2010 in British television

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This is a list of events that took place in 2010 related to British television.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
1 January David Tennant makes his final appearance as the Tenth Doctor in the second part of the Doctor Who story The End of Time.[1] The episode also sees the debut of the Eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith and was watched by 10.4 million viewers.[2]
3 January Celebrity Big Brother returns for its final series on Channel 4.[3]
5 January Filming of Coronation Street and Emmerdale are halted because of heavy snowfall.[4]
7 January Jonathan Ross announces he will leave the BBC when his contract expires in July.[5]
20 January ITV broadcasts the postponed 2009 National Television Awards.[6] The venue was also switched from the Royal Albert Hall to The O2 Arena and was watched by 7.4 million viewers – a 30% share of the audience.[7]
21 January The rapper and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Lady Sovereign is scheduled to appear on BBC One's political magazine programme, This Week to discuss the laws regarding self-defence for householders. She is shown backstage early in the show, waving to camera in anticipation of her appearance, but has disappeared by the time the segment begins. Presenter Andrew Neil apologises to viewers, explaining she has "done a runner" and instead discussed the topic with regular contributors Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott.[8] In a subsequent interview with The Guardian's Rich Pelley, the rapper says she had a panic attack. "My hands went stiff and I started hyperventilating. I didn't want to do it hours before but I went anyway, then I just changed my mind at the last minute, I guess."[9]
25 January Long running children's television series and giant children's favourite Thomas and Friends is back on Channel 5 with a brand new series brought to life with fully CGI animation by Vancouver-based animation studio Nitrogen Studios.
28 January Royal Mail boss Adam Crozier is appointed as ITV plc's new chief executive.[10]
29 January While giving evidence to the Iraq Inquiry, former Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses the interview he gave to Fern Britton in December, telling the hearing it was a mistake to say he would have got rid of Saddam Hussein regardless of whether or not the Iraqi leader had weapons of mass destruction. The inquiry is also told the interview had been recorded in July 2009, some months before the hearing was convened.[11][12]
Cage fighter Alex Reid wins the seventh series of Celebrity Big Brother, the final one to air on Channel 4.[13]
31 January BSkyB becomes the first broadcaster in the world to show a live sports event in 3D when Sky Sports screens a football match between Manchester United and Arsenal to a public audience in several selected pubs.[14]

February[edit]

Date Event
9 February Supernanny presenter Jo Frost returns to Channel 4 with a new series, Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance.[15]
Soap bosses confirm that Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace will reprise their roles as Alfie and Kat Moon in EastEnders, having last been seen on screen together in 2005.[16]
10 February – 10 March Analogue is switched off in the Blaenplwyf area
10 February Channel 4's deal with Warner Brothers International Television to show episodes of Friends on Channel 4 and E4 will end from Autumn 2011 meaning the series will disappear from the network's schedules.[17]
12 February The events of the 2010 Winter Olympics start broadcasting worldwide.
13 February Charlie Bruce wins series one of So You Think You Can Dance.[18]
15 February Fiona Armstrong and Julia Somerville join the BBC News Channel as regular presenters. They will be joined by Zeinab Badawi and Carole Walker as the BBC seeks to fight accusations that it has an ageist policy.[19]
On an edition of the BBC's regional Inside Out programme, broadcaster Ray Gosling confesses to killing a former lover who had AIDS[20] He is arrested on suspicion of murder by Nottinghamshire Police two days later.[21] The confession was later deemed to have been false. Gosling was charged with wasting police time, and given a 90-day suspended sentence at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 14 September.[22]
19 February BBC One soap EastEnders celebrates its 25th anniversary with a live episode. The episode, watched by 16.6 million viewers sees the culmination of the storyline concerning who killed the character Archie Mitchell (played by Larry Lamb), revealing that the deed was done by Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).[23]
24 February News at Ten presenter Julie Etchingham is named as Presenter of the Year at the Royal Television Society Awards, the first woman to win the accolade.[24]
28 February The events of the 2010 Winter Olympics end broadcasting worldwide.

