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14 March 2021

Vanilla trivia.

by Syd Briscoe


Carte D'Or: “M'or” - 30s

As unexpected lunch guests go, one could do worse than the host of a programme focused on quite interesting facts. QI’s Sandi Toksvig certainly ensures there are no awkward silences (indeed, no silences at all) in this turn for Carte D'Or, as she regales the table with information about the humble vanilla bean. Those who spent a significant portion of lockdown in Wikipedia black holes should brace for similar behaviour.

The British-Dane’s enthusiasm for bourbon vanilla and the Sava region of Madagascar is commendable, as is her ability to appear from nowhere like a trivia ninja. Crucially, the ad provides an eyeful as well as an earful - vanilla ice cream may not be the most striking dessert on the menu, but a halcyon grade suggests opulence.


Creative Agency: adam&eveDDB Ⓟ Ⓦ
Film Production: Sweetshop Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Andrew Chaplin Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Gwilym Gwillim
Executive Producer: Justin Edmund-White / Morgan Whitlock
Cinematographer: Benedict Spence Ⓦ (Vision Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Production Designer: Ashling Johnson
Editor: Billy Mead Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Matt Turner @ Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ
Flame: Chris Tobin @ Absolute Post Ⓟ Ⓦ

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