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This is a list of events that took place in 2009 related to British television.

Events[edit]

Date Event
1 January Jonathan Creek returns with a special episode, the first episode of the series since 2004.[1]
2 January Celebrity Big Brother returns to Channel 4 for the first time since 2007 following the racism controversy that dominated that year's show. Participants include La Toya Jackson, Verne Troyer and Ulrika Jonsson.[2]
3 January The BBC announce that 26-year old Matt Smith is to replace David Tennant as The Doctor in sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Smith, who will take over in 2010, will be the youngest ever actor to play the title role.[3]
12 January Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley host Countdown for the first time.[4]
14 January Launch of the BBC's Persian language news channel.
22 January The Disasters Emergency Committee launches its Gaza Crisis Appeal following the recent conflict in the region. The BBC causes controversy by saying it will not be broadcasting the appeal as it would compromise its impartiality.[5] Sky News join the BBC in deciding not to air the appeal, but it is screened by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 on 26 January.[6]
23 January Friday Night with Jonathan Ross returns after host Jonathan Ross finishes his 12-week suspension following his role in the Russell Brand Show prank telephone calls row.[7]
Ulrika Jonsson wins the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[8]
26 January UKTV Documentary is rebranded as "Eden".
27 January ITV confirms that five cast and crew from Heartbeat were injured in a tractor accident while filming on location in Grosmont, North Yorkshire.[9]
31 January Singer Jade Ewen is selected as the United Kingdom's entrant to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in the final episode of the BBC's selection programme Eurovision: Your Country Needs You. Ewen will sing 'My Time', by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a song written specially for the contest.[10]
2 February A day of extreme snow in parts of Britain, the biggest in 18 years, causes many TV programmes to broadcast with limited presenters and live audience shortages as people are unable to reach the studios. In ratings terms, news coverage gets very high ratings with over seven million watching BBC News programmes.[11]
4 February Carol Thatcher is axed from The One Show after she referred to a tennis player as a "golliwog" during a backstage conversation while filming for the programme.[12]
7 February BBC Two screens the first part of Iran and the West, a landmark three part documentary marking the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.[13]
9 February ITV plc merges the ITV Thames Valley and ITV Meridian regions.
10 February ITV airs an hour-long episode of Emmerdale showing the funeral of long-standing character Jack Sugden, who was killed off-screen due to the death of Clive Hornby, the actor who played him, the year before. The episode sees Sheila Mercier reprise her role as Jack's mother, Annie Sugden, who returns to the village of Emmerdale to attend his funeral, while the episode is dedicated to Hornby's memory.[14]
12 February ITV plc merges the ITV Anglia regions.
16 February Five US is rebranded as Five USA. Also on this day, ITV plc merges the ITV West and ITV Westcountry regions.
17 February UKTV People is rebranded as "Blighty".
19 February ITV plc merges the ITV Yorkshire regions.
23 February ITV plc merges the ITV Central regions.
Sky is criticised by Ofcom for allowing Domino's Pizza to sponsor The Simpsons because the deal breached the watchdog's rules banning the advertising of junk food while children's programmes are on air.[15]
25 February ITV plc merges the ITV Border and ITV Tyne Tees regions.
2 March UKTV History is rebranded as "Yesterday".
Corpus Christi College, Oxford are disqualified as champions of the 2009 series of University Challenge after one of their contestants, Sam Kay, was found to no longer be a student. The runners-up, the University of Manchester, are declared champions in their place.[16]
ITV announces it is cutting 600 jobs after it reported a loss of £2.6 billion for 2008. The jobs will go from the company's Yorkshire studios in Leeds and from their headquarters in London.[17]
9 March From this week, ITV's News at Ten programme returns to being aired five nights a week (having previously aired Monday to Thursday only since its return, with an 11 pm bulletin on Fridays).[18]
13 March Comic Relief 2009 raises a record total in excess of £57 million at the climax of their telethon, surpassing the amount raised during the 2007 telethon by over £17 million
22 March Ray Quinn and dance partner Maria Filippov win the fourth series of Dancing on Ice.[19]
25 March ITV announces that it will postpone the broadcast of the 2009 National Television Awards until January 2010, and will axe the National Movie Awards.[20]
Fern Britton announces she is to quit This Morning after 10 years.[21]
1 April Six TV is defunct in Oxfordshire and Southampton after only 10 years of localised airing.
Trouble closes down after over 12 years of broadcasting and is replaced by Living +2.[22]
Channel 4 airs the 1,000th edition of Deal or No Deal.[23]