March[edit]

Date Event
3 March ITV announces a pre-tax profit of £25m for 2009, compared with a loss of £2.7bn in 2008.[25]
3 – 31 March Analogue is switched off in the Wenvoe area.
4 March Penny Smith announces she is to leave GMTV after 17 years to pursue other projects.[26]
Carol Vorderman appears as a panelist on BBC One's Question Time. Her performance is subsequently described by the New Statesman's James MacIntyre as "one of the worst by any panel member I have ever seen" because of her "clichéd, shrill, pub-boring, parochial approach" and because "she trotted out sluggish conventional wisdom at every turn".[27]
13 March ITV announces that This Morning will air seven days a week, with two new one-hour shows being broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 20 March. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will present the extra shows.[28]
18 March A debate on The Alan Titchmarsh Show in which the actress Julie Peasgood emphasises the negative effects of violent video games attracts criticism due to her contribution to the 2000 release Martian Gothic: Unification, and because her arguments were based on a single unfavourable report on the subject.[29][30]
24 March – 7 April Analogue is switched off in the Mendip area.
26 March ITV announced its intention to cancel its long running police drama The Bill from autumn 2010,[31] saying that the decision was made as it reflects the "changing tastes" of viewers.[32]
Channel 4 quiz show Countdown celebrates its 5000th edition with a letter of congratulations from The Queen.[33]
28 March Gray O'Brien begins filming new scenes as Coronation Street villain Tony Gordon, who will break out of prison brandishing a gun after faking a heart attack.[34]
Actress Hayley Tamaddon and skating partner Daniel Whiston win the fifth series of Dancing on Ice.[35][36]
29 March Claudia Winkleman is confirmed as Jonathan Ross's replacement as host of Film 2010 when Ross leaves the show later in the year.[37]
The financial debate, the first of the 2010 election debates between Chancellor Alistair Darling, shadow Chancellor George Osborne and Lib Dem financial affairs spokesman Vince Cable is held on Channel 4.[38]
31 March The last analogue television services are switched off in Wales, making it the first part of the UK to have a fully digital service.[39]
BSkyB is told by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom that it must cut the price it charges rival cable, terrestrial and internet broadcasters to show its premium sports channels. Sky says that it will appeal against the ruling.[40]

April[edit]

Date Event
3 April Doctor Who begins a new season (technically its 31st) with new leading actor Matt Smith.[41] The first episode is watched by 8.4 million viewers.[42]
7 April Dhruv Baker wins the 2010 series of MasterChef.[43]
9 April Long-running Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey quits the soap after 31 years playing Jack Duckworth.[44]
11 April Coronation Street begins airing its first lesbian storyline, involving Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) and Sian Powers (Sacha Parkinson).[45]
15 April ITV airs the first of three election debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg ahead of the 2010 General Election.[46]
19 April Adrian Chiles quit the BBC to join ITV and GMTV in a new four-year deal.[47]
Five launches a contest to find an aspiring British actress to appear in Neighbours to celebrate the soap's 25th anniversary.[48]
21 April Ben Shephard announces he is to quit GMTV after five years.[49]
ITV newsreader Katie Derham is to join the BBC. She will be given an arts brief, including fronting the coverage of the Proms for BBC Two and BBC Radio 3.[50]
22 April The second election debate is aired by Sky News, and is viewed by an audience of 3.355 million, giving the channel its largest ever peak time audience. The debate is also shown on Sky Three and the BBC News Channel, and collectively attracts a viewership of 4.1 million.[51]
29 April BBC News hosts the final leaders debate before the election.[52]
Rachel Leskovac, who plays hairdresser Natasha Blakeman in Coronation Street is to leave the soap.[53]
30 April Adrian Chiles presents his final edition of The One Show.[54]

May[edit]

Date Event
5–19 May Analogue is switched off in the Bressay area.
6–12 May Coverage of the 2010 general election is shown on all major television networks. There is also extensive coverage of the aftermath as the election results in a hung parliament and the Liberal Democrats seek to broker a deal with both the Conservatives and Labour to form a coalition government. David Cameron becomes Prime Minister on 11 May.
12–26 May Analogue is switched off in the Keelylang area.
12 May Jeremy Hunt is appointed as Culture Secretary by David Cameron.[55][56]
Steve Rider quits as ITV Sport anchor after five years after his World Cup presenting role is given to Adrian Chiles.[57]
Junior Apprentice makes its debut on BBC One. The first episode sees Karren Brady succeed Margaret Mountford as a member of Lord Sugar's board room.[58]
21 May Final ever episode of the BBC drama Ashes To Ashes.[59]
28 May Georgia Bradford wins the 2010 series of Junior MasterChef.[60]

