Idents

BBC1 1997-2002

The BBC1 globe went off in an unexpected and imaginative new direction on 4th October 1997, in the form of a hot air balloon flying over various UK locations. Around sixty clips were made in all, along with a number of further versions for special occasions.

These were the first BBC1 idents to be produced in 16:9 widescreen, but could not be viewed this way until the start of digital television a year later.

Hover the pointer over each image for more information about the idents.

Idents filmed in England:


Idents filmed in Wales:


Idents filmed in Scotland:


Idents filmed in Northern Ireland:


Lifestyle idents:


From our YouTube channel, four compilations of BBC1 idents from 1997-2002 (some also include idents from other BBC channels).






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