BBC One 'Circle' idents

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The BBC One 'Circle' idents were a set of on-screen channel identities used on BBC One from 7 October 2006 to 31 December 2016. They also featured on the BBC Worldwide channel, BBC America. The idents contained images of circles being formed by nature, or people and their actions.


The Circles ident package was announced on 26 September 2006 as the replacement for the 'Rhythm & Movement' idents that had been in use since Easter 2002. When BBC One channel controller changed to Peter Fincham, he hinted in August 2005 that the dancers would be changed soon. He announced at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that "It may well be that the time is coming to look at a new way of doing it. No date or direct decision has been made but it's under review".

The new idents would come into force alongside a revised schedule for the channel. The idents themselves were designed and produced for the BBC by Red Bee Media and marking the end of Lambie-Nairn's time at the BBC after fifteen years. Imran Hanif composed the original music for all idents, having been selected from a shortlist of 12 composers and bands.

Components of look[edit]

All the idents revolved around a circular theme and all featured a scene which is revealed to end in a circle formation. The circle symbol was decided upon as a 'symbol of unity', but it was also a 'nod' towards the channel's heritage and in particular, the classic globe icon used in various styles for much of its history.[1] The idents would involve people, plants or animals moving, or whose interaction causes a circular shape, which is revealed at the end of the ident.[2][3] The circle would then be emphasised by white lines and a red eclipse animating around it and revealing the BBC One logo at the end.[2] The new BBC One logo featured a large lower case 'one' in the centre of the circle, with a smaller BBC logo to the upper left of the 'one'.[2][3] The channel uses this logo on its idents and promotions, however uses a box logo, similar to the last look, for promotions where the BBC One logo appears alongside other channels. This boxed logo features the BBC logo above the lower case 'one' in a red box.[4] The box closely relates to the logos of BBC Two and BBC Four.

As with the previous look, no clock ident was used, a trend repeated across nearly all other channels in the UK, however the Generic, Helicopter, Capes and Kites idents may also be used for introduction into the news, following criticisms in the previous look that the dancers didn't have an ident suitable for this purpose.[2][3]

Promotion style featured the BBC One logo appear at the bottom of the screen, similar to the 1997 look, before switching to the centre of a shaded red end-board, with the logo appearing in the centre. Static slides, now very much a rarely seen occurrence, featured the image as a cut out eclipse in the right hand side of the screen.[4][5]

In July 2008, the Kites, Moon, and Windows idents were dropped, but the Kites ident was reinstated on 2 May 2009.

On 2 May 2009, all the idents were made shorter with new adaptations of the original Imran Hanif music, with the exception of Generic, Hippos and Surfers.[2][3]


Title Air dates Description
Bikes 7 October 2006 – 4 December 2016 A group of three motorcycle stunt riders ride the "wall of death". Filmed at Shepperton Studios and directed by Stuart Douglas, the ident features a lot of fast paced film work, as well as a slowed down top down shot of the motor cyclists.
Capes 24 August 2008 – 4 December 2016 Numerous people in colourful rain coats on bikes ride through a rain storm, as people watch, the sun comes out. The final shot shows all the bikers forming a rainbow-like circle at a roundabout. Filmed on public roads in London and a private car park at Earls Court. The Directed by Matt Losasso, This ident is used before all BBC One programmes shown on the BBC iPlayer and is often used to introduce the BBC News.

Despite the "Circles" package being taken out of rotation on January 1st, 2017, this ident was still used to introduce Panorama on January 9th at 20:30pm.

