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Christmas Commercials 2018

(October 2018)

AR
Argybargy Granada North West Today
Does anybody know the reason why the Iceland one got banned?
ET
ethanh05 Wales Wales Today
Does anybody know the reason why the Iceland one got banned?

"Too political".
WH
Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
A bit of context might be good here. The Iceland ad has been banned by Clearcast because it is deemed too political to run in a standard ad slot. In fact it's a rebadged ad that was originally made for Greenpeace.

So Iceland is instead running a series of shorter ads with the message that it is removing palm oil from its own brand foods.

I suspect, due to the headlines it has generated, neither Iceland or Greenpeace are altogether bothered.
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TO
tomo359 Border (England)
Did M&S give up this year? They normally produce amazing christmas adverts, but this years food ad is very boring. Hope their main M&S ad is better
TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Does anybody know the reason why the Iceland one got banned?

"Too political".


What constitutes political though? Is an ad for a hybrid or electric car political, because they generally say to help save the world in them.
WA
watchingtv Anglia (East) Look East
Does anybody know the reason why the Iceland one got banned?

"Too political".

Any more political than a advert asking for money to donate to a country that doesn't have fresh running water, because the government there wont help?
My contribution is small but you are welcome.
M
M@ Founding member Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)


Parts of this are filmed in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The wide shot of the choir and Christmas tree/market is all reall, apart from the branch of Boots in the background. That is the exterior of Hitchin's Boot branch, but it's not actually located as it appears in the shot. It's further down.

In reality, there's a branch of Waterstones and a Pitcher & Piano there.
M@
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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Are we going to have the Halifax inserting the fat Welsh bloke into a classic Christmas film after they've already butchered Ghostbusters and The Wizard Of Oz?
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ethanh05 Wales Wales Today


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JF
JetixFann450 Central Reporting Scotland
Are we going to have the Halifax inserting the fat Welsh bloke into a classic Christmas film after they've already butchered Ghostbusters and The Wizard Of Oz?

They should try and get Howard to do one of the ads.
Do you even read these?
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Isn't he too busy appearing with Captain Obvious now?
GE
thegeek Founding member London London
A bit of context might be good here. The Iceland ad has been banned by Clearcast because it is deemed too political to run in a standard ad slot.

Strictly speaking, Clearcast haven't banned it, because they don't have the power to ban ads - they've just expressed their opinion that it's likely to be in breach of the advertising code. If Iceland could persuade a broadcaster to run it, then they'd probably get a slap on the wrist from the ASA, and told not to run it again. (The Ryanair school of advertising, there)
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