The Muppets Go All English In This Epic Christmas Commercial ~ Lee Moran

 

You’ve never seen The Muppets like this.

The entire zany gang took over a crumpet factory in Bolton, northern England, to star in what’s been voted the best Christmas commercial across the pond.

The 2-minute clip starts with Kermit the Frog pitching “The Giant Crumpet Show” musical to British baking company Warburtons’ chairman, Jonathan Warburton.

CREDIT: WARBURTONS

The characters then attempt to convince him, through a reworked version of “The Muppet Show” song and dance, into investing in their idea.

They make countless local references, including to British soap opera Coronation Street and the Arndale shopping mall in Manchester.

Even Miss Piggy tries to wow the business’ boss with her charms.

CREDIT: WARBURTONS

The commercial, which first aired in November, was part of a $40 million campaignto celebrate the launch of Warburtons’ new “Giant Crumpet” range, according to Prolific North.

Consumers had voted it this year’s best Christmas commercial, independent brand researcher Millward Brown told the Telegraph Friday.

It beat British grocery giant Sainsbury’s, department store John Lewis and online payment company Paypal to the title.

 

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21 British Christmas Traditions America Needs To Adopt ~ Sophie Gadd

1. Going to pantomimes.

Going to pantomimes.

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Why it’s great: Christmas pantomimes involve terrible jokes, shouting, men in drag, and occasionally getting to throw things at the stage.

2. Obscure celebrities turning up to switch on the town Christmas lights.

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Why it’s great: The more obscure the reality show, the better. Some of the fancy streets in London might get a legit celebrity for the occasion, but these are far less thrilling than someone who didn’t win The X Factor turning on the Stevenage lights.

3. Eating exclusively mince pies for the entire month of December.

Eating exclusively mince pies for the entire month of December.

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Why it’s great: They’re genuinely awful the first five times you try them as a kid but once you get used to them they taste like Christmas.

4. Leaving booze out for Father Christmas.

Why it’s great: While American kids might leave out milk and cookies for Santa we leave out some sort of booze and a mince pie, so he can drink and…fly? And a carrot for Rudolph of course.

5. Having Christmas crackers.

Having Christmas crackers.

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Why it’s great: Christmas crackers contain a small amount of gunpowder, toys, paper hats, and jokes. All of the jokes are genuinely terrible and everyone has to read them out and groan at how bad they are.

6. Wearing paper hats to eat Christmas dinner.

Wearing paper hats to eat Christmas dinner.

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Why it’s great: Because everyone looks universally silly.

7. Having Quality Street, Roses, and other barrel-sized tins of chocolates in your house.

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Why it’s great: At Christmas in the UK it is traditional to have large tins of sweets in your house that you never really buy, but sort of “acquire”. Every family has one sweet that they hate and try to give away to guests for the duration of the Christmas period (looking at you, orange cream).

8. Smashing, then eating Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.

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Why it’s great: Oranges. But they’re made of chocolate. GLORIOUS.

9. Displaying Twiglets in bowls around your house at parties.

Displaying Twiglets in bowls around your house at parties.

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Why it’s great: Seemingly present at every Christmas party in the UK, they taste a bit like Marmite and are weirdly addictive.

10. Serving the turkey with PROPER pigs in blankets.

Serving the turkey with PROPER pigs in blankets.

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Why it’s great: Not those tiny American pastry things with a sausage in the middle, but sausages wrapped in delicious, delicious bacon. America, bring these to your Christmas dinners we promise they will change your lives.

11. Eating Yorkshire puddings.

Eating Yorkshire puddings.

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Why it’s great: Not ~everyone~ in the UK has these with their Christmas dinner because they’re traditionally served with beef, but quite frankly they SHOULD. The fluffy batter makes an excellent gravy holder and they improve basically all meals.

12. Having bread sauce.

Why it’s great: Bread sauce is basically a creamy sauce made of breadcrumbs. It makes no sense and looks a bit vomity but it’s surprisingly delicious.

13. Setting fire to a Christmas pudding.

Setting fire to a Christmas pudding.

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Why it’s great: Like most things at British Christmas the plum pudding contains loads of booze. It is traditionally doused in brandy and set on fire. And then served with more brandy.

14. Eating sugary alcoholic butter with all your desserts.

Eating sugary alcoholic butter with all your desserts.

