insurance. How exactly we could still use our cars if the human race had been overthrown by aliens is another story! Clip thanks to Iam.


Classic Cigars - 1990

Advertising cigarettes on UK television was banned back in the 60s, however Cigar advertising continued to be permitted through to 1991. Here's one of those adverts aired quite close to the eventual banning, featuring Russ Abbot clay pigeon shooting. (There's also another famous face at the end, if you watch closely)


Club - 1984

Advertising Jacob's Club in 1984. Starting by showing things going wrong for various groups of people, the song then invites everyone to 'come and be a member of the Club fanclub' instead.


Club - 1987

A classic club ad from 1987, featuring a remarkable recreation of the famous Wizard of Oz, only this time singing and dancing about Club. Watch out for an early appearance of the well known 'if you like a lotta chocolate' slogan too. Clip courtesy of Iam.


Club - 1994

A later, and much more well known advert for Club. Most people can probably remember this one!! (Hint: "If you like alot of chocolate on your biscuit, join our...")


Colgate - 1994

Tom and Jerry feature in this Colgate Toothpaste advert from 1994. Courtesy of Iam Burn.


Comet - 1991

An advert for electronics and white goods chain chain Comet from 1991, with the logo 'clicking' into place. Comet fell into administration in late 2012, with all the stores closed not long afterwards.


Copperhead Cider - 1986

A warped advert from 1986 for Copperhead Cider. Featuring the slogan 'knock it on the head', it has one of those songs you'll either love or hate! Another one thanks to Iam.


Cornetto - 1992

A well loved and well remembered advert from Walls for Cornetto. This particular broadcast was shown on TV in 1992, although the advert remained in frequent use in cinemas for several years afterwards!


Corn Flakes - 1991

From 1991, and Kellogg's remind us all that one of the first things you want to do after that wedding is to have a bowl of Kellogg's Corn Flakes.


Corn Flakes - 1997

'Oh what a beautiful mooooorrrrrnnnniing....' -as the Sunshine choir would say. This advert was adapted slightly for use on Channel 5, when it first launched, showing the Corn Flakes ads for when ITV and C4 launched, then this one!


Courts - 1997

Remembering the legendary Bruce Forsyth who could turn his hand to anything, here he appears dressed as a judge in 1997 to promote the Courts furniture store. Courts ultimately folded in the UK in 2004, although stores under the name continue to trade in some other countries.


Creme Egg - 1993

A 1993 ad for Cadbury's Creme Egg, with people from different starsigns telling others how they do it! (no inuendo intended!!)


Creme Egg - 1997

Matt Lucas (aka George Dawes) stars in this ad, asking people 'How will you eat yours?'. Clip courtesy of Iam Burn.


Crest - 1991

Launched in the US in the fifties, the Crest brand in the UK has largely been phased out in favour of 'Oral B' by owners Procter & Gamble. Prior to the purchase of Oral B in the late 2000s however, their toothpaste products were marketed heavily in the UK as Crest too. Here in a simple 1991 advert promoting how much Crest helps improve that nightmare visit to the dentist for children.


Crunchy Nut Cornflakes - 1995

A friendly lesson from 1995 from Kellogg's on just how hard you're making it for the removal men if you're obsessed with eating endless bowls of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.


Crime (Together We'll Crack It) - 1991

An ad from 1990 encouraging people to secure their houses against criminals. Thanks again to Iam for this.


Acknowledgements

  • All the companies in the ads - too many to mention all personally
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