John Lewis to launch 'giving' Christmas ad on Facebook

John Lewis will debut its TV Christmas ad by Adam & Eve on Facebook and YouTube before it airs in the ad break during Saturday's 'X Factor' live show.

John Lewis: readies Christmas 2011 launch
John Lewis: readies Christmas 2011 launch

The ad by Adam & Eve features a boy impatiently counting the minutes to Christmas, eager to give a gift to his parents, rather than open his own presents.

It is set to a cover of The Smiths' 'Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want', performed by singer-songwriter Slow Moving Millie.

John Lewis has brought back Dougal Wilson, the director who shot the much-acclaimed 'Always a Woman' advert, for the campaign.

The retailer expects the 60-second advert to be viewed by 44 million people at least once during the course of its five-week run.

Television activity will be supported by print, in-store, online and social media activity.

The print campaign will focus on John Lewis' top 100 gifts for Christmas and will run from December 1 for three weeks.

Slow Moving Millie's cover will be available to buy on iTunes from 9am on Friday. Last year's Christmas campaign for the retailer featured a version of Elton John's 'Your Song' by Ellie Goulding, which reached number two in the UK charts.

Brands are increasingly looking to debut their big-ticket TV ads during 'The X Factor'. Muller and Yeo Valley have both recently premiered their ads during the show.

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