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Latest Additions - 23/01/2021

BBC Weather - 1988

Michael Fish presents a BBC National Weather Bulletin in 1988, using the graphics set that had been introduced earlier that same year.

Latest Additions - 22/01/2021

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Clock 2) - 2021

A second outing for the recreated 80s style clock for Channel 4 was aired into the 7pm news junction on January 22nd 2021.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - ECP) - 2021

Whilst not quite the drastic 80s makeover that the rest of the presentation for the channel had seen that day, the ECP saw a small update on January 22nd. Combining the modern day ECP style with their coloured blocks logo from 1982.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Menu) - 2021

A special 80s themed menu for the evening's programming on Channel 4, once again highlighting the centrepiece 'It's a Sin' at 9pm that day.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Clock) - 2021

The special presentation into programmes on January 22nd didn't end with just idents. For news shows, recreated clocks had also been put together, just to create that authentic 80s feeling.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Ident 7) - 2021

Things are looking about as 80s as they come in the seventh special Channel 4 ident from January 22nd 2021.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Ident 6) - 2021

Ident 6 from Channel 4's throwback to the 80s on January 22nd 2021 to promote 'It's a Sin' features a swimming diving into a giant 4-blocks pool.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Ident 5) - 2021

The fifth 80s themed ident to air on 22nd January featured rain falling on the 4 blocks.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Ident 1) - 2021

On January 22nd 2021, Channel 4 decided to throw back the channel presentation for the whole day to the 80s to build up to the start of their new series 'It's a Sin'. With a collection of old pres, featuring many idents made up from repurposed trailer graphics, as well as recreations of other elements to look like the style of the era put out across the channel all day. The first ident for the day aired at 5.50am on January 22nd rather appropriately into Countdown (their first show back in 1982). With them choosing not to just start with the usual Fourscore blocks, it already showed this was going to be a bit of a special day.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Ident 4) - 2021

In the third 80s throwback ident for Channel 4 to mark 'It's a Sin' a computer rendered head comes out of the TV screen.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Break) - 2021

The usual break bumper blocks for Channel 4 see a small refresh, bringing in the full colours of their original 80s logo.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Promo) - 2021

The promo for the 'It's a Sin' programme itself sees an 80s makeover, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio, some slightly overdone VHS effects and fuzzy audio.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Ident 3) - 2021

Another special ident from Channel 4 to mark 'It's a Sin', throwing back to the 80s.

Channel 4 (It's a Sin - Ident 2) - 2021

Here the traditional Fourscore coloured blocks feature, although unlike other appearances in recent times the ident has been updated to no longer appear completely static after forming with subtle zooming and lighting.

Latest Additions - 21/01/2021

BBC One (Maasai) - 2005

Making up for the lack of a new BBC One ident over Christmas 2003, the start of 2004 saw the introduction of the latest ident to the Rhythm and Dance set. Filmed on location in Kenya by the BBC Natural History Unit who were out producing a new series of The Big Cat Diaries, Maasai featured a traditional tribe from the area.

Latest Additions - 20/01/2021

ITV1 (Promo - Lineup) - Christmas 2001

Trish from LWT provides the whole network with their Christmas Eve rundown in another festively branded trailer from Christmas 2001.

Latest Additions - 19/01/2021

Granada Weather - Christmas 2001

An out-of-vision forecast from Granada. Covering the region for Christmas Day 2001, although none of the graphics are particularly festive.

Latest Additions - 18/01/2021

E4 (Happy 20th Birthday) - 2021

A brief mention from continuity into the 6pm junction to mark E4's 20th Birthday on January 18th 2021.

Latest Additions - 17/01/2021

ITV Digital (Al and Monkey - Christmas) - 2001

With subscriptions to the On Digital service not taking off as hoped, the service was rebranded as ITV Digital in 2001 with the hope of the stronger 'ITV' brand giving it a boost. At the same time a famous advertising double act in the form of dimwitted Al (played by Johnny Vegas) and the knitted puppet Monkey (voiced by Ben Miller) were introduced, created by advertising agency Mother. Despite the characters being popular and well remembered, they were not enough to reverse the fortunes of the ITV Digital service, with it collapsing into administration in 2002. Here a Christmas special of one of the many spots produced during the shortlived campaign, where Al has come up with some brilliant ideas in the middle of the night.

