BBC Two (2018-Present)

At 6am on September 27th 2018, a totally fresh new look launched on BBC Two. Using entirely graphical elements, the 2 symbol is consigned to history after many years, with instead a curve shape of a 2 running through the centre of the screen. A large set of 16 were produced for the initial launch and then teased out over the first 2 weeks, finally giving BBC Two some much-needed presentation love after so many years. Please note the names of idents used here are not the official names - although they are more descriptive!

Network


BBC Two (First New Look Junction/Balloons) - 2018

6am on the 27th September 2018 saw the launch of the new look for BBC Two. Out of their overnight filler which had still contained the old branding, and straight into the new trailer style before the first ident, featuring balloons.


BBC Two (Packaging) - 2018

The second ident to air on launch day features paper forming up the 2 curve this time.


BBC Two (Caves) - 2018

Rippling purple and orange looking like cave rocks make the signature BBC2 curve for the third ident aired under the new look.


BBC Two (Promo into Sign Zone) - 2018

Going from a channel promotion in the new style to a Sign Zone slide, giving a look at how the presentational elements on the channel are designed to flow together.


BBC Two (White Wrap) - 2018

The white wrap ident for BBC Two into the 9am junction on the first day.


BBC Two (Paper Turn) - 2018

Sheets of paper turn in this BBC Two ident, first used into the 11am junction on the 27th September.


BBC Two (White Lines) - 2018

An ident with white and grey lines overlapping, first used at 12.15 on 27th September 2018.


BBC Two (Turquoise Gemstones) - 2018

A green and blue ident for BBC Two featured for the first time in the 3.45 junction. Featuring small precious stones.


BBC Two (Fireworks) - 2018

A multicoloured firework theme makes up the sides of the 2 curve for this ident, first used on network in the 4.45pm junction on launch day.


BBC Two (Red Lines) - 2018

Having appeared as part of the sign zone as a slide, and as a proper ident for Northern Ireland, the red lines ident saw a proper broadcast on network in the 5.15pm junction.


BBC Two (Fluffy) - 2018

An orange fluffy creature moves about the screen for this BBC Two ident. Although elements of it had been in trailers before then, this ident didn't appear on network during the first day.


BBC Two (Black and White) - 2018

Black and White patterns dance around in this ident, aired here in the 11.05pm junction on the second day of the new look.


BBC Two (Brown Pins) - 2018

Brown pin-like graphics animate in this BBC Two ident. First used in a later-than-billed junction around 11.35pm on the 28th, although this airing dates from 10am the following morning.


BBC Two (Greyscale Worms) - 2018

Set entirely in shades of grey, the signature curve animates like coral reef for this BBC Two ident, aired in the 12.30am junction on 30th September.


BBC Two (Blocks - Sign Zone) - 2018

Appearing in the sign zone in the early hours of 1st October, this time the 2 is made from blocks which rise and fall, with a very mechanical sound.


BBC Two (Blocks) - 2018

A regular airing of the rising and falling blocks ident for BBC Two network, without any sign zone text this time round.


BBC Two (Stones) - 2018

A broken up stone effect makes up the curve for this BBC Two ident, appearing a little later than some of the others on October 10th.


BBC Two (Smoke) - 2018

The smokey ident finally makes its network (and thus HD) appearance, shown here into the 3.30pm junction on October 13th 2018. Signalling the last of the initial launch set to air on the channel.


BBC Two (ECP) - 2018

Initially after relaunch the ECP remained unchanged in the previous teal, and looked quite out of place among the new look. A few days later on October 1st, this was updated to use a still from the most teal-coloured ident of the new set instead.


BBC Two (Smoke - Autumn Promo) - 2018

Some early glimpses of the next ident in the series appeared in this Autumn on BBC Two Promo. A smokey effect makes up the 2 curve this time round. All promos since the September 2018 rebrand start and end with visual effects from the ident set, allowing them to flow almost seemlessly into one another if a matching ident and promo go together.


