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Lily Allen soundtrack for John Lewis Christmas ad

A snow-covered scene from the John Lewis Christmas ad campaign. Photo: PA

Lily Allen has made her return to music by providing the soundtrack for the latest John Lewis Christmas television advert.

The cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know features in the animated story of a hare who makes sure his best friend the bear wakes up from hibernation to experience the magic of Christmas morning.

John Lewis' moving Christmas adverts have become synonymous with the festive season and this year's big-budget offering has been described as "the biggest advertising event of the year".

Debuting on on Saturday at 8.10pm, during The X Factor, the woodland tale cost £7 million to make.

Disney style: A cartoon bear can be seen wandering in a forest with a hare on his back in the John Lewis Christmas ad campaign Credit: PA

Set in an idyllic woodland, the two-minute advert features hand drawn, Disney-esque creatures preparing for the festive season.

Watch the John Lewis Christmas advertisement:

The team behind the animations includes Aaron Blaise, who worked as the supervising animator on the Disney classics Pocahontas and The Lion King.

We want John Lewis, as we have in the last few years, to literally own Christmas.

– Andy Street, John Lewis Managing Director
An audience of around nine million are expected to see the advert during Saturday's X Factor. Credit: PA

Tomorrow's debut marks the first time the X Factor has devoted a whole ad slot to one brand.

An audience of around nine million are expected to see it.

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