2005 in British television

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This is a list of British television-related events in 2005.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 3 February – An audience member on the evening's edition of Question Time uses the show's final question to propose to his girlfriend, who says yes. It is the first time a marriage proposal has occurred on the programme in its 25-year history.[10]
  • 8 February – Teachers' TV, run by the Department for Education and Skills, launches on Sky Digital (channel 686) and Freeview.[11][12]
  • 9 February – The Africa-based BBC journalist and producer Kate Peyton is killed in a shooting incident in Mogadishu, Somalia while reporting on that country's nascent peace process.[13]
  • 16 February – The first series of the UK version of The Apprentice debuts on BBC Two.[14][15]
  • 19 February – EastEnders celebrates its 20th anniversary on the air, airing a special episode in which Dirty Den Watts is killed by his new wife Chrissie. 14.34 million watch the episode (shown on 18 February).[16] It is the UK's second highest rated programme of 2005 (the first was an episode of Coronation Street three days later).[17]
  • 21 February – MasterChef relaunches as MasterChef Goes Large.
  • 22 February – Eamonn Holmes announces he will step down from his role as a GMTV presenter after twelve years.[18]
  • 23 February – UKTV Style Gardens, a channel dedicated to gardening programmes, launches.
  • 24 February – ITV airs another episode of its police drama The Bill to feature a storyline in which characters are killed off in a fire at Sun Hill police station. Computer generated imagery was used because producing a real explosion and fireball ripping through the station corridors was not possible.[19]
  • 26 February – Sound TV, known pre-launch as The Great British Television Channel, launches on Sky Digital (588). It closed in the Autumn.

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 1 August – BBC Broadcast, formerly Broadcasting & Presentation, and responsible for the playout and branding of all BBC Channels, is sold to Creative Broadcast Services, owned by the Macquarie Capital Alliance Group and Macquarie Bank. It is renamed Red Bee Media on 31 October.
  • 2 August – Five announces its soap, Family Affairs will be axed at the end of the year.[53]
  • 4 August – BBC One airs Sinatra: Dark Star, a documentary investigating rumours of Frank Sinatra's links to organised crime.[54]
  • 12 August – Anthony Hutton wins series six of Big Brother.[55]
  • 17 August – ITV announces plans to launch a children's channel to rival CBBC.[56]

September[edit]

  • 3 September – After several revamps and presenting changes, BBC One airs the final edition of its children's entertainment series The Saturday Show.[57]
  • 7 September – The BBC and ITV announce plans to launch Freesat, a Free-to-air satellite television series to rival Sky.[58]
  • 8 September – Faze TV, a British digital channel aimed at gay men, cancels its launch after failing to secure sufficient funding to deliver "sufficient quality."[59]
  • 12 September – In an interview with The Guardian, the BBC Director of News and Current Affairs Helen Boaden defends the broadcaster's decision to stick with initial reports of a power surge on the London Underground on the morning of 7 July until actual events could be corroborated, saying it was the right thing to do. "Some of our competitors talked immediately of 90 dead. They talked about three bus bombs. That was off a range of various wire services and it was complete speculation and we wouldn't go with that. We would be careful – we would try to check things out."[60]
  • 19 September – The most famous children's classic television character Muffin the Mule (who has disappeared from TV screens for a very long time) is back with a brand new 2D animated series on BBC Two.
  • 20 September – BBC One airs Derailed, a docudrama dealing with the 1999 Ladbroke Grove rail crash.[61]
  • 22 September – ITV airs a second live episode of The Bill to mark the broadcaster's 50th year on air.
  • 23 September – It is announced that Des Lynam will succeed Richard Whiteley as presenter of Channel 4's Countdown, with his first episode airing on 31 October.[62]
  • 26 September – The BBC is censured by Ofcom for its coverage of the London bombings on 7 July. Of particular concern to them was an incident in which footage of a man being carried by stretcher into the Royal London Hospital was shown as a BBC News 24 presenter commentated "Let's just take a look at some of the pictures coming from the Royal London." Ofcom concludes that "the pictures were used generically and the commentary did not reflect the seriousness of the images being transmitted". Channel 4 News is also criticised for not "fully reflecting the enormity of the images being reflected", although it had not breached the Ofcom regulations as the images were not used casually. ITV News is not criticised, however, because it provided a "clear narrative context [with] sensitive accompanying reporting".[63]
  • 26–27 September–No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese's documentary on Bob Dylan, receives its broadcast premiere on BBC Two in the UK, under the Arena banner.[64][65]
  • 30 September – CBBC identity relaunched, with its second marketing campaign since the launch of the CBBC Channel.
  • September – ITV celebrates its 50th anniversary with a collection of special programmes, under the name ITV 50.

