1982 in British television

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List of years in British television (table)

This is a list of British television related events from 1982.


  • 1 January – Central Independent Television starts broadcasting in the English Midlands, replacing ATV. Also, TVS starts broadcasting to the South and South East of England, replacing Southern, and TSW starts broadcasting to the South West, replacing Westward.
  • 4 January – Peter Davison makes his first full appearance as the Fifth Doctor in the Doctor Who serial "Castrovalva".
  • February – The first-ever 3D broadcast in the UK is screened by Television South. The programme includes excerpts of test footage shot by Philips in the Netherlands. Red/green 3D glasses were given away free with copies of the TV Times listings magazine, but the 3D sections of the programme were shown in monochrome.
  • 5 March – The BBC is given permission by the Government to start broadcasting television programmes on two satellite channels from early 1986.[1] Ultimately, however, the channels were not launched.
  • 2 April – The Falklands War begins as Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.[2]
  • 24 April – The 27th Eurovision Song Contest is held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The contest is presented by Jan Leeming and won by Germany's Nicole with Ein bißchen Frieden.
  • 26 April – "The Satellite Channel" is launched. In 1984 it is renamed Sky Channel after it is purchased by Rupert Murdoch and in 1989 it becomes known as Sky One. Today it is named Sky1.[3]
  • 14 June – The Falklands War ends after Argentina surrenders.[2]
  • 26 July – Alasdair Milne succeeds Ian Trethowan as Director-General of the BBC.
  • 10 October – Boys from the Blackstuff premieres on BBC2 (last episode was shown on 7 November).
  • 24 October – UK Television Premiere of Star Wars on ITV.
  • 1 November – S4C, the first Welsh language TV service is launched.[4]
  • 2 November – Channel 4 starts broadcasting in the UK at 4:45pm.[4] The first programme shown is the game show Countdown, which, barring the news, is the only programme from the launch night that is still running today. The first ever episode of Brookside is broadcast. The programme can be seen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:00pm.
  • 5 November – Debut of Channel 4's innovative music programme The Tube.
  • 2 December – 10.2 million viewers saw a classic comedy scene from the Only Fools And Horses episode A Touch of Glass in which the Trotters accidentally smash a priceless chandelier.
  • December – ITV conducts a national 3D experiment, with red/blue glasses allowing colour 3D to be shown for the first time. The programme, an episode of the weekly science magazine The Real World (produced by TVS) is shown on a weekday evening, and repeated that weekend on Sunday afternoon, followed by a rare screening of the Western Fort Ti starring George Montgomery and Joan Vohs.
  • The BBC Schools service aired their computer generated ident until 1983.





Channel 4[edit]

New Channels[edit]

Date Channel
26 April Satellite Television
1 November S4C
2 November Channel 4

Television shows[edit]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Rising Damp ITV Channel 4






Ending this year[edit]



Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
21 March Harry H. Corbett 57 actor (Steptoe and Son)
15 April Arthur Lowe 66 actor (Dad's Army, Coronation Street)
12 July Kenneth More 67 actor
4 November Talfryn Thomas 60 actor (Dad's Army)
16 November Arthur Askey 82 comedian
2 December Marty Feldman 48 comedian and actor (At Last the 1948 Show, Marty)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "On This Day – March 5, 1982". London: Times Online. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 978-0-14-102715-9. 
  3. ^ Beaumont, Ian. "Sky One". Transdiffusion Broadcasting System. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "25 facts from Channel 4's 25 years". BBC News. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2009.