3 April The BBC is fined £150,000 because of the Russell Brand Show prank telephone calls row. It is the biggest financial penalty ever imposed on the corporation for a single broadcast.[24][25]
4 April The BBC receives 1,477 complaints following a remark made by sports presenter Clare Balding to the winning jockey at the 2009 Grand National. Referring to Liam Treadwell's teeth she suggested that he could "get them done" with his prize fund.[26][27] Balding and the BBC later issued an apology.
5 April BBC One moves its Countryfile programme to a 7 pm slot on Sunday evenings. The Sunday morning slot previously occupied by the show is taken over by a new outdoors activity show called Country Tracks.[28]
6 April Paramount Comedy 1 and Paramount Comedy 2 are rebranded to Comedy Central and Comedy Central Extra.
7 April BBC Two suffers its second worse peaktime viewing audience since 2001, with a share of 5.3%.[29]
The BBC confirms that Danniella Westbrook will return to EastEnders as Sam Mitchell later in the year.[30]
8 April The BBC apologises after a link was accidentally posted on The Apprentice website revealing the identity of the candidate who would be fired in the evening's edition of the show.[31]
8 April – 9 September Analogue services are switched off in the Westcountry region.
10–12 April To celebrate its 21st birthday, three new episodes of the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf are broadcast on Dave. Entitled Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, they are the first new episodes of the show since 1999.
23 April ITV chief executive Michael Grade announces he will step down by the end of 2009 and will become non-executive chairman.[32]
25 April Simon Amstell announces that he is to quit as host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks after acting as host since 2006.[33]
30 April UKTV Style is rebranded as "Home".[34]
6 May After five Gurkha veterans who had applied for UK residency receive letters telling them their appeals have been rejected, the actress Joanna Lumley, who is the face of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, confronted the Minister for Immigration Phil Woolas at the BBC Westminster studios about the issue. After she pursues him around the studio, the pair hold an impromptu press conference in which she pressures him into agreeing to further talks over the issue.[35][36]
ITV announces that The South Bank Show is to end in 2010 after 32 years following Melvyn Bragg's retirement.[37]
8 May It is announced that Richard and Judy's series on Watch, Richard and Judy's New Position, will end early due to poor ratings. The show launched in October 2008 with 100,000 viewers, but audiences have dropped as low as 8,000. The last episode will air on 3 July.[38]
12 May BBC News Channel presenter Carrie Gracie discloses details of her annual salary during a heated debate on the MPs expenses row with Lord Faulks. The revelation breaks with the BBC's protocol of not divulging how much individual members of staff are paid.[39]
15 May Three actors have been axed from Coronation Street, it is reported. Jonathan Dixon (Darryl Morton), Nikki Patel (Amber Kalirai) and Wanda Opalinska (Wiki Dankowska) will be leaving later in the year.[40]
16 May The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest is held in Moscow, Russia, and sees Graham Norton taking on the role of presenter of the BBC's coverage following Terry Wogan's decision to step down in 2008. The contest is the first to have the result decided by a combination of panels of experts and televoting in order to reduce instances of countries voting for their neighbours. The contest is won by Norway's Alexander Rybak with his self-penned "Fairytale".[41][42]
17 May Actress Leslie Ash is to join the cast of Holby City as executive Vanessa Lytton, it is announced. The role sees her return to television five years after she contracted a hospital bug that left her partially paralysed. She will begin shooting her scenes in June and be seen on screen from October.[43][44]
18 May Portland TV is fined £27,500 by Ofcom for a programme broadcast by adult channel Television X2 in September 2008 that the watchdog deemed showed material equivalent to BBFC R18 content.[45]
19 May UKTV Gardens is replaced by Really.[34]
25 May The Coach Trip returns to Channel 4 after 3 years of absence.
27 May Having originally planned to leave the series at the end of the year, Gray O'Brien, who plays Tony Gordon in Coronation Street has extended his contract. He will take a break to appear in pantomime before returning to film a dramatic exit storyline.[46]
28 May EastEnders is to feature a storyline in which a male Muslim character has a gay relationship, it is reported. Syed Masood (Marc Elliot) will also be seen sharing an on screen kiss with Christian Clarke (John Partridge) after falling for him.[47]
BBC One airs Tourettes: I Swear I Can't Help It, a follow up documentary to the 1989 Q.E.D. film John's Not Mad, dealing with people who have Tourette syndrome.[48][49][50]
30 May Street dance troupe Diversity win the third series of Britain's Got Talent, beating bookies favourite Susan Boyle into second place.[51]
5 June Ben Bradshaw is appointed as Culture Secretary following a Cabinet reshuffle, while Sir Alan Sugar is to sit in the House of Lords as the Government's Enterprise Tsar. The appointment leads to conflict of interest concerns because of Sugar's role on The Apprentice, with Bradshaw's shadow, Jeremy Hunt raising the matter in the House of Commons on 8 June. Bradshaw does not believe there will be a problem as Sugar's BBC role is a non-political one.[52]
