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The BBC 'Circle' idents are a set of on-screen channel identities that debuted on BBC One at 10am BST on 7 October 2006. They were announced on 26 September 2006 as the replacement for the 'Rhythm & Movement' idents and were designed and produced for the BBC by Red Bee Media. The idents are also used on BBC America, the BBC's outlet in the United States.

A circle symbol was decided upon as the theme for the idents since it was described as a 'symbol of togetherness', but also a 'nod' towards the channel's heritage and in particular, the use of a globe logo for much of its history. All idents involve the basis of the action to be shown, be that footballers kicking a ball or children playing with flowers before the circle is shown to form and the BBC One logo animates onto the screen.

Imran Hanif composed the music for all idents, having been selected from a shortlist of 12 composers and bands.

On 2 May 2009, the idents were cut to remove the long sequence before the form up of the BBC One logo. The idents also got new music to accompany them with the exception of Hippos and Surfers. Two idents were withdrawn, Windows and Moon.

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List of idents

Name Description Air dates Image of ident
Bikes A group of three motorcycle stunt riders ride the "wall of death". Filmed at Shepperton Studios and directed by Stuart Douglas. Edited in May 2009. October 2006–present
Bikes, in use since 7 October 2006.
Capes Numerous people in colourful rain coats on bikes ride through a rain storm, as people look watch, the sun comes out. The final shot shows all the bikers forming a rainbow-like circle at a roundabout. Filmed on public roads in London and a private car park at Earls Court. This ident is used before programmes on BBC iPlayer. Edited in May 2009 and directed by Matt Losasso. August 2008–present
Dog Display A pack of dogs doing circles tricks, including jumping through fire hoops, jumping over fences and weaving in and out of sticks laid out in a circle which then produces the 'BBC One' form up. Filmed in the garden of a stately home in Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire and directed by Matt Losasso. Edited in May 2009. August 2008–present
Football An example of how precision football passing might appear if players were able to make incredibly complex mathematical calculations when playing. Filmed at the Habersdasher Estate in North London and directed by Howard Greenhalgh. Usually shown before Match of the Day. Edited in May 2009. October 2006–present
Forest The natural world, and a group of fairies come together to create a magical fairy circle in sunlit woodland. Directed by Matt Losasso. Edited in May 2009. June 2007–present
Helicopter An aerial shot of a helicopter landing on the top of Bishop Rock lighthouse. The three variations of the ident include slower paced versions. Until the May 2009 edits this was the most sombre of all the idents. January 2008–present
Hippos Based on sychronised swimming whales in an episode of children's television series Charlie and Lola. Produced using a combination of computer animation and live action backgrounds and directed by Charlie Mawer and Mike McGee. Edited in May 2009, along with the "Surfers" ident the music remained the same. October 2006–present
Kites A group of kite flying enthusiasts gather together to create a circle effect with their kites. Filmed at Ynyslas beach in Wales and directed by Matthias Hoene. It was the first ident from the new package shown. This ident is often used to link into the News. Edited in May 2009. October 2006–present
Lawn Circles A group of suburban 'Stepford' wives mow a series of crop circles in to their lawns. Edited in May 2009. July 2007–present
Mission Control A group of British scientists successfully launch a pod to land on a distant planet. Out of the pod emerges a curious rover that begins drawing circles on the face of the planet. Filmed at Shepperton Studios and directed by Matt Losasso. Edited in May 2009. June 2007–present
Moon People on fishing boats come together to form the moon out of separate sections. Filmed at the Kamenjak peninsula in northern Croatia and directed by Howard Greenhalgh. This ident along with "Windows" was withdrawn in May 2009. October 2006–May 2009
Neon Neon figures come to life, and take a ride on a ferris wheel. Shot in Blackpool the ident was conceived by James Spence and animated by Brand New School, New York. The ident was originally used before programmes during Saturday evenings only. Edited in May 2009. October 2007–present
Pedal Power Pedal power is used to light up the circle around the BBC One logo. Directed by Grant Gee. August 2009–present
Penguins The Christmas ident for 2007 was given a slight makeover for every day use, the ident now has new music, and the bauble Christmas tree is gone. Edited in May 2009. Frequently used for the Winter period. February 2008–present
Roses (previously Petals) A group of children are shown playing with the natural flowers in a meadow before joining hands to form a "ring-a-roses" dance. Filmed in Coton, Northamptonshire and directed by Stuart Douglas. Edited in May 2009. October 2006–present
Surfers Carlos 'Coco' Nogales and others ride a huge wave before crashing down after formation of the BBC One logo. Filmed at Puerto Escondido on the west coast of Mexico and directed by Howard Greenhalgh. Edited in May 2009, like the "Hippos" ident the music remained the same. October 2006–present
Windows Residents on a housing estate use their windows to reflect sunlight into a ring. Filmed at the Greenwich Millennium Village in south east London and directed by Matthias Hoene. This ident along with "Moon" was withdrawn in May 2009. October 2006– May 2009

