1992 in British television
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This is a list of British television related events from 1992.
- 7 January – Debut of Cold Blood – The Massacre of East Timor, an edition of the documentary strand First Tuesday concerning the Santa Cruz massacre.
- 13 January – The Parliamentary Channel, operated by United Artists Cable and funded by a consortium of British cable operators, is launched. It was later taken over by the BBC and relaunched as BBC Parliament in 1998.
- 21 January – BBC Select launches overnight on BBC1 and BBC2 as a subscription service showing specialist programmes for professionals including businessmen, lawyers, teachers and nurses. The service ends in 1994.
- 8 February – Channel 4 launches TV Heaven, a series of 13 themed Saturday evenings celebrating the best of archive British television. The programme is hosted by Frank Muir with each edition focusing (with one exception) on a particular year. The first week's episode takes a look at 1967, featuring classic episodes of Coronation Street, At Last the 1948 Show, Armchair Theatre and The Frost Programme.
- 8–23 February – The 1992 Winter Olympics are held in Albertville, France.
- 26 March – Television entertainer Roy Castle (59), who currently presents Record Breakers, announces that he is suffering from lung cancer.
- 27 March – During the 1992 General Election campaign, Conservative MP Edwina Currie famously pours a glass of orange juice over Labour's Peter Snape shortly after an edition of the Midlands based debate show Central Weekend has finished airing. Speaking about the incident later, Currie said "I just looked at my orange juice, and looked at this man from which this stream of abuse was emanating, and thought 'I know how to shut you up.' ".
- 28 March – Amanda Normansell wins the third series of Stars in Their Eyes, performing as Patsy Cline.
- 6 April – Ahead of the election, Sue Lawley presents an edition of The Granada 500 in which a studio audience are given the opportunity to question the three main party leaders; John Major (Conservative), Neil Kinnock (Labour) and Paddy Ashdown (Liberal Democrats).
- 9-10 April – Coverage of the results of the 1992 general election are broadcast both on BBC1 and ITV.
- 10 April – ITV airs the first episode of Heartbeat, a long running police drama set in North Yorkshire during the 1960s.
- 20 April – The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, an open-air concert in tribute to the late Freddie Mercury is held at London's Wembley Stadium. The concert is broadcast on BBC1 in the UK and televised worldwide.
- April – Launch of the music video channel The Box.
- 9–10 June – Episodes 1450–1454 of Australian soap Neighbours are heavily censored by the BBC because they contain an incest storyline between the characters Glen Donnelly and Lucy Robinson, who had not realised they were half-siblings when they began a relationship. Scenes involving the story are cut from Episode 1450, aired on 9 June, while Episodes 1451–1454 are edited together into one episode, which is transmitted the following day. The scenes were shown uncut in repeats aired by another channel some years later.
- 14 June – An edition of The South Bank Show, The Making of Sgt. Pepper, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- 21 June – ITV airs the first of four editions of Frankie's On..., a series of stand up shows recorded by the late Frankie Howerd shortly before his death in April. Six episodes had been planned, but only four were recorded before he died. The episodes are Frankie's On Board!, Frankie's On The Coals!, Frankie's On Fire! and Frankie's On Call!
- 6 July – BBC1 launches the ill fated Eldorado, a soap about a group of ex-pats living in Spain. The series is axed the following year.
- 25 July-9 August – The 1992 Summer Olympics are held in Barcelona.
- July – The former BSB satellite Marcopolo 2 is sold to Norway's Telenor and renamed Thor 1.
- 4 August – ITV airs Katie and Eilish, an edition of the documentary strand First Tuesday about Siamese Twins in Ireland. The film, narrated by Julie Christie is a 1993 Peabody Award winner.
- 6 August – Lord Hope, the Lord President of the Court of Session, Scotland's most senior judge, permits the televising of appeals in both criminal and civil cases, the first time that cameras have been allowed into courts in the United Kingdom.
- 23 September – Channel 4 begins a rerun of the cult 1960s science fiction series The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan as the series marks its 25th anniversary.
- 25 September – Channel 4 airs the final Channel Four Daily. The news based breakfast television show was axed due to poor ratings. From Monday 28 September it is replaced by The Big Breakfast, a programme which takes a lighter tone and proves to be more popular with viewers.
- 1 October - Sky Movies Gold a channel dedicated to classic movies, launches.
- 3 October – Comedian and television presenter Leslie Crowther sustains serious head injuries after his Rolls Royce veers out of control and crashes on the M5 near Cheltenham. He subsequently undergoes surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.
