Channel 4 Television

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Camenati, TheRealMarcel2000, RSX-798, Blue2000 and Michael Kenchington

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Camenati, Blue2000, RSX-798 and Michael Kenchington


Channel 4 Television is the production arm of Channel 4.

1st Logo (November 2, 1982-1999)

Logo: A shortened version of the 1982 Channel 4 ID from the era.


  • An in-credit notice where we see the 1982 Channel 4 logo over "CHANNEL FOUR TELEVISION".
  • A still 2D version of the 1982 logo exists on a black background with a copyright notice underneath.
  • On The Mind of David Berglas, the logo appears alongside the on-screen Tyne Tees Television logo. A light blue slash separates the two company's logos.
  • On Gazella Football Italia, the logo was included within the in-credit notice but in blue.
  • On Garden Club, the logo appears within the HTV logo.
  • On Cymru Newydd, the logo shares the screen with the 1993 HTV, 1988 BBC Cymru and the 1987 S4C logos.
  • On The Marriage of Figaro, the logo is within a white box with the company name underneath it.

Technique: Same as the 1982 Channel 4 logo. Most of the time, the logo is still.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show or none.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • Channel 4 co-produced programs at the time usually do not have the 1982 logo in their end credits but rather an in-credit notice of the channel, making this really hard to find, especially when only very few shows are known to use said logo.
  • The normal version was spotted on Hullabaloo, in which VHS releases of said show preserve this logo, whereas the variant was seen on The Mind of David Berglas where it is paired with the aforementioned Tyne Tees logo.
  • The early still variant was only known to have appeared on very early Channel 4 co-produced programmes such as The Body Show.
  • The normal animated logo was found on series 1 of Bob & Margaret.

2nd Logo (January 11, 2000-December 31, 2004, June 7, 2010)

Logo: The Channel 4 logo is now inside a white box and is aligned to the right side of the screen. A copyright notice for the channel is positioned underneath the co-producer's logo, which is on the left.


  • Sometimes, the logo may be superimposed into the end credits.
    • Occasionally, it can also appear within the background designated to another logo.
      • On Pump Up the Volume, the Channel 4 logo, despite being set on the black side of the screen, is a cut out revealing small portions of Flame TV's background.
  • The Hoobs lack a copyright notice for either the Channel 4, Jim Henson Television, or Decode Entertainment logo
  • Some logos would have one side of the screen white and Channel 4's section the same as in most of the other variants.
  • On Queer as Folk, the logo appears as an on-screen logo, consisting of just the Channel 4 logo with no box or any other co-producer.
  • Early Series 1 episodes of The Hoobs has the Channel 4 notice lack a box.
  • On The First World War, the logo is next to the Southern Star logo while underneath an IAW notice. "Channel Four" is also underneath its respective logo.
  • On The Armando Iannucci Shows, "for" is next to the Channel 4 logo.
  • On some Ideal World Productions co-produced programmes, Channel 4's half is purple.
  • A rare split-screen variant exists.
  • On Life and Death and Damien Hirst, the logo is placed underneath the 1996 London Weekend Television Productions logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show or none.

Availability: Common.

  • This logo can be seen on many shows from this period.
  • Some examples include Blood on the Altar Secrets of the Dead, Scandal in the Bins, The Hoobs, among others.
  • The superimposed variant was seen on Da Ali G Show, 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows, and As If.
  • After 2004, most Channel 4 shows return to using an in-credit notice underneath their co-producer's logos.
  • This logo also made a surprise appearance on the Dispatches documentary "Undercover Social Worker".

3rd Logo (January 6, 2005-2015)

Logo: On the right hand side of the screen, a 3D cutout of the Channel 4 logo zooms out, leaving a white background. The logo very slightly backs off and becomes loose before stopping.


  • The logo may appear in different textures, either a cloudy layout, a blue background with studs popping out, or a shot of a crowd walking.
  • Sometimes, the logo has an alternate animation where as the logo zooms out, it also rotates and shows the blocks forming the Channel 4 logo.
  • A small version exists.
  • On Channel 4 News, the logo is a solid color. From 2005 to 2006, it was white and then since then, it became black.
  • On reruns of The Hoobs, the variant from the previous logo is used, but it covers up the 1999-2004 Channel 4 logo.

