The Greatest Title Sequence I've Ever Seen

Or: "Tom's Cockup Trip".
This is a story about a television title sequence, and about me, as a child, watching it. It’s also a warning about how ISboths won’t last forever, and it's the reason I'm climbing one particular hill in the Lake District. Merry Christmas, Denis Norden.
DoP: Simon Handley from Skylark Aerial Photography
Music: Benjamin Squires
Animation: Matt Ley
Thanks to John Hoare and the Lake District National Park Authority
Filmed safely:
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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    4 mánuðum síðan

    I know this video's a bit personal; it's not the sort of thing I normally do. But it seemed like a good story to tell for Christmas.

    • Jimi Berkeley

      Jimi Berkeley

      19 dögum síðan

      This video rules! has me pumped to put some real effort into a track rn! also it got me thinking its mad nowadays even air shots are cheaper because you can get a drone to film now!

    • TheBestMOC


      Mánuði síðan

      are you really 36?

    • Eduardo A.

      Eduardo A.

      Mánuði síðan

      @Tom Scott, I hope you realize that you will be, for someone in the future making entertainment content in a format we can't even imagine today, the guy who makes the needle in the compass move.

    • joel dryden

      joel dryden

      Mánuði síðan

      Thank you for making it :)

    • Michael Heeke

      Michael Heeke

      Mánuði síðan

      I think this is one of your best videos, I am glad you told this story.

  2. Jesse Karhiaho

    Jesse Karhiaho

    Klukkustund síðan

    I've watched this video multiple times and I got to say that this is one of the best videos ever from this channel and maybe even the entire platform. And it's mostly just about a title sequence for a show I had no knowledge about or connection to as I'm not from the UK. Still the 18-minute long video does not feel boring at any moment. Everything starts by talking about a very obscure subject and in the end it's something much bigger. It's just fantastic.

  3. The Restoration of Dr Who

    The Restoration of Dr Who

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Transition from title sequence to real set is right at 6:28. You can see the slight miss-alignment.

  4. Naeringsvarde


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Very interesting I'm glad I watched it

  5. Moje minifilmy

    Moje minifilmy

    2 dögum síðan

    Wow. I have chills every time I watch this! Good job!

  6. Bokaj Llensch

    Bokaj Llensch

    2 dögum síðan

    I a do an appranticeship at a very big TV station in Germany. There are some older colleagues who worked there since the 70s. They tell a simular story about how Televesion has changed over the decades.

  7. Merlin Valtin

    Merlin Valtin

    2 dögum síðan

    11:57 got an ad ;-; I hate how that part worked perfectly for me ;-;

  8. Matt


    2 dögum síðan

    Your poor cameraman had to walk backwards up a hill

  9. Deez Nuts

    Deez Nuts

    2 dögum síðan

    That spinning thing at the top really got me checking if I was watching tv

  10. Zarnox


    2 dögum síðan

    Who else noticed the little thing at the top right at the end of part one?

  11. Wren MacNeil

    Wren MacNeil

    3 dögum síðan

    this is an awesome video but I'm reaaallly distracted by Tom's hood being stuck under his left backpack strap

  12. Jonathan Clark

    Jonathan Clark

    3 dögum síðan

    the ending just feels very off in hd

  13. Colleen Williams

    Colleen Williams

    4 dögum síðan

    I think my equivalent wad Twin Peaks or certain pieces of classical music. They have a lot for the sake of making more out of the art

  14. Procat Procat

    Procat Procat

    4 dögum síðan

    So they burnt money just became they could, with no real benefit? Sounds like 'jobs for the boys'.

  15. John Sensebe

    John Sensebe

    5 dögum síðan

    I wonder if the compass needle was actually real, though. It wouldn't take much effort to paint it out, then add an new one in digitally that the artist can then animate. Good attention to detail, no matter how it was done.

  16. JoeG2 Jerry

    JoeG2 Jerry

    5 dögum síðan

    "Sometimes it takes a little bit of time and effort to make something your really proud of." Also climbs a hill for a ending to the video

  17. simon Templar

    simon Templar

    5 dögum síðan

    loved the little spinney thing before the break in the top right hand corner.

  18. Non - human

    Non - human

    5 dögum síðan

    What's TV, Tom?

  19. Jacana Productions

    Jacana Productions

    6 dögum síðan

    Now I know why Tom has 3.7m subs!

