BBC1: 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 in 1983.


p class=”thanks”>With thanks to Deltic1976, TVajb and Benriggers for their contributions to this page.


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 Wogan, a chat show presented by Terry Wogan.

Ident (Ceefax P170)
This Ident was only used from 18 February until 31 March 1985.

Ident (888)
On 1st April 1985, Both Ceefax and Oracle subtitles were standardised to page 888

Northern Ireland

Note that the clock design used in this period did not have a center dot except in Scotland, where a blue dot was included.

Northern Ireland




BBC2 slides (Feb 1985-Easter 1986)
Used by BBC1 to cross-promote programmes on BBC2.


Menus (1985 – 1987)

Trail Endboards

Promo Endboard Menu (Autumn 1989)

January 1988

January 1990

Autumn 1990

January – March 1991

January – March 1991