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Why it’s great: Brandy butter is a gift from the heavens and America should definitely adopt it. You can put it on Christmas pudding, or mince pies, or just eat it out of the tub with a spoon like a heathen.

15. Pouring brandy sauce over everything.

Pouring brandy sauce over everything.

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Why it’s great: Another alternative Christmas pudding topping. It’s loads of cream mixed with Cognac and it is verrryyy good.

16. Making, and not really liking, a Christmas cake.

Why it’s great: Christmas cake is a special fruit cake with a ton of marzipan and icing on top. It has to be prepared ages in advance, and of course, it’s soaked in booze.

17. Watching the EastEnders Christmas Day episode as a family.

21 British Christmas Traditions America Needs To Adopt

Why it’s great: EastEnders is an important British TV institution and the Christmas Day episode is where we find out who died/did the murder/cheated on their wife. It’s generally all very dramatic and tragic, but it brings people together.

18. Drinking shitloads of ridiculous booze.

Why it’s great: While America might have eggnog, we do sherry, port, brandy, sloe gin, Cointreau, and other spirits that will have you falling asleep in front of the TV after two glasses.

19. Going on a bracing Christmas Day walk.

Why it’s great: At a certain point on Christmas Day in most British households someone will decide that everyone has been inside too long, so you will don your new gloves and hats and take a bracing stroll to the local park (or the countryside, if you happen to live there). It is also tradition for children to complain about this every year.

20. Boxing Day.

Why it’s great: Boxing Day is Christmas part two, and it’s a public holiday like Christmas Day, so almost everyone gets at least a four-day holiday. You can either spend it at the Boxing Day sales (the equivalent of Black Friday) or sitting at home nursing your hangover and chain-eating Lindor chocolates.

21. Spending a whole week off work.

21 British Christmas Traditions America Needs To Adopt

Why it’s great: A lot of workplaces in the UK totally shut over the Christmas period and don’t properly open again until after New Year (except retail, doctors, pubs, etc. sadly). It gives everyone time to sit in their parents’ houses with the heating up too high and get annoyed with their relatives, then rush back to their own houses to actually relax. It’s great.

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28 Addicting British TV Shows Everyone Needs To Watch ~ Rosa Pasquarella

1. The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off

BBC

What the deal is: A delicious baking competition focused on traditional British sweets. Do not watch on an empty stomach. 

Where you can watch it: YouTube 

Suggested by kaleidoscopemind.

2. Man Stroke Woman

Man Stroke Woman

BBC

What the deal is: A sketch comedy show with sharp writing and a stellar cast. You may recognize Nick Frost and Ben Crompton from Shaun of the Dead and Game of Thrones respectively.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by April Hiller, Facebook.

3. QI

QI

BBC

What the deal is: QI is a quiz show jam-packed with British banter. The show teaches you that pretty much everything you’ve ever learned is wrong. Who doesn’t love that?!

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by lucycuscrew.

4. 8 Out of 10 Cats

8 Out of 10 Cats

Channel 4

What the deal is: 8 Out of 10 Cats is a quiz show where two teams of three try and guess which world events were most talked about that week.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Cecily Bohanek, Facebook.

5. Bad Education

Bad Education

BBC

What the deal is: Jack Whitehall stars as a posh teacher with an unruly class of misfits. The show, written by Whitehall, also features Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey). 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Adrienne Enderle, Facebook.

6. Poldark

Poldark

BBC

What the deal is: The story follows a British soldier, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner), as he returns home to England after the Revolutionary War only to discover the love of his life has married his cousin.

Where Americans can watch it: PBS

Suggested by Amanda-Rae Prescott, Facebook.

7. The Last Leg

The Last Leg

Channel 4

What the deal is: Touted as the show with “three guys with four legs,” the show originated as companion to Para Olympics coverage (two of the hosts have only one leg). It continues today as an alternate talk platform to discuss current events as well as showcasing comedy.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Chris Topher, Facebook.

8. Mock the Week

Mock the Week

BBC / Angst Production

What the deal is: A weekly round-up that does just as the title suggests. Comedians are given news stories and improvise a stand up set around it.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Mabel D’Souza, Facebook.

9. Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

BBC

What the deal is: Celebrities and politicians from all walks of life gather on this panel show to discuss, debate, and satirize the hottest news stories and events. One of the original British panel shows, Have I Got News For You has been running for over 25 years. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Chris Topher, Facebook.

