Telly Talk Star
I've always thought it was odd that Barbara Bel Geddes only received her middle photo in the season 2 credits. Her side photos were of oil derricks and the Texas state flag. Does anybody know the reason behind it?
While I like your reasoning, I think you are mistaken about the mini-series titles being changed in 1984. I saw the BBC's repeats in 1980 of eps. 1,3 and 5 (I missed the start of ep.2 and they didn't include 4 in this rerun).
The first things I noticed were the different arrangement of the theme tune and the different logo, in small solid yellow letters, but WITH the split-screen. And there's no reason to think that these were different copies of the miniseries to the ones the BBC had shown in September 1978. So the split screen/small logo titles had already been put on the miniseries for the UK (can't say about other countries) within months of its original CBS run.
Also, wasn't it just the first three that had the other titles, and the last two always had the split-screen titles?