BBC2's relaunch in October 1997, keeps the original antics of the '2' designed by Martin Lambie Nairn and Daniel Barber.For the new idents, some of the original idents were retained with the new BBC logo added. A set of 5 new idents designed by Lambie Nairn are also added. Other idents used were designed and produced by BBC Broadcast.


BBC Two Ident - Ariel - The New Look
04.10.1997
The new corporate BBC logo launched on Saturday 4th October, and almost every station or service got a makeover. Not so on BBC Two, where the much-loved idents lived on. With a shiny new BBC TWO legend of course. There were also four new 2s - this one, Aerial, was the first. Your announcer is Mark "Chappers" Chapman.

There would be no new 2s now for quite a while. However, the launch of digital TV in October 1998 enabled viewers to see the idents in widescreen for the first time...


BBC Two Ident - Water
1997
BBC Two Ident - Copper
1997
BBC Two Ident - Powder
1997


BBC Two Ident - Fluffy Dog
1997
BBC Two Ident - Diary
1997
BBC Two Ident - Fire Cracker
1997


BBC Two Ident - Car
1997
BBC Two Ident - Duck
1997
BBC Two Ident - Steam
1997


BBC Two Ident - Zapper
1997
BBC Two Ident - Gorilla Shadow
1997
BBC Two Ident - Swan
1998


Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Idents
1997
Click for larger image A snow globe theme for BBC Two this year - but how did Vic, Bob and Ulrika get in there? One of the first examples of a celebrity ident before the concept became popular.

BBC Two Christmas Closedown
26.12.1997
Michaela Saunders shutting up shop on Boxing Day, followed by the final showing of the BBC2 Christmas symbol.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Closedown
1997
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Click for larger image Red Dwarf Night Idents
1998
Click for larger image Red Dwarf Night - So you thought "personality 2s" were a new phenomenon? Well they've always been there in some form, a perfect illustration of this is the idents commissioned to mark 10 years of Red Dwarf in early 1998. Five idents show the 2 fall in love with a Scutter (one of those robotic creatures from the show), get married, and eventually have babies! Unfortunately I missed the first ident, so if you have any footage of it please get in touch.

Click for larger image Red Dwarf Night Idents
1998
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BBC Two Ident - Evolution Weekend
1998
In May 1998 BBC2 treated viewers to the Evolution Weekend - full of David Attenborough documentaries and similar. In between programmes the 2 was upstaged by - what exactly?!

BBC Two Ident - Monster Night
1998
It's coming...it's big...and it's monstrous! Poor old Fluffy Dog gets scared witless in this special ident for "Monster Night" in June 1998. The ident itself consisted of just the pictured sequence, but our clip is of the accompanying trail which helps put things into context.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Ident
1998
Click for larger image When ideas run out, place the 2 on top of a Christmas tree! And that's what BBC2 did for two years running. Here an avant-garde fairy yells at the screen before zooming into thin air.

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Closedown
1998
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Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Ident
1999
For the last Christmas of the century, a flying "2" hovers around the tree and kicks the startled fairy off the top before taking her place. The illuminated 2 was made by Alchemy 3D Creations, which also provided the Ice Mountain 2 used in 2000.

Click for larger image Animated 2
1999
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Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Excalibur
2000
Click for larger image New millennium - new 2s! What better way to welcome in Y2K than to unleash some more wacky idents. Some, such as "Excalibur", were reminiscent of the original designs while others like "Predator" and "Kebab" had real bite (!) The sequences were produced in-house at BBC Media Arc.

Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Wave
2000
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Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Kebab
2000
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Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Predator
2000
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Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Catalyst
2000
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BBC Two Ident - Woodpecker
2000


BBC Two Ident - Scary
2000
"It's Scary Out There" was a season of late-night films, designed to give us extra chills on those cold winter nights. A special ident got you in the mood - this graveyard certainly isn't quiet!

Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Seventies
2000
Click for larger image BBC2 celebrates its series I Love The Seventies with this lava lamp symbol. Great idea but unfortunately not well executed, since the 2 isn't its usual shape.

Click for larger image BBC2 Simpsons Night
23.06.2000
Click for larger image Themed nights on BBC2 were not the frequent affair they once were in 2000; special idents to accompany them were even less common. But it wouldn't have felt right dedicating an evening to America's best-loved animated family, The Simpsons, without special continuity. Enter the voice of Zoe Ball - and a 2 which pays tribute to that famous opening sequence.

Click for larger image BBC2 Simpsons Night Idents
23.06.2000
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BBC Two Ident - Wave Night
2000
The final regular 2 in this legendary package was a night-time version of Wave. Who said "wave goodbye"?!

Click for larger image BBC Two Christmas Ident
2000
Click for larger image BBC Two's festive offering differed from its predecessors, because the "2" - a huge snow-covered mountain - was shown at an angle. Smaller 2s ski-jumped off the top into the freezing ground. On Boxing Day, the ident played out in full due to technical problems with the preceding trail. Only after the ident finishes does Jumoke Fashola come in with her announcement - as you can see on the right.


BBC Two Ident - I Love The 80s
2001
Kicking off 2001 was "I Love The Eighties", the follow-up to I Love The Seventies last year. But rather than commission a special design for the accompanying ident, BBC2 adapted one of their stings to show the 2 dancing away to The Human League. The first announcer is Stuart Goddard - better known as Adam Ant.

BBC Two Ident - Star Trek Night
16.09.2001
The last of BBC Two's special idents was aired during an evening of programmes celebrating 35 years of Star Trek. Unfortunately, a new policy had just been introduced stipulating that from now on, idents would be shown in the same aspect ratio as the programme that followed. So having troubled themselves to produce an ident for Star Trek Night, BBC Two were only able to screen it in 4:3.

Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Optics
2001
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Click for larger image BBC Two Ident - Neon
2001
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