The Work: Private View

CREATIVE - Leon Jaume, founding partner, WCRS Limited

I'm not going to lie to you. December is a bad month for Private Viewing.

When I looked at this lot, I felt like a Christmas vicar trying to rustle up a tombola stall with a couple of jars of mustard and some lemon curd.

You want hope, try skipping to the eager voice of youth below. You want an old curmudgeon, stick around.

The best ad here is for Transport for London (1). Eleven people a month are sexually assaulted by unlicensed mini cab drivers in the capital.

The commercial suggests that unless we are more careful about how our friends get home, we are potentially aiding rape. It's provocative and uncomfortable, which might enable it to penetrate the drunken haze when you're propping up a friend on Shaftesbury Avenue one night.

The Gordon's Gin (3) ad is well done but slightly baffling. In a painting-by- numbers world, the numbers start peeling off things to form a huge swarm which ends up landing in a glass. The voiceover tells us "it's what goes into Gordon's that gives it its colourful flavour". Hmm. According to what we've just seen, a G&T now tastes of sausages and chimneystacks, which is not how I recall it.

In the Tigra (4) commercial a woman drives around with an unpleasant bloke who sniffs and stares at her breasts. I think we're meant to think he's a driving instructor. But then it seems they're on a date. Look, I'll be frank.

I'm not sure what's going on. At least you know where you are with Spirito di Punto.

We're now deep into the bran tub. I'm digging but all I'm feeling is bran. Or possibly tub, in the case of the idents for First Choice (5) which intersperse I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!. What couldn't you do if your brand was linked to the tabloid sensation of the season? With a bit of luck, this.

Next, a piece of direct mail that tells us: "You can sell almost anything with Loot (2)." It opens up into alliteration land: "From tents to tubas, from property to pets". Right.

And wearily we conclude with some workaday online work for Energy Saving Trust (6) that links us to a dull-looking website. I had a browse and to be fair it did correct one famous advertising claim. Apparently they recently changed some street lighting in Scotland from orange to white and crime dropped noticeably. They're going to do more of it.

So we only had it half right. The future will indeed be bright, but it bloody well won't be orange.

CREATIVES: Johanna de Mornay Davies and Iskra Tsaneva, creative work placement team, WCRS

Payback time! One hundred and seventy-four crits later, we get to give one. We've noticed with most teams, there's a good cop and a bad cop.

The bad cop is usually the main speaker, tells you how shit you are; the good cop tries to ease the pain by smiling, twitching or commenting on how difficult it was in their days of job searching because they couldn't afford to brainstorm in Starbucks and had to go to Burger King. So, let's open the book.

The first ad is for Gordon's Gin (3). Good Cop: Beautifully art directed and fun to watch, good soundtrack. Paint by numbers is a clever way of saying colour without actually showing it. Bad Cop: The "clear yet colourful" link with the product was a disappointment. Colours and numbers ... hmm ... can't help but think of E numbers.

On to Energy Saving Trust (6). Good Cop: This campaign uses nice, simple graphics to illustrate good energy saving facts. The most eye-catching was the spinning washing machine emerging from the web page. Bad Cop: It's quiet and gets lost on the page (except for that annoying washing machine). There are more powerful ways of communicating such a strong message.

With Loot (2) "you can buy almost anything". Bad Cop: So why are we only offered mundane items like pets and property? Where can I find, let's say, a Toby pint jug or an elephant's toenail? That's the beauty and bizarreness of the Bargainest Goldmine Ever! Good Cop: Well, what can I say, it's bright and colourful.

I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! idents for First Choice (5). Good Cop: They do the job and the ones without dialogue are actually not too bad. When in doubt always use animals! Bad Cop: If you've seen one, you've seen them all. They bear a striking similarity to the creature comforts Heat Electric ads.

It took five takes to understand Vauxhall Tigra (4). Bad Cop and Bad Cop: So it's a driving test. He's testing her, no she's testing him, they're testing the car, oh it's a date. The man fails. Why? Because of his itchy nose? As female cops we're completely repelled by this obnoxious woman and definitely wouldn't associate ourselves with her or the car.

Our friends at Transport for London (1), however, have done really well.

Good Cop: A clever ad to make women aware of fake taxi drivers. A nice twist on convention, the idea being that if you let your friend take a dodgy cab, you are an accomplice to rape. Shot honestly and down to earth, favourite bit-the expression on the girl's face in slow motion. Bad Cop (frustrated): It'll never run!

Good Cop, Bad Cop: Merry Christmas!


Project: "Safer travel at night"

Client: n/s

Brief: Reduce the number of sexual assaults committed by unlicensed taxi


Agency: TBWA\London

Writer: Clive Pickering

Art director: Neil Dawson

Director: Antonia Bird

Production company: Blink

Exposure: London regional television


Project: Loot relaunch

Client: Jo Earl, marketing director, Loot

Brief: Support the Loot relaunch activity and articulate the new

offering, driving advertising sales

Agency: Liquid Communications

Writer: Jamie Fleming

Art director: Steve Bewick

Exposure: 95,000 mailing


Project: "Breeze"

Client: Mark Sandys, marketing manager, Gordon's Gin

Brief: Demonstrate that Gordon's is a clear drink with a colourful


Agency: Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Writers: Dave Monk, Matt Weller

Art directors: Dave Monk, Matt Weller

Director: John Robertson

Production company: Passion Pictures

Exposure: National TV


Project: New Vauxhall Tigra

Client: Peter Hope, Vauxhall

Brief: Launch the new Vauxhall Tigra

Agency: Lowe

Writer: Simon Brotherson

Art director: Steve Paskin

Director: Ulf Johansson

Production company: Smith & Jones

Exposure: Cinema


Project: I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! sponsorship

Client: Sam Turnbull, marketing director, First Choice

Brief: Make First Choice famous by building the audience's emotional

engagement with the brand through the use of sponsorship idents around

ITV's I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Agency: Phoenix Writer: Paul Garner

Art director: Sarah Burrell

Director: John Offord

Production company: The Lab

Exposure: National TV


Project: "Look for the logo"

Client: Jasper Bell, new-media manager, Energy Saving Trust

Brief: Increase public awareness of energy efficiency in domestic


Agency: Dare Digital

Art director: Emily Gardiner

Exposure: Internet

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