Robert Webb stars in ‘Compare the Market’ campaign

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Keen-eyed television viewers may have spotted Robert Webb in the latest Compare The Market advert.

Best known for playing Jez in “Peep Show”, Webb portrays Maurice Wigglethorpe-Throom, founder and CEO of comparethemarket.com.

In the first advert from the latest campaign, it is brought to his attention that there is a similarly-named website called comparethemeerkat.com, Wigglethorpe-Throom points out that “meerkat” and “market” are different words that contain different letters which are pronounced differently.

Starting from Monday, January 21st 2013, Wigglethorpe-Throom, along with his assistant Spencer, return in a brand new advert, which concentrates on credit cards.

Can’t wait that long? Here’s a sneak peek, especially for Wriggy.co.uk readers:

Whereas the lack of meerkats may come as a disappointment to some viewers, Wigglethorpe-Throom’s charm and humour in both adverts makes him a great character to fill the (very small) shoes of Aleksandr Orlov.

Robert Webb brilliantly fulfils the role and the use of “chin brambles” to describe a beard has every chance of catching on as well as “Simples” did four years ago. Hopefully this won’t be the last we see of Wigglethorpe-Throom.