Special network idents

Name Description Air dates
Snowball The 2006 Christmas ident, a community in an alternate setting come together to build a giant snowball. This was filmed using various sized polystyrene snowballs: the largest was 6 metres (20 ft) high. The ident first aired on Saturday 16 December at around 18:00. The ident finished on New Year's Day after BBC Breakfast when the original idents were restored. This ident was revived for Christmas 2007 to run alongside the Penguins which also debuted on Saturday 15 December. This ident was last shown introducing 'Weatherview' on New Year's Eve 2007 around 02:00. Christmas 2006 and Christmas 2007
Red Nose Day Hippos A variation to the regular 'Hippos' ident, but some of the hippos wore red noses. Shown before Comic Relief-related programmes in 2007, the ident was reused for Comic Relief-related programmes in 2009. March 2007,
February 2009-March 2009
Penguins This sequence was shot at an ice-rink in Romford, with the playful penguins created in 3D animation. The ident first aired on Saturday 15 December at 18:10. 'Penguins' was last aired before linking into BBC News 24 on New Years Day at 02:25. Christmas 2007
Forest (Chameleon) Same sequence as the main 'Forest' ident, with a Chameleon appearing in the bottom right sticking its tongue out and catching a fairy. The ident is to promote the programme Life in Cold Blood about the natural history of amphibians and reptiles. February–March 2008
Wallace & Gromit's Runaway Sled/Winter Wonderland Created by Aardman Animations featuring Wallace and Gromit, this ident involves Gromit pushing Wallace on a sled to the top of a hill, Wallace then slides down the other side of the hill which is a circled shape and hosts the BBC One logo. Wallace comes off the sled in mid air and lands head deep in the snow, whilst Gromit takes his place and jumps onto the sled performing tricks. There are two versions of this ident, one where Wallace talks and one just silent. This ident was last aired at 1:55 a.m. on 2 January 2009. Later on that day, the normal idents were restored. It was written by Rachel Webb and James Spence.

Ident two is a more serious ident, to be used to link into the news, the ident features the same background as the main ident with camera zooming out from the BBC One logo, but does not include Wallace and Gromit. This ident was last aired 2:00 a.m. on 2 January 2009. Later on that day, the normal idents were restored.

This is the third BBC Christmas ident that Aardman Animations have created after BBC Two's Christmas ident in 1995 and BBC One's Christmas ident in 2001.

Christmas 2008
Ashes to Ashes Special ident used to promote the second series of Ashes to Ashes. It premièred on 11 April 2009. The ident took place in 1982, because the ident used early 80's music, and features people from the show in a car, which is driving on a street. April 2009 - July 2009
Glitterballs Ident promoting Strictly Come Dancing. In this ident, the circle is centred around a glitter ball and uses a variation of the show's theme music as the ident's background music. It is always shown before the show and was first shown on 7 November 2009. Not seen since before Christmas 2009 idents were first aired. November 2009-December 2009
Doctor Who/News version BBC One's 2009 Christmas ident features the Doctor (David Tennant) from Doctor Who. With a special Doctor Who episode "The End of Time", to be broadcast on Christmas Day.

The ident sees the the Doctor walking through a snowy forest, after noticing the TARDIS buried in the snow, the Doctor then sees a herd of reindeer and decides to make a sleigh using the TARDIS as a sled. The ident was first aired on 12 December at 18:45, leading into Strictly Come Dancing. This ident was last aired 6:45 p.m. on 1 January 2010 into David Tennant's final episode of Doctor Who, with David Tennant acting as the announcer introducing the episode himself. The news version of the ident was used for the rest of that night as the Tenth Doctor's regeneration meant the sleigh ident was effectively outdated. Normal idents returned the next day.

Ident two is a more serious ident, to be used to link into the news, the ident features a darker sky, sombre music and no traces of Doctor Who in it. The ident was first aired on 12 December at 22:00, leading into the news. This ident was last aired on 2 January linking to the BBC News Channel. Later on that day, the normal idents were restored.

Christmas 2009
EastEnders Ident promoting EastEnders' 25th anniversary, with Albert Square turning into Albert Circle. It shows scenes from regular cast members looking in amazement as the square changes into a circle, it was first aired on Monday 15th February on the 25th Anniversary week, it will continue to air at the start of most of the programmes to celebrate the 25th Anniversary year. February 2010-present
Generic Generic ident used into the BBC News summary at 20:00, it is the only ident which does not include a voiceover but it goes straight into the BBC News summary. December 2007-present

Special Welsh idents

Name Description Air dates
Daffodils A special Saint David's Day ident used on BBC One Wales. The ident used the 'Moon' ident music. Edited In 2010 with the edited 'Roses' ident music. 1 March 2007,
1 March 2008,
1 March 2009,
1st March 2010.
(BBC Won Wales) Ident used by BBC One Wales due to Wales' win over England in the 2008 Six Nations Championship. The ident uses the 'Bike' ident music and reads 'BBC Won' instead of 'BBC One' February 2008

Special Scottish idents

Name Description Air dates
Robert Burns To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. 25 January 2009

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Preceded by
Rhythm & Movement idents
BBC television idents
7 October 2006–present
Succeeded by
Current presentation







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