1993 in British television

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This is a list of British television related events from 1993.




  • 7 February – Having completed its initial run of all 692 episodes of Prisoner: Cell Block H in December 1991, Central Television begins re-running the series from the first episode. It is shown weekly, late on Sunday evenings, until the end of 1994.
  • 12–14 February – Channel 4 airs Love Weekend, a series of programmes with sexually explicit content coinciding with Valentine's Day weekend. The weekend includes the British television debut of Last Tango in Paris, which is aired uncut on 14 February.[2] The makers of Tango pay almost £20,00 for a 30-second commercial advertising the soft drink in the film's first ad break.[3]
  • 14 February – Sky One debuts Diana: Her True Story, a dramatisation of Andrew Morton's biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. The film features Serena Scott Thomas as the Princess.[4]
  • 15 February – BBC2 airs Oprah Winfrey's interview with singer Michael Jackson.[4]
  • 27 February – "Boiling Point", an episode of the BBC medical drama series Casualty,[5] is met with great controversy and outrage after it depicts rioting youths setting fire to a hospital's accident and emergency department. The Corporation receives over 700 complaints about the violent nature of the episode, despite showing it after the watershed (at 21.00) and warning viewers accordingly. However, the episode achieves viewing figures of 17.02 million – the highest for the show at the time.



  • 3 April – The 1993 Grand National is declared void after 30 of the 39 runners begin the race, and carry on despite there having been a false start.
  • 4 April – Children's BBC begin to repeat the children's drama series Grange Hill from its first series in 1978, on Sunday mornings on BBC2, as part of the show's 15th anniversary celebrations. These repeats end in 1999 with series 16, Prior to the repeats, Rugrats begins showing on the same date.
  • 13 April – A new look is introduced across all of the BBC's television news bulletins, with a studio that is almost entirely computer-generated and features a cut-glass model of the Corporation's coat of arms.
  • 17 April – Arena presents a new 4 part series "Tales of Rock 'N' Roll" on BBC2 looking at the story of 4 rock songs of how they came about and the history behind them and who and what they involved. Starting with Peggy Sue who was tracked down in Sacramento, California to be found running her own drain-clearing company Rapid Rooter and then to be taken back to Lubbock, Texas to recall how she knew Buddy Holly and how her marriage to drummer Jerry Allison turned out. Heartbreak Hotel where the song came to be written after the 2 songwriters discovered an article about a suicide in a hotel in Miami after reading about it in the Miami Herald. Walk On The Wild Side looks at all the characters that were involved in the song and how Lou Reed used to spend time at Andy Warhol's studio where they all did (Holly Woodlawn & Joe Dallesandro were the only ones still around to tell the tale) and Highway 61 Revisited which looked at Bob Dylan's roots and everything that was connected with U.S. Route 61. The series ran for four weeks on Saturday nights on 17 April, 24 April, 1 May, and 8 May.



  • 4 June – When Roy Hattersley fails to appear for that day's edition of Have I Got News for You — the third time he has cancelled at the last minute — he is replaced with a tub of lard (credited as "The Rt. Hon. Tub of Lard MP"), as it is "imbued with much the same qualities and liable to give a similar performance".[11]
  • 28 June – Channel 4 airs the last programmes produced for the ITV Schools strand. However, the channel continues to produce its own schools programming for several years afterwards.


  • 4 July – Derek Johns wins the 1993 series of MasterChef.
  • 9 July – BBC1 airs the final episode of Eldorado.[12] The soap was axed due to poor ratings.
  • 24 July – The fourth series of ITV's Stars in Their Eyes concludes with the programme's first live Grand Final, enabling viewers to vote for their favourite act. The series is won by Jacquii Cann, performing as Alison Moyet.
  • July – Rugrats begins airing on Children's BBC on Sunday mornings on BBC1.


  • 18 August – ITV airs 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight, Peter Kosminsky's film about a teen, jailed in an adult prison, who took his own life in July 1990.



  • 1 October – QVC UK launches in the United Kingdom, becoming the UK's first home shopping channel. The channel had originally launched in the United States in 1986.
  • 19 October – Last on screen appearance of Roly, the EastEnders dog and Queen Vic resident who has been part of the soap since the first episode. Roly is killed off, the episode featuring his demise attracting an audience of 14.8 million viewers. The dog who played Roly died during a heatwave on 2 August 1995.
  • 20 October
  • 21 October – Channel 4 is granted permission by the High Court to show excerpts from Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1971 film A Clockwork Orange as part of its Without Walls series. The film, Forbidden Fruit, is shown on 26 October. Time Warner, distributors of A Clockwork Orange had sought to prevent Channel 4 from showing scenes from the film, which has been banned in the UK since 1973 after Kubrick withdrew it amid concerns it was encouraging violence.[14]







Channel 4[edit]


New channels[edit]

Date Channel
1 September The Family Channel
UK Living
17 September Cartoon Network
1 October QVC

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
31 January Lifestyle
1 March Screensport

Television shows[edit]

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







Ending this year[edit]



Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
18 February Jacqueline Hill 63 actress (Doctor Who)
10 June Les Dawson 62 comedian
31 August Stuart Latham 81 television producer (Coronation Street)
20 September Leonard Parkin 64 newsreader
12 October Patrick Holt 81 actor
28 November Kenneth Connor 75 actor ('Allo 'Allo!)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Pearson, Allison (14 February 1993). "A nasty taste all over the body". The Independent on Sunday. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tabloid TV". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 19 February 1993. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Tabloid TV". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 15 February 1993. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Casualty: Boiling Point – BBC One London – 27 February 1993". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Total Relief – BBC One London – 12 March 1993". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Aspel & Company [16/05/93]". British Film Institute. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Michael Aspel's revenge on the autocuties". Daily Mail. Daily Mail and General Trust. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "La Marée et ses Secrets". BroadcastForSchools.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "La Maree et ses secrets – BBC Two England – 27 May 1993". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "UK Game Shows entry on HIGNFY". Ukgameshows.com. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Eldorado – BBC One London – 9 July 1993". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Channel 4 is given formal warning over murder scene". The Independent. 21 October 1993. Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  14. ^ Mills, Heather (22 October 1993). "Channel 4 to use 'Clockwork Orange' scenes". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  15. ^ Borrill, Rachel; Foley, Michael (3 November 1993). "Major seeks review of ban on NI terror group interviews". The Irish Times. The Irish Times Trust. p. 6. 
  16. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 560–1. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  17. ^ "Number 1 Singles of the 1990s". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  18. ^ "Arena: Radio Night – BBC Two England – 18 December 1993". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "BBC One London – 25 December 1993". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "Jools Holland's Hootenanny – BBC Two England – 1 January 1994". BBC Genome. BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2016.