When it's this good, change is good
11 Oct 2011 by Tallulah Speed
One of the many things guaranteed to get any bloke I know properly grumbling is that all-time dad-dislike – change.
Though I’ll admit, man’s aversion to change is not absolute. Humankind did not burn the wheel upon its creation and even my granddad never complained that he’d have preferred riding a horse to a First Great Western carriage, so long as it was a quiet carriage with no phones.
It generally seems that we like change for the better, but often resist changes to the things we love, or are unsettled when the formula of something familiar is modified. Take Facebook for example, every time the newsfeed is updated to a different visual style we rant, rave and even threaten to personally complain to Zuckerberg himself…then, two days later, we have entirely forgotten how it used to look.
Like a sturdy horse, Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a well-loved family favourite, especially with dads. The winning formula of music (mostly of a good vintage), the cream of British comedy and celebs from the varying A,B,C and Z lists have produced many a chuckle – and even some controversy – over the years.
It’s a good thing that all that is changing (for now) is the opening titles, which Talk Back Thames this week have announced will be updated to provide the show with a more contemporary appearance.
Ant James, the creative director, has teamed up with designer Jim Campbell to develop a new sequence that has a rather flashy high-end production feel to it; a far cry from the old '80s inspired yellow and pink theme of before.
Explosions in Cinema 4D burst on to the screen generating a photo-sonic effect that is both sleek and modern. However, the graphics do not lose their iconic music related imagery and, given it’s loyal fan base, I am sure the show will continue to be a hit, change or no change.