7 June Yasmina Siadatan wins the fifth series of The Apprentice.[53]
12 June It is announced that Peter Sissons, who is thought to be Britain's longest serving newsreader, will retire in the summer after 45 years.[54]
15 June ITV announces that it has axed the science fiction drama Primeval to concentrate on producing post-watershed drama.[55] However, plans for two more series were revealed in September after ITV agreed a deal with UKTV.[56]
16 June The long-awaited Digital Britain report is published. It makes a number of recommendations with regard to Broadband access, Internet use and Public Service Broadcasting.[57]
18 June Analogue services in the Caldbeck, Cumbria, Dumfries & Galloway and the Isle of Man are switched off.
The BBC confirms that Sir Alan Sugar will keep his role with The Apprentice as it feels his role as Enterprise Tsar will not compromise the broadcaster's impartiality.[58]
19 June After nearly 27 years, Countdown is filmed at The Leeds Studios for the last time. Subsequent series were filmed at Granada Studios in Manchester until 2013 when it switched to filming in MediaCityUK in Salford.
22 June UKTV Food is rebranded as "Good Food". This was the last of the UKTV rebrands.[59]
23 June Setanta Sports ceases broadcasting in the UK after going into administration.[60]
25 June The BBC publishes the expenses of some of its top executives. Among the information to be revealed is that the corporation's Director General Mark Thompson claimed over £2,000 after cutting short his holiday in October 2008 to deal with the row over the Russell Brand Show phone calls controversy.[61]
5 July Reece Dinsdale, who plays Joe McIntyre in Coronation Street, has quit the soap because he did not wish to be typecast, the News of the World reports.[62]
7 July A memorial service for the singer Michael Jackson, who died on 25 June, is broadcast live around the world, with an estimated audience of one billion.[63]
9 July It is announced that Alesha Dixon will replace Arlene Phillips as one of the judges when Strictly Come Dancing returns for its seventh series later in the year.[64]
10 July It is reported that West Country Tonight co-host Lisa Aziz has been suspended from her job by ITV after allegedly fiddling her expenses.[65]
14 July BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons announces that bonuses for the 10 most senior BBC executives will be suspended indefinitely.[66]
16 July ITV repeats Martin Bashir's 2003 documentary Living with Michael Jackson. The programme draws 3.64m viewers (a 15.4% share of the audience).[67]
ITV announces that its news and information Teletext service will be discontinued within the next six months as a result of mounting losses and the inability to find a viable business model to continue.
17 July Fern Britton presents her last edition of This Morning after 10 years.[68]
It is announced that Teletext games magazine GameCentral will cease broadcasting in December, along with all other Teletext editorial content.
22 July The Caldbeck group of transmitters have their final analogue signals turned off, completing the digital switchover of the Border Television region.[69]
23 July ITV moves Coronation Street from its long-standing Wednesday evening slot to Thursday at 8:30. There is also a second episode of Emmerdale replacing the Tuesday hour long episode, which reverts to 30 minutes. The Bill is also moved to a post-9pm slot to allow for more hard-hitting storylines. The changes are part of an overhaul of ITV's scheduling to make way for football coverage on Wednesdays.[70]
28 July TV presenter Esther Rantzen confirms that she will run for Parliament in the Luton South constituency at the next general election.[71]
5 August Channel 4 announces that it will axe its lunchtime news bulletin as part of a cost cutting exercise as from December. The 8:00 pm More4 bulletin will also be scrapped.[72]
6 August ITV sells its stake in the Friends Reunited website for £25m, having paid £125m for it in 2005. The sale occurs as the company announces losses of £105m in the first half of 2009 and a record decline in advertising revenue.[73]
12 August Analogue services are switched off in the HTV Wales region.
26 August Channel 4 announces that Big Brother will end in 2010 after series 11.[74]
27 August Mass production of televisions in the UK comes to an end after the last set rolls off the production line at Toshiba's plant in Plymouth.[75]
28 August At the Edinburgh International Television Festival News Corporation Chairman James Murdoch delivers the MacTaggart Memorial Lecture in which he launches an attack on the BBC and UK media regulator Ofcom.[76]
4 September Sophie Reade wins series nine of Big Brother.[77]
9 September Westcountry Television completes the digital switchover process with the turning off of all analogue signals from the Caradon Hill transmitter[78]
20 September Jimmy Mulville, the head of Hat Trick Productions, announced that a pilot for an American version of the long-running satirical panel game Have I Got News for You was to be made.[79]
