2007 in British television
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This is a summary of the year 2007 in British television.
- 1 Events
- 2 Debuts
- 3 Changes of network affiliation
- 4 Channels
- 5 Television shows
- 6 Big Brother racism controversy
- 7 Ending this year
- 8 Top 10 highest rated shows of 2007
- 9 Deaths
- 10 References
|1 January||Celebrity Big Brother 5 launched on Channel 4, with celebrities such as Jermaine Jackson, Dirk Benedict and Leo Sayer.|
|2 January||This Life returns for a ten-year reunion special.|
|Des O'Connor takes over from Des Lynam as co-presenter (with Carol Vorderman) of Channel 4's long-running quiz show Countdown.|
|7 January||Laura Pearce, a 24-year-old civilian employee of Gloucestershire Constabulary, becomes the first contestant to win the £250,000 on the British version of Deal or No Deal.|
|8 January||Michael Grade takes over as chief executive of ITV plc.|
|17 January||Protests in India and the UK against the British series of Celebrity Big Brother after Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara are alleged to be racially abusive to Bollywood star, Shilpa Shetty.|
|22 January||BBC News 24 re-branded with new titles and on-screen graphics.|
|27 January||The final edition of Grandstand, the flagship BBC sports programme, is aired after nearly 50 years on television screens. That's the same number of years aired as Come Dancing.|
|2 February||Plans by Channel 4 to air a series of documentaries about masturbation in March are postponed after the event attracted controversy and criticism from senior television figures. The programmes would be shown separately at a later date and not as part of a season.|
|9 February||Paul Merton presents his last edition of Room 101.|
|14 February||Samuel Preston walks off live on an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks after insults about his wife Chantelle Houghton. Team captain Bill Bailey replaced him with a member of the audience, Ed Seymour.|
|18 February||BBC Two launches 14 new idents designed by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and produced by Red Bee Media, with the "2" becoming a "Windows of the World" a portal through which the world is seen differently.|
|Richard & Judy is scrutinised when it is claimed that the winners were already chosen for its premium-rate phone-in quiz, "You Say, We Pay". This results in the start of the phone-in scandal.|
|1 March||A channel agreement between Virgin Media and BSkyB for Virgin to broadcast non-premium Sky channels ends at midnight. Virgin Media and Sky had failed to reach agreement on the issue and subsequently Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Travel, Sky Travel Extra, Sky Sports News and Sky News were removed from the Virgin line-up.|
|2 March||The Attorney General for England and Wales, Lord Goldsmith, obtains an injunction from the High Court preventing the BBC from broadcasting an item about investigations into the alleged cash for honours political scandal.|
|5 March||ITV's quiz channel ITV Play comes under attack from the scandal. As a result, ITV allow independent auditor Deloitte to review programmes with phone-ins that generate revenue such as Dancing on Ice and The X Factor.|
|7 March||The BBC's correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Alan Johnston, who is the only foreign reporter from a major media organisation based in Gaza, is kidnapped, All the main Palestinian militant groups called for his release.|
|Five's game show BrainTeaser is axed after only 5 years.|
|9 March||The BBC's Castaway returns for a second, but shorter series.|
|13 March||ITV Play is shut down permanently to be rebranded as ITV Bingo due to the phone-in scandal.|
|14 March||BBC children's programme Blue Peter is now involved with the phone-in scandal, after it is discovered they used a girl who was visiting the studio to pose as a caller live on the show.|
|16 March||During Comic Relief night, the last ever episode of The Vicar of Dibley was broadcast.|
|19 March||In the Night Garden appears to the BBC on the same month as the Teletubbies 10th anniversary.|
|20 March||Dancing on Ice reveals they lost 11,500 phone calls, as they were not delivered to Vodafone until next Monday morning (26 March)|
|27 March||The teleshopping channel iBuy closes after just under two years on air.|
|30 March||ITV announces that Dermot O'Leary will replace Kate Thornton as host of The X Factor after Thornton was sacked from the programme after presenting three series.|
