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Encyclopedia > BBC Two
BBC Two
Launched 20 April 1964
Owned by BBC
Picture format PAL (576i) 16:9
Audience share 7.9%
(September 2007, [1])
Country Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) BBC One,
BBC Three,
BBC Four
Website www.bbc.co.uk/bbctwo
Availability
Terrestrial
Analogue Normally tuned to 2 (Not in Whitehaven and Copeland )
Freeview Channel 2
Satellite
Sky Digital Channel 102 and BBC UK regional TV on satellite
Sky Digital (R.O.I) Channel 142
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 102
Tiscali TV Channel 2

BBC Two is the second major terrestrial television channel of the BBC. It was the second British television station to be launched by the BBC and Europe's first television channel to broadcast regularly in colour, from 1967, envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming. At 2am on Wednesday 17th October 2007 the analogue terrestrial signal for BBC Two was turned off in the Whitehaven and Copeland area, which covers about 60,000 people. On November 14 2007 it will be followed by BBC One, ITV and Channel 4. BBC Two has been replaced with five digital services and 15 services will take the place of the other three channels. BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is the most popular station in the UK. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in Western House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. ... Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation (BBC-2) is a defunct Philippine network that operated television station DWWX-TV Channel 2 from 1973 to 1986. ... Image File history File links BBC_Two_2007_logo. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... 576i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 3. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 4. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Analogue television in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the United Kingdom digital terrestrial television service. ... Sky Digital is the brand name for British Sky Broadcastings digital satellite television service, transmitted from SES Astra satellites located at 28. ... The BBC has provided on the UK digital satellite service all of the BBC One and BBC Two regional variations, which provides local news inserts and (outside England) regional presentation. ... Sky Digital is the brand name for British Sky Broadcastings digital satellite television service, transmitted from SES Astra satellites located at 28. ... Anthem The Soldiers Song Republic of Ireland() – on the European continent() – in the European Union() Capital (and largest city) Dublin Official languages Irish, English Demonym Irish Government Republic and Parliamentary Democracy  -  President Mary McAleese  -  Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, TD Independence from the United Kingdom   -  Declared 24 April 1916   -  Ratified 21... Virgin Media Inc. ... Tiscali TV is a UK-based consumer Video on Demand service, operated by the European telephony company, Tiscali SpA. The service, originally known as Homechoice, was provided by Video Networks Limited (VNL), based in Shepherds Bush in West London, until it was purchased by Tiscali UK in August 2006... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about a television transmitting location or company. ... Terrestrial literally means of the earth and is used in a variety of contexts: In biology and in the general sense, terrestrial means indicates ground-dwelling (compare aquatic). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Copeland is the name of some places in the world, a family name, etc: Copeland, County Down Copeland (UK Parliament constituency) Copeland, England Copeland, Kansas, United States of America Copeland, Indie rock band Stewart Copeland, drummer for the band The Police Edwin and Herbert Copeland, biologists David Copeland, neo-nazi... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... This article is about the British television station. ...

Contents

History

As a result of its criticisms of the populism of ITV, the 1962 Pilkington Report recommended that Britain's third television channel should be awarded to the BBC.[1] Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... The Pilkington Committee was set up on July 13, 1960 under the chairmanship of British industrialist Sir Harry Pilkington to consider the future of broadcasting, cable and the possibility of television for public showing. The report, published in 1962, criticised the populism of ITV, and recommended that Britains third...


Prior to its launch, BBC2 was promoted on the BBC Television Service channel soon to be renamed BBC1 and later BBC One; the animated adverts featured the campaign mascots "Hullabaloo" (a mother kangaroo) and "Custard" (her joey). Prior to its formal launch the channel broadcast 'Trade Test Transmissions'. These were usually short films made by companies such as Shell and BP. They became cult viewing and fan sites exist on the internet including 'Test Card Circle. Good examples were The Home Made Car, Roads to Roam, Journey into the Weald of Kent and Evoluon. They were charactistically high quality colour films. A joey of Tasmanian Pademelon looking out from the mothers pouch A joey is any infant marsupial. ... This article does not discuss cult in its original meaning. ... The Home Made Car is an Oscar-nominated short film directed by James Hill about a young man who rebuilds a vintage car and finds love. ...