Latest Additions - 16/01/2021

five (Ocean/Shark 2) - 2005

In this third variant of the 'ocean' ident for five, the shark decides its about time to go in for the attack on the logo. I mean it wasn't the best logo, but that's probably a bit harsh!

five (Movies) - 2005

In another five dedicated Movies ident, an everyday scene at a laundrette fades away. This time to take the viewer to an action sequence rather than anywhere calm.

Latest Additions - 15/01/2021

BBC1 (Daytime Next) - 1988

Continuity over a specially daytime-branded next slide from BBC1 from the late 1980s.

Latest Additions - 14/01/2021

Penguin - 1986

P-p-pick up a Penguin! This week (in March 1986), the penguins are all going on a rally in the snowy mountains, but it doesn't quite work out.

Latest Additions - 13/01/2021

LWT - 1978

There were two variants of LWT's 'river' ident between 1973 and 1986. Both featured a similar formup animation, with them remaining joined in the first variant. In the second variant here, introduced in 1978, the letters separate out at the end. Shown here in programme frontcap form.

Latest Additions - 12/01/2021

Blaze (Menu) - 2020

A solely graphical menu on Blaze, giving a rundown of programmes throughout the evening on the channel.

Latest Additions - 11/01/2021

Blaze (Overnight Filler) - 2020

A short entirely graphical piece of filler for Blaze, used in junctions overnight for reasons known only to themselves.

Latest Additions - 10/01/2021

Blaze (Bumper - Turkey) - Christmas 2020

A turkey features in another festive break bumper/sting for Blaze. The Blaze logo animates in later and with an additional message compared to the others that reappeared in 2020.

Blaze (Bumper - Cats) - Christmas 2020

Another festive break bumper that reappeared for Christmas 2020 on Blaze, this time featuring cats singing.

Blaze (Bumper - Santas) - Christmas 2020

Although there were no special idents for Christmas 2020 on Blaze, break bumpers/stings which had been used in previous years made a return. Mixing live action footage over the top of their solid colour backgrounds. Here dancing santas feature.

Really (Break - Coast) - 2021

Each ident from Really's 2021 set came with a matching breakbumper, based on the same footage just without any sound. Here a bumper based on the 'ocean' ident.

Really (Break - Buttons) - 2021

The 2021 break bumper for Really based on the buttons and screws ident.

Latest Additions - 09/01/2021

Really (Break - Lights) - 2021

Another Really breakbumper, this time using footage from the lighting ident.

Blaze (Lock-up 2) - 2021

In another Blaze ident from the 2018 batch set at the lockup, a stuffed bear is being loaded onto the trailer. Aired here in their first clear junction of 2021 at 1am, albeit the event isn't acknowledged in any way.

Blaze (Lock-up) - 2020

A man throws the fakest looking box ever seen into the back of a trailer in another Blaze ident. Featuring Christmas Day 2020 continuity from the channel again.

Latest Additions - 08/01/2021

Blaze (Dogs) - 2020

Dogs jump to catch a ball in this Blaze ident - or most of them do anyway!

Blaze (Workmen 2) - 2020

In a second workmen ident for Blaze, the workers descend staircases high-fiving at the bottom. Complete here with Christmas Day 2020 continuity, as Blaze opted to stick with their regular idents that year.

Blaze (Workmen) - 2020

Workmen move around on different levels around a large engine in this Blaze ident from the 2018 batch.

Latest Additions - 07/01/2021

Blaze (UFO 2) - 2020

In a second UFO ident for Blaze, the walker runs on from the side of the screen. Although this time you don't see him deposited again.

Blaze (UFO) - 2020

In another 2018 looped ident for Blaze, a UFO abducts a walker in a field, before dropping them again without any clothes.

Blaze (Lumberjacks 2) - 2020

A second ident featuring the lumberjacks for Blaze from the 2018 batch.

Latest Additions - 06/01/2021

Blaze (Lumberjacks) - 2020

In mid 2018 Blaze replaced their programme-based idents with a series of scenes which loop over and over in an optical illusion style. In this one, lumberjacks walk through a forest with chainsaws, ducking the Blaze logo as they go.

Latest Additions - 05/01/2021

Really (Buttons) - 2021

Buttons, screws and other small objects are attracted to the Really logo this time round.

Really (Lights) - 2021

Lightbulbs and torches are attracted to the Really logo in their third 2021 ident.

