The BBC One globe idents are a defunct set of idents that ran on BBC One from 1963 to 2002. The set included a series of globes spinning, plus a virtual globe (which appeared from 1991 to 1997) and a sub-set of idents that featured a balloon with a globe painted on it.
As this set of idents was used on BBC One from 1963 to 2002 (39 years), it has become the longest-used set of idents in BBC One history.
The Black & White Globe (1963-69)Edit
In 1963, the first of the BBC One globe idents appeared on television, replacing the ‘map’ ident that had been used since 1962. It incorporated a spinning mechanical globe taken with a black-and-white movie camera and the words ‘BBC TV’ on top; this ident was retired with the new ‘watch-strap’ globe ident in 1966, where the words ‘BBC 1’ were on the bottom,
The Mirrored Globe (1969-85)Edit
In 1969, the Black and White versions were retired in favor of the new ‘mirrored globe’ idents in color. The first variant had a blue-and-black mirrored globe with the words ‘BBC1 COLOUR’ below it; this continued until the mid-70s when the word ‘color’ was retired in favor of being known simply as ‘BBC1’, and when the colors were changed to the more friendly blue-and-yellow.
The Computer-Generated Globe (1985-97)Edit
By 1985, computer graphics had progressed sufficiently to be able to make images form into the shape of a sphere; this has since progressed into Adobe After Effects and Adobe Animate (the software in which the BBC tends to use for their idents today). Thus, any form of electro-mechanical ident had to be retired in favor of the 1st generation Computer-Generated Globe, known as the Computer-Originated World (COW).
In 1991, the first (and earliest) example of making a virtual globe was used by BBC One.