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10 June 2019

Crouch and about.

by Andrew MacGregor

Carphone Warehouse: “Switcheroo” - 30s

Football's most enduring beanpole Peter Crouch stars in this 30" outing for Carphone Warehouse, which comically riffs on the 6'7" striker's varied playing career. As Crouch strides along the high street, his shirt changes colour in virtually every shot to match one of his many former clubs (though not Dulwich Hamlet, unfortunately).

As well as this colourful running joke, Cesar Herszkowicz and Marcos Almirante's script also includes a choice gag involving Crouch and a theatre marquee. Anti-heightism groups may shift nervously in their chairs, but it's all playfully realised by director Andy McLeod.

Such levity is all to take the edge off switching mobile networks at the advertised retailer. The brand's offer earns Crouch's approval, though leaning on the striker's cult appeal may dissuade non-football fans.

Creative Agency: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO Ⓟ Ⓦ
Creative Director: Phil Martin / Colin Jones / Cesar Herszkowicz
Creative: Cesar Herszkowicz / Marcos Almirante
Board Acc Director: Kate Harris
Account Director: Caroline Rosenberg
Senior Producer: Miles Nathan
Film Production: Rattling Stick Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Andy McLeod Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Stuart Bentham
Cinematographer: Jim Jolliffe Ⓦ (Vision Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Art Department: John Ebden
Editor: Jonnie Scarlett Ⓦ @ The Quarry Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Tor Adams
Post Production: Youngster London Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Jim Allen @ No.8 Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Jim Bracher @ Youngster London Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Ollie Usher @ No.8 Ⓟ Ⓦ
Composer: Webb Nick

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