2011 in British television

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This is a list of events that took place in 2011 related to British television.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
1 January Toonattik after 6 years leaves CITV along with Action Stations! which closes down after 5 years of broadcast. New Year's Day also sees the final appearance of The Fluffy Club on Mini CITV.
Cable channel Bravo closes down after 25 years of broadcasting along with its sister channel Bravo 2 which also closes down.
5 January Avon and Somerset Police ban ITN from attending a press conference convened to give updates on the Joanna Yeates case after a report on the previous day's ITV News criticised their handling of the investigation.[1] The ban is subsequently lifted.[2]
6 January Samantha Womack is to leave EastEnders over the controversial baby swap plot.[3]
9 January EastEnders viewers have complained in record numbers about the soap's "hurtful", "unrealistic" and "exploitative" cot death storyline involving the character Ronnie Mitchell.[4][5]
17 January Barney Harwood becomes the new Blue Peter presenter taking over from Joel Defries.
25 January Reporter Andy Gray is dropped by Sky Sports following sexist comments made by himself and fellow presenter Richard Keys against female official Sian Massey in footage recorded the previous Saturday.[6] Keys resigns the following day, in support of his colleague.[7]

February[edit]

Date Event
1 February The Sky HD swap is introduced giving HD channels more prominence. Sky also sees the launch of brand-new channel Sky Atlantic, and the Living channels are rebranded as Sky Living. Channel One closed down at 6 am, and was replaced on Freeview by Challenge.
2 February John Nettles appears in his final ever episode of Midsomer Murders, having starred in a total of 81 episodes since the series was launched in 1997.[8][9]
BBC executive Craig Oliver is appointed as Prime Minister David Cameron's Director of Communications.[10]
4 February The BBC apologises for remarks about Mexicans made on its Top Gear television programme but defends the original remarks as well.[11]
14 February Channel 5 reverts to its original name after almost a decade.
16 February BBC One airs a special hour-long episode of its daytime soap Doctors to celebrate the series 2000th episode.[12]
28 February The ban on product placement in television programmes is lifted, allowing advertisers to pay for their goods to be seen on British TV. The first product to be displayed in this regard is a Nescafe coffee machine, which appeared on This Morning.[13][14] A year-long trial also begins allowing commercial television channels to show up to 12 minutes of adverts per hour during films and dramas, bringing them into line with soap operas where this is already permitted.[15]

March[edit]

Date Event
2 March Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation agrees to sell Sky News to be in a position to buy BSkyB without a Competition Commission inquiry.[16] News Corp receives approval to buy out BSkyB the following day.[17]
16 March Coleen Nolan announces her decision to quit ITV daytime panel show Loose Women after over 10 years as a panellist.
19 March BBC Three host a major live TV event, Frankenstein's Wedding... Live in Leeds.
27 March Sam Attwater and dancing partner Brianne Delcourt win the sixth series of Dancing on Ice.[18]
30 March – 13 April Analogue signals are switched off in the Nottingham and Sandy Heath areas.

April[edit]

Date Event
3 April Matt Smith makes his first full appearance as the Eleventh Doctor in the Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour".
6 April Channel 5 officially announced that it had bought the rights to show former Channel 4 reality series Big Brother from August 2011.[19]
6–20 April Analogue signals are switched off in the Bromsgrove, Lark Stoke and Ridge Hill (Central and West) areas.
7 April Top of the Pops returns to television in its former Thursday evening slot as BBC Four begins airing old episodes from 1976, the point at which the broadcaster's full archive of shows begins.[20]
13 April Former Brookside actor Brian Regan, who played Terry Sullivan in the long-running series is remanded in custody on a charge of murder following the fatal shooting of a doorman in Liverpool in February.[21]
19 April Helen Mirren apologises after swearing during an interview on the day's edition of BBC Breakfast.[22][23]
27 April Tim Anderson wins the 2011 series of MasterChef.[24]
29 April Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton shown on BBC One and ITV. Audiences of around 24.5 million watched in the UK alone.[25]

May[edit]

