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1960s
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Click for larger image BBC1 Childrens Programmes
27.12.1978
Click for larger image From the late 70s Childrens Programmes on BBC1. This 2 minute clip includes a link into Play School.
 
The colour differences between the two recordings are useful for illustrating how much things could vary in the old days of analogue colour synthesisers that were adjusted by eye every day, and indeed had to be re-adjusted throughout the day, since the heat of the equipment would cause the settings to drift.


BBC1 Childrens Programmes
28.12.1978
Straight after Christmas and BBC1 wastes no time getting back into its usual afternoon routine. Just before afternoon children's programmes comes this particularly interesting menu slide, coloured by the NODD system (note the colours are those of the BBC1 globe).


BBC1 Childrens Programmes
21.04.1981
A few minutes to spare before Play School so let's have a look at this afternoon's children's programmes with Uncle Andy Cartledge. What would today's youngsters make of the background image?

Click for larger image BBC1 Children's Continuity
1981
EEK! John Craven in a hideous tanktop!  Never mind, we'll be heading over to Grange Hill shortly.  In the mean time "Take Hart" in the fact we've got some great shows coming up. (see what I did there?).  Yes, the late great Tony Hart is here with "Take Hart", then "The Story Of The Treasure Seekers" (which tells the story of Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and Horace Octavius (H. O.) Bastable, and their attempts to assist their widowed father and recover the fortunes of their family).  Plus, you get a few seconds of the titles for Grange Hill.
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BBC1 Children's Holiday Link
24.12.1981
The way CBBC continuity should be done! A standard link between morning children's programmes during the 1981 Christmas holiday.

BBC1 Grange Hill link
08.02.1983
No Phillip Schofield in those days but children's continuity still came from the Broom Cupboard - otherwise known as NC1, and was no different from standard links.

Click for larger image Children's BBC - 60 Years
1983
Click for larger image A compliation of BBC1 links and international broadcaster messages from 60 years of Children's BBC

Click for larger image Children's BBC - 60 Years - In Front of The Children
1983
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Click for larger image BBC1 Children's Links
1984
Click for larger image In the final days before the introduction of Children's BBC, the BBC micro was called upon to provide linking animations between afternoon children's programmes.

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1984
BBC1 Children's Link
1984
BBC1 Children's Link
1984
BBC1 Children's Link
1984


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1984
BBC1 Children's Link
1984
BBC1 Children's Link
1984
BBC1 Children's Link
1984


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Click for larger image BBC1 Children's Link
1984
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BBC1 Children's Links
26.03.1985
Two examples here including a link into Jackanory.


Click for larger image BBC Children's - Phillip Schofield
1985
Click for larger image On Monday 9th September 1985, BBC1 introduced umbrella branding for children's programmes, almost three years after ITV. An unknown presenter, Phillip Schofield, was chosen to front what initially was known as BBC Children's Presentation. Philip would introduce programmes in-vision, and LIVE, from "The Broom Cupboard" - in reality the BBC1 continuity desk.

Click for larger image BBC Children's - Phillip Schofield
1985
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Children's BBC
1985


Click for larger image Children's BBC
1986
Click for larger image A compliaton of Philip Schofield invision continuity

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1986
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Click for larger image Children's BBC - Phillip Schofield
1986
Click for larger image Phillip ends today's Children's BBC with a rundown of tomorrow's programmes using props sent in by viewers. A promo follows before Phillip introduces the next programme over the BBC1 globe.

Click for larger image Children's BBC - Debbie Flint
1986
Click for larger image The lovely perky Debbie Flint shows us what what we can get if we get the 3rd coupon from the Radio Times...a World Cup Wallchart!  Debbie is now a presenter on QVC, bless her.
 
Left Clip - Debbie with said wallchart and intro to Jossy Giants Right Clip - Peter Duncan let loose with a monster truck on Blue Peter tomorrow, and another intro to Jossys Giants.


Click for larger image Debbie Flint
c1986
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Click for larger image Children's BBC - Phillip Schofield
1987
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1987
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1987
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Click for larger image Children's BBC - Andy Crane
1987
Click for larger image Aah, the old BBC Micro graphics introduces Andy Crane, seemingly in a world of his own, reading birthday cards during a CBBC morning slot.

Click for larger image Children's BBC - BBC Two Ident
1987
Click for larger image Another BBC micro ident; thought to have been introduced in 1986, This example is used on BBC Two hence the white background

Click for larger image Children's BBC Ident
1987
Click for larger image A stop-frame animated version of the Children's BBC logo was introduced in 1987, allowing more flexibility than a computer could offer at the time.