BBC Two (Coloured Threads) - 2018

Despite only 16 idents for the launch set, it was a very short wait for additional ones to appear. On October 27th the next new ident made it to air, this time featuring coloured threads breaking apart around the 2 curve, with a much longer sequence before looping animated for this one.


BBC Two (Googly Eyes) - 2018

Another character ident for BBC Two, this time around with two green blobs who look like they may have escaped retirement from CBBC in the mid 2000s making up the curve.


BBC Two (Gripping) - 2018

Another dark and atmospheric ident, introduced on November 8th 2018.


BBC Two (Coloured Paints) - 2018

Another new ident added to the set on November 28th, premiered in the 8pm junction. Various colours of paint move around the 2 curve this time, in what must be the first time anyone has ever thought to use paint for a BBC Two ide... ah right!


Northern Ireland


BBC Two NI (Red Lines) - 2018

A different ident from network was used by BBC Two Northern Ireland for their first daytime junction at 12.15pm on the 27th September.


BBC Two NI (Balloons) - 2018

Northern Ireland's variation of the Balloon ident, used here into a junction at 1pm on launch day.


BBC Two NI (Caves) - 2018

Northern Ireland's variant of the orange/purple caves ident. Aired at 1.45pm on launch day.


BBC Two NI (Turquoise Gemstones) - 2018

The BBC Two Northern Ireland version of the turquoise gemstone ident.


BBC Two NI (Fireworks) - 2018

Northern Ireland's version of the coloured fireworks ident, shown on launch day.


BBC Two NI (Packaging) - 2018

The colourful folded packaging ident for BBC Two Northern Ireland from launch day.


BBC Two NI (Paper) - 2018

The paper ident as shown in Northern Ireland on launch day.


BBC Two NI (Fluffy) - 2018

BBC Two Northern Ireland's variant of the Orange Fluffy Creature ident.


BBC Two NI (White Lines) - 2018

The Northern Ireland version of the White Lines ident.


BBC Two NI (Black and White) - 2018

BBC Two Northern Ireland's variant of the Black and White ident, as used into the 11.05pm junction on the second day of the new look.


BBC Two NI (Blocks) - 2018

BBC Two Northern Ireland's copy of the rising and falling blocks ident. Used into the 9pm junction on October 1st.


BBC Two NI (White Wrap) - 2018

BBC Two Northern Ireland's version of the 'white wrap' style ident.


BBC Two NI (Brown Pins) - 2018

BBC Two Northern Ireland's variant of the 'brown pins' style ident.


BBC Two NI (Smoke) - 2018

BBC Two Northern Ireland aired the 'smoke effect' style ident before it appeared on network, marking the last of the launch batch of idents to go out.


BBC Two NI (Stones) - 2018

BBC Two Northern Ireland's showing of the Black and Gold stones ident.


BBC Two NI (Slide) - 2018

An info slide for BBC Two Northern Ireland, here giving details of the Action Line. The background to this is not completely static, but animates very subtly so as to not distract attention from the information provided.


Wales


BBC Two Wales (Balloons) - 2018

BBC Two Wales' variant of the Balloons ident. Not to be confused with those BBC One balloon idents!


BBC Two Wales (Caves) - 2018

BBC Two Wales also gets in on some caving action in the same junction.


BBC Two Wales (Paper) - 2018

The Paper ident for BBC Two Wales, as aired on launch day.


BBC Two Wales (Turquoise Gemstones) - 2018

The Wales version of the Turquoise Gemstones ident from launch day.


BBC Two Wales (Fireworks) - 2018

BBC Two Wales shows off it's version of the coloured fireworks ident.


BBC Two Wales (Red Lines) - 2018

The red lines ident gets its showing on BBC Two Wales on launch day.


BBC Two Wales (Packaging) - 2018

The coloured paper packaging ident for BBC Two Wales.


BBC Two Wales (Fluffy) - 2018

BBC Two Wales has its very own orange fluffy creature too!


BBC Two Wales (White Lines) - 2018

The White Lines ident as shown on BBC Two Wales.


