A selection of idents used by BBC two from 1991-1997.

With thanks to TVajb, Benriggers and The TV Museum for their contributions of pics on this page.

Normal Idents

Blade

Copper Cut Out

Black & White Copper Cut Out

Glass

Neon

Paint

Paper Cut Out

Silk

Shadow

Water Reflection

Optic
Introduced in October 1992

Powder
Introduced in October 1992

Balloon
Introduced in November 1993. Withdrawn from use when the BBC corporate logo changed on 3 October 1997.



Dog
Introduced in November 1993

Car
Introduced in November 1993



Firework
Introduced in November 1993

Garden


Diary
Introduced in February 1995

Steam
Introduced in February 1995

Special Idents

War and Peace season
A special BBC2 ident for their War and Peace season
1992



Berlin Wall
A special BBC2 ident for the 5th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s collapse.
1994


Film Can
Introduced in January 1995 to celebrate one hundred years of cinema.

Mars
Introduced on 5 July 05 1997, for the ‘A Weekend in Mars’ special weekend. Afterward it was used occasionally, linking into programmes such as ‘Third Rock from the Sun’ and Ulrika. This was the final new ident before the October 1997 relaunch.


So, how did they do it?

A 1995 episode of the BBC series How Do They Do That? dedicated a 5 minute segment to investigating how the iconic 2s were devised, produced and interpreted by the audience. Learn the secrets behind the magic in the video below.