Click for larger image Children's BBC - Andy Crane
1987
Click for larger image Starting another afternoon of Children's BBC - fourteen Children's BBC days before Christmas in fact - is Andy Crane. The clip also includes holding slides for tomorrow's BBC1 3.30 programme and for the next programme on BBC2.

No Limits - Children's BBC & Now on Two Features
1987
Click for larger image Whilst Channel 4 had Network 7, on the BBC was No Limits, the youth and entertainment music show hosted by Jenny Powell and Tony Baker produced by BBC Manchester. In the left clip Tony visits TVC and interviews Andy Crane about the broom cupboard. In the right clip Jenny Powell interviews Simon Potter about Now On Two.

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1988
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Click for larger image Children's BBC - Andy Crane
1988
Click for larger image A couple of clips here from Andy Crane from 1988.

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1988
Click for larger image Andy Crane again here, broadcasting from the BBC1 continuity booth.
 
Left Clip - Knock Knock with Steve Colman, a quiz series that featured Peter Simon (bid.tv) and Sophie Aldred.
 
Right Clip - Tony Robinson dressed in a carpet disguised as a suit jacket narrating Nicobobinus, the boy who turned to gold.


Click for larger image Children's BBC - Andy Crane
1988
Click for larger image Andy displays a talent for using modelling clay in this end-of-day clip. Sorry for the faintness of the sound on this clip.

Children's BBC - Christmas Switch-On
1988
Andy Crane has a special guest in to switch on the Broom Cupboard Christmas lights - Her Majesty the Queen! It's not of course, it's actually Jeanette Charles, who's made a career of impersonating Elizabeth II and has appeared as the monarch in countless films and TV shows.

Click for larger image Children's BBC - Andy Crane
1989
Click for larger image A quick link from Andy here as he introduces Newsround.

Children's BBC - Simon Parkin
1989
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Click for larger image Children's BBC - Andi Peters
1989
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Click for larger image Christmas Children's CBBC
25.12.1989
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Click for larger image Children's BBC
1990
Click for larger image BBC B and BBC Master were now making way for the Archimedes computers, and the final CGI ident was programmed on an Archimedes. Was it played out from tape?

CBBC - Andi Peters Slideshow
1990
Andi Peters has a novel way of telling you what's on CBBC today - he puts up the standard BBC1 holding slides for each programme! These would rarely have been seen unless a technical fault occurred.

Click for larger image CBBC Christmas
1990
Click for larger image The Newsround team sing a version of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" that will have you imploding with embarrassment.  What has Juliet Morris got going on with that hair?!?  Anyway Andi Peters and Edd The Duck get festive.

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c1990
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Click for larger image B.F.T.
1991
Click for larger image Short for But First This, Phillipa Forrester and Simon Parkin host the entertainment show, featuring bizzarre titles.  On the show today, Willy Fog (one of my favourite cartoons ever), quiz Alphabet Attack, Hartbeat, Playdays, Double Dare and The O Zone.  Jean Boht from the sitcom Bread puts in an appearance "talking mum".

Click for larger image B.F.T. 2
1991
Click for larger image Same show, different channel!  Shown on BBC 2,todays show includes Tales Of A Wise King, Charlie Brown Specials, Playdays, Bitsa, Telling Tales, Barbar the Elephant, Blood And Honey (read by special guest Tony Robinson), Defenders Of The Earth, The Blue Peter Omnibus, Dark Season, Strike A Pose, Bozpops and The O Zone....phew!


Click for larger image Children's BBC - Andi Peters
1991
Click for larger image Andi introduces the new Children's BBC animation...

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1991
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Click for larger image Children's BBC
1991
Click for larger image Designed as part of the 1991 corporate revamp, but not introduced until seven months after the "1" and "2" symbols. This is a clean version, so enjoy!

Children's BBC
1991
The same animation remained at Christmas, with the usual jingle replaced by something more seasonal

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1992
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1992
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Click for larger image Children's BBC Start-Up
1993
Click for larger image Andi Peters kicks off another afternoon of CBBC. Remember the studio he's in is the same studio used by the regular announcers - how on earth did they manage to work underneath all that clutter?

Click for larger image Children's BBC - Toby Antis
1993
Click for larger image Toby Anstis with a breakfast CBBC.  Seems he cant find the right tape!

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1993
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Click for larger image Children's BBC Christmas Ident
1993
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1994
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1994
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1994
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1994
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Click for larger image Children's BBC - Christmas
1994
Click for larger image CBBC introduced a more colourful, cheery look in 1994, with the Broom Cupboard making way for the purpose-built Studio 9. This festive animation was used until 1996. The ident was designed by BBC Manchester's Graphic Design Department's Gregory Millar and Sue Frost.

