Carlton Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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Background

This is the production arm of Carlton Television. It briefly merged in 1995 with Central Productions to form Carlton UK Productions before reverting back two years later to just Carlton Productions.


Carlton Productions (1st era)


Carlton UK Productions


Carlton Productions (2nd era)

Carlton Productions (1st era)

(January 1, 1993-November 22, 1996)

Logo: On a dark blue fern background, the text "A CARLTON PROGRAMME" are in the middle of the screen.

Variants:

  • "PROGRAMME" may be reworded to "PRESENTATION", "PRESENTATION FOR ITV", or "PROGRAMME FOR ITV". The latter two variants have the 1989 ITV logo below.
  • On some programmes, the logo is placed on a teal cloudy background.
  • Another background variant has the logo against the same grey marble background as the 1995 Central Productions logo.
  • In several other instances, the logo is superimposed into the end credits.
    • This variant may also lose the 1989 ITV logo and instead might be shown with other co-producers.
      • There are rare instances where the logo is seen within another co-producer's logo sometimes with the 1989 ITV logo on the bottom right of the screen. For example, in Beam & DaSilva, it is shown within the Chrysalis Television logo and is also blue.
    • On one programme, the Carlton logo is shown on top of the Celador logo and has "Christmas Entertainment for" on top of the former and the 1989 ITV logo on the bottom right of the screen.
  • On one programme, the logo is blue.
  • A zoomed-in version of the 1995 background variant also exists which was seen on a October 3, 1996 UK airing of an Old Bear Stories episode "The Colour Chase" on CITV.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • The standard variant can be seen on Body and Soul, The Chrystal Rose Show.
  • The cloudy background variant can be found on a May 1994 Carlton airing to Home and Away, Scavengers, series 10 of Catchphrase and many others.
  • The Central background variant is very rare since the company operated under the UK Productions name. It was either seen after the 2nd UK Productions logo or as an alternative logo during said company's lifespan. These include a Challenge airing to series 10 of Catchphrase and Lance Burton Master Magician: The Legend Begins. However, most of the time, the Central logo appears after said logo.
  • This logo was plastered by the 1999 Carlton International logo on The Upper Hand.

Carlton UK Productions

1st Logo (1995-August 26, 1997)

Logo: This is an in-credit notice of the Carlton logo with "UK Productions" added.

Variants:

  • On the Wolves, Witches & Giants special "Cinderella", the notice is in black.
  • On Dale's Supermarket Sweep, the logo takes place on the same grey marble background as the 1995 Carlton and Central endcaps. Plus, the text is also stylised like the next logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • It was seen on episodes of Family Fortunes, Link, Dale's Supermarket Sweep and Tots TV, among others.
  • Some episodes of Cadfael such as "A Morbid Taste for Bones" also contain this logo. However, most of series 2 and one episode of series 3 uses the next logo below and series 1 has no closing logo whatsoever. On a different note, Cadfael was the last show to bear the Carlton UK Productions name with the series 3 finale, "The Raven in the Foregate".

2nd Logo (March 15, 1995-August 19, 1997)

Logo: Next to a black planet with fire glowing out, we see the text "CARLTON UK Productions" on the top right hand side of the screen. If there is a co-producer (e.g. Ragdoll Productions), their logo will appear above Carlton's with "FOR" appearing on top of the latter.

Variants:

  • An animated variant exists where as the fire is burning, the Carlton notice fades out and the screen zooms into the flames rising out of a portion of the planet, crossfading into the 1995 Central logo.
  • Sometimes, the planet is on the bottom left corner of the screen whereas the notice is on the bottom right.
  • A copyright notice, usually containing "CARLTON UK Television", may be seen underneath the company's name.
  • For programmes co-produced with Channel 4, a notice from said company in the same font as the Carlton logo is placed underneath.
  • Sometimes, the notice is inside the planet.
    • "FOR" may also be replaced with "AND".
  • On current prints of Sharpe's Gold, Sharpe's Battle and Sharpe's Sword, the copyright notice on the variant with the planet on the bottom left corner is changed to an "ITV Studios" one.
  • On Celebrity Squares, copyright info would appear below the logo.

Technique: None for the standard version. The animated variant uses CGI.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Uncommon. Despite its short lifespan, it was often seen on many Carlton co-produced shows at the time, especially in 1995.

