FROM THE ARCHIVE OF: Dave Baldwin

A closedown from the first week of the ‘TWO’ era OSP.

VIDEO: BBC Two closedown. Announcer: David Wheal. TX DATE: 3rd April 1986. COPYRIGHT: BBC. VREF: 25590-01.

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[00:00:00] CLOCK: BBC Two closes down after the late-night Weatherview with Michael Fish. Announcer David Wheal mentions a tribute to the tenor Sir Peter Pears – who died that day – which will be played on BBC Radio 3 at their closedown.

And with a final time check, the announcer wishes us a safe and peaceful night. We then have a further 30 seconds of the relatively new clock, ticking away in silence.

It’s worth noting that the clock equipment for BBC Two had a higher resolution channel logo and hour markings than the BBC One equivalent, which was introduced only a year earlier.

BBC Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were never supplied with kit that provided an accurate reproduction of the BBC Two clock in the 1986 – 1991 era.

RELATED ARTICLE: you can read more about the 1980s BBC Two clocks here.

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PICTURED: BBC Two clock. COPYRIGHT: BBC.

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