I disagree. Look at the BBC CGI globe from 1991, or the OU animation from the same package, a bit of simple drop shadow it pretty straightforward, especially if you have all the time in the world to render the thing.
Could they have been filling in for Lorraine whilst she was doing another project. I'm presuming by 1997 that Lorraine occupied the 8:40 slot.
EDIT: Here's a bit of information:
PHILLIP SCHOFIELD and Emma Forbes are to be tried out as the new faces of GMTV.
They will front the ITV breakfast station for a week, with a view to taking over regularly.
Fiona Phillips, a former showbusiness reporter, has been promoted to work alongside Eamonn Holmes as a main presenter. But station bosses apparently hope 34-year-old Schofield and 31-year-old Miss Forbes will front the show during school holidays.
The pair - who presented the BBC children's Saturday morning programme Going Live - will officially front GMTV as a `one-off' during half-term in February.
I had no idea that a split-service existed during school holidays. Easter is obviously the same date everywhere - did the Scottish schools break up a week earlier than south of the border, or did they go back later? How often did this split service take place?
When we say 'Scotland' opted out, what does that mean exactly? STV, Grampian and all of Border, or just Border Scotland? I believe Scottish ads are seen in the Border England area on Channels 4 and 5 - did the GMTV macro mirror this?