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'''Availability:''' Was seen in-credit with animation on ''Ready, Steady Go!'' VHS releases in the mid-1980s. The Christmas variant was seen on the first episode of ''Do Not Adjust Your Set''. Was fallen to victim with Thames' wiping of the Rediffusion archives.
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'''Availability:''' Still saved on most shows, like ''The Bill'', ''Danger Mouse'', ''The Wind in the Willows'', ''Count Duckula'', ''Rainbow'', ''The Sooty Show'', ''Rumpole of the Bailey'' and ''The Sweeney'', among others. It was also seen on the 1970s UK version of ''The Tomorrow People'', ''Love Thy Neighbor'', ''George and Mildred'', ''Man About the House'' and series 1 of ''Everybody's Equal'', among others.
   
 
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Revision as of 03:50, 23 September 2022

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Background

The Thames production company was originally the production arm of Thames Television, from a merger of the separate previous units ABC Television Productions and Rediffusion London Productions. Even though after Thames had lost its ITV franchise in 1992 to Carlton, it continued on as a production company, which was acquired by Pearson Television in mid-1993 (itself sold to CLT-UFA in 2000, merged to become the RTL Group, and rebranded as FremantleMedia in 2001). In 2003, Thames was merged with another Fremantle subsidiary, Talkback to form Talkback Thames, which was then split in 2012 into four production companies, resurrecting the Thames brand.

Rediffusion London Productions

1st Logo (September 22, 1955-April 5, 1964)

Logo: Essentially a still version of the 1955 Rediffusion logo, with either "Presents" or "Channel Nine" being replaced by "An Associated-Rediffusion Production" or "An Associated-Rediffusion Network Production"

Variants:

  • There exists production, network production, and network presentation variants for this logo
  • Later versions of this logo has the text appear bolder than it was previously.
  • This logo can appear during the end credits of some shows
    • On The Circus is Back, Olympia, this variant has this logo transparent.
  • A rare inverted variant exists.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct. Pretty much of Rediffusion's programmes has been wiped by Thames.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (April 6, 1964-July 29, 1968)

Logo: Essentially, a shortened version of the 1964 Rediffusion logo, except the text is already formed, and the word "PRODUCTION" is shown below the logo.

Variants:

  • The first production version from the first year only has the already-formed version of the 1964 Rediffusion logo.
  • A Christmas version used the same effect from the station ID.
  • On Farewell Arabia, the logo is smaller, like the network ID.

FX/SFX: Only the Adstral spinning.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Still saved on most shows, like The Bill, Danger Mouse, The Wind in the Willows, Count Duckula, Rainbow, The Sooty Show, Rumpole of the Bailey and The Sweeney, among others. It was also seen on the 1970s UK version of The Tomorrow People, Love Thy Neighbor, George and Mildred, Man About the House and series 1 of Everybody's Equal, among others.

Editor's Note: None.

ABC Television Productions

1st Logo (February 18, 1956-1958)

Logo: Same as the 1956 production logo, except "presents" would be replaced with "Network Production" with "An" above the logo. Sometimes, this text would also be in capitals.

Variant: An in-credit version with "Filmed Production" also exists for the above variant.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the end theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct. These ABC programmes have fallen victim to wiping when Rediffusion and ABC merged together to form Thames in 1968.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (1958-1964)


Logo: A still version of the 1958 logo, except "an" was above the triangle and "PRODUCTION" below the "ABC".

Variant: "NETWORK" may also be below "ABC" as well.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the end theme of the programme.

Availability: Rare. It exists on DVDs of The Avengers (the 1962 and 1963 seasons). Other ABC programmes featuring the logo have fallen victim to wiping when Rediffusion and ABC merged in 1968.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (1964-1968)


Logo: A still version of the 1964 logo, except "production" replaces "presents".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the end theme of the programme.

Availability: Found on The Avengers '64 DVD set, and it appears on The Avengers from the 1964 (last Catherine Gale) and 1965 (B&W Emma Peel) seasons. It was also seen on the ABC run of Callahan. Again, other ABC programs have fallen victim to wiping when Rediffusion and ABC merged with Thames in 1968.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo (1966-1968)


Logo: On a black background, we see the letters:

ABC
production

in the centre of the screen, with "ABC" in red, The letter "C" in "ABC" then slides onto the "A" and "B" and the word "production" wipes out from the right, then the logo dramatically zooms out, then the letters "B" and "C" slide downwards and then reveal the words:

Associated
British
Corporation

The logo then fades out.

Variant: In 1968, the red letters were changed to yellow.

FX/SFX: The letters sliding and the logo zooming out, sorta simple.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the TV show.

Availability: Can be found at the end of every colour episode of The Avengers when reran on television and on DVD. The colour episodes were produced by the Associated British Corporation for airing on overseas networks between 1966 until the ITV franchises changed in 1968 (the original UK airings would of been in B&W).

Editor's Note: None.

Thames

1st Logo (July 30, 1968-1969)

Logo: Essentially a still version of the 1968 logo, with "FROM" on the top left of the logo.

