BBC Two (Pre 1991)


~ BBC Two (Pre 1991) ~

BBC2 was launched in 1964, officially meaning it was the third, and not the second UK channel. Despite this, it has become known and loved as the UK's second channel. Over the years, the channel has been the springboard for many popular shows, which subsequently moved to the 'Big Sister' BBC1. In more recent years, much of it's original remit has been spread more thinly with the launch of BBC Three and BBC Four... although with the later clos... er... 'moving online' of BBC Three in 2016, it could regain some of what originally made it distinctive.

BBC2 (1982-1985)

BBC2 1982

This was hailed by the BBC, as it was one of the first computer generated idents in the UK. This version is a static one, but there was an animated version, formed from left to right. Thanks to James Hadfield for this.

BBC2 Closedown 1984

And a shutdown from the era of the above ident, showing the clock. It has been argued that the clock was still mechanical, but I dont know for certain. Thanks again to James Hadfield.

TWO (1985-1991)

BBC2 1985 - TWO

As the COW globe arrived on BBC1, this new ident appeared on 2. For the first time in its history, the ident didn't have a numerical '2'. Instead it was made up from the actual word 'TWO'. The ident usually faded up from a white background, however this version shows the reversed version that was sometimes used. Again, Thanks to James for the clip.

BBC2 Schools Slide - 1986

The first of 2 BBC School Slides with music from 1986, courtesy of Iam Burn. Has someone bought the BBC a new Casio keyboard?

BBC2 Schools Slide - 1986

Different programme, different music.

BBC2 Radio 4 VHF - 1986

Aired on BBC2, a static slide advertising what's currently on Radio 4 VHF FM. Courtesy of Iam Burn.

BBC2 1987 - TWO

A static version of the TWO ident, courtesy of Iam Burn.

BBC2 Next Slide - 1987

The first of two BBC2 next boards now. Thanks to Iam for this one.

BBC2 Next Slide - 1988

...and here is another next board from the 'TWO' era.

~ Acknowledgements ~