BBC One 2020 - Social Distancing Oneness

With the COVID-19 pandemic reaching the UK in March 2020, requiring governments to put the countries into lockdown and rule out meeting up with people, having the flagship broadcaster continuing to use a package which showed people gathering together looked increasingly out of touch. After persisting with it for several more weeks, a new package of idents was finally introduced in May 2020, better reflecting the mood of the country with people coming together while remaining apart by splicing together video clips from different locations in a collage effect.

BBC One (Tea breaks) - 2020

On May 1st (officially), about 6 weeks into the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020, BBC One replaced their usual 'Oneness' idents with groups of people doing things together with a series of 'social distancing' ones showing people and scenes cut together from lots of different places instead. Here cups of tea are shown.


BBC One NI (Tea breaks) - 2020

The Northern Ireland variant of the BBC One Tea Breaks ident, introduced on May 1st 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


BBC One Wales (Tea breaks) - 2020

The BBC One Wales variant of the social distancing Tea Breaks ident, introduced on May 1st 2020 along with the other nations.


BBC One Scotland (Tea breaks) - 2020

BBC One Scotland also saw their version of the 'Tea Breaks' social distancing ident appear on May 1st 2020.


BBC One (Isolation Disco) - 2020

In another of the Oneness idents introduced in May 2020, people in various locations are shown together to form an 'Isolation Disco'.


BBC One NI (Isolation Disco) - 2020

BBC One Northern Ireland's version of the 'Isolation Disco' ident, introduced on May 1st 2020.


BBC One Wales (Isolation Disco) - 2020

The Welsh variant of the Isolation Disco ident for BBC One, first introduced on May 1st.


BBC One Scotland (Isolation Disco) - 2020

BBC One Scotland also introduced the Isolation Disco ident on May 1st 2020.


BBC One (Isolation Disco Sting) - 2020

One of the earliest social distancing stings to appear on BBC One was based upon the Isolation Disco ident, and appeared in some nations on the first day of the idents going to air.


BBC One (Teammates) - 2020

People pass a ball virtually between each other in another social-distancing Oneness ident from May 2020.


BBC One NI (Teammates) - 2020

BBC One Northern Ireland also saw the introduction of the Teammates ident on the evening of 1st May.


BBC One Wales (Teammates) - 2020

The BBC One Wales variant of the Teammates ident, brought in from May 1st.


BBC One Scotland (Teammates) - 2020

The Teammates ident as it appeared in BBC One Scotland from 1st May 2020.


BBC One (In Bloom) - 2020

The next 'socially distant' Oneness ident appeared on BBC One network on 6th May, having already aired out in the nations in the days before this. Snapshots of flowers make up the scene this time round.


BBC One Scotland (In Bloom) - 2020

Special networked continuity from Dame Vera Lynn's daughter Virginia, over a full playout of the BBC One Scotland variant of the 'In Bloom' ident.


BBC One NI (In Bloom) - 2020

The Northern Ireland variant of the 'In Bloom' social distancing ident.


BBC One Wales (In Bloom) - 2020

BBC One Wales was the first to start airing the 'In Bloom' ident, with it appearing in Wales several days before the rest of the nations.


BBC One (Capoeira Group Practice) - 2020

The next new idents in the 'social distancing' Oneness set of 2020 idents appeared across all the nations on 13th May. First of all, a group of people practice Capoeira dancing, in a throwback to an ident from some 18 years prior. First aired into the 7pm junction on 13th May across all four BBC One nations.


BBC One NI (Capoeira Group Practice) - 2020

BBC One Northern Ireland's variant of the Capoeira Group Practice ident, first aired into the 7pm junction on 13th May 2020.


BBC One Wales (Capoeira Group Practice) - 2020

The Wales variant of the BBC One Capoeira Group Practice. Unlike the early appearance of In Bloom, the Capoeria ident appeared at the same time as the other nations into the 7pm junction on 13th May.


BBC One Scotland (Capoeira Group Practice) - 2020

BBC One Scotland's variation on the Capoeira Group Practice ident, first aired on 13th May 2020.


BBC One (Cabaret Cooking) - 2020

The next ident to appear on the 13th May into the 9pm junction on all nations was Cabaret Cooking, with all the nations premiering it at the same time.


BBC One Scotland (Cabaret Cooking) - 2020

BBC One Scotland's variant of the Cabaret Cooking ident, also shown into the 9pm junction on 13th May.


BBC One NI (Cabaret Cooking) - 2020

BBC One Northern Ireland's variant of the Cabaret Cooking ident.


BBC One Wales (Cabaret Cooking) - 2020

BBC One Wales' variant of the Cabaret Cooking Social Distancing ident, as first aired at 9pm on May 13th.


BBC One (Cabaret Cooking Sting) - 2020

In addition to the main social distancing idents themselves, a selection of stings were also introduced in May 2020. Here one based on the cabaret cooking ident.


BBC One (Knit Club) - 2020

Insert your own 'First Rule' joke here. The next additions of the 'socially distant' idents first appeared on 20th May, completing the initial batch of 8 which had been promised in their glossy press releases. 8pm saw the first showing of 'Knit Club', featuring various people doing knitting from different locations.


BBC One Wales (Knit Club) - 2020

The BBC One Wales variant of the Knit Club ident, as aired at 8pm alongside network on 20th May 2020.


BBC One Scotland (Knit Club) - 2020

BBC One Scotland's variation of the 'Knit Club' social distancing ident, as aired at 8pm on 20th May.


BBC One NI (Knit Club) - 2020

The crazy mavericks at BBC One Northern Ireland pres broke away from the other nations on the 20th May, airing the 8pm and 9pm idents the opposite way round to everyone else that evening. Knit Club appears here into the 9pm junction instead.


BBC One (Knit Club Sting) - 2020

Another Oneness sting based off the 2020 social distancing idents. This time scenes from the Knit Club ident feature.


BBC One (Choir Rehearsal) - 2020

9pm on 20th May everywhere except Northern Ireland saw the first airing of the 'Choir Rehearsal' Oneness ident, showing lots of smaller videos of people singing to build up a choir performance.


BBC One Wales (Choir Rehearsal) - 2020

The BBC One Wales variant of the Choir Rehearsal ident, first aired 9pm on 20th May.


BBC One Scotland (Choir Rehearsal) - 2020

Choir Rehearsal for BBC One Scotland, as it appeared into the first 9pm junction on 20th May 2020.


BBC One NI (Choir Rehearsal) - 2020

BBC One Northern Ireland bucked the trend of the other nations, and aired Choir Rehearsal first into the 8pm junction on 20th May 2020.


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