21 September A week after Danniella Westbrook's return to EastEnders, a spokesman for the soap confirms she will be leaving the series again at the end of the year, her character, Sam Mitchell, having been brought back for a few months as part of a specific storyline.[80]
22 September ITV plc launches legal proceedings against STV (its Channel 3 counterpart in Scotland) for a quoted unpaid debt of £38 million from network programming contributions, following STV's practice of dropping a number of network programmes on the STV franchise. At the same time, STV claims it is also following procedures against ITV plc, for up to £40 million owed to STV under its advertising sales agreements.[81]
29 September ITV announces that it has struck a deal between Watch, Impossible Pictures, German broadcaster Pro7 and BBC Worldwide to produce two new series of Primeval for transmission in 2011.[82]
30 September The Freeview service is upgraded requiring 18 million households to retune their television sets.[83] The changes lead to several hundred complaints from people who have lost channels as a result of retuning their equipment.[84]
1 October London mayor Boris Johnson makes a cameo appearance in BBC One soap EastEnders. The episode is watched by 8 million viewers.[85]
2 October Mock the Week announces that two new series are being made, but Frankie Boyle will no longer appear on the show.[86]
Channel TV is fined £80,000 by Ofcom over their part in the television phone-in scandal involving the British Comedy Awards.[87]
10 October It is confirmed that Red Dwarf will be commissioned a full series following the success of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth. It will be recorded in 2010 for Dave.[88][89][90]
11 October It is announced that there are plans to adapt the Douglas Adams Dirk Gently novels for television.[91]
13 October Teletext Ltd confirms that GameCentral will continue as a website and mobile service after it is dropped from the television service in December.[92]
14 October Andrew Newman, head of entertainment and comedy at Channel 4 leaves his job to go to work for Objective Productions after working for the TV channel for over 10 years.[93]
19 October Alison King makes her return to Coronation Street.
22 October British National Party leader Nick Griffin makes a controversial first appearance on Question Time after being invited onto the show by the BBC. The edition attracts eight million viewers,[94] twice the programme's usual audience. The programme also results in a large number of complaints to the BBC, while Griffin himself makes a formal complaint to the Corporation for the way he believes he was treated on the show.[94]
ITV announces plans to drop the "bongs" of Big Ben from the opening credits of News at Ten. Also confirmed are plans to relaunch the Tonight programme in January 2010 with Julie Etchingham as its new presenter.[95]
28 October It is announced by the BBC that Barbara Windsor is to leave EastEnders in 2010 after 16 years.[96]
4 November Analogue BBC2 switched off in the Granada Television region.[97]
10 November The BBC confirms that the next series of The Apprentice will be delayed from Spring 2010 to avoid clashing with the general election.[98]
18 November Former Asda chief executive Archie Norman is appointed as chairman of ITV from January 2010.[99]
26 November ITV takes full ownership of the breakfast TV service GMTV after purchasing Disney's 25% share in the channel.[100]
2 December The Winter Hill transmitter has its remaining analogue signals turned off, completing the digital switchover process in the Granada Television region.[97] Freeview HD begins transmission marking the worldwide operational debut of the DVB-T2 standard.
4 December TV chef Gino D'Acampo wins the ninth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[101] It is later reported that D'Acampo and fellow contestant Stuart Manning will face criminal charges after they captured, killed and cooked a rat, while ITV apologises for the incident and says it will tighten up security on the show.[102] Charges against the pair, who turned to the rodent as a source of food to give themselves more protein after being put on reduced rations of rice and beans, are later dropped because production staff gave them permission to eat it. In February 2010, ITV are fined A$3,000 over the incident by a Court in New South Wales.[103]
13 December BBC One airs an interview Fern Britton recorded with Tony Blair as part of her Fern Britton Meets... series. During the programme, the former Prime Minister says that it would have been right to remove Iraqi president Saddam Hussein even without evidence he had weapons of mass destruction.[104]
Joe McElderry wins the sixth series of The X Factor.[105]
16 December ITV closes its news and information service on Teletext, leaving the ITV channel(s) without such a service for the first time in 35 years.
19 December BBC sports presenter Chris Hollins and his dancing partner Ola Jordan win the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing.[106][107]
23 December Singer Boy George loses a High Court battle to overturn a ruling by the Probation Service that he could not appear on the final series of Celebrity Big Brother.[108]
25 December The Royle Family returns for another Christmas special, attracting an audience of 10.2 million. The most watched show of the day is EastEnders, which overnight figures suggest is seen by 10.9 million.[109]

