This version couldn't have been from any earlier than 1998 considering the characters on it (I definitely remember it being shown in 1999, possibly into the early 00s?), maybe there were earlier versions? I do seem to remember seeing a version without any of the character pictures.
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Not entirely connected to test cards but I do remember one night on Nick circa 2002 after closedown where they ran a load of random footage (programmes, idents, trailers etc.), all sorts of DVR effects, rewinding and fast forwarding videos etc. The most interesting bit was that they showed loads of old in vision continuity links, starting from some that were quite recent and then going backwards. The more recent ones were clearly recorded from an as-broadcast feed, as they included snippets of the surrounding trailers and programmes (you could see where they stopped and started recording to only catch the links), but once they got back to links from around 1997/98, they were from raw studio footage, so you saw bits of the presenters before and after going on air, one clip we could hear the presenter talking to a caller before they went on air. I wish I'd stuck a tape in and recorded some of it!
This topic will of course remind me of the fake breakdown during the Halloween Special of
, which, while it used a real design of the current BBC Two branding, was much part of the show – as the eerie whisperings, and ultimately, the horrorful scream, can give clue.