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January 17th, 2012

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?

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