June[edit]

Date Event
2 June Television schedules are changed in the wake of the Cumbria shootings. BBC One alters their programming to broadcast two BBC News Specials about the shootings, at 14:15 and 19:30 on the same day.[61] The scheduled 21:00 episode of ITV's Coronation Street is cancelled as it contained a violent storyline featuring a gun siege.[62] Episodes for 3 and 4 June were also cancelled and rescheduled to air the following week.[63] An episode of the Channel 4 panel game You Have Been Watching, which was due to be broadcast on 3 June, was postponed because it is a crime special.[64]
The BBC have announced that long running comedy Last of the Summer Wine is to be axed after 37 years.[65]
ITN has announced that Nina Hossain is to replace Katie Derham as a new co-host on London Tonight.[66]
2 – 16 June Analogue is switched off in the Rumster forest area.
4 June Penny Smith presents her final programme on GMTV after 17 years.[67]
BSkyB announces that it has finalised the terms of a deal to buy Virgin Media Television for £160 million.[68]
5 June Gymnastics troupe Spelbound win the fourth series of Britain's Got Talent.[69]
9 June Big Brother returns to Channel 4 for its final series.[70]
10 June Mathematics student Arjun Rajyagor wins the first series of Junior Apprentice and a £25,000 investment from Lord Sugar to kick start his business career.[71]
11 June The events of the 2010 FIFA World Cup start broadcasting worldwide.
GMTV announces plans to rebrand itself in September, dropping the GMTV name after 17 years in a £1.5million overhaul. On the same day presenter Andrew Castle announces his intention to leave the station after 10 years on air.[72]
20 June ITV has announced that Christine Bleakley is to join GMTV to reunite with Adrian Chiles after signing a three-year contract with the broadcaster.[73]
Thousands of hours of programming from STV's archives will be made available online from later in the year after the Scottish broadcaster signed a deal with YouTube, the Daily Record reports.[74]
23 June Following the previous day's emergency budget statement, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are questioned by a live audience on its potential impact. The programme Britain's Economy: Cameron and Clegg Face the Audience is presented by Nick Robinson and aired on the BBC News Channel and BBC Two.[75]
25 June ITV is to suspend production of Heartbeat to catch up on a backlog of unbroadcast episodes, it is reported.[76]
27 June ITV experiences its lowest viewing figures in its history. Less than one in ten people watched the channel and no more than 4 million people watched a single programme. On the day, the BBC broadcast the 2010 FIFA World Cup last-16 match between England and Germany (with 17.8 million viewers). Lack of viewers was also blamed on good summer weather.[77]

July[edit]

Date Event
1 July It is announced that Emma Crosby will leave GMTV after only a year.[78]
7 – 21 July Analogue is switched off in the Eitshal area.
9 July ITV announces the name of its new breakfast television service that will replace GMTV. Daybreak will launch in September.[79]
11 July The events of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finish broadcasting worldwide with the conclusion of the final match from Soccer City in Johannesburg.
13 July BSkyB completes its deal to buy Virgin Media Television after receiving regulatory approval in the Republic of Ireland. Sky will rename its new acquisition Living TV Group.[80]
14 – 28 July Analogue is switched off in the Skriaig area.
16 July Essex teenager Gabriella Darlington wins Five's Be a Star on Neighbours competition, and will make a four-week appearance in the show as Poppy Rogers. She will be seen on UK screens from 10 November.[81]
20 July The Teletext games magazine GameCentral is to move to the Metro website following an online petition by fans to keep it running.[82]
23 July Media tycoon Richard Desmond buys Five from RTL for £104m.[83]

August[edit]

