UK TV CHANNEL LOGOS AND IDENTS
FROM THE 70S AND 80S
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
BBC1 Mirror Globe Ident - 1981 to 1985
The video playlist;
1. London Weekend Television (LWT) Ident which ran from 1978 until 1986.
2. Thames Television ident
3. ATV ident which ran from 1969 until 1981.
4. This Central TV ident from ITV regional TV is from around 1982 when Central took over from ATV, and is from a betamax recording. A what? Tee, hee!
5. Anglia knight ident - one of the dodgiest-looking idents from the era - a wobbly knight on a horse!
6. Yorkshire Television ident
7. BBC Schools and Colleges countdown from the 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!
8. BBC1 Closedown ident from 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!
9. BBC1 Wales ident from the late 1970s
10. BBC1 closedown ident in 1981
11. BBC2 closedown ident in 1987
Roger Maude gives us a quick New Year's Day weather summary before wishing us the first BBC 2 'Goodnight' of 1987.
12. The BBC2 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.
13. Tyne Tees ident form the 1970s
14. Grampian Television ident from the 1970s which features heavenly harps!
15. HTV (Harlech Television) ident from the 1970s. This was an ITV franchise for Wales and the West Country.
Yorkshire Television ran as part of the ITV network between 1968 and 2004, before changing its name to ITV Yorkshire.
Tyne Tees Colour Ident
Grampian Colour Ident