BBC Two (2001-2007)

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~ BBC Two (19/11/2001 - 18/2/2007) ~

November 2001 saw the first major relaunch of the BBC2 Identity for over 10 years. Out were the multiple themed idents, in favour of computer animations of a 2 against a slightly garish but more consistently applied yellow background. Added to that was now a purple box, and a set of signature notes to identify the channel. Despite the changes, some things did remain, namely the same stylised 2 as the previous look, just with a variety of new twists applied to it including an attempt to make it into more of a robotic character... sometimes!


BBC2 2001 - Fish (First new look ident)

Monday morning on the 19th November, and the first sighting of the new ident. There was no special announcement though on this first showing, possibly due to it being used to lead into Children's programming when the BBC thought none of us grown-ups would be watching...


BBC2 2001 - Bounce

Another ident from the new batch in November 2001. This time with the 2 bouncing around the screen.


BBC2 2001 - Domino

A third ident shown on the first day of the new look. This time featuring the two's all being knocked over in a domino effect - Well, sort of!


BBC2 2001 - Missing Logo

The fourth of the new idents(there were 4 in total in the original set). This time the BBC Two logo is missing, so the character has to turn around a card with it on. This is the shorter version, as all the new idents have a long and short version. This ident was later put to good use with the launches of both BBC Four and BBC Three, which were both simulcast on BBC Two.


BBC2 2002 - Dirty Mark

A fifth new ident introduced later, in early 2002. This time the 2 has to clear a mark off the screen...


BBC2 2002 - Invisible Walls

Another new 2002 ident. This time the BBC2 character moves in and out of some invisible walls... as you do!


BBC2 2002 - Drip

A third new 2002 ident. Here the character tries to avoid being hit by drips of water!


BBC2 2002 - Bounce V2

Shortly after the launch of the original set in November 2001, it was decided that they didn't have an ident suitable for sombre and serious programming. Rather than come up with a new ident, the existing version of Bounce was edited to include an alternative 'serious' soundtrack.


BBC2 2002 - Fish V2

Another 2nd version of an original ident. The designers obviously decided that the original Fish version didnt look right, as the 2 character was backwards for most of the ident (see first new look pic). Hence, a few months later, they flipped it round, and it would appear the original was withdrawn.


BBC2 2002 - Remote Control

One of 2 brand new idents introduced in Summer 2002. In this one, the 2 character has acquired a useful remote control.


BBC2 2002 - Circus

The other Summer 2002 ident. This time there's lots of 2 characters, doing circus acrobatics.


BBC2 2003 - The Big Read

A special new ident introduced in 2003, to promote the BBC's 'The Big Read' event.


BBC2 2004 - 40 Years

A special ident brought out for the 40th Birthday of BBC2. Basically it features the 'Invisible Walls' ident, but with a montage of past BBC2 idents projected onto the 2s as they float past.


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