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 Saturday, November 21, 2020

TV nostalgia just got easier. Ravensbourne College have uploaded over 3000 BBC opening titles, promotional trailers, stings, idents and programme content sequences to a new website. Officially it's for graphic design students to study the history and development of motion graphics from the 1940s to the early 2000s, in case they ever need to know that the intro to Breakfast Time was produced by backpainting animation cels and filming them on a rostrum camera. But the site's also freely available to interested members of the general public, so if you simply want to explore the classic suite of BBC2 idents, follow the evolution of Animal Magic, reacquaint yourself with Bugs or endlessly replay the opening to The Good Life, there's tons to explore. Here's a selection.
1960 The Sky At Night
1961 Maigret
1962 Z Cars
1963 Animal Magic
1964 Wednesday Play
1965 Jackanory
1966 Camberwick Green  
1967 Play School
1968 Tomorrow's World
1969 Nationwide
1970 Vision On
1971 Old Grey Whistle Test 
1972 Colditz
1973 Doctor Who
1974 The Generation Game
1975 Pot Black
1976 I Claudius
1977 Record Breakers
1978 Grange Hill
1979 Shoestring
1980 Juliet Bravo
1981 Blake's 7
1982 Yes Minister
1983 Jigsaw
1984 Box of Delights
1985 Bergerac
1986 Blackadder II
1987 Crimewatch UK  
1988 Playbus
1989 Byker Grove

I lost hours in the BBC Motion Graphics Archive. Pick one, dive in and tune out.

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