CITV 30th Birthday 2013

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~ CITV 30th Birthday 2013 ~

By the time CITV's 30th birthday rolled around, things had changed considerably for it. CITV was now a channel in its own right, with the previous afternoon slot on ITV1 having been axed, and only an occasional few slots on weekends popping up in the main channel's schedule. All the studios in Birmingham were now gone, with presentation having been moved out of vision and up to Manchester.

Despite the amount of changes, a good effort was still made to mark the 30th birthday of the station. A raft of archive programming from the previous 3 decades was dug out to make up the 'Old Skool Weekend'. This was interspersed with animated throwbacks to previous presentation from CITV as well as celebrity birthday popup sequences.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Promo) - 2013

This promo advertises the upcoming weekend of shows on the CITV Channel, with clips from across the last 3 decades.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Ident) - 2013

For use across the weekend, a few short idents were put together featuring a medley of previous elements from CITV's history to make up the Old Skool Weekend logo.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Ident) - 2013

A shorter version of the main birthday weekend ident.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Ident) - 2013

A very rarely used longer version of the CITV 30th birthday weekend ident. Enjoy those extra few seconds of sound effects!


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Break Bumper) - 2013

Some very brief flashes of the same animation style used in the main birthday idents were used to lead into breaks on the CITV Channel.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Greetings) - 2013

As they had a bunch of celebrity talking heads in anyway to produce a documentary for ITV1, someone decided to put this to good use and pre-record a small selection of happy birthday greetings for playout throughout the weekend.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Greetings) - 2013

Although many of the birthday greeting sequences were repeated over the weekend, a few different variants did exist. This is version 2.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Greetings) - 2013

Another variation of the CITV Old Skool Weekend 30th birthday greetings. Matthew Kelly returns again, after having played a big role in the 20th birthday celebrations too.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Greetings) - 2013

A fourth variation on the 30th Birthday Greetings for CITV. Old CITV stalwart Fred Dinenage gets a look in this time.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Slides were produced for every show over the weekend, with the date of first transmission included. Coming up next Super Gran.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Leading us in to Wizadora.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

A little different this time in that the slide is used as an End Credit Promotion, but the same visual style is in use to promote The Raggy Dolls.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Up next it's Count Duckula.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

The Sooty Show will be along next, bringing us Sooty from the 80s. One of a few shows during the weekend to have an older episode from the 80s contrasted by a newer episode from the 90s.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Art Attack from the 90s up next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Continuing the 90s theme, Finders Keepers is next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Fun House up next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Back to the 80s for Dangermouse next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Drama with Press Gang up next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

The Tomorrow People (or the 90s version of it) is next on the list.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Quite a late episode of the long-running drama Children's Ward coming up next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

A late-in-life Thames Television Production is next - Spatz.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Huxley Pig is next on the CITV Old Skool lineup.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

We're off to Button Moon next on CITV.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Another classic animation in the form of Dangermouse is next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Giving the 90s comparison for Sooty, it's off to Manchester next for the very first episode of Sooty and Co after production moved to Granada.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

How 2 from the 90s is up next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

A later CITV show, Fingertips is up next. Just to try and remind us not everything well-known they made was before 2001!


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Another post-2000 show up next - Jungle Run. A show infamous for putting a jungle set to much better use than where it originated...


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

The famous and revolutionary-for-its-time dungeon game from the 90s, Knightmare, is up next. With some carefully selected episodes that weekend where a team actually wins!


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

One of the last shows to be made before most of ITV's inhouse children's production was shelved, a late episode from 2005 of My Parents Are Aliens is up next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Another episode of Dramarama is next on the list.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

A later episode of Press Gang from the 90s up next.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Another 90s Tomorrow People episode coming next on CITV's Old Skool Weekend.


CITV 30th Birthday - Old Skool Weekend (Next) - 2013

Last on the list of links here, it's another episode of Children's Ward from 2000.


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