On the Record was a weekly political television show aired by the BBC in the United Kingdom between 1988 and 2002. The programme was usually shown on a Sunday lunchtime on BBC One. It replaced the 1980s political series This Week, Next Week, which had been presented by David Dimbleby. The programme had two variations of the theme tune throughout its life, composed by George Fenton, the first was in 1988 that lasted until 1993, when it was revised to incorporate the late John Cole's own section within the programme with his own jingles.

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  • On the Record was a weekly political television show aired by the BBC in the United Kingdom between 1988 and 2002. The programme was usually shown on a Sunday lunchtime on BBC One. It replaced the 1980s political series This Week, Next Week, which had been presented by David Dimbleby. The programme was presented by Dimbleby's younger brother, Jonathan Dimbleby, from 1988 to 1993, and by John Humphrys from 1993 to 2002. A typical programme ran for one hour and began with a filmed piece about a major issue of the day before returning to the studio where the presenter would 'grill' a leading politician on the same issue. A long-standing segment of the show was a political sketch presented by John Cole. The programme's mascot was a crocodile, based on a British House of Commons gargoyle and the "Big Ben" Clock Tower, and fashioned from plastic, glue and leather. For the title sequence of the first five series the crocodile marched across the UK; from 1993 onwards, the crocodile marched around Europe. Both sequences were shot in stop-frame animation by 3 Peach Animation. During 2000, the then BBC Director General Greg Dyke ordered a review of political output from BBC, which was carried out by Fran Unsworth. This led to a major overhaul of political output in 2002, which resulted in On the Record being axed and replaced with the Politics Show. The final edition was aired on 15 December 2002. The programme had two variations of the theme tune throughout its life, composed by George Fenton, the first was in 1988 that lasted until 1993, when it was revised to incorporate the late John Cole's own section within the programme with his own jingles. (en)
  • On the Record is a BBC political television series that was aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom from September 18, 1988 to December 15, 2002, usually at a Sunday lunchtime. It was the successor to the earlier BBC political television series , which had aired on BBC One from November 18, 1984 until June 12, 1988, and been presented by David Dimbleby. A total of 492 episodes were produced over fifteen series, and apart from two special ones, they were all sixty minutes long. The programme was initially presented by Dimbleby's younger brother, Jonathan Dimbleby, from its first episode on September 18, 1988 until its 178th one on July 18, 1993, but it was later presented by John Humphrys as of its 179th episode on September 19, 1993 until its last one on December 15, 2002. With the exceptions of the two special ones on April 12, 1992 and November 18, 2001, every episode ran for sixty minutes, and most of them started with a filmed piece about a major issue of the day before returning to the studio in which the presenter would "grill" a leading politician on the same issue. A long-running segment of the programme was a political sketch that would be presented by the late John Cole (1927-2013), and for its sixth series in 1993, its theme song (which had been composed by George Fenton, but he was not credited) was revised in order to incorporate Cole's section within the programme with his own jingles. The programme's mascot was an enormous mutant crocodile, based on a British House of Commons gargoyle and the Great Westminster Clock, and fashioned from plastic, glue and leather. For the opening titles of the first five series, the crocodile marched across the United Kingdom, but for those of the sixth to fifteenth series, it marched across Europe (and as of October 5, 1997, the then-new BBC logo, which had usurped the previous underlined one from 1988 only the day before, was faded in at the start of the titles). Both sequences were shot in stop-motion animation by 3 Peach Animation, and at the end of most of the episodes from the sixth to fifteenth series, the credits "flew" into the crocodile's open mouth as it occasionally blinked, before it closed its mouth and lowered its head as the BBC logo of the time, the copyright notice and the editor's credit (along with the programme's website address as of April 27, 1997), appeared. During 2000, the then-current BBC Director General Greg Dyke ordered a review of political output from the BBC, which was carried out by Fran Unsworth.. This led to a major overhaul of their political output in 2002, resulting in On the Record being axed and replaced by The Politics Show. The fifteenth series only comprised 12 episodes, and the final one was aired on December 15, 2002. (en)
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  • On the Record was a weekly political television show aired by the BBC in the United Kingdom between 1988 and 2002. The programme was usually shown on a Sunday lunchtime on BBC One. It replaced the 1980s political series This Week, Next Week, which had been presented by David Dimbleby. The programme had two variations of the theme tune throughout its life, composed by George Fenton, the first was in 1988 that lasted until 1993, when it was revised to incorporate the late John Cole's own section within the programme with his own jingles. (en)
  • On the Record is a BBC political television series that was aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom from September 18, 1988 to December 15, 2002, usually at a Sunday lunchtime. It was the successor to the earlier BBC political television series , which had aired on BBC One from November 18, 1984 until June 12, 1988, and been presented by David Dimbleby. A total of 492 episodes were produced over fifteen series, and apart from two special ones, they were all sixty minutes long. (en)
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