Now this is where it gets a little anorakky. On the telly, the bits between the programmes where you hear the announcer speaking and saying things like “This is BBC1, now it’s time to see who’s the most depressed, in tonight’s seventeenth edition of EastEnders”. Yeah, well, anyway, those announcer bits are also known as ‘Continuity’. Oddly enough that sort of thing has quite a big following online these days.
Anyway, I grew up watching people like Mike Prince doing it on ATV & Central and at one point on my radio show in the early 2000’s I’d do some jokey stuff using the old music. When I got a chance to do it for real, and was actually working alongside the real Mike Prince himself at Big Centre TV – this is what I came up with (I did all of the graphics arrangements too). My years in radio helped of course, and the Big Centre bosses must have liked them because I did a set to be used across the Christmas period in 2015, then I was asked to do more for the following months too.
Big Centre underwent a number of changes in the Spring, including new branding and they ultimately decided against anything more like this. Later, when the company was merged with Made Television, any station promotion was originated in Leeds.
Oh and for any budding continuity announcers on YouTube, less is more, keep it actually interesting, don’t be self indulgent, and for pity’s sake DON’T SOUND BORED!
A quick note about how the listings below work. Videos all play in the main big screen, and you choose from the thumbnail listing underneath! Oldest first, newest last. Most of the titles are self-explanatory, and there are some alternate versions. Some have my own reference codes on but you’ll see what they are when you watch them!