Date Event
11 May – 25 May Analogue signals are switched off in the Darvel and Rosneath (HP and VP) areas.
5 May It is confirmed that Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole will leave their positions as judges on The X Factor to concentrate on the American version of the programme.[26] Cole was later dropped from the US version of the series.[27]
12 May ITV axes the Scottish police drama Taggart after 28 years, citing poor viewing figures in other parts of the UK.[28]
Dennis Tanner, played by Philip Lowrie, returns to Coronation Street, having last appeared in 1968. His break of 43 years is the longest of any actor in the soap's history.[29]
14 May Dannii Minogue announces she will not be appearing on the next series of The X Factor.[30]
19 May A special edition of the BBC's political debate programme Question Time is recorded at Wormwood Scrubbs Prison in London.[31]
BBC World News America presenter Matt Frei is recruited by Channel 4 News to become their Washington correspondent, while Newsnight correspondent Jackie Long will become Channel 4 News‍ '​s social affairs editor. Cathy Newman will become the first new presenter to join the in-studio team at Channel 4 for 13 years.[32]
24 May Broadcast magazine reports that ITV is preparing to launch a new investigative series titled Exposure, thirteen years after it axed the award-winning World in Action.[33]
25 May It is announced that Jeff Stelling is to leave Countdown after two years to concentrate on Sky Sports.[34]
30 May ITV confirms that Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland will join Louis Walsh as judges for series 8 of The X Factor.[35]

June[edit]

Date Event
1–15 June Analogue signals are switched off in the Craigkelly area.
4 June Scottish singer Jai McDowall wins the fifth series of Britain's Got Talent.[36]
6 June The BBC announces that the national variations of BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One Scotland and BBC One Wales will become available in high definition in 2012.[37]
ITV children's gadget show Cool Stuff Collective is criticised by Ofcom for "product placement" over the way featured items are reviewed by the programme.[38]
The Sun reports that the BBC's So You Think You Can Dance will not return for a third series.[39]
8–22 June Analogue signals are switched off in the Black Hill area.
11 June Matt Flint wins series two of So You Think You Can Dance.[40]
13 June BBC Two airs the controversial documentary Choosing to Die, a film presented by Terry Pratchett which examines the topic of assisted suicide.[41]
17 June Viewers of the BBC News Channel claim to have been distracted when newsreaders Martine Croxall and Carrie Gracie appear on screen to read the morning's news wearing similar outfits that are an identical colour.[42]
22 June The last analogue television services are switched off in Scotland, making it the second part of the UK to have a fully digital service.
ITV recruits BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg to be its new business editor. She will take up the role from September, and will also front editions of the Tonight programme.[43]
30 June ITV confirms that Coronation Street will return to its traditional 19:30 timeslot on a Wednesday evening from September 2012.[44]

July[edit]

Date Event
6–20 July Analogue signals are switched off in the Sudbury area.
8 July The BBC has announced that Pam St. Clement is to leave EastEnders after 25 years.
10 July ITV confirms it has sacked daytime presenters Kate Thornton and Zoe Tyler in a bid to boost flagging ratings for daytime show Loose Women
13 July Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corporation was withdrawing its proposal to take full control of the subscription television broadcaster BSkyB, due to concerns over the phone hacking scandal.
17 July Inventor Tom Pellereau wins the seventh series of The Apprentice, and a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar, who will become his business partner in exchange for the investment.[45]

August[edit]

Date Event
3 August ITV News hires former BBC and 5 News presenter Natasha Kaplinsky to cover for Nina Hossain while the latter is on maternity leave. She will present on London Tonight and national bulletins.[46]
3–17 August Analogue signals are switched off in the Belmont and Olivers Mount areas.
10–24 August Analogue signals are switched off in the Chesterfield and Sheffield areas.
11 August BBC One airs a special edition of the political discussion show Question Time following the recent outbreak of rioting.[47]
16 August BBC Magazines agrees a £12m deal to sell the Radio Times – together with ten other titles – to Exponent, owner of thetrainline.com.[48]
17–31 August Analogue signals are switched off in the Waltham area.
18 August Celebrity Big Brother 2011 launches on Channel 5 marking the first ever series of Celebrity Big Brother to air on the channel.
The BBC airs a special edition of its Crimewatch programme aimed at identifying people involved in the 2011 England riots.[49][50]
25 August Teeside comedian Patrick Monahan wins the live final of ITV's Show Me the Funny, in which stand-up comedians competed to win £100,000, a 12-date nationwide tour and a DVD release.[51]
26 August Channel 4 airs its last episode of Friends, "The One Where Paul's the Man" after 16 years.[52]

September[edit]

Date Event
4 September E4 airs its last episode of Friends, The Last One after 16 years.[53]
7–21 September Analogue signals are switched off in the Fenton, Sutton Coldfield and Emley Moor areas.
8 September Paddy Doherty wins Celebrity Big Brother 2011 and became Channel 5's first ever Celebrity Big Brother winner.[54]
9 September Big Brother 2011 launches on Channel 5 marking the first ever series of Big Brother to air on the channel.
9 September – 23 October ITV airs coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup from New Zealand.
14 September Cartoon Network launches in HD.
27 September Labour Party leader Ed Miliband's keynote conference speech is blacked out for five-minute after all media communications are lost by a power outage at the conference centre.[55]

October[edit]

Date Event
4 October Joanne Wheatley wins the second series of The Great British Bake Off.[56]
6 October BBC Director General Mark Thompson announces that BBC HD will close to be replaced by a high definition simulcast of BBC Two. This BBC Two HD will work much the same way as BBC One HD.[57] This move allows the corporation to save £2.1 million, used to count towards their budget deficit following the freezing of the license fee and the additional financial responsibility of addition services.[58]
15 October Helen Flanagan, who plays Rosie Webster in Coronation Street, announces she is leaving the series after twelve years. She will film her final scenes at Christmas and be seen on screen until February 2012.[59]
18 October ITV plc buys the Channel Islands franchise Channel Television from the Yattendon Group plc.[60]
22 October Phil Vickery wins the 2011 series of Celebrity MasterChef.[61]

November[edit]

Date Event
4 November Jill Evans, a Welsh MEP is fined £575 after refusing to pay her TV licence fee in protest over changes to the Welsh-language channel S4C.[62]
8 November ITN confirms it has secured a five-year contract to resume production of 5 News from early 2012. The broadcaster lost the programme to Sky News in 2005. Part of the new deal will see the 7:00 pm bulletin move to an earlier 6:30 pm timeslot.[63]
9–23 November Analogue signals are switched off in the Tacolneston area.
11 November Aaron Allard-Morgan wins Big Brother 2011 and became Channel 5's first ever Big Brother winner.[64]
13 November TV bosses are forced to apologise after the results of a phone vote for the previous evening's The X Factor appeared online before the lines had closed. The episode was also delayed for fifteen minutes by a technical glitch.[65]
14 November Coronation Street becomes the first prime time British television programme to use product placement after signing a deal with Nationwide Building Society. A Nationwide cash machine is seen in the episode.[66]
16 November Nick Hewer, one of Alan Sugar's advisers on The Apprentice is revealed as the latest host of Countdown. He will take over from outgoing presenter Jeff Stelling from January 2012.[67]
19 November Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC seeks leave to prosecute Sky News for contempt of court over its reporting of the kidnapping of Paul and Rachel Chandler after the channel allegedly breached an injunction preventing the disclosure of the couple's welfare.[68]

December[edit]

Date Event
1 December The BBC has received over 31,000 complaints about comments made by Jeremy Clarkson on the previous evening's The One Show in which he said he would "execute" striking public sector workers.[69]
3 December Pop star Dougie Poynter wins the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[70]
7 December Matthew Wright, host of The Wright Stuff, apologises for remarks he made on 6 December edition of the show concerning a murder in the Western Isles.[71]
10 December After 25 years Casualty airs its last episode to be filmed in Bristol. Subsequent episodes are then filmed in Cardiff.[72]
11 December The girl group Little Mix win the eighth series of The X Factor, becoming the programme's first group to emerge as winners.[73]
12 December Student Zara Brownlees wins the second series of Young Apprentice.[74]
17 December McFly drummer Harry Judd and his dancing partner Aliona Vilani win the ninth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[75]