|31 March||The Teletubbies celebrate their 10th anniversary for a TV comeback after 5 or 6 years of absence.|
|1 April||The Sky at Night celebrates 50 years with a special anniversary edition.|
|13 April||Have I Got News for You starts to produce a video podcast featuring unbroadcast material.|
|21 April||BBC sports journalist Jacqui Oatley becomes the first female commentator to appear on Match of the Day.|
|23 April||A BBC Panorama disclosed that callers to GMTV's phone-in competitions may have been defrauded out of millions of pounds, because the telephone system operator, Opera Interactive Technology, had determined the winners before the phone lines had closed. GMTV responded by suspending the phone-in quizzes, but claimed that "it was confident it had not breached regulators' codes". Opera Interactive also denied any wrongdoing.|
|30 April||Channel 4 airs the Cutting Edge documentary Blind Young Things, a programme about students at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford. The film won a Royal Television Society award for Channel 4 and the Cutting Edge team in 2008.|
|14 May||BBC One broadcasts "Scientology and Me" a Panorama investigation into Scientology by journalist John Sweeney. A clip from the programme of Sweeney losing his temper and shouting at a disruptive scientologist representative is widely released on the internet and by DVD by scientologists prior to airing.|
|16 May||Launch of Freesat, a free-to-air digital satellite television joint venture between the BBC and ITV plc.|
|31 May||The BBC Trust approves plans for several BBC departments, including BBC Sport, to be moved to a new development in Salford.|
|4 June||It is announced that Dannii Minogue will replace Louis Walsh as a judge on the forthcoming series of The X Factor, joining Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne. Walsh had intended to leave the show, but later decided to return after being invited back.|
|7 June||Following the Celebrity Big Brother racism controversy earlier in the year, a contestant on the eighth series of Big Brother is removed from the show after her use of the word "nigger" during a conversation with another contestant.|
|2 July||Nick Ross presents his final episode of Crimewatch after 23 years at the helm. He had been on the programme since it began in 1984.|
|Launch of Press TV, an English-language global news channel owned by the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB.|
|18 July||Six BBC programmes, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, TMi and two radio programmes (The Liz Kershaw Show and White Label) have been discovered have been involved in the phone in scandals.|
|26 July||The 2005 British Comedy Awards broadcast on ITV now become involved with the phone-in scandal, when it is discovered that people phoning in to vote for the People's Choice Award called when the programme was not being broadcast live, and last half-hour of the show had been recorded when ITV showed a news broadcast.|
|2 August||2007 sees the BBC celebrating their 75-year service in television (85 years for radio). The first BBC Television Service began on 2 August 1932.|
|3 September||CBBC identity relaunched, with its third marketing campaign since the launch of the CBBC channel.|
|5 September||The BBC scraps plans for Planet Relief, a programme similar to Comic Relief and Sport Relief for fear of bias against critics of climate change and that people would prefer more factual programmes on the subject.|
|9 September||In an advertising first, eBay begin showing live auction adverts between programmes, showing an auction with picture, current bid, time auction ends, and postage and packaging charges|
|The BBC One Sunday morning political programme Sunday AM is renamed The Andrew Marr Show when it returns after its summer break.|
|18 September||It is announced that E.ON is to end its sponsorship of ITV Weather after 16 years. The sponsorship deal was the longest on UK terrestrial TV to date, beginning on 22 September 1991 (when sponsorship of ITV programmes was first allowed). Until June 2007, ITV Weather was sponsored by the energy supplier Powergen, and since then by Powergen's parent company E.ON.|
|21 September||ITV postpone broadcasting the 2007 British Comedy Awards due to the phone-in scandals.|
|26 September||ABC1 ceases broadcasting.|
|The Bionic Woman returns after a break of nearly 30 years but is axed again 2 months later.|