  20. shadow 14305

    shadow 14305

    6 dögum síðan

    O you who film the wheel and cut to windward. Consider Television, who was once fancy and expensive as you.

  21. Max Beech

    Max Beech

    6 dögum síðan

    So love the little cue dot Tom! 👌👌👌



    6 dögum síðan

    The helicopter is the main character here. They based the contours on the helicopter etc...

  23. CharlesFreck


    6 dögum síðan

    Tom Scott teaches me to strive to be better and do my best; DrRandomerCam reminds me that doing as much as you can is always enough.

  24. Shadowmaster


    6 dögum síðan

    I’m starting to think Tom really like compasses spinning

  25. J. R.

    J. R.

    6 dögum síðan


  26. J. R.

    J. R.

    6 dögum síðan

    Awesome Video...

  27. Big DogCountry

    Big DogCountry

    7 dögum síðan

    8:30 and now for something completely different.

  28. Fluxie


    8 dögum síðan

    You gave all that pep talk and my gut reaction was: "Psshht. How good could it possibly be?" And oh my. I was blown away. That is the greatest title sequence I've ever seen.

  29. Ian Brown

    Ian Brown

    8 dögum síðan

    It Will Be Allright On The Night was the event we stayed up for on a Sunday night in the 70's.

  30. Tyler Trembath

    Tyler Trembath

    8 dögum síðan

    This is probably the greatest and most genuine tribute to anything I’ve ever seen, and it still matches the rest of your content while honoring the show and being something you personally enjoyed. Love to see it Tim.

  31. R W

    R W

    9 dögum síðan

    I think also they specifically modified the cover of the map to have a map of the UK on the cover for the laser beam to target, or even commissioned OS to make a one off with Great Cockup on that part of sheet . I've got a copy of this particular OS Map (Outdoor Leisure 4) from around the same time and the cover has a photograph on and the key is in a different place. . Even more effort gone to if they did commission that.

  32. A Casual Cactus

    A Casual Cactus

    10 dögum síðan

    POV: You’re walking up a hill and Tom Scott follows you and monologues about a TV intro.

  33. Bob Drooples

    Bob Drooples

    11 dögum síðan

    ISboths can't die quick enough.

  34. Lillian Swaim

    Lillian Swaim

    11 dögum síðan

    You know it's a great video when the end gives you goosebumps

  35. Lev Carter

    Lev Carter

    11 dögum síðan

    11:53 Why does this happen at the top right?

  36. cornishcactus


    12 dögum síðan

    This video has come to mind a couple of times recently. If you can watch the BBC iplayer search out Sarah and Duck. It's a whimsical kids carton but sometimes the attention to detail is astonishing for such a show. In the episode Birthday Buoy the characters are on a boat, when it pulls away the flamingo ( yes it's whimsical ) who is standing takes a tiny step back as you may in real life, his head also bobs slightly in motion with the boat. It's detail that's simply not required but it's there, someone cared, someone made the compass spin. In another episode, I forget which, it's raining at night. Most cartoons would simply have constant rain lines across the screen but in this a light source, such as Moon or Sarah's torch cause the rain to be clearer and illuminated around that object while it also appears to fall at different speeds across the scene depending on how far away it is from the viewer. It's one of the most realistic depictions of rain I've ever seen in animation.

  37. Joe Mc

    Joe Mc

    12 dögum síðan

    Tom once again showing-off his uncanny skill for hitting marks while delivering epic monologues.

  38. David Sharkey

    David Sharkey

    12 dögum síðan

    This was one of your best yet. Thank you. Also thanks for the nostalgia overload. I genuinely needed that today. 👌

  39. [EDINATOR]


    13 dögum síðan

    This is my favorite video of yours

  40. Seb Smith

    Seb Smith

    13 dögum síðan

    virtual reality. thats all i will say.

  41. Dragz johnson

    Dragz johnson

    13 dögum síðan

    Diferance between millennials and premillennials is the premillennials went that much farther to make the effort to detail . . Millennials just barly do enough to get it done

  42. Chloe Velvet

    Chloe Velvet

    13 dögum síðan

    I really want to walk up that hill now

  43. Alec Robertson

    Alec Robertson

    14 dögum síðan

    Respect to the cameraman for walking up the hill backwards

  44. Daidarabotchi


    14 dögum síðan

    What a genuinely, genuinely lovely video. Thanks for going above and beyond, Tom Scott.

