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Classic TV | Testcards
Introduction

Clock: Click for More Pictures So, first things first - the animations on these pages aren't really Testcards. They're commonly known as Pres - that's presentation. They're the little bits of telly that go in the 'junctions' between programmes, and provide continuity links whilst the transmission tapes are lined up in 'VT'. We could have called this area Presentation, Continuity, Clocks, Schools presentation, Slides and Idents, but it wasn't as snappy.

Pres comes in several flavours - Clocks (often seen just before the news or at close down), still 'slides', often advertising the next programme or advising of a technical problem, and idents - animated channel logos like the famous BBC twos.

Before the days of computers these graphics were created by filming mechanical models. The 1970s spinning globe with the stretched map behind it was created by spinnning a model globe in front of a concave mirror. The station clocks were mechanical until the early 80s, and the advent of the BBC B microcomputer. The schools diamond was a particularly ingenious model, involving a mirror and a stripey roller...

Schools Diamond: Click for More Pictures So, why on earth have we recreated them? Well, these old logos will bring back memories like nothing else. We guarantee you saw them more often than you saw any programme - every time you watched television, there they were.

The recreations were made in Flash by Dave Jeffery, and where possible use historically appropriate music.

BBC1 Clock

 BBC1 Clock 1969 to 1971

BBC1 Clock

 BBC1 Clock 1975 to 1980

BBC1 Clock

 BBC1 Clock 1981

BBC1 Clock

 BBC1 Clock 1985 to 1991

BBC2 Clock

 BBC2 Clock 1967 to 1969

BBC2 Clock

 BBC2 Clock 1975 to 1980

BBC2 Clock

 BBC2 Clock 1980

Open University Shield

 Open University Shield 1971 to 1984

Open University Shield

 Open University Shield 1985 to 1991

Schools Countdown

 Schools Countdown 1963 to 1967

Schools Countdown

 Schools Countdown Sixties Junction

Schools Countdown

 Schools Countdown 1975 to 1976

Schools Countdown

 Schools Countdown 1981 to 1983

Schools Countdown

 Schools Countdown Early Eighties Junction

Schools Countdown

 Schools Countdown 1984

Schools Countdown

 Schools Countdown Eighties Junction

 
 
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