Click for larger image BBC1 Symbol (clean)
1991
The globe identity was retained, as people liked it from research. Daniel Barber of Lambie Nairn and Co. designed the more accessible BBC1 ident by creating an animated sequence, featuring warmer, richer colours, a swirling one minute sequence with 9 points of entry. A classical numeral 1 was also introduced to pair with the bladed number '2'.
 
Enjoy this 60-second look at the 1991 BBC1 globe.

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Click for larger image BBC1 Open University
from 16.02.1991
First to air for BBC1's corporate revamp was a radical new look for the Open University ident. After twenty years the familiar form-up (and that fanfare) made way for this hi-tech interpretation. But the OU logo itself remained.

Click for larger image BBC1 Clock First TX
16.02.1991
Click for larger image BBC1 had used the same clock face for almost ten years, so a change was long overdue! Looking almost like a crystal ball, the new clock mimicked a mechanical timepiece with a minute hand that moved every second.

BBC1 Virtual Globe
16.02.1991
Click for larger image After what seemed like an endless wait the next day, the new symbol made its debut at 9am. Unlike the previous globe this one was designed by Martin Lambie-Nairn and introduced corporate branding to BBC1 for the first time. Philip and Sarah from Going Live were clearly fans of the new look - they staged a mock "unveiling" of the newest globe with Sarah, as the Queen, cutting the ribbon. Philip even went as far as to mention the terms NODD and COW - all those years in the Broom Cupboard came in handy!

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16.02.1991
BBC1 First Day TX - 5th Junction
16.02.1991
BBC1 First Day TX - 6th Junction
16.02.1991
BBC1 First Day TX - 7th Junction
16.02.1991


Click for larger image BBC1 Closedowns
1991
Click for larger image A sign-off with the original 1991 clock. There's a long fade between clock and globe, which helps mask the difference in size of the circle.

Click for larger image BBC1 Clock - Version 2
1991
Shortly before Christmas, BBC chiefs decided to shrink the clock to match the size of the globe. At the same time a new background was introduced - possibly because the original design was incompatible with a smaller timepiece.

Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas
1991
Click for larger image With such a radical change in BBC1's identity, what would Christmas bring? Well, the festive ident remained. Here the "1" is embedded in a swirling moon as Santa flies by in his sleigh.

Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas Batman Ident
1991
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Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas Closedown
1991
Click for larger image Andy Cartlidge's BBC1 1991 Christmas Eve closedown announcement followed by an extra long play of the BBC1 1991 festive globe to the accompaniment of the national anthem.

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1991
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Closedown
1992
Ending the day on BBC1 in 1992

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7.2.1992
Click for larger image A full Friday night closedown from early 1992.

Click for larger image BBC1 Start Up
25.10.1992
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BBC1 Christmas Idents
1992
Click for larger image The toys come out to play this festive season, including a yawning crocodile and springy snowman. BBC bosses decided this ident was "too jolly" to be used against the National Anthem at closedown (I ask you!), so during the holiday period BBC1 signed off with a photo of Her Majesty.


Click for larger image BBC1 Start-Up
18.9.1993
Click for larger image BBC1 stopped broadcasting Open University programmes after the end of the 1992 term - all OU programmes were shown on BBC2 - so BBC1 started its day at the weekend at around 7.30am and preceded it with a Ceefax transmission which began at 7am. Saturday's programmes began with the early morning news summary before handing over to Children's BBC for the rest of the morning. Images of the Ceefax transmission which preceded this startup can be found on the Teletext BBC page.

Click for larger image BBC1 Closedown
1993
Click for larger image Another example of the BBC1 end of day routine, this time from 1993.

BBC1 Christmas: First TX
24.12.1993
The first showing of the Christmas ident didn't go according to plan - the ident failed to start! David Allan is unfazed by the technical hitch and welcomes us to Christmas Eve on BBC1.

BBC1 Christmas Day and Night Idents
1993
Click for larger image An enchanting Polar snowscape was the setting for BBC1's Christmas look a year later. Two polar bears look in amazement as Santa flies over the giant "1" - in day and night versions.

Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas Closedown
24.12.1993
Click for larger image Then, the end of the night on Christmas Eve, with Peter Offer promising more to come tomorrow.


BBC1 Strike announcement
09.05.1994
Yes it can still happen! Following the bitter dispute at TV-am in the late 1980s, the Tory government all but deunionised the broadcast industry. However, the unions can still disrupt schedules and that's what happened on May 9th 1994, when BECTU and the NUJ staged a 24-hour stoppage. There was no danger of blank screens but news programmes were blacked out; announcer Roger Maude explains why there's no Business Breakfast today.

Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas Eve Idents
1994
Click for larger image Christmas is on the way, and BBC1's snowmen come out to play! Two of them in fact, sporting top hats. But there was more to this symbol than meets the eye. The centrepiece - the familiar "1" logo - was neatly gift-wrapped in the Christmas Eve version.

Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas Day Idents
1994
Click for larger image On Christmas Day the snowmen undo the ribbon, revealing the glistening numeral,

Click for larger image BBC1 Boxing Day Idents
1994
and in the final version (26-28 December), the wrapping paper has vanished.


Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas
1995
Click for larger image A colourful animated theme for Christmas in 1995 - trailers featured an aeroplane whizzing round a brightly decorated Christmas tree. The idents featured a glistening "1" in place of the treetop star. There were three versions; the first being longest. Alternate versions featured the plane with no fanfare, and no plane at all. Christmas idents were not used at Closedown in 1994. A year later, festive symbols played out the channel once more and Jayne Constantinis signs off on Christmas Eve.

Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas
1995
A colourful animated theme for Christmas in 1995 - trailers featured an aeroplane whizzing round a brightly decorated Christmas tree. The idents featured a glistening "1" in place of the treetop star. There were three versions; the first being longest. Alternate versions featured the plane with no fanfare, and no plane at all. Christmas idents were not used at Closedown in 1994. A year later, festive symbols played out the channel once more and Jayne Constantinis signs off on Christmas Eve.


Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas Idents
1996
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Click for larger image BBC1 Christmas Ident & Closedown
1996
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Right clip - Christmas Day comes to an end - yet again - and it's the end of a very late night for BBC1. Peter Offer presides over what would be the penultimate Christmas closedown on the channel.



Click for larger image BBC1 Start-Up
9.8.1997
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Click for larger image BBC1 Closedown - Final TX
03.10.1997
Click for larger image It's the end of an era as BBC1's virtual globe gets its final spin. But its send-off is somewhat understated - announcer Phil Vowels does not mention the dramatic change of image awaiting us from tomorrow morning...

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11.9.1994
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