BBC America

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Logo descriptions by James Fabiano, BenIsRandom, Sean Beard, and Kris Starring


1st Logo (1994-1997)

BBC Worldwide Americas (1994-1997)

Nickname: "Turning Boxes"

Logo: Identical to the 1992 BBC Video logo except the words "WORLDWIDE AMERICAS" (in black) appear under the BBC box logo.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1992 BBC Video logo.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Appeared at the end of Red Dwarf and other British programs that appear on PBS stations. It may appear on episodes of Last of the Summer Wine (Series 10 and Series 11), if your station is running them.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (1997-2002)

Nickname: "BBC America Presents", "BBC One Balloon in America"

Logo: We start with a closeup of the globe hot-air balloon seen on BBC One's UK idents from 1997 to 2002. Then, in a very quick flash, a box appears against a blue background. It contains footage of the same balloon over a river and to the right of a riverside building. Under the picture are the words "BBC (in the Box logo) AMERICA presents," and the "BBC AMERICA" part expands as the logo fades out.

FX/SFX: The "flash", and the hot air balloon used.

Music/Sounds: A light piano tune that ends in a heavily reverberated note with the "flash". The tune itself is taken from one of the BBC One idents from between 1997 and 2002.

Availability: Uncommon. Previously seen as the opening bumper for many British television programs on PBS stations. It can still appear on programs such as Keeping Up Appearances, Waiting for God, As Time Goes By (most episodes), Last of the Summer Wine (up to series 21) and Are You Being Served?, if your station has older prints.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (2002-2007)

Logo: TBA

FX/SFX: TBA

Music/Sounds: A techno tune with a female soloist in the background.

Availability: Less common than the previous logo, but it still appears on older prints of As Time Goes By (later episodes), Last of the Summer Wine (from Series 22 to Series 27; Series 28 and Series 29 don't have any logo at all) and the Are You Being Served? episode "Do You Take This Man?".

Editor's Note: None.


4th Logo (June 1, 2005-)

BBC Worldwide America BBC Worldwide America

Nickname: "BBC America II"

Logo: On a dark, cloudy background we see the current BBC logo along with the text "WORLDWIDE AMERICA" (with "WORLDWIDE" on top of "AMERICA") emerges from the clouds.

FX/SFX: The logo emerging. Simple but effective CGI.

Variant: There is a variant with the print logo on a white background.

Music/Sounds: A whoosh.

Availability: Seen at the beginning of Dancing with the Stars. The print logo appears on BBC-licensed games, like Dancing With the Stars for Nintendo DS.

Editor's Note: None.