  • The normal variant without any co-producers can be seen on Challenge airings of 1995 Bullseye episodes and some series 2 and 3 episodes of Cadfael up to "Saint Peter's Fair", which would be the logo's last appearance. Some episodes from said series would use the previous logo.
  • It can also be seen on Peak Practice as well.
  • The animated variant is ultra rare and was spotted on a Challenge airing of an unknown 1995 episode of Bullseye.
  • Shows that have the Carlton notice inside the planet mostly consists of game shows such as Challenge airings of Catchphrase, Dale's Supermarket Sweep, and Celebrity Squares.
  • The variant with the planet on the bottom left corner can be seen on Sharpe's Gold (as well as Sharpe's Battle and Sharpe's Sword), The Story Store, Cone Zone, The Clive James Story and Moving Story. Current prints of the three Sharpe episodes have it intact, but the copyright notice has been changed to an "ITV Studios" one.

Carlton Productions (2nd era)

1st Logo (November 25, 1996-September 3, 1999)

Logo: On a purple gradient background, the Carlton logo in orange is placed above "Production".

Variants:

  • "Production" may be reworded to either "Presentation", "Programme", "Presentation for ITV", or "Programme for ITV", with the latter two containing the 1989 ITV logo until October 2, 1998. The last two were removed on October 5, 1998 following the launch of the then-new corporate ITV logo.
  • Earlier versions of this logo have the Carlton logo in white from November 25, 1996 until 1998.
  • Sometimes, the ITV URL also appears on the bottom right of the screen saying "www.itv.co.uk".
  • Beginning in mid-July 1999, the logo features the Carlton URL at the bottom of the screen saying "www.carlton.com".
  • In a few instances, the logo is seen on a black background either in its early or normal form while paired with other logos.
  • On programmes produced for Channel 4, the Carlton logo and the words "Production for Channel Four" appear on a black background which also exists.
  • On Crown and Country, the URL reading "http://crownandcountry.carltontv.co.uk" appears on the bottom right of the screen.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Fairly common.

  • The normal version can be seen on Catchphrase episodes on Challenge, and The Bill, among many others.
  • It is intact on current prints of series 4 of Cadfael, plastering the 1998 Central logo.

2nd Logo (September 6, 1999-June 8, 2004)

Logo: This is a still version of the 1999 TV ident where we see the Carlton logo with "A" and Production" being seen on the top and bottom.

Variants:

  • For programmes that were produced in Central England, the text changes into "A Carlton Production for Central England".
  • For programmes that were produced in London, the text now reads "A Carlton Production for London".
  • For the West of England and the West Country, the text underneath now reads either "A Carlton Production for the West of England" or "A Carlton Production for the West Country".
  • For programmes that were produced in English and made at Wales, the text changes into "A Carlton Production for ITV1 Wales".
  • Sometimes, the background is blue. It was dodger blue from 1999 to 2001 and dark blue from 2001 to 2004.
  • A 16:9 widescreen variant exists.
  • An open matte version exists.
  • Like the idents, a rare squished variant of this logo exists.
  • The logo can be seen as an in-credit version can be seen on most shows.
  • From 2001 until 2004, the Carlton star background is enhanced and the text now reads "A Carlton Production" and appears underneath the Carlton logo.
  • Sometimes this logo shares the screen with other logos and sometimes either the words "for" or "in association with" can be seen above the Carlton logo with the background being changed depending on the programme.
    • Sometimes other logos appear next to the Carlton logo and the text underneath changes.
    • On co-productions the text "A Co-Production of" can be seen on the top.
  • The logo was used as a video game notice, consisting of the Carlton text in black and the star in orange on a white background. Underneath is copyright information.
  • On Bertie & Elizabeth, "Productions" is added next to the Carlton logo while it is side-by-side with the Whitehall Films logo.
  • Programmes from 2000 to 2004 that were produced for Channel 4 has the logo aligned to the left.
  • On Who Got The Bay City Rollers' Millions?, the logo appears within a black background. The star is glowing and "a" and "production" are besides the Carlton logo.
    • On reruns after Channel 4's revamp on December 31, 2004, the 1999 Channel 4 "Squares" logo is covered by the blue background with studs variant of the 2004-2015 Channel 4 logo.
  • On a later print of Palestine Is Still The Issue the ITV URL appears at the bottom of the screen reading "itv.com" which also exists as well.
  • On Heroes & Villains, this logo appears with the 2001 ITV Sport Channel logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Common.

  • Seen on many programmes from this period and is still intact on modern prints of several of them.
  • It was also used for plastering, replacing the WB logo on The Big Brawl on Showtime.
  • The blue background variant can be seen on series 7-9 of Police Camera Action for the 1999 version and series 15 of Catchphrase for the 2001 version.