~ UKTV History / UKTV Bright Ideas ~

These two early Freeview channels stemmed from the huge UKTV Network, the collection of channels such as UK Gold, jointly owned by the BBC and Flextech(Telewest's programming division). UK History launched at the same time as Freeview, on the 30th October, although it features on all Digital platforms. The channel is designed to carry (would you believe) Historical based programming. UK Bright Ideas launched in January 2003, designed to 'bring the best of UK Food and UK Style'. If a 2 hour loop, which was only on air 6 hours a day represented the 'best of', we really have problems. Whereas UKBI may not be a brilliant channel, both it and UK History still had some decent presentation. In 2004, both channels were renamed to UKTV History and UKTV BrightIdeas as part of a *cough* huge rebranding exercise for the UKTV network. The channel presentation was amended only slightly to reflect this.

Ultimately the channels didn't last in that guise long term. UKTV History survived to become Yesterday, with a similar remit just with more non-history programmes mixed in. UKTV BrightIdeas was closed, the space being reassigned to another rebranded UKTV channel known as Dave in 2007, which fared considerably better.

UKTV History

UK History Promo

A long looped advert for the new BBC/Flextech channel UK History. This was broadcast on Freeview in the run up to the launch of both the 'Freeview' service and the channel itself throughout October 2002.

UK History - Ident

Personally I find UK History's ident quite impressive. A giant CGI Book with historical imagery appearing on the pages, combines nicely with the sound. These idents are a nightmare to encode to video files though!

UK History - Promo

An example of a UK History promo showing one of the channel's 'themed weeks'. They seemed to be very fond of theme weeks at launch, having one on the go at almost any given time. Like a DFS Must End Soon Best Ever Sale week!

UK History - Menu

UK History often had a programme menu like this before advert breaks reusing the 'book' theme from the idents.

UKTV History Ident - 2005

An updated ident for UK History, now mentioning its new name of UKTV History.

UKTV Bright Ideas

UK Bright Ideas - Food Ident

A nice jolly tune accompanied the UK Bright Ideas ident. Each of the UK Bright Ideas idents featured a colour and lighting, grouped around the 4 main programming strands on the channel. This version, set in a kitchen, was used before cookery programming. Though who ever thought putting the channel name in white with all the lights used in the background was a good idea?

UK Bright Ideas - Garden Ident

A green setting and green lights make up the Gardening ident.

UK Bright Ideas - Home Ident

Everything has a warm yellowy glow for the Home ident.

UK Bright Ideas - Promo

An advert for one of the programmes on UK Bright Ideas, showing us UKBI's trailer style.

UKTV Bright Ideas (Gardens) - 2005

An updated version of the gardening ident to feature the updated UKTV Bright Ideas name. Complete with an announcement where we're very helpfully reminded UKTV Bright Ideas is part of the UKTV network... just in case we forgot!

~ Acknowledgements ~