1946 in British television

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This is a list of British television related events from 1946.

British television broadcasts resumed this year. They had been suspended during World War II for fear that the signals would help German bombers.


  • 1 June – The first television licence is introduced in the United Kingdom costing £2.
  • 7 June – The BBC Television Service begins broadcasting again. The first words heard are "Good afternoon everybody. How are you? Do you remember me, Jasmine Bligh?". Twenty minutes later, the Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Gala Premiere that had been the last programme transmitted seven years earlier at the start of World War II, is reshown.
  • June – BBC Wimbledon, the longest pre-war programme since it debuted in 1927 returns, which brings back the longest tennis tournament after the end of World War II and the reintroduction of the BBC Television Service.
  • 7 July – The BBC's children's programme For the Children returns, one of the few pre-war programmes to resume after the reintroduction of the BBC Television Service.
  • 4 August – Children's puppet "Muffin the Mule" debuts in an episode of For The Children. He is so popular he is given his own show later in the year on a new service Watch with Mother.
  • 22 October – Telecrime, the first television crime series from the 1930s, returns for the final run on the BBC Television Service, retitled Telecrimes.
  • 29 November – Pinwright's Progress, British television's first sitcom, debuts on the BBC Television Service.


Television shows returning after the war[edit]


  • BBC Wimbledon (1927–1939, 1946–2024)


Ending this year[edit]



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