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Ad of the Day: Ant & Dec act out the history of entertainment for TikTok in one minute

Entertaining audiences since the noughties, Ant & Dec were the obvious choice to front TikTok’s latest push as it looks to position itself as the newest form of entertainment in British culture.

The ad takes the viewer on a brief history of entertainment in one minute flat. A time capsule, as such, transports the viewer back to the prehistoric age, where Ant & Dec perform in front of their fellow cavemen.

Zooming forward to Ancient Rome, the pair act as musical performers for the emperor, before they appear on stage as Shakespearean actors, with Ant sporting an impressive Elizabethan hairstyle.

Finally, the ad brings the viewer into the 21st century – emerging as a 1920s slapstick duo, then as a cartoon, before reappearing in the present day behind the scenes of a TV set.

As TikTok stars themselves, with 3 million followers and over 21m likes, the ad ends with Ant & Dec creating fun content for TikTok.

The campaign was created by Mother London and marks the next phase of the platform’s relationship with the entertainers after they first partnered on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

“Ant & Dec are the indisputable kings of British entertainment, and we are proud to be working with them on this campaign,” insisted James Rothwell, head of marketing, EMEA at TikTok. “Their involvement in helping us to show the evolution of entertainment and storytelling in our latest campaign is testament to the growth of our brand, and our disruption in the entertainment space.”

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