Dog Display 29 August 2008 – 4 December 2016 A pack of dogs doing circles tricks, including jumping through fire hoops, jumping over fences and weaving in and out of sticks laid out in a circle which then produces the 'BBC One' animation. Filmed in the garden of a stately home in Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire and directed by Matt Losasso.
Football 7 October 2006 – 4 December 2016 Filmed at the Haberdashers Estate in North London and directed by Howard Greenhalgh, a circle of footballers kick their balls in time into the centre, so smaller rings form inside the circle of players. Usually used to introduce sports programming.
Generic 3 December 2007 – 4 December 2016 A red arc spins around the BBC One logo on a red background. The music used is a simple version of the six-note counter tune from 2006–2009 or a drama version of the three-note signature counter tune. Only used to introduce the BBC News 90 second bulletin at 8pm. Also used by Northern Ireland in 2015 with the 'Enjoy 2015' ident music. Stills of this ident were used for slides, such as breakdown slides, promotions and menus containing information for the BBC Action Line.
Helicopter 1 January 2008 – 4 December 2016 An aerial shot of a helicopter landing on the top of Bishop Rock lighthouse in the Isles of Scilly. Three variations of the ident were launched including slower paced versions and shortened opening films. The soundtrack for this ident was the most sombre when launched, featuring a lone choir singer as its soundtrack, however since May 2009 the soundtrack was changed dramatically to be more upbeat. This ident often precedes the BBC News.
Hippos 7 October 2006 – 4 December 2016 Numerous hippos swim around in a circular formation. Produced using a combination of computer animation and live action backgrounds and directed by Charlie Mawer and Mike McGee, this ident was edited for length in May 2009, but the soundtrack remained the same. The ident is mostly used prior to entertainment or daytime programming.
Kites 7 October 2006 – July 2008;
2 May 2009 – 4 December 2016
A group of kite flying enthusiasts gather together to create a circle effect with their kites. Filmed at Ynyslas beach in Wales and directed by Matthias Hoene, it was the first ident from the new package to be aired. This ident was withdrawn around July 2008 but was brought back in May 2009 with a more upbeat soundtrack. This ident is often used to introduce the BBC News.
Lawn Circles 14 July 2007 – 4 December 2016 A group of suburban housewives each mow a series of crop circles into their lawns using a variety of mowers from different time periods, which form three large circles when viewed from above. Filmed in a residential garden in Netherne-on-the-Hill, near Reigate and Banstead, Surrey.
Magic Forest 16 June 2007 – 4 December 2016 The natural world and a group of fairies come together to create a circle in the middle of the sunlit woodland. Directed by Matt Losasso. Before the 2009 refresh, a slightly shortened version of this ident was used to introduce the BBC News.
Mission Control 16 June 2007 – 4 December 2016 A group of British scientists successfully launch a pod to land on a distant planet. Out of the pod emerges a curious rover that begins drawing circles on the face of the planet. Whilst the robot spins, a shadow of a circular spaceship glides into the robot's circle, making a perfect fit, and exits at the same speed not stopping and soon comes off camera. Filmed at Shepperton Studios and directed by Matt Losasso.
Moon 7 October 2006 – July 2008;
4 October – 4 December 2016 (Northern Ireland)[6][unreliable source?]
People in fishing boats come together to form the moon out of separate sections. Filmed at the Kamenjak peninsula in northern Croatia and directed by Howard Greenhalgh, this ident is one of three idents that have been withdrawn. Was often used to introduce the BBC News, particularly late bulletins. This ident was reintroduced in Northern Ireland on 4 October 2016.
Neon 13 October 2007 – 4 December 2016 Neon figures come to life, stroll down the centre street and take a ride on a ferris wheel. Shot in Blackpool, the ident was conceived by James Spence and animated by Brand New School, New York. The ident was originally used before programmes during Saturday evenings only, however this became a regular ident when it was edited in May 2009.
Pedal Power 3 August 2009 – 5 May 2014 Numerous people use pedal power to light up the circle around the BBC One logo, displayed on a red board in the field. Directed by Grant Gee, this ident was launched to coincide with the first programme of Bang Goes the Theory. This ident was withdrawn on 5 May 2014 when the show was cancelled.
Penguins 5 February 2008 – 4 December 2016 Originally the Christmas ident for 2007, Penguins enter and skate around an ice rink with other skaters. Altered for everyday use, it was aired without Christmas decorations and a new soundtrack based on Imran Hanif's original composition and definitive three note signature counter tune. The 2009 edit saw the music being edited again. It is used frequently, but not exclusively, during the winter period.
Ring-a-Roses 7 October 2006 – 4 December 2016 Also known as Petals, a group of children are shown playing with the natural flowers in a meadow before joining hands to form a "ring-a-roses" dance. Filmed in Coton, Northamptonshire and directed by Stuart Douglas. This ident was often used to introduce CBBC and CBeebies before they stopped airing on BBC One in 2012, and now it was commonly used to coincide drama based programmes.
Surfers 7 October 2006 – 4 December 2016 Carlos 'Coco' Nogales and others ride a huge wave before crashing down after formation of the BBC One logo. Filmed at Puerto Escondido on the west coast of Mexico and directed by Howard Greenhalgh, this ident was edited for time in May 2009, but the music remained the same.
Television Centre 20 November 2010 – 22 March 2013 Members of the public dance in the circular courtyard of BBC Television Centre. It was launched to introduce Strictly Come Dancing, but has since been used to introduce other programming as well. When Television Centre closed down on 31 March, this ident became out of date and was withdrawn.
Windows 7 October 2006 – July 2008 Residents on a housing estate use their windows to reflect sunlight into a ring. Filmed at the Greenwich Millennium Village in south east London and directed by Matthias Hoene. This ident was withdrawn in 2008 and was often used to introduce daytime programming.
World Cup 11 June 2010 – 4 December 2016 Also known as Stadium, spectators at a football match stand up and wave different colour banners in a circle pattern. The ident was introduced for use during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ident was directed by Matt Losasso, and is now used prior to sport programmes.


