BBC Four


~ BBC Four ~

BBC Four launched as a replacement for BBC Knowledge on Digital on the 2nd March 2002. It was a nearly a year before BBC Choice finally became BBC Three to fill the gap in the numbering - a gap that would be reintroduced in 2016 when BBC Three ceased as a broadcast channel. Whereas BBC Knowledge was devoted to education, BBC Four is designed to cater for the 'culture and the arts' (ie - music and painting, and all that stuff!). For the launch night, the BBC fed out BBC Four live on BBC Two, so that non-digital viewers could get a taste of the channel.

BBC Four - Launch Night (2/3/2002)

BBC2 Handover to BBC4

Just before 7.00pm on Saturday, the BBC2 character appeared on screen to hand us over to BBC4. A nice little use of the ident by the BBC!!! (Imagine them trying to do that with the Dancers!)

BBC4 Ident - Squares

A few minutes later, and the first BBC4 ident appeared. All the BBC4 idents broadcast on BBC2 were altered slightly to include the announcer mentioning 'broadcasting on BBC2 tonight'. The idents themselves are a unique idea, taking full advantage of modern computer technology. They are created live in response to the sound from both the background instruments, and the announcers voice.

BBC4 Next Caption

Just before 8.00, we were given a chance to see the next graphics used on BBC4. Notice they follow the same style as the BBC2 slides.

BBC4 Promo

Of course, there were promos on between all the programmes, mostly for BBC4 programmes, with a few for BBC2 mixed in. This advert was shown just before 8.00pm.

BBC4 Ident - Ovals

Then, at 8.00, another ident, using a load of oval shapes which vaguely resemble a nuclear sign. This time the video responding to the audio is more noticeable.

BBC4 News

This edition of BBC Four news was shown during the first night simulcast on BBC2... only they left the ident music on a little bit too long!!! This is a programme normally on during the week, which is streamed out on both BBC4, and the non-UK BBC World.

BBC4 Info

On BBC2 after the news, at 8.30pm, we were shown the 'how to get BBC4' slide.

BBC4 Ident - Bars 1

And then, a few minutes later, up came another ident, this time using bars to respond to the sound.

BBC4 Ident - Bars 2

Skipping forward to 10pm, and another 'Bars' ident was seen, this time with different colours, and positioning of the bars.

BBC4 Ident - Bars 3

At 11pm, the bars ident appeared again. This may be a new one (Although technically every single ident is a new, as they're dependant on sound), or it may just be bars 1 from a different angle.

BBC4 Ident - Circles

Finally, to lead us into the last BBC4 programme on BBC2 at 11.30pm, another new ident, this time using circles to respond to the audio.

BBC4 - Handback to BBC2

At 12pm, the simulcast on BBC2 finished, and back came the BBC2 character. BBC4, however, continued for a while longer on digital!!! Coverage of the presentation from launch night onwards coming to TV Whirl soon...

BBC Four Christmas 2002

A slight change to BBC Four's idents for Christmas. The audio in the background now has a Christmassy feel.

~ Acknowledgements ~