Debuts[edit]

BBC[edit]

Date Debut Channel
1 January Eric and Ernie BBC Two
The Magicians BBC One
2 January Zen
3 January Stargazing Live BBC Two
4 January Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents BBC Three
8 January Match of the Day Kickabout CBBC
Dick and Dom's Funny Business
10 January Episodes BBC Two
13 January Human Planet BBC One
14 January Sadie J CBBC
Fast and Loose BBC Two
17 January Perfection
19 January Hattie BBC Four
25 January How TV Ruined Your Life BBC Two
31 January Rastamouse CBeebies
3 February The Ultra Zionists BBC Two
4 February The Lock Up BBC Three
5 February All Over the Place CBBC
7 February Outcasts BBC One
9 February Madagascar BBC Two
12 February Secret Fortune BBC One
14 February The Sparticle Mystery CBBC
20 February South Riding BBC One
21 February Mrs. Brown's Boys
22 February Silk
Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands BBC Three
6 March Wonders of the Universe BBC Two
11 March The British at Work
14 March Twenty Twelve BBC Four
19 March Christopher and His Kind BBC Two
22 March White Van Man BBC Three
29 March See You in Court BBC One
4 April Justice
5 April Candy Cabs
23 April Don't Scare the Hare
24 April United BBC Two
1 May Exile BBC One
4 May Two Greedy Italians BBC Two
5 May The Shadow Line
8 May Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend BBC One
9 May The Field of Blood
16 May The Street That Cut Everything
27 May Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood BBC Two
6 June World's Craziest Fools BBC Three
8 June In with the Flynns BBC One
18 June Lee Mack's All Star Cast
4 July Pointless Celebrities
14 July The Pranker BBC Three
24 July Sugartown BBC One
20 August Epic Win
4 September World's Most Dangerous Roads BBC Two
13 September The Body Farm BBC One
21 September The Fades BBC Three
26 September Home Cooking Made Easy BBC Two
1 October I Want My Own Room
3 October Dirty Tricks of the Tradesmen BBC One
5 October All Roads Lead Home BBC Two
6 October Hidden BBC One
19 October Holy Flying Circus BBC Four
23 November That's Britain! BBC One
26 December The Royal Bodyguard

ITV[edit]

Date Debut Channel
5 January Kidnap and Ransom ITV
7 January Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 January That Sunday Night Show
3 February Marchlands
10 March Monroe[76]
22 March Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors ITV4
28 March The Dales ITV
16 April Sing If You Can
21 April Long Lost Family
1 May Vera
6 June Secret Dealers
10 June Love Your Garden
17 July Born To Shine
3 September Red or Black?
The Jonathan Ross Show
4 September Appropriate Adult
26 September There's No Taste Like Home
11 October High Stakes
22 November The Adventurer's Guide To Britain
11 December Text Santa
18 December Just Henry

Channel 4[edit]

Date Debut Channel
2 January Famous and Fearless Channel 4
4 January David Walliams' Awfully Good
5 January Britain's Fattest Man
16 January Comics Choice
18 January Big Fat Gypsy Weddings
19 January The Joy of Teen Sex
20 January 10 O'Clock Live
23 January Alys S4C
6 February The Promise Channel 4
The People's Supermarket
25 February Friday Night Dinner
2 March Jamie's Dream School
28 March Fern
17 April The Hotel
9 May Made in Chelsea E4
The Secret History of Eurovision More4
11 May 24 Hours in A&E Channel 4
24 May Four Rooms
17 June King Of...
27 June Sirens
3 October Random Acts
4 October Mary Queen of Frocks
14 October The Hunt for Tony Blair
12 December Christmas Coach Trip

Five/Channel 5[edit]

Date Debut Channel
14 February OK! TV Channel 5
18 August Celebrity Big Brother
9 September Big Brother
3 October Celebrity Wish List