Special idents[edit]

In addition to the usual set of idents used throughout the year, numerous other idents have been added for special occasions, both nationally and in the nations and regions. Some of these are included below.


  • Snowball – Christmas 2006 and 2007 – A community coming together to build a giant snowball.[2] Filmed using various sized polystyrene snowballs, the largest of which was 6 metres (20 ft) high.[2] The ident first aired on Saturday 16 December at around 18:00, finishing on New Year's Day after BBC Breakfast when the original idents were restored.[2] This ident was revived for Christmas 2007 to run alongside the Penguins which also debuted on Saturday 15 December, and was last shown introducing 'Weatherview' on New Year's Eve 2007 around 02:00.[citation needed]
  • Penguins – Christmas 2007 – Filmed at an ice-rink in Romford, 3D animated penguins skate round the decorated ice rink alongside human skaters. The ident first aired on Saturday 15 December at 18:10, and was last seen before linking into BBC News 24 on New Years Day at 02:25.[2] The ident was re-introduced in February 2008 as a regular ident.[2]
  • Wallace and Gromit's Runaway Sled – Christmas 2008 – Wallace and Gromit were the subject of the Christmas ident this year, due to their new adventure A Matter of Loaf and Death forming a part of the schedules. Gromit is seen pushing Wallace up a hill on a sled before Wallace slides down the other side of the hill and lands head deep in snow. Gromit then takes his place, performing tricks on the sled as it slides round the circular indented hill containing the BBC One logo. Written by Rachel Webb and James Spence and created by Aardman Animations using stop frame animation, the ident first appeared at 18:10 on 13 December. There are different versions of the ident: in one version, Wallace can be heard talking, whereas he is silent in another. A version was also made which preceded news and serious programming had slightly slower music, did not feature the characters and cut straight to the circle in view. The ident was last aired at 2:00 a.m. on 2 January 2009.[2]
  • Doctor Who – Christmas 2009 – David Tennant, as the tenth incarnation of the Doctor from Doctor Who, is the theme this year to mark the Doctor Who story "The End of Time", which would be Tennant's last appearance as the Doctor.[2] The ident sees the Doctor walking through a snowy forest, and using a herd of reindeer to pull his TARDIS free from the snow and to use it as a sleigh.[2] A news ident was also created featuring a darker sky, sombre music and all traces of Doctor Who removed.[2] The ident package first aired on 12 December at 18:45 and was last aired in the early morning of 2 January.[2]
  • Christmas Lights – Christmas 2010 – An ident showing people enjoying Christmas on the streets and turning on Christmas lights on the houses in a circular cul-de-sac. Variations featuring different starting films were used, as was a news version which went straight into the circular ending with slower music and the lights on the roofs don't turn on and off. The ident was first aired at 18:00 on 11 December, and was last seen in the early hours of New Years Day introducing the BBC News Channel.[2]
  • Consider Yourself One Of Us – Christmas 2011 – A mixture of idents were used this Christmas. The main ident featured many celebrities who would be featuring in programmes on the channel that Christmas, such as Sir Bruce Forsyth, Michael McIntyre, David Jason, Brendan O'Carroll, Frank Skinner, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, a Cyberman, Graham Norton and The Outnumbered kids (Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche, Ramona Marquez) in a homefront setting with a crackling fire, singing "Consider Yourself" from Broadway Musical Oliver. After all the celebrities have appeared they all stand in a circle. The backdrop then disappears to reveal a snowy landscape and Carol Singers and sledgers gathring round them. They all sing together and look up into the sky. The circle is blurred out and large snowflakes start to fall from the sky as the logo forms. A news version was made which cut straight to the blurred out circle. Shortened versions were made, which showed a group of celebrities before cutting to a cake to make the circle. All variants featured instrumental music used in the main ident. The ident package originally debuted as a trailer 30 November after programmes until the ident was first shown on Saturday 10 December at 17:35. The main ident is currently the longest in ident history as the actual feature runs for 1:15 before the logo appears. The whole package was last used New Years Day 2012, the original idents were restored 8:00 that evening.
  • It's Showtime – Christmas 2012 – Reflecting the theme of the channel's promotional trailers for this Christmas season, the ident features a long line of sparkly dust forming a Christmas tree on the backdrop of a show curtain before forming the BBC One circle, with the BBC One logo itself re-painted in a shade of gold for the first time in the history of these idents. A second ident, to be used before the news, replaces the tree with an already-drawn snowflake that morphs into the BBC One logo and removes the background music. A longer version of the 'Snowflake' variant, with background music was later introduced, along with an additional ident that used fireworks as the backdrop to reflect the New Year. Special variants were also used to precede the film premieres of Shrek Forever After and The Princess and the Frog. First shown at 19:30 on Tuesday 11 December and was last used in the earlier hours of 2 January 2013. The regular idents were restored later that day.
