Telecom TV ad battle royal: Moonwalking pony vs. endless kiss vs. enormous footballer vs. date night

British Arrows recognize the best commercials, including from telecom firms

A few months back my wife made her latest attempt to "broaden our cultural horizons" by leading our family to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston to check out a showing of the 2013 British Arrows -- The UK's funniest, coolest and most heartwrenching TV commercials of the year.

The best ad was from Guinness, in which a sheep dog herds mates into a bar. But as a Network Worlder, I took notice that the assortment of telecom company ads were no slouches either, including a series featuring Hollywood A-lister Kevin Bacon.

So I've been keeping an eye out for the 2014 British Arrows, which will be awarded on March 26. The nominees are out, with 4 telecom ads among them.

Has the charm of the Verizon guy with the kids sitting around him worn off? Check out these ads from across the pond (well, to us in the United States) from Vodafone, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Three:

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