- 10 October – Gladiators premieres on ITV.
- 31 October – The controversial one-off drama Ghostwatch is broadcast on BBC1, a 'live' investigation into a haunted North London house.
- 1 November – UK Gold is launched, a joint venture between the BBC and Thames Television.
- 2 November – Channel 4 celebrates ten years on air.
- 28 December – As part of a theme night devoted to (rival) broadcaster Granada Television, BBC2 airs the first new edition of University Challenge in five years, paving the way for a full-scale revival.
- 31 December – After losing its broadcasting franchise, Thames Television goes off-air after 24-years. Television South, Television South West, breakfast television station's TV-am and ITV and Channel 4 teletext service ORACLE also go off air after losing their franchises.
- Unknown – John Birt is appointed to succeed Sir Michael Checkland as Director-General of the BBC.
- 6 January – Goodbye Cruel World (1992)
- 7 January – Joshua Jones (1992–1993)
- 8 January – Fiddley Foodle Bird (1992)
- 10 January – Grace & Favour (1992–1993)
- 12 January – As Time Goes By (1992–2005)
- 27 February – Us Girls (1992–1993)
- 6 July – Eldorado (1992–1993)
- 17 September – Noddy's Toyland Adventures (1992–1999)
- 29 September – Funnybones (1992)
- 12 October – Good Morning with Anne and Nick (1992–1996)
- Unknown - 999 (1992–2003)
- 12 November – Absolutely Fabulous (1992–1996, 2001–2004, 2011–present)
- 3 January – The Good Guys (1992–1993)
- 25 January – The Cloning of Joanna May (1992)
- 18 February – Men Behaving Badly (1992–1998)
- 9 March – Junglies (1992–1993)
- 9 April - White Bear's Secret (1992)
- 10 April – Heartbeat (1992–2010)
- 26 July – TV Squash (1992)
- 30 July – Me, You and Him (1992)
- 5 September – What's Up Doc? (1992–1995)
- 10 October – Gladiators (1992–2000, 2008–2009)
- 20 November – In Bed with Medinner (1992–1999)
- 6 December – A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
- 24-25 December - Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean (1992)
- 7 January - GamesMaster (1992–1998)
- 8 February – TV Heaven
- 11 September – Terry and Julian
- 28 September – The Big Breakfast (1992–2002)
Changes of network affiliation
|Shows||Moved from||Moved to|
|The Magic Roundabout||BBC1||Channel 4|
|University Challenge||ITV||BBC1 & BBC2|
|Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons|
Returning this year after a break of one year or longer
- Come Dancing (1949–1998)
- Panorama (1953–present)
- What the Papers Say (1956–2008)
- The Sky at Night (1957–present)
- Blue Peter (1958–present)
- Grandstand (1958–2007)
- Coronation Street (1960–present)
- Songs of Praise (1961–present)
- World in Action (1963–1998)
- Top of the Pops (1964–2006)
- Match of the Day (1964–present)
- Mr. and Mrs. (1964–1999)
- Call My Bluff (1965–2005)
- Jackanory (1965–1996, 2006–present)
- The Money Programme (1966–present)
- Emmerdale (1972–present)
- Newsround (1972–present)
- Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
- That's Life! (1973–1994)
- Wish You Were Here...? (1974–2003)
- Arena (1975–present)
- Jim'll Fix It (1975–1994)
- One Man and His Dog (1976–present)
- Grange Hill (1978–2008)
- The Paul Daniels Magic Show (1979–1994)
- Antiques Roadshow (1979–present)
- Question Time (1979–present)
- Children in Need (1980–present)
- Timewatch (1982–present)
- Brookside (1982–2003)
- Countdown (1982–present)
- Right to Reply (1982–2001)
- First Tuesday (1983–1993)
- Highway (1983–1993)
- Blockbusters (1983–93, 1994–95, 1997, 2000–01, 2012)
- Spitting Image (1984–1996)
- The Bill (1984–2010)
- Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (1984–present)
- Busman's Holiday (1985–1993)
- EastEnders (1985–present)
- The Cook Report (1985–1998)
- Crosswits (1985–1998)
- Telly Addicts (1985–1998)
- Comic Relief (1985–present)
- Beadle's About (1986–1996)
- The Chart Show (1986–1998, 2008–2009)
- Casualty (1986–present)
- Every Second Counts (1986–1993)
- Lovejoy (1986–1994)
- Allsorts (1987–1995)
- Going Live! (1987–1993)
- Watching (1987–1993)
- Going for Gold (1987–1996, 2008–2009)