BBC Two Wales (Black and White) - 2018

Shown in the 11.05pm junction on the second day of the new look, the BBC Two Wales variant of the Black and White ident.


BBC Two Wales (White Wrap) - 2018

The BBC Two Wales variation on the 'white wrap' style ident.


BBC Two Wales HD (Greyscale Worms) - 2018

A somewhat special airing of BBC Two Wales' version of the 'greyscale worms' style ident. Although still branded up and namechecking Wales, continuity is actually pre-recorded by the network announcer in London as part of a special ruse planned for a live edition of Inside No. 9 at the end of October 2018.


BBC Two Wales (Brown Pins) - 2018

The Brown Pins style ident, as seen on BBC Two Wales this time.


BBC Two Wales (Blocks) - 2018

The Welsh variant of the rising and falling blocks ident for BBC Two.


BBC Two Wales HD (Smoke) - 2018

The BBC Two Wales variation of the clouds/smokey ident, now being aired in high definition too as it was meant to be.


BBC Two Wales (Stones) - 2018

The BBC Two Wales version of the black and gold stone ident.


BBC Two Wales HD (Red Lines) - 2018

It was announced in October that HD versions of BBC Two would be launching for Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland being the only nation omitted due to the impending replacement of the channel with BBC Scotland in 2019. Although the channels were slated for an official launch in November 2018, test transmissions began on satellite of the Wales variant in late October, finally allowing some of the more challenging idents from the new look BBC Two to be shown properly.


BBC Two Wales HD (Coloured Threads) - 2018

The first new ident to appear on BBC Two Wales HD whilst still in its testing phase was the coloured threads ident, shown at the same time as the network premiere into the 10pm junction on October 27th.


BBC Two Wales HD (Googly Eyes) - 2018

BBC Two Wales' version of the animated green blobs ident.


BBC Two Wales HD (Coloured Paints) - 2018

BBC Two Wales premiered the new coloured paints ident at 8pm on November 28th 2018, the same junction as network.


Scotland


BBC Two Scotland (Balloons) - 2018

Scotland's variation of the Balloon ident is also used at 1pm on launch day.


BBC Two Scotland (Caves) - 2018

Scotland also aired their version of the caves ident in the 1.45pm junction on launch day.


BBC Two Scotland (Paper) - 2018

A launch day broadcast of BBC Two Scotland's version of the paper turning ident.


BBC Two Scotland (Turquoise Gemstones) - 2018

BBC Two Scotland's variation of the Turquoise Gemstones ident.


BBC Two Scotland (Fireworks) - 2018

The fireworks ident for BBC Two Scotland, from launch day in the nation.


BBC Two Scotland (Red Lines) - 2018

The red lines ident for BBC Two Scotland.


BBC Two Scotland (Packaging) - 2018

The Scotland variation of the coloured paper packaging ident.


BBC Two Scotland (Fluffy) - 2018

BBC Two aired it's version of the Orange Fluffy Creature ident a little earlier than the rest of the network. Here it appears again on the second day of the new look.


BBC Two Scotland (White Lines) - 2018

From the second day of the new look, Scotland's variant of the White Lines ident.


BBC Two Scotland (Black and White) - 2018

Used in the 11.05pm junction for BBC Two Scotland on the second day of the new look, the black and white ident.


BBC Two Scotland (White Wrap) - 2018

BBC Two Scotland's variation on the white wrap style ident, usually used into more serious programming.


BBC Two Scotland (Brown Pins) - 2018

The brown pins ident, as seen on BBC Two Scotland.


BBC Two Scotland (Blocks) - 2018

The industrial blocks style ident, as it appears on BBC Two Scotland.


BBC Two Scotland (Stones) - 2018

BBC Two Scotland gets its own version of the black and gold stones ident.


BBC Two Scotland (Smoke) - 2018

The BBC Two Scotland version of the smokey/clouds ident.


BBC Two Scotland (Coloured Paints) - 2018

BBC Two Scotland aired the new coloured paint ident at the same time as network, into the 8pm junction on November 28th 2018.


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