Date Event
4 – 18 August Analogue is switched off in the Angus area.
9 August Viewers in Scotland complain to the BBC after hearing newsreader Kate Silverton swear at the end of a bulletin. The presenter had not realised the mic was still on when she uttered the expletive, which is only picked up by BBC One Scotland. The BBC later apologises for the incident.[84]
14 – 22 August The events of the 2010 IBSA World Blind Football Championship are aired.[85][86]
20 August Lisa Faulkner wins the 2010 series of Celebrity MasterChef.[87]
23 August Sky Sports News is removed from the Freeview platform after Sky decided to make it a subscription only channel.[88]
24 August Josie Gibson wins Channel 4's final regular series of Big Brother and Ultimate Big Brother launched immediately after becoming the final ever series of Big Brother to air on Channel 4.[89][90]
29 August After 37 years long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine is aired on BBC One for the last time.[91]
31 August After 26 years, the long-running police drama The Bill is aired on ITV for the last time, concluding with the second part of the series finale, Respect.[92][93]

September[edit]

Date Event
1 – 15 September Analogue is switched off in the Durris area.
3 September GMTV airs its last edition after 17 years on air.[94]
Virgin1 is rebranded as Channel One.[95]
6 September New ITV breakfast show Daybreak begins with former The One Show hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley presenting. The inaugural edition features an interview with former Prime Minister Tony Blair, while overnight viewing figures published the following day indicate the programme had an audience of over a million.[96]
8 – 22 September Analogue is switched off in the Knockmore area.
10 September Barbara Windsor makes her final regular appearance as EastEnders' Peggy Mitchell, exiting in a dramatic storyline that sees The Queen Vic destroyed by fire.[97]
Brian Dowling becomes Big Brother's Ultimate Housemate after winning Ultimate Big Brother which was the last ever series of the reality television show to air on Channel 4 before returning on 18 August 2011 this time on Channel 5.[98]
12 September Heartbeat airs its last ever episode after 18 years.[99]
15 September BSkyB announces that it is to close down Bravo (and also Bravo 2) on 1 January 2011 and Channel One (formerly Virgin 1) on 1 February 2011 to focus on the Living brand as well as their own channels such as Sky1, Sky2 and Sky3. The gameshow channel Challenge is to take over Channel One's slot on Freeview, which will boost ratings for Challenge.[100]
16 September BBC One airs a special edition of Question Time featuring David Miliband, Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Diane Abbott—the five candidates in the forthcoming Labour Party leadership election.[101]
21 September Edd Kimber wins the first series of The Great British Bake Off.[102]

October[edit]

Date Event
1 October The very first 3D channel in the UK, Sky 3D launches.
6 October The Apprentice returns to BBC One for a sixth series, having been delayed from earlier in the year because of the general election, and concerns Lord Sugar's role as a government adviser could present a conflict of interest if the series was on air in the run up to polling day.[103]
6 – 20 October Analogue is switched off in the Rosemarkie area.
8 October During a review of the following day's newspapers, Sky News presenter Steve Dixon is forced to make a hasty apology after asking Bee Gee Robin Gibb if his brother, Maurice (who died in 2003) is watching while discussing an article that makes reference to the late singer.[104]
13 – 27 October Analogue is switched off in the Torosay area.
14 October Five confirms that Natasha Kaplinsky will leave the broadcaster at the end of the year.[105]
20 October ITV confirms that Beverley Callard will leave her Coronation Street role as Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald in 2011, after 22 years with the soap.[106]
23 October Channel 4 teen soap Hollyoaks celebrates its 15th anniversary.
28 October Release of A Simples Life, the autobiography of the fictional meerkat Aleksandr Orlov, star of the Compare the Meerkat television ads that first appeared on screen in January 2009. The ads have proved popular with viewers, and have seen pre-order sales of the book on Amazon.co.uk out-perform those of autobiographies by people such as Tony Blair, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue.[107]

November[edit]

