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#5789

Sled?


#5790

Yes, sled him in the rosebud, too.


#5791

Guess The Boys is actually happening


#5792

Wait, did we know that Karl Urban is playing Billy?


#5793

Yeah, it was announced a while back.
But him looking like Andy Serkis is new to everyone.


#5794

Andy Serkis is playing him, in mocap, as a CGI Karl Urban, made up to look like Andy Serkis.


#5795

It’s the role he was born to play.


#5796

Of course!

So simple.


#5797

They missed out not casting Simon Pegg as Hughie


#5798

Pegg is 48 now.


#5799

Heh. Mark Hamill is three years older than me. Gives me hope!


#5800

Yeah, make way for the yung’uns


#5801

A new hope?


#5802

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#5803

Oddly coincidental with BBC Two rebranding, Channel 4 is rebranding its channels too.

I think the only one that works for me is 4 Music (and the original C4 one, obvs).


#5804

They’re okay, to be honest only fairly small variations on the original design from 1982.


#5805

Yeah, that’s pretty much the main difference; previously they all had their own logos:



I think the new logos are a bit of a step down. I’m sure I’ll get used to them.


#5806

As part of the revamp, BBC Two will on Thursday drop its on-screen identity based around physical representations of the number two, which it has used in various forms since the early 90s. This will be replaced by a series of colourful visualisations based on a simple curve, which the controller said represented the channel’s “constant evolution, constant eclecticism, constant sense of quality”. It is also easier to rework and cheaper to create than the old branding.

FFS. In one paragraph they moan that they haven’t got enough money to make programmes, in the next they say they’re wasting what they do have on arty-farty logos that represent some bollocks the viewers don’t care about.

Who honestly watches a TV channel because you like its logo?

JUST MAKE GOOD PROGRAMMES AND WE WILL COME.


#5807

I think E4 will suffer most because they’ve really made their logo into an entity of its own with some distinctive (and well produced) idents. They’ll have to go some to achieve the same with their new one.

I think idents do matter, to some degree. Sky One has never managed to settle on one design for more than a couple of years (nor whether it’s Sky One or Sky 1) and it’s helped contribute to the fact that the channel doesn’t have much of an identity beyond just being where imported shows end up. Whereas Sky Atlantic’s cinematic snapshots help create that “premium US drama” feel it goes for.


#5808

I diasagree that they matter. The programme names in the TV guide are the only things that make you flip to any given channel, and if anyone ever told me otherwise I frankly wouldn’t believe them.

I am completely blank on what Sky Atlantic uses, though I must have watched it enough times. And my main impression of Sky One’s current set is that they are all bloody annoying. My first thought when I see the BBC things is “How much of my license fee did they spend on these hippopotamuses swimming round?”

Could be worse, though. It could be a Tui commercial :scream: