1967 in British television

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This is a list of British television related events from 1967.


  • 3 January – Trumpton is the second programme on BBC1 to be shot in colour.
  • 7 January – Debut of The Forsyte Saga – a blockbuster BBC dramatisation in 26 50-minutes episodes, and the first British television program ever to be sold to the USSR.
  • 8 April – The United Kingdom wins the 12th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. The winning song is "Puppet on a String" performed by Sandie Shaw.
  • 25 June – The Our World program airs to over 30 countries featuring performers from the represented countries the segment for the United Kingdom, features The Beatles performing "All You Need Is Love", with guests Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Graham Nash, Hunter Davies and others.
  • 1 July – BBC2 becomes Europe's first colour TV broadcaster. The colour service is launched with live coverage from the Wimbledon Championships.
  • 3 July – News at Ten premieres on ITV. It aired nightly on weeknights until 1999 before being axed. It was then reintroduced in 2001, axed again in 2004 and brought back for a second time in 2008.
  • 29 September – The Prisoner has its UK premiere on ATV and Grampian Television. The world premiere of the series occurred on 5 September when the series debuted on CTV in Canada.
  • 13 October – Omnibus, an arts documentary series, begins.
  • 2 December – Colour television is officially launched on BBC2.
  • 22 December – Dante's Inferno, Ken Russell's television film about Dante Gabriel Rossetti is shown in the Omnibus series.
  • 26 December –
  • Unknown – The 1967 franchise round sees a number of changes being made to the ITV regional map, which will take effect in 1968.
    • Sooty, Harry Corbett's glove puppet bear, moves from the BBC to ITV.
    • Any split weekday/weekend licences are removed in all regions, except London.
    • The London split is moved from Friday/Saturday to Friday at 7pm.
    • The North of England region is split into the North West and Yorkshire.
    • Granada, the existing weekday contractor for the North of England region, is given a seven-day licence for the new North West region.
    • Lord Thomson of Fleet is required to divest himself of most of his holding in Scottish Television.
    • A new company, Telefusion Yorkshire, later renamed Yorkshire Television, is given the licence to broadcast in the newly created Yorkshire region.
    • ATV wins the new seven-day Midlands licence, replacing ABC at the weekend.
    • ABC and Rediffusion, London are asked to form a joint company to take the London weekday franchise previously held by Rediffusion alone; the result, Thames Television, is 51% controlled by ABC.
    • The London Television Consortium, put together by David Frost wins the London weekend contract, which now includes Friday evenings from 7pm. They go on air as London Weekend Television.
    • Most controversially, TWW loses its franchise for Wales and the West of England to Harlech Television, which later became known as HTV on the arrival of UHF.





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  1. ^ Mark Duguid "Armchair Theatre (1956–74)", BFI screenonline