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UK TV channel logos and Idents from the 70s and 80s

Wow! I feel like I'm about eight years old again. These old British TV channel idents really bring back fond memories, that's for sure. I remember watching TVAM on ITV just before I had to go to school, and getting a right rollicking for being late! Breakfast telly had only just begun and was a real novelty in the early eighties.

LWT Ident from the 70s and 80s

This was the 1978 ident for London Weekend Television which ran until 1986.

 Thames Television Ident

The Eighties Central ident from regional ITV

This version is from around 1982 when Central took over from ATV, and is off a betamax recording. A what? Tee, hee!

BBC Schools and Colleges Countdown - 1970s


Remember this from your school/college days? Yes, it was the 1970's one minute countdown that was used inbetween  BBC Schools & Colleges programmes. This is where the whole classroom would be counting down at the top of their voices, much to the annoyance of the teacher. Although, if you had the crazy teacher (there's one in every school) then they would join in, too!

BBC Test Card with Music!

No doubt the geeks amongst you will listen to the full 9 minutes and 52 seconds of this video! The Test Card was often shown on BBC2 in the mornings back in the 70s and into the 80s. These days you get a mixture of kids' shows, including repeats of The Pink Panther Show.

BBC Closedown in 1973

Featuring one of my favourite idents, this was how the BBC used to close down for the evening in 1973, by playing the National Anthem.

Yes, today's youth look truly gob-smacked when you explain to them that TV channels used to shut down for the night back in the seventies! That's nothing, though. Now tell them we only had three TV channels (in reality, there were only two and a half as BBC2 was showing pages from ceefax or the test card half the time) and they'll think you've really lost the plot!

 BBC1 Closedown in 1981

BBC2 Closedown on New Year's Day 1987

Roger Maude gives us a quick New Year's Day weather summary before wishing us the first BBC 2 'Goodnight' of 1987.

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