Granada Video

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Granada Video was the home video imprint of Granada Television. It closed in 1990, and Granada instead resorted to distributing through companies such as PolyGram Video or Warner Vision International.

In March 1998, Granada Media Group signed a five-year agreement with Video Collection International to launch the "Granada Video" label beginning in September 1998.

In September 2004, following the merger of Granada Media and Carlton Communications in February, ITV plc ended their existing contract with VCI, with Granada Video folding into Carlton's home video unit and rebranding as Granada Ventures. This was because of VCI's merger with BBC Video to form 2 Entertain.

1st Logo (1983-1990)

Visuals: Same as the Granada Television ident of that time, except the G-Arrow is moved to the top and below it was the word "GRANADA VIDEO" in the same font as the TV logo.

Variant: At the end of the tapes, a copyright notice is shown below the logo.

Technique: It appears to be a digital graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: It is seen at the beginning of older Granada VHS releases in the UK. [Examples?]

2nd Logo (September 1998-1999)

Visuals: On the same background of the 1995 Granada Television ident featuring a transparent of the word "GRANADA" in its corporate font, three copies of "GRANADA" appear rotating and merging to form one "GRANADA". Meanwhile, two copies of "VIDEO" in the same font slide through each other and make one "VIDEO" fade in under "GRANADA".

Variant: On Yorkshire's programmes, the text "A YORKSHIRE TELEVISION PRODUCTION" fades in below the logo.

Technique: Computer effects.

Audio: None.

Availability: This logo was only used for one year, making it short-lived. It appears on VCI-distributed releases.

  • Appears on titles such as Helpful Titch, The Tyne Tees TV Time Capsule, and Emmerdale: Revenge, respectively, among others.
  • Most releases use the next logo on the packaging but have this logo on-screen.

3rd Logo (1999-2001)

Visuals: Over a black background, the logo starts with blue lights dimming toward the logo. Then it lights up, and an abstract "G" appears in blue, along with the white word "GRANADA" and the blue word "MEDIA", both in 3D below. Then the logo shines and the lights dim out, and a white flash shine appears, moving and causing it to disappear. The animation then reverses.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: An ascending synth theme.

Audio Variant: None or the end theme of the show for the variant.

Availability: This was merely a de-facto home video logo, once again spotted on VCI-distributed releases.

  • Appears on releases such as Stars in Their Eyes, The Royale Family: The Complete Series 1, various An Audience With... releases, Emmerdale - Don't Look Now! The Dingles in Venice and Coronation Street: The Rover Returns, among others.
  • It also appears on early Cold Feet and some Poirot releases from the time.
  • It also appears on children's releases such as Sooty & Co. and Tom & Vicky, among others.
  • Early releases that use this logo on the VHS label or back may have the previous logo, or no logo at all.
  • It also appears on very early DVD releases such as the first two series of The Royle Family, Cold Feet, An Audience With... Tom Jones and Jeeves and Wooster: The Complete Series 1, however, the entire packaging for all these releases use the 2001 Granada logo instead.

Final Note

Releases from 2001 to November 30, 2004 use the 2001 Granada Media International logo as a de-facto home video logo for VCI releases.

Granada Video
Granada Ventures
Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.