Post by Mike Goldwater on Dec 22, 2021 17:38:36 GMT
The biggest find this year is video footage of the 1976 BBC1 Christmas ident, which until now only existed as a brief Super 8 clip. Earlier this year Rob Collis found a short clip, but unfortunately it had a lot of noise; then subsequently Ed Stradling of the TV Museum found another clip which had less noise but was full of dropouts. The restored footage is only a second long, but at least we have this tanatlizing fragment to go by, which is much better in quality than what we had previously.
Post by Mike Goldwater on Dec 6, 2022 13:45:58 GMT
Now it's December again, the Christmas idents are all over (most) television stations again. Recently I came across this facinating article about BBC designer Sid Sutton who was involved with the presentation department during the 1960's and 1970's. In his collection, he has preserved a good number of slides, which would have been the method to promote upcoming programs in the pre-computer age. There are numerous and facinating examples from this era which could be seen in this article here:
There's two images of interest that caught my eye, colour slides of the BBC1 and BBC2 Christmas idents from (c.1969); it's quite intriguing that he preserved these live idents as slides, the BBC1 example also exists as B&W telesnap, whilst the BBC2 example I was never aware of until now.
Post by Mike Goldwater on Dec 24, 2022 22:58:19 GMT
Kaleidocscope have recently uploaded a Christmas Eve closedown from BBC1 Cymru Walaes in 1980. Which is notable as it features the only known footage of the BBC Wales Christmas ident from that year and the earliest surviving example of an Christmas ident from that region. Coincidentally there's also a recording from the network BBC1 closedown from the same day.
Post by Mike Goldwater on Dec 28, 2022 13:17:37 GMT
Here's another recent find, an ITV Christmas promo from 1973, featuring the likes of 'Carry on Christmas', 'All Star Comedy Carnival', 'Tommy Cooper's Christmas' and 'The Benny Hill Show'. All shows of which already exist on "2 VT in the archives. This is by far the earliest extant Christmas promo I've seen from ITV, and the earliest to exist in colour.