5 February – The world's first commercial DBS system, Sky Television, goes on air in the United Kingdom.
11 February – Australian soap Home and Away makes its British television debut on ITV.
2 March – After much publicity, a two-minute advert for Pepsi featuring Madonna's single Like a Prayer is shown during a commercial break on ITV 12 minutes into The Bill.
15 March – BBC1 airs John's Not Mad, an edition of the QED documentary strand which shadowed John Davidson, a 15-year-old from Galashiels in Scotland, with severe Tourette syndrome. The film explores John's life in terms of his family and the close-knit community around him, and how they all cope with a misunderstood condition.
3 April – Channel 4 launches its breakfast television show The Channel Four Daily. The programme is based heavily on news and current affairs, with segments focusing on sports, finance, lifestyles, arts and entertainment, and discussion. It is axed in 1992 after failing to gain enough viewers.