Re: Paper Cut-Out
That was my best recollection from memory. I hadn't started keeping logs of such events back then. And 1991 was a very different time - no internet and not the access to such information that we have today.
BBC Two's presentation back then was such a departure from what had gone before. And although I watched many more BBC Two junctions than I had during the 1986 - 1991 era, it's very difficult to be absolutely definitive when it comes to some of these dates. Many people in our little community of enthusiasts - myself included - often fall into the trap of making what appears to be a statement of fact. The truth is, there are some items we can't be certain about. I didn't watch and log the content of every junction. I would usually have included a "circa" qualification on dates that I wasn't certain about. I'm surprised there isn't one in that case.
As I say, I did watch a lot of BBC Two back in those days (evenings mostly) and I am quite surprised Paper Cut-Out was still in use as late as November. A September airing doesn't really surprise me. My recollection of Paper Cut-Out was that it wasn't used that often. I seem to recall that it was used quite a bit to introduce the late-night 'Weatherview'. But I don't remember it being used much during prime-time. I didn't see much BBC Two daytime, so can't really comment on that - perhaps it had more of a presence there? Given the fact that it was dumped so soon, it clearly wasn't well-liked and consequently probably wasn't used much. Back in those days, the use of a particular ident was much more in the hands of the director/announcer, so usage of particular idents probably depended on that individual's preferences - though they were probably advised to maintain a good variety during the day/shift and ensure appropriateness for the upcoming programme. Even from the start, Paper Cut-Out did seem like the runt of the litter. It's definitely quite dull. A bit too much like a close relative of Copper Cut-Out - but the boring, less animated type of relative.
Regarding the recent playouts of Paper Cut-Out on BBC Two Northern Ireland - yes, nice to see it back on air. Funnily enough, this week's airings could be the first from BBC NI's presentation department. What follows are my recollections - not necessarily definitive. But I did catch a lot of BBC Two NI junctions during the 1991 - 1997 period (local junctions on BBC Two were very limited back in those days). Yes, very sad! Back in the 1990s, BBC NI pres was rather different to what it is now. Very few of the BBC Two idents were used - and the soundtracks were rarely aired. 'Glass' was a firm favourite and lasted well beyond 1993 in Northern Ireland. 'Copper Cut-Out' was also used a lot. However, I must acknowledge David Olver here, who always put great effort into his junctions - and still does. David was the only BBC NI announcer/director to deviate from the usual rotation of 'Glass' and 'Copper Cut-Out' - and he also made sure that the soundtracks could be heard, However, I have no recollection of Paper Cut-Out ever being played out by BBC NI during the period 1991 - 1997.
EDIT: just received some additional input from a friend of mine who recollects 'Paper Cut-Out' being an alternative to 'Glass' and used for daytime news bulletins and 'Newsnight'.
Last edited by MMcG198 on 12 January 2017 11:08pm
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