  • Have A Wonderful Christmas – Christmas 2013 – A sparkly-looking BBC One logo is drawn up on a sheet of wrapping paper, reflecting the theme used in the channel's promotional trailers for the festive season. Four versions were created for the look: one with robins on the paper, angels either side of Christmas trees, a kaleidoscope snowflake, and another that featured reindeer. A fifth variant was later introduced featuring baubles with the Toy Story characters inside, to reflect that the channel had all three films from the Toy Story series being shown over Christmas. A silent version of the snowflake ident (with just the sound effects) is used ahead of the news. At first, the Capes and Kites idents was used ahead of the news. First shown at 19:10 on Saturday 7 December, and was last used just before 23:15 on Tuesday 31 December. The regular idents and presentation were restored the following day.
  • Christmas Trees – Christmas 2014 – A set of idents based around popular TV shows being broadcast over the Christmas period, shown as Christmas trees. Three versions have been created, a blue TARDIS tree for Doctor Who, a glitterball tree with a dancing fairy for Strictly Come Dancing, and a cake tree with gingerbread men decorations for The Great British Bake Off. These idents consist of people coming together in a forest to decorate individual trees, then panning out, revealing the circular formation of the trees. A shortened version that features just the forest of trees is used to precede the news and other serious related programming (e.g. The Queen's Christmas Day Message). These idents were first shown at 20:15 on Saturday 6 December 2014 and was last used at 23:15 on Wednesday 31 December. The regular idents and presentation were restored the following day. The glitterball tree was the last one used.
  • Sprout Boy – Christmas 2015 – 2015 saw the BBC launch their festive idents with the story of Sprout Boy as "not the most loved christmas vegetable" and the short story is narrated by Peter Capaldi as Sprout Boy goes all over to find someone to like him until he stumbles upon a gathering of BBC all-star cast as he shown to be part of the group and is welcomed by all. The ident was first shown on Tuesday 1 December around 19:30 after The One Show was aired. The all-star BBC cast were all done in CGI animation including Sprout Boy himself and was developed by ad agency RKCR/Y&R. The CGI cast include Peter Capaldi (as the Doctor from Doctor Who), Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson from Sherlock), (from The Voice), Idris Elba (as John Luther from Luther), Mary Berry (from The Great British Bake Off), Graham Norton (from The Graham Norton Show), June Brown (as Dot Cotton from EastEnders) and Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (from Strictly Come Dancing). Other variations featured the titular character pulling a cracker with a gold ring landing on his head and another where he falls over whilst writing a gift tag and gets a bow ribbon stuck to its back. A variation featuring just a forest background with lanterns was used to precede the news and The Queen's message on Christmas Day.[10] The presentation was last used on Thursday 31 December at 23:30, linking into a live Bryan Adams concert to celebrate the New Year. The regular idents were restored immediately afterwards, at 00:45 on 1 January 2016.
  • BBC Oneness – Christmas 2016 – Sunday 4th December saw the official BBC launch of their 2016 festive ident titled Oneness before an episode of Planet Earth. These idents consist of: a zoom in clip of several men in a pub whereby one of them reveals his Christmas Jumper with a flashing Rudolph nose on it which becomes the 'BBC One' ident, a clip with a Grandad falling asleep in his armchair and his head becoming the well known BBC One logo, a family seated around a table enjoying the Christmas meal with a Christmas pudding turning into a BBC One logo and another with a red bauble being hung on a lit Christmas tree (which doubles as the variant to introduce the news). The 'Winning Weekend' variant - used on the weekend of 17 and 18 December - has a gold bauble being hung on a lit Christmas tree. All of these idents appear with snowflakes flying from them. For Christmas Day, a special set of 'Oneness' idents were used to introduce all of the channel's afternoon and evening programmes - namely for the Queen's Christmas Broadcast, the film Frozen, The Great Christmas Bake Off, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, Call the Midwife, EastEnders and Mrs. Brown's Boys. The presentation was last used on Saturday 31 December at 23:25 - the Christmas Jumper being the last ident to be used. It was replaced at 01:00 on 1 January 2017 by a new set of idents based around the 'Oneness' theme.


