BBC Two (1991-2001)
In 1991 a new set of idents designed by Martin Lambie-Nairn were introduced on BBC2, showing the return of the numerical '2'. Instantly becoming well loved, many of the original batch of idents lasted right through until November 2001, surviving the corporate change in 1997 with little more than a change to the BBC identifier underneath, and some adjustments to accommodate widescreen. Many were sad to see them finally retired in 2001...
... at least until they returned again with minor amends in 2014!
BBC2 (Water) - 1991
BBC2 (Paint) - 1991
BBC2 1991 - Optics
BBC2 1991 - Copper Cutout
BBC2 1991 - Silk
BBC2 (Slide) - 1991
BBC2 - Screen 2 - 1993
BBC2 Closedown - 1995
BBC2 (Balloon) - 1995
BBC2 (Diary) - 1996
BBC2 (Car) - 1996
The much rarer seen variant of the BBC2 Car ident. Two versions of this were first introduced in 1993, with the more commonly used one featuring the remote controlled toy car appearing from the left hand side of the screen, whereas this variant has it appear from the right. This ident (or at least the left hand version) would survive the 1997 rebrand.
BBC2 (Closedown) - 1996
BBC2 (Affairs To Remember) - 1996
BBC Two (1997-2001)
BBC2 1997 - Dog
When the corporate rebrand came to the BBC in 1997, the money spent on the corporation-wide update and of filming all new sequences for BBC One didn't leave a lot left for BBC Two. So many of the existing filmed '2's were repurposed, albeit with some different cropping for widescreen and the new BBC TWO text overlaid at the bottom, but with some additional idents created to increase the size of the set. First introduced in 1993, the fluffy dog was one of the idents to survive the mini rebrand. Clip recorded here in 2001.
BBC2 1997 - Blade
BBC2 1997 - Blue Light
BBC2 1997 - Fly
BBC2 1997 - Paint Tin
BBC Two (Aerial) - 1998
BBC Two (Blade) - 1999
BBC Two (Time Season Promo) - 1999
BBC2 2001 - Waves
Around the turn of the millenium, a few new idents were added to BBC2's wide selection. One of these was the waves version. This example is the dark version (possibly for night time?), although there is a lighter version as well. These were to be the last new idents created in the look (besides the Xmas 2000 version!)
BBC2 2001 - Woodpecker
BBC2 2001 - Excalibur
BBC2 2001 - Swans
BBC2 2001 - Last Old Look Ident - Paint
Look your last.... the very final appearance of the old BBC2 idents, showing one of the original batch 'paint' at 12.40am on Monday 19th November. Or it would have been had the BBC been running to schedule that night! And after that, it was gone! (Or... at least for 13 years before the whole package would be reused once more in 2014, but we'll ignore that bit!)
BBC Two (Natural History Night) - 1/1/2000
BBC Two (Natural History Night - Slide) - 2000
On the very first evening of 2000, BBC Two dedicated their evening to a themed 'Natural History Night', with links to shows introduced by David Attenborough. Idents consisted of the lesser-seen Gorilla ident, alongside 'compass' themed graphics and programme titles. Here a next slide with continuity from the evening, using the compass theming.
BBC Two (Natural History Night - Gorilla) - 2000
BBC Two (Natural History Night - Sting) - 2000
Introducing a show on Natural History Night in 2000 comes a short graphical title sting using the compass device. Each variant was themed around the type of programme set to follow. This time an appropriate watery theme as they lead in to a water-based documentary - but first a word from David Attenborough.