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3 December 2018

You and me, always.

by Andrew MacGregor


BBC: “Wonderland” - 2 mins

Doctor Who may have been shunted to New Year's Day in the BBC's festive schedule, but the corporation's two-minute Christmas ad offers plenty of timey-wimey drama. As a mother and her teenage boy threaten to drift apart, time freezes to offer them an uncanny bonding session.

While school friends and co-workers stand still, the pair enjoy everything their seaside town has to offer, including free chips, arcade games, and a, er, bump-free bumper car ride. Fun and games aside, however, it's a chance to finally be mother and son again.

Their bond is sensitively drawn by director Sam Brown as gloom turns to joy over the course of a day. Some may find Emmy the Great's romantically-charged soundtrack jarring given the subject matter, but there are enough familial vibes to satisfy the Beeb's sentimental viewership.


Creative Agency: BBC Creative
ECD: Laurent Simon
Creative: Edward Usher / Xander Hart
Project Manager: Phoebe Bibbings
Planner: Rosanagh Ker
Agency Exec Producer: James Wood
Agency Producer: Rachel Roberts
Film Production: Rogue Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Sam Brown Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Nell Jordan
Production M'ger: Hannah Cooney
Executive Producer: Charlie Crompton
Cinematographer: Tom Townend
Production Designer: Drogo Michie
Costume Design: Michelle May
Editor: Paul Watts Ⓦ @ The Quarry Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Tor Adams / Jenn Sanders
VFX: Colin Oaten / Ian Berry @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX Shoot S'visor: Gary Driver / Phil Maddock
Colourist: Seamus O'Kane
Sound Designer: Anthony Moore / Mark Hills @ Factory Ⓟ Ⓦ
Music Arranger: Alex Baranowski
Casting: Emma Stafford / Sasha Robertson
Music: Lost In You - Emmy the Great, Alex Baranowski & The London Metropolitan Orchestra
Location: Cromer, Norfolk.

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