  45. Elk182


    15 dögum síðan

    I literally can’t imagine Tom as a kid

  46. Peter Reid

    Peter Reid

    16 dögum síðan

    Thank you... on so many different levels.

  47. Thann Banis

    Thann Banis

    16 dögum síðan

    Finally. A ISboths video with a proper ’throw to commercial’ 👍🏻

  48. Rick Simon

    Rick Simon

    17 dögum síðan

    TV doesn't die, it gets replaced. But it is still the same thing: people watching shows. There is no reason to assume that will ever change. Since theatre was invented thousands of years ago, people have wanted to watch shows.

  49. you is stupid

    you is stupid

    17 dögum síðan

    Thank you, Tom Scott

  50. Sole Ice

    Sole Ice

    17 dögum síðan

    The swanky turtle effectively care because divorced oceanographically reach during a tearful crayon. uptight, stingy show

  51. Jessica Clark

    Jessica Clark

    18 dögum síðan

    I think the best title sequence is You’ve Got Mail. If you remember it, it’s absolutely amazing.

  52. Dev Sharma

    Dev Sharma

    18 dögum síðan

    Sometimes Tom Makes me Cry for no Reason and I'm saying this Ironically We love you Tom

  53. Jacq0


    18 dögum síðan

    This is a really nice story, and a great homage to the work that people put into a project! Really inspiring!

  54. Oxolotleman


    18 dögum síðan

    That feeling is how I feel after watching a jon bois chart party

  55. ccc310


    20 dögum síðan

    This video makes you realize that all successful people got inspired by the "weirdest", most specific stuff in existence

  56. Seamus Colgan

    Seamus Colgan

    20 dögum síðan

    Tremendous stuff indeed!

  57. Westeford // GamerLink5

    Westeford // GamerLink5

    20 dögum síðan

    This perfectly explains my logic when designing games. Getting every detail just right down to the last pixel. Getting every sound's timing just right. Hand-drawing all of my sprites when I could just render them in 3D much quicker. Because it's not a detail that most people will understand or get or notice, but I'll be proud and it'll be special for the very few who notice.

  58. Matt Thompson

    Matt Thompson

    20 dögum síðan

    Your camera operator deserves more than you can afford, no doubt.

  59. ShaunieDale


    22 dögum síðan

    For some obscure reason Tom, this is possibly the best of your videos I've seen to date. Keep up the excellent work.

  60. TaxEvader


    22 dögum síðan

    Tom Scott when the compass needle doesn't spin: >:(

  61. Stephen Walsh

    Stephen Walsh

    22 dögum síðan

    Probably showing my age saying that I noticed the ad break indicator.

  62. Metabloxer


    23 dögum síðan

    ...did this video lose monitization? I didn't get the ad during the break.

  63. Chiefofbricks


    23 dögum síðan

    One of Tom's best videos yet

  64. Christopher Feldmann

    Christopher Feldmann

    24 dögum síðan

    In tribute to this homage, Tom you finally earned my subscription. It's a long time coming any way but it feels right to do on this video. Wonderful way to reflect and say all the right things to tell someone how much you appreciate their work.

  65. Elbownian


    24 dögum síðan

    My only complaint is that your tone is too conciliatory when you're just truthing.

  66. Gaozu Tang

    Gaozu Tang

    24 dögum síðan


  67. eAzrail


    24 dögum síðan

    Subbed because of this video

  68. em fritsche

    em fritsche

    25 dögum síðan

    why did that make me cry-

  69. jacob warkentin

    jacob warkentin

    25 dögum síðan

    Absolutely love how in most- non location based videos you’re just kinda going for a hike. Makes it feel like I’m hearing facts from a buddy while we go on a walk!

  70. James Hutchings

    James Hutchings

    25 dögum síðan

    Ghost of 90s computer animator that haunts the ITV studios: At last...I can rest...[disappears]



    26 dögum síðan

    Idk what exactly the next media surge will be, I don't think you can know, people in 2006 had no idea about youtube, vine, or tiktok, but personally I think it's going to be something to do with VR. Think about it the thing that gets the surge in media always had innovation and promise beforehand, say youtube, right before youtube took off the innovations to computers were insane, video sharing became easier, phones working as a mobile computer, innovations in laptops making them somewhat portable. We see the same thing in VR, different companies making different versions, quality of life innovations, motion tracking, ease of use with better less intrusive tracking technology.