The channel was scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m. on 20 April 1964 and show an evening of light entertainment, starting with the comedy show The Alberts, a performance from Soviet comedian Arkady Raikin, and a production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, culminating with a fireworks display. This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... CCCP redirects here. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. ... Kiss Me, Kate is a Tony Award-winning musical with a book by Samuel and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. ...


However, at around 6:45 p.m. a huge power failure, originating from Battersea Power Station, caused the Television Centre to lose all power. BBC1 was able to continue broadcasting via its facilities at Alexandra Palace, but all attempts to show the scheduled programmes on the new channel failed. Associated Rediffusion, the London ITV franchise-holder, offered to transmit on the BBC's behalf, but their gesture was rejected, presumably for pride's sake. Battersea Power Station viewed from the north bank of the River Thames at Pimlico. ... Alexandra Palace from the south Alexandra Palace was built in an area spanning Wood Green and Muswell Hill, North London, England in 1873 as a public entertainment centre and North London counterpart of The Crystal Palace. ... Associated-Rediffusion, later Rediffusion London, was the British Independent Television (commercial television) contractor for London, on weekdays between 1954 (transmissions started on September 22, 1955) and July 29, 1968. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting...


However, at 10 p.m. BBC2 had no choice but to concede defeat and postpone programming until the following morning. As the BBC's news centre at Alexandra Palace was unaffected, they did in fact broadcast brief bulletins on BBC2 that evening, beginning with an announcement by the newsreader Gerald Priestland at around 7:25.[2] There was believed to be no recording ever made of this bulletin, but one was discovered in early 2003. Gerald Francis Priestland (26 February 1927 - 20 June 1991) was a news correspondent and newsreader for the BBC. Gerald Priestland at the news desk during BBC2s hampered opening night Priestland began his work at the BBC with a six-month spell writing obituary pieces for broadcast news. ...


At 11 a.m. on 21 April, power had been restored to the studios and programming began, thus making Play School the first official programme to be shown on the channel. The launch schedule, postponed from the night before, was then successfully shown that evening albeit with minor changes. In reference to the power cut, the transmission opened with a shot of a lit candle which was then sarcastically blown out by presenter Denis Tuohy. Play School was a long-running British series. ... Denis Tuohy, (born April 2, 1937), a former actor, now a retired British television newsreader and reporter who originally hailed from the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland and is now resident in County Cork. ...


To establish the new channel's identity and draw viewers to it, the BBC decided that a widely promoted, lavish series would be essential in its earliest days. The production chosen was The Forsyte Saga, a no-expense-spared adaptation of the novels by John Galsworthy, featuring well-established actors Kenneth More and Eric Porter. Critically for the future of the fledgling channel, the BBC's gamble was hugely successful, with an average of six million viewers tuning in per episode of a total of only 9 million able to receive the channel at the time, and BBC2 was safely established with the public. The Forsyte Saga is the collective title of a series of novels by John Galsworthy. ... John Galsworthy OM (14 August 1867 – 31 January 1933) was an English novelist and playwright. ... Kenneth Gilbert More CBE, (20 September 1914 - 12 July 1982) was a successful British cinema, television and theatre actor. ... Eric Richard Porter (April 8, 1928 - May 15, 1995) was a distinguished English actor who appeared on stage as well as in cinema and television. ...


