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1st Warning
(1980-1985) Warning: On a black background is the words: "THE RECORDING, COPYING, LOAN, UNAUTHORISED HIRE, PUBLIC SHOWING OR BROADCASTING OF THIS BBC VIDEOGRAM, IS PROHIBITED."

Variant: On the children's video BeebTots, the background is green.

FX/SFX: Just the simple fade-in and fade-out.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on BBC Video's earliest tapes.

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Warning
(1985-1988)


Warning: On a black background, the following types in: 'The recording, copying, loan,'unauthorised hire, public'showing or broadcasting'of this BBC Videogram'is prohibited. ' '''''This videogram was produced''''on behalf of BBC Enterprises Ltd.


FX/SFX: The words typing in.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Seen on BBC Video tapes until 1988.

Scare Factor: None.

3rd Warning
(1988-1991)




Top: Normal variant'''''Bottom: WHSmith Video variants


Warning: On a black background, we see the words "The recording, copying, loan, unauthorised hire, public showing or broadcasting of this BBC Enterprises videogram is prohibited." flying in. After several seconds, it flies out, seguing into the BBC Video "COW Globe" logo.

Variants:*On a Rupert the Bear VHS by WHSmith Video, the warning takes place on a white-black gradient, with the words in black. At the end of the tape, it takes place on a red gradient, with the words in white.

  • On a Postman Pat VHS by WHSmith Video, the BBC Enterprises reference was gone.

FX/SFX: The flying effects.

Music/Sounds: None, but at the end, a low humming sound that segues into the BBC Video "COW Globe" music.

Availability: Seen on BBC Video tapes using the "COW Globe" logo.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low.

4th Warning
(1990-1997)


Tracking Control Screen: On a black background, white text scrolls up and stops at the center. It reads "IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF ANY PICTURE INTERFERENCE PLEASE ADJUST YOUR VIDEO RECORDER'S TRACKING CONTROL. THIS WILL, IN MOST CASES RECTIFY BOTH SOUND AND PICTURE QUALITY" and fades out. 

WarningOn a black background, white text scrolls up and stops at the center. It reads "THE RECORDING, COPYING, LOAN, UNAUTHORISED HIRE, PUBLIC SHOWING OR BROADCASTING OF THIS BBC ENTERPRISES VIDEOGRAM, IS PROHIBITED."

Variants:

  • From 1995 onward, the words "BBC ENTERPRISES" were replaced with "BBC WORLDWIDE"
  • At the end of the tapes The Warning Text is still.

FX/SFX: The scrolling.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on BBC Video releases from the era, including all three Wallace and Gromit shorts. Also seen on American BBC releases by CBS-Fox Video (until 1997) including Blackadder's Christmas Carol and Warner Home Video (later 2000).

Scare Factor: None.



5th Warning

(1997-2009?)


Tracking Control Screen: On the black background, the same text scrolls up and stops at the center but in Gill Sans reads "IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF ANY PICTURE INTERFERENCE PLEASE ADJUST YOUR VIDEO RECORDER'S TRACKING CONTROL. THIS WILL, IN MOST CASES RECTIFY BOTH SOUND AND PICTURE QUALITY" and fades out.

Warning The same warning text scrolls up and stops at the center again in Gill Sans reads "THE RECORDING, COPYING, LOAN, UNAUTHORISED HIRE, PUBLIC SHOWING OR BROADCASTING OF THIS BBC WORLDWIDE VIDEOGRAM, IS PROHIBITED." And fades out.

Variants:

  • Starting in 2004 The Warning Screens are set in Widescreen
  • At the end of the tapes The Warning Text scrolls up and stops at the center and fades out.
  • On DVD's "VIDEOGRAM" in the text is replaced with "DVD-VIDEO"

FX/SFX: The scrolling.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on 1997-2009 BBC Video releases from the era.

Scare Factor: None.

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