Date Event
4 November Business Secretary Vince Cable orders Ofcom to investigate News Corporation's plan to take full control of BSkyB.[108]
5 November Members of the National Union of Journalists at the BBC begin a 48-hour strike in a dispute over proposed changes to the Corporation's pension scheme. BBC News operates a reduced service.[109]
The BBC announces that Ready Steady Cook will not return for another series.[110]
8 November Bill Tarmey makes his final appearance on Coronation Street, dying in his armchair of incurable cancer. Elizabeth Dawn returns for a one-off appearance as the ghost of Jack's late wife Vera.[111]
17 November Analogue is switched off in the Channel Islands.
19 November Cast members of EastEnders and Coronation Street take part in a crossover episode titled East Street for Children in Need.[112]
26 November Ofcom revokes the broadcast licenses of the four Tease Me television sex line channels for broadcasting sexually explicit content before the watershed.[113]

December[edit]

Date Event
4 December Singer Stacey Solomon wins the tenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[114]
9 December ITV soap Coronation Street celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special live episode.[115]
12 December Matt Cardle wins the seventh series of The X Factor.[116]
13 December BBC journalist Ben Brown conducts an interview for the BBC News Channel with Jody McIntyre, a political activist with cerebral palsy who had been dragged from his wheelchair by Metropolitan police officers during a recent student protest march through London. Brown is subsequently criticised by viewers for adopting a "highly accusatory" tone during the interview.[117]
18 December Actress Kara Tointon and dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev win the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[118]
19 December Stella English wins the sixth series of The Apprentice.[119]
Jockey Tony McCoy is named as this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[120]
21 December The European Commission approves News Corporation's bid to take full control of British satellite broadcaster BSkyB. However, the deal will be reviewed by Ofcom before a final decision is made.[121]
Responsibility for media and broadcasting policy is transferred from Business Secretary Vince Cable's Department to that of Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt after Cable was secretly recorded by Daily Telegraph journalists saying that he had "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch over News Corporation's plans to take full control of BSkyB.[122][123]
26 December Upstairs, Downstairs returns after 35 years of absence moving from ITV to BBC One.[124][125]

Debuts[edit]

BBC Television Services[edit]

Date Debut Channel
2 January So You Think You Can Dance BBC One
4 January Great British Railway Journeys BBC Two
8 January Tracy Beaker Returns CBBC
EastEnders: E20 BBC Online
13 January The Persuasionists BBC Two
14 January Material Girl BBC One
18 January Late Kick Off
21 January Bellamy's People BBC Two
22 January The Review Show
Spirit Warriors CBBC
24 January Rock & Chips [126][127] BBC One
The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart BBC Two
30 January The Virtual Revolution
31 January The Seven Ages of Britain BBC One
4 February Hotter Than My Daughter BBC Three
19 February The Bubble[128] BBC Two
21 February Banded Brothers
23 February On Expenses BBC Four
1 March This is Jinsy BBC Three
7 March Wonders of the Solar System BBC Four
9 March The Gemma Factor BBC Three
14 March Tropic of Cancer BBC Two
15 March Big Babies CBBC
18 March Museum of Life BBC Two
26 March Over the Rainbow BBC One
31 March Canoe Man BBC Four
5 April ZingZillas CBeebies
6 April Great Ormond Street BBC Two
18 April America's Medicated Kids
23 April Frank Skinner's Opinionated
25 April Five Daughters [129] BBC One
1 May I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! BBC Two
4 May Boats that Built Britain BBC Four
Luther BBC One
10 May High Street Dreams
12 May Junior Apprentice
23 May Money BBC Two
4 June Hounded CBBC
10 June Lee Nelson's Well Good Show BBC Three
Stanley Park
22 June Mongrels
28 June Rev. BBC Two
30 June Reunited BBC One
The Bionic Vet
10 July 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow
11 July Sunday Morning Live
15 July Victorian Pharmacy BBC Two
18 July How to Be a Composer BBC Four
19 July Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum BBC Three
24 July John Bishop's Britain BBC One
25 July Sherlock
28 July The Great Outdoors BBC Four
3 August The Deep BBC One
6 August Roger & Val Have Just Got In BBC Two
9 August Grandma's House
15 August Secret Britain BBC One
Vexed BBC Two
22 August Mountain Gorilla
24 August Dive
2 September The King Is Dead BBC Three
6 September Him & Her
Climbing Great Buildings BBC Two
14 September First Light
16 September The Road to Coronation Street BBC Four
17 September The Rob Brydon Show BBC Two
18 September The Special Relationship [130]
27 September Ask Rhod Gilbert BBC One
28 September Whites BBC Two
10 October Law and Disorder in Lagos
12 October Lip Service BBC Three
1 November The Trip BBC Two
3 November Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention[131] BBC One
15 November Accused
The Indian Doctor
25 December Come Fly with Me