Debuts[edit]

BBC[edit]

Date Debut Channel
2 January The Legend of Dick and Dom CBBC
Around the World in 80 Faiths[110] BBC Two
3 January A History of Scotland
Richard Hammond's Blast Lab[111] CBBC
Eurovision: Your Country Needs You[112] BBC One
5 January Half Moon Investigations[113]
Scoop CBBC
The Diary of Anne Frank[114] BBC One
6 January Grow Your Own Drugs BBC Two
Oz and James Drink to Britain
8 January Life of Riley[115] BBC One
9 January The Oracle with Max Keiser BBC World News
10 January Total Wipeout[116] BBC One
12 January Million Dollar Traders BBC Two
14 January The City Uncovered
The Secret Life of Elephants[117] BBC One
15 January Undercover Princes BBC Three
18 January Hunter BBC One
20 January Cowards[118] BBC Four
23 January LifeSpam[119] BBC Three
25 January Being Human[120]
30 January The Site[121]
31 January The Old Guys[122] BBC One
1 February Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life BBC One & BBC Two
2 February Moses Jones BBC Two
7 February Iran and the West[13]
8 February Victorian Farm
10 February Grandpa in My Pocket CBeebies
11 February Nature's Great Events BBC One
12 February We Need Answers[123] BBC Four
14 February The Bottom Line BBC News
15 February The Victorians[124] BBC One
19 February Britain's Best Drives BBC Four
26 February Margaret[125] BBC Two
6 March Rocket Science BBC One
12 March I've Never Seen Star Wars[126] BBC Four
Baroque! From St Peter's to St Paul's
14 March The Lost World of Communism[127] BBC Two
15 March Yellowstone[128]
16 March Missing BBC One
A Question of Genius BBC Two
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
20 March Genius[129]
25 March Newswipe with Charlie Brooker BBC Four
27 March The Real Swiss Family Robinson BBC One
5 April Five Minutes of Heaven[130] BBC Two
6 April Timmy Time Cbeebies
7 April The Speaker BBC Two
16 April Horrible Histories CBBC
18 April Winging It[131] BBC Two
Tonight's the Night BBC One
24 April Reggie Perrin[132]
26 April Best: His Mother's Son BBC Two
10 May South Pacific
The Incredible Human Journey
11 May Propertywatch
16 May Transmission Impossible with Ed & Oucho CBBC
18 May Moving On BBC One
31 May Empire of Cricket BBC Two
2 June Mary Queen of Charity Shops
6 June Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow BBC One
Totally Saturday
7 June Hope Springs[133]
16 June Occupation
Personal Affairs BBC Three
18 June Psychoville[134] BBC Two
8 July Taking The Flak[135]
Getting On[136] BBC Four
14 July Freefall BBC Two
As Seen on TV BBC One
21 July The Truth About Crime
Desperate Romantics BBC Two
23 July The Rat Pack BBC One
27 July Bang Goes the Theory
Knowitalls BBC Two
29 July Breaking The Mould BBC Four
30 July We Are Klang[137] BBC Three
My Life as an Animal
5 August Roy CBBC
6 August The Funny Side Of... BBC Two
8 August The Football League Show BBC One
15 August Walk on the Wild Side
17 August Pointless BBC Two
20 August Tough Guy or Chicken? BBC Three
4 September Happy Hollidays BBC One
5 September My Almost Famous Family CBBC
6 September Last Chance to See BBC Two
7 September Happy Hollidays
Dennis & Gnasher CBBC
Gigglebiz CBeebies
Land Girls BBC One
8 September Lost Land of the Volcano[138]
9 September Crash
10 September Off the Hook BBC Three
Lunch Monkeys
14 September Home Time BBC Two
The Cut
19 September Merlin: Secrets and Magic BBC Three
27 September By Any Means 2 BBC Two
29 September Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe BBC Four
Electric Dreams
4 October Emma BBC One
6 October It's Only a Theory[139] BBC Four
8 October Micro Men
10 October The Well BBC Two
12 October Life BBC One
13 October Around the World in 80 Days
Inside Life CBBC
21 October Gary: Tank Commander BBC Two
22 October Russell Howard's Good News BBC Three
28 October Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain BBC Two
31 October The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson[140] BBC One
1 November Garrow's Law
2 November Into the Storm BBC Two
9 November Miranda[141]
23 November Mouth to Mouth BBC Three
Paradox BBC One
29 November Fern Britton Meets...
2 December Big Top
14 December Move Like Michael Jackson BBC Three
23 December Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas BBC One
28 December The Day of the Triffids

