BBC Films (UK)

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BBC Films is the film division of the British Broadcasting Corporation, which was founded in 1990.

1st Logo (November 10, 1990-September 10, 1997)

Logo: It's just a white box with "FILMS" under the BBC logo of the time, in the closing credits.

FX/SFX: None.

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

Availability: Check old BBC movies for it.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (April 3, 1998-January 18, 2002)

Nickname: "Firebrand"

Logo: A live-action flame bursts from the left side of the screen. A bright yellow splash appears and creates the BBC logo from 1997 with "Films" next to it.

FX/SFX: The flash.

Music/Sounds: Wind chime sounds accompanied by several violin-like notes.

Availability: Rare. Seen on I Went Down and and the UK release of Billy Elliot, among other films.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (May 9, 2003-September 21, 2007)

Nickname: "The Explosion"

Logo: A huge explosion occurs, leaving white particles. The BBC logo with "F I L M S" or Films next to it appears.

FX/SFX: The explosion and the particles flying around.

Music/Sounds: An ethereal whoosh and a dreamy string piece.

Availability: Seen on all films from the era.

Editor's Note: This is probably one of the few logos (or properties, even) to take something like an explosion overtaking the screen and make it oddly calming to watch (and listen to).

4th Logo (March 9, 2007-)

Nickname: "BBC Plates"

Logo: A blue light opens in the center, leaving white particles flying everywhere. Three plates of the BBC logo zoom in, rotating in the process. The word "FILMS" zooms in.

Variant: In 2015, "25 YEARS" was added below the logo.

FX/SFX: The explosion and plates moving.

Music/Sounds: A mellow string tune with drumbeats.

Availability: Very common. Seen on current releases from the company, such as Eastern Promises.

Editor's Note: None.

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