Technique: The logo zooming out.

Music/Sounds: A dry whoosh sound. Otherwise, the ending theme of the programme or none.

Availability: Ultra rare.

  • Was seen on original airings of some Channel 4 original programmes, specifically reality shows, game shows, and documentaries.
  • These programmes are either not preserved on home media or newer prints completely remove this logo.
  • Programmes whose credits were not shown in an in-credit format did not have this logo.
  • The logo first appeared on series 3 of Celebrity Big Brother and was later seen on episodes from said series until series 7.
    • On the aforementioned show, it is replaced by the E4 logo on airings on said channel.
  • Another programme containing this logo is the documentary Supermarket Secrets, which is so far only seen on old video recordings.
  • The last programme to use this logo was Channel 4 News, which used it as later as 2014.
  • A few prints of the aforementioned programmes have this logo intact on archival sites like Screenocean or their original master tapes.

4th Logo (2005)

Logo: This is just an in-credit version of the 2004 logo, consisting of a 3D version of the "4" logo facing the bottom right.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Ultra rare.

  • It was only seen on The Real Sex Traffic.
  • As mentioned before, Channel 4 only used an in-credit disclaimer on most programmes rather than an in-credit logo.
  • Considering it was only seen on one programme, and possibly a few others, it is likely this logo had a short lifespan.

5th Logo (December 24, 2015-2018)

Logo: The Channel 4 logo is 3D and laying down with several pieces of it popping out (otherwise the All 4 logo used from 2015-2019). There is a top notice above the Channel 4 logo that reads:

Channel 4 Television


  • Sometimes, several shows may use a split-screen variant of this logo as well as its co-producers. Here, both logos are positioned to the left side of the screen with promos for new shows to be placed on the right.
  • The logo alongside other co-producers may be superimposed into the end credits.
  • A map of the British Isles can be seen alongside the Channel 4 logo where the map has either a region being filled or a dot placed onto a certain city, indicating the filming location of the show. The animation for regions would have the location be filled in magenta, only for it to fade out and repeat its sequence. Cities would have the dot (in the same color as the region variants) in a pulse animation. There is bottom text underneath, reading:
Filmed across (location)
For Channel 4 Television

A line also divides Channel 4's logo with another co-producer or seal in either the top or bottom portion. The map was exclusive to split-screen variants.

    • Another variant follows the same format as said version but without the map of the British Isles. This is because the show was filmed in a foreign country. However, if the programme was also filmed in the UK, then the map of said country is intact.
  • On Flowers, the top notice now reads: "For Channel 4 in association with Seeso".
  • Sometimes, "For" is replaced with an IAW phrase while keeping the Channel 4 name in.
    • On Gap Year, the IAW notice adds "TELEVISION" next to the Channel 4 name.
      • Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge would have this variant in a stacked format.
  • On The Bisexual, the screen simply consists of the Channel 4 logo with no notice or co-producers.
  • On Escape to the Chateau, there is no in-credit notice for the Channel 4 logo and the logo itself is aligned to the right.
  • On Travel Man 48 Hours in..., the Channel 4 logo is larger.
  • On Made in Chelsea series 15, the split-screen variant is on a red background.
  • On Trigger Happy, the notice is stacked with "TELEVISION" appearing on the bottom. Not only that, but both the Spirit Media and Channel 4 logos are off-center.
  • On Kiri, support information details are placed underneath the Channel 4 logo, reading:
Support information for the
issues raised can be found online at

Technique: None except for the map variants, which has the locations either being filled or in a pulse animation.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Common.

  • There are many shows that uses the normal variant, which includes Ackley Bridge, Gap Year, Trigger Happy, among others.
  • The regular split-screen variant can be seen on National Treasure, Kiri, and Man Down, among others. Made in Chelsea also uses it in its 15th series.
  • The variant that includes the British Isles was seen on The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds and Extreme Everest.
  • The superimposed variant is rare and is known to have been used on a few shows such as Jamie's Night Before Christmas for the normal variant and Best Laid Plans for the split-screen variant.

