Friday, February 16, 2007

Monkey makes a come back

Anyone who's been watching the TV over here might have noticed that Monkey has made a return! For anyone not from the UK who probably won't know this, Monkey was originally used to advertise a TV service called ITVDigital - except the Monkeys proved to be much more popular than the TV thing so the company went bust. Indeed, Monkey developed a bit of a cult following, and we had 4 of them around at the place I was working in 2001/2 and they were going for a fortune on Ebay! I got a knitting kit from Mavis Crafts, and got my great-aunts to knit my Monkey (I couldn't knit then!).

Anyway, Monkey has made a reappearance on TV, advertising PGTips (not sure what I think about this, as I only drink fair trade tea!). You can see the (extended) advert with Monkey in here and buy monkeys here... Be warned. The advert does feature Monkey in the washing machine which some viewers may find upsetting.

15 comments:

Rain said...

Thank goodness for great-aunts who can knit!

acrylik said...

OK, I've just spent far too much time playing that game on the PG Tips site ;)

Susan said...

I had forgotten about PG Tips. I was only 12 when we left UK, so wasn't really into product brands then, though I do remember quite a few. Your post reminded me of that one, but I don't know the one you say you drink. We can get Dandelion and Burdock in some specialty stores here, but it's very expensive.
Monkey is really cute.
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Mary Anne said...

oooh, I made it to Round 3, then failed, but I did get a signed picture from Monkey. Nice hair, by the way :)

artyfartykat said...

I love Monkey! My DH has just bought some PG tips teabags and you get a free mini monkey in the pack! The bad news is my daughters nicked him!

Kat said...

WOW! I have to have one of these, I was thinking when I saw Monkey on PG Tips, hmmm...where did katie get hers? I am sooo going to have to knit one!! EXCITEMENT!

littlelixie said...

Isn't it great! And Jonny Vegas is the perfect partner for him.

nanatoo said...

We've got an original ITVDigital monkey that Mum gave us. And I was moaning about her giving us all her old toot the other day, lol! I take it back! It looks like they're going for about £40 now but I don't think I could sell him :)

Holly Bernice Cox said...

We were just so glad to see Monkey back ..he really is a star.

Silvia said...

Love Love Love Monkey he is a super star. All the Monkeys are sold out!!!!!! I want one!!!!!!!!

Nic said...

LOL I saw the PG-tips with free monkey in Sainsburys at the weekend and thought of you. It is small enough to be a monkey baby!!

twigletqueen said...

Ah, I do love Vegas/Monkay. They make me so happy

Craftydramaqueen said...

I totally love Monkey and have done since the ITV digital days too. I'm knitting one at the moment. I love Focus Pocus. I am now searching supermarkets for PG tips with baby monkey!

Riggwelter said...

I managed to pick up an original Monkey in a charity shop for £1 a few months ago, glad to see he's back.

donnac1968 said...

He's not fair trade but at least the money is going to Comic Relief. I only drink decaf though ;o(