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Robert Williams726 posts since 25 Jan 2003
London London
I mentioned this in the BBC News thread, but it's more appropriate here - as there doesn't seem to be much online any more about the early years of UKTV, I have done a page summarising the idents used between 1997 and 2004, when the presentation, in my mind, was a lot more interesting than it is today. Nowadays to me UKTV feels more like a random assortment of channels than a coherent network, especially after the removal of the unifying prefix from the channel names in 2008-09.

https://www.desandmick.co.uk/television/idents/uktv/
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Isonstine2,537 posts since 28 Mar 2001
London London
There are a few different promos where they talk about different things and I'm pretty sure Danny talks in at least one of them.


There is indeed. He tells the story of being called Dwayne/Duane in both Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise. Irritatingly they seem to choose one and they keep replaying it in every junction. If I hear Pam Ferris tell the story of how she knows the Latin names of flowers...
VMPhil9,989 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I mentioned this in the BBC News thread, but it's more appropriate here - as there doesn't seem to be much online any more about the early years of UKTV, I have done a page summarising the idents used between 1997 and 2004, when the presentation, in my mind, was a lot more interesting than it is today. Nowadays to me UKTV feels more like a random assortment of channels than a coherent network, especially after the removal of the unifying prefix from the channel names in 2008-09.

https://www.desandmick.co.uk/television/idents/uktv/

Boy, those original UKTV idents were gorgeous. Such a shame we never saw them in widescreen as intended.


Also I didn't realise the BBC had complete editorial control over the UKTV channels. That really does explain why they were identical presentation wise to the BBC channels, they even used programme slides!
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Asa3,587 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today
Nice touch to do some special presentation. The titles were a widescreen version of the classic and it was also nice to do an old-school ‘End of Part One’ ‘Part Two’ too. Had the ‘You Have Been Watching’ too but cards instead of scroller for the actual credits (naturally squeezed within nanoseconds by Gold). Font fans may disagree but it looked pretty accurate to me.

Can’t work out whether I like when they do these kind of programmes but at least there’s a genuine and honest reason for recording missing episodes, so credit to Gold and the team. No filmic effect anywhere near it either!

The biggest difference I noticed was the scenes were definitely framed for widescreen which obviously wouldn’t have originally been the case.
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james-20015,397 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
No filmic effect anywhere near it either!


Not even on the location work, which would have been on film in the original episode Wink

I think the way the end credits were done is accurate for how the end credits looked during Season 2, with the cast in front of a still photo, then the rest of the credits static on a black background. The more familiar end credits came in with the move to colour in series 3.
Neil Jones5,642 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Not bad Smile

A contributor to Digital Spy said the first episode wasn't 100% the original script as published in a book (before the rest of Series 2 was found) but I suppose that's the case for any TV programme and what is written is not what was necessarily recorded. Until the original episodes turn up, if ever, we'll never know. The second episode, Stripe for Frazer, at least has an audio recording made at the time which was later used as the soundtrack to an animated version.
Steve in Pudsey10,424 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
No filmic effect anywhere near it either!


Not even on the location work, which would have been on film in the original episode Wink

I think the way the end credits were done is accurate for how the end credits looked during Season 2, with the cast in front of a still photo, then the rest of the credits static on a black background. The more familiar end credits came in with the move to colour in series 3.

That's interesting, I was going to comment on the end credits being the only thing that let it down, but if that is how the original would have been done then fair enough.

Inspired casting, with the possible exception of Jones who seemed to sound too much like Joe Pasquale at certain times
Write that down in your copybook now.