UTV Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Compiled by
Camenati

Editions by
Michael Kenchington

Background

This is the production arm of UTV, formerly Ulster Productions.


Ulster Productions


UTV Productions

Ulster Productions

1st Logo (October 31, 1959-1969)

Logo: Superimposed in the end credits, the oscilloscope logo is within an outlined box next to the stacked text "ULSTER TELEVISION Northern Ireland".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct, seen on The Scandalous Parson.

2nd Logo (1969-1987)

Logo: It is a still version of the 1969 ident with "COLOUR" added underneath the company name.

Variants:

  • A black and white variant exists.
  • A variant has a copyright stamp in Roman numerals and a white color underneath "PRODUCTION".
  • On one programme, "COLOUR" is replaced with "OUTSIDE BROADCAST".
  • An in-credit variant exists, consisting of the logo and text in a thicker format and the company name in a serif font.
  • An extremely rare co-production variant exists where the logo is paired with six other ITV franchise logos on a blue background. Ulster's logo appears on the bottom center.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Ultra rare. The black and white variant was seen on Billy Graham in Ulster.

3rd Logo (January 1, 1989-June 4, 1993)

Logo: Like before, it is a still version of its respective 1989 ident but with "production" inserted underneath the company name.

Variants:

  • Starting on September 1, 1989, the logo is given a gradient look and the text reads "AN ULSTER TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR" and the 1989 ITV logo can be seen below.
  • Programmes co-produced with Channel 4 has the gray bar placed on the bottom of the screen, reading the copyright notice in Roman numerals. Above it is "An Ulster Television Production for CHANNEL FOUR".

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Ultra rare. Can be seen on Swings & Roundabouts, God's Frontiersmen, and An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

UTV Productions

1st Logo (June 4, 1993-2001)

Logo: Just a still version of the 1993 ident.

Variants:

  • Most of the time, the logo exists as an in-credit notice.
  • On a 1999 episode of Insight, the logo was given a shadow effect.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Ultra rare.

  • The normal logo was seen on a 1995 UTV airing to Murder, She Wrote.
  • The in-credit variant can be seen on Insight and Ulster Unearthed.

2nd Logo (2003)

Logo: The print version of the UTV logo with "PRODUCTION" added underneath is against a blue background with rising streaks. They crossfade into another background with a spotlight at the top right corner of the screen.

Technique: Computer effects.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct, seen on Insight episodes from this period.

3rd Logo (2000s)

Logo: Mainly an in-credit notice containing the 2002 UTV logo.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Ultra rare; only known to appear on later episodes of Lesser Spotted Ulster, which are intact on Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive website.

4th Logo (2009)

Logo: On a dark blue moving background, a shaded version of the UTV logo is shown underneath a co-producer's name.

Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Extinct. Like the 2nd logo, it is only known to appear on Insight episodes from the late 2000's.

5th Logo (2012)

Logo: On a dark blue background with a spinning glass UTV logo, a shiny version of the UTV logo is displayed either on the center or bottom of the screen if paired with a co-producer.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Same as before.

6th Logo (2016-2020)

Logo: On a white background with a part of it peeling away, the 2016 UTV logo in turquoise is on top of "PRODUCTION" and a copyright stamp on the bottom.

Variant: An in-credit variant exists. In a similar fashion to the 2013 ITV endcap, the logo is either white or black on a black/white background and with "PRODUCTION" removed.

Technique: Simple computer animation.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme.

Availability: Very rare, although some programmes such as Paul & Nick's Big Canadian Food Trip and Rewind with Julian can be found on streaming websites. The normal logo was seen on the latter.

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