ITV[edit]

Date Debut Channel
3 January Demons[142] ITV
4 January Above Suspicion
29 January Paris Hilton's British Best Friend ITV2
31 January Good Arrows ITV4
2 February Whitechapel ITV
3 February Ladies of Letters ITV3
21 February The Colour of Money[143] ITV
22 February Piers Morgan's Life Stories[144]
23 February Law & Order: UK[145]
25 February FM ITV2
27 February Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder[146] ITV
2 March Bookaboo CITV
16 March Taste the Nation ITV
19 March The Justin Lee Collins Show ITV2
1 May Boy Meets Girl[147] ITV
18 May Divided
26 May The Hour
30 May Mumbai Calling
29 June The Chase
12 July Monday Monday
13 July The Fuse
23 July Made in Scotland STV
17 August Peter Andre: Going It Alone ITV2
22 August The Cube ITV
27 August What Katie Did Next ITV2
30 August Wuthering Heights ITV
20 September Trinity ITV2
19 October Murderland ITV
20 December The Fattest Man in Britain

Channel 4[edit]

Date Debut Channel
13 February Free Agents Channel 4
5 March Red Riding
22 March Chris Moyles' Quiz Night
6 April Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant
4 May Endgame
11 May Find Me a Family
17 May The Unloved[148]
25 May The Operation: Surgery Live[149]
7 July You Have Been Watching[150]
9 September Derren Brown: The Events
30 September Ruth Watson's Hotel Rescue
7 October When Boris Met Dave[151] More4
6 November Campus Channel 4
9 November The Execution of Gary Glitter
12 November Misfits E4
13 November PhoneShop Channel 4
24 November Cast Offs
27 November The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
29 November The Queen

Five[edit]

Date Debut Channel
23 March Wordplay Unknown
7 August You're Nicked!
14 September Live from Studio Five
28 October Britain's Best Brain

Other channels[edit]

Date Debut Channel
5 February No Signal! FX
16 February Oops TV Sky1
9 March Toyboize Dave
12 April Skellig Sky1
Olivia Lee: Dirty, Sexy, Funny Comedy Central
10 May Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened G.O.L.D.
31 May The Take Sky1
1 October Industrial Junkie Quest
4 October Tarrant Lets the Kids Loose Watch
21 October Grouchy Young Men Comedy Central

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Date Channel
20 January Investigation Discovery
5 February Living2 +1
16 February ITV West Country
25 February ITV Tyne Tees & Border
20 March Discovery Shed
19 May Really
1 July Wedding TV Asia
3 August ESPN
ESPN HD
True Entertainment
30 September Quest
26 October Viva
16 November CBS Action
CBS Drama
CBS Reality
14 December E4 HD

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
2 January BBC 2W
5 February Trouble +1
8 February ITV Thames Valley
15 February Westcountry Television
25 February Border Television
1 April Six TV (Oxford & Southampton)
Trouble
Real Estate TV
19 May UKTV Gardens
15 June Simply Movies
23 June Setanta Sports News
Setanta Golf
Rangers TV
Celtic TV
31 July Nicktoonsters
3 August Showcase TV
7 August Arsenal TV
26 October TMF
16 November Zone Reality
Zone Romantica
Zone Thriller

Rebranded channels[edit]