ITV[edit]

Date Debut Channel
2 January Take Me Out ITV
15 January Popstar to Operastar
1 February FHM's Stand-Up Hero ITV4
22 February Married Single Other ITV
27 February Ant & Dec's Push The Button
5 March STV Sports Centre STV
26 March Comedy Rocks ITV
2 April The Door
12 April Joanna Lumley's Nile
16 April Kitchen Burnout
17 April The Prisoner [132]
The Whole 19 Yards
22 April The Nightshift STV
12 June James Corden's World Cup Live ITV
5 July Identity
17 July Magic Numbers
Odd One In
2 August 3@Three
16 August The Michael Ball Show
Style Queen ITV2
24 August Jedward: Let Loose
6 September Daybreak ITV
Lorraine
10 September Paul O'Grady Live
12 September Albert's Memorial
22 September Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club ITV4
26 September Downton Abbey ITV
27 September DCI Banks
21 October Mark Watson Kicks Off ITV4
15 November Party Wars ITV
20 November Simply Red: For the Last Time
20 December Come Rain Come Shine

Channel 4[edit]

Date Debut Channel
18 January Gordon's Great Escape Channel 4
5 April Channel 4's Comedy Gala
7 April A Comedy Roast
10 April 100 Greatest Stand-Ups
16 April Facejacker
19 April Happy Finish
iCandy
21 April Penelope Princess of Pets
22 April Filth
23 April Hung Out
MovieMash
The Ricky Gervais Show
24 May The Million Pound Drop Live
31 May The 5 O'Clock Show
21 June Being... N-Dubz 4Music
25 June Stand Up for the Week Channel 4
6 August Pete Versus Life
10 August Help! My House is Falling Down
7 September This Is England '86
26 September Trinny & Susannah: What They Did Next
Miliband of Brothers More4
1 October The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret Channel 4
7 October PhoneShop
1 November Coppers
8 November Celebrity Coach Trip
30 November Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights

Five[edit]

Date Debut Channel
11 January Paul Merton in Europe Five
9 February Chinese Food in Minutes
29 March Justin Lee Collins: Good Times
31 March Heads or Tails
18 July Don't Stop Believing
24 September Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers
22 October Warship

Other channels[edit]

Date Debut Channel
3 January Got to Dance Sky 1
8 January Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza
10 January What Do Kids Know? Watch
14 February Pineapple Dance Studios Sky 1
11 March A League of Their Own
19 March Comedy Exchange Dave
26 March Liza & Huey's Pet Nation Sky 1 and Sky 1 HD
6 April The Bopps Nick Jr.
2 May Scream if You Know the Answer Watch
5 May Strike Back Sky 1
30 May Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
10 June Football's Greatest Sky Sports 1 & 2
23 July Suck My Pop Viva
15 August Must Be The Music Sky 1
3 September Comedy Central At The Comedy Store Comedy Central
23 September An Idiot Abroad Sky 1
10 October Dave's One Night Stand Dave
4 November Carpool

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Date Channel
1 March MTV Classic
17 March Dance Nation TV
29 March Lava
Imagine TV
2 April ITV1 HD
22 April Sky News HD
1 May Jewellery Maker
1 June STV HD
5 July Living Loves
13 July Five HD
6 August Sky Movies Classics HD
9 August Comedy Central HD
23 August Sky Sports News HD
Sky3 +1
31 August Good Food HD
1 October Sky 3D
4 October Eden HD
5 October Nickelodeon HD
UTV HD
7 October ITV2 HD
1 November Film GB
3 November BBC One HD
15 November ITV3 HD
ITV4 HD

