Station Ident: Interlude

February 24th, 2010 | station ident

We used to have "interludes" on British tv, which (for instance) filled gaps in live transmissions that ran short, or plugged intervals in big productions.

I’m off to London. Here’s a classic (by which I mean ancient) BBC interlude.


5 Responses to “Station Ident: Interlude”

  1. Growing up in Atlanta, I used to watch Ted Turner’s network, TBS, all the time. TBS showed Three Stooges interludes between programs and during rain delays of Atlanta Braves baseball games.

    I developed a fondness for head slaps, eye gouges and pie throwing at an early age.

  2. I remember HBO used to do the same kind of thing way back before it was on all night long; before every commercial-less channel decided it was worth more while to run promo after promo for the channel you were already watching. They showed theses awesome little short films, some of which I remember quite clearly. Unfortunately, searching “man stuck in car in parking space” on youtube returns nearly half of their database; searching “dear john letter tuna fish” gives quite the opposite.

  3. Vintage rail footage? I could sit with a drink and watch that at normal speed.

  4. The Z Channel, a precursor to AMC which gave HBO a run for its money, used to run a variety of interludes, including old musical shorts with people like Cab Calloway or Gene Krupa, and various animated shorts from around the world, especially the Film Board of Canada’s “The Big Snit,” which grew to be our favorite. I still sometimes find myself quoting lines from that one: “Why are you always sawing everything in this house?” “I’m not!”

  5. That’s brilliant! I used to do that trip all the time when I was at Sussex uni. Now I’m stuck in Australia and miss Brighton badly. The Good Olde Dayes and rose-coloured backward-looking spectacles and all that, obviously, and Brisbane is not without its compensations… But still, this was a welcome blast from the past, both my own and the Actual Past (or the BBC-permanent-1950s-version of it at least). Vintage stuff, thanks.