John Lewis lands spaceship in I’m a Celeb

The starship from the John Lewis Christmas ad on the I'm a Celeb set
The starship from the John Lewis Christmas ad on the I'm a Celeb set

TV exposure tied in with Fortnite and outdoor activations.

John Lewis’ Christmas campaign became even harder to escape last night after some prominent product placement in I’m a Celebrity – both on ITV and in Fortnite.

ITV recreated the crash-landed spaceship from the retailer’s “Unexpected guest” TV spot on the programme’s set as part of one of the challenges that celebrities have to tackle to earn food.

The challenge was based on the core themes of the John Lewis Christmas story, with the department store's Christmas decorations as the prize.

The crashed spaceship simultaneously appeared in the popular computer game Fortnite, where ITV-owned Metavision has recreated the castle in which I’m a Celebrity… takes place, in the game’s Fortnite Creative "sandbox" mode.

Fortnite players were invited to explore the ship and play "Castle Trials" games based on the programme. John Lewis’ partnership with the Fortnite experience started last month and players can find it by entering the code "6991-4289-2871" in the "Discover" tab.

The integrated commercial partnership was planned by media agency Manning Gottlieb OMD.

The activity also appeared in the physical world in central London. Immersive 4D creative of the spaceship crash-landing near the castle played out on Outernet’s brand-new Ultra HD screen, sat at the intersection of Charing Cross Road, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.

The creative will continue to appear throughout this week.

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