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Gareth E (previously bbcsport) 1,924 posts since 23 Jan 2006
UTV Newsline
I took this screengrab on Thursday afternoon, but then got side-tracked by work and forgot about it until now. This was from one of the archive headline sequences, showing Chris Eakin and Maxine Mahwinney in N9, the soft set opposite, and - my favourite bit - a sport or weather presenter caught mid-yawn on the wall monitor Smile

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Which programmes actually used that soft set? I only remember Zero 30 using it, but was that the only programme to use it?


IIRC Weekend 24 made use of it on Saturday mornings, back in the days when it was simulcast on BBC Two at 8am.
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noggin12,682 posts since 26 Jun 2001
I took this screengrab on Thursday afternoon, but then got side-tracked by work and forgot about it until now. This was from one of the archive headline sequences, showing Chris Eakin and Maxine Mahwinney in N9, the soft set opposite, and - my favourite bit - a sport or weather presenter caught mid-yawn on the wall monitor Smile

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Which programmes actually used that soft set? I only remember Zero 30 using it, but was that the only programme to use it?


IIRC Weekend 24 made use of it on Saturday mornings, back in the days when it was simulcast on BBC Two at 8am.


Europe Direct used to come from the sofa set, as did some of the afternoon sequences (Active World, Active UK etc.) when they went single-headed for the back-half hours, or when there was a strand programme like the science stuff they used to do in the mornings. I'm trying to remember if the phone-in show 'Interactive' also came from the sofa?

If a business presenter had an interviewee then often business would come from the sofa set too.
noggin12,682 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Hi noggin, do you know more about 'Interactive'? I was asking about it earlier in this thread as it seemed to share the same opening titles as UK Today. Sounds as though it wasn't at all similar then?


Pretty certain that UK Today was originally called Active UK (change of name to UK Today came either in, or a bit before, Nov '98 when News 24 moved from N9 to N8 and started generating BBC One England DSat and DTT regional News content at 1330/1830) - I wonder if the 'Active' bit of the original name is causing some confusion? (There was originally an 'Active World' equivalent in a different back half)

From memory some of the daytime stings - like Active World, Active UK and the Science strand were very short... Kind of just like an explosive fuse 'fizzle'.

Interactive was the evening phone in show (from hazy memory).
VMPhil8,045 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Hi noggin, do you know more about 'Interactive'? I was asking about it earlier in this thread as it seemed to share the same opening titles as UK Today. Sounds as though it wasn't at all similar then?


Pretty certain that UK Today was originally called Active UK (change of name to UK Today came either in, or a bit before, Nov '98 when News 24 moved from N9 to N8 and started generating BBC One England DSat and DTT regional News content at 1330/1830) - I wonder if the 'Active' bit of the original name is causing some confusion? (There was originally an 'Active World' equivalent in a different back half)

From memory some of the daytime stings - like Active World, Active UK and the Science strand were very short... Kind of just like an explosive fuse 'fizzle'.

Interactive was the evening phone in show (from hazy memory).



Here are the two screenshots I posted showing the Interactive and UK Today versions of the same graphics:

noggin12,682 posts since 26 Jun 2001


Here are the two screenshots I posted showing the Interactive and UK Today versions of the same graphics:



Yep - that 'look' was used for a couple of brands on the channel - even though the shows had little in common. I don't think that UK Today was originally called UK Today though - pretty sure it was Active UK initially (though the re-name to UK Today may have happened sooner than I thought).
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Alan de Robson86 posts since 8 Aug 2012
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Weekend 24 - my only daytime exposure to the channel when it launched so I lapped up every minute of it.

From memory, weren't the opening titles set in a couple's front room and displaying on their TV were different sequences of flags? I can't remember for the life of me what the theme tune was like, though.
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VMPhil8,045 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today


Here are the two screenshots I posted showing the Interactive and UK Today versions of the same graphics:



Yep - that 'look' was used for a couple of brands on the channel - even though the shows had little in common. I don't think that UK Today was originally called UK Today though - pretty sure it was Active UK initially (though the re-name to UK Today may have happened sooner than I thought).

Thanks for that information noggin. I was trying to figure out if both shows had some connection as they shared graphics, evidently they didn’t.

TV Ark had a screenshot of those graphics for ‘UK Tonight’ as well - I don’t think they made the Today/Tonight distinction in the name after the 1999 revamp.