BBC2 1979 – 1986 Branding

The late 1970s marked a groundbreaking moment in television lore as BBC2 unveiled its revolutionary new identity. The twin-striped “2”, making its grand debut, was a trailblazer – the very first symbol to be electronically generated. It didn’t just sit there; it dynamically scrolled on and off the screen. This futuristic animation, up until 1983, was harmoniously paired with an avant-garde electronic fanfare. The creative genius behind this emblematic logo? None other than the visionary designer, Oliver Elmes.

BBC2 Ident

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1979

Views: 1087

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

circa 1979

Views: 421

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

circa 1979

Views: 385

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Menu

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

circa 1979

Views: 390

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1979

Views: 484

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1979

Views: 615

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Clock

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1979

Views: 387

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Clock

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1979

Views: 383

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

24th August 1979

Views: 430

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Clock

New, it's not

Quality: ST

28th August 1979

Views: 451

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Clock

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1980

Views: 345

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Continuity

New, it's not

Quality: ST

14th January 1980

Views: 548

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Start-Up

New, it's not

Quality: ST

21st January 1981

Views: 261

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Start-Up

New, it's not

Quality: ST

27th April 1981

Views: 374

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

5th August 1981

Views: 417

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

29th August 1981

Views: 496

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

11th October 1981

Views: 413

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

8th November 1981

Views: 507

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

4th February 1982

Views: 504

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

22nd March 1982

Views: 384

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

9th July 1982

Views: 328

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

12th July 1982

Views: 299

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Continuity

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

26th November 1982

Views: 374

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

30th November 1982

Views: 376

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

9th January 1983

Views: 293

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

16th January 1983

Views: 262

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

13th February 1983

Views: 401

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Clock

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

20th February 1983

Views: 275

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Continuity

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

6th March 1983

Views: 312

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Continuity

New, it's not

Quality: ST

26th March 1983

Views: 239

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

26th March 1983

Views: 297

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

2nd April 1983

Views: 294

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

6th August 1983

Views: 635

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

22nd October 1983

Views: 264

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1st December 1983

Views: 404

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

28th December 1983

Views: 399

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1st January 1984

Views: 565

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

8th January 1984

Views: 286

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

28th July 1984

Views: 259

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1st August 1984

Views: 298

Format: 4:3

BBC 2 slide

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

4th November 1984

Views: 58

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1st January 1985

Views: 71

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

26th January 1985

Views: 291

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Continuity

New, it's not

Quality: ST

2nd February 1985

Views: 431

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

31st March 1985

Views: 284

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1st April 1985

Views: 51

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

13th October 1985

Views: 281

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

22nd December 1985

Views: 256

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1st January 1986

Views: 345

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1986

Views: 351

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Continuity

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

5th January 1986

Views: 108

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Start-Up

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

7th January 1986

Views: 407

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Closedown

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

22nd February 1986

Views: 393

Format: 4:3

BBC2 In-Vision Continuity

Springtime 2

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

11th April 1983

Views: 160

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Special Idents

BBC2 Programme Promotions

Horizon promo

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

Date unknown

Views: 47

Format: 4:3

Monday on 2

New, it's not

Quality: ST

Date unknown

Views: 82

Format: 4:3

The Mistress

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

Date unknown

Views: 54

Format: 4:3

Rock Week promo

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

4th October 1980

Views: 120

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Breakdown

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1981

Views: 200

Format: 4:3

Byron promo

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

23rd October 1981

Views: 8

Format: 4:3

Karen Kay promo

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

6th November 1984

Views: 17

Format: 4:3

Live Aid promo

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1985

Views: 248

Format: 4:3

Timewatch promo

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

6th February 1986

Views: 30

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Holding Slides 1979 – 1986

Whistle Test

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

Date unknown

Views: 60

Format: 4:3

Did You See?

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

Date unknown

Views: 57

Format: 4:3

Newsnight

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

Date unknown

Views: 86

Format: 4:3

War At Sea

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

Date unknown

Views: 53

Format: 4:3

East Lynne

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

Date unknown

Views: 44

Format: 4:3

Horizon

New, it's not

Quality: ST

14th January 1980

Views: 61

Format: 4:3

News Night

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1981

Views: 65

Format: 4:3

The Hospital

New, it's not

Quality: ST

1983

Views: 55

Format: 4:3

Dallas

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

1984

Views: 74

Format: 4:3

BBC2 Continuity

New, it's not

Quality: HQ

7th February 1984

Views: 17

Format: 4:3

Further examples of BBC2 holding slides from this period.

Cross Channel promotion from 1980

BBC1 Holding Slides 1982 – 1984

Used 16th October 1981 and Spring 1982

Used in 1982:

Used from September 1982 until February 1985. On very odd occasions these slides were shown on BBC1.

This version was used from February 1985 until 1986.

BBC2 Miscellaneous Items