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Jameson’s New UK Campaign Sees Detectives Crack an Unusual Case

TBWA\Dublin creates mystery-fuelled TVC directed by Stink Films’ Anthony Mandler

Jameson’s New UK Campaign Sees Detectives Crack an Unusual Case

Jameson Irish Whiskey teams up with TBWA/Dublin to launch a new spot for the UK market. ‘The Case of the Most Unusual Case’ is the third instalment in the brand’s ‘Based on a True Story’ series, which kicked off earlier this year with ‘Scully Was to Blame’

The 40-second TVC is directed by Stink Films’ Anthony Mandler, whose work includes Apple’s 2016 ‘Taylor vs. Treadmill’ spot, as well as for Nike, Adidas, and David Beckham.

Set in Johannesburg in 2017, ‘The Case of the Most Unusual Case’ follows two detectives as they investigate a peculiar crime. Making their way through the lively downtown district of Maboneng, the pair reach a warehouse crime scene, where they discover a puzzling detail: the thieves have made off with only the Jameson, leaving everything else untouched. Later, the detectives mull over the mystery over drinks at a bar – wondering not so much as to who is responsible, but why. However, the thieves’ motives soon become clear when the detectives taste Jameson for the first time. 

Creative agency TBWA\Dublin worked closely with Jameson to craft a campaign specifically targeted at the UK market. A key aim of was to reposition the brand’s appeal towards younger consumers.

John Kane, Executive Creative Director TBWA, said “When we discovered this story while on a recent trip to South Africa, we thought it was perfect for the UK. It’s recent, it’s true, it’s set in a great location and it’s full of great characters. We think the audience will be nicely surprised to find it comes from Jameson.”

Simon Fay, International Marketing Director at Irish Distillers, said “‘The Case of the Most Unusual Case’ is the latest instalment of the ‘Taste, That’s Why’ campaign, which puts the unique taste of the Jameson centre-stage. The new spot conveys the light-hearted, humorous attitude of Jameson in a very real and transparent way.”

The campaign is now live in the UK. The TVC will be supported by print, digital, and social content.

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Brand: Jameson Irish Whisky

Senior Brand Manager: Liam Murphy @Pernod Ricard UK, Deirdra McBeth @Jameson

Global Planning & Communications Director: Fiona Curtain @Jameson

International Marketing Director: Simon Fay @Jameson

Senior Marketing Manager: Barry Fitzpatrick @Jameson

Head of Marketing: Adam Boita @Pernod Ricard UK

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: TBWA\Dublin

Planner: Aleesha Tully

Producer: Alex Cullen

Executive Creative Director: John Kane

Head of Account Management: Paula Kelly

Account Director: Hugh Doddy

Creatives: Paul Arthurs and James Groarke

Chief Strategy Officer: Mark Nolan

Assistant Producer: Ana Baena Sanchez and Sarah Collins

CEO: Deidre Waldron

Senior Account Manager: Aoife McCarthy

Media Agency

Media Agency: Havas Media

Media Planners: Patrick Blackman, Paul McGloughlin, and Natalie Weil

Production Company

Production Company: Stink Films London

Executive Producer: Blake Powell

Director: Anthony Mandler

DOP: Max Goldman

Producer: Ben Croker

Production Service

Production Designer: Herman Lampen

Production Service: Beverly Wynn @ The Gatehouse


Editor: Sam Gunn

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Tom Poole @ Company 3 New York

Compositor: Allen Sillery @Screen Scene Dublin


Music : DJ Lagg - A Trip to New York

Music Clearance: Pitch & Sync London


Audio Post: Mutiny Dublin

Category: Alcoholic drinks , Spirits

Genre: Storytelling