Thinkbox's first ever TV advertising campaign was designed to remind advertisers of the continuing power and effectiveness of TV. The ad paid affectionate tribute to some of the greatest and most effective TV commercials, all of which are still returning value for their brands despite being some distance from their original air-date. If TV can do this for these brands, with the right creative and media, it can do the same for today's advertisers, delivering results today and in the long term. Nothing else does this quite like telly.

The ad was created by The Red Brick Road and directed by multi award winning director Chris Palmer of Gorgeous, who has been responsible for ads including Carlsberg's Old Lions, Skoda Fabia's Cake and Transport for London's Do the Test. The media planning and buying was by MediaCom.

The ad was screened across a variety of broadcast channels represented by Thinkbox's shareholders who are Channel 4, ITV, Sky Media, Turner Media Innovations and UK TV.

"This is something we've wanted to do for some time and we're delighted our shareholders have invested to make it possible. We obviously believe in the unrivalled power of TV to deliver business success and it has never been more important to make sure every brand understands what TV can do for them."

Lindsey Clay, Thinkbox's Chief Executive


Ads featured in the Thinkbox ad

Cornetto - Just one Cornetto Just one Cornetto! Sugar Puffs - Tell em about the honey mummy Tell 'em about the honey mummy!
Milk - Wake up to milk Accrington Stanley?  Fairy Liquid Mild green Fairy Liquid
Budweiser - Wasaaaup WASSAAAAAP! Yellow Pages - JR Hartley Fly fishing by J R Hartley
R Whites Lemonade - Secret lemonade drinker I'm a secret lemonade drinker Bodyform Ooooh Body Form
Cadburys - Whole Nut Nuts! Whole hazel nuts.  Cadbury's take 'em and they cover them in chocolate

You can watch all the original as that are featured in the Thinkbox ad by clicking here

Ad credits

Client: Thinkbox
Title: Head
Production Company: Gorgeous Enterprises
Director: Chris Palmer
Advertising agency: The Red Brick Road
Art Director: Pete Hayes
Copy writer: Matt Lee
Head of TV: Charles Crisp
Agency producer: James Faupel
Production company producer: Rupert Smythe
D.O.P: Ben Seresin
Editor: Paul Watts
Post Production facility: The Quarry
Music: Yellow Boat Music



Man on the couch: Diarmuid Corr
Hypnotherapist: Al Mayfield
Colleague: Gill Stoker


Thanks to...

Our shareholders (Channel 4, ITV, Sky Media, and Turner Media Innovations and UK TV),Chris Palmer and all at Gorgeous, all at the Red Brick Road, Ruby and Mediacom.

And a special thank you to our fabulous participating advertisers: Matt Close at Unilever, John Price at Honey Monster Foods, Phil Rumbol at Cadburys, Roisin Donnelly at Procter & Gamble, Mike Rowley at Yellow Pages, Peter Dries at Budweiser Anheuser- Busch, Dr Judith Bryans at Milk Marketing Board, Yulia Kretova, Brand Manager at Body Form/ SCA and Simon Stewart, Marketing Director at Britvic.

This ad was awarded by D&AD, the BTAAs, and the APA.

Thinkbox's 2009 TV ad

Thinkbox's first ever TV ad was created by The Red Brick Road and directed by multi-award winning director Chris Palmer of Gorgeous. It’s the sort of ad that starts conversations about TV ads; which ones we like best; why we remember them above other types of advertising, and how today’s advertisers can successfully plug into this “hard-wiring” phenomenon. From this page you can navigate to lots of good stuff relating to this fascinating subject. You can also have another look at our ad and peak behind the scenes of the shoot day, in our making-of-the-ad film.

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