1992 in British television

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This is a list of British television related events from 1992.







  • 2 May – TV Heaven draws to a close after thirteen weeks, with a selection of programmes from 1968: an episode of Please Sir!, "The Cats Eyes Man", an edition of The World of Whicker, an edition of Do Not Adjust Your Set, and "The Girl Who Was Death", an episode of The Prisoner.
  • 8 May – Liberal Democrat MP, and subsequent leader, Charles Kennedy makes his debut appearance as a panellist on the BBC satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You.
  • 14 May – Final onscreen appearance of Willy, one of two EastEnders dogs to have appeared in the show since the first episode (the other being Roly). Having been killed off in the series, the dog who played Willy dies on 30 May, two weeks after his final scenes are shown.
  • 18 May – It is announced that Sky Sports will provide live coverage of football's new Premier League. It will show two live matches a week, on Sunday afternoon and Monday evening. Sky have outbid ITV Sport for the rights, with highlights awarded to the BBC, meaning the return of Match of the Day on a weekly basis.
  • 24 May – BBC1 airs the Everyman documentary "E is for Ecstasy", a film exploring the use of the Ecstasy drug in rave culture.[8]


  • 9–10 June – Episodes 1450–1454 of Australian soap Neighbours are heavily censored by the BBC because they contain an incest storyline between the characters Glen Donnelly and Lucy Robinson, who had not realised they were half-siblings when they began a relationship. Scenes involving the story are cut from Episode 1450, aired on 9 June, while Episodes 1451–1454 are edited together into one episode, which is transmitted the following day.[9][10] The scenes were shown uncut in repeats aired by another channel some years later.[11]
  • 14 June – An edition of The South Bank Show, The Making of Sgt. Pepper, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[12]
  • 21 June – ITV airs the first of four editions of Frankie's On..., a series of stand up shows recorded by the late Frankie Howerd shortly before his death in April. Six episodes had been planned, but only four were recorded before he died. The episodes are Frankie's On Board!, Frankie's On The Coals!, Frankie's On Fire! and Frankie's On Call!
  • 26 June – The final lunchtime edition of Business Daily is shown on Channel 4. The breakfast editions, which are part of Channel Four Daily, continue for another three months.


  • 6 July – BBC1 launches the ill-fated Eldorado, a soap about a group of ex-pats living in Spain.[13] The series is axed the following year.
  • 18–19 July – ITV stages its third and final nationwide Telethon fundraising effort. The 28-hour show attracts criticism from disability campaigners, who protest outside London Weekend Television, feeling that ITV's charity appeal films for the programme used "pitiful" stereotypes that would not help them to achieve equality.[14]
  • 19 July – Vanessa Binns wins the 1992 series of MasterChef.
  • 25 July − 9 August – The BBC becomes the exclusive broadcaster of the Summer Olympic Games in the UK when it shows live coverage of the 1992 Olympic Games.
  • July – The former BSB satellite Marcopolo 2 is sold to Norway's Telenor and renamed Thor 1.



  • 1 September – Sky Sports becomes a subscription channel.
  • 12 September – Casualty returns to BBC 1 for a seventh series,[17] moving from its previous Friday evening slot to Saturday evenings.
  • 17 September –
    • Comedienne Victoria Wood narrates and voices a new animated series for children on BBC1 called Puppydog Tales. The series focus on four dogs lead by the streetwise Rosie in which she tries to teach her naughty friend Ruff some lessons along with jokes, stories and songs that appear at the very end.[18]
    • Children's stop-motion animated series Noddy's Toyland Adventures based on the original works by Enid Blyton debuts on BBC1.[19]
  • 23 September – Channel 4 begins a rerun of the cult 1960s science fiction series The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan as the series marks its 25th anniversary.
  • 25 September – Channel 4 airs the final Channel Four Daily. The news based breakfast television show was axed due to poor ratings. From Monday 28 September it is replaced by The Big Breakfast, a programme which takes a lighter tone and proves to be more popular with viewers.









Channel 4[edit]


New channels[edit]

Date Channel
13 January The Parliamentary Channel
1 October Sky Movies Gold
1 November UK Gold

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
30 September The Comedy Channel
31 December Sky Arts

Television shows[edit]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Shows Moved from Moved to
The Magic Roundabout BBC1 Channel 4
The Wombles
The Herbs
University Challenge ITV BBC1 & BBC2
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Returning this year after a break of one year or longer[edit]


  • BBC Wimbledon (1927–present)







Ending this year[edit]



Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
18 April H. V. Kershaw 74 scriptwriter (Coronation Street)
19 April Frankie Howerd 75 comedian and actor (That Was The Week That Was and Up Pompeii!)
20 April Benny Hill 68 comedian (The Benny Hill Show)
19 May James Bate 47 actor (Sleuth, The Spoils of War)
5 June Laurence Naismith 83 actor (The Persuaders!)
29 August Teddy Turner 75 actor (Never the Twain, Emmerdale)
11 December Michael Robbins 62 actor (On the Buses)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC One London – 1 January 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "First Tuesday: In Cold Blood – The Massacre of East Timor". Archived from the original on 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Broadcasting Select Committee Minutes Of Evidence, 1997". Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "House of Commond Debate, 27 January 1992". Hansard. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Casualty – BBC One London – 27 February 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Whitney, Craig R. (29 March 1992). "Tories Say Party's Strategy Is Hurting Campaign". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Freddie Mercury Tribute – BBC Two England – 20 April 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Everyman – BBC One London – 24 May 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Neighbours Episode Guide: 1426–1450". Ramsay-street.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Neighbours Episode Guide: 1451–1475". Ramsay-street.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "A neighbourly obsession". The Age. Fairfax Media. 30 September 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  12. ^ The Making of Sgt. Pepper on IMDb
  13. ^ "Eldorado – BBC One London – 6 July 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  14. ^ Rose, Damon (26 April 2012). "Is this the year of disability on TV?". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "First Tuesday: Katie and Eilish". 
  16. ^ Cusick, James (7 August 1992). "Scotland's appeal courts to let in TV cameras". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Casualty – BBC One London – 12 September 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "Puppydog Tales – BBC One London – 17 September 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Noddy – BBC One London – 17 September 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  20. ^ Bennett, Will (5 October 1992). "Police still seek cause of Crowther car crash". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Leslie Crowther 'critical' after second operation". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 6 October 1992. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Late Show: Later – BBC Two England – 8 October 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ghostwatch – BBC One London – 31 October 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  24. ^ "BBC One London – 25 December 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  25. ^ "When Harry Met Sally – BBC One London – 26 December 1992". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2016.