The Thinkboxes Awards for TV ad creativity: July/August 2015 Shortlist

Currys PC World 'Dog'

In this light-hearted domestic drama, we see a devious husband contriving to pull a fast one as he makes it look as if Benji, the couple’s blameless pug, has peed on their computer. The husband feigns dismay as he points out that "It’s broken… completely ruined" and the dog’s expression is a picture. "Somebody’s after a new laptop," the pug seems to be saying – and, indeed, that’s the spot’s pay-off caption. The campaign was timed to coincide with the arrival in stores of hardware featuring the new Windows 10 operating system.

Creative agency Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO Creative team Zac Ellis, Richard Littler, Alex Grieve, Adrian Rossi Client Ian McGregor Production company Independent Films (The Glue Society) Director Gary Freedman

KFC 'Brothers'

Set in enchanting Mediterranean locations, this ad outlines the idyllic summer story of two brothers who are inseparable. Their world is turned on its head when the older boy meets a girl, who also owns a scooter. They ride off into the sunset together – or so we suspect. But the story is not quite over: they return for the younger brother, take him along with them and make things right by buying him treats from KFC’s new Mediterranean Bites menu. "Share the flavours of the Med," it urges us.

Creative agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty London Creative team Olivia Shortland, Stephanie Flynn Clients Meghan Farren, Mette Jensen, Evgeny Bik Production company Pulse Director Michael Pearce

Lloyds Bank 'Horse story'

The brief was to celebrate 250 years of Lloyds Bank by conjuring up a montage of black horses as they (might have) featured in evocative scenes of British life through the decades. We see one yoked to a plough in a pre-tractor era, another as a cavalry charger in the Great War. In a more contemporary setting, it features as one-half of a pair pulling a wedding carriage. The aim was to show how, since its foundation on 3 June 1765, Lloyds Bank has been serving the households, businesses and communities of Britain.

Creative agency Adam & Eve/DDB Creative Ben Tollett Client Ros King Production company Rogue Director Sam Brown

Lucozade Energy 'Find your flow'

This humorous spot sets out to define the notion of "flow". It is, we learn, the "unmistakable feeling of [being] unstoppable… of no problem that can’t be solved… because you’ve found your rhythm". And, in an increasingly absurd montage, we’re offered examples of this "flow": a window cleaner giving his work a foamy flourish, a crossword puzzler twirling his pen flamboyantly, a librarian demonstrating her uncanny ability to throw books over her shoulder into the right slots on the shelves. As the pay-off has it: "Nice!"

Creative agency Grey London Creative team Theo Bayani, Miguel Gonzalez Client Nina Meusburger Production company Park Pictures Director Nathan Price

Ribena 'You can't get any more Ribenary'

Ribena is seeking to reposition itself as a drink for young adults, rather than children, by taking the brand into an edgier, more visually intense territory. Thus the disorientating nature of this animated spot, featuring purple spheres evoking larger-than-life blackcurrants, rabbits sporting sunglasses and hat-wearing hedgehogs. This TV work was designed to integrate with the UK tour of an experiential roadshow offering consumers the chance to play on the Ribenary crazy-golf course.

Creative agency J Walter Thompson London Creative team John Cherry, Miles Bingham, Claudia Southgate Client Hannah Norbury Production company Nomint Directors Christos & Yannis

A view from Academy Member...

Kate Stanners, chief creative officer, Saatchi & Saatchi

TV at its best doesn’t tell you it’s talking to you, it just does. It self-identifies its audience using tone of voice.This month’s selection walks the walk, flexing the full gamut of emotions.

A bit of comedy from Currys PC World; an epic journey through 250 years of the black horse for Lloyds Bank; a cute KFC spot that has a gentle pull at the heartstrings; a Ribena ad that creates its own quirky world through animation; and a Lucozade commercial that puts the everyday back into sports drinks with a fun take on the athletes’ zone.

Five different spots, giving five brands a chance to set out their stall and tell their story not just through words and pictures, but also through the body language of the brand.

Because today, more than ever, it’s not just what you say that is important: how you say it is what reveals everything about you. Whether it’s with a smile or a tear, the emotional connection through execution is where advertising’s alchemy happens.

This is one Thinkbox Academy member’s view.  What do you think? You can view these brilliant ads at

The Thinkboxes, in association with Campaign, are the only bi-monthly awards that celebrate the UK’s world-beating TV ad creativity, in all its forms.

The Thinkboxes are judged by the 250-plus Academy members.

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