• Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

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  • ITV is asking the public to recreate one of five familiar adverts
  • Honda’s iconic Cog advert included as part of the line up
  • Best recreation will be aired during dedicated ad spot to broadcast on Saturday 23rd May

Honda’s iconic advert, Cog, has been asked to play a part in ITV’s People’s Ad Break, which launches tomorrow, Saturday 2nd May.  ITV is asking the public to recreate five TV adverts, with the best recreation of each being aired on a dedicated TV advertising spot on Saturday 23rd May.

During the break in ‘In For A Penny’ tomorrow, five popular adverts from Honda, Haribo, Aldi, Weetabix and Walkers will broadcast on ITV, with viewers then tasked with safely recreating the adverts at home before submitting their entries online at itv.com/PeoplesAdBreak before 8th May for a potential spot which will air on Saturday 23rd May during Britain’s Got Talent.  The winners will be judged to be the best and most innovative replica commercials by a panel of ITV senior staff.

Now 17 years old, Honda’s 120 second Cog advert was shot in the style of a Rube Goldberg machine following a chain of colliding parts taken a disassembled Honda Accord. Despite only being broadcast 10 times over a 10 day period in April 2003, due to the high cost of such lengthy TV advertising slots, Cog is widely considered one of the most ground-breaking, influential and consequently most awarded TV adverts.

Simon Daglish, Deputy Managing Director at ITV Commercial said, “Lockdown has inspired so much creativity from households up and down the country, and to celebrate that we’ve collaborated with five brands to dedicate a whole ad break to the viewers at home. The People’s Ad Break is all about championing imagination and ingenuity and we’re looking forward to seeing some of our favourite ads reimagined!”

“The original Cog advert took 606 takes between testing and filming to capture the final cut,” commented Jean-Marc Streng, President of Honda UK. “So we are really looking forward to seeing how ITV’s viewers recreate Honda’s precision engineering in producing their version of our iconic Cog advert.  However, we would not recommend them taking their car apart to do so!”

To find out more about how Honda’s Cog advert was made, log on to hondaengineroom.co.uk/cog and to share progress on social media channels, use the hashtag #HondaCog.