Click for larger image BBC Two Ident
from 31.03.1986
Click for larger image Easter Monday 1986, and the striped "2" was finally consigned to history. BBC2 was now represented by the word TWO; the logo was designed by Alan Jeapes, who created EastEnders' title map.

Click for larger image BBC Two Subtitles Ident
1986
Click for larger image A rather subtle way to alert viewers that the forthcoming programme has subtitles on Page 888 of Ceefax.

Click for larger image BBC Two - Animate Out Ident
1990
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Further continuity examples of the BBC Two ident in action


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BBC Two Ident
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BBC Two Pres
1986
BBC Two Pres
1986


Click for larger image BBC Two Start-Up
1986
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Click for larger image BBC Two Clock
from 31.03.1986
The BBC2 clock for the 1986-1991 TWO channel identity. This example sees the clock introduce a daytime news summary.

Click for larger image The Open University
from 31.03.1986
The Open University shield takes on the new BBC2 livery. Alas the technology used to generate the OU symbol was developed in 1981, which might explain why the TWO is displayed as a 2D, monocoloured entity and not in all its 3D glory.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Idents
1986
Click for larger image BBC2 goes hi-tech with the first electronically-generated Christmas symbol. The new TWO logo sits amid the winter snow, with the letters being covered and uncovered in succession.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Closedown
1986
Click for larger image BBC2 goes hi-tech with the first electronically-generated Christmas symbol. The new TWO logo sits amid the winter snow, with the letters being covered and uncovered in succession.


BBC Two Closedown
1987
An unusually early closedown (even for 1987) on BBC2. Before switch-off, we are told of a programme change on Radio 3.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas
1987
Click for larger image Had Scrooge been working in the BBC Graphics department in 1987? Like its BBC1 counterpart this was nothing more than a still picture with an opening animation.


Click for larger image BBC Two Closedown
1988
Click for larger image BBC2 closes down for the night in 1988 and the routine follows the simple format of tomorrow's programmes and clock which BBC2 had been using for many years.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas
1988
Avant-garde was the theme of the late 80s, and this Christmas symbol was certainly that! The "TWO" is shown as coloured ice and the sequence begins with a model with hair in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Closedown
1988
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Click for larger image BBC Two Closedown
1989
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Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas
25.12.1989
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Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Ident & Promo
1989
Click for larger image Christmas got even more bizarre in 1989. The amount of airtime allocated to the Christmas ident was cut from three whole days to just two days and one evening (from Christmas Eve). Our first clip presents what we think is the first showing. Next comes the medium animation, Finally, the full animated sequence, with animated characters dropping the T, W and O into place. Finally, you probably thought BBC Two abandoned its musical "picture montage" closedowns in the mid-1980s. Not so! Christmas Eve in 1989 ended with a festive song and images of the Nativity. Roger Maude wishes us a Merry Christmas.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Ident
1989
Click for larger image Another example of the BBC2 1989 Christmas ident.

BBC Two Christmas Ident
1989
another example of the BBC2 1989 Christmas ident.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Closedown
25.12.1989
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Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Closedown
1989
Click for larger image BBC2 closes down on Christmas Eve with “Away In A Manger.” A must-see for Christmas fans.


Click for larger image BBC Two Closedown
1990
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BBC Two Closedowns
1990
Into the 1990s, and nothing remarkable about BBC Two's closedowns. Just a straight "goodnight" then fade to black - at the time, BBC Two ended most nights with an OU programme so a closedown was not needed. This example follows a re-run of the 1966 World Cup final during the summer.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas
1990
Click for larger image The final non-corporate Christmas ident dispenses with the usual "TWO" logotype in favour of this more colourful version. Anyone know what this is meant to be? I'd say it looks more like a Bonfire Night symbol than a Christmas one! Once again, trail endboards were designed to link into the ident, as seen on the right. A universal Subtitles symbol was used on both channels this year.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas
1990
Click for larger image The final non-corporate Christmas ident dispenses with the usual "TWO" logotype in favour of this more colourful version. Anyone know what this is meant to be? I'd say it looks more like a Bonfire Night symbol than a Christmas one! Once again, trail endboards were designed to link into the ident, as seen on the right. A universal Subtitles symbol was used on both channels this year.


Click for larger image BBC Two Final Closedown
15.02.1991
Click for larger image Time once again for BBCTwo to say goodnight. But one small thing first - Andy Cartledge announces it's goodbye to the TWO logo and "away it goes forever" before the matching clock is shown for the final time. BBC Two would never be the same again...


Click for larger image Screen Two Ident
1987
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Click for larger image Screen Two Ident
1988
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Click for larger image Screen Two Ident
1990
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