10. The League of Gentlemen

The League of Gentlemen

BBC

What the deal is: A sketch comedy show that centers around the ongoings of a small, countryside town in England. The cast of three transforms into dozens of unique, quirky characters, and covers a grittier version of the UK than most Americans are used to.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Kayla Elizabeth Mowbray, Facebook.

11. In The Flesh

In The Flesh

Des Willie / BBC/Des Willie

What the deal is: Set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic Britain, the story follows a teenaged boy with PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome…he’s a zombie) as he attempts to reacclimatize to “normal” society. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by agataxo.

12. Gogglebox

Gogglebox

Channel 4

What the deal is: A TV show about people watching TV shows. How’s that for a mindfuck?

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Kat Marchant, Facebook.

13. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Channel 4

What the deal is: The show is a horror-parody created by Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) and Matthew Holness. It is presented as a found tape from the 1980s, and follows a horror writer (Holness) and his publisher (Ayoade). 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Ollie Testament, Facebook.

14. Cuckoo

Cuckoo

BBC

What the deal is: Cuckoo follows an average British family whose lives are changed when their daughter returns from her gap year married to an American loser (Samberg).

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Frances Parra, Facebook.

15. Miranda

Miranda

BBC

What the deal is: Created, written by, and starring Miranda Hart, the show follows the comedy of errors that is Hart’s life. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Lindsay Pencek, Facebook.

16. Snuff Box

Snuff Box

BBC

What the deal is: Set in a gentlemen’s club for hangmen, the show features sketch comedy, gallows humor, and even time travel. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Dick Jackman, Facebook.

17. Utopia

Utopia

Channel 4

What the deal is: A group of people discovers the unpublished sequel of a book that accurately predicted massive disasters of the past century. 

Where Americans can watch it: It’s available on Blu-Ray via Amazon, but may only play on certain Blu-Ray devices. 

Suggested by Brodie Leaumont, Facebook.

18. Plebs

Plebs

ITV2

What the deal is: Set in ancient Rome, Plebs follows three lower class men as they attempt to navigate life as adults. As can be expected, hilarity ensues.

Where Americans can watch it: It’s available on DVD via Amazon, but not in US-DVD format.

Suggested by beerchen.

19. Friday Night Dinner

Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4

What the deal is: Friday Night Dinner captures the chaos of family get-togethers as the Goodmans gather weekly to celebrate Shabbat. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube 

Suggested by Dana Isaly, Facebook.

20. Black Books

Black Books

Channel 4

What the deal is: A rapidly deteriorating book store run by a trio of drunk messes tries to stay afloat as the age of the internet begins to take over. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Lauren Keller, Facebook.

21. Catastrophe

Catastrophe

Channel 4

What the deal is: American comedian, Rob Delaney takes a business trip to the UK and leaves a little piece of himself behind (a baby in Sharon Hogan).

Where Americans can watch it: Amazon Instant Video

Suggested by Tali Meirav, Facebook.

22. Outnumbered

Outnumbered

BBC / Hat Trick

What the deal is: Outnumbered features a middle-class London family with three rambunctious children and two overworked parents trying to make ends meet.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by troyarsenian.

23. Goodness Gracious Me

Goodness Gracious Me

BBC

What the deal is: This radio-play to television adaptation features sketch comedy from British Indians dealing to the cultural differences they face daily.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Aafiya Gul, Facebook.

24. Big Train

Big Train

BBC

What the deal is: Often compared to Monty PythonBig Train produced major laughs from greats such as Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who). 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by annieh48d6aae1e.

25. Pulling

Pulling

BBC

What the deal is: Pulling is a female-driven comedy that follows the not-so-glamorous lives of three best friends as they try to navigate through their quarter-life crisis. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by shopreine.

26. Vicious

Vicious

ITV

What the deal is: Sirs Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi play an older gay couple who have been together for upwards of 50 years. Need we say more? 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube, Netflix DVD

Suggested by Mimi Oluwafemi, Facebook.

27. Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

Channel 4

What the deal is: Fresh Meat revolves around a mis-matched group of university students forced to live together in the same off-campus housing due to their late application. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Laura K.

28. My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary

E4

What the deal is: Set in the ’90s, the show follows a young woman who is trying to live a normal teenaged life as she struggles with weight, sense of self, and mental health. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by tvwatcher301.

 

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