RDF Television (UK)

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Credits
Logo descriptions by
Blue2000, Camenati, DisneyInternationalFan, SubparMario63 and RSX-798


Logo captures by
SubparMario63, TheRealMarcel2000, RSX-798 and Camenati


Video captures courtesy of
deliciousdigital

Background

RDF Television was founded in 1993. Zodiak Entertainment merged with it in 2010, thus forming "Zodiak Media". The American arm became "Zodiak USA", but the "RDF" name was saved for UK productions.

1st Logo (1993-1996)

Logo: On a black background, we see a silver rectangular border with the 3D red words "RDF". The logo shines. Above it was the text "An" and below the rectangle is the word "Production".

Variant: On programmes co-produced by Channel 4, a disclaimer for Channel 4 and a copyright info is shown below the logo.

FX/SFX: The logo shining.

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

Availability: Seen on early RDF programmes from the time, such as the documentary Cybersecrecy.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (1996-2000)

Logo: On a black background, we see the red circle, with the black text "RDF" inside the circle, with "television" below the letters. The circle shines behind the red circle from left to right. Extra credit is shown over the logo.

Variants:

  • On programmes produced by its Manchester and Bristol divisions, either "Manchester" or "Bristol" would replace "television" below the logo.
  • Sometimes, the logo is letterboxed on either a white or black background.

FX/SFX: The circle shining.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on many RDF documentaries from the time period. Most of these are long gone from television and never reran, although it was seen on the original UK version of Junkyard Wars.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (2000-2006)

Logo: On a white background, we see a red circle that swirls brightly to form the white code-out letters "rdf" in an ABC-like font that was shown over the circle. Below the whole logo is the red words, reading either "RDF TELEVISION" or "RDF MEDIA".

Variants:

  • On programmes produced by its Bristol, then West subsidiary, the text says either "RDF BRISTOL" or "RDF WEST"
  • Sometimes, the logo is still.
  • In it's early years, the web address "www.rdfmedia.com" is shown below over the red circle."

FX/SFX: The circle swirling.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.

Availability: Most of RDF's old programmes have neither been rerun, nor it was shown on home video. Can be seen on episodes of Junkyard Wars and Wife Swap at that time, plus documentaries.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo (2006-2016)

Logo: On a black or white background, a red sphere is revealed by light spot. The white letters "rdf" appears inside, with "television" in red or white fading in at the right and the byline below.

Bylines:

  • 2006-2010: "part of the rdf media group"
  • 2010-2013: "part of the zodiak media group" or "part of zodiak media group"
  • 2013-2016: "a zodiak media company"

Variants:

  • On Mister Maker, there is a paintbrush transition from the BBC website notice.
  • On programmes produced by its West subsidiary, the text "west" in either red or white is shown on the right of the logo.
  • An in-credit version of this logo exists.
  • It sometimes shares the screen with other logos.
  • There is an alternate version where the logo is enhanced.

FX/SFX: The sphere being revealed. Also the paintbrush on Mister Maker.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show, or a whoosh with a beep. The sound is composed by Delicious Digital.

Availability: Seen on Secret Millionaire, Mister Maker, Tipping Point from series 1 until series 4 and other shows.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo (2016-)

Logo: On a black background, we see a red circle, which slides to the right to reveal the letters "rdf" from the previous logo now appering in a different font with the byline fading in below.

Bylines:

  • 2016-2020: "We are Banijay"
  • 2020-2021: "A Banijay Company"
  • 2021-present: "We are Banijay", with the Banijay logo to the left of the byline.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, it shares the screen with other logos.
  • An in-credit version of this logos exists.
  • Earlier uses of the logo, including the 2016 showreel rendered it bylineless.
  • On programmes produced by its West division, the text reads "rdf west".

FX/SFX: The circle sliding.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on current and new RDF programmes from the era, like The Crystal Maze, new episodes of Only Connect and documentaries.

Editor's Note: None.