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September 1981 - February 1985

Idents/Clocks [1]

September 05 1981 [TBC] and yet another colour change for the BBC One globe. Double line lettering was adopted for the channel identification on the ident, bringing it in line with the BBC Two symbol of that time. The striped 'BBC 1' logo wasn't new though - it had been used on BBC One programme holding captions and various promotional trails since the mid-1970s; it also appeared on a number of the channel's Christmas idents in the 1970s.

Above: BBC One ident [1] [September 1981]. On day one of the new look, some issues with the colour of the symbol.

Above: BBC One ident [2] [September 1981]. The colour on the symbol had been corrected by Monday September 07 1981.

Above: BBC One ident [3] [October 1981]. A number of tweaks were made to the size and position of the logo and globe over the course of the first nine months or so of use. Here we see some initial changes from October 1981.

Above: BBC One ident [4] [March 1982]. Following the introduction of a new electronically-generated clock in November 1981 [TBC], the size of the logo and globe was adjusted to tie in with the the clock face and logo on the channel clock.

By summer 1982, the size of the globe and logo had stabilised. Bar some slight variations in the positioning of the camera, the ident remained more or less unchanged until February 1985. Around mid-1982, the globe was replaced. Apart from South Africa having a more pointed southern tip, you'd be hard-pushed to tell the difference between the new globe and its predecessor.

Above: BBC One ident [5] [November 1982].

Above: BBC One ident [6] [January 1983].

Above: BBC One ident [7] [June 1984].

Above: BBC One ident [8] [February 1985].

Above: BBC One ident [9]. Here we see an example of the globe with a Ceefax subtitles indicator.

Above: BBC One ident [10].

Above: BBC One clock [1] [September 1981]. The timepiece introduced in September 1981 was mechanical. It also suffered colour issues on its first day on air.

Above: BBC One clock [2] [October 1981].

Above: BBC One clock [3].

Above: BBC One clock [4].

Above: BBC One clock [5]. An electronically-generated timepiece was introduced in early-December 1981; the exact date is unknown but YouTube footage shows the mechanical clock in use on Saturday 2nd December 1981 and the electronically-generated clock in place by Tuesday 5th December 1981.

Above: BBC One clock [6].

Above: BBC One clock [7].

Above: BBC One clock [8].

Above: BBC One clock [9].

Above: BBC One clock [10].

Above: BBC One ident - Open University [1981 - 1984]. This ident was initially generated by a mechanical device before going electronic along with the channel's on-air clock c. late-1981.

Above: BBC One ident - Open University [1] [1984 - 1985]. Thought to have been introduced in 1984.

Above: BBC One ident - Open University [2] [1984 - 1985].

The introduction of the new globe and channel logo in September meant that the 'Schools and Colleges' countdown also required an update.

In Scotland, the changes marked the end of the road for the local schools clock; it found its way into the skip. From this point, BBC Scotland simply used the Network dots before local schools programmes. After all, they always began at the same time!

Above: BBC One Schools and Colleges countdown [1] [1981 - 1982].

Above: BBC One Schools and Colleges countdown [2] [1982 - 1983]. In January 1982, a new 'Schools and Colleges' logo was introduced. The countdown was also now electronically-generated.