Talkback

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Shadeed A. Kelly & Hb1290

Captures by
Shadeed A. Kelly, V of Doom, Sagan Blob, Hb1290 and EnormousRat

Video captures courtesy of
jospicer1971

Background

Talkback Productions was formed in 1981 by Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones and it was one of UK's leading production companies. In 2000, the company was sold to Pearson Television (which itself was sold and merged with CLT-UFA in 2000 to create the RLT Group and rebranded as FremantleMedia in 2001) for £62 million and was merged with Thames Television in 2003 to form Talkback Thames. On January 1, 2012, FremantleMedia UK split Talkback Thames in four companies with Talkback focusing on comedy.

1st Logo (January 31, 1984-March 17, 2003)

Logo: It's only an in-credit logo saying:

A
TalkBack
PRODUCTION

with "TalkBack" in a bigger and bolder font with gear-shaped holes in the "a"'s. Sometimes, it would have "For BBC TELEVISION" or "for CHANNEL FOUR" and a copyright stamp.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, this logo would be placed outside the credits and have its own card.
  • On The Armando Iannucci Shows, the logo has a byline "A Pearson television company", the talkback logo and "production" are lowercase, and an in credit Channel 4 logo is used rather than "for Channel Four". Also, all are animated: Channel 4's logo fades in first, "talkback" flips in after that, and then the rest of the text fades in.
  • One variant read "A Talkback Features Production"
  • In 2000, the logo is slightly modified with the lowercase "t" and "b". A byline was also added, reading "A FremantleMedia Company".
  • On House Doctor, the logo simply consists of the logo, the byline, and a bottom notice that reads "a talkback production for five".
  • On QI series B, the text "a Quite Interesting", with "a" above "Quite Interesting", was added above the Talkback name. The text "~ uk" was also added to the logo and the the background writing overlaps with it.
  • On The Day Today, the logo as well as its full notice is in one row.
  • On Smack the Pony, the logo is black.

Technique: Fading effects or none.

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

Availability: Seen on such UK shows like Alias Smith and Jones, A Life in Pieces, Murder Most Horrid, Da Ali G Show (UK episodes only) and Nevermind the Buzzcocks, among others.


2nd Logo (February 9, 2003-2005)

Logo: On a white background with bits of green on several corners and the top, we have the "talkback" name in green and in bold. Below it would have the "talkbackTHAMES" logo name below and the byline "Part of the FremantleMedia Group" (or "A FremantleMedia Company"), and sometimes below that, the copyright stamp to FremantleMedia.

Variants:

  • Some co-productions would have "PRODUCED BY" above and "for (name/logo of network)" below the Talkback name.
  • Sometimes, the Talkback name would read "talkback~uk".
  • On QI, the text "a Quite Interesting" was added above Talkback name and the background has math scribbles.
    • On series C, the "a" in "A Quite Interesting" is on the same row as the other words and "production" was added underneath the logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on reruns of Da Ali G Show (US episodes), Nathan Barley, The Sex Inspectors, Nevermind the Buzzcocks, QI, early episodes of How Clean is Your House? and Monkey Dust, among others.

3rd Logo (January 1, 2012-2019?)

Logo: On a black background we see a green glowing ring with a gray outline and a big white "t" (set in Gill Sans Ultra Bold). The word "talkback" with the "t" in a bigger and bolder font than the other letters appears below with a byline reading "Part of FremantleMedia UK". The ring rotates around several times.

Variant: On series 1 of Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, the logo appears during the UKTV Original Production logo.

Technique: CGI.

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

Availability: Seen on the shows created by the former Talkback, such as Celebrity Juice and QI.


4th Logo (2018-)

Logo: On a dark gray (or black) background, we see "Talkback" with the "Back" backwards. A sideways chevron shape comes in and pushes the "back" into the "K" in talk". The word "back" then emerges from the K, this time the right way around revealing the new logo, the word

TalkBack

in a similar style to the 1st logo, except that the stars in the "a" and "b" are now hexagons.

Bylines:

  • 2018-2021: "Part of Fremantle"
  • 2021-: "A Fremantle Label" with "Fremantle" in said company's logo.

Variants:

  • There is a still in-credit version.
  • The Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier variant is the same as last time except with this logo.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A sound of a VHS tape being inserted into the player, the ending theme from any show, or none.

Availability: Current.

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