Unlike the other channels available at that time (BBC1 and ITV), BBC2 was broadcast only on the 625 line UHF system, so was not available to viewers with 405 line VHF sets. This created a market for dual standard receivers which could switch between the two systems. The early technical problems, which included being unable to transmit US made programmes created using an altogether different system, were resolved by a committee headed by James Redmond. BBC1 and ITV later joined BBC2 on 625-line UHF but continued to simulcast on 405-line VHF until 1985. BBC2 became the first channel in Europe to broadcast in colour in July 1967, using the PAL system. The thirteen part series Civilisation was created as a celebration of two millennia of western art and culture to showpiece the new colour technology.[3] BBC One and ITV simultaneously introduced PAL colour on UHF on 15 November 1969. BBC Two is to be the first BBC channel to leave the domain of analogue television. The analogue service will be switched off from 17 October 2007, region by region, about a month before the other remaining analogue channels. This will be the first major step in forcing those relying on analogue signal over to one of the BBC's digital platforms - Freeview or Freesat. BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz (wavelength 10 m) to 300 MHz (wavelength 1 m). ... Sir James Redmond (8 November 1918–17 October 1999) was one of the pioneers of modern public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom. ... The 405-line monochrome analogue television broadcasting system was the first electronic television system to be used in regular broadcasting. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... Front cover Civilisation (full title, Civilisation: A Personal View) was a popular TV series outlining the history of Western society produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC Two. ... Analog television encodes picture information by varying the voltages and/or frequency of the signal. ... This article is about the United Kingdom digital terrestrial television service. ... Freesat is a BBC-owned trademark for free to air digital satellite television services targeting the UK. It is used as a tradename by two, differing systems, one of which is not purely free-to-air. ...


Controllers

The current controller of BBC Two is Roly Keating, who took up the post in June 2004 having formerly been controller of BBC Four. His predecessor Jane Root, who was appointed in 1999 and was the first woman to be appointed controller of a BBC television channel, departed in May 2004 to become the executive vice president and general manager of the US-based Discovery Channel. Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Peacock (born 1929) was a British television executive, who from 1963 until the spring of 1965 was the first ever Controller of BBC Two, the Corporations second television channel. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Sir David Frederick Attenborough, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, born May 8, 1926 in London, (the younger brother of director and actor Richard Attenborough), is the presenter of many ground-breaking and award winning BBC wildlife documentaries, and a former senior manager for the BBC. He has travelled widely, originally to... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Robin Scott (24 October 1920 - 7 February 2000) was a BBC controller, the launch controller BBC Radio 1 in 1967, and of BBC2 television from 1969 to 1974. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Aubrey Singer was the controller of BBC Two from 1974 until 1978. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Brian Wenham was the controller of BBC Two from 1978 until 1982. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Graeme MacDonald (sometimes credited as Graeme McDonald) was a British television producer and executive. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Alan Yentob (born March 11, 1947) is a British television executive. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Michael Jackson (born 1958) is a British television executive. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Mark Thompson has been the BBC Director-General since May 2004. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jane Root (born May 18, 1957) was the controller of BBC Two from 1999 until 2004, when she left to work for Discovery Networks in the United States. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roly Keating is the current controller of British television channel BBC Two as of 2004. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: June 2004 in sports Deaths in June • 28 Anthony Buckeridge • 26 Naomi Shemer • 26 Yash Johar • 22 Bob Bemer • 22 Thomas Gold • 22 Francisco Ortiz Franco • 16 Thanom Kittikachorn • 10 Ray Charles • 5 Ronald Reagan... Jane Root (born May 18, 1957) was the controller of BBC Two from 1999 until 2004, when she left to work for Discovery Networks in the United States. ... This article is about the year. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ...


Present and past role

Nowadays, new BBC programmes often appear on BBC Two, especially if those behind them have not proven themselves elsewhere. A successful BBC Two programme has often been moved to BBC One, in the manner of Have I Got News For You. Over its first thirty or so years the channel developed a reputation for screening highly praised and prestigious drama series, amongst these Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) or 1996's epic, critically-acclaimed Our Friends in the North ; its "highbrow" profile compared to rivals is also in part attributable to a long history of demanding, flagship documentaries, most famously Civilisation and The Ascent of Man. During the 1980s and early 1990s, like the early Channel 4, BBC2 also started to establish for itself a reputation as a champion of independent and international cinema. Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show; produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. It is based loosely on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been running since 1990. ... Boys from the Blackstuff is a British television drama serial of five episodes, originally transmitted from October 10 to November 7, 1982 on BBC TWO. The serial was written by Liverpudlian playwright Alan Bleasdale, and was a sequel to a television play called The Black Stuff, which he had originally... The opening titles sequence of Our Friends in the North. ... Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the intent to remain factual or non-fictional. ... Front cover Civilisation (full title, Civilisation: A Personal View) was a popular TV series outlining the history of Western society produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC Two. ... The Ascent of Man (1973) was a groundbreaking BBC documentary series, produced in association with Time-Life Films, written and presented by Jacob Bronowski. ... This article is about the British television station. ...