|28 September||Trapped! appears as CBBC's first ever Halloween-themed game show since CITV's Terror Towers.|
|1 October||Virgin1 launches at 9 pm, replacing Ftn.|
|14 October||UKTV Bright Ideas ceases broadcasting to be replaced on Freeview by Dave.|
|15 October||UKTV G2 is rebranded as Dave and becomes a free-to-air channel replacing newly defunct UKTV Bright Ideas.|
|17 October – 14 November||The town of Whitehaven in Cumbria becomes the first place in the UK to lose their analogue television signals and start the digital switchover, starting with BBC Two. The other four channels were switched off on 14 November.|
|20 October||The BBC Switch teenage block of shows is launched to cater for the underserved 12–16-year olds.|
|29 October||Sky News issues an apology after an aside from presenter Julie Etchingham was accidentally broadcast during live coverage of a speech by Conservative Party leader David Cameron when Etchingham's microphone was accidentally left switched on.|
|31 October||ITV confirms that Julie Etchingham will join the broadcaster to present a relaunched News at Ten alongside Sir Trevor McDonald from January 2008.|
|21 November||Insurance firm esure is revealed as E.ON's successor as the sponsor of ITV's national weather bulletins. The two-year deal, rumoured to be worth £10 million, was negotiated by Carat Sponsorship and will take effect from 1 January 2008, with esure and Sheilas' Wheels as the sponsors, alternating between the two brands every two months.|
|25 December||BBC One gets its highest rated Christmas Day schedule in years, with "Voyage of the Damned", the Christmas special of Doctor Who getting the shows' biggest audience since 1979 (13.31 million) and a special episode of EastEnders getting 14.38 million, that shows' biggest rating in three years and the highest rated show of 2007. Another success was a one-off special of To the Manor Born, returning after 26 years, with an audience of 10.25 million.|
|BBC iPlayer, an online service for watching previously aired shows, is launched.|
|27–28 December||Assault on Sun Hill, a two-part The Bill story features an armed siege at the fictional police station that leaves several characters traumatised.|
|1 January||The Sarah Jane Adventures|
|12 January||After You've Gone|
|16 March||Celebrity Apprentice|
|25 March||Play It Again|
|31 March||Any Dream Will Do|
|13 April||Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul|
|25 May||Ronni Ancona & Co|
|16 June||Would I Lie to You?|
|15 October||Real Rescues|
|26 October||The Armstrong and Miller Show|
|17 November||The Omid Djalili Show|
|17 November||Who Dares Wins|
|22 February||Fear, Stress & Anger|
|19 March||In the Night Garden|
|12 April||Roman's Empire|
|16 April||Get 100|
|4 October||The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle|
|4 October||The Peter Serafinowicz Show|
|5 October||The Tudors|
|18 June||Golden Balls|
|24 June||News Knight with Sir Trevor McDonald|
|3 September||The Alan Titchmarsh Show|
|3 January||Desperate Housewives Season Three|
|3 January||Celebrity Big Brother|
|30 May||Big Brother 8|
|16 July||Win My Wage|
|5 October||Other People|
|12 October||Ladies and Gentlemen|
|19 October||Plus One|
|2 November||Free Agents|
|9 November||The Kevin Bishop Show|
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|23 May||Gavin & Stacey|
|15 October||Doctors to Be: 20 Years On|
|30 October||The History of the World Backwards|
Changes of network affiliation
|Show||Moved from||Moved to|
|TNA Impact||TWC Fight||Bravo 2 |
|The Apprentice||BBC Two||BBC One|
|Top of the Pops|
|Prison Break||Five||Sky One|
|American Dad!||BBC Two||BBC Three|
|6 August||Pop Girl|
|9 August||Ftn +1|
|20 August||Channel 4 +1|
|10 December||Channel 4 HD|
|13 March||ITV Play|
|5 October||Radio Music Shop|
|15 October||UKTV Bright Ideas|
|Date||Old Name||New Name|
|13 March||ITV Play||ITV Bingo|
|15 October||UKTV G2||Dave|
|UKTV G2 +1||Dave +1|
Returning this year after a break of one year or longer
|Programme||Date of original removal||Original channel||Date of return||New channel(s)|
|Dale's Supermarket Sweep||6 September 2001||ITV||12 February 2007||N/A (Same channel as original)|
|Teletubbies for 10th Anniversary episodes||5 January 2001
5 January 2002
|BBC One||31 March 2007||BBC Two & CBeebies|
|The Bionic Woman||13 May 1978||ITV||26 September 2007||N/A (Same channel as original)|
|To the Manor Born||29 November 1981||BBC One||25 December 2007||N/A (Same channel as original)|
- Panorama (1953–present).
