Further examples of the BBC2 idents and continuity in action...


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26.02.1991
BBC2 Continuity
01.12.1992
BBC2 Continuity
1991
BBC2 Continuity
09.06.1996


Click for larger image BBC2 Saturday Promo
18.4.1991
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Click for larger image BBC2 Mystery Train Promo
11.10.1991
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Click for larger image BBC2 Christmas Films Promo
1991
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Click for larger image BBC2 Christmas Eve Promo
1991
Click for larger image A look a head to the night before the big day on BBC2, with some rather sinister celestial elements - actors in star and globe masks - promote BBC2's festive fare.

Click for larger image BBC2 Christmas Day Promo
1991
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BBC2 Christmas Eve continuity
24.12.1991
Time for that magical moment on Christmas Eve where the curtains are thrown back and this year's Christmas ident is unveiled! As this was 1991, a menu and music was still the order of the day and in the best BBC tradition, Richard Straker talks us through the day's line-up before playing a short blast of Richard Harvey's "A Christmas Suite". Enjoy the whole sequence here.
 
With the ident revealed it's time to show off the Christmas slides for the first time. Followed by an excellent announcement from Richard Straker!


Click for larger image BBC2 Christmas Lost Boys Promo
26.12.1991
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8.1.1992
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18.1.1992
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Click for larger image BBC2 Thursday Promo
06.02.1992
Click for larger image I like the way the 2 is placed in the right place in this promo.

Click for larger image Harry Enfield's TV Programme Promo
2.4.1992
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Click for larger image BBC2 Film Promo
01.12.1992
Click for larger image Previewing three major films this Christmas on BBC2.

Click for larger image BBC2 Coming Soon
1992
Click for larger image I wonder what the test card fans make of this particular promo? That 2 does get everywhere!

Click for larger image BBC2 Christmas Eve Promo
1992
Click for larger image A panto theme for BBC2's Christmas promos in 1992, and among the festive treats this Christmas Eve are Harry Enfield, The Comic Strip and a certain Hitchcock classic.

Click for larger image BBC2 Boxing Day Promo
26.12.1992
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Click for larger image BBC2 Christmas Promo - Vampyr
28.12.1992
Click for larger image No music or consistent theme for Christmas trails in 1992 - just a festive extension of the usual sting format. In one sequence a skier makes 2-shaped footprints in the snow, while in this film the 2 is a chimney brush popping out into the wintry skyline.


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6.10.1993
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Click for larger image Cops On The Box Promo
1993
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BBC2 Christmas Sting
1993
The animations which accompanied that excellent ident. Captured as recorded, hence the editing!


Click for larger image BBC2 30th Anniversary Promo
1994
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Click for larger image BBC2 Christmas Promo
1994
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Click for larger image Christmas Promo - Christmas Spirit
1994
Click for larger image A fantasy ice-age world provided the backdrop for Christmas on BBC2 in 1994.

Click for larger image Christmas Promo - Musicals
1994
Click for larger image If all the usual festive songs aren't your bag, BBC2 offers a selection of classic Broadway musicals this Christmas.

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17.12.1994
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17.12.1994
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17.12.1994
BBC2 Continuity
15.01.1994



BBC2 Interruption to programme
08.05.1995
The nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of VE Day in 1995 with a two-minute silence at 8:45pm. Three out of four terrestrial channels offered live coverage of the tribute, with BBC2 the odd man out. At the last minute BBC2 decided to join the coverage but there was one snag - they were mid-way through a documentary about the QE2!
 
The solution? Come out of the programme with a slide, then cross over to the live coverage. And this is how they did it.


At the height of their popularity, Wallace and Gromit were chosen as BBC2's Christmas mascots in 1995. A series of stings accompanied the festive ident shown over the holiday..


Christmas Sting - Kiss
1995
Christmas Sting - Mince Pies
1995
Christmas Sting - Mistletoe
1995
Christmas Sting - Party Popper
1995


Christmas Sting - Slipper
1995
Christmas Sting - Twang
1995
Christmas Sting - Skating
1995




BBC2 Christmas Stings
1996
"Nothing is quite what it seems" was how BBC2 described its Christmas theme in 1996. A series of bizarre shorts featured a Santa-like wizard with a topiary 2.


BBC2 Breakdown
1997
From 1997, stylised breakdown captions were introduced in the event of programme outages. Previously, programme slides had been used during a crash. Here's an early outing for BBC2's slide (based on Optics) before the rebrand.

Traditionally, BBC2 has always been the channel to experiment with new presentation methods. In 1992, instead of seasonally-changing looks BBC2 opted for a series of short stings using the famous 2. To start with, a hairstyle I wouldn't mind(!) Here's a selection of various stings used from 1992 right up until 1997...


BBC2 Sting - Curlers
1992
BBC2 Sting - Polaroid
1992
BBC2 Sting - Spaghetti
1992
BBC2 Sting - Traffic Lights
1992


Click for larger image BBC2 Sting - Pop Art
1993
BBC2 Sting - Harley
1995
BBC2 Sting - Newton's Cradle
1995
BBC2 Sting - Hook
1994


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1994
BBC2 Sting - Snow
1992
BBC2 Sting - Cartoon
1995
BBC2 Sting - Door
1994


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1996
BBC2 Sting - Jelly
1996
BBC2 Sting - Ten Pin
1995
BBC2 Sting - Plates
1994


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1995
BBC2 Sting - Hangover
1996
BBC2 Sting - Cheese
1992
BBC2 Sting - Curlers2
1992


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1996
BBC2 Sting - Blow Up
1994
BBC2 Sting - Vacuum Pack
1993
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BBC2 Sting - Polaroid
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BBC2 Sting - Testcard
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BBC2 Sting - Spot
1994


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BBC2 Sting - Feather
1995




For the first time, BBC1 and BBC2 shared a common design for programme slides when both channels rebranded on 16 February 1991. The sidebar on the left of each caption featured one of the new BBC2 idents.


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Once BBC2 began adding to its idents, the slide design was altered to remove the ident backgrounds in the left hand sidebar. The sidebar was now plain black, and the main photo (or parts of it) would often spill into it.


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