The channel has sometimes been judged in more recent years increasingly to have moved away from this original role and to have moved closer to the mainstream. The perception of its greater minority interest nevertheless persists in today's multi-channel world, so that a programme moved from BBC Two to BBC One will often attract a much larger audience, even though no other change has been made. Since 2004 there have been some signs of an attempt to return closer to parts of BBC Two's earlier output with the arts strand The Culture Show and intermittent night-time repeats of programming from BBC Four. Its most popular programme at the moment is Top Gear. The Culture Show is a weekly magazine show broadcast on Saturday nights on BBC Two, focussing on the latest developments in the worlds of film, music, art, fashion and the performing arts. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 4. ... For the original series, see Top Gear (original format). ...


During the evenings, the broadcast alternative programmes on BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Scotland and BBC Two Wales. In addition, BBC Wales broadcasts a special, digital-only channel, BBC 2W, which contains more opt-outs than BBC Two Wales, an analogue-only service. BBC Two Northern Ireland's offering includes local news and weather updates, whilst BBC Scotland broadcasts variations from the main network on BBC Two Scotland, such as Newsnight Scotland, and often Gaelic-language programmes under the banner "BBC Two Alba". BBC Two Northern Ireland is a television station operated by BBC Northern Ireland. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC and Europes first television channel to broadcast regularly in colour (from 1967), envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming. ... BBC Wales (Welsh: ) is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation for Wales. ... BBC 2W is a digital television channel run by the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... BBC Scotland (BBC Alba in Gaelic) is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... Newsnight Scotland launch - 1999 Newsnight Scotland is a BBC television news programme which started in 1999. ... BBC Alba is the Gaelic name for Scotlands national television broadcaster, BBC Scotland Television. ...


Programming

An incomplete list of popular BBC produced shows and shows originally produced for BBC TV: Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9 2point4 children 8...

Public service, educational and community programming

An important part of BBC2's early mission was not only to provide minority interest entertainment but also to fulfil the public service functions of educational and community broadcasting. A community is a social group of organisms sharing an environment, normally with shared interests. ...


Following a long and important association with the Open University, which has always co-produced programming with the channel, BBC2 has also carried BBC's Schools programmes from 1983 onward from BBC1. In recent years the Open University programming has been broadcast under the wider category of the BBC Learning Zone, in its long-standing slot late at night and during the early hours. However, in 2004 the Open University announced it was to end the late night programmes in favour of more primetime co-productions, modelled on Coast. Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website http://www. ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website http://www. ... BBC Learning Zone is mostly an Open University sponsored block of academic programmes shown during the late night - early morning on BBC Two. ... Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website http://www. ... For other uses, see Coast (disambiguation). ...


As a result of the channel's commitment to community broadcasting and amongst other programming the channel produced the symbolic Open Space series, a strand developed in the early 1970s in which members of the public would be allotted half an hour of television time, and given a level of editorial and technical training in order to produce for themselves a film on an issue most important to them. BBC2's Community Programme Unit kept this aspect of the channel's tradition alive into the 1990s in the form of Video Diaries and later Video Nation, an intended role which, after intermittent reappearances in the form of "Video Shorts", was restarted in 2007 with My Life As A Child. A community is a social group of organisms sharing an environment, normally with shared interests. ... Open Space was a programme produced by the BBCs Community Programme Unit. ... The Community Programme Unit was established by the BBC to help members of the public create programmes to be broadcast nationally. ... Video Nation is BBC television project in social anthropology and audience interactivity. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On-screen identity

Main article: History of BBC television idents
BBC Two ident "Copper Cutout" used from February 1991 to December 1999.
BBC Two ident "Copper Cutout" used from February 1991 to December 1999.
From 2001-2007 the '2' gained a personality as a 2 robot.