Variant: On some programmes, a still version of the black background version is used.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Common. Many Thames shows had kept the logo, like General Franco and Special Branch, among others.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (November 15, 1969-September 1, 1989)

Logo: It's a still version of the 1969 logo, but with the text reading "COLOUR PRODUCTION" below the logo.

Variants:

  • During the 1970 ITV strike, a black-and-white version exists, where the logo reads only as "THAMES PRODUCTION"
  • Other versions of the logo exist, reading as "FROM THAMES" or "FROM THAMES IN COLOUR".
  • Prior to 1985, the last of these variants also included the text "© UK (year in Roman numerals)" below "PRODUCTION".
  • Another version read "Produced for THAMES TELEVISION", with "Produced for" and "Television" added above and below the Thames text which appears on Jack the Ripper (1988).
  • In 1982, Thames added a new closing logo without the reflections for its Channel Four programmes. Against a black or blue background was a box with a blue/white outline of the buildings, a blue/purple gradient background and the word "THAMES" inside. Underneath were the words "A THAMES TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" (an early version lacked the box).

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Still saved on most shows, like The Bill, Danger Mouse, The Wind in the Willows, Count Duckula, Rainbow, The Sooty Show, Rumpole of the Bailey and The Sweeney, among others. It was also seen on the 1970s UK version of The Tomorrow People, Love Thy Neighbor, 'George and Mildred, Man About the House and series 1 of Everybody's Equal, among others.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (September 4, 1989-September 2, 1990)

Logo: On a blue spotlight background, we see a still version of the Thames XXI logo, except the bottom triangle is wordless. Below it was the text reading either "THAMES TELEVISION PRESENTATION/PRODUCTION" or the text "THAMES TELEVISION PRODUCTION/PROGRAMME FOR" and the then-newly-introduced 1989 ITV logo appears below.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, the words read as "THAMES TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" which was seen on Thames programmes for Channel 4.
  • A B&W variant of the above also exists which was seen on a TCM airing of the 1921 film The Blot.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Rare. It appears on Thames shows such as The Bill, This Is Your Life and Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius, among many others. It was also originally seen on season 3 (1989-90) episodes of Count Duckula, however it does not appear on the DVD release, nor does it not appear on VHS releases as they are often deleted out, or plastered over by either Thames Video's first logo or Cosgrove Hall Productions' second logo (which was extended on the DVD release). It also appears on 1989 episodes of Never The Twain and is intact whenever Forces TV airs this. Season 1 episodes of French Fields kept this intact on UK Play and whenever Alibi decides to air it. The B&W variant of the "THAMES TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" endcap

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo (September 3, 1990-1997)

Nickname: "Thames Triangle III", "Thames Reborn (after 1992)"

Logo: Against a medium blue background is a blue and gold version of the triangular Thames logo from before. Below that is the text "THAMES TELEVISION PRODUCTION/PROGRAMME FOR" with the 1989 ITV logo. After 1992, this became the primary logo, and the 1989 ITV logo was removed.

Byline: Beginning in mid-1996, the byline "A Pearson Television Company" was added below the triangle, and "Production" was moved on to it, now in the same font as the rest of the logo. The copyright text "© Thames Television Limited MCMXCVI" was also added at the bottom of the screen, as it was previously on the credits.

Variants:

  • For Thames' Channel Four-produced programmes, the text "A THAMES TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" would be displayed.
  • There was also a version with the text of "THAMES TELEVISION PRESENTATION", and in 1993 and 1996, there were also two variants for Thames' Yorkshire and UK Gold-produced programs, with the text "THAMES TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR YORKSHIRE TELEVISION/UKGOLD".
  • In 1994, Thames' then-parent company Pearson remastered the 1973-75 documentary series The World At War, with the following plastered over the original "From THAMES" and "THAMES Colour Production" ending: following a quick montage of black and white photographs, the Thames Triangle ident (with the colour removed) appears on the screen on a black background, with the copyright date under it.
    • A variant of the above also exists where the Thames Triangle logo changes from black and white to colour which was seen on at least one episode of the remastered version of The World At War as well.
  • Variants of this logo for Thames Video, Euston Films, and Cosgrove Hall Productions were also used.
  • There was also a version with "INTERNATIONAL" replacing "TELEVISION". The name is put on a separate bar, and the logo takes up more of the screen with no other words around it. Oddly enough, this version was seen on Avenger Penguins (the first show produced by Cosgrove Hall after Thames had lost their broadcasting license at the end of 1992). However, it was not seen on the original airing, instead featuring Granada Television's "stripe" end board. This also appears on the Arena Home Entertainment VHS release of Lorna Doone as well.
  • A variant with just the logo appears on a early 2000s print of the second season of Avenger Penguins as well.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show, or none.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • It was seen on Executive Stress, the later French Fields (second season onward), series 6 (1990) of Danger Mouse, episodes of both The Sooty Show and Rainbow from 1990 to 1992, all episodes of Truckers and Victor and Hugo: Bunglers in Crime, later Rumpole of the Bailey episodes, This Is Your Life, Mr. Bean, and the first five series of The Bill, among others.
  • The first version used to appear on public TV rerun prints of the Mr. Bean Christmas episode, but it has since been removed for current broadcasts.
  • The monochrome version was also seen on The World At War after its "remastering" and has been aired on BBC Two during December 2002; no word yet if this version has been sighted in North America.
  • The production variant without the 1989 ITV logo also plasters the 2nd logo on programmes which was seen on UK Gold such as The Upchat Line, The Bill, Danger UXB, Give Us A Clue, The Sweeney and George and Mildred, among others.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo (1997-2002)

Nickname: "The (Pearson) Tower Bridge"

Logo: Against a black background is a tall blue box with a whitish silhouette of the Tower Bridge. Under that are the words "THAMES" in the Copperplate Gothic font and the respective company byline.