- What the Papers Say (1956–2008).
- The Sky at Night (1957–present).
- Blue Peter (1958–present).
- Coronation Street (1960–present).
- Songs of Praise (1961–present).
- Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present).
- Match of the Day (1964–present).
- Top of the Pops (1964–present).
- The Money Programme (1966–present).
- Emmerdale (1972–present).
- Newsround (1972–present).
- Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010).
- Arena (1975–present).
- One Man and His Dog (1976–present).
- Top Gear (1977–2001, 2002–present).
- Grange Hill (1978–2008).
- Antiques Roadshow (1979–present).
- Question Time (1979–present)
- Children in Need (1980–present)
- Postman Pat (1981, 1991, 1994, 1996, 2004–2008)
- Timewatch (1982–present).
- Countdown (1982–present)
- The Bill (1984–2010).
- Thomas & Friends (1984–present)
- EastEnders (1985–present).
- Comic Relief (1985–present).
- Casualty (1986–present).
- ChuckleVision (1987–2009).
- Fireman Sam (1987–1994, 2005–2013)
- This Morning (1988–present).
- The Simpsons (1989–present)
- Have I Got News for You (1990–present)
- Room 101 (1994–2007, 2012–present)
- Hollyoaks (1995–present)
- Arthur (1996–present)
- Silent Witness (1996–present)
- Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
- King of the Hill (1999–2010)
- South Park (1997–present)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1998–2014)
- Bob the Builder (1998–present)
- Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999–2010)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999–2009)
- Spongebob Squarepants (1999–present)
- Family Guy (1999–2002, 2005–present)
- The Weakest Link (2000–2012)
- Big Brother (2000–2010, 2011–present)
- My Family (2000–2011)
- Real Crime (2001–present)
- I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
- Harry Hill's TV Burp (2002–2012)
- Spooks (2002–2011)
- Daily Politics (2003–present)
- Peep Show (2003–2014)
- All Grown Up! (2003–2008)
- Politics Show (2003–2011)
- QI (2003–present)
- The Royal (2003–2011)
- This Week (2003–present)
- Sea of Souls (2004–2007)
- Supernanny (2004–2008, 2010–2012)
- Shameless (2004–2013)
- Strictly Come Dancing (2004–present)
- The X Factor (2004–present)
- More4 News (2005—2009)
- Love Soup (2005–2008)
- Come Dine with Me (2005–present)
- Deal or No Deal (2005–present)
- Sunday AM (2005–present)
- Dancing on Ice (2006–2014)
- Hotel Babylon (2006–2009)
- Robin Hood (2006–2009)
- That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2010)
- Torchwood (2006–2011)
- Waterloo Road (2006–present)
- Star Stories (2006–2008)
- Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
Big Brother racism controversy
Celebrity Big Brother 5
In January, Jade Goody, her mother Jackiey Budden and boyfriend Jack Tweed, along with Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara, were accused of racist bullying towards Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. This resulted in protests in India and a record number of complaints to British TV regulator Ofcom and to Channel 4.
Big Brother 8
At the end of May, Channel 4 broadcast an apology for not intervening in the bullying just moments before the eight non-celebrity series started; all housemates in this series were given strict warnings about racism before entering. Just one week after the launch, Emily Parr was removed from the house in the early hours of the morning for saying the word "nigger" to black housemate Charley Uchea just hours before. This incident was widely discussed in the media; viewers complained about Channel 4 broadcasting the word, however, other viewers complained that Emily had been treated unfairly, as she did not use the word in a spiteful context, instead possibly imitating rappers who use the word in their songs.
