Grey gives natural feel to Fairy Xmas spot

Procter & Gamble is using a combination of children and Christmas

in the latest offensive in its perpetual battle to safeguard Fairy

Liquid from own-label rivals.

Shot on location, the 30-second spot breaking this week features

children in their home environment to give the film a natural feel.

Grey Worldwide London has produced the commercial, which maintains the

strategy of promoting Fairy Liquid as longer-lasting than other


The ad, running nationally on terrestrial and satellite TV in the run-up

to Christmas, highlights a special edition Christmas bottle. But the

underlying message is illustrated by two seven-year-olds impatiently

waiting to re-use the bottle to make a toy.

The film opens with Thomas who excitedly shows the camera the plasticine

and straw which will form the buttons and aerial for his phone.

He is downcast to find that his friend, Britney, has already made her

phone. He watches enviously as she chats and has to be content with

measuring the contents of his mother's Fairy Liquid bottle, which shows

little sign of becoming empty.

Finally, Christmas comes and he gets the chance to make his toy with

which to call Santa Claus. The endline seasonally updates the brand's

jingle as: "Have a mild green Fairy Christmas."

Tim Mellors, the Grey chairman and creative director, said: "Everything

about this spot is real. That's what gives it its edge."

The film was written by Russell Garn, art directed by Jamie Bell and

directed by Ian Eames for the Moving Picture Company. Media buying is

being handled by MediaCom.

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