BBC1 1991-1997

This version of the globe, designed by Lambie-Nairn, was used from 16th February 1991. The figure '1' was placed inside the globe for the first time, and there was all manner of lights, reflections and smoke floating round it - and for much of the time the continents were impossible to make out. In other words, it was a bit of a mess. And yet over its life, it did manage to develop a charm all of its own, and even won a string of design awards. But like most of the spinning globes over the years, it soon became totally innocuous - you simply didn't notice it any more. The full sequence took sixty seconds to complete.

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  A compilation of three closedowns featuring the virtual globe can be found at our YouTube channel.

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