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First Dates and Citroën Ask Us to ‘Love a Little Frencher’ in TV Spots with a Twist

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Havas London blends a French aesthetic with a quintessentially British point of view

First Dates and Citroën Ask Us to ‘Love a Little Frencher’ in TV Spots with a Twist
French car marque Citroën has unveiled a new series of idents as part of its award-winning sponsorship of Channel 4’s First Dates. These idents represent the first major piece of work created by Havas London in line with Citroën’s new signature look and feel for its UK marketing.

The new idents will run until the end of 2019 on TV and via the on demand service All 4, across both First Dates and the spin-off First Dates Hotel. The idents are to be used during the second year of Citroën’s two-year sponsorship deal with the award-winning C4 dating show, which is returning for its 12th series in mid-April.

The idents focus on different couples in a Citroën C3, and initially appear to depict deeply emotional scenes of romance, love, desire and heartbreak. Beautifully shot like a modern French movie, the couples speak in French, with a cinematic feel underpinned by golden yellow subtitles, a letterbox ratio, a rich grade and soft, orchestral music.

But, just as these scenes are about to reach their climax, a sudden twist reveals their true context, turning romance into farce. Gone is the softly spoken French, the cinematic feel, the music; they are replaced instead by entirely everyday British situations that have been hilariously heightened by the comfortable interior of Citroën C3.

The idents are the first major work created by Havas London in line with a new signature look and feel for Citroën in the UK – the first time in recent years the French brand has had a specific UK marketing identity. This identity – which blends unmistakably French aesthetic, language, music and voice overs with a quintessentially British point of view – aims to champion its provenance while distinguishing itself from the other French brands in the market. Upcoming press advertising playfully twists language, with Franglaissuch as ‘Arriver like un boss’ and ‘Travel première class’ used to promote New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV, and ‘Jacques of all trades’ to describe New Berlingo Van. 

Souad Wrixen, marketing director at Citroën UK, says: “We’re incredibly proud of our French heritage, and want to champion that in a smart, contextually relevant way here in the UK. Our sponsorship of First Dates is the perfect vehicle through which to introduce that – after all, who knows more about love than the French?”

Mark Whelan, group chief creative officer at Havas UK, adds: “This is the language of love brought to you British style. Nous sommes tres proud.”
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Composer: Papa Music


Sound Engineer: Jack Hallett

Audio Post Company: Factory

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Electric Theatre Collective

Editing House: Whitehouse

Editor: Elena De Plama / André Rodrigues

Designer: Dan Scheers

Production Company

Production Company: Bold

Executive Producer: Rob Godbold

Producer: Dave Knox

Director: Camila Zapiola

DOP: Jaime Feliu-Torres

Media Agency

Media Agency: Mediacom


Advertiser: Citroën UK

Marketing Director: Souad Wrixen

Head of Marketing Communications: Victoria Hatfield

Communications Manager: Lucy Jefferies

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Havas London

Executive Creative Director: Ben Mooge

Creatives: Stephen Cross and Simon Connor

Planner: Kerrie Boyes

Group Chief Creative Officer: Mark Whelan

Account Team: Nick Lee (Managing Partner), Tom Trevelyan (Account Director), Andrew Symonds (Account Manager)

Agency Executive Producer: Kiri Carch

Agency Producer: Mary Musasa (Assistant)

Genres: Idents, People, Music & Sound Design, Comedy

Categories: Automotive, Cars

Havas UK, Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:53:49 GMT