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BBC One Christmas Idents - news variants thread

(December 2019)

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Caly123 Wales Wales Today
Since 2002, BBC One has done news ident variants of their Christmas package which removes the characters/people from the news ident just showing either a vista scene, bauble, snowflakes etc (or even slowing down the footage). I have compiled a playlist on YouTube showcasing nearly every news varients that have been shown on BBC One during the Christmas period since 2002.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFzxXsCFbtgGZh8SDNh91dP72FJTnBuZM
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what West Country (East) Points West
This would have been better in the ‘YouTube Gold’ thread.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
No, this is a presentation forum and this is a thread about presentation.

They never really had specific news safe idents in the dancers era - the Boxing Day Tsunami bulletins being led by children walking round a Christmas tree showed why they need them. Some of the ones in recent years have been nicer than the main set, but not this year.

Am I right in thinking up until the end of the balloon era they still used the clock at Chrustmas to introduce the news?
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CH
chris Granada North West Today
the Boxing Day Tsunami bulletins being led by children walking round a Christmas tree showed why they need them.


It was actually worse - bouncy puddings.

They did have news variants but they were just slightly slower rather than very different.

Here’s a bouncy pudding example:

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Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
If you want to see how inappropriate an ident can be leading into the news, here's one example from that year...

https://youtu.be/mA6nraEDS7g?t=226

Hope that was what triggered them to realise that no matter what the theme for Christmas, there should always be a very news-safe ident made.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Is odd though how for nearly a decade they made news safe versions for Christmas, yet still thought Sea Swimmers was appropriate to introduce the news when Oneness launched.
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Am I right in thinking up until the end of the balloon era they still used the clock at Chrustmas to introduce the news?


I believe so, although there may have been some random bulletins at odd times they may have used the symbol. But in that era the mechanical Christmas idents wouldn't have been too inappropriate for the news.

In some years they did dress the clock up a bit.



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VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
Asa posted:
If you want to see how inappropriate an ident can be leading into the news, here's one example from that year...

https://youtu.be/mA6nraEDS7g?t=226

Hope that was what triggered them to realise that no matter what the theme for Christmas, there should always be a very news-safe ident made.

Well, you say that, but I don't think Christmas 2005 had a news safe ident. They only started doing them from 2008 onwards AFAIK.


It's also kind of odd how the Christmas idents of the dancers era had essentially the same theme: a group of children dressed as something Christmassy. You'd think they would have tried to produce something along the lines of the standard idents (ice skaters perhaps?)
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Weren't they all designed by Blue Peter competition winners?
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madmusician Central (West) Midlands Today
Weren't they all designed by Blue Peter competition winners?

No, only the bouncy puddings in 2004 was the result of a Blue Peter competition.
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Argybargy Granada North West Today
Weren't they all designed by Blue Peter competition winners?

No, only the bouncy puddings in 2004 was the result of a Blue Peter competition.

The 1986 ident was also the end result of a Blue Peter competition. I think it was a hybrid of 3 viewers' entries.
GL
Gluben Anglia (East) Look East
Weren't they all designed by Blue Peter competition winners?

No, only the bouncy puddings in 2004 was the result of a Blue Peter competition.

The 1986 ident was also the end result of a Blue Peter competition. I think it was a hybrid of 3 viewers' entries.


Did the star, the tree and the dancing hollies actually have names?

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