1936 in British television

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List of years in British television (table)

This is a list of events related to British television in 1936.


  • 2 November – The first regular high-definition (then defined as at least 200 lines) BBC Television Service, based at Alexandra Palace in London, officially begins broadcasting (after test transmissions began in August). The service alternates on a weekly basis between Baird's 240-line mechanical system and the Marconi-EMI's 405-line all-electronic system. Programmes are broadcast daily, Monday to Saturday, at 15:00–16:00 and 21:00–22:00.
  • By this year there are approximately 2,000 televisions worldwide.


  • Unknown (probably November) – Picture Page (1936–1939, 1946–1952).