Monthly Archive for December, 2007

Wrapping up Christmas on the ABC.

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Well I’m going to Queensland for the rest of this week, so posting may slow down more than usual. I thought it was about time I shared some of that Australian Christmas cheer, so here is the ABC’s seasons greetings from various people within the broadcaster and around the world.

Cutting up Christmas on BBC Two.

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The whole BBC is getting into the Christmas mood, and BBC Two have taken the latest incarnation of their idents into a surreal pop-up book world filled with scissor wielding Grinch like creatures and cardboard skies.

Check out the rest of the regular BBC Two idents here, or explore below the fold for a Christmas themed promo, and one of those whats-on-nexts for the whole BBC…

Continue reading “Cutting up Christmas on BBC Two.” »

The Christmas Penguins of BBC One.

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One year ago today I posted the BBC One Christmas ident for 2006, and in the spirit of consistency I give you this years Christmas ident, this time featuring the skating prowess of some penguins. Check out the rest of the BBC One idents right here.

And even though I’ve never watched an episode of Dr Who, the trailer for this years Christmas special looks pretty cool, and it goes with my whole previously stated appreciation of original programming during the holidays.

- Thanks for the videos Andy and Craig.

Christmas, Candles and Channel Five.

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Earlier this year Channel Five celebrated ten years of existence with some special “Five is Ten” idents, now though its time for that Christmas cheer.

Check out last years Christmas ident from Channel Five here, or what I think is one of the coolest things on this site, a shark eating a meat version of the Five logo.

- Thanks again for the video Andy.

E4 scrubs up a new look.

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Channel 4 relaunched the branding of its digital sibling E4 last Monday with five new idents and a refreshed on-air look. Above are four of the new idents (will post the fifth when I find it). The concept needs a bit of explanation, but unlike some other idents, these seem to make some sense. Basically they are meant to;

transform a typically British scene – such as a barn, a beach hut or a hotel – into a “deranged E4 space” where the “weird and wonderful colourfully unfolds”

Thats the word from the networks senior producer anyway. Whatever they are meant to be, they will probably appeal to the networks target audience, and really can a network that plays this much free-to-air Scrubs be all that bad? An example of a new look promo is after the jump, so..

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ITV1 wants you to have more sex.

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ITV1′s good-looking-but-confusing idents got a refresh recently with the addition of four new spots. This is just one of them; fountains. Check out the rest of ITV1′s idents here. When ITV isn’t broadcasting conceptually odd idents, or documentaries about sex, they’re running premium rate telephone competitions, which they’ve been apologising for after the jump. Continue reading “ITV1 wants you to have more sex.” »

New look bbc.co.uk beta now online.

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In April 2006 the BBC ran a competition asking for a new design for the frontpage of their crazy popular website bbc.co.uk. I entered that competition and was one of ten runners up. My design for the site scored me a iPod Nano which I later gave away to a reader. The BBC has finally launched a beta version of the new look front page and its available for the worlds criticism here.

Continue reading “New look bbc.co.uk beta now online.” »

The new S4/C idents, that react to voice.

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Proud Creative, working for Welsh broadcaster S4/C have created some of the most stunning videos I’ve posted on this site. I was immediately impressed by the “invisible patriotism” of the Welsh people that they captured in their earlier idents for them, and everyone was mesmerised by the infinite loop that filled S4/C’s on-air down time.

Now though it’s time for something new from Proud and S4/C, something technically very tricky and something thats a world first. Basically they have shot some new idents on film, but with some computer wizardry from Minivegas and some custom designed audio reactive software they are able to create “realtime rendering of live action elements”. Which means the continuity announcers voice actually effects what is on screen, similar to what BBC Four used to do, but on a whole new level.

Watch the videos above in order for the best experience, as they give an explanation as to what is going on, and start thinking about the endless possibilities S4/C have to expand this series.

- Thanks to Dan and Roger from Proud for the videos.

The Swedes are coming: SVT1 and SVT2.

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So far on this blog I have managed to feature European television from Norway, Belgium, France, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK. Which considering how little Australian content is on this site, shows just how lazy I am, and just how proactive and generous my readers are (thanks again!).

Well we now have another European country we can add to that list: Sweden, thanks to Simon who has supplied me these videos from SVT (thats Sveriges Television) the license fee funded national broadcaster of everyones favorite high tax paying country.

I’ve always been fascinated by Sweden and its literally at the top of my “next holiday” list. I don’t know what my attraction is, maybe its the Saab’s, maybe its the The Knife, whatever it is I can’t wait to hopefully visit for myself sometime soon.

Enough about my travel plans though, these videos are a mix of promos, idents and programming from SVT1 and SVT2, for a run down of whats in each video… Continue reading “The Swedes are coming: SVT1 and SVT2.” »

Let the BBC entertain you this Christmas.

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This time last year I posted BBC One’s Christmas promotion for their upcoming holiday programming, went off on a little tangent about the non ratings period, and romanticised the idea of actually sitting around the television with your family. I’ll spare you from hearing about the last two again, and instead just post this years BBC One Christmas promo.

The music is ‘Let Me Entertain You’ from the 1959 Broadway musical Gypsy.

UPDATE: Another BBC One Christmas promo (second video), this time featuring ‘Make Someone Happy’ by Jimmy Durante. This time predominantly featuring the upcoming comedy on BBC One over the Christmas season.

- Thanks Andy for the second video, and thanks anonymous internet for the first.