Latest Additions - 04/01/2021

Really (Break - Handyman) - 2021

A Really break bumper based on the 'Handyman' ident, from the new 2021 batch for the channel.

Really (Handyman) - 2021

In the second ident of the 2021 new look for Really, various tools such as screwdrivers and hardhats are attracted to the logo. Shown here from the first day of airing on January 1st 2021.

Really (Coast) - 2021

After ringing in the New Year with their old idents, a few hours later on January 1st 2021 a new set of idents were introduced to Really, showing a promising sign of continued investment and love into the channel from Discovery Networks. Each of them features a collection of objects around a theme being attracted to the Really logo. Here, items with a coastal theme are attracted towards a logo sitting on the rocks. Scenes from these would also feature in break bumpers from January 1st.

Blaze (Tree) - Christmas 2019

The third festive 2019 ident from Blaze featured a Christmas Tree, with a person in the background repeatedly opening and closing a door to check on it.

Latest Additions - 03/01/2021

Blaze (Presents) - Christmas 2019

A conveyor belt of presents features in the second Christmas 2019 ident from Blaze

Blaze (Cake) - Christmas 2019

For Christmas 2019, Blaze introduced a small selection of purely graphical idents to the channel. Looping in a similar manner to their main idents which had been introduced in 2018. A Christmas Cake being cut up in various ways features in this ident.

Latest Additions - 02/01/2021

Forces TV (NYE - 11pm Junction) - 2020

The 11pm junction on Forces TV, announcing it as their last show of 2020 and thanking people for joining them as they see out the year. This was the last special announcement, with their subsequent post-midnight junctions back to regular programme announcements.

Forces TV (NYE - 10pm Junction) - 2020

Finally for our New Year 2021 coverage, our 'minnow channel which punched above its weight' award for this year. Last year it was Blaze, however with them deciding to sit it out this year, for the 2020 to 2021 crossover the award goes to Forces TV. A channel which shows normally large amounts of archive programming, tucked away on a high number on Freeview, Forces TV had special announcements building up until midnight. Here the 10pm junction on the channel.

Quest Red (NYD - 2am Junction) - 2021

2am saw another 2021 promotional message for their OnDemand service, leading into the next show on Quest Red.

Quest Red (NYD - 1am Junction) - 2021

Unlike many of the other Discovery-owned free channels, Quest Red continued to have additional announcements into the morning. With the 1am junction managing to crowbar in a 2021 advert for their OnDemand service too.

Quest Red (NYD - 12am Junction) - 2021

The very first 2021 announcement for Quest Red went out seconds after midnight no January 1st, wishing everyone a brief Happy New Year.

Quest Red (NYE - 11pm Junction) - 2020

DMAX, HGTV and Quest did nothing special for the New Year, with Quest not having any announcements at all played out. Although sister channel Quest Red hadn't received any Christmas idents for 2020, they still continued to follow the better style for continuity with more special announcements being put together for this channel than most of the other free Discovery-owned ones. Here they build up to the New Year in their last 2020 announcement into the 11pm junction on the channel.

Food Network (NYD - 1am Junction) - 2021

The 1am junction on Food Network also made special reference to the New Year, before announcements went back to standard after that.

Food Network (NYD - 12am Junction) - 2021

Food Network followed a similar approach to Really, with most junctions leading up to midnight on New Year being the same as usual. Before a specially recorded announcement to ring in 2021 went out seconds after midnight.

Really (NYD - 12am Junction) - 2021

The Discovery-owned free channels took varying approaches to their mentions of the New Year, with some not mentioning anything, and others mentioning it frequently. Most of the junctions either side of the changeover were fairly regular on Really, however for the very first 2021 junction, airing seconds after midnight, a special announcement was recorded. Probably more than they'd have gotten had they still been under UKTV's ownership.

5Star (NYE - 11.50pm Junction) - 2020

Shortly before midnight and as they led into another movie, 5Star gave a second brief reference to the impending New Year.

5Star (NYE - 9pm Junction) - 2020

You could be forgiven for thinking there was no New Year, if you were a regular Channel 5 viewer. With the main channel and most of the digital offshoots (5USA, 5Select and Paramount) being devoid of all mentions of the date change. 5Star managed to slip through a few references though, such as this in the 9pm junction.

E4 (NYD - 12.35am Junction) - 2021

E4 continued their post-midnight celebrations with their second 2021 link at 12.35am too, before getting back to regular junctions after this.

