Ad of the Day: John Cleese Resurrects Basil Fawlty for First Time Ever in Specsavers Ad

John Cleese has brought back his iconic Basil Fawlty character for the first time on screen since Fawlty Towers ended in 1979—in a British commercial for optical retail chain Specsavers.

A Bespectacled Teddy Bear Escapes to Outer Space in This Cheeky Ad for Cheap Glasses

An airborne teddy bear really rises to the occasion in this space-grazing British spot for Specsavers.The commercial, aptly titled "Stratosphere," is about all of the fantastical, flighty ways that the young (or maybe the young at heart) might lose their glasses. In it, the stuffed hero wears purple frames and floats into orbit on a set of helium balloons—probably the best way to leave a birthday party.Director Simon Ratigan—via production house HLA and the client's in-house agency—strikes a light, airy tone, and the approach fits, even as the camera cuts to slightly more down-to-earth glasses mishaps. It's still highly dubious, however, that a giraffe would eat a pair of lenses. Everyone knows they prefer homework.

Better Eyewear Means Fewer Dead Cats, Says Amusing Specsavers Ad

The best performance by a cat in a TV commercial this week goes to the fluffy mess in this new British spot for eyewear maker Specsavers. Not that the veterinarian here would know—he's not clear on what a cat is anymore. Specsavers, of course, has a long and proud history of offbeat commercials.

Gordon Ramsay Unimpressed by Naked Man in Specsavers Ad

Here's the latest commercial from cheeky British eyewear brand Specsavers. In it, a blind-as-a-bat man enjoys a nice relaxing time in the hotel sauna—before everything suddenly goes to pot. Gordon Ramsay makes an appearance, but for once is left speechless. Specsavers has a cult following in the U.K.

Specsavers plumbs depths in ‘Das Boot’ ad

We're on a roll with the crazy animals. Last week we had the big amorous gorilla, the pat-a-cake-playing walrus and the singing octopus. And this week already we've seen the […]

Specsavers feels England’s World Cup pain

Specsavers, the U.K. eyewear chain with the famously amusing ads, has whipped up a great World Cup-themed ad in the wake of England’s embarrassing loss to Germany on Sunday. The […]

Specsavers spoofs famous BBH ad for Lynx

Specsavers, the U.K. eyewear retailer known for its amusing adverts, created this enjoyable spoof (posted below) of the notorious "Billions" ad for Lynx body spray. See the original BBH spot […]

Specsavers seeing things in crop-circles ad

Last we checked in with Specsavers, the U.K. optical chain with the fun ads, they were celebrating their 25th birthday with a sperm-themed spot. Now, they've moved on to UFOs. […]

Specsavers pioneers little sperm spectacles

Here's an amusing commercial from U.K. optician Specsavers, celebrating its 25th birthday. As sperm-themed ads go, this one's up there with the Belgian bank spot with the resourceful sperm who […]

U.K. Specsavers ads are worth a closer look

U.K. optician chain Specsavers doesn't have an ad agency. And let's hope they never hire one, because their commercials, created in-house, are so consistently amusing, they're developing a well-earned cult […]