Background: Bravo was a TV channel operating in the United Kingdom. When launched in 1985, it only transmitted on cable TV. In 1993, it then progressed to the Astra Satelite. The programming of the channel started out as a vintage movie channel, before changing into 1997 to adult male-oriented shows. In 2010, Living TV Group was folded into BSkyB. In result of this, Bravo was closed down.
Nicknames: "The Tower"
Logo: We zoom out of a building, and as we do so, radiowaves come out of the radio tower, and we see two searchlights. When we stop, an oval zooms towards us, and some more radiowaves make the logo. When complete, we see the text:
inside a white oval.
- There is a shorter version.
- Sometimes, an even more shorter version of the logo plays on a cloudy or black background (forblack-and-white films).
FX/SFX: The searchlights, the radiowaves, the clouds.
Cheesy Factor: Those radiowaves look like thunderbolts, and those searchlights look primitive, but this was advanced animation for the late 1980s. The short versions of the logo lookmuch more outdated, but this was to indicate the vintage-based programming of the channel during the time, so it's not that horrible.
Music/Sounds: An orchestral fanfare that then becomes majestic. Usually, it would then end in an orchestral ditty.
Scare Factor: Minimal bordering on low. The fanfare may get to a few, but the logo's nice.
(January 1997-3 February 1997)
Nicknames: "Time Warp Television"
Logo: We zoom through a time warping background, which changes color. Then everything goes black. After a second, a black Bravo logo zooms towards us, and the background gently fades colors.
FX/SFX: The time warping.
Cheesy Factor: Although the time warping effects are great, the result looks like something from the 70s (although this is intentional, again, due to the 1st era of the channel).
Music/Sounds: A rising dramatic crescendo that builds into a nice peaceful synth hum.
Availability: Same as the 1st logo. This was used to indicate the departure of the channel's original vintage movie programming to the more adult-oriented shows.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The time warping sequence may thrill someone and would also surprise someone who was expecting the normal 1986 idents on the time, although this is pretty harmless, compared to what follows...
(3 February 1997-2001)
WARNING: Most of the 1997 idents display disturbing content which is not suitable for younger viewers, viewer discretion is advised. The photos and the video of lot of idents will not be allowed on this site.
Logo: On a black background, we see fires originating from the center of the screen, progressively growing and then dimming. Afterwards many other fires start around the screen (in varying shades of red, blue and orange), and at the same time the outline of the Bravo "Horned O" appears. We then see a big blue fire shrinking in size (as if it were absorbed), and then a explosion occurs, with the entire Bravo "O" burning with alternating blue and red/orange colors. At the same time we see the Bravo text appearing as it gets filled up with fire, and the logo either fades out seconds later or ends instantly.
- There were also some variants to go with the ident during 1997-1998. Most of these showed up pretty disturbing material such as: a madman with a screwdriver (slots/flathead) going crazy, eyeballs being taken out from a jar (a fork is also shown), a toilet brush falling on a dirty bathroom, maggots on a plate (looking like it's a cereal; a spoon is also shown), a criminal person appearing and smiling, a grenade falling down on a rabbit farm, a girl licking a cheese grater (note that it plays in reverse), the screwhead from the first variant shaking his head around like no tomorrow after speaking, a pierced belly button, a guy in a mental asylum chair, a cat inside a cage, and a goldfish being blended in a blender. These would appear from a blue smoky transition with the scenes following afterwards. However, on the rabbit and goldfish variants, the blue transition appears after the scene, due to the fact that the variants imply the violent subject matter.
- Most of them also have extra parts for their promos.
- Extra variants include a doctor (who wears a wrestler's costume and putting on a pair of yellow gloves), a 3x3 grid blowtorch of different fire colours, a blobbing purple slime, and a man being revealed from the closet.
- Around 1998, there was a more clear version of the logo playing on a yellow background.
- In early 1998, there was a version with a green smoky background.
FX/SFX: The fire startups (for the generic idents). The 1997 variants contain live-action. All were made by Red Pepper Film Company as an "alternative species of television".
Music/Sounds: A waving synth and fire sound effects, then a explosion sound and, lastly, either two synth notes (which uses a guitar layering on the synth music) or a different sound effect (It is used on many shows to indicate tensions). The 1997 variants contain sounds which correspond to the subject matter.
Availability: Same as 1st logo.
Scare Factor: Depending on the variant:
- Original Version: Medium to high. Those live-action startups will unnerve quite a lot of viewers who are unaware, and some may find the second sound FX variant scarier.
- Majority of the 1997 Variants: Nightmare. Many of them contain extremely disturbing content to the point of being obscene. The variants containing animal abuse will almost certainly upset animal lovers. Children, if they were unlucky enough to see these logos, would very likely be spooked and gain nightmares. These idents are absolutely not appropriate to show on television, and stand as some of the scariest idents of all time and one of the spookiest in the UK and Northern Ireland.
- 1997 Criminal variant: Medium to nightmare, The criminal's wide glare at the camera might unnerve a lot of people.
- 1997 Cat In Cage, Blowtorch and Bathroom Variants: Low to high, since these variants don't really have much of a creepy vibe, but the second sound FX might still scare some.
- 1998 Yellow Background and Green Background Variant: Low to medium. The nature will still get people, but the addition of brightness calms down the mood of the logo.
Otherwise, it's lower for those who are used to seeing it.
Logo: On a dark-colored background (mostly blue), the Bravo O is seen on an orange block, and each pieces move to make the complete logo. The text:
...is seen below the square.
FX/SFX: Bold, blocky animations made to fit the "lads culture". Quite smooth animations, but much more simpler than the last logo.
Music/Sounds: Some rhythmic music.
Availability: Extinct, like the other logos.
Scare Factor: None. It's tamer then the infamous 3rd logo.