The Thick Four It: The BBC Four idents.

Download the whole H264 bunch in one swoop here (20.3mb *.zip).

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I find myself playing catch up lately, properly posting stuff that probably should have been here a long time ago. First it was all those BBC one dancers, and now the refreshed idents from BBC Four that launched in September 2005, which must have been just after my trip to London, where I posted the old BBC Four idents, which I remain incredibly fond of.

This series of six idents (so clearly I’m missing one) where created by Red Bee Media and described by them as;

a series that challenge viewers to reappraise how they see the world around them. Initially there appears to be only one image on the screen – be it of a swimming pool or bees gathering pollen from flowers – but as the narrative of the sequence unfolds it is revealed that there are actually four separate frames that all act independently.

I don’t know much about BBC Four, except for its reputation for being “intelligent”, and that it aired The Thick of It which I enjoyed, and where the mangled excuse for this posts header comes from (oh, and the shows being remade in the US by Mitch Hurwirtz).

I’ll post the sixth ident, and any new ones that may arise right here.

6 Responses to “The Thick Four It: The BBC Four idents.”


  • Stunning. I love the simplicity and the way the music guides you into realizing that something is not quite right with what you’re looking at.

  • Stunning, beautiful, elegant, imaginative…just like the channel. Perfect!

  • you did well in reminding us how beautiful were the BBC idents :3
    thank you for sharing idents with us! this is the best ident page out there!

  • I think the one you’re missing is one with workers in an office throwing paper aeroplanes about and they go everywhere. I’m sure that’s a BBC Four ident!

  • Now THIS is what idents should be – thought-provoking, engaging the viewer. No, REALLY engaging the viewer!

  • What a fascinating way to do idents.

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