London Weekend Television Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Compiled by
Camenati

Editions by
Michael Kenchington and RSX-798

Background

This is the production arm of London Weekend Television.



1st Logo (1968-1969)

Logo: It's only a still version of the 1968 opening logo, with no production indicator whatsoever.

Variant: Sometimes, the background is blue.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Rare, as most LWT shows have fallen victim to wiping. It survives on early episodes of On the Buses as well as Candid Caine.

2nd Logo (1969-1970)

Logo: This is a still version of the 1969 ident.

Variants:

  • Like the ident, the colour of the background may vary.
  • It was originally shown in B&W.
  • On most colour shows, the text "A Colour Production" was added underneath.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Ultra rare, due to its short lifespan and lack of preservation of programmes from this period. It was seen on Curry & Chips, Frost On Sunday, Wicked Woman: Alice Rhodes, Tommy Cooper and On the Buses.

3rd Logo (September 1970-August 1978)

Logo: This is a still version of the 1970 ident with "A Colour Production" added underneath the logo.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, "A" appears on top of "London Weekend".
  • A endcard with "London Weekend Presentation" exists.
  • A black and white variant exists.
  • On early episodes of The Professionals, the logo shares the screen with the Avengers Mark 1 Productions logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Rare.

  • The 1977 series Love for Lydia has the logo retained on VHS, and the Just William variant is preserved on the show's UK DVD releases from Network.
  • The version with no text was seen on one episode.
  • Also seen on On the Buses episodes from the era, and early episodes of The Professionals.
  • The black and white version was primarily seen on LWT shows produced during industrial action regarding the operation of colour equipment. This came to be known as the "Colour Strike".

4th Logo (September 1, 1978-August 24, 1986)

Logo: Like before, it is a still version of its respective 1978 ident, only with "Colour Production" added underneath the company name.

Variants:

  • For programmes that LWT produced for Channel 4 the text underneath reads "A LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" and the LWT logo is smaller.
  • One end variant used around Christmas time had the logo covered in snow.
  • A special end variant was used on Gay Life, where it shows a "LMU" logo styled after the "LWT" logo along with the text "London Minorities Unit", a credit for the Editor, and a copyright date reading "(C) LWT (year in Roman numerals)". The text then disappears and the logo stretches back and flips out to leave room for the "LWT" logo to flip in and "London Weekend Television Colour Production" pops in below. Later versions would just have the logo crossfade to the end result instead.
  • There is also a version with a white background with the red-orange part a lot more orange.
  • On Carrott Del Sol, the logo is white appears as an in-credit logo.
  • On The Professionals, the logo is in an in-credit format like the above variant. The company name, albeit in two rows, is next to it.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Can be seen in America on a VHS of Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime and other shows such as Gay Life, The Professionals, among others.

5th Logo (August 29, 1986-August 25, 1996)

Logo: This is a still version of the 1986 LWT ident until August 27, 1989.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, the copyright notice appears underneath the LWT logo from 1986 until 1989.
  • Sometimes, an alternate variant of the 1986 LWT endcap is seen which also exists, which appears on a later print of a series 2 episode of Please Sir! as well as other shows as well.
  • Beginning on September 1, 1989, the 1986 LWT logo is smaller and moved to the top half of the screen. Underneath it is the text "AN LWT PRODUCTION".
  • Sometimes, "PRODUCTION" is reworded to either "PROGRAMME" or "PRESENTATION".
  • The 1989 ITV logo is shown underneath the logo on networked programmes.
  • An in-credit version exists.
  • For international prints of their shows, a variant featuring "INTERNATIONAL" in a big grey block is used.
  • A cropped widescreen variant exists, being used on modern prints of some original programmes.
  • For programmes that they produced for Channel 4 such as Saturday Live, the text below reads "AN LWT PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" with the copyright disclaimer being seen underneath it.
  • On one episode of Friday Night Live, the logo flies in textured as a soda can. It crumbles up and deforms before covering the screen with the bottom text reading "AN LWT PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR".
  • On the demo reel to The South Bank Show, the 1986 logo is against a different dimly lit white background with the company name on top and a copyright notice underneath.
  • On The Robbie Coltrane Special, the logo appears on a white background with the 1989 Pozzitive Television logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Still saved on many TV shows and movies produced by the network from this period, such as The One That Got Away, DVD and VHS releases of Poirot, and Lovejoy, when A&E aired it during the 1990s.

  • The alternate 1986 still variant appears on a later print of a series 2 episode of Please Sir! as well as other shows as well.
  • This logo may succeed the next one on some programmes such as London's Burning and the British version of Gladiators, among others.
  • Speaking of the latter, it was intact on series 1-4, which also retain the "An LWT Production for ITV" endcap, with series 5-8 featuring the 7th logo.
  • This also plasters over the 3rd London Weekend logo at the end on 1990s-onwards era prints of the Series 1 colour episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs.
  • Current prints of Series 1-6 of Poirot often delete this out, while mid-2000s prints plaster it with the 2001 Granada G Without Arrow logo.

6th Logo (1993-August 25, 1996)

Logo: On a gray iron background, we see the monogram "LWTP" carved into the centre of the screen, with the letter "L" and the letter "T" contained in a square, and the letter "P" in a circle. Underneath it is "LWT PRODUCTIONS" with the letter "P" in a circle.

