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BBC One: 1974-1981

From the mid-1974 to mid-1980s the BBC1 ident comprised various fonts reading ‘BBC1’ below variations on the mirror globe, with a deep blue background. The idents were generated by the Nexus Orthicon Display Device, or NODD for short, which worked by filming an image in black and white and electronically adding colour before the image […]

BBC One: 1985-1991

By 1985, computer graphics technology had progressed sufficiently that on 18 February the mechanical mirror globe was retired in favour of the new “Computer Originated World”, or ‘COW’, which showed a semi-transparent blue globe with golden continents and gold “BBC1”. It was created by the BBC graphics and computer departments, with work starting on it […]

BBC1 1981-1985: Idents

In 1981 the BBC1 globe was given a minor refresh. Ident Darker version 60 years of the BBC 1982 1984 Olympic ident 1984 Olympic ident with Ceefax

BBC One 1985-1991: Idents

A selection of idents used by BBC One between February 1985 and February 1991 Ident The globe was originally planned to launch on 1 January 1985 but was delayed until 18 February that year by the then controller of BBC One, Michael Grade. The first ever programme to be introduced by this new globe was […]


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