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Channel 4 Schools (1995)

Here is another piece of television presentation that has brought the memories flooding back. An early morning (4am) Channel 4 Schools broadcast. I remember the blue slide with the Channel 4 logo on it. It actually looks very classy. Channel 4 had quite a slick presentational style at this point. They used Gill Sans a […]

Harlech ident (1968)

I am conscious that I have not yet featured any ITV idents, despite the rich treasure trove waiting to be delved into. This is the classic, eye-straining original ident for Harlech. You would never — never — see an ident like this these days. In fact, you probably wouldn’t have seen any other idents like […]

How to dance to intelligent dance music

Intelligent dance music — IDM. It’s a great genre with a naff name. Aside from the snootiness of ‘intelligent’, it has always raised the question: how on earth do you dance to this? Well we now have the answer, thanks to this video I found the other day. It demonstrates how you should dance to […]

Daphne Oram and the Oramics machine

This is the truly unique Oramics machine, designed by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. It will go on display at the Science Museum later this year. There was a great report on Friday’s PM programme about it. Daphne Oram was a founding member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1958. There are many people that […]

Tomorrow is Adam and Joe day!

When this blog returned last month, a reader asked me if the impending return of Adam and Joe to our radio sets was the best thing that has ever happened to me. Well, it’s not quite the best news I have ever heard. But nevertheless, tomorrow is exciting. Adam and Joe return tomorrow morning at […]

Gremlins affecting BBC One closedown

This BBC One closedown from 1996 didn’t quite go to plan. Just as well it was time to go home. I always find it interesting watching closedowns from the past. Continuity announcers just don’t seem so important these days, do they? Today they would never tell you to take care when heading out on the […]

Pacman coasters

A couple of friends made these Pacman coasters out of Hama / iron-on beads and gave them to me as a flatwarming gift. I got them a few months ago, but haven’t got round to photographing and blogging them until now. They are pretty cool! I use them at my computer desk. You can find […]

BBC News (1988)

Is this the greatest news title sequence of all time? It was controversial at the time, but I love it. The strikingly bold transmitter logo was designed by Martin Lambie-Nairn, who is arguably the most important person in television idents history. He is the person behind some of the most popular idents of all time, […]

The Chain

Next weekend sees the start of the Formula 1 season. So for this week’s television presentation gem of the week, I had to feature The Chain. This week there is a campaign to get The Chain to number 1 in the charts for the start of the Formula 1 season. Here is the title sequence […]