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:
From our YouTube channel, four compilations of BBC1 idents from 1997-2002 (some also include idents from other BBC channels).
Text and video copyright © Robert Williams, images copyright © British Broadcasting Corporation