Variants:

  • Most of the time, a copyright stamp in white is shown below.
  • On programmes that were made for Channel Four, the words "FOR CHANNEL FOUR" will also appear below the logo.
  • Some in-credit variants also exist on co-productions of that era. Here, the logo is carved into a lighter background with the co-producer's logo and a copyright stamp below.
  • On an episode of The One That Got Away, the logo fades in and out.
  • On The Warm Up Man, the 1995 Granada Television logo appears above the LWTP logo with the text reading underneath "A GRANADA/LWTP CO-PRODUCTION" and the iron background appears with blue and purple abstract colours from the Granada logo.
  • On Schofield's Quest, the logo appears underneath the Michael Hurll Television logo.
  • On Series 6 of Poirot, the logo is in-credit on a black background where it's paired with an in-credit notice for Carnival Films. Original airings would have this followed by the per usual regular LWTP endboard and 1989-1996 LWT endboard combo. Current prints of those episodes have the copyright notice altered to replace "LWT Productions" to "ITV Studios Limited".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None, or the closing theme of the show.

Availability:

  • This was seen on all programmes made by LWT from the era, such as Play Your Cards Right, Poirot episodes and Gladiators, among others. The logo was always followed by the previous endboard.
  • ESPN Classic reruns of the US edits of International Gladiators also retained this (in-between the Four Point Entertainment and Samuel Goldwyn Television logos).
  • VCI releases of Series 6 of Poirot cuts this out and goes straight to London Weekend Television's 1989-1996 endboard while current prints delete this and London Weekend Television's 1989-1996 endboard out, while 2000s prints would have the 2001-2004 Granada G Without Arrow logo plastering the combo entirely.
  • It was also seen on CITV's Simply the Best from 1995 on CITV as well.

7th Logo (August 30, 1996-2002)

Logo: As with the previous logos, this is a still version of the 1996 logo with the text "An LWT Production" added underneath.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, "Production" may be reworded to "Programme".
  • A widescreen version exists.
  • The 1989 ITV logo also appears below as well for networked programmes. This variant was used until October 4, 1998. It also appears on late-1990s prints of some Upstairs, Downstairs episodes.
  • The logo can also sometimes share the screen with other logos, either in on-screen or in-credit form.
  • The logo may also sometimes appear in print form accompanied with the text "LWT Productions" or "Production".
    • One programme, S Club 7: Welcome to the Fifties, has the logo against a white background.
  • When Paramount Comedy Channel (now Comedy Central UK) airs the show In Bed with Medinner, the text now reads "An LWT Programme for Paramount Comedy Channel".
  • On N V S, the 1995 Granada Television appears next to the 1996 LWT logo with the same merged background from the 1993 LWT Productions logo and the text underneath reads "A GRANADA/LWT PRODUCTION".
  • On the final series of Gladiators, the logo reads "An LWT Production in association with ON Digital for ITV", with ON Digital and ITV displayed with their respective 1998 logos.
  • On early episodes of Night and Day, the 1996 LWT logo appears with the 1995 Granada logo with the text reading "A GRANADA PRODUCTION FOR LWT".
  • On the 1990s version of Bruce Forsyth's Play Your Cards Right, this logo appears with the 1997 Grundy logo.
  • On the VCI DVD releases of the Poirot episodes "Evil Under the Sun" and "Murder in Mesopotamia", the widescreen version appears to be squished to 4:3.
  • On 1997 CITV airings of various programmes such as Art Attack and Goggle Watch, the logo is shrunken and shown alongside other logos against a dimly lit gray background. "An" and "Programme for" appear above and below the logos whereas the 1989 ITV logo is underneath them all.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • Still saved on TV-movies and shows like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Greta Garbo: A Lone Star, and was in use until the summer of 2002, when Granada introduced the purple end boards for all its owned regions.
  • It also plastered older logos and also appears on a late 1990s print of a 1969 episode of Doctor in the House.
  • On Challenge reruns of the show Play Your Cards Right, the LWT/Fremantle endcap remains intact but the 1996 LWT endcap is plastered by the 2001 FremantleMedia logo.
  • The version with the 1989 ITV logo also appears at the end of CITV Awards 1996 as well.
  • The version without the 1989 ITV logo also appears on the 2000 TV movies A Christmas Carol and Buried Treasure, respectively.

8th Logo (2001-2004)

Logo: We see the same Granada purple end card with the corporate logo used by all other Granada-owned regions, however, the shadow copies are of the 1996 LWT symbol, and the square has the white LWT logo inside with the text reads "An LWT Production".

Variants:

  • On some season 9 episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot, the purple space background is different and the text now reads "LWT in association with A&E Television Networks and Agatha Christie Ltd (a Chorion Company).
  • On Doodlebug Summer, the Meridian and LWT squares appear alongside each other and the text now reads either "A Meridian/LWT Co-Production" or "A LWT/Meridian Co-Production" and appears in either this background with the Meridian logos or the background with the LWT logos.
  • On Temptation Island, it appears as an in-credit logo and is paired with the Fox Television Studios logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the ending theme to the show.

Availability:

  • Appears on shows such as the last season of Blind Date, Popstars: The Rivals, Airline, I'll Be Alright on the Night and Agatha Christie's Poirot, among others.
  • The Meridian variant appears on Doodlebug Summer.
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