6th Logo (September 17, 2017-September 14, 2018)

Logo: On a white background, several pieces with their lateral faces filled pops out of the ground and bounces down, forming the logo from before. "Channel 4 Television" simultaneously emerges from the bottom of the screen.

Variant: There exists a split-screen version where the logo is inside a box.

Technique: CGI animation of the blocks popping out and the text sliding.

Music/Sounds: A high key piano note that starts with a whoosh and ends with a deep bass note.

Music/Sounds Variant: On The First, the theme is in a lower pitch.

Availability: Very rare. Only two shows used this logo: Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams and The First.

7th Logo (January 7, 2019-)

Logo: Same as the 3rd logo except the Channel 4 logo now matches the one used by the main channel since 2015. This logo is similar to most other Channel 4 logos except the blocks are thinner.


  • The split-screen and map variants return from the previous logo. However, the map may also appear in the normal variants. The bottom text alignment may vary, either to the center or towards the left.
    • Frank of Ireland lacks a thin line between the Amazon Studios and Channel 4 logos, but rather a top in-credit notice that reads
A Merman Production for Amazon
in association with Channel 4

Since the Channel 4 name was already mentioned above, the bottom notice excludes said name and simply states the filming locations. Strangely enough, despite Northern Ireland and Ireland being a region and a country, dots were used for these locations rather than the fill animation.

    • On series 2 of This Way Up, USA was added to the filming locations section despite it not being shown on the screen.
  • On the British version of The Bridge, the top notice is not only in one row, but the Channel 4 logo is also aligned to the left.
  • On Bin Laden The Road to 9.11, the split-screen variant has the bottom notice read:
Format Created by Voltage TV Productions Ltd
For Channel 4 Television
  • On Brexit, the top notice has "Produced for" rather than simply "For". The text is also on the same row.
  • On It's a Sin, the top notice has an IAW phrases with no Channel 4 indication.
  • On Channel 4 News, the logo, alongside the 2006 ITN logo, appears via a sliding animation. The Channel 4 logo is also in black since the background is set to white.
    • Starting on November 30, 2022, the background is inverted, the Channel 4 logo is now in white and the ITN logo is also changed to reflect the current ITN logo.
  • Similar with the Made in Chelsea variants from last time, the logo may be seen on a red, pink, or blue background
  • On Leaving Neverland, the logo is to the right of the Amos Pictures logo and is textless.
  • On Today in Tokyo, the logo appears above the on-screen Whisper logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Current and common.

  • The normal variant can be seen on Traitors, Brexit, and It's a Sin.
  • The regular split-screen variant isn't as common as the same version from the 3rd logo as simply a few shows uses this variant.
    • They include The Bridge and Bin Laden: The Road to 9/11.
  • The British Isles variant is easier to find than last time since more shows appear to use this variant.
  • The London variant is the easiest to find as there are multiple shows that are shown to have been filmed in said city.
    • These include Made in Chelsea (this show would begin using this logo in its 17th series), Stath Lets Flats, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, among others.
    • Shows that contain the Isles within the regular variants include This Way Up and Frank of Ireland.
  • The superimposed variant was seen on game shows such as Big Fat Quiz of the Year, more recent series of Countdown, and Taskmaster starting with series 10.

8th Logo (2019-)

Logo: In a dark room, we can see several dim white blocks floating around. The camera then starts to pan around, as several of the blocks light up and move around. Panning across the blocks, they look like their forming a brief frame-by-frame version of the 1982 logo's "Implosion" variant, in which the final result is the previous logo fully lighting up. The background and blocks dim to near-invisible levels, and "Channel 4 Television" fades in below.

Variant: A slightly shorter version exists.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A soft violin note is heard in the background, as a much mellower piano version of "Fourscore" plays in the background, in sync with the lighting.

Availability: Current. It can be seen on streaming prints of their shows such as the 1st season of Home and Friday Night Dinner, among many others.

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