Idents

On this page, we look at some of the Christmas idents that have been used over the years on BBC2. We also have pages looking at festive idents from BBC1, BBC3/Choice and BBC4.

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BBC2 Christmas

This spinning snowflake was used as BBC2's ident over the Christmas period in 1979.


Some 90s idents now, starting with 1994. The following year, the services of Wallace and Gromit were called in - they were starring in A Close Shave this Christmas, while there was a sparkling contribution for 1996.


1997 saw the '2' trapped in a snowglobe - an alternate version also featured Vic, Bob and Ulrika. By 1998 the '2' had escaped and appears to be sitting at the top of a Christmas tree, while by 1999 our hero has seemingly grown some wings and is seen booting off the angel at the top of the tree!

In 2000 BBC2 brought us a giant snow '2', complete with little snow '2's skating around and falling off it. This would return to our screens over five years later, posing as 2006's Winter Olympic ident.


The Christmas idents from the earlier part of the 'personality' BBC2 idents era, first seen in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively. The ice cube ident never struck me as being overly festive, and indeed would later re-emerge as a 'hot weather' ident!


2005 saw the '2' stripped of its personality at last, and is by far my favourite from this era! Three versions were produced - they were also used in 2006.


The following decade would see the recycling of Christmas idents on an unprecedented scale - only two years, 2007 and 2011, saw new idents introduced (with variants), which were then re-used in subsequent years. This was being taken to the extreme by 2015, with BBC2 dragging out any old past Christmas idents they could find lurking in the back of the cupboard!


Thankfully, the arrival of the 'Curve' idents in 2018 saw the return of a more coherent look to BBC2's Christmas presentation. The three excellent festive idents, which were based around the Northern Lights, a fir tree and a cat's tail, all came back in 2019, when they were joined by a fourth, tinselly ident.


Click the following links for Christmas idents from BBC1, BBC3/Choice and BBC4.


From our YouTube channel, a playlist of four videos of BBC2 Christmas idents from the 1990s to the 2010s.