  • Daffodils – 1 March 2007 – 2012, 2013–2016 – A special Saint David's Day ident used on BBC One Wales only. The ident used the 'Moon' ident music from 2007 to 2009; from 2010 onwards this was replaced by the edited 'Roses' ident music, which is an adaptation of Imran Hanif's original composition and definitive three note signature counter tune that has graced all the circle idents since 2006.[9]
  • BBC Won Wales 2008 – February 2008 – Ident seen on BBC One Wales to celebrate Wales' win over England in the 2008 Six Nations Championship. The ident uses the 'Bike' ident music and reads 'BBC Won' instead of 'BBC One'.[9]
  • Robert Burns – 25 January 2009 – Shown to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, this ident features two mice circling on an untidy heap of manuscripts, in reference to a poem by Burns, To a Mouse. Seen on BBC One Scotland only.
  • Ashes to Ashes – April to July 2009 & 2010 – Used to promote the second and third series of Ashes to Ashes, it featured the characters of the programme seated in an Audi Quattro set in 1982. It premiered on 11 April 2009 and was directed by Tim Pope and conceived by James Spence and Joe Lee.[9]
  • Glitterballs – November to December 2009 – Ident promoting and shown directly before Strictly Come Dancing. In this ident, the circle is centred around a glitter ball and uses a variation of the show's theme music as the ident's background music. First shown on 7 November and not seen after 12 December 2009.[2][9] A new version, with gold glitterballs instead of the original silver, debuted on 23 September 2016 with the same music.
  • EastEnders – February to September 2010 – Also known as Albert Square. The ident promoting EastEnders' 25th anniversary, it features the regular cast members looking in amazement as the Albert Square turns into Albert Circle. Written and Directed by James Spence, it was first aired on Monday 15 February on the 25th Anniversary week, and continued to air at the start of most of the programmes to celebrate the 25th Anniversary year. This ident was last aired on 10 September following set changes as part of a story arc, namely the fire at the Queen Vic pub.[2] The ident was reintroduced in 2015 to be shown before every episode of EastEnders, albeit a shorter version, as many of the characters featured in the original no longer appear in the show.
  • House of Fun – Ident promoting the new Saturday night schedule consisting of Over the Rainbow, Doctor Who and Total Wipeout. Features cartoon versions of Graham Norton, Charlotte Church, the Eleventh Doctor and Richard Hammond representing each programme respectively. Created by Aardman Animations, it was used on Saturday Nights from 24 April to 19 June 2010.[11]
  • Planet Dinosaur – Ident promoting the new dinosaur documentary series Planet Dinosaur. The ident uses an edited clip from the programme; a Camptosaurus is seen eating plants whilst the camera moves to reveal an Allosaurus, whose zoomed in eye is where the logo forms. It was used between 14 September 2011 and 19 October 2011, which was the series' run.
  • Wild Week – An ident used on the Wild Week season on BBC One Northern Ireland. The ident focuses on a duck and uses the Forest ident music.[12]
  • Frozen Planet – An ident used to introduce and promote the Frozen Planet documentary series. A group of penguins are seen. The logo forms around the sun. It was used between 26 October 2011 and 28 December 2011, which was the series' run.
  • Planet Earth Live – An ident used to introduce and promote Planet Earth Live. Similar to Frozen Planet, the earth is seen, before the camera zooms in, to reveal a desert with birds and elephants.
  • St David's Day 2012 – Shadows of people walking towards the sunset are shown. Only seen 1 March 2012 on BBC One Wales. The soundtrack is the original unedited music from Forest.
