Marks and Spencer’s Christmas 2009 advert

Eight people have complained about this ad, which features Philip Glenister channelling DCI Gene Hunt, because he makes a reference to a ‘girl prancing around in her underwear’.

It may have escaped the attention of these viewers, but approximately 80 per cent of all adverts feature girls prancing around in their underwear – particularly Marks & Spencer’s adverts.

It’s one of the overriding features of M&S adverts of late – a coterie of skinny models swanning around in M&S wear.

It’s also a feature of Life on Mars, clearly referenced, which regularly features Hunt making references to tarts, slags and birds and the tits and arses thereon.

I’m a bit baffled as to exactly what people think is offensive about this one. I don’t even think it’s that bad – like I said the other day about the Iceland Xmas advert I can’t really find it in my heart to loathe things that at least reference a pleasant time.

Anyway, here it is. Mind you don’t have a heart attack.