As well as programmes, BBC Two has also proved memorable for its numerous idents—various short films shown in between programme junctions that serve as the channel identity. Since it began in 1964, the figure '2' has almost always featured, using revolving, mechanical models and computer-aided technology, including the world's first computer-generated ident in 1979. The history of BBC television idents starts in the early 1950s, when idents were first used by the BBC to differentiate each of their channels and create separate identites for them. ... Image File history File links BBC_Two_Copper_1991-1999. ... Image File history File links BBC_Two_Copper_1991-1999. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Image File history File links BBC_Two_2. ... Image File history File links BBC_Two_2. ... A television ident visually identifies the network or station presenting a television programme. ...


In Easter 1986 the computer-generated '2' was replaced by the word 'TWO' in red, green and blue on a white background. However, a survey carried out by the BBC in 1990 found that this ident gave the channel a 'worthy but dull' image. Then-controller Alan Yentob saw a major change of identity was necessary.


Branding agency Lambie-Nairn were commissioned, and in February 1991, the new custom '2' - and the signature colour, viridian - were unveiled on BBC Two, in idents that would successfully change public perception, and become world famous.[4] The '2' always appeared in the same shape, in various forms; the earliest idents of 1991 featured solely inanimate '2' figures of different material in each, but also made use of camera angle tricks and properties such as refraction to achieve various effects. In later years it was given character, taking the form of a remote-controlled car, a rubber duck, a Dalek and a toy dog among many others (see BBC Two 1991-2001 idents). The expansive set of idents from 1991 to 2001 - lasting over a decade - are generally regarded as the best idents ever produced for a television channel; they ended in November 2001. The BBC corporate logo was updated within the idents in October 1997, though the idents moved away from the original viridan colour scheme in these latter years. ... Viridian is a blue-green pigment, a hydrated chromium(III) oxide, of medium saturation and relatively dark in value. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The straw seems to be broken, due to refraction of light as it emerges into the air. ... For other uses, see Dalek (disambiguation). ... This article is about the set of idents used on BBC Two between 1991 and 2001. ...


The subsequent presentation style which was introduced on 19 November 2001 kept the same figure '2' - though it was now always shown white on a yellow background, and completely computer generated. Occasionally, to promote certain programmes on the channel the ident moved away from the standard style. For example, in a trail for the second series of The Catherine Tate Show, the character of Lauren Cooper was shown arguing with a '2' in the guise of a dog. This canine identity for the '2' was part of the BBC's Pedigree Comedy branding for comedy programmes in the Thursday night slot, and featured in 3 ident versions for use ahead of the programmes. The Catherine Tate Show is an award-winning British television sketch comedy written by Catherine Tate who stars in all of the shows sketches, which feature a wide range of characters. ... Information Date of birth 1989 Portrayed by Catherine Tate Created by Catherine Tate/Derren Litten Lauren Alesha Masheka Tanesha Felicia Jane Cooper[1] is a fictional character in The Catherine Tate Show. ...


Withdrawn idents from years past have also made a return to BBC Two for special events. The "Garden" ident (in which a '2' grows out of flowers) returned for the 2001 Chelsea Flower Show after having been retired in 1997, and remained in occasional use until the November 2001 rebrand. For the 2006 Winter Olympics, the Christmas 2000 ident was used again (renamed "Frosty"), and remained in use until the February 2007 refresh. For the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show, "Predator" (where a '2' butterfly is eaten by a Venus fly-trap shaped '2') was used again (as "Venus Fly Trap"), and also remained in occasional use until the February 2007 rebrand. In each case, the branding was updated to match the then-current style. // The Chelsea Flower Show is a garden show held each year on five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London, England. ... Neve and Gliz, the 2006 Olympics mascots, on display in Turin The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. ... // The Chelsea Flower Show is a garden show held each year on five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London, England. ...