Date Old Name New Name
26 January UKTV Documentary Eden
UKTV Documentary +1 Eden +1
16 February Five US Five USA
Five US +1 Five USA +1
17 February UKTV People Blighty
24 February Dave +1 Dave ja vu
2 March UKTV History Yesterday
UKTV History +1 Yesterday +1
30 April UKTV Style Home
UKTV Style +1 Home +1
22 June UKTV Food Good Food
UKTV Food +1 Good Food +1
1 July MTV One MTV
MTV One +1 MTV +1
31 August Jetix Disney XD
Jetix +1 Disney XD +1
30 November Living2 Livingit
Living2 +1 Livingit +1

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Programme Moved from Moved to
Harry & Paul[152] BBC One BBC Two
The Thick of It BBC Four
Fun House ITV Challenge
Formula One[153] BBC One
Gavin & Stacey BBC Three
The Graham Norton Show BBC Two
Torchwood[154]
Masterchef
Out of the Blue[155] Fiver
The Biggest Loser Living ITV
House[156] Five Sky1
King of the Hill Channel 4 & Sky One E4

Television shows[edit]

Returning this year after a break of one year or longer[edit]

Programme Date(s) of original removal Original channel Date of return New channel(s)
The Krypton Factor[157] 20 November 1995 ITV 1 January 2009 N/A (Same channel as original)
Minder[158] 10 March 1994 4 February 2009 Five
Red Dwarf[159] 5 April 1999 BBC Two 10 April 2009 Dave
The Biggest Loser 27 December 2006 Living 27 April 2009 ITV
Born to Be Different 2004
13 September 2007
Channel 4 28 April 2009 N/A (Same channel as original)
The Chart Show 22 August 1998 ITV 10 May 2009 Channel 4
Coach Trip 30 June 2006 Channel 4 25 May 2009 N/A (Same channel as original)
Shooting Stars new series December 2002 BBC Choice 26 August 2009 BBC Two

1950s[edit]

Programme Date
Panorama (1953–present)
The Sky at Night (1957–present)
Blue Peter (1958–present)

1960s[edit]

Programme Date
Coronation Street (1960–present).
Songs of Praise (1961–present)
University Challenge (1962–1987, 1994–present)
Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005 – present)
Top of the Pops (1964–present)
Match of the Day (1964–present)
Mr. and Mrs. (1964–1999, 2008–2010, 2012–present)
The Money Programme (1966–present)

1970s[edit]

Programme Date
Emmerdale (1972–present).
Mastermind (1972–present)
Newsround (1972–present)
Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
Arena (1975–present)
One Man and His Dog (1976–present)
The Krypton Factor (1977–1995, 2009–2010)
Top Gear (1977–2001, 2002–present)
Antiques Roadshow (1979–present)
Question Time (1979–present)

1980s[edit]

Programme Date
Children in Need (1980–present)
Timewatch (1982–present)
The Bill (1984–2010)
Thomas & Friends (1984–present)
EastEnders (1985–present)
Comic Relief (1985–present)
Casualty (1986–present)
Fireman Sam (1987–1994, 2005–2013)
ChuckleVision (1987–2009)
This Morning (1988–present)
Red Dwarf (1988–1999, 2009)
The Simpsons (1989–present)

1990s[edit]

Programme Date
Have I Got News for You (1990–present)
Heartbeat (1992–2010)
Time Team (1994–2013)
Hollyoaks (1995–present)
Silent Witness (1996–present)
Y Clwb Rygbi, Wales (1997–present)
Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1998–2014)
Bob the Builder (1998–present)
Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999–2010)
Holby City (1999–present)

2000s[edit]

Programme Date
The Weakest Link (2000–2012)
Big Brother (2000–2010, 2011–present)
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)
QI (2003–present)
Peep Show (2003–2014)
Politics Show (2003–2011)
The Royal (2003–2011)
This Week (2003–present)
Doc Martin (2004–present)
Hustle (2004–2012)
Shameless (2004–2013)
Strictly Come Dancing (2004–present)
The X Factor (2004–present)
The Andrew Marr Show (2005–present)
Come Dine with Me (2005–present)
Deal or No Deal (2005–present)
Dancing on Ice (2006–2014)
Hotel Babylon (2006–2009)
Numberjacks (2006–2009)
Robin Hood (2006–2009)
That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2010)
Torchwood (2006–2011)
Waterloo Road (2006–present)
Gavin & Stacey (2007–2010)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011)
Would I Lie to You? (2007–present)
M.I. High (2007–present)
Numberjacks (2006–2009)
Outnumbered (2007–2014)
The Tudors (2007–2010)
Trapped (2007–2010)
Skins (2007–2013)
Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)
The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)
Merlin (2008–2012)
Survivors (2008–2010)

