Commercial Break: British Advertising on Screen
A sneak preview of a major new collection tracing the history of British screen advertising.
This special selection of cinema and television advertisements dates back to the late Victorian era and offers a taste of a major new collection exploring the history of British screen advertising, launching on BFI Player in summer 2019.
Rudge-Whitworth - Britain's Best Bicycle
A gentleman cyclist learns the error of his ways in one of the earliest surviving British film advertisements.
Lyons Maid Lolly Gobble Choc Bomb
Animated advert for the much loved strawberry ice lolly with chocolate and sugar balls and a chocolate bar inside.
Branston Pickle: Advertising Agency
15 seconds isn't long, you've got to say Crosse and you've got to say Blackwell, and you've got to say Branston Pickle!
Pa Puts His Foot Down
Advert193416 mins Location: London
Romance blossoms over a discussion of fluid flywheels in this cinema ad for BSA cars, directed by Zoltan Korda.
The Warning (Gibbs S.R. Toothpaste)
A mock trailer for a film "The Warning". The kind of warning you get from your toothbrush when you have tender gums.
Advert19731 minsSilent Location: Clovelly
A couple walk in the pouring rain through Clovelly, North Devon, their journey and feelings narrated in song.
Huntley and Palmer Digestive Biscuits
Liverpool and England footballer Emlyn Hughes gets nostalgic when he takes a team of aspiring youngsters through their paces
Newcastle Brown Ale Monument
Advert19721 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Workmen clean an oversized bottle perched on a factory chimney. At lunch, two beers are delivered to them by helicopter.
Rowntrees Polo Mint: Romeo
“Tis but thy name that is my enemy” is hardly an idea that lends itself to such a strong branded product, but it enlightens the otherwise humdrum.
Advert19356 minsSilent Location: Alloa
Grab a choc ice and popcorn to enjoy this selection of quirky old-school cinema adverts from 1935 promoting various businesses in Alloa, from newsagents to drycleaners.
Going Shopping with Elizabeth Allan
Advert19558 minsSilent Location: South Kensington
Everyday essentials like brandy, teabags and Tupperware are all on offer at London's most famous store.
Clock-wise or a Good Start for the Day
Advert19492 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Start the day the Andrews way with a strikingly crisp cartoon advertising a Toon tonic in Technicolor.
Anzora Viola Cream, Masters of the Hair
Advert19251 minsSilent Location: Willesden
Animated advert showcasing the remarkable effects of Anzora Viola Cream, produced in London and the market leader until Brylcreem appeared.
Elsie and the Brown Bunny
Advert19218 mins Location: Bournville
This early Cadbury advert plays like a surreal outtake from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.