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Over the holiday period, I went online to show my son a few old British TV commercials.

Here are a few of my favorites:

I love the Darth Vader themed Volkswagon commercial from last year, but it wasn't the first time the asthmatic bad guy has featured in an advertisement. Over thirty years ago, he featured in this UK ad for Tunes (a menthol through lozenge). I don't think it was shown too often, but I still remember it, over thirty years later.


The 'For Mash Get Smash' campaign spanned several years. The advertisements featured alien robots, observing our planet from afar (and laughing at our primitive, potato-peelings ways).

in the UK, my generation grew up with the PG Tips ads, featuring chimpanzees. I think they made dozens over the years. Here's my personal favorite from 1971 (and yes, we drink PG Tips):



How about you?

Care to share your favorite old commercials?

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ideealisme
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
You can't sing, you can't play, you look awful
jongibbs
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: You can't sing, you can't play, you look awful
Lol, I'd forgotten that one. Do you think that guy is Simon Cowell's dad? :)
ideealisme
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: You can't sing, you can't play, you look awful
I think he ended up playing Terry on Eastenders.
jongibbs
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: You can't sing, you can't play, you look awful
He did, but before then, I remember him playing an Italian Officer in 'Allo, Allo and 'starring' in a gas leak warning advert :)
msstacy13
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
I cannot find it on youtube,
but my most favourite ever TV ad
was a Burlington Mills as.
They don't just makce coats,
but all sorts of fabrics.

Right, well, a man and woman are alone in a bedroom,
partly clothed and becoming more so
when we hear a noise, and the woman says,
"My husband is coming home!"
The man gets behind the drapes
moments before a second man comes in,
demanding, "Where is he?" and searching the room.
When at last he pulls back the drape,
the first man simply says,
"We at Burlington Mills stand behind everything we sell."
jongibbs
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I never heard of that one, but it sounds funny :)
msstacy13
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Equally obscure runners-up would be
"And it rolls on casters..."

And the one about VW's ad agency hiring a songwriter
"Dished pistons optimize compression ratio..."
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