Monthly Archive for June, 2006

Four to the Floor: The ever growing complete-ish collection of Channel 4 idents.

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Above is the ever growing collection of Channel 4′s current set of idents. The simple idea that flows through all these idents is the creation of “the 4″, be it optical illusion, supernatural intervention or coincidence, the iconic Channel 4 logo rears its head at some point during all these videos.

The basic premise leaves open many possibilities to play with, which perhaps also explains the longevity that these idents retain. New idents continue to be produced by Channel 4, and are added to the top of this post, with the most recent addition being: Airplane graveyard.

This remains simply one of the best set of idents I’ve seen. Any new idents will be added to this post as I find them.

For more Channel 4 awesomeness check out the Channel 4 category of this blog for lots more videos, or watch some of the special/one-off idents that Channel 4 have produced for various occasions below.

One-off and special idents created by Channel 4:

While its not entirely a Channel 4 ident as such, this promo for The Killers weekend on 4 does follow the same structure and is very cool….

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The Simpsons got their own ident to coincide with the launch of the movie earlier…

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To celebrate 25 years of broadcasting Channel 4 also recreated their classic original ident, along with a montage of the various idents they have used over the past quarter century.

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The return of Al Harding.

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In January this year I posted a series of ABC promos with a catchy tune called ‘Light My Way’. The awesome series was showing off the years upcoming attractions on the ABC.

“This is where your world starts spinning” quickly became the most searched term to find this site, and after somewhat confusingly refering to them as the the Garden State of idents the man behind the song commented in response to the collective kind remarks made about his work.

Well the ABC is back at it, this month running two new promos featuring the track, unfortunately only one of them with his vocals, nonetheless they are both visually and musically brilliant.

To The Manor Born, to go watch Freeview.

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It wasn’t too long ago that I showed you an ad from Digital UK introducing their mascot ‘Digit Al’ to spruik the benefits of digital television and get the minority of British households who hadn’t already jumped on the digital bandwagon to do so.

Well the BBC are at it again with their own promo, featuring some British celebrities that I can’t quite recognise talking about the benefits of switching.

How I wish the Australian digital television market hadn’t been legislatevly retarted by “the dead hands of a compliant government and too powerful media owners”, Crikey have some other good points in an article about the situation, which basically concludes that by pushing any real change back to 2012 is far too late, by which time we’ll all be downloading our shows (as if we’re not already), and commercial FTA will be screwed.

Australian’s love non-Australian content, there is nothing prolific to speak of being produced locally on commercial free to air, and with broadband not far from being in every persons house its no wonder we’re cutting out the middle man (the broadcaster), and finally taking control of when, how and what we watch on television.

This week in current affairs shows: Part 11

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This weeks lesson: overstatement

The Chaser returned tonight in excellent form after a fortnight off, this weeks lesson about current affairs show was all about the hyperbole they use…

Australia’s parking vultures, see how they methodically herd innocent motorists into their ambush zone, and once you leave your car they take it and hold you to ransom.

Or, the women who says her councils zoning decisions make her feel like she is living in Idi Amin’s Africa.

Admittadly I’ve never lived in an area that was under council rule (just self government), but I can’t imagine its anything like the murder and torture of half a million people, by a a self proclaimed ‘King of Scotland’ and apparent cannibal who “brought bloody tragedy and economic ruin to his country, during a selfish life that had no redeeming qualities.”

The Chaser’s War on ABC promos

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The Shit Boring Golf Classic, Catalyst investigates beached blue bottle stingers and the 12th Annual Air Bassoon Championships.. the Chaser and their ABC promos.

Wimbledon. Another Sigur Rós.

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Wimbledon is coming to the BBC, and so is Sigur Ros. This time with Sæglópur.

The World Awaits You: July on ABC

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A new promo for the upcoming months programming on ABC. I like it, my only complaint would be the music.. Which isn’t that bad, its just that I got Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós off iTunes tonight (its the music used for the BBC’s promo of Planet Earth) and its the kind of music that makes you question why stuff that good isn’t used at every opportunity.

Switzerland: Neutrality, the Helvetia and Jung…

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..those three things are about the extent of my Swiss knowledge; we all know about the passport countrol and neutral stance Switzerland has taken, it turns out the countries latin name is Confœderatio Helvetica (which explains the .ch domain), and Carl Jung, who briefly had a crush on Freud was born there.

I’ve never been to the country, but its always interested me, and thanks to Christian I’m proud to be able to show you these beautiful idents, of what looks like a beautiful country from the Swiss public broadcaster SF. Its been a while since I liked a set of idents quite as much as these.

Two more clips after the jump. Continue reading “Switzerland: Neutrality, the Helvetia and Jung…” »

Planet Earth on your ABCBBC

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Planet Earth may have long aired in the UK, but the ABC is just getting ready to broadcast it, so here are the BBC and the new ABC promos for it.

ESPN gets all EA for the WC

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Thanks to Duncan for this one, its the opener for ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup, produced by Buck LA.