Mrs Doris and Mr Edward Bair were transformed into cuddly teddy bears for last year’s hugely popular and emotional campaign, so it makes sense that they would revisit them.
During the two-minute clip for Britain’s biggest airport, the poignant story follows the married couple from 1967 to the present day over the decades, as they longingly wait for each other in arrivals.
The story begins with Doris bear working as an air hostess for BOAC, as Edward is forced to struggle through many tired flights visiting his wife, before their expanding brood begins to keep the couple in one place.
Capitalising on the magic of Christmas, the company behind the port also throw in a number of Christmases, and each decade features a number of different bear-sized outfits and luggage appropriate for the time.
Ending with a present day family get together, the bears suddenly turn into their real-life human selves, the elderly grandparents from last year’s offering.
Heathrow complete the advert with a caption that reads: “Closer This Christmas.”
The love story touched a nerve with many fans following last year’s depiction of a family reuniting for the period’s festivities, and the latest offering is poised to do the same.
The unusual advert was filmed at Heathrow’s Terminal 1 this year, and British Airways provided the advert-makers with a number of historic items to assist with the details.
A BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) aircraft was provided for a number of scenes, along with air hostess uniforms from the 1960s and 70s.
The advert comes in the wake of department store John Lewis’ hugely popular Christmas advert, starring Moz the Monster and the little boy who makes friends with him.
Following claims that the company had ripped off former laureate Chris Riddell’s children’s picture book, the retailer insists it wasn’t the case.
“Ours is a Christmas story of friendship and fun between Joe and Moz The Monster, in which Joe receives a night light which helps him get a good night’s sleep,” the statement reads. “The main thrust of our story is utterly different to Chris Riddell’s.”