The latest style of presentation was introduced on 18 February 2007, designed by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and produced by Red Bee Media.[5] The figure 2 - which has been altered from Lambie-Nairn's original '2' design for the first time in 16 years - became a 'window on the world'. The first ident broadcast from this set was "Cappuccino Scoop". Additionally, the plum coloured box previously used for the BBC Two logo was changed to a deep aqua colour, along with a font change from Gill Sans to Avenir across the channel. Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO is a UK-based advertising agency which has produced several well-known television commercials, including: The Guinness advert Surfer, voted the best television commercial of all time in a UK poll conducted by The Sunday Times and Channel 4. ... Red Bee Media Limited is a media company which operates a playout centre in west London in the United Kingdom for television and radio broadcasters such as the BBC, UKTV, Virgin Media Television, ESPN and the Community Channel. ... ... Gill Sans is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Eric Gill in 1927-30. ... Avenir is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1988, and released by Mergenthaler Linotype Company. ...


On 18 March 2007, the ident "Tagging Football" was used to introduce Match of the Day 2. This ident is shot from the viewpoint of a man carrying a pink template with a 2 shaped cut-out hole, through which everything is seen; it is held up close to the camera. The man runs across a pitch, and hastily sprays the side of a football with a crude, bright pink '2' using the template and a can of spray paint. The camerawork is jittery, though likely intended to convey the frantic pace. Despite being different in style from the other current sequences, it is one of the idents issued as part of the initial set from AMV & Red Bee, and there are other versions of the same concept yet to air. [2] Match of the Day 2 (otherwise known as MotD2) is a football highlights programme shown on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. ...


BBC Two and BBC Four

Since the launch of the digital-only BBC Four, the BBC has been accused in particular of shifting its more highbrow output to the new channel, which a sizeable minority (25.2% in the third quarter of 2006[3]) of viewers still cannot receive. The perceived strategy has been to allow BBC Two to show more popular programmes and to secure higher ratings. Many commentators have judged there to be a strong resemblance between the new Four and the earlier, more ambitious, BBC Two[[4]]. Output from BBC Four (documentaries rather than foreign films) is repeated on BBC Two in a 'BBC Four on Two' branded area, although this is often in a late night broadcast slot after Newsnight. For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 4. ... Newsnight is a British daily news analysis, current affairs and politics programme broadcast between 22:30 and 23:20 on weekdays on BBC Two. ...


BBC Two in popular culture

"Guns don't kill people, rappers do
I seen it on a documentary on BBC Two"
  • BBC Two is also mentioned in lyrics to the ending credits theme of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, titled "BBC".

"So I'm on BBC Two now, telling Terry Wogan how I made it and What I made is unclear now, but his deference is and his laughter is" Goldie Lookin Chain are a hip hop group based in Newport, South Wales. ... Mike Skinner (born November 27, 1978), more commonly known by his stage name The Streets, is a rapper from Birmingham, England. ... This article is about the British television station. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Franz Ferdinand are an award winning rock band, from Glasgow, Scotland. ...


See also

  • BBC Two 1991-2001 idents

This article is about the set of idents used on BBC Two between 1991 and 2001. ...

References

  1. ^ "British Television up to the end of the Sixties", Sixtiescity.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
  2. ^ "BBC 2 Aborted Launch Night", starfury.demon.co.uk. Retrieved on 2007-09-12. 
  3. ^ David Attenborough extra on BBC DVD Civilisation by K. Clarke
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BBC TWO (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second TV channel to be opened by the BBC.
(BBC ONE and ITV later joined BBC TWO on 625-line UHF but continued to simulcast on 405-line VHF until the early 1980s.) BBC TWO became the first British channel to broadcast in colour in the summer of 1967, using the PAL system.
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