Today’s post can take you back in time. No kidding. It is a time-travelling vehicle to take you back to what some might describe as a more innocent time. I’m not convinced it was necessarily innocent but the commercials back then were more fun than the majority of today’s slick and strategic offerings, and I know these ads had the power to stick in the mind.
Don’t worry about feeding the cat while you’re gone, we won’t be long.
(This love of commercials may seem an odd one, by the way, but I’m not alone in my affliction. Visit fellow TV nostalgia buff Matthew Curry for a selection of commercials from the US.)
Accurist: John Cleese and the endless possibilities of a wristwatch.
BT: Maureen Lipman as everybody’s favourite Jewish grandmother, Beatie.
Yellow Pages: Just one of the very memorable yellow pages ads; this one on the dangers of leaving your teenagers home alone.
Honey Puffs: With Henry McGee, better known as Benny Hill’s straight man.
Metz: Terrified many a viewer in the 1980s. Could this be the inspiration for Doctor Who’s Whispermen?
R Whites: Long before the harlem shake this sent many kids gyrating about the school playground.
Kia Ora: A well-loved classic.
Kinder Surprise: Cue the chorus of cries as toddlers and innocents witness the horror.
St Ives: Stop gap animations like they used to be.
If this has sparked memories of any old favourites you can’t quite remember you can find a plethora of UK adverts here: