BBC Two (UK)

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1st Logo (April 21, 1964-December 2, 1967)

Nickname: "The Early 2s"

Logo: A series of black and white stripes cross each other then reform further from the screen to make two bands. Two boxes, one containing a large white "2" and the other containing the BBC logo of the time, then slide in from the top and bottom respectively, and place themselves on the bands.

Variants:

  • Accompanying clock ident: The clock looks identical to the alternate logo, but instead of stripes on the right of it, a large clock with Roman numerals (though the 4 is represented by "IIII" rather than "IV") is seen to the right.
  • Another logo would run in tandem with the animated one during this era. The design consisted of the following: on the left, there was a divided dark grey box with a white border, housing the "2" within the top division and the BBC logo within the bottom. On the right was a longer, lighter grey rectangle with white stripes running across it. The logo, printed on cardboard, would flip over to reveal a large,white solitary "2" on a black background.
  • There was also a static variant.
  • There is an in-credit version used on Match Of The Day with the BBC logo with the number "2" in the same rectangle.

FX/SFX: The stripes moving and forming, the boxes sliding in.

Music/Sounds: A trumpet fanfare with a rolling drum throughout. The variations were silent, however (aside from the in-credit one, which uses the opening or closing theme to the show).

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (December 2, 1967-December 28, 1974, 1993, April-May 2012)


Nickname: "The Striped 2"

Logo: A "2" consisting of blue and white stripes deforms on a blue background and the blue stripes rotate to the left and the white to the right. They then reform with the stripe colour inverted into the "2".

Trivia: The logo was actually a mechanical model, like BBC One's mirrored globe at the time. The device was made up of 23 discs that were stacked on top of one another, with white and blue stripes painted on. Twelve stripes were white and started from the right side, while the eleven blue stripes sandwiched in between them started from the left. As the discs rotated inward, the "2" as you see above would form on-screen. Apparently, the device now lives on as a coin-operated amusement in the foyer of BBC Television Centre.

Variants:

  • Accompanying clock ident: Much like before, it uses the BBC1 clock at the time, but with the BBC 2 branding and colors.
  • There was a variant with a black background. This was introduced in 1978.
  • Christmas idents:
    • Christmas 1975: A big yellow "2" made of two stripes (very similar to the next BBC 2 logo) on a red background. Unknown how it animates.
    • Christmas 1976: A shiny and multicolored sequined layout of the striped "2", which constantly moves.
    • Christmas 1977: A cube of red "2"s composed by stripes, rotates in the same manner as the previous BBC 2 ident, above a "CHRISTMAS" caption.
  • Special idents:
    • A variant introduced in 1977 has the usual deforming animation, but reforms into a map of the UK and Ireland. This was seen before Open Space.
    • The logo was remade in widescreen and HD for BBC Two's 70's season in April 2012.

FX/SFX: The rotating stripes, and the chroma-keyed background.

Music/Sounds: See the 2nd logo.

Availability: Extinct on TV.

Editor's Note: None.


4th Logo (December 1978, April 1979-March 31, 1986, May 2010, October 10-22, 2012, 2013)


Nickname: "The Striped 2 Returns"

Logo: On a black background, two orange stripes write in. Then, a two-striped "2" writes itself in. The another set of orange stripes write in. The entire logo has golden/black gradient trails.

Variants:

  • Accompanying clock ident: From April 1979 to Feburary 5th, 1981, it had the standard clock for the time in orange, with a flat and larger version of the BBC 2 logo at the time with longer stripes, and sometimes the 2 in orange. The clock would be replaced with the new digital one in 1980, and the logo was changed to the standard logo, but smaller and longer stripes.
  • Starting in 1983 with the debut of school programming, the logo was placed on a yellow background, starting with white and ending with black.
  • Christmas idents:
    • Christmas 1978: Six medieval trumpeters appear rotating, with the new "2" logo on the flag of the trumpets.
      • Note: This was the first time we see the 2 in this form as it came before the ident package came out in 1979. It also was lost until it was found in December of 2017.
    • Christmas 1979: A revolving perspex snowflake rotates over a white version of the logo at the bottom of the screen. The clock was also changed to be white with a green 2.
    • Christmas 1980: Similar to last year, a more colorful perspex snowflake rotating above a different Christmas BBC2 caption.
      • Note: This 2 has a similarity to the 2 used in the 1990 package for BBC2, which would become a mainstay for the channel.
    • Christmas 1981: Three red translucent candles spinning around with the caption "Christmas 2".
    • Christmas 1982: Three green perspex Christmas trees with a hand-drawn, angular "BBC2" caption.
    • Christmas 1983: Another similar theme to last year. Three metallic Christmas trees spinning against the "Christmas 2" caption.
    • Christmas 1984: A pink bauble with the "2" on it remains stationary, suspended by a fuzzy green stick, while a stylized ribbon spelling "Christmas" rotating around it.
    • Christmas 1985: A blue tinted, snowy landscape scene rotates around a magenta "2".
  • Special idents:
    • The logo was remade in widescreen and HD for BBC Two's 80's season in 2010. For BBC Two Wales, the ident had the word "WALES" under the "2".
    • The remade version was also used on BBC Two Northern Ireland twice in October 2012, including the last Pages From Ceefax.

FX/SFX: The orange stripes and "2" writing.

Music/Sounds: A cheerful 18-note synth fanfare. In other cases, silent.

Music/Sounds Variant: "Feuillages" by Joël Fajerman and Yan Yrssen was used when this ident was brought back for BBC2's 80's season, but the Wales variant retained the original jingle.

Availability: Extinct on TV.

Editor's Note: It's rather dated by today's standards, but it was revolutionary for its time, as this was the UK's first electronically generated ident, and probably the world's first computer animated ident. Ironic that the Christmas idents were still mechanical.

5th Logo (March 31, 1986-February 16, 1991, May 2010)

Nicknames: "TWO", "The Colorful TWO", "Boring TWO", "Dull and Worthy", "The TWO Of Tepidity", "No '2'"

Logo: On a white background, the word "TWO" emerges from the wall as segments that are in white. As you can notice, the second part of the "T" is red and the first two parts of the "W" are green and blue. Despite the "TWO" in the ident, the channel was still officially called "BBC 2".

Variants:

  • Accompanying clock ident: The clock has the logo below, and the hours are bars emerging from the background. The hands are in the red/green/blue colors as well.
  • Christmas idents:
    • Christmas 1986: Snow constantly covers and uncovers the "TWO" in waves going left to right.
    • Christmas 1987: A transparent ball hangs in front of the camera as two people throw snowballs at each other with backgrounds of trees. The ball then pans up to reveal an all-white "TWO" logo, with a red dash above and a large green triangle stretching the entire length of the TWO above that.
    • Christmas 1988: A white-powdered person with green hair in the style of a Christmas tree cuts to a picture of a green and red "TWO" with the sections separated and frozen in ice.
    • Christmas 1989: Three figures seemingly made of wrapping paper move the sections of the "TWO" into position, which themselves seem to be made out of wrapping paper in the logo colours. The end board is accompanied by a synthesized nursery tune and rotating sheep in the background.
    • Christmas 1990: An upside-down triangle, square and circle burst open to reveal the letters "TWO" made out of items such as crackers, wheels and other assorted materials, accompanied by a soundtrack of two notes, the final note being dragged out for the length of the announcement. These idents were designed to follow on seamlessly from a similarly styled promotional trail.
  • Special idents:
    • A "TWO" ident recolored blue and red, with occasional powdered colours of blue and red, was used to mark a series of programs on the French Revolution.
    • A version with the letter spelling "THE" was used before the first episode of The Late Show.
    • A spoof version of the logo, spelling "THREE" was used on BBC One prior to their showing of Roland Rat: The Series.
    • This ident was remade in HD for BBC Two's 80's season in 2010 alongside the 4th logo.

FX/SFX: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: None, except a continuity announcer. The Christmas variants had their own jingles, and the 80's season variant used the Christmas 1987 jingle.

Availability: Extinct on TV.

Editor's Note: None.

6th Logo (1990, unused)

Logo: On a dark green background, a box can be seen forming, which then splits neatly like an elevator effect and forms the number "II" on each side, which is in letters instead. The finished product is then completed with the BBC logo underneath.

FX/SFX: Nice animation.

Music/Sounds: A deep harmonic tune which sounds similar to the one on the BBC1 test ident, except it sounds faster.

Availability: It was never used or broadcast, it was a test ident along with the BBC1 test one, and the next logo was used instead.

Editor's Note: None.

7th Logo (February 16, 1991-November 18, 2001)


Nicknames: "The 1991 2s ", "The 2", "The 2s"

Logo: Various, though all of the idents revolve around a numeral "2" set in Gill Sans Bold.

Variants: From the launch of the ident set until October 4, 1997, The BBC corporate logo from 1988 in white appeared at the bottom of the screen. From October 5, 1997 until November 18, 2001, the new BBC Two Logo (The 1997 corporate logo with the word "TWO" next to it, set in Gill Sans) fades in at the bottom of the screen a few seconds in. Many of the idents that were seen during this era are described below.

  • Paint: We see a white "2" set against a grey background, as viridian paint hurtles in from the side and splatters against the "2".
  • Silk: The "2" is sat underneath teal silk, which is constantly waving.
  • Neon: We see the "2" with teal neon tubes inside, which light up randomly.
  • Copper Cut-Out: The "2" is cut out of copper, with teal flashes of light and sparks emerging from it. There is also a Black & White variant. which keeps the teal light.
  • Water: The "2" is half submerged in water, set on a 45-degree angle. The Water Constantly moves.
  • Water Reflection: Same as the Water ident, though the part of the "2" that's in water is reflective.
  • Optics: Red, green and blue fibre optics sway around, eventually forming the "2".
  • Glass: The "2" is made out of a reflective material. something in the teal colour can be seen moving in the reflection on the "2".
  • Blade: against a white to black gradient background, a steel "2" falls onto a teal board, which wobbles upon contact.
  • Shadow. A shadow in the shape of the "2" stretches in and out of view.
  • Diary: Various paper versions of the "2" fly off from a "2" in the centre of the screen.
  • Firecracker: A teal version of the "2" has firecrackers attached to it. They are set off one by one, causing the "2" to fly up toward the camera. A singular firecracker fails to fire.
  • Garden: Timelapse footage of a flowerbed blooming white flowers, which form the "2"
  • Powder: The "2" falls from a height, landing on a powdered white surface, revealing teal powder beneath.
  • Paper Cut-Out: Similar to Copper Cut-Out, though the "2" is cut out of a paper background, and instead of sparks, inside the "2" is a midday sky, with clouds moving slowly. This Ident would be pulled from broadcast use in 1993.
  • Car: A Teal "2" is seen driving around a yellow background.
  • Dog: A fluffy green "2" is seen whirring, yapping, and doing back flips in the manner of a toy mechanical dog.
  • Balloon: A silver balloon "2" is seen bobbing around the centre of the screen.
  • Crystal Ball: A crystal ball rolls over the "2", severely distorting the image as it passes. Only used for a couple of weeks from November to December 1993.
  • Aerial: We see a dark green "2" with aerials attached to it in a red studio, appearing in random places between flashes of static, before finally appearing in the center of the screen.
  • Duck: This ident depicted a soapy setting, from which a yellow '2' resembling a rubber duck emerged, giving a little squeak. Later showings of Duck has the 'BBC TWO' DOG's colour changed to black in order to be visible on the lighter background.
  • Paint Pot: A parody of Paint, except it has a silver paint pot being bombarded by lots of small viridian "2"s, falling sideways.
  • Zapper: It has a fly zapper shaped like a "2" on a wall, a fly becomes attracted to its light, and the zapper breaks on contact as the fly buzzes away, leaving behind a smoke trail.
  • Gorilla: There were two variations on this ident. A gorilla stands up a yellow '2' in one ident, named "Gorilla Shadow", and knocks it over in the other, named "Gorilla Tantrum".
  • Swan: It featured three white '2's swimming past a clearly bemused swan, which shakes its head shortly after.
  • Dalek: Originally a special ident for Doctor Who Night, its popularity meant it went on to join the roster of regular idents. It featured black & white Daleks in the shape of '2's moving between a grey corridor. A variant on this ident, named "Exterminate", has the sequence opening with the Dalek '2' shouting the familiar phrase.
  • Excalibur: It features a beveled, metallic, cerulean blue "2" rising from the pool of water sideways, in style of Paint. As the "2" emerges, stray droplets of water, fall back into the way, causing vertical ripples.
  • Catalyst: It features an turquoise polystyrene "2" on a dark teal and white background, a bunch of liquid droplets fly in from the top right corner of the screen and cause flames to flare up around the '2' on contact. The flames die down after about 16 seconds, revealing the 2 to be completely undamaged, before the cycle repeats.
  • Wave Day: On a white background, we see a dark cyan "2" within a sheet of blue liquid that splashes around it throughout.
  • Predator: It begins centered on a '2'-shaped butterfly sitting within a jungle environment. The camera then zooms out, and the '2' is gobbled up by a larger green '2' in the form of a Venus Flytrap.
  • Kebab: Inside a grill area, we see a meat shaped "2" on a kebab spinning as the flames go up, engulfing slightly. There were 3 variations where the kebab was in different stages of cooking.
  • Woodpecker: On an orange background, we see five poles, many Viridian '2's edge their way down the poles in the same manner as a mechanical woodpecker.
  • It's Scary Out There: We zoom through an empty graveyard with fog flowing. The camera then zooms in further, until a zombie corpse like "2" bursts out of the ground and the camera suddenly pulls back as lightning flashes briefly.
  • Wave Night: A retake of the Wave Day ident, it now featured a navy blue background and darker liquid and a bright cyan "2". The side with the liquid rose is flipped.
  • After the 1997 rebrand, the idents started to be adapted to widescreen (16:9).
  • From December 1999, the URL to the official BBC website was added atop the BBC Two logo. These version were officially introduced in June 2000.
  • Christmas idents:
    • Christmas 1997: On a blurry blue room with a table, a snow "2" appears on a snow globe, which also contains many trees, mountains, and a snowman. Another version has three people reflections looking at the snow globe.
    • Christmas 1998: TBA
    • Christmas 1999: TBA
    • Chirstmas 2000: TBA

FX/SFX: Depends on the variant.

Music/Sounds: Depends on the variant. Most of them rely on a harp.

  • Aerial: A harp theme similar to Car, in D.
  • Paint/Paint Pot: A cymbal crashes as the paint splatters the "2" and a chime theme with a constant harp note plays. Paint Pot includes the sound of the "2"s hitting the pot.
  • Neon: Two repeating harp notes, with chimes in between.
  • Zapper: Same as Neon, with added sound effects of the zapper.
  • Gorilla: A jungle theme, entitled "Forest Canopy".
  • Swan: A slow, dreamy, harp-led theme, with no percussion.
  • Dalek: Similar to the style of the Doctor Who theme.
  • Excalibur: A series of cymbal hits, accompanying each drop hitting the water.
  • Catalyst: A dramatic horn theme.
  • Wave Day/Wave Night: A three-note synth chime, with the sound of filling water.
  • Predator: Starts off quiet, building to a crescendo when the "2" gets swallowed.
  • Kebab: Entitled "Arabian Freakact". An Eastern-style theme, differing slightly in each variation.
  • Woodpecker: A whistling four-note jingle, amongst the drilling sounds, overlaying an A major synth pad.
  • It's Scary Out There: A series of sound effects, including a low bell clang.

Availability: Extinct on TV.

Editor's Note: None.

8th Logo (November 19, 2001-February 18, 2007)

Nicknames: "The Personality 2's", "2 II", "The 2s II", "The 2s: Part Two", "Big 2 II", "Robotic 2"

Logo: This revolves around an inanimate "2" as a robot on a yellow background, with the BBC Two box logo now colored purple.

Variants: There are several different variations of this logo:

  • Fish: The '2' is floating underwater, minding its own business, when a shoal of mackerel swim up to its "face". The '2' immediately blows bubbles at the curious group of fish, scaring them away. A smaller, solitary fish swims towards the '2' at the end. This was the first ident to be used. A later variant was introduced in January 2002 in which the entire ident (save for the BBC Two logo) is flipped, fixing the problem that was seen in the original variant in which the "2" is the wrong way around for most of the ident. This variant was used for the rest of the idents' run.
  • Bounce: The '2' bounces around like a rubber ball in slow motion for the duration of the ident. It bounces in and out of frame, closer and further away at random points.
  • Logo: The '2' is sitting away from our point-of-view when it notices something not quite right. The BBC Two logo is backwards! A blank white square sits in the place where the usual logo should be. Immediately, the '2' rushes to the scene and sprouts a pair of robotic arms. It grabs the misaligned logo with its right hand and flips it over, correcting the problem. The robotic arms fold back into the body of the '2' and it backs away, returning to its previous position.
  • Domino: A '2' turns towards a long line of other '2's, which are lined up like dominoes. The 'head 2' blows into a whistle (presumably to get the '2's to tumble over on cue) but the '2' at the front falls flat on its side. The 'head 2' gestures at the 'front 2' to get back up again, but to no avail.
  • BBC Four On BBC Two (1): A variation of "Logo" where the '2' corrects the logo as usual, but flips it around a second time to reveal the BBC Four logo.
  • Screen Clean: There is a black speck on the screen. The 2 comes toward the speck and sprouts its arms. A breath comes out of the 2 and on the speck, it tries to fix the issue but the breath quickly clears away.
  • Drip: The 2 slides around, trying to avoid the drips coming from above.
  • Invisible Walls: We see '2's going into walls that are invisible.
  • Formation: Also known as "Acrobats." A 2 gets on what looks like a home-made see-saw. Another 2 lands on the other end of the see-saw, sending the 2 flying! It lands on top of several other 2s on a ball.
  • Remote: The 2 comes to a remote and sprouts its arms. It takes the remote and wonders what to do with it. The 2 uncontrollably controls itself...even crashing into the screen at one point! Make sure to keep an eye on the BBC2 logo at moment of impact. The 2 finally controllably controls itself for a bit before sending itself off-screen.
  • Drum: The '2' is on a yellow-orange invisible drum.
  • Paintbrush: The '2' paints a human-like painting with the logo on the bottom right as a paintbox.
  • BBC Four On BBC Two (2): Another variant of "Logo" where the '2' flips it over, but the blank part is now the BBC Four logo.
  • BBC Three on BBC Two: Same as the "Logo" and "BBC Four" idents, except that this time the BBC Three logo is seen.
  • Sticky Label: A twist to the "Logo" theme. The 2 corrects the problem, but the BBC2 logo sticks to his fingers! The 2 tries flicking it off, but it lands right on his shoulder!
  • The Big Read: 6 2s are seen reading books. One 2, eager to learn the plot, flicks hurriedly through its book, and slightly laughs at the result. The other 2s flick hurriedly through their books, and laugh.
  • Flamethrower: The 2 doesn't sprout its arms...but a flamethrower. It sends fire in all directions, eventually hitting the BBC2 logo. The flamethrower goes back in the 2 as it stares at the flaming BBC2 logo. Hilariously, this ident was commonly used when the channel would close down for the night.
  • The Big Read Crowd: Also called "The Really Big Read." This time, no longer 6, but a whole screen chock full of 2s with their noses in a book. The rest goes the same as the original "Big Read."
  • 40th Anniversary: Same as the Invisible Walls ident, but various idents from the past are projected onto the "2" as it wanders through the walls. The BBC 2 box turns to show the text "40 Years".
  • Morris Dancers: The 2 plays an accordion. 6 other 2s come in and start dancing Morris.
  • Northern Ireland exclusive idents:
    • Giants Causeway: We see the 2 on a plain floor, but then it snaps its finger, causing the screen to shake, while the floor collapses, splits and separates into various hexagons.
    • Camera: The 2's "face" transforms into a camera and takes a photo, and then proceeds to show the photo. There are two variants: One shows a painting of a fish. The other shows a landscape called "Slemish". This last one was never aired.
    • Ulster Fry: The 2 moves to a table full of food; however, it instead eats the jar of pepper and leaves!
  • Christmas idents:
    • Christmas 2001: We see the '2' sprout its robotic arms, and a glowing fairy bursts into view, with sparks flying. The fairy flies out of the '2's hands and draws a tall Christmas tree - at warp speed - out of fairy dust. She then flies around a bit before settling down onto the top of the tree, and then flies off again.
    • Christmas 2002: The 2 builds a snow-2. The 2 runs off to get something, and comes back with two sticks. The 2 puts the sticks on the snow-2, so the snow-2 looks like a self-portrait.
    • Christmas 2003: We see the robotic '2' frozen on ice. Also seen in the summer when the weather is hot.
    • Christmas 2005: Several yellow sparks fly around on black, forming the 2. Reused in 2006.
  • Some idents like Venus Fly Trap or Christmas 2000 were also re-used, but with the changed BBC Two box logo.

FX/SFX: Very nice CGI from Lambie-Nairn!

Music/Sounds: Depends on the variant, however most tracks use a variation on the same four note tune.

  • Fish: Synthesized plucks, and ethnic-style percussion. A loud bubbling is heard when the "2" scares away the fish.
  • Bounce: Starts with the familiar four note tune, followed by an ambient electronic piece with thud noises playing every time the "2" hits the floor. If the ident is left to play long enough, a nod to the previous ident package can be heard, with a familiar reverse cymbal from the "Paint" ident playing. Sometimes the soundtrack would have a more serious tone with a calm orchestral rendition of the piece. This variation is nicknamed "Bounce Sombre".
  • Logo/BBC (Four/Three) on BBC Two: A "robotic" theme, with rhythmic bleeps, bloops, and pops. Robotic "whirring" is heard when the arms are formed.
  • Domino: The sounds of the action in the logo.
  • Christmas 2001: A "bursting" sound accompanies the appearance of the fairy, followed by fluttering and high-pitched giggling as the fairy sketches the tree.

Availability: Extinct on TV.

Editor's Note: None.

9th Logo (February 18, 2007-November 14, 2014)

Nicknames: "Window on the World", "The 2s III", "The 2s: Part Three"

Logo: This logo revolves around a "2", a slightly modified version of the one used from 1991-2007, zooming out in form of various places and objects, often as a window looking out onto contrasting scenery. The BBC Two box is also colored teal this time.

Variants: There are several different variations of this logo:

  • Cappuccino: A paper with a 2 cut out is held over a cup, while chocolate pieces are sprinkled on top. The paper is then removed, so we can see, albeit through the stencil, that there is now a chocolate 2 atop a cappuccino.There were two variants to this ident. The formup is the same, but in one the 2 is disturbed by the drinker dropping in two sugar cubes, and the other by the drinker scooping the froth off of the top. The colour of the chocolate pieces is also different between both versions. Withdrawn in 2009.
  • Chase: A man is being chased through some woods by a number of men with dogs. He looks around and hides in a various places involving 2's. There are five variations of this ident which follow the same of the concept.
  • Mirror: A drop slides down a mirror in the shape of a 2, and as the camera pans out we can see that the mirror is attached to the side of a car as it moves at speed down highways unknown. Originally there were two versions of this, both featuring different road scenes and different soundtracks. During the 2009 rebrand, this was the only ident to have the BBC Two logo appear, rather than fade out when the 2 appears.
  • Seascape: A shot of the sea than pans back, through a large 2 shaped hole in the sea defenses, with the sea breaking all around the hole.
  • Sunroof: A shot of the leaves on a tree through a seemingly ordinary sunroof. The camera rotates round as the roof opens to reveal the sun roof is in fact a lot larger, and is the shape of a 2.
  • Tent: A zip on yellow fabric is followed as it unzips a large 2 shaped door to a tent, revealing a scene outside. There are four versions of this ident, all having different scenery: Polar (a mountainous landscape), Festival (a place covered by many other tents), Beach (a beach in evening, with some people near a campfire), and Space (a space background).
  • Tagging: A first person perspective of a man, who is using a stencil with the 2 and a spray paint can to paint the 2 in different places. There are four versions of the ident.
  • Heroes: TBA
  • Restaurant: TBA
  • Thursdays are Funny: TBA
  • Electric Proms 2007: TBA
  • White Season: TBA
  • Back to Nature: TBA
  • Electric Proms 2008: TBA
  • Winter Olympics: TBA

FX/SFX: Depends on the variant.

Variants:

  • From February 18, 2007 to June 16, 2009, the BBC Two logo fades in late into the ident on the left side of the screen.
  • From October 1, 2008 to October 2, 2008, two of the idents were edited to have the official BBC logo instead of the BBC Two logo.
  • From June 16, 2009 to November 14, 2014, the BBC Two box is at the opposite side of the screen (much like the previous logo) already formed, and it later fades out.
  • Christmas idents:
    • Christmas 2007-2010: TBA
    • Christmas 2011-2014: TBA

Music/Sounds: Depends on the variant.

Availability: Extinct on TV.

Editor's Note: None.

10th Logo (July 9, 2014-September 26, 2018)

Nicknames: "The 2s IV", "The 2s: Part Four", "The Return of the 1990s 2s"

Logo: The same as the 6th and 7th logos, but now, the same teal-colored BBC Two box logo from before appears on the bottom-right side of the screen.

Variants: For this logo's first year, the box logo was white and after 1.5 seconds, the box spins to reveal the words "50 YEARS" next to the boxed logo. On BBC Two Northern Ireland, the local BBC Two channel for Northern Ireland, instead of using the boxed logo the channel instead opted to take the logo out of its box and place it at the bottom center of the screen, similar to that of the 1991-2001 idents.

FX/SFX: Same as before.

Music/Sounds: Depends on the variant.

Availability: Extinct on TV.

Editor's Note: None.

11th Logo (September 27, 2018-)


Nicknames: "The Curve", "The 2 Curve"

Logo: We see an interactive environment, centering around a simple curve that represents the curve (looks like a curved wave) seen in the middle of a "2". Below appear the boxless version of 2007 BBC Two logo. The logo is now placed at the bottom of the screen instead of the bottom-right corner of the screen, similar to that of the 1991-2001 idents.

Variants: Depends on the variant:

  • Feel Good: A bunch of multicoloured blobs float around the screen, stick together forming the 2 curve and resembling the sound of balloons. This was the first ident of the new look to be used at 6am on 27 September 2018.
  • Captivating: Various paper ribbons move about on screen to form the 2 curve.
  • Escapist: Rippling purple and orange looking like cave rocks make the 2 curve, possibly inspired by Silk from the 1991 set.
  • Authoritative: Piles of paper wave around forming the 2 curve, possibly inspired by Paper Cut-Out from the 1991 set. This ident is the most generic used of the set.
  • Reflective: Reflective is most likely another generic ident used of the set. Sheets of paper turn over between the curve 2, inspired by Diary from the 1991 set.
  • Mind-Bending: White and grey lines overlapping and forming the 2 curve, possibly inspired by Optics from the 1991 set.
  • Wonder: Green and blue seabed/sea surface split in half by the 2 curve, inspired by Water Reflection from the 1991 set.
  • Celebratory: A multicoloured firework theme makes up the sides of the 2 curve, inspired by Firecracker from the 1991 set.
  • Revelatory: A ribbon made of metal (resembling a slinky) moves about on screen to form the 2 curve, possibly inspired by the 1993 Slinky sting.
  • Offbeat: An orange fluffy creature moves about the screen and stops forming the 2 curve, inspired by Dog from the 1991 set.
  • Thought-Provoking: Black and white patterns dance around in the 2 curve, inspired by the 1993 Op Art sting.
  • Visceral: Brown, black and gold pins and scales open and close forming the 2 curve.
  • Dark: Set entirely in shades of grey, the 2 curve animates like coral reef.
  • Gritty: Rising and falling blocks in the shape of the 2 curve.
  • Charged: Clouds billowing around, the curve formed by light shining through a crack in the clouds.
  • Bold: A broken up stone effect makes up the 2 curve, possibly inspired by the 2002 Giant's Causeway ident (which aired on BBC Two Northern Ireland) from the "Personality" set.
  • Sharp: Several coloured threads ripping it apart separately in the shape of the 2 curve.
  • Silly: Blobs of slime (with googly eyes) shaped like the 2 curve move around the screen, possibly inspired by the 2002 "Bugs" era of CBBC.
  • Gripping: Dark blue-coloured fabric is seen wringing itself into the shape of the 2 curve and back.
  • Absorbing: Multicoloured liquid patterns slowly move across the screen, forming the 2 curve, possibly inspired by Paint from the 1991 set. Used to introduce light factual programming.
  • Sparky: A swarm of multicoloured plastic mini balls moving around the screen into the shape of the 2 curve in middle of white and back. First aired 22 April 2019.
  • Discovery: A planet sized earth map in the middle of the 2 curve in blue spins around, and stops to reveal the pale red areas of the earth in the middle of the same curve in red, possibly inspired by the 1997 Mars Weekend ident from the 1991 set. First aired 28 May 2019.
  • Intense: The camera zooming through colour rings, before they form up the 2 curve and resembling the sound of the crowd with a football being kicked about (or a tennis ball being squashed by the racket), inspired by the 1988, 1996 and 1997 BBC Sport idents. First aired 15 June 2019.
  • Maverick: A small white ball moves around the screen, with various objects and shapes popping up and disappearing to form the 2 curve. First aired 16 June 2019.
  • Illuminating: A light is scanning around to the 2 curve in a multicoloured background and the shapes are changing while it scans, possibly inspired by the 1994 Corridor sting from the 1991 set. This is possibly the fourth generic ident of the set. First aired 20 June 2019.
  • Punchy: Blue and red glass stripes are moving around until they crashed together and forming the 2 curve, inspired by the 1974 Striped 2 ident. First aired 5 October 2019.
  • Christmas variants:
    • Magical: A snow-covered fir tree with branches forming the 2 curve shakes off some of the snow, possibly inspired by the 1992 Christmas ident.
    • Glorious: Also known as Glamourous. A brightly-coloured aurora shines in a dark, starry sky, weaving into the 2 curve shape at points.
    • Cosy: Also known as Comforting. A domestic cat flicks a bauble around on a carpeted floor - only its tail is seen, occasionally settling into the shape of the 2 curve, and purring sounds can be heard.

FX/SFX: Depends on the variant.

Music/Sounds: Depends on the variant, with a ding at the beginning.

Availability: Current. First shown at 6am on 27 September 2018.

Editor's Note: None.

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