  72. GreatGwiaz


    26 dögum síðan

    This was lovely and inspiring, thanks for sharing, Tom.

  73. Stipe Poljak

    Stipe Poljak

    26 dögum síðan

    This is only channel on youtube that i watched all videos. Greetings Tom, from Zagreb.

  74. Ravenesque (MorriganRaven)

    Ravenesque (MorriganRaven)

    26 dögum síðan

    What an amazing video. For everyone out there behind the scenes going the extra mile... You're awesome, and an inspiration.

  75. P G

    P G

    26 dögum síðan

    Tom, I only discovered your channel recently but I am really enjoying your content - thanks for sharing!

  76. diegox1994


    27 dögum síðan

    i can't believe you made me cry. god damn Tom, you're a treasure

  77. Chris Marlow

    Chris Marlow

    27 dögum síðan

    There's not alot of people in this world I can listen to for 18 minutes but you sir of one of the few. and I think you should do a collaboration with Collin furze I reckon that would be intresting.

  78. aiko


    28 dögum síðan

    This immediately became one of my favorite videos in the world. Thank you, Tom Scott.

  79. Appull


    28 dögum síðan

    I can't believe this has only been up 2 months. I've already watched it so many times. Absolutely amazing video.

  80. Plumsmuggler


    28 dögum síðan

    Ariana Grande gives me a "Cockup" .

  81. Nathan's Wargames

    Nathan's Wargames

    28 dögum síðan

    Tom always puts the miles in just to prove a point :)

  82. 3 mOn3y

    3 mOn3y

    28 dögum síðan

    The icky finger internally crush because cotton complimentarily manage between a hurried gateway. utopian, fanatical self

  83. Roger Sledz

    Roger Sledz

    29 dögum síðan

    Masks PROTECT YOU and people around you!

  84. Roger Sledz

    Roger Sledz

    29 dögum síðan

    Thank you so much for uploading this video. It is helping me get through the pandemic!

  85. MeowCow 21

    MeowCow 21

    Mánuði síðan

    You can hear him get more and more out of breathe as the video goes on. After watching a few of your videos I'm sure that there will always be people willing to go above and beyond even if only a few people will really appreciate it.

  86. Robert Pirlot

    Robert Pirlot

    Mánuði síðan

    Actually the World was going to change start in the 90's. WE were taught about these computers and the amazing GUI and the Internet let us dreaming of the future. But 1996 was a great year.

  87. necpmf


    Mánuði síðan

    The ending was absolutely fantastic.

  88. happysmash27


    Mánuði síðan

    It bothers me that the subtitles are pre-positioned to cover the video. Usually on my 1280x1024 monitor subtitles go in the letterbox, not on top of the video.

  89. tomtalk24


    Mánuði síðan

    "Big screen on the wall"... I only every had the box.

  90. Nathanael Raynard

    Nathanael Raynard

    Mánuði síðan

    ahh soo this is the og science of stupid?

  91. Godfather


    Mánuði síðan

    9:18 That sounds like Mickey Mouse

  92. Jeff Davis

    Jeff Davis

    Mánuði síðan

    Title Sequences that make you go "Homeboys out here Flexing"

  93. Major-Xeno Fouquereaux

    Major-Xeno Fouquereaux

    Mánuði síðan

    I expect many brilliant and fantastic things from a Tom Scott video but... making me cry... now that I did not expect.

  94. Marcus Beckett

    Marcus Beckett

    Mánuði síðan

    This is probably my favourite video on all of youtube.

  95. Rowan Dunning

    Rowan Dunning

    Mánuði síðan

    wait i thought compasses reacted to nearby magical laser beams

  96. sd


    Mánuði síðan

    They missed an opportunity to name the other version "It'll be Okay on the Day"

  97. Vitor Lobão

    Vitor Lobão

    Mánuði síðan

    Didn't find any comments about you climbing the cockup hill, so my inner fifth grader made me comment. Haha cockup

  98. Marco Wave

    Marco Wave

    Mánuði síðan

    I found the transition in the 7th it'll be alright in the night, its incredibly well hidden, in this video at 6:28 you can see two 7s off center of one another, the CG one fading out to reveal the real one.

  99. Allison J

    Allison J

    Mánuði síðan

    Random Babylon 5 references are always loved!

  100. Darren Goodsell

    Darren Goodsell

    Mánuði síðan

    What a truly wonderful video! Well done Tom, and thank you.