BBC1 Schools - Pie Chart
1960 - 1974
From September 19th 1960, the BBC began broadcasting schools television in the mornings on BBC One. Although information is scarce and somewhat vague, BBC Schools presentation between launch and 1967 used a pie-chart style interval and was controlled mechanically! It was used at the start of the day's programmes as well as in-between programmes. There were two variants of the clock.

This sequence we believe is no longer held as a master by the BBC. Thanks to Allen Doe for this video.



BBC1 Schools - Blue Diamonds
1974 - 1975
The more famous BBC Schools diamond sequence introduced in Autumn term 1974 (normally September) was initially mechanical. It also heralded the introduction of colour to BBC Schools broadcasts. Between 1974 and 1975 the background was black with blue diamonds and text. Firstly, the diamond formed from the middle, and remained static for a while. One minute in, it pulsated constantly before breaking up into smaller diamonds at 30 seconds, then petering out.

Between (assumed) Autumn term 1975 and Summer term 1977 the diamonds were yellow on a black background. One minute before the programme the diamonds would start to animate leading to the final disappearance. Two pieces of music were used with the Diamond, depending on whether the following programme was for secondary or primary-age audiences.


BBC1 Schools - Yellow Diamonds
1975 - 1977
The track heard before primary programmes was "Sara's Tune" by David Lord.

BBC1 Schools - Yellow Diamonds
1975 - 1977
A more sombre tune was heard before programmes aimed at older pupils. This track did not originally have a title and was referred to as "BBC Schools Theme" on transmission logs. However, it was re-named for a CD release in 2003. It was composed by Inigo Kilborn and the clip dates to 1977.

BBC1 Schools - Announcement
1975 - 1977
In this occasion a reminder that the programme contains the birth of a baby - perhaps not suitable for young children.


BBC1 Schools - Clocks and Dots
1977 - 1978
The diamond was retired altogether in September 1977 and replaced by a countdown clock, affectionately known as "the dots" for obvious reasons. An interesting story here but initially the centre ident revolved, as seen here. That wasn't supposed to happen! The music is "Justine" by the Bruno Nicolai Orchestra.

BBC1 Schools - Clocks and Dots
1978 - 1981
By Summer Term 1978 the centre ident became static. Did the model break, or were teachers complaining about mass hypnosis of pupils? Well, no. The centre was never intended to move. It did so because of a fault in the model.

BBC1 Schools - Clocks and Dots
1981 - 1982
In 1981 BBC1 changed its logo, and the dots altered accordingly - in time! Rumours suggest the BBC1 logo was not changed until a week into Autumn Term 1981, even though the rebrand happened during the first weekend in September.

BBC1 Schools - Clocks and Dots
1982 - 1983
Just three months after the previous dots made their debut, this computer-generated version (the final one used) sported a new ident and dots which faded to black rather than disappeared.

BBC1 Schools on BBC2 - Clocks and Dots
1982
The Falklands War from April to June 1982 was covered in great depth by the media. BBC1 was occupied with such coverage so during Summer term Schools was bumped to BBC2. A rather crude overlay of the BBC2 logo hid the BBC1 logo.

Some examples of longer intervals that would be shown before the main clock.


Click for larger image Click for larger image Click for larger image Long Interval 1
1977 - 1983
Long Interval 2
1977 - 1983
Long Interval 3
1977 - 1983
Long Interval 4
1977


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1977 - 1983
Long Interval 6
1977 - 1983
Long Interval 7
1977 - 1983
Long Interval 8
1977



Daytime on 2
1983
A special version of the otherwise black and orange ident was created for Daytime on 2. The background was a black to orange gradiant.

Video 1 (left) is the animated logo forming up. Video 2 (right) is the animated logo disappearing. They weren't always animated.


Some examples of longer intervals that would be shown before the main clock.


Interval Examples
1983 - 1986
A couple of examples of "follows shortly" slides. These were an integral part of schools TV.



Click for larger image Click for larger image Click for larger image Click for larger image Daytime on Two - 1
1988 - 1990
Daytime on Two - 2
1988 - 1990
Daytime on Two - 3
1988 - 1990
Daytime on Two - 4
1988 - 1990


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1988 - 1990
Daytime on Two - 6
1988 - 1990
Daytime on Two - 7
1988 - 1990
Daytime on Two - 8
1988 - 1990


Daytime on Two - Programme Information
1987
Forthcoming programme information is described in this slide with the fifteen second countdown clock appearing. Perhaps the offset was to avoid the countdown being obscured in the high luminance area on the image.

Daytime on Two - Follows Shortly
1987
The classic "follows shortly" slide that became synonymous with schools TV. This would be shown where there maybe a few minutes to kill before the programme.

Daytime on Two - Programme Information
1990
A slight change now to the programme information slides with the "TWO" logo situated behind a white strip. In this instance other schools programmes were often promoted using their respective slides. The continuity announcer would offer insight into those forthcoming programmes. Often the promoted programmes were relevant to one-and-other.

Daytime on Two - Follows Shortly
1990
A slight change now to the "follows shortly" slides with the "TWO" logo situated behind a white strip. As previously illustrated, this slide would be shown where there was time to spare.

Daytime on 2 - Programme Information
1994
A change now from "TWO" to "2" as part of the BBC's 1991 corporate revamp.