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Boys and Girls Launch the ‘Perfect Surprise’ for Three and Barnardo’s this Christmas

Boys and Girls continue Three’s much-loved Christmas story with a beautifully illustrated children’s book, and and an animated film adaptation that further brings the story to life, with all proceeds of the book going to children’s charity Barnardos.

Boys and Girls Launch the ‘Perfect Surprise’ for Three and Barnardo’s this Christmas

Boys and Girls first launched the heart-warming ‘Perfect Surprise’ campaign for Three Ireland in 2014. The latest phase of the Campaign launches today (Friday 11th November) online and on Irish National Television. 
In 2014, the agency set out to create a Christmas commercial for the mobile client that would capture all that is magical about the perfect gift at Christmas. The campaign captured the hearts and imaginations of the people of Ireland to such an extend that it ran for two years. The epic film told the story of a young girl whose Dad goes to the ends of the earth – quite literally – to bring her back the perfect surprise. A surprise that turns out to be her very own snow cloud.

When it came to creating the 2016 campaign, Boys and Girls saw an opportunity to extend the magical story:

Rory Hamilton, ECD at Boys and Girls comments, “The creative idea came from a single thought – if a child got a snow cloud for Christmas, what would their year be like together?”

The story of the The Girl and The Cloud began quickly to take shape, becoming such a rich and magical tale that the team started to feel it couldn’t possibly all fit in a single commercial. So together with Three, Boys and Girls decided to execute the idea in a way that was completely unexpected – by writing and producing a children’s book.

“Since the Perfect Surprise is sometimes one you give, not the one you get, we felt it was only right that all the proceeds from the sales of this book should go to Barnardo’s, which does so much to help children and their families in need at Christmas.” Adds Patrick Stephenson, Business Director at Boys and Girls.

Strategically, the Perfect Surprise was still the right territory fitting in with Three’s positioning as a Consumer Champion, who believe in doing things as they should be done. The perfect surprise was, Christmas as it should be.

Illustrators were commissioned to produce the stunning pictures telling the story of Anna and her cloud, while award-winning director Phillip Hunt (‘Lost and Found’). of Studio AKA in London, was brought on board to produce the branded film – which would be developed as a film adaptation of the book. 

The 2’40” piece will run on Irish national television network, RTE, in the run-up to Christmas, and afterwards will be available to view, in full, online. The 60” cut down will run on TV.

Meanwhile, the book is available in Easons, Barnardos and all 3Stores, with all proceeds going to children’s charity Barnardo’s. 

The campaign also extends across multiple platforms, with an exciting interactive e-book. Advertising for the book will run across a multi-layered social campaign, press, print and activation. 


Advertiser: Three & Barnardo's

Head of Marketing: Aislinn O'Connor (& Head of Brand)

Marketing Manager: Rachel Cunningham

Campaign Manager : Stella Wilson

Director of Marketing: Elaine Carey (& Chief Commercial Officer)

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Boys and Girls

Executive Creative Director: Rory Hamilton

Senior Account Director: Caroline Keogh

Agency Production: Derek Doyle

Account Executive: Shaunagh Farrelly

Senior Copywriter: Rachel Carey

Senior Art Director: Dan Henson

Head of Art: John Kilkenny

Business Director : Pat Stephenson


Voice-over: Ciaran Hinds

Original Composition: Denis Kilty

Sound Design: Locky Butler


Animation Company: Studio AKA

Director: Philip Hunt

Producer: Sharon Titmarsh

Category: It, phones, Av and computers , Network

Genre: Animatics , Animation , Illustration , PR , Scenic , Storytelling