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Mark Boulton658 posts since 14 Jan 2003
The ATV "In Colour" ident used to scare the living daylights out of me when I was a kid. I couldn't look at or hear it without getting shivers till about 7 years ago.

Something about the circles growing, and the music, which also seemed to "come towards you".

I used to have nightmares about the thing coming out of the screen and hovering in mid-air in front of me, halfway between the screen and my chair. I used to dream of seeing the symbol hovering in front of me whilst sitting on a toilet (a strangely recurring dream), and of just hearing the jingle whilst completely unrelated things happened in my dream. I even once dreamed I was being driven around a large town and there were all these giant billboards each filled with a huge, single ATV logo.

I once dreamed I saw a dinner jacket standing at my bedroom door, no legs or anything coming out of the arms, and the ATV logo appearing in place of the face, the V twitching like a grinning mouth...

Shocked Shocked Shocked I was so glad when Central came along ... and then... "Central Presents..." Surprised
JFC On The Web242 posts since 22 Nov 2004
russnet posted:
...and eleven years on he still presents on the sofa Smile


Nice one russnet! Very funny! Laughing

I have to say the BBC2 Powder ident. If you find a clean version, listen to the music after the 2 falls. That scared me.

I know it isn't an ident, but seeing a VT Clock at night, scares me!
A former member
the TWO clock and into a black screen and the blooping noise from the 80's really gave me the creeps!
gottago1,803 posts since 26 Aug 2004
The S4C idents have always scared me! There's one were the music is this trombone or something but it's just really dark and crisp! I think it was the tap one.
boring_user_name454 posts since 10 Jan 2003
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The ATV "In Colour" ident used to scare the living daylights out of me when I was a kid. I couldn't look at or hear it without getting shivers till about 7 years ago.

Something about the circles growing, and the music, which also seemed to "come towards you".

I used to have nightmares about the thing coming out of the screen and hovering in mid-air in front of me, halfway between the screen and my chair. I used to dream of seeing the symbol hovering in front of me whilst sitting on a toilet (a strangely recurring dream), and of just hearing the jingle whilst completely unrelated things happened in my dream. I even once dreamed I was being driven around a large town and there were all these giant billboards each filled with a huge, single ATV logo.

I once dreamed I saw a dinner jacket standing at my bedroom door, no legs or anything coming out of the arms, and the ATV logo appearing in place of the face, the V twitching like a grinning mouth...

I was so glad when Central came along ... and then... "Central Presents..."


Oh dear. If you found the ATV ident scary, then I advise that you don't look at this:
http://www.tv-ark.org.uk/international/video_spain/tve1_startup_89.rm
newsmonkey299 posts since before January 2003
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the current BBC2 'Firestarter' or 'Flamethrower' or whatever spangly name it has! I think that's pretty scary - I'm not used to the lovely old 2 breathing fire and jumping all over the place!

James
Spencer For Hire4,954 posts since 13 Jan 2003
As a child I used to feel a bit scared of the Thames Skyline ident... although it did usually mean Rainbow was about to start, so it was generally worth sitting through.

Also, I know it's not an ident, but I was really, properly scared of the titles to Bagpuss. It was the bit where they all came alive, and it went from black and white to colour. Terrifying stuff (well maybe to me only).
Dan1,702 posts since 26 Jan 2003
newsmonkey posted:
I'm surprised no-one's mentioned the current BBC2 'Firestarter' or 'Flamethrower' or whatever spangly name it has!


Fire Smile
Xilla80 posts since 29 Nov 2003
The Mock Lab posted:
Not really an ident, but the BBC's "Testcard F" scares the living crap out of me for some reason. I literally collapse when I see it unexpectedly! Dunno why - I just find that creepy 70s era a bit - well - creepy. All those bizarre lines and colours and ... that clown!

Does anybody else find this testcard (well all testcards really) a bit dodgy?

L Confused


I was scared of TCF too as a kid, partly due to that old Granada(?) ad where they used a morphing technique to turn the girl and the clown older, eventually becoming skeletons. I kept on thinking the same would happen to the real Test Card one night.

The BBC2 TWO era clock scared me too, for some reason.