E4 (NYD - 12.05am Junction) - 2021

Similar to the approach on More4, E4 had timed it so their first 2021 announcement would sit nicely clear of midnight at 12.05am instead. Giving a good place to wish everyone a Happy New Year from the channel.

E4 (NYE - 11.30pm Junction) - 2020

E4 made their final announcement of 2020 into the 11.30pm junction on December 31st, counting down to a much brighter New Year.

E4 (NYE - 11pm Junction) - 2020

E4 filled up the final hours of New Year's Eve 2020 with episodes of The Inbetweeners, leaving plenty of junctions for them to make reference to the impending changeover. Here the announcement from the 11pm junction.

4Music (New Year Changeover) - 2020/2021

To mark the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, 4Music joined a countdown animation designed for use across all of the Box Plus music channels. Before leading straight into the first ident and announcement of 2021.

Film4 (NYE - 11.15pm Junction) - 2020

With a long film running well past the year changeover and into the early hours, Film4 reserved their New Year words for their last link of 2020 instead. Aired around 11.15pm.

More4 (NYD - 12.05am Junction) - 2021

The first junction 'On the other side' for More4 went out at 5 past midnight on January 1st 2021, welcoming everyone into the new year.

More4 (NYE - 11pm Junction) - 2020

Midnight is growing ever closer in the last junction for 2020 on More4, which was aired at 11pm.

More4 (NYE - 10pm Junction) - 2020

Of the offshoot channels from 4, 4Seven didn't acknowledge the New Year. On the other hand, More4 made plenty of references, with the channel having given over most of their New Year schedule to saying thank you to the NHS. In the 10pm junction, they were already building up to the end of the year.

Channel 4 (NYE - 11pm Junction) - 2020

Channel 4, as per their usual tradition, scheduled a longer show over the New Year changeover, this time round a movie. Meaning their last link of 2020 was into the 11pm junction on December 31st, wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

ITV4 (NYD - 12.50am Junction) - 2021

The first junction from ITV4 for 2021 aired at 12.50am on January 1st, giving everyone a Happy New Year message.

ITV4 (NYE - 10.10pm Junction) - 2020

ITV4 showed a film to straddle the changeover from 2020 to 2021, with the New Year being mentioned on both sides. This was the 10.10pm junction, and their last for 2020.

ITV3 (NYE - 11pm Junction) - 2020

The impending New Year for 2021 also saw mention in the 11pm junction on ITV3, the last for 2020 from the channel. Their first junctions for 2021 didn't say much about the New Year.

ITV Be (NYE - 10pm Junction) - 2020

Mentions of the New Year on other ITV-owned channels were intermittent. ITV2 seemed to be avoiding all mention of it, and ITV Be made little mention closer to midnight. Although it did get brought up briefly in the 10pm junction on the channel.

ITV (NYD - New Year News End) - 2021

Although continuity may have been light on the New Year party spirit, some of the shows fared better. The closing to the midnight news bulletin, with the ITV News team wishing everyone a Happy New Year for 2021.

STV (NYE - 11.45pm Junction) - 2020

Although STV still had their own continuity for the 2020/2021 crossover, they maintained their tradition of not talking too much about the event. Here their last link for 2020 makes a passing reference to Hogmanay as they introduce their first 'Pride of Scotland' awards.

UTV (NYD - New Year Weather) - 2021

With UTV's separate continuity having been dropped in April 2020, there were no longer different junctions for the Northern Ireland region. So the only glimmer of a remotely locally branded New Year message was in the pre-recorded regional weather forecast shortly after midnight. Aisling Creevey introduces this bulletin as well, albeit with UTV branding in the background rather than ITV.

ITV Anglia (NYD - New Year Weather) - 2021

Although there was no regional news at this time of night, regional weather forecasts had been recorded allowing a chance for another Happy New Year message. Here being provided for Anglia by Aisling Creevey.

ITV (NYD - New Year Weather) - 2021

After News had wished us a Happy New Year, it was the turn of the ITV National Weather team. Becky Mantin does the honours shortly after midnight on the 1st January 2021.

ITV (NYD - 12.10am Junction) - 2021

ITV's first junction of 2021 was at least correct, wishing viewers a Happy New Year - even if felt like not playing the exploding confetti version of the ident was a miss. There wasn't much further acknowledgement of the New Year after this point.

