Channel 4 continued to provide morning schools broadcasts from 9:30am - 12:00pm, but by 1993 night-time slots also appeared. Party conference speeches were also broadcast by Channel 4 but John Major favoured the 'big speech' on Friday mornings - so his speech replaced schools broadcasts from 10:45am. The displaced programmes were shown on the Friday late night slot during the first year, but this practice doesn't seem to have been repeated.

Commercial interests were starting to become important to Channel 4. When Channel 4 won cricket rights, the schools television service went temporarily to night-time.

If a programme broke down in the 9:00am - 9:30am slot, then pre-1993 it would be curtailed and faded before the end - an example of this was when Channel Four ran a discussion programme about women's issues (broadcast Autumn 1992) which developed a fault. Post 1993 would show a holding slide. If the fault was bad then the programme would be broadcast in a night-time slot. There was not curtailing. It was simply abandoned.

The themes for this era were composed by Nick Amour and Andy Carroll @ Amber Music.


Opening & Closing Sequences

Flight
1993
We think this sequence was based on myth, legends and pioneers of flight; those featured being Icarus, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong.

People (1)
1993
We think this sequence was based on famous figures in society; those featured being The Black Prince, Mary Seacole and Beethoven.

People (2)
1994
We think this sequence was based on champions of a cause; those featured being a young Sitting Bull, Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Queen of Scots.

Opening / Closing Theme Tune
1993
One of the stereo ten-second opening / closing sequences. It did not vary over the duration of this schools TV presentation era.

The Countdowns

30 Second Countdown
1993
Left clip: blue represented programmes for secondary schools.
Right clip: Green represented programmes for primary schools.

The "888" represented teletext subtitle facility for the hard of hearing and / or deaf.


Countdown Theme Tune
1993
The stereo thirty-second countdown sequence. It did not vary over the duration of this schools TV presentation era.

The Gallery

The Gallery
1993
Example gallary sequence used between programmes.

The Gallery Theme Tune
1993
The stereo one-minute forty seconds countdown sequence. It did not vary over the duration of this schools TV presentation era.

Although the circles design was introduced in October 1996, Channel 4 Schools didn't use them until January 1997 (winter term). This presentation style lasted until April 1999.


Opening & Closing Sequences

Sequence 1
1997
Three sequences were produced and all were the same duration. The only difference were the kids in the video.

Opening and Closing Theme Tune
1997
The ten-second opening and closing sequence theme. It did not vary over the duration of this schools TV presentation era.

The Countdowns

Countdown 1
1997
Various children feature with overlayed educational themed graphics. Apologies for the quality here. This is a legacy clip (until I can locate my original).

Countdown 2
1997
Various children feature with overlayed educational themed graphics.

Countdown 3
1997
Various children feature with overlayed educational themed graphics.

Countdown Theme Tune 1
1997
The thirty-second countdown sequence theme. Two versions with subtle differences were created. It did not vary over the duration of this schools TV presentation era.

Countdown Theme Tune 2
1997
The thirty-second countdown sequence theme. Two versions with subtle differences were created. It did not vary over the duration of this schools TV presentation era.

Intervals and Fillers

Interval
1998
When there was excess time between programmes (Remember, adverts were not allowed during schools TV) Channel 4 would insert short sequences. They could be of an educational nature or promotion of forthcoming programmes. Apologies for clip quality - these are legacy captures.

In April 1999 Channel 4 abandoned the circular look in favour of going square. Their schools service thus changed once more. This would be the shortest lived change lasting only one year.


The Countdowns

60 Second Countdowns
2000
Left clip: Variant 1
Right clip: Variant 2


Countdown Theme Tunes
2000
The music was composed by Matt Winn of D*Note.

Left clip: Variant 1
Right clip: Variant 2


Click for larger image Mixing It
2001
Click for larger image This is a BBC Radio 3 recording from 23rd September 2001 (archived http://mixingit.hubmed.org/shows/2001/09/23). The following year Matt Winn released Upstream on his "d*note fuschia dog" album (2002). Towards the end of the recording the two presenters question the name of the track. Winn didn't seem to know why it was called that either!