Wanted: Transmission across time advert


Way back in 2002 thelyingspy asked in the forums where he might find the transmission across time advert. Now he's not the only one looking for it and I've searched high and low to no avail so now I ask you, dear readers, and hope that someone out there might know someone involved in it so that we can finally add this ad to the commercial archive. As thelyingspy explains, it went a bit like this:

...A VW advert was running, possibly for a Golf. The advert stopped abrubtly (bit of kinda interference type stuff going on). Then an advert started that was in a kinda arena, with peoples heads kinda floating round in bubbles. Woman bubble moves to near camera and says stuff, including "This is the first transmission across time". Anyway, advert ends, and VW advert continues as normal.

I recall the ad from ad school lectures and 1987 seems about right as the year of this ads airing - in the UK. I'm not certain but I think the sender was BT. So does anyone know where we might find it?

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Dabitch Creative Director, CEO, hell-raising sweetheart and editor of Adland. Globetrotting Swede who has lived and worked in New York, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Comments (2)

  • Adrian King's picture
    Adrian King (not verified)

    I remember seeing this too. Sadly at the time I wasn't really paying that much attention. What I do remember is that the voice over in the advert said the transmission was to commemorate an anniversary, perhaps the 100th, of some corporation or other. I also remember the interference stuff and having the uneasy feeling that it was genuine. I would estimate it happened in 1988 or 89, as I remember seeing it in the lounge of my first house, which I didn't get until '88.

    Dec 02, 2014
  • Dabitch's picture

    Getting a reply to a 2006 post about a transmission across time advert we both may have seen in the 80s, in 2014 feels very appropriate ... :P

    Dec 04, 2014

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