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September 26, 2006 1:56 PM   Subscribe

BBC One's new channel idents. Dancers are out, circles are in. Along with hippos synchronised swimming, gravity defying cyclists and surfers. Dude.
posted by feelinglistless (27 comments total)

 
Circle? Why not based around a one?
posted by ?! at 2:01 PM on September 26, 2006


It looks a bit like an eye and that has served CBS so well for decades.
posted by Cranberry at 2:06 PM on September 26, 2006


Hmm, not as good as the Channel 4 idents where the 4 materialises, like this.

Come to think of it, nothing will ever come near the celebrities swearing ident used on E4 and late-night Channel 4.
posted by matthewr at 2:10 PM on September 26, 2006


The lowercase 'one' sucks.
posted by jack_mo at 2:13 PM on September 26, 2006


Probably inspired by the smoke circles they were blowing whilst ploughing through thier ganja stash whilst trying to work out how to brand the Beeb for the next part of the millenium.
posted by ob at 2:15 PM on September 26, 2006


Have you seen the BBC radio promo with Elvis?
posted by srboisvert at 2:22 PM on September 26, 2006


I wish they'd get rid of that thing they do where the bottom two-thirds of the screen are bright red with the programme details on it and then the top one-third slides down to meet it. Having said that, I'd trade it all for no more reality TV and for dumping Graham Norton from every TV channel in the land.
** runs back to watch the series 2 finale of Lost on Channel 4 **
posted by TheDonF at 2:31 PM on September 26, 2006


hey, I dig it. If I remember correctly, though, the circle theme is very similar to some of the CBC ones I saw a wee bit back...

Oh and thanks for the linkz, matthewr. nobody has anything on the Channel 4 idents. I'd never seen the swearing one before!
posted by indiebass at 2:32 PM on September 26, 2006


BBC Zero? That's the first thing I thought of when I saw the big circle then read the BBC test. And then read the smaller text that said "one". Meh
posted by pantsrobot at 2:44 PM on September 26, 2006


matthewr's right. Nothing is going to beat the celebrities swearing ident. That was a thing of beauty.
posted by quin at 2:51 PM on September 26, 2006


That Elvis promo is pretty cool. Maybe the big O is redolent of the quality of the BBC's output disappearing up its own sphincter?
posted by TheDonF at 3:01 PM on September 26, 2006


This brings back memories....
posted by paddbear at 3:38 PM on September 26, 2006


What's up with the BBC3 logo? The other ones are all very similar, but this one...


posted by smackfu at 3:55 PM on September 26, 2006


Channel 4 is grades up on anyone else at the moment. Shame no one on youtube has the hay bales version.
posted by NinjaTadpole at 4:35 PM on September 26, 2006


"BBC One's new channel idents. Dancers are out, circles are in. Along with hippos synchronised swimming, gravity defying cyclists and surfers. Dude."

Speak English, ya hippie!
posted by NedKoppel at 4:39 PM on September 26, 2006


naught-y, but nice!
posted by rob511 at 5:07 PM on September 26, 2006


Hmm, not as good as the Channel 4 idents where the 4 materialises, like this.

Come to think of it, nothing will ever come near the celebrities swearing ident used on E4 and late-night Channel 4.
posted by matthewr at 2:10 PM PST on September 26 [+] [!]


Those were really neat. I love how the logo came together like that, and the second one was great. Who was the guy who said England? Hee!
posted by kosher_jenny at 6:27 PM on September 26, 2006


Was it the BBC that had the advert, recently pulled, with all of the smaller faces flying together over a field to form one giant face? It was pulled for being too grotesque, or too scary, or somesuch. (A Youtube link would be appreciated if it exists...)
posted by mykescipark at 7:04 PM on September 26, 2006


Why not based around a one?

Why not based around a circle? :)

More seriously – it signifies the “o” in “one” doesn’t it?

The lowercase 'one' sucks.

You joke surely. I think the text, because of it’s placement with the logo, looks pretty cool myself.

I never really liked the dancing; it all looked a bit “Saturday night variety show”.
posted by ed\26h at 9:54 PM on September 26, 2006


Was it the BBC that had the advert, recently pulled, with all of the smaller faces flying together over a field to form one giant face? It was pulled for being too grotesque, or too scary, or somesuch. (A Youtube link would be appreciated if it exists...)

I have a feeling that these new CGI swimming hippos may suffer the same fate.
posted by tapeguy at 10:17 PM on September 26, 2006


mykescipark:
Here ya go - the BBC flying heads advert - it's for BBC digital-only channels, part of freeview, the free over-the-air digital TV service (the gov is turning off analog transmissions 2008-2011)

It generated a lot of complaints from viewers. I rather liked it on my big telly, but watching it now in a small size does make me a touch queasy. Also discussed on the blue...
posted by ArkhanJG at 11:24 PM on September 26, 2006


Alas, the original ad on visit4info (longer, and with familiar celebs and characters, including postman pat) has moved, and is for paid members only - more flying-heads
Had a good look, and my google-foo at finding it online elsewhere has failed. Sorry.
posted by ArkhanJG at 11:49 PM on September 26, 2006


Bah! What was wrong with a rotating globe?
posted by salmacis at 1:26 AM on September 27, 2006


John Spencer's made me smile.

Damn, the swearing celebrities is the best video I've seen in some time.

Though the new BBC idents have cool... pictures...
posted by disillusioned at 2:17 AM on September 27, 2006


I quite liked the recent E4 promo for The Sopranos, featuring a drive across the UK.
posted by malevolent at 6:45 AM on September 27, 2006


More BBC Four Idents, all four clips using split screens.
posted by shortfuse at 11:12 AM on September 27, 2006


"Probably inspired by the smoke circles they were blowing whilst ploughing through thier ganja stash whilst trying to work out how to brand the Beeb for the next part of the millenium."

Ob ... I just wish that were true ... cos I work for Red Bee Media (formerly BBC Broadcast) wot created these idents ... and sadly no ganja was involved ...
posted by dickdotcom at 1:55 PM on September 27, 2006


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