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Freeview launches new “Free Love Freeway” campaign, celebrating the nation’s best loved TV

Posted September 24, 2018 - News and Blog,Press Releases,Uncategorized

Noel Fielding exhales Thunderbird 2 whilst Peaky Blinders’

Tommy Shelby hangs out with Thomas the Tank Engine

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[LONDON, UK Sunday 23rdh September] With Freeview, you’re free to get all the TV you love. And what better way to bring this to life than with a drive on the open road, passing TV icons to the soundtrack of David Brent’s Free Love Freeway?

Freeview’s “Free Love Freeway” campaign, created by Anomaly, celebrates the freedom to watch the nation’s best loved TV, with an ad that brings together a whole host of programmes. The hero TV spot will be unveiled Sunday night simultaneously during ITV’s Vanity Fair and Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

Freeview is in a unique position to be able to provide a great range of content with no monthly cost, showing 95% of the nation’s favourite TV shows from across popular UK channels – including BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Dave, CBeebies and ITV 2. As an alternative to expensive pay TV packages, Freeview Play gives viewers the freedom to top up with the likes of Netflix, NOW TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

The campaign celebrates the brilliance of TV with the hero 60” ad unfolding through a series of unexpected moments from across 27 shows, including a host of references from iconic programmes. The ad includes Noel Fielding exhaling Thunderbird 2, an X Factor meteor flying through the sky and features TV icons like Love Islanders Jack & Dani and Peaky Blinders’ Tommy Shelby.

The hero film launching on Sunday will be supported by a suite of 20” ads bringing to life specific advantages of the Freeview Play offering –  the best free TV with the opportunity to top up with streaming services.

The campaign was created by Freeview’s creative agency, Anomaly and produced by Outsider. Freeview’s media planning and buying agency Hearts & Science brokered TV spots, working in close partnership with Channel 4 and ITV. Both partners have created simultaneous ‘Introducing’ launch messages, to be immediately followed by the “Free Love Freeway” 60 second spot. The introduction will happen on Sunday night, in Channel 4’s Celebrity Island and ITV’s Vanity Fair.

The spot will continue to be seen in many of the programmes it features, providing viewers with a satisfying contextual link between adbreak and content; including Great British Bake Off, Gogglebox, X Factor and Coronation Street.

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director, Freeview said “Emotive telly ads are still the best way to build brands. Our new 60 second spot is a fun, energetic and vibrant celebration of the best known and most loved shows on Freeview.”

Stuart Smith, Chief Strategy Officer, Anomaly said “These days, people don’t have to feel bound by pay-TV contracts.  We’re proud to advertise Freeview. It offers great TV, subscription-free. Simple. That’s the Freeview way.”

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