Channel 4 launched on 2 November 1982. The first voice ever heard on Channel 4 was that of continuity announcer Paul Coia, who intoned, “Good afternoon. It’s a pleasure to be able to say to you: Welcome to Channel Four”, before heading into a montage of clips from its programmes set to the station’s Lord David Dundas-penned signature tune, Fourscore. The theme formed the basis of the station’s jingles for its first decade, refreshing slightly in the 1990s. The first programme to air on the channel was the teatime game show Countdown, produced by Yorkshire Television.

With thanks to Benriggers for his contributions of pics on this page.

Break Bumpers

Break Bumper 1

Break Bumper 2

Break Bumper 3

Next Slides

Next Slide
1992


Next: Animationed
1993-1995



Next
1993-95






Next Animation
1996










Strings

1994


Grabbers

Promo Grabbers – Idents / Bumpers
From Spring 1995, Channel 4 stars featured in short promotional stings known as ‘grabbers’. These had two uses on-air: as idents (seen with the ‘888’ indicator) and as trail bumpers.

Grabber -John Ram Holder From Desmonds


Grabber – Rory Bremner

Grabber

Grabber

Grabber

Fraser Grabber



Fraser Grabber No2



Fraser Grabber No3


Fraser Grabber No3


Fraser Grabber No4





Mark Little



Promos

‘Keep an Eye on 4’ Promo Bumpers
1992

Saturday Night Promo
1994

Film on Four Launch
1993

Promo
1994




Promo
1994





Film on Four Promo endcap
1993

Promo
1995




Soap Weekend Promo
1995





Saturday Night Promo
1996

Promo Endboards
1992-1996




Clocks

1982-1993

1994-1996
Introduced on Monday July 11 1994