I remember them using some widescreen recreations of the original idents for the 30th Anniversary, along with some of the original versions which didn't break the 4:3 frame, so didn't require zooming. IIRC they were used during a special night on More4, although it has to be said, Dave Jeffery's versions are better than the ones they used.
Already added into my YouTube subs list. Also could anyone say this is the True Online Martin Lambie-Nairn Museum? If so, don't mind me while I look in the gift shop and get a BBC One Balloon plushie, a BBC Two remote controlled toy and a Channel 4 jigsaw.
I am extremely late in posting this, but Jump posted this tribute in January. I was somewhat surprised to learn that the BBC2 idents were the inspiration for the 1995 Smith & Jones opening titles (officially the Greatest Title Sequence Ever as awarded by me). It didn't seem obvious to me but rewatching it, I can see similarities to a few of them (Paint, Powder, Water).
For one comedy project in the mid 90s we were even asked to parody his BBC2 idents. You can see our efforts on Talkback Productions ‘Smith & Jones’ titles. It’s still one of our favourite sequences – even if it did piggyback off the orginal’s creative genius.
I echo your sentiment on that title sequence Phil, it flows so well, uses amazing transitions that would make any tik-toker jealous and is accompanied by a brilliant brass theme tune.
Yep, Philip Pope composed that tune along with a lot of the other music in Smith & Jones. I think he did all the theme tunes but that was both the last and my favourite (although this one comes a close second, I find it weirdly catchy).
For some reason Jump have deleted their copy of the titles so I reuploaded it (as above) and took the opportunity to replace the soundtrack with a hi-fi stereo version.
Had forgotten how much I used to love Smith & Jones until I heard that theme again. Agree, excellent title sequence and perhaps non-news title sequences is something we haven't appreciated enough here over the years.