Ending this year
|Unknown||The Holiday Programme||BBC||1969|
|Unknown||CITV weekday afternoon block||ITV||1983|
|Unknown||What Not to Wear||BBC||2001|
|4 January||Green Wing||Channel 4||2004|
|12 January||The Price Is Right||ITV||1984|
|7 March||BrainTeaser||Channel 5||2002|
|16 March||The Vicar of Dibley||BBC||1994|
|10 April||Life on Mars||BBC||2006|
|19 April||Sea of Souls||BBC||2004|
|13 July||Art Attack||ITV||1990|
|14 July||Popworld||Channel 4||2001|
|10 August||Win My Wage||Channel 4||2007|
|31 August||Dale's Supermarket Sweep||ITV||1993 & 2007|
|13 September||Born to Be Different||Channel 4||2003 & 2006|
|28 November||The Bionic Woman||ITV||1976 & 2007|
Top 10 highest rated shows of 2007
|2||Doctor Who||13.31 million|
|3||Rugby World Cup 2007||13.10 million|
|4||Coronation Street||13.08 million|
|5||The Vicar of Dibley||13.08 million|
|6||X Factor results||12.23 million|
|7||Concert for Diana||12.22 million|
|8||Strictly Come Dancing||12.09 million|
|9||The X Factor||11.78|
|10||Britain's Got Talent||11.58 million|
- 7 January – Magnus Magnusson, 77, Icelandic-born television presenter (Mastermind)
- 8 March – John Inman, 71, actor, best known for playing Mr. Humphries in Are You Being Served?.
- 29 July – Mike Reid, 67, comedian and actor, best known for playing Frank Butcher in British soap opera EastEnders and hosting Runaround.
- 29 July – Phil Drabble, 93, television presenter, author and countryman, best known as the presenter of sheepdog trial show One Man and His Dog.
- 6 September – Ronald Magill, 87, Actor, best known for playing Amos Brearly in Emmerdale
- 9 September – Ian Richardson, 72, Scottish actor, best known for playing MP Francis Urquhart in House of Cards.
- 1 October – Ronnie Hazlehurst, 79, theme tune composer. (Only Fools and Horses, Yes Minister, Are You Being Served? and The Two Ronnies etc.)
- 16 October – Deborah Kerr, 86, actress (A Woman of Substance)
- 9 November – Trish Williamson, 52, TV weather presenter, journalist, producer and director
- 20 November – Dick Wilson, 91, actor
- 22 November – Verity Lambert, 71, TV producer (Doctor Who)
- 1 December – Anton Rodgers, 74, actor
- "Quiz star describes £250,000 win". BBC News. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- Tryhorn, Chris (8 January 2007). "Grade takes the helm at ITV". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Deans, Jason (2 February 2007). "'Wank week' postponed". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- Merritt, Mike (4 March 2007). "Lambs to the slaughter". Sunday Mail (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- Gibson, Owen (31 March 2007). "O'Leary to host X factor". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
- Cocozza, Paula (19 April 2007). "Paula Cocozza on Match of the Day's first female commentator Jacqui Oatley". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Hereford students' key role for Blind Young Things". Hereford Times. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- "BBC move to Salford gets green light". BBC Press Office (BBC). 31 May 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Dannii to become X Factor judge". BBC News. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
- "Louis Walsh in X Factor comeback". BBC News (London). 22 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
- "Entertainment | Emily thrown out of Big Brother". BBC News (BBC). 7 June 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- Burkeman, Oliver; Pidd, Helen; Tait, Robert (3 July 2007). "'An antidote to Fox': Iran launches English TV channel | Media". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- Clark, Nicola (18 September 2007). "E.ON abandons 18-year ITV weather sponsorship". Marketing. Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
- Henry, Emma (30 October 2007). "Sky apologies over Tory 'extermination' quip". Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 23 March 2012.
- "News at Ten returns to ITV". itv.com. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
- Tryhorn, Chris (31 October 2007). "ITV confirms News at Ten return". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 23 March 2012.
- "esure becomes new ITV Weather sponsor". Digital Spy. 21 November 2007. Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
- "Trish Williamson: Television weather girl who became a noted producer and director". The Times (London: News International). 17 November 2007. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.