The Children's Channel, an early cable channel began broadcasting in 1984, it became available to Europe in 1986. IT was initially subscription based and transmitted from 0500 for 10 hours.
 
The channel was backed by British Telecom, DC Thomson, Thames Television, Central Independent Television and Thorn EMI Home Electronics, the five leading UK companies in the communications business of its time.
 
It later made the transition to the Astra Satellite in 1989. Renamed TCC, The Children's Channel eventually moved it's market to teens and the channel finally became 'Trouble'.
 
This is a quote from The Childrens Channel press April 1987: "The Children's Channel is a satellite delivered service which is destined to delight children everywhere, every day of the week. Already an established success in the UK, it is available to cable operators in Northern Europe from Decemberf 1986.
 
The Children's Channel brings together the best programmes from around the world for young people, linked into magazines with top presenters who have long experience in childrens television. Content is aimed directly at school and pre-school children carefully scheduled to suit their various viewing times.
 
From animation to drama features, The Children's Channel offers a range of entertainment that is second to none. The Channel also provides a variety of learning opportunities in language, science, computers, social studies and many other areas. A central policy of The Children's Channel is to help children become active viewers rather than passive ones, and to involve other members of the family as well.
 
About two-thirds of The Children's Channel programmes are made in Europe, and nearly 30% are specially produced for the channel. All commissioned material is made by top producers, using the finest writing talent and presenters available.
 
The formula works, and the channel's success is reflected in the fact that it is the service which parents prefer theor children to watch - and one they watch themselves. In fact, it is a channel for the whole family.
 
The service has already been enchanced for European viewers by the addition of two early morning hours of transmission. It will soon be made even more valuable by the introduction of an English language teaching element."



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These documents are taken from a Children's Channel press pack from 1986... (click the pics for large images)


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Click for larger image The Childrens Channel Closedown
1985
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Click for larger image The Childrens Channel Closedown
1985
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Click for larger image Roustabout
1980s
Click for larger image Emma Freud is the presenter of Roustabout

Click for larger image The Childrens Channel Ident
1987
Click for larger image A fantastic ident, early computer graphics from the 1980's at it's best with chrome lettering no less!
 
Excellent theme too.


Click for larger image The Childrens Channel Ident
1989
Click for larger image Varation of the original ident, this time a rotating star.

Click for larger image The Childrens Channel Ident
1989
Click for larger image A shoter version of the main ident

Click for larger image The Childrens Channel Ident
1989
Click for larger image Another ident from the Children's Channel, this one using bubbles

Click for larger image The Childrens Channel Ident
1989
Click for larger image Another variation on the bubbles, this time in we see them in full.
 
2 x continuity clips


Click for larger image More to Come
1989
Click for larger image Was this an advertising filler graphic, when there were no ads? Check out a promo for The New Steve and Danny Show too in this clip

The Children's Channel Ident
1990
You're watching The Children's Channel!

Click for larger image The Children's Channel Christmas Ident
1991
Click for larger image Christmas 1991 Ident and presenter

Children's Channel Ident
1991
For a short time, The Children's Channel dropped 'The' and simply became Children's Channel.

Click for larger image All Day, Every Day.
1992
Click for larger image Dancing Flowers, All Day, Every Day.

The Children's Channel Idents
1991 / 1992
2 variations of the same theme...

Click for larger image Continuity
1992
Click for larger image a bit of presentation from 1992...

TCC Ident
1992
In an attempt to aim their channel at a teen audience, during the afternoon The Children's Channel would become TCC, this name and approach would later stick.

TCC Ident & Promo
1992
Promotion for Pugwall & Fifteen

TCC Closedown
1992
Here's an ident and the closedown

The Children's Channel
1993
An updated logo design in early 1993

Click for larger image The Children's Channel Ident
1993
Click for larger image A New series of live action idents in 1993, this is the main ident. Colour branding of Red, Yellow and Blue... was used in the large collection of idents that aired

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1993
Robots
1993
Parrot
1993
Dice
1993


Click for larger image Closedown
1993
Click for larger image TCC closes down for the afternoon...

Click for larger image Promos
1993
Click for larger image a couple of promos from 1993

Click for larger image TVFM
1993
Click for larger image Was TVFM a music show? can you tell us more?
 
TVFM featured a young Konnie Huq


TCC Ident
1994
The channel once again becomes TCC...

TCC Ident
1995
New fun animated idents in 95, featuring the logo as a slapstick cartoon character!

TCC Ident
1995
ouch!

Click for larger image Invision Continuity
1995
TCC invision continuity with Ortis Deley

Click for larger image TCC Ident
1997
Click for larger image Live action idents return in 1997

Click for larger image TCC Promos
1997
A couple of promos for Batman and Sonic

Trouble Promo
1997
Shortly after this in 1997, TCC shut down and its programmes moved to Trouble

Official Website
www.trouble.co.uk