1988 in British television

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This is a list of British television related events from 1988.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 4 January – BBC1 moves the repeat episode of Neighbours to a 5:35pm evening slot,[1] the decision to do this having been made by controller Michael Grade on the advice of his daughter.
  • 6 January – All ITV regions network Emmerdale Farm in the Wednesday and Thursday 6.30pm slot.
  • 11 January – The first episode of the game show Fifteen to One airs on Channel 4. The show's first winner is Gareth McMullan, a teacher from Northern Ireland.[2]
  • 25–29 January – TV-am airs a week of live broadcasts from Sydney to celebrate Australia's bicentenary.

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • 9 May – The youth strand DEF II is launched on BBC2.[7]
  • 19 May – Anita Dobson makes her last appearance in EastEnders, when her character, Angie Watts departs for a new life in Spain.
  • 23 May – Three gay rights activists invade the BBC studios during a Six O'Clock bulletin of the BBC News to protest about the introduction of Section 28, a law preventing schools from teaching their students about homosexuality. Protesters can be heard chanting as Sue Lawley continues to read the news, prompting the presenter to comment "we have been rather invaded by some people who we hope to be removing very shortly".[8]
  • 29–30 May – ITV stages the first Telethon, a 27-hour nationwide fundraising effort involving participation and input from all of the regional broadcasters around the country. Its aim is to raise money for disability charities across the United Kingdom.
  • 31 May – Debut of Charles Wood's screenplay Tumbledown about the experiences of Scots Guard Robert Lawrence, who was left paralysed after being shot in the head by a sniper at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown during the Falklands War.[9]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 1 July – Australian series The Flying Doctors makes its British television debut on BBC 1.[13] Initially aired on Fridays at 8.10pm, from 20 August, it is moved to a Saturday early evening slot.[14]
  • 19 July – The Bill broadcasts the first episode of its fourth season and switches to a year-round serial format.
  • 26 July – Anna Wing makes her final appearance as EastEnders matriarch Lou Beale, dispensing words of wisdom and advice to her family before retiring to her bedroom to slip away. Her final words in the soap are: "That's you lot sorted. I can go now." The character has died by the following episode, and at her funeral, her on-screen son Pete (played by Peter Dean) proposes a toast to that "bloody old bag". Wing herself died, aged 98, in 2013.[15]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 1 December – ITV's ORACLE Teletext service launches Park Avenue, a teletext based soap opera. It is written by Robert Burns and runs until ORACLE loses its franchise at the end of 1992.
  • 3 December – Comedian Steve Tandy wins New Faces of '88.
  • 11 December – Launch date of the Astra Satellite. The satellite will provide television coverage to Western Europe and is revolutionary as one of the first medium-powered satellites, allowing reception with smaller dishes than has previously been possible.
  • 13 December – Central airs the final episode of Sons and Daughters making it the first ITV region to complete the series.
  • 22 December – Singer Neneh Cherry performs her single "Buffalo Stance" on Top of the Pops while seven months pregnant, something that goes on to cause a furore in the media.[36][37]
  • 25 December –
    • The final edition of It's a Knockout to air on BBC1 is another celebrity special, It's a Charity Knockout From Walt Disney World, featuring teams of celebrities from the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. The series returns to S4C in 1991.
    • "Ding Dong Merrily", the London's Burning Christmas special, and the only episode of the series to have a title, is broadcast by ITV as part of its Christmas Day line up.
  • 26 December – BBC1 airs CivvyStreet, a spin-off episode of EastEnders set during World War II.[38]
  • 26–30 December – As part of a Christmas special, Channel 4 soap Brookside airs five episodes over five consecutive days.

Debuts[edit]

BBC1[edit]

BBC2[edit]

ITV[edit]

Channel 4[edit]

Television shows[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

Ending this year[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
1 January Margot Bryant 90 actress (Minnie Caldwell in Coronation Street)
7 January Trevor Howard 74 actor
18 March Percy Thrower 75 gardener and broadcaster
15 April Kenneth Williams 62 comic actor
27 April David Scarboro 20 actor (Mark Fowler in EastEnders)
8 June Russell Harty 53 television presenter
9 July Barbara Woodhouse 78 Dog trainer (Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way)
20 September Roy Kinnear 53 narrator, actor, voice actor (Towser, Bertha the Machine)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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