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Debuts[edit]

BBC One[edit]

BBC Two[edit]

BBC Four[edit]

ITV (1/2/3/4)[edit]

Channel 4[edit]

More4[edit]

  • 10 October – Launch of More4 News on new digital channel More4 (2005—2009).

Five[edit]

Other[edit]

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Date Channel
10 October More4
31 October Sky3
1 November ITV4

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
23 December ITV News Channel

Rebranded channels[edit]

Date Old Name New Name
31 October Sky Mix Sky2

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Trisha ITV Five
United States Pinky and the Brain BBC One
United States Family Guy (Terrestrial rights) Channel 4 BBC Two
Top of the Pops BBC One
24 BBC Two Sky1
South Park Sky1 Paramount Comedy 1
WWE SmackDown![1] Sky1 Sky Sports
WWE Bottom Line[2]
WWE After Burn[3]
WWE Heat[4]

Television shows[edit]

^[e] signifies that this show has a related event in the Events section above.

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

1920s[edit]

  • BBC Wimbledon (1927–present)

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel(s) Debut(s)
30 January Andy Pandy CBeebies 1950 & 2002
Angelina Ballerina CITV 2002
Up on the Roof CITV on GMTV
Diggin' It 2003
Superstars BBC
Call My Bluff 1965
Cathedral 2005
25 March The Powerpuff Girls Channel 5 & Cartoon Network 1998
29 May Breakfast with Frost BBC 1993
16 June UK Top 40 CBBC 2002
12 July 50/50 1997
20 July To the Ends of the Earth BBC 2005
24 July Ground Force 1997
3 August Born and Bred 2002
18 August Should I Worry About...? 2004
15 October Star Spell 2005
23 October Monarch of the Glen 2000
4 December Rocket Man 2005
16 December Bleak House
25 December The Two Ronnies Sketchbook
30 December Family Affairs Channel 5 1997

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
2 January Cyril Fletcher 91 British comedian (That's Life!)
5 January Gabrielle Daye 93 actress (Bless Me Father, Coronation Street)
9 February Kate Peyton[13] 39 BBC journalist and producer
11 February Stan Richards 74 actor (Seth Armstrong in Emmerdale)
10 March Dave Allen 68 Irish comedian, host of solo shows on BBC1 and ITV.
15 April Margaretta Scott 93 English actress, best known for "All Creatures Great and Small".
26 June Richard Whiteley 61 presenter, host of Countdown.
4 July Bryan Coleman 94 actor
11 July Gretchen Franklin[92] actress (Ethel Skinner in EastEnders)
9 August Kay Tremblay 91 Actress (Road to Avonlea)
31 August Michael Sheard[93] 67 actor (Mr Bronson in Grange Hill)
3 October Ronnie Barker 76 comedian, half of The Two Ronnies
17 October Leslie Duxbury 79 television producer (Coronation Street)
25 October Barbara Keogh 76 actress (EastEnders)
31 October Mary Wimbush 81 actress (Poldark, Jeeves and Wooster, Century Falls)

See also[edit]

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