When did tv ads become crap?

Rod Hull and ParkieThere’s a really annoying ad on tv at the moment. Michael Parkinson is sitting in a studio chair and says: ‘I’ve been asked many times what my number one interview was. Tough question.’

But instead of answering, he goes on instead to try to flog me the Sun Life Direct Over 50s Plan when I’m much more interested in his answer to the original question. (I bet it wasn’t Rod Hull and Emu)

It’s a sign of the times. Crap tv ads that are more interested in parting you with you cash than being entertaining , but it wasn’t always thus.

While I was looking for the Secret Lemonade Drinker video for my Sunday Round-up, I came across the compilation of ads from the 1970s ads on the right right and I found myself smiling and greeting them like long lost friends.

I’ve never felt compelled to slurp a glass of Cinzano in my life, or ski down a hill with a box of chocs under my arm, and I hate Turkish Delight, so in that sense they failed, but I do remember them with fondness, even Shake n’Vac, which is more than can be said for today’s crop of online betting, PPI mis-selling and medical negligence ads.

So where did all the great ad makers go? Ridley Scott went on to give us Alien and Blade Runner, but his ad for Apple Mac was bloody brilliant. And Serge Leone did that one for Renault even after he’d made Once Upon a Time in America, but they seem to be a dying breed.

When did did tv advertising become such crap? Or is it our own fault for being able to ignore them completely by whizz through them on our magical recording boxes?

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 18th April 2016

    I rather like “The Chase” on ITV. Sometimes I can get a meal prepared just within the ad breaks so that I miss all of the ads! Ads are one of the reasons I normally prefer the BBC. In answer to your question, I don’t think that all ads are crap these days. Some are still extremely clever. The ads that I hate the most are for that furniture company – DFS – with its never-ceasing sale. I hate those ads so much that I have never entered a DFS store and cannot wait till the company goes bankrupt.

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    • Mr Parrot 18th April 2016

      We all know you’re only watch The Chase for a chance to ogle Ann Hegarty!

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  • Trevor Rowley 18th April 2016

    Do you ever watch “Grumpy Old Men”on TV, Yorkie? Or, perhaps you’ve appeared on it. Prepare a meal in the ads break? What you making, a slice of thinly buttered bread?

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    • Mr Parrot 18th April 2016

      Oow that was a butter knife between the ribs Trevor!

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      • Yorkshire Pudding 18th April 2016

        Peeling potatoes or starting to boil the tagliatelle, preparing the veg, wrapping the salmon in foil and getting it in the oven, roasting tomatoes. It could be a new cooking programme “Ad Break Meals” with guest chef Trevor Rowley, dressed as Tony the Tiger, singing the praises of Kelloggs and sous chef Ian Rhodes preparing tripe.

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