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This article is about a British television network owned by BBC. For a defunct Philippine television network, see Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation.

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1964–1967 1967–1972 1972–1974 1974–1979 1975–1978 (secondary), 1979–1986 (primary) 1986–1991
1964–1967 1967–1972 1972–1974 1974–1979 1975–1978 (secondary), 1979–1986 (primary) 1986–1991
1991–1997 1997–2001 (primary), 1997-2015 (On-Screen Bug) 2001–2007 2007–2018 (primary), 2018–2021 (secondary) 2012–2018 (secondary), 2015–2021 (Northern Ireland), 2018–2021 (primary) 2021–present
1991–1997 1997–2001 (primary), 1997-2015 (On-Screen Bug) 2001–2007 2007–2018 (primary), 2018–2021 (secondary) 2012–2018 (secondary), 2015–2021 (Northern Ireland), 2018–2021 (primary) 2021–present

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1991–2007, 2014–2018 2007–2018 2018–present
1991–2007, 2014–2018 2007–2018 2018–present

BBC Two is the secondary TV channel of the BBC in the UK. Launched in 1964 as BBC2, it adopted its current name in 1997. It shows more highbrow content than the mainstream BBC One.

BBC2 (first era)

1964–1967

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On 20 April 1964, the launch of the channel was delayed by an infamous power failure in Central London. The channel could only be launched the next day.

1967–1972

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On 1 July 1967, the first official colour channel in the UK launched on UHF and with it came a brand new ident.

1972–1974

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1974–1979

BBC 2 logo 1974.svg

1975–1978 (secondary), 1979–1986 (primary)

BBC2 Two Line Curves logo.svg

In December 1975, the BBC introduced the two curved lines that form the number '2' as "The Tinsel 2", however this was before this logo was introduced. Then, the "Two-Line Curves" officialy debuted in December 1978, but it did not become the official logo for BBC2 until April 1979 with the debut of the first computer-generated ident. The logo was phased out on 31 March 1986.

Designer:  Oliver Elmes
Typography:  Unknown
Launched:  Unknown

BBC Two (first era)

1986–1991

BBC Two 1986 logo 3.svg
Designer:  Alan Jeapes
Typography:  Visa (digitised as Avia)
Launched:  Unknown

The channel wanted to aim programming that was more high brow and sophisticated. As a result, they wanted the new logo to reflect this. The BBC commissioned Alan Jeapes, who was responsible for the title sequence for BBC1's hit soap EastEnders the year before, to create the new look.

BBC2 (second era)

1990 (unused)

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Designer:  Lambie-Nairn
Typography:  Helvetica Neue (BBC logo)
Launched:  Unknown

1991–1997

BBC2 logo 1991.svg
Designer:  Lambie-Nairn
Michael Peters (BBC logo)
Typography:  Based on Gill Sans ("2")
Helvetica Neue (BBC logo)
Launched:  Unknown

After 5 and a half years of the dull and worthy identity, as part of an extensive rebrand to cast off BBC2's "highbrow" tone. Lambie-Nairn launched a brand new set of idents, featuring a numeral '2', which originally lasted for 10 and a half years until they were replaced in 2001. This extensive rebrand occurred on 16 February 1991.

BBC Two (second era)

1997–2001 (primary), 1997-2015 (On-Screen Bug)

BBC Two 1997.svg
Designer:  Lambie-Nairn
Typography:  Gill Sans
Launched:  4 October 1997

The 1991 ident package was retained following the corporate rebrand of the BBC on 4 October 1997 with a new logo and new idents commissioned. BBC 2 was also renamed as BBC Two. Despite being discontinued from 2007, it remained in use as a on-screen graphic within BBC Learning Zone, until BBC Learning Zone was discontinued in 2015.

2001–2007

BBC Two 2001.svg
Designer:  Lambie-Nairn
Typography:  Gill Sans
Launched:  19 November 2001

On 19 November 2001, BBC Two introduced a new look and set of idents. The logo was slightly modified, being stacked and placed inside a purple box. The idents were changed for the first time in 10 and a half years; the "2" symbol stayed the same, but it was given a pair of arms and a "personality". The BBC added to the roster of 4 idents over the years.

Similar versions of this Gill Sans logo in a box were introduced by two other BBC channels in March 2002: the new channel BBC Four on 2 March (which lasted until the 2021 rebrand of the BBC), and BBC One on 29 March (which lasted until 2006).

2007–2018 (primary), 2018–2021 (secondary)

BBC Two.svg
Designer:  Red Bee Media
Lambie-Nairn (BBC logo)
Typography:  Avenir
Gill Sans (BBC logo)
Launched:  18 February 2007

A new logo was introduced on 18 February 2007, with the typography on the word "TWO" being changed from the Gill Sans typeface to the Avenir typeface, and the box's colour changing violet to teal. The blade "2" has been slightly altered for this look. From 2018 until 2021 this was a secondary logo.

2012–2018 (secondary), 2015–2021 (Northern Ireland), 2018–2021 (primary)

BBC Two unboxing.svg
Designer:  Red Bee Media
Lambie-Nairn (BBC logo)
Typography:  Avenir
Gill Sans (BBC logo)
Launched:  27 September 2018 (idents)

The boxless variant of the 2007 BBC Two logo has been used in promos since 2012 and in the revived 1991 ident package for Northern Ireland from 1 January 2015. On 27 September 2018, BBC Two launched a new look, using the boxless 2007 logo and ditching its famous "2" icon that had been in use since 1991. The box logo from 2007 is currently used as a secondary logo and the "2" symbol resembles a curved wave.

2021–present

BBC Two (2021).svg
Designer:  Unknown
Typography:  BBC Reith Sans
Launched:  20 October 2021

As part of the BBC’s broadcaster-wide rebrand on 20 October 2021, BBC Two introduced a new logo, though the Curve idents from September 2018 will remain with some modifications. Like the other BBC channels, the new logo uses the proprietary BBC Reith typeface.

Symbols

1991–2018

1991–2007, 2014–2018

BBC Two symbol 1991.svg
Designer:  Lambie-Nairn
Typography:  Based on Gill Sans
Launched:  Unknown

Used from 16 February 1991 to 18 February 2007. From 2001 to 2007, the 1991 2's replaced the white 2, and the few idents had robotic arms. To celebrate its 50th birthday in 2014, BBC Two brought back many old idents, including the 1991-97 and 1997-2001 set of idents featuring the "2". In 2015, the 1991-2001 set of idents and stings were brought back on a more permanent basis.

2007–2018

BBC2 symbol2007.svg
Designer:  Red Bee Media (based on Lambie-Nairn's original design)
Typography:  Based on Gill Sans
Launched:  Unknown

On 18 February 2007, the 1991 "2" symbol was slightly redrawn. From 2015, it was used only on promos and end-boards until 26 September 2018. It was also used on the BBC Two website.

2018–present

Designer:  BBC Creative
Superunion
Typography:  Based on BBC Reith
Launched:  Unknown

A simplification of the '2' as seen in the idents and other on-air presentation elements has been used since 27 September 2018.


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