- The Time, The Place (1987–1996)
- Chain Letters (1987–1997)
- ChuckleVision (1987–2009)
- Count Duckula (1988–1993)
- You Rang, M'Lord? (1988–1993)
- You Bet! (1988–1997)
- Playdays (1988–1997)
- London's Burning (1988–2002)
- On the Record (1988–2002)
- Fifteen to One (1988–2003)
- This Morning (1988–present)
- Absolutely (1989–1993)
- KYTV (1989–1993)
- Press Gang (1989–1993)
- Birds of a Feather (1989–1998, 2014–present)
- A Bit of Fry & Laurie (1989–1995)
- Desmond's (1989–1994)
- The Simpsons (1989–present)
- The $64,000 Question (1990–1993)
- Families (1990–1993)
- Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)
- Waiting for God (1990–1994)
- Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
- The Crystal Maze (1990–1995)
- Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)
- Turnabout (1990–1996)
- The Upper Hand (1990–1996)
- Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)
- Stars in Their Eyes (1990–2006)
- Big Break (1991–2002)
- 2point4 Children (1991–1999)
- The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
- Spender (1991–1993)
- The House of Eliott (1991–1994)
- The Brittas Empire (1991–1997)
- Bottom (1991–1995)
- Soldier Soldier (1991–1997)
- Noel's House Party (1991–1999)
- Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)
- Doug (1991–1994, 1996–1999)
- Rugrats (1991–2004)
- The Ren and Stimpy Show (1991–1996)
Ending this year
- This Week (1956–1978, 1986–1992)
- The Big Match (1968–1992)
- Van der Valk (1972–1973, 1977, 1991–1992)
- Rainbow (1972–1992, 1994–1995)
- Rumpole of the Bailey (1975–1992)
- Shelley (1979–1992)
- Wogan (1982–1992)
- 'Allo 'Allo! (1982–1992)
- Good Morning Britain (1983–1992, 2014–present)
- James the Cat (1984–1992, 1998–2003)
- Wide Awake Club (1984–1992)
- Boon (1986–1992, 1995)
- A Very Peculiar Practice (1986–1992)
- All Clued Up (1987–1992)
- After Henry (1988–1992)
- The Hit Man and Her (1988–1992)
- Park Avenue (1988–1992)
- The Channel Four Daily (1989–1992)
- Dooby Duck's Disco Bus (1989–1992)
- 8:15 from Manchester (1990–1992)
- El C.I.D. (1990–1992)
- The Mary Whitehouse Experience (1990–1992)
- No Job for a Lady (1990–1992)
- The Piglet Files (1990–1992)
- Spatz (1990–1992)
- Family Pride (1991–1992)
- Terry and Julian (1992)
- 14 February – Freddie Highmore, actor
- 17 March – Eliza Bennett, actress and singer
- 4 June - Brooke Vincent, actress
- 14 May - Laya Lewis, actress
- 31 August – Holly Earl, actress
- 3 December – Joseph McManners, actor
- 17 December – Thomas Law, actor
- 24 December – Melissa Suffield, actress
- 18 April
- 20 April – Benny Hill, 68, British comedian (The Benny Hill Show)
- 29 August - Teddy Turner, 75, actor (Never the Twain, Emmerdale)
- 11 December - Michael Robbins, 62, actor (On the Buses)
- "First Tuesday: In Cold Blood – The Massacre of East Timor". Archived from the original on 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
- "Broadcasting Select Committee Minutes Of Evidence, 1997". Retrieved 29 May 2009.
- "House of Commond Debate, 27 January 1992". Hansard. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
- Whitney, Craig R. (29 March 1992). "Tories Say Party's Strategy Is Hurting Campaign". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
- "Neighbours Episode Guide: 1426-1450". Ramsay-street.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- "Neighbours Episode Guide: 1451-1475". Ramsay-street.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- "A neighbourly obsession". The Age (Fairfax Media). 30 September 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- The Making of Sgt. Pepper at the Internet Movie Database
- "First Tuesday: Katie and Eilish".
- Cusick, James (7 August 1992). "Scotland's appeal courts to let in TV cameras". The Independent (Independent Print Ltd). Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- Bennett, Will (5 October 1992). "Police still seek cause of Crowther car crash". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "Leslie Crowther 'critical' after second operation". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 6 October 1992. Retrieved 9 April 2014.