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
1 March Rockworld TV
VH1 Classic
10 March Virgin Central
17 March Flaunt
29 March Rockworld TV
NDTV Imagine
31 March S4C (analogue service)
1 April Men & Motors
GOD Europe
21 April Unexplained Channel
5 May Thomas Cook TV
2 June Rural TV
24 June Sky Travel
30 June Music Choice Europe
1 July Living +2
6 August Real Madrid TV
19 August Sky Real Lives
Sky Real Lives +1
Sky Real Lives HD
Sky Real Lives 2
31 August Teachers TV
1 September oMusic TV
2 September Original Black Entertainment TV
8 September Edge Media Television
6 December S4C2

Rebranded channels[edit]

Date Old Name New Name
6 January Sky Sports Xtra Sky Sports 4
1 March MTV R MTV Shows
MTV Two MTV Rocks
13 April Sci Fi Channel Syfy
Sci Fi Channel +1 Syfy +1
Sci Fi Channel HD Syfy HD
3 September Virgin1 Channel One
Virgin1 +1 Channel One +1
15 October Hallmark Channel Universal Channel
Hallmark Channel +1 Universal Channel +1
Hallmark Channel HD Universal Channel HD

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Golden Balls ITV Challenge
The British Comedy Awards[133] Channel 4
Upstairs, Downstairs BBC One
PhoneShop Channel 4 E4
Robot Wars Bravo Dave
Top of the Pops 2 Dave Yesterday

Television shows[edit]

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

Programme Date of original removal Original channel Date of return New channel(s)
Supernanny as Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance 8 October 2008 Channel 4 9 February 2010 N/A (Same channel as original)
Children's Hospital circa 2003 BBC One 23 March 2010 ITV
Upstairs, Downstairs 21 December 1975 ITV 26 December 2010 BBC One

1950s[edit]

Programme Date
Panorama (1953–present)
Eurovision Song Contest (1956–present)
The Sky at Night (1957–present)
Blue Peter (1958–present)

1960s[edit]

Programme Date
Coronation Street (1960–present).
Points of View (1961–present)
Songs of Praise (1961–present)
University Challenge (1962–1987, 1994–present)
Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)
Top of the Pops (1964–present)
Match of the Day (1964–present)
The Money Programme (1966–2010)

1970s[edit]

Programme Date
A Question of Sport (1970–present)
Emmerdale (1972–present)
Mastermind (1972–present)
Newsround (1972–present)
Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
Arena (1975–present)
One Man and His Dog (1976–present)
The Krypton Factor (1977–1995, 2009–2010)
Top Gear (1977–2001, 2002–present)
Antiques Roadshow (1979–present)
Question Time (1979–present)

1980s[edit]

Programme Date
Children in Need (1980–present)
Timewatch (1982–present)
The Bill (1984–2010)
Channel 4 Racing (1984–2016)
Thomas & Friends (1984–present)
EastEnders (1985–present)
Comic Relief (1985–present)
Casualty (1986–present)
Fireman Sam (1987–1994, 2005–2013)
This Morning (1988–present)
Red Dwarf (1988–1999, 2009–present)
The Simpsons (1989–present)

1990s[edit]

Programme Date
Have I Got News for You (1990–present)
Heartbeat (1992–2010)
A Touch of Frost (1992–2010)
Shooting Stars (1993–2002, 2009–2011)
Time Team (1994–2013)
The National Lottery Draws (1994–2017)
Hollyoaks (1995–present)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996–2015)
Silent Witness (1996–present)
Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
Y Clwb Rygbi, Wales (1997–present)
South Park (1997–present)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1998–2014)
Bob the Builder (1998–present)
Family Guy (1999–2002, 2005–present)
Futurama (1999–2003, 2008–2013)
Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999–2010)
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999–present)
Holby City (1999–present)

2000s[edit]

