FROM THE ARCHIVE OF: Dave Baldwin
The 10.35am BBC One junction.
[00:00:00] PROGRAMME: the final seconds of But First This – and a VT clock for the forthcoming programme promotion makes an unplanned appearance.
[00:00:08] PROGRAMME PROMOTION: for Bigfoot and the Hendersons.
The film airs at 3.10pm on Boxing Day on BBC One.
[00:00:44] IDENT: link into Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.
This is one of the early appearances of the festive globe. The positioning of the BBC logo is slightly off (horizontally). This problem was corrected fairly quickly on Christmas Eve. More than likely the horizontal positioning of the video output from the laserdisc was adjusted, as the positioning of the BBC logo was important for the clock, as well as the channel ident.
Not sure how easy it would’ve been to make provision for Christmas backgrounds on the channel clocks – alas, it never happened. A missed opportunity. Christmas 1984 would be the final occasion on which the BBC One clock was updated for Christmas.
PICTURED: BBC One programme promotion: Bigfoot and the Hendersons. COPYRIGHT: BBC.