Idents

On this page we take a look at idents from BBC channels in the nations - BBC Scotland, BBC Alba, BBC 2W and BBC2 NI.

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BBC Scotland


Scotland has two BBC channels of its own - one is BBC Scotland, which began on 24th February 2019. Part of the channel's budget came from the now-defunct BBC2 Scotland, and it usually broadcasts BBC2's afternoon schedule before its own programmes begin at 7pm. At the centre of the evening schedule is The Nine, which mixes Scottish and international news, though so far audience figures have suggested that perhaps viewers aren't too bothered about watching an hour-long news programme at 9pm.

These rather nice idents feature an evolved version of the long-running BBC Scotland symbol which saw the country's shape represented by three parallelograms - the new version softens the symbol and removes the centre parallelogram so that it now also resembles the letter 'S'.


BBC Alba


Scotland's other channel began more than a decade earlier, on 19th September 2008. The Gaelic-language service BBC Alba is run jointly by the BBC and the Gaelic Media Service, MG Alba. The idents shown here were introduced in 2018.


BBC 2W


BBC 2W was a part-time digital-only channel for Wales which launched on 5th November 2001 - although to describe it as a 'channel' may be pushing it a bit. Replacing BBC Choice Wales, 2W opted out of BBC2 digital each evening for an hour-and-a-half of dedicated programming for Wales - however this meant viewers wishing to watch BBC2 Wales's normal schedule had to switch back to analogue.

Shown here is a rather lurid green graphical ident from 2W's launch, along with a series of live action idents introduced by early 2003, where the green box in the corner is revealed to be part of the action. One was filmed on location in the left-hand corner of Wales, on a railway owned by the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Ltd.

From 2007, the standard BBC2 'Window on the World' idents were used - a sign, perhaps, that 2W was being run down? As it turned out, its days were indeed numbered - BBC 2W closed altogether on 2nd January 2009. With digital switchover starting in Wales later that year, BBC2 on digital reverted to the BBC2 Wales service as seen on analogue.


BBC2 NI


Northern Ireland had a similar evening opt-out service on BBC2 digital from March 2001, which replaced BBC Choice Northern Ireland. Unlike BBC 2W, the service was not branded as if it was a separate channel, however it did have its own versions of the BBC2 personality idents, which were introduced in February 2002. Two are shown here, inspired by the Giant's Causeway and the Ulster Fry respectively.

The analogue and digital versions of BBC2 in Northern Ireland ceased to be separate in October 2006.


From our YouTube channel, video clips of the BBC2 NI idents.