Click for larger image Children's BBC - Zoe Ball
1994
Click for larger image Zoe Ball reads out your birthday cards (and operates the vision mixer too!). Followed by a slightly disturbing trail for Live And Kicking.  Watch it and you'll see what I mean...

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c1994
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Click for larger image Children's BBC Ident - Cows
1994
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Click for larger image Children's BBC - Princess & Frog Ident
1994
Click for larger image Bizarre ident for CBBC, a princess kisses a frog and turns into a pair of pants and a cow (amongst other things)

Click for larger image Children's BBC - Elvis Fish Ident
1994
Click for larger image A rare treat here, a full clean ident for CBBC featuring a rather wierd fishy theme.

Click for larger image Children's BBC - Alien
1997
Click for larger image One of the final additions to the 1994-1997 ident set.

Images of other idents designed by BBC Manchester's Graphic Design Derpartment


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Click for larger image CBBC One Ident - Lava Lamp
1997 - 1999
Click for larger image With the introduction of the new BBC corporate logo in 1997, The "Children's BBC" title is no more and "CBBC" is born.
 
Lambie Nairn design a set of idents with animations in black set on a yellow background.
 
Here we have a lava lamp inspired ident designed and produced later that year by BBC Manchester's Sue Frost and Gregory Millar.


Click for larger image CBBC Two Ident - Spiral
1997 - 1999
Click for larger image Another ident this time with a spiral

Click for larger image CBBC One Ident - Manga
1998
Click for larger image An ident inspired by the Japanese comic book style, Manga.

Click for larger image CBBC One Ident & Presentation
1998
Click for larger image Otis The Ardvaark puts in an appearance before a trailer for Linfords Record Breakers (possibly the worst incarnation of the show) which follows Ace Ventura Pet Detective.  Watch out for the ident featuring an out of breath mouse who has an idea!  Also featuring is the lovely Kirsten O'Brien.

Click for larger image CBBC One Christmas Ident
1997 - 1999
Click for larger image CBBC's Christmas kaleidoscope from December 1997. There were two versions, used on BBC1 and BBC2.
 
Designed by BBC in-house designer Sue Frost.


Click for larger image CBBC - Studio 9
c1997
Click for larger image As seen in this background the old style logo Studio "9" logo.

Click for larger image CBBC Breakfast Show
1997
Click for larger image The BBC balloon eases us into the CBBC Breakfast show ident.  You host is Dominic Wood, one half of Dick And Dom.

Click for larger image CBBC HOT
1999
Click for larger image No, not the late night version of CBBC for adults, a summery edition of CBBC with Michael Underwood and Ana Boulter.

Click for larger image CBBC Christmas
2000
Click for larger image Michael Underwood and Angelica Bell introduce this Christmas Eve edition of CBBC from Lapland.  Apologies for the brightness of this clip.

Click for larger image CBBC Breakfast Show
2001
Click for larger image Michael Underwood and Liam Dolan kick start your day with Arthur, Blue Peter, and the adventures of Quasimodo.
 
These titles were designed by BBC Manchester's Gregory Millar.


Click for larger image CBBC Ident
2001
Click for larger image A mixture of idents mingled with the Tweenies, but not before you see Pingu!  Liam Dolan is your VO.

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2001
Click for larger image Another summery edition of CBBC with Michael and Liam

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1998
Saturday Close
1998
CBBC Presentation
2001
CBBC Presentation
2001


Click for larger image CBBC Copyright animation
2001
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Click for larger image CBBC Christmas Ident
2001
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Click for larger image CBBC New Promo
2007
Click for larger image The new CBBC has landed!
 
New identity designed by Red Bee Media introduced


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2010

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2010

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2010

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Click for larger image CBBC Continuity
2010
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2010
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Click for larger image CBBC Close
2010
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Later in 2010 the identity was refreshed with a glossy 3-D look replacing the flat 2-D graphics


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2010

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Click for larger image Horrible Histories Promo
2010
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Click for larger image CBBC Idents
2011

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2011
CBBC Ident
2011
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2011


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2011
CBBC Ident
2011
CBBC Ident
2011


Click for larger image CBBC Channel Start-Up Promo
2011

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2011
CBBC Programme Promo
2011
CBBC Programme Promo
2011


Various examples of CBBC In-vision continuity from the CBBC Office


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2011
CBBC In-vision Continuity
2011
CBBC In-vision Continuity
2011


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2011
CBBC In-vision Continuity
2011
CBBC In-vision Continuity
2011


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2011
CBBC In-vision Continuity
2011
CBBC In-vision Continuity
2011


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