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Sky Brings Back E.T. For First Time In 37 Years In Emotional Christmas Advert

Sky Brings Back E.T. For First Time In 37 Years In Emotional Christmas Advert

Sky has released its Christmas advert and it's one hell of an emotional rollercoaster as iconic film characters E.T. and Elliott reunite on-screen for the first time in 37 years.

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The heartwarming ad stars Henry Thomas, the original child actor of the classic 1982 sci-fi flick, and retells the story of E.T. coming to earth before being making his way back to his home planet.

The clip begins as Elliott's son and daughter play in their snow-covered garden when the lights suddenly start flickering on and off. Without warning, E.T. peers from behind a snowman, prompting the kids to let out a bloodcurdling scream.

In a panic, Elliott, 48, rushes out to see what has happened, but his fear quickly turns into delight when he's reunited with his extra-terrestrial friend for the first time in nearly four decades.

E.T. frightens Elliott's children as they play in the garden. (Credit: Sky)
E.T. frightens Elliott's children as they play in the garden. (Credit: Sky)

"Elliott?" E.T. says. To which the actor replies: "You came back? My son, my family... a lot's changed since you were here."

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Somebody pass the tissues.

The advert then cuts to E.T. sitting inside with Elliott's family as his son shows the alien how to work the internet, use virtual reality, and of course watch The Holiday.

Elliott, now 48, is delighted when he's reunited with his extra-terrestrial friend. (Credit: Sky)
Elliott, now 48, is delighted when he's reunited with his extra-terrestrial friend. (Credit: Sky)

After an evening spent reconnecting, Elliott finds E.T. in a bedroom alone, where the alien shows him that he too has a wife and child.

Knowing it is time for the alien to head back to his own planet, Elliott watches from a window with his wife as his children begin E.T.'s journey to his spaceship the only way they know how - through the air by bike - as the iconic soundtrack played out.

Sky produced the advert in partnership with Universal Pictures, which made the original film 37 years ago.

Sky produced the advert in partnership with Universal Pictures. (Credit: Sky)
Sky produced the advert in partnership with Universal Pictures. (Credit: Sky)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, it was the top-earning film of the 1980s and won Academy Awards for iconic music composed by the revered John Williams as well as groundbreaking technology.

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & Ireland, Sky said: "It's an honour to bring E.T. back to Earth in this new festive short story, helping us to celebrate the magic of family time at Christmas and Sky's part in bringing our customers together at this special time of year."

Henry Thomas in the original 1982 film. (Credit: Universal Pictures)
Henry Thomas in the original 1982 film. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

John Lewis, you have competition.

Featured Image Credit: Sky

Topics: Christmas, TV News

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa is a freelance journalist working for Tyla and the team's token Dubliner. After graduating with a MA in PR and Digital Marketing from D.I.T., she worked for MailOnline, Sun Online, Irish Independent and broadcaster RTÉ. Got a story of interest or want advice on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness? Then email her at [email protected]

 

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