Programme Date
The Weakest Link (2000–2012)
Big Brother (2000–2010, 2011–present)
Real Crime (2001–2011)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
Harry Hill's TV Burp (2002–2012)
Spooks (2002–2011)
Daily Politics (2003–present)
New Tricks (2003–2015)
QI (2003–present)
Peep Show (2003–2015)
The Politics Show (2003–2011)
The Royal (2003–2011)
This Week (2003–present)
Doc Martin (2004–present)
Shameless (2004–2013)
Strictly Come Dancing (2004–present)
The X Factor (2004–present)
Coach Trip (2005–2006, 2009–2012, 2013–present)
Come Dine with Me (2005–present)
8 Out of 10 Cats (2005–present)
Deal or No Deal (2005–2016)
The Andrew Marr Show (2005–present)
Mock the Week (2005–present)
Dancing on Ice (2006–2014)
Numberjacks (2006–2009)
That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2010)
Torchwood (2006–2011)
Waterloo Road (2006–2015)
Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
Gavin & Stacey (2007–2010)
M.I.High (2007–2014)
Outnumbered (2007–2014)
Trapped (2007–present)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011)
Skins (2007–2013)
The Tudors (2007–2010)
Would I Lie To You? (2007–present)
Argumental (2008–2012)
Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)
Mistresses (2008–2010)
Only Connect (2008–present)
The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)
Merlin (2008–2012)
Survivors (2008–2010)
Wallander (2008–2016)
Bang Goes the Theory (2009–2014)
The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (2009–present)
Miranda (2009–2015)
Missing (2009–2010)
PhoneShop (2009–2013)
Pointless (2009–present)
Psychoville (2009–2011)
Russell Howard's Good News (2009–2015)
School of Comedy (2009–2010)
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009–present)
Rip Off Britain (2009–present)

Ending this year[edit]

Date Programme Channel Debut(s)
1 January Gavin & Stacey BBC One 2007
29 January Celebrity Big Brother Channel 4 2001
12 February Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza Sky 1 2010
23 February Survivors[134] BBC One 2008
11 March Bellamy's People[135] BBC Two 2010
14 March Banded Brothers
26 March Missing BBC One 2009
29 March Married Single Other ITV 2010
3 April The Door
5 April A Touch of Frost[136] 1992
22 April Museum of Life BBC Two 2010
25 April Tropic of Cancer
27 April Five Daughters BBC One
4 May Chinese Food in Minutes Five
7 May Divided ITV 2009
21 May Ashes to Ashes[137] BBC One 2008
26 May Money BBC Two 2010
30 May The South Bank Show[138] ITV 1978
31 May Terry Pratchett's Going Postal Sky 1 2010
5 June The Whole 19 Yards ITV
16 July Friday Night with Jonathan Ross[5] BBC One 2001
23 July The 5 O'Clock Show Channel 4 2010
30 July Working Lunch BBC Two 1994
9 August Identity ITV 2010
13 August 3@Three
22 August Don't Stop Believing Five
26 August Mistresses BBC One 2008
28 August Magic Numbers ITV 2010
29 August Last of the Summer Wine BBC One 1973
31 August The Deep 2010
The Bill ITV 1984
3 September GMTV 1993
5 September Mountain Gorilla BBC Two 2010
7 September Raven CBBC 2002
10 September Big Brother[139] Channel 4 2000
SkyNews.com Sky News 2007
12 September Heartbeat ITV 1992
19 September Must Be the Music Sky 1 2010
24 September The Michael Ball Show ITV
28 September Climbing Great Buildings BBC Two
This Is England '86 Channel 4
18 October The Inbetweeners E4 2008
School of Comedy 2009
22 October Suck My Pop Viva 2010
2 November Whites BBC Two
7 November Taggart ITV 1983
To Buy or Not to Buy BBC One 2003
18 November Reggie Perrin 2009
8 December Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention 2010
17 December The Restaurant BBC Two 2007

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
5 February Ian Carmichael[140] 89 Actor
15 February George Waring[141] 84
1 March Kristian Digby[142] 32 Television presenter and director
20 March Harry Carpenter[143] 84 Sports commentator
7 April Christopher Cazenove[144] 66 Actor
25 June Alan Plater[145] 75 Television playwright
1 July Geoffrey Hutchings[146] 71 Actor
13 July Gilly Coman[147] 54 Actress
6 August John Louis Mansi[148] 83 Actor
4 October Norman Wisdom[149] 95 Actor and comedian
11 October Claire Rayner[150] 79 Broadcaster and writer
14 October Simon MacCorkindale[151] 58 Actor, director and producer
26 November Gavin Blyth[152] 41 Emmerdale Producer, Coronation Street Story Maker
20 December Brian Hanrahan 61 TV journalist

See also[edit]

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