  • Love 2013 – The BBC One logo gives way to a rippling background upon which is written 'LOVE 2013'. A variation was also made for spring entitled Love Spring.
  • Africa – The BBC One logo appears on top of an African night sky, and separately on a flock of flamingoes'.
  • BBC Won Wales 2013 – An aerial view camera zooms in onto the Millennium Stadium. A rugby ball can be seen flying out of the stadium, leaving behind it a trail of smoke. The camera pans around 180 degrees and after a firework explodes, 'BBC Won Wales' appears. March 2013.
  • BBC Onesie – A bunch of people dressed up in onesies walk up some curved stairs. 'BBC Onesie' appears. Used to link in Comic Relief 2013 back from BBC Two after the 10 'O Clock news.
  • The Voice UK – Special ident to introduce the second series of the talent competition, The Voice UK, in 2013. The four coaches (Danny O'Donoghue, Jessie J, Tom Jones and are seen in their revolving chairs before the camera rests on the view of the stage from behind the microphone.
  • Love 2014 – Similar to the Love 2013 ident, but with a different soundtrack. The BBC One logo gives way to a rippling background with the words 'LOVE 2014' written inside a heart shape. First used at 00:30 on New Year's Day 2014.
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth – The ident begins with different idents, but while it pans out, the screen loses signal, which is replaced things from Torchwood series in glitches.
  • Commonwealth Games 2014 – Panoramic views of some of the venues of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are seen before the camera rests on the roof of the SSE Hydro where the BBC One logo forms. The music from the 'Capes' ident is used. Introduced the channel's coverage of the Games from 23 July to 3 August. Scotland continues to use this ident.
  • Life Story – This special ident is used from 23 October to 27 November 2014 features the male Puffer Fish creates an amazing display of circles to attract females where the BBC One logo forms, this promote the coverage of the epic six-part Nature documentary, Life Story narrated by David Attenborough.
  • Enjoy 2015 – Various items and themes related to the month of January, such as high street store sales and a fireplace are shown before the BBC One logo appears on a plain red background, with a mug of cocoa in the 'O' of the logo. Another ident showing the two people riding at the ice skaters and the gloves showing the two are shown before the BBC One logo appears on a plain red background, with birds eating a suet ball that forms the 'O' of the logo. First seen at 00:30 on New Year's Day 2015 and was last Used airing into BBC News on 1 February 2015.
  • Rio 2016 – The ident features an anteater swinging a wooden hammer in the Amazon rainforest. It was used for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. First seen on 5 August 2016 and it was last seen on 21 August 2016.
  • Planet Earth II – These three idents are introduced to promote the six-part nature documentary Planet Earth II, in the first ident, mountains are staying still and it changes the sky from daytime to nighttime during the Time-lapse (with clouds drifting away and turns into stars at night), in the second ident, two goat-sized Nubian ibexes are walking steadily across the steep of rocky mountains, female ibex is supported by a young male ibex to follow the tracks as the camera zooms slowly to see some Nubian ibexes walking the rocks, and the final one, a band of flamingoes strides quickly towards the single flamingo in the water, albeit with an audio is the same as 'Glitterballs', but more joyous than the other two idents. First aired on 6 November 2016 and it was last aired on 11 December 2016.

