The 90-second ad, created by Wieden+Kennedy, features cinefilm and videocam footage of a family enjoying Christmas from the 1970s to the present day. It is soundtracked by Rod Stewart’s 1988 cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”.
It is expected to break during Coronation Street on ITV tonight (8 November).
Tesco is the third of the big four supermarkets to reveal its festive ad following Asda – which has also shunned “gimmicks” – and Morrisons earlier this week. Sainsbury’s is expected to launch its ad later today (8 November).
The supermarket will be hoping the ad helps it continue its recent modest uplift in sales performance posted for its latest quarter.
Elsewhere, in keeping with the “real family Christmas” theme the supermarket will be crowdsourcing pictures of the “special times” people have spent with friends and family at Christmas.
In a blog on the retailer’s website, marketing director David Wood, says: “We wanted to show what a real Christmas is all about – not a perfect, airbrushed one – but the ones we recognise from our own lives. I hope, like me, it reminds you of the special times you have spent with family and friends over the years.”
Tesco is also offering a festive “ClubCard Boost” in acknowledgement of what Woods describes as “the tough times” its customers are suffering because of the increasing cost of living. Customers will be able to exchange £5 of Clubcard vouchers into £10 of tokens to spend on range of products.