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nwtv20038,248 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
It wasn't unusual to see a Fireworks PIF on BBC1 leading up to November 5th in between CBBC and Neighbours, even as late as the mid 2000's.

I think the original poster may be a bit young to remember a good scary PIF before BBC1 closed down for the night and faded to black.
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Si-Co1,879 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I've just seen an HM Coastguard advert on BBC One telling you to call 999 and ask for Coastguard in an emergency.

It came on between the Weather at 00:15 just before joining the news channel.

Is this a new thing, or is it just something (or the type of thing) that's often shown at night?


There's been a PIF between the weather and closedown/news channel for as long as I can remember.

Used to be followed by the announcer saying something like "That was a public information film" but not for quite a few years.


I presume the BBC were required to specify that the viewer had just seen a PIF, because they may have also seen the same one on ITV or C4 - and mistaken the PIF for an "advert" on the BBC!

"That was a public information film, not a commercial - so you still need to pay your TV license!"
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