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You know, whilst looking at old TV shows is fun, one of the really good things about hunting through all these video tapes is the other bits - the between programme bits. I suppose old adverts have some appeal, but what I really enjoy is the programme continuity. Old, animated menus, that they used to have on the BBC, to advertise the evening's schedule. Terribly serious men telling us during the end credits that so-and-so is currently appearing in pantomime in Dorset. Unexpected flashes of Andy Crane trying to make things work in the Broom Cupboard. I appear to be Phillip Schofieldless, which is peculiar, but Andy's good too. Best of all, though, are the idents. I have a bit of a thing for idents.

And on video I have Central idents! Back in the dim mists of time, before Maggie Thatcher stuck her oar in, every region in the UK had its own independent television channel, and the regions all competed to make the best TV. Now they've all been bought out by Granada, so there's just one company, no competition, and consequently they haven't made a decent show since goodness knows when. But! Back in the old days, when there were regions, there was Central, and Central was best.



Watch the little globe go! And look look! --



TV isn't that shape anymore, I guess. They'd have to squish it to make it widescreen if they were still around. But they're not. *grumble*

And look what else I found! Back in the nineties, Channel 4 used to start up in the mornings with I Love Lucy, which I used to tape. They had these awesome little breakfast themed idents leading into the show. Channel 4 breakfast idents. I has them.


This is fun!

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ladygretchen
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
That's so cute! I think the major networks here in the U.S relied on those a little bit in the eighties and early nineties. Like the Peacock for NBC spreading its wings. (Boo the peacock has disappeared!) Or the 'eye' for ABC. All gone. Certainly PBS-the independent station, has its own. That Central one is cool. The breakfast looks like a bowl of tricks or fruit loops…or maybe Flintstone cereal.
swordznsorcery
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
They're little Channel 4 symbols in the bowl. That's probably not very obvious if it's not something you're familiar with.

NBC has got rid of the peacock?!
ladygretchen
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Ooh, okay! I couldn't tell! Yes, last year ago I wrote a little blog post about it. One thing was because NBC merged with Universal to become NBC-U with a bland old sign. Oh wait, you commented on this one! You know, I've actually forgotten about this merger myself.

http://voyagersguidebook.blogspot.com/2011/01/nbc-universal-merger-cause-for-concern.html
swordznsorcery
Mar. 17th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oops. Oh well, that was a year ago. I can't be expected to remember back that far. ;) It's a real shame though. I've always been fond of that peacock.

It is still around though, at least in spirit. I see the logo in the corner of the screen sometimes if I watch "Days Of Our Lives" on YouTube.
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