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The Pancake Day Pancake Delivers Some Home Truths in the Spirit of Christmas for Channel 4

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4Creative's first festive brand campaign directed by Biscuit Filmwork's Jeff Low and David Kolbusz reflects on a difficult and challenging 2020

The Pancake Day Pancake Delivers Some Home Truths in the Spirit of Christmas for Channel 4
Channel 4 is launching its first ever Christmas brand campaign that will reflect what a difficult and challenging year 2020 has been while also raising a smile and encouraging everyone to be a little more accepting of each other. Launching today just before 'Gogglebox' airs at 9pm, the campaign includes a voice over by Matt Lucas of Channel 4’s 'The Great British Bake Off'.

It opens with Santa’s head elf breaking the disturbing news to his unusual office co-workers that, given everything that is happening, Santa is thinking about cancelling Christmas. Upon turning to his co-workers (the holiday mascots comprising of the Easter Bunny; Tooth Fairy; St Patrick’s Day Leprechaun; Cupid and the Halloween Ghost) and asking them for ideas, the group descends into a bickering row as they argue how best to ensure Christmas goes ahead.

But a sense of calm is restored thanks to the appearance of a surprising and lesser-known character – The Pancake Day Pancake – who encourages the assembled mascots to see their different points of view as a positive, reminding everyone that we’re at our best when we appreciate one another for who we are as individuals.

Channel 4’s chief marketing officer, Zaid Al-Qassab, said: “Channel 4 is here to ensure alternative voices are heard, which reflect an inclusive modern Britain. We think our family of holiday mascots is a fitting reflection of the diversity of many British families doing their best in difficult circumstances this Christmas season."

“Whether a work crisis meeting or an at-home kitchen meltdown, we’ve all had a moment this year where things have felt almost impossible." 4Creative’s executive creative director, Lynsey Atkin, commented. "Even the things we love the most, like Christmas. But in the hardest of times comes hope. Admittedly, it may not always be pancake shaped, but it’s often those with a different perspective from ourselves, who can help us find a way. Channel 4 wishes everyone a very merry different Christmas.”

The campaign, #MerryDifferent, was created by Channel 4’s in-house multi-award-winning creative team, 4Creative and directed by Jeff Low and David Kolbusz through Biscuit Filmworks.

#MerryDifferent will launch across the Channel 4 network, as well as social channels, including Facebook, Instagram Stories, YouTube and All 4.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Channel 4 has sought to entertain audiences in a useful way, creating refreshing, irreverent and distinctive brand messages that reflect the mood of the nation and provide a counterpoint to the challenges everyone has faced this year. Campaigns have included the #StayAtHome campaign with ‘We Need Your Butt’ and after the first lockdown Channel 4 encouraged people to #BeMoreRainbow with an inclusive campaign that urged everyone to show a little kindness as everybody did their best to stay safe over the summer.

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Client: 4creative

Executive Creative Director: Lynsey Atkin

Deputy Executive Creative Director: Eoin Mclaughlin

Creatives: Chris Rice, Greg Carter, Lydia Raghavan

Head of Production & Operations: James Turnham

Executive Producer, Brand & Special Projects: Shananne Lane

Campaign Producer: Louise Oliver

Head of Brand & Marketing Operations: Matt Berry


Production company: Biscuit Filmworks UK

Director: Jeff Low & David Kolbusz

MD/Exec Producer: Rupert Reynolds-Maclean

Head of Production/Producer: Samantha Chitty

Production Manager: Roma Nesi Pio

Production Assistant: Georgia Mills

Director of Photography: Alex Melman

Production Designer: Lou Corcoran

Wardrobe Hair Stylist: Michelle May

Hair & Make-up Artist: Susana Mota


Editing Company (Offline): Work Editorial

Editor: Saam Hodivala

Post production

Post Production: Electric Theatre Collective

Colour Grade: Luke Morrison

VFX: Richie White


Audio Post Production: Factory Studios

Sound design and mix: Anthony Moore and Mark Hills

Audio producer: Beth Massey

Categories: Media and Entertainment, Broadcaster

Biscuit UK, Fri, 11 Dec 2020 11:43:10 GMT