In addition to the idents above, some modifications were made to existing idents to promote other programmes. A chameleon, which caught and ate a fairy, was added to the Forest ident to promote Life in Cold Blood in February 2008;[9] and to promote the BBC One Wales series Rolf on Welsh Art, the Forest ident was again modified to have a paint like appearance. In addition to this, red noses were added to some of the hippos in the Hippos ident for Comic Relief programmes in 2007 and 2009,[9] and an animated Pudsey Bear was added to the Ring-a-Roses ident for the BBC Children In Need appeal for 2010. A modified version of Mission Control was made for Doctor Who episode The Bells of Saint John with the end of the ident appearing as if it had been hacked by the Shard. In preparation for the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, various idents throughout November have featured a rewind effect, with the Eleventh Doctor intruding and informing the viewer that "the clock is ticking". A similar modification was made in August 2014, to promote, and which featured, the first episode to involve the Twelfth Doctor.

BBC America[edit]

The idents were also used on BBC America, the BBC's outlet in the United States. The BBC America versions of the idents featured the words 'One World' in the same font and position as the 'One' in the BBC One logo, before animating into their two line BBC America logo. These idents were cut down compared to the original British versions, however they retained their original soundtrack when the British versions were changed in May 2009.[13]


After a little over 10 years in use, the 'Circle' idents were dropped, with no prior announcement or warning on New Year's Eve 2016. As the channel was using its Christmas presentation at the time, the regular 'Circle' idents in fact made their final appearance on 4 December 2016.

The presentation was replaced by the 'Oneness' idents, commissioned by Martin Parr, essentially continuing on from the theme of the Christmas idents from 2016; as such, the Christmas idents that year could have been seen as a preview to the full new look that was revealed in the early hours on New Year's Day 2017.[14]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c d e "Idents 1". TV Room. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Luxton, Simon. "BBC One 2006 Continuity". TVARK. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Miscellaneous 1". BBC One 2006-present. TV Room. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
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  7. ^ "Idents 2". TV Room. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
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BBC television idents
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