On the web since 1996
Updated: Su 1-Apr-18
For April's update, I've added another animated ident to the Flash-free Files. For Daytime on Two, the standard, electronically-generated twin-striped BBC 2 symbol was used, but with a new background. It was first shown in 1983 before schools programmes, after they had made the move from BBC 1.
The ident is taken from Flash version, drawn and animated by Dave Jeffery, who has produced graphics for UK broadcasters and who makes this kind of thing for fun. You can see what he's been up to on his YouTube channel, modestly titled: Stupid Rubbish.
The story of the disappearance of Central and Westcountry, swept away by the Carlton branding machine.
The story of the disappearance of LWT, HTV and the regional announcers, despite assurances from the Government that ITV's regional identities were safe in their hands.
The story of how Carlton and Grampian disappeared along with hours of regional programming.
A FAQ on digital TV from 1999 when it was a new thing! A time when you could plug a set-top box into your TV and get Sky One on subscription with no dish, no cable or internet required.
From 2003, the annoyance of colourful, sometimes animated, permanent on-screen logos or "DOGs" that most channels have nowadays.
TV Logos Index
Revised Su 1-Apr-18
TV Station logos from yesteryear, featuring Dave Jeffery's Flash Files and now with Flash-free animated idents from BBC 2 and Granada.
Memories of "Charley Says", Joe & Petunia and more. There are films available to download and transcripts too.
Channel 5, Britain's newest and last terrestrial analogue TV network, was launched on Easter Sunday 1997 by The Spice Girls. This is an FAQ on the station from 1999.
Everything you always ever wanted to know about PDC, the amazing invention which enabled you to set a timer to record a programme and it would still work, even if the programme was delayed. An FAQ from 2003 when analogue TV was still a thing.
TV favourite Zippy from Rainbow lets rip with a 4-letter word in the name of entertainment. Yes it's really Zippy. Don't believe it? See for yourself!
Trying to get hold of an old TV theme? Here are the track listings from the TV Sets collection and This is the Return of Cult Fiction, which includes White Horses, judged to be the best tv theme ever!
In 1996, Dave Van Staveren created a web site that turned out to consist almost entirely of other people's web pages. The other people weren't happy - especially when Dave accused them of copying from him! That December he visited the BBC and apologised for his actions. But that wasn't the end of the story...
Find out how you go about inventing a popular quiz show and what it's like to appear on one.
A full list of contents for the pages at this web site. New and Updated pages are indicated as are those featuring audio and video clips.
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