Jeff Goldblum Teaches How to React to Awful Gifts in Hilarious Holiday Spots

O Positive's David Shane Directs for Currys PCWorld

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Jeff Goldblum is the magic ingredient in this hilarious Christmas campaign for U.K. electronics retailer Currys PCWorld. A range of new spots, directed by comedy master David Shane of O Postive (who did HBO's Awkward Family Viewing ads), see the star give acting lessons -- in how to react to awful gifts with dignity.

For example, (seen here) there's a woman who receives a jigsaw puzzle of baked beans from her husband, and an office worker who gets a terrible mug from his boss in a Secret Santa exchange. In each scenario, Goldblum intervenes and suggests that the recipient instead imagine receving a brand name gift from Currys that they really wanted -- like an Intel-powered Microsoft Surface tablet, or Google Chromecast.

In another, a woman gives her husband foot talc and Goldblum asks him to imagine it's a Nespresso machine. There's also a spot that features a Christmas dinner where the turkey has been "cremated" -- Goldblum asks the family to imagine it was cooked in a Bosch oven. Yet another ad sees him goading a family viewing a boring holiday film with Nana to react with more verve, as if they're watching one of his own movies on an LG OLED TV. Their resulting emotional outbursts are hilarious.

Goldblum is no stranger to ads -- he's currently starring in a U.S. campaign for and did previous ads for GE -- and while this campaign casts him in a less quirky role than usual, Shane's direction makes great use of his comedic skills.

The spots, by AMV BBDO, are part of a $15 million campaign for Currys PCWorld, and will break this weekend in shows including "Downton Abbey" and "The X Factor." It's the first time the retailer has done a specific Christmas-themed campaign.

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Nov 05, 2015
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
Currys PC World
Creative Director:
Alex Grieve
Creative Director:
Adrian Rossi
Mike Sutherland
Art Director:
Antony Nelson
Agency Planner:
David Edwards
Agency Planner:
Tom Claridge
Agency Planner:
Sarah Sternberg
Agency Planner:
Rob Sellars
Agency Account Man:
Chris Taggart
Agency Account Man:
Kate Taylor Tett
Agency Account Man:
Anne Benveniste
Agency Account Man:
Talya Baker
Agency Producer:
Anita Sasdy
Media Agency:
Blue 449
Media Planner:
Lindsay Payne
Media Planner:
Charlotte Dabbs
Media Planner:
Lizzie Andrew
Media Planner:
Freya Broaders
Production Company:
O Positive
David Shane
Executive Producer:
Ralph Laucella
Nell Jordan
Post-Production Company:
The Mill
Audio Post-Production company:

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