Whilst they were well produced in comparison to Oneness, I still don't think they were suitable for use into most programming. Larry points out good examples like using 'Festival' or 'Music Video' into music programmes - but these were very much the exception to the rule.
I'm not so sure, there's a good range of styles and tempos in there. There can't be many moods that can't be catered for
Still can't believe they ran with a still of 'Ballet' on the day the Queen Mother died.
It's not ideal, but two days earlier it would have been a still of the balloon. I think if it had happened a year of so later when the idents were more established it wouldn't have looked so odd
More than likely would have been a clock in fairness.
I too look back fondly at R&M, primarily because idents of late really neglect the soundtrack, particularly oneness with none at all. It’s just a part of modern day idents as the visuals, and BBC One in 2002 (and indeed BBC Two the year previous) had a great motif.