The reinvention of BBC Two continues with the launch of a full set of new idents, that will refresh the channel’s identity.

The first BBC Two logo from the sixties.

“We have been working to reinvigorate BBC Two, making it the home of the most urgent documentaries, the most brilliantly crafted dramas, the most mischievous comedies, the most eye-opening history and science. The new channel branding reflects this constantly eclectic and stimulating mix of programming and I am so excited to see it help define this next stage of the channel’s evolution.” – Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two

The Beeb says the relaunched station image is to be reflective of the channel’s commitment to specialism, challenging and complex programming, creativity, alternative outlook and its unorthodox DNA.

At the heart of BBC Two is a channel that is modern, contemporary and always stimulating. These new idents will provide the audience with a visual signifier that will complement the type of programmes on the channel and link the eclectic channel schedule together with seamless transitions between programmes.

Two of the new BBC Two idents, introduced to viewers today.

The idents are initially made up of 16 different animations created by a range of high-quality British and international animators. The intention is to add to these animations over time. They will include one from Aardman.

The idents were created through a series of collaborations between some of the best of British animation talent and others from around the world. Collaborators include FutureDeluxe, Aardman, The Mill, Kenneth Robin, Ari Weinkle, David McLeod, Helmut Breineder, Conlan Normington, Kijek and Adamski, and Mainframe.

The channel is also working with a number of high-profile British artists, including sculptural installation artist David Batchelor, to create animations and further details will be announced in due course. BBC Creative Design will also be producing an ident in the near future. Audio to accompany the animations was created by award-winning British composer and sound designer Alex Baranowski. His approach was to use the same two notes which would then evolve and create an atmospheric journey through each animation.

“Arty farty nonsense like the Channel 4 ones. Darling viewers just want to know what’s on, I’m sure they’re not that fussed what the channel logo looks like, and BBC Two should be more than aware of this concidering they’ve been reusing the past few years ones that first aired in 1991!” – TV critic Vivian Summers

The last major idents were added to BBC Two a decade ago, however, these were dropped for a mix of previous animations, some going back to 1991.
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