Variants:

  • On co-productions, the name of the station (e.g. "For Channel Four") would be seen under the byline.
  • A copyright byline is sometimes seen below.

Bylines:

  • 1997-2001: "A Pearson Television Company"
  • 2001-2002: "A FremantleMedia Company"

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show or silence.

Availability: Common.

  • Plastered over older Thames logos (primarily on British cable TV); otherwise uncommon in America, as recent Thames productions have rarely aired on PBS.
  • Was also seen on The Bill, among others.
  • Early episodes of the 4th season of the UK version of Fort Boyard on Challenge feature this logo, with the remaining episodes of that season used the next logo.
  • Recent reruns of season 7 of Strike it Lucky on Challenge feature this logo with the Pearson byline, followed by the 2001 FremantleMedia logo.
  • It also appears on a UK 4:3 DVD release of Jack the Ripper (1988) plastering the 2nd logo.

Editor's Note: None.

6th Logo (2001-2003)

Nickname: "River Waves"

Logo: As we see waves on the surface of a river, the name "THAMES" in a white sans-serif font is seen in the centre of the screen. Like the "Rising Buildings", there is a reflection given to the Thames name (in a sky-bluish shade). The byline "A FremantleMedia Company" is under this.

Variants:

  • For older shows and movies, it plasters older Thames logos like the 8th logo and there is a copyright disclaimer appearing below relating to the year it first commissioned.
  • On co-productions with the BBC (such as the long-running British edition of This Is Your Life), the Thames logo is seen on a black background with the 1997 BBC logo under it. Copyright notices for both are seen under the BBC logo.
  • On Pop Idol, the 19 Entertainment logo is seen below the Thames logo.
  • On shows co-produced with Channel 5, the logo and the background are on the right side of the Channel 5 logo with the copyright disclaimer below.

FX/SFX: A still image rendered in modern CGI.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show or silence.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • It was seen on Pop Idol, The Bill, and Play Your Cards Right, among others.
  • Just like the eighth logo, most Thames productions and episodes of Take Your Pick that air on Challenge currently have this plaster over older Thames logos, usually adding in a copyright byline dated the year the series was originally transmitted/aired.
  • A few episodes of the 4th season of the UK version of Fort Boyard when aired on Challenge end with this logo.
  • This logo is also seen on a UK 16:9 widescreen DVD release of Jack the Ripper (1988) plastering the 2nd logo.

Editor's Note: None.

7th Logo (2003-2005)

Logo: Against a bluish/whitish background with many dots and lines, we see the word "THAMES"; below that is the "talkbackTHAMES" logo. The byline "Part of the FremantleMedia Group" (or "A FremantleMedia Company") is shown underneath it in a smaller font. Sometimes, a FremantleMedia copyright date is at the bottom.

Variants:

  • This logo was sometimes shared with the 19 Entertainment logo.
  • As per the 9th logo, the logo and the background are on the right side of the Channel 5 logo with the copyright disclaimer below on shows co-produced with Channel 5.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Just the end theme from any show.

Availability: Was seen on Pop Idol, The Bill, Play Your Cards Right, Idols!, and Hardware, among others.

Editor's Note: None.

8th Logo (January 1, 2012-2019)

Logo: A purple circle zooms in, with the word "thames" (with a massive "t") turning on the circle. The bottom shines. The FremantleMedia byline appears on the bottom of it.

FX/SFX: The circle zooming and "thames" turning in.

Music/Sounds: Just the end theme from any show.

Availability: Seen on Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor from 2012-2019, and the 2012 series of Blockbusters on Challenge, among others.

Editor's Note: None.

9th Logo (2018-)

Logo: On a black background, the word "THAMES" now in a gold and a different font rises up, and the reflection fades out, similar to the "Rising Buildings" logo.

Bylines:

  • 2018-2021: "Part of Fremantle" (sometimes the Fremantle logo is used)
  • 2021-: "A Fremantle Label" with "Fremantle" in said company's logo.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, it shares the screen with other logos.
  • On Too Hot to Handle starting with season 2, the logo appears at the top and Talkback appears underneath making it similar to the Talkback Thames logo.
  • A still version of this logo exists.

FX/SFX: The "THAMES" lettering rising and its reflection fading away.

Music/Sounds: A whoosh sound with a "thud", the ending theme from any show, or none.

Availability: Current.

Editor's Note: None.

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