The Broadcast: Brand New TV Ad from Thinkbox

Aliens suddenly appear on TV across the UK to announce they are coming to Earth in the latest Thinkbox TV ad. Cue bedlam as the nation rushes to greet Earth's new arrivals.

Thinkbox's new ad is a tongue-in-cheek homage to classic science fiction films but with a very British flavour. It opens high above the Earth as a fleet of alien spaceships bear down on our planet. Their warlike-looking leader punches a button on his console and addresses the people below via live TV. His sudden appearance on TV screens everywhere, repeating the message "Oola Oola Zod", galvanises the nation into a range of responses as varied as humanity itself; from blind panic and shock, to awe and unbridled enthusiasm.

We then watch as the country's top brass, scientists and military converge on the landing site, as do UFO enthusiasts keen to fulfil a lifetime's ambition: to welcome a being from another world. They gather. They wait, eyes glued to the night sky. We see the space-ship touch down in a cloud of smoke and light. Down the ramp thunders a six toed alien, clad in armour, clutching a staff. "Oola Oola Zod!" he thunders triumphantly. He may have successfully moved the whole nation using TV, but there's a twist in the tale...

A collaborative, storytelling ad break

Thinkbox's new ad will appear on Boxing Day from 9pm in special ad breaks that mirror the story of the ad's creative and extend the narrative across the whole break.

Thinkbox, through Mediacom, has collaborated with DFS, Lucozade and Sheba to create one-off versions of their TV ads which are mysteriously interrupted by messages from the incoming extra-terrestrials trying to make contact with earth.

Throughout the storytelling ad break, as the aliens get closer, their message gets clearer, culminating with the Thinkbox 60-second ad making its broadcast debut. The idea behind this collaboration is to create intrigue throughout the break, and provide viewers with a 'penny drop' moment at its end as they see the alien story revealed.

These creative media breaks will take place during Captain Phillips on ITV, Big Fat Quiz of the Year on Channel 4, Love Actually on ITV2, Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic, Conviction on Sky Living and Transformers on Sky One.


Following the retirement of the star of Thinkbox's previous TV ads – Harvey the dog is currently writing a memoir – we wanted to do something completely different in style and tone: something that entertains viewers, stands out in the ad break, and clearly shows the power of TV advertising. We believe this new TV ad brings to life the scale, cultural reach, impact and synchronicity of TV advertising. It shows that if you want to speak to the whole nation at the same time and have a genuine impact, then you use TV. Aliens are optional.

Andrew MacGillivray , Marketing Director, Thinkbox

After the special launch break, the Thinkbox’s new TV ad will then be screened across a variety of broadcast and on-demand TV channels represented by Thinkbox’s shareholders and their partner channels, including ITV. 

This is the first TV ad Thinkbox has made since concluding its highly successful trilogy of ads featuring Harvey the dog, who has retired to write his memoirs.  Thinkbox’s TV campaigns are the most successful communications it has undertaken, building awareness of the organisation and the power of TV advertising and encouraging advertisers to get in contact to find out what TV can do for them.

Check out the Thinkbox article here.