Ending this year[edit]

Date Programme Channel(s) Debut(s)
6 February Plus One Channel 4 2007
7 February Demons[160] ITV 2009
26 February Get 100 BBC One, BBC Two & CBBC 2007
5 March The Green Green Grass BBC One 2005
6 March In the Night Garden BBC Two & CBeebies 2007
20 March Going for Gold BBC One & Five 1987 & 2008
3 April Moving Wallpaper ITV 2008
11 April The Colour of Money 2009
12 April Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder[citation needed]
Gladiators[161] ITV & Sky1 1992 & 2008
27 April Hell's Kitchen ITV 2004
5 May Born to Be Different Channel 4 2003, 2006 & 2009
17 May Pulling[162] BBC Three 2006
21 May The Justin Lee Collins Show ITV2 2009
22 May Boy Meets Girl ITV
25 May The Omid Djalili Show BBC One 2007
31 May Beat the Star ITV 2008
27 June Robin Hood[163] BBC One 2006
3 July Richard & Judy's New Position[164] Watch 2008
9 July Katie & Peter ITV2 2007
12 July Kingdom[165] ITV
24 July The Fuse 2009
26 July Hope Springs BBC One
9 August Don't Forget the Lyrics! Sky1 2008
14 August Hotel Babylon BBC One 2006
17 August The Street[citation needed]
23 August Jam & Jerusalem
12 October Blue Murder ITV 2004
15 October Katy Brand's Big Ass Show ITV2 2007
12 November Wife Swap Channel 4 2003
How Clean Is Your House?
11 December Numberjacks BBC Two 2006
12 December Hole in the Wall BBC One 2008
18 December Golden Balls ITV 2007
The Paul O'Grady Show ITV & Channel 4 2004
Trisha Goddard ITV & Five 1998
More4 News[166] More4 2005
30 December Big Top BBC One 2009

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
1 January Edmund Purdom[167] 84 Actor
11 January David Vine[168] 73 Sports presenter
13 January Patrick McGoohan[169] 80 Actor (The Prisoner, Danger Man, Columbo)
16 January Sir John Mortimer[170] 85 Barrister, writer, novelist and dramatist (Rumpole of the Bailey)
18 January Tony Hart[171] 83 Children's TV presenter
24 January Diane Holland[172] 78 Actress (Hi-De-Hi!)
26 February Wendy Richard[173] 65 Actress (EastEnders, Are You Being Served?)
14 March Terence Edmond[174] 69 Actor (Z-Cars)
18 March Natasha Richardson[175] 45 Actress
22 March Jade Goody[176] 27 Reality TV star (Big Brother)
24 March Timothy Brinton[177] 79 British broadcaster and Conservative Party politician
8 April Lennie Bennett[178] 70 Comedian and game show host (Punchlines)
18 April Stephanie Parker[179] 22 Actress (Belonging)
20 May Lucy Gordon[180] 28 Actress
28 May Terence Alexander[181] 86 Actor
31 May Danny La Rue[182] 81 Entertainer
20 June Colin Bean[183] 82 Actor (Dad's Army)
1 July Mollie Sugden[184] 86 Comedy actress (Are You Being Served?, Grace & Favour, The Liver Birds, Coronation Street)
12 July Donald MacCormick[185] 70 Broadcast journalist and presenter (Newsnight)
13 July Vince Powell[186] 80 Sitcom writer (Love Thy Neighbour)
24 July Harry Towb[187] 83 Actor
16 August Laurie Rowley[188] 68 Comedy writer (The Two Ronnies, Not the Nine O'Clock News)
29 August Simon Dee[189] 74 Television interviewer and radio disc jockey
13 September Felix Bowness[190] 87 Actor (Hi-de-Hi!)
14 September Keith Floyd[191] 65 Chef (Saturday Kitchen)
15 September Troy Kennedy Martin[192] 77 Screenwriter (Z-Cars, Edge of Darkness)
16 September Brian Barron[193] 69 BBC journalist and war correspondent
22 September Peter Denyer[194] 62 Actor (Please Sir!)
30 September Robert S. Baker[195] 87 Producer (The Saint)
16 November Edward Woodward[196] 79 Actor (Callan, The Equaliser)
2 December Maggie Jones[197] 75 Actress (Coronation Street)
24 December George Cowling[198] 89 Britain television's first weather presenter

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