Beyond Limits BT Advert – Best of Times

BT has just released this new ‘Beyond Limits’ TV advert, which creatively combines a Stormzy song with the opening of Charles Dickens’s novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” a girl begins telling us as she makes her long walk to school, passing deliver bots and camera drones along the way. After arriving at class, apparently late, the young student sees kids using virtual reality headsets, laptops, and other tech, as she continues reciting A Tale of Two Cities saying “We had everything before us, we had nothing before us”.

This BT advert targets youngsters, telling them “The future is ours to make” and informing us that they’re giving 5 million kids the tech skills they need.

Song Title: Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2 (feat. MNEK).
Artist: Stormzy.
Download From: Amazon UK.

It may not be obvious at first, but if you listen carefully and know the original track, you’ll notice that this BT advert song is an extended instrumental section from the Stormzy tune ‘Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2’. Taken from his debut studio album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, the British singer and rapper released this music track in 2017 with singer and producer MNEK. The single made it to number 7 on the UK charts.

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times? Sorry I couldn’t resist that reference for any of you Simpsons fans out there. Here’s a look at the real opening words to A Tale of Two Cities that the actress says in this Beyond Limits BT advert:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness. It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. We had everything before us, we had nothing before us”.

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