ITV (NYE - 11.45pm Junction) - 2020

ITV's last junction of 2020 was a fairly mundane one just to introduce their news coverage at 11.45, using the same ITV Creates ident as had been used at the end of 2019. With ever the attention to detail, it's even introduced as the 'News At Ten'.

BBC Two (NYD - 2.45am Junction) - 2021

2.45am was the last announcement of the night for BBC Two for the New Year. A final message was put out about waving goodbye to 2020.

BBC Two (NYD - 1.15am Junction) - 2021

The first announcement for 2021 wishing everyone a Happy New Year was made at 1.15am. This was carried the same across all the nations with Wales and NI having taken a rest from announcing after joining Jools Holland.

BBC Two NI (NYE - 11.15pm Junction) - 2020

BBC Two Northern Ireland shunned the standard script in favour of making their own Happy New Year greeting in their last junction of 2020 (and for the whole night).

BBC Two Wales (NYE - 11.15pm Junction) - 2020

Wales stuck with the original '45 minutes' script for their 11.15pm junction. As well as being the last BBC Two Wales announcement for 2020 and the last appearance of their Christmas idents, this was also the last announcement from the nation for the night with Network taking over duties after midnight.

BBC Two (NYE - 11.15pm Junction) - 2020

All the nations were back in alignment for the 11.15pm junction to lead into Jools Holland's Hootenanny for the New Year changeover. Making this both the last junction of 2020 and also the last appearance of the Christmas idents that year. Duncan tweaked the script slightly to provide a very accurate countdown of the number of minutes remaining until midnight.

BBC Two Wales (NYE - 10.45pm Junction) - 2020

The BBC Two Wales version of the 10.45pm junction on December 31st.

BBC Two (NYE - 10.45pm Junction) - 2020

Duncan continued the countdown to midnight in the 10.45pm junction on BBC Two Network, with references to social distancing in the script - words which had become almost synonymous with 2020.

BBC Two NI (NYE - 10.15pm Junction) - 2020

BBC Two Northern Ireland remained on an opted out schedule at 10pm, with their junction following at 10.15pm instead.

BBC Two NI (NYE - 9.15pm Junction) - 2020

BBC Two Northern Ireland were opted out for some slots on New Year's Eve, so their announcements and build up could differ. Here the 9.15pm junction, which didn't exist on Network or Wales.

BBC Two Wales (NYE - 10pm Junction) - 2020

The 10pm junction on December 31st 2020 from BBC Two Wales.

BBC Two (NYE - 10pm Junction) - 2020

BBC Two Network's build up to the New Year, from the 10pm junction on New Year's Eve. Duncan Newmarch was on hand to lead people through the evening's celebrations.

BBC News (New Year 2021) - 2020/2021

Simon McCoy leads the BBC News Channel over the New Year, with a humourous look back at the 'highlights' of 2020 before leading in and out of a simulcast with the BBC One firework coverage.

BBC Scotland (NYE - 11.30pm Junction) - 2020

The last announcement for 2020 from BBC Scotland was made into the 11.30pm junction as they joined BBC One Scotland for their Hogmanay celebration show.

BBC Four (NYD - 3.25am Junction) - 2020

Most remaining BBC Four junctions in the early morning of January 1st 2021 were fairly standard programming announcements. However the channel closedown at 3.25am provided Beccy Wright a final opportunity for to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

BBC Four (NYE - 11.30pm Junction) - 2020

The final junction for 2020 for BBC Four was at 11.30pm, introducing a show which would run over the year changeover. This would also be the last use of the festive idents on the channel for another year, although they'd continue to appear in trailers.

BBC Four (NYE - 10.45pm Junction) - 2020

BBC Four were running a lot more archive programming for the changeover from 2020 to 2021, however junctions still acknowledged the New Year. The 10.45pm junction here.

BBC Scotland (NYE - 10.30pm Junction) - 2020

BBC Scotland inched ever closer to the end of 2020 with their 10.30pm junction.

BBC Scotland (NYE - 10pm Junction) - 2020

The 10pm junction for the BBC Scotland channel, as they built up to their simulcast of the Hogmanay celebrations with BBC One Scotland.

BBC One (NYD - 4am Junction) - 2021

BBC One finally finished their night of New Year programmes at 4am and joined the news channel. Using the closing junction to wish everyone a Happy New Year one final time for the night. This junction was also carried across all nations by this point.


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