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denton908 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Paper Cut Out added to BBC2 Northern Ireland's set, 10.59am this morning...


Mind blowing! I remember last seeing this (apart from online) in a science class before a schools programme when I was 12 years old. I'll be 37 in a fortnight!


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MetalGearRex1,050 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
No way! That is brilliant. First appearance on TV since, what, 1992/93?

It's one of the original 1991 idents on TWO - it was retired in 1993 but it was used by NI until 1997.

It's a great ident to be fair, especially with regard to the soundtrack.
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D.Page1,096 posts since 30 Oct 2013
London London
No way! That is brilliant. First appearance on TV since, what, 1992/93?

It's one of the original 1991 idents on TWO - it was retired in 1993 but it was used by NI until 1997.

It's a great ident to be fair, especially with regard to the soundtrack.


Originally ident number 9, in the first batch that went to air, back in 1991. Interesting that NI gave it a much longer run until they retired it.
Blake Connolly1,539 posts since 21 Apr 2001
London London
It must have not been used too often originally, I'm fairly sure I never saw it go out because I remember seeing it on the internet years later and finding it strange that there was one of the original set that I had no idea existed until then.

Apparently it lasted as long as Glass, which I remember seeing loads of times.
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VMPhil7,460 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
It must have not been used too often originally, I'm fairly sure I never saw it go out because I remember seeing it on the internet years later and finding it strange that there was one of the original set that I had no idea existed until then.

Apparently it lasted as long as Glass, which I remember seeing loads of times.

On The TV Museum's upload, they also say:

'It must have been pretty rarely used, as it's the only one we could find out of hundreds of items in our collection from 1991-93.'
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Mr Kite828 posts since 15 Aug 2007
Granada North West Today
It must have not been used too often originally, I'm fairly sure I never saw it go out because I remember seeing it on the internet years later and finding it strange that there was one of the original set that I had no idea existed until then.

Apparently it lasted as long as Glass, which I remember seeing loads of times.


It's a bit of a mystery for me too. I also have no memory of Paper Cut Out from when it was originally in use. I'm old enough to remember these idents when they arrived. They made a massive impact on me to the extent of doodling them in my exercise books at school. Remember them all the original set except this one. The very short lived Crystal Ball ident is the only other one out of the whole series that I don't recall.

It does look like it wasn't used that frequently but still surprising that I would not have caught it by chance. I've always been sceptical that it lasted as long as late 1993. I've had a good look on Youtube several times in the past and I can't find any uploaded examples after 1991. Indeed, that TV Museum example Phil linked is latest one I now know of (16/11/91) and I hadn't seen that one. before today (good quality too). The latest I could find previously was around September of that year. Rob793 remembers seeing it in school when he was 12. Given his age, that would mean 1992; assuming his memory is accurate. It'd be nice if someone properly old enough to vividly remember could shed some light on just how long this ident lasted, as well as its frequency whilst in use.

Great to see BBC Northern Ireland get around to using it. Interesting seeing this ident in broadcast quality, as most examples online are pretty choppy (bar the TV Museum example). Never really noticed the vertical lines before on the paper background.

Can't be many more idents left for BBC Two Northern Ireland to revive now!
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