Gregor Nicholas time-travels with Nigella

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Flying Fish director Gregor Nicholas has just returned from a time-travelling mission where he found Nigella Lawson outside a milk bar in 1954 witnessing the launch of the Whittaker’s Peanut Slab. 

From the 1950s, he went further back in time to 1896 so Lawson could guide him through key moments in the history of the chocolate company. 

This journey through the eras is the brainchild of Assignment writer John Plimmer and CD Chris Bleackley, celebrating the heritage of the brand and announcing the arrival of the new Creamy Caramel and 62% Dark Salted Caramel blocks. 

Gregor Nicholas said: “The story begins in colonial Christchurch in 1896 where we find Nigella on a horse-drawn carriage, then she guides us in her inimitable way through 1917, 1937, 1954, 1969 and 2018 – all significant dates in the history of Whittaker’s.

“Looking gorgeous throughout, Nigella Lawson is beautifully and authentically costumed in each of the eras.

“When I first read John and Chris’s script, the visuals were leaping off the page and, for me, it was all about creating a vivid sense of being there,” he says.

“Believing that Nigella has travelled back in time as our guide – going back over a hundred years.

“Our amazing costume designers and art department did an incredible job making every era look truly authentic. And of course Nigella’s playful performance adds beautiful moments of whimsy throughout the entire journey.’

  • Read The Herald article here


Agency: Assignment
CD/Art Director: Chris Bleackley
CD/Writer: John Plimmer 
Producer: Juliet Dreaver
Production Company: Flying Fish 
Director: Gregor Nicholas
Producer: Penelope Sinclair
EP: James Moore
DP: John Toon
Production Designer: Sarah Cooper
Costume Designer (Nigella): Karen Inderbitzen-Waller
Costume Designer: Kristin Seth
Editor: Alex O’Shaughnessy
Post: MandyVFX
Post Supervisor: Anita Ward
VFX Artists: James Corden, Puck Murphy

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