Other channels[edit]

Date Debut Channel
4 January Louie Spence's Showbusiness Sky1
7 February Bedlam Sky Living
10 February Mad Dogs Sky1
21 February Ross Kemp: Extreme World
27 February Mud Men History
31 March The Runaway Sky1
19 May Al Murray's Compete for the Meat Dave
30 May Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask
17 June Wall of Fame Sky1
4 August Trollied
24 August Mount Pleasant
19 September This is Jinsy Sky Atlantic
22 September Jo Brand's Big Splash Dave
31 October Matt Hatter Chronicles Nicktoons & CITV
23 November The Cafe Sky1
The Devil's Dinner Party Sky Atlantic

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Date Channel
11 January ITV +1 (ITV1 +1/STV +1/UTV +1)
1 February Sky Atlantic
Sky Atlantic HD
MTV Music
7 April Sony Entertainment Television
Sony Entertainment Television +1
15 June Argos TV
10 October Dave HD
12 October Watch HD
1 November PBS UK

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
1 January Bravo
Bravo +1
Bravo 2
Challenge Jackpot
1 February Channel One
Channel One +1
MTV Shows
7 April Film 24
23 May TeleG

Rebranded channels[edit]

Date Old Name New Name
1 January Rocks TV Gems TV Extra
1 February Living Sky Living
Living +1 Sky Living +1
Living HD Sky Living HD
Livingit Sky Livingit
Livingit +1 Sky Livingit +1
Living Loves Sky Living Loves
Sky Box Office Sky Movies Box Office
14 February Five Channel 5
28 February Sky3 Pick TV
Sky3 +1 Pick TV +1
7 March Fiver 5*
Fiver +1 5* +1
Five USA 5USA
Five USA +1 5USA +1
26 April Lava Greatest Hits TV
7 May Playhouse Disney Disney Junior
Playhouse Disney + Disney Junior +

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
The Ricky Gervais Show (First Run Rights) Channel 4 E4
Big Brother Channel 5
Celebrity Big Brother
Primeval ITV Watch
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Channel 5 CITV
TNA Impact! Bravo Challenge
Top of the Pops 2 Yesterday Dave
Art Attack CITV Disney Junior
Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids Nickelodeon
Winx Club POP
Glee E4 Sky1
The Weakest Link (Daytime version) BBC One BBC Two
QI
Pointless BBC Two BBC One
Friends Channel 4 & E4 Comedy Central

Television shows[edit]

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

Programme Date(s) of original removal Original channel(s) Date of return New channel(s)
Art Attack 13 July 2007 CITV 6 June 2011 Disney Junior
Born to Be Different 2004
13 September 2007
5 May 2009
Channel 4 9 June 2011 N/A (Same channel as original)
Celebrity Big Brother 27 January 2010 18 August 2011 Channel 5
Big Brother 10 September 2010 9 September 2011
Young Dracula 8 February 2008 CBBC 31 October 2011 N/A (Same channel as original)
Absolutely Fabulous 7 November 1996
25 December 2004
BBC One 25 December 2011

1950s[edit]

Programme Date
Panorama (1953–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–present)

1970s[edit]

Programme Date
A Question of Sport (1970–present)
Film 2015 (1971–present)
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975, 2010–2012)
Emmerdale (1972–present)
Mastermind (1972–present)
Newsround (1972–present)
Arena (1975–present)
One Man and His Dog (1976–present)
ITV News at 6:30 (1976–present)
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)
Taggart (1983–2011)
Thomas & Friends (1984–present)
EastEnders (1985–present)
Neighbours (1985–present)
Comic Relief (1985–present)
Casualty (1986–present)
Fireman Sam (1987–1994, 2005–2013)
This Morning (1988–present)
Home and Away (1988–present)
Red Dwarf (1988–1999, 2009–present)
The Simpsons (1989–present)

1990s[edit]

Programme Date
Have I Got News for You (1990–present)
MasterChef (1990–2001, 2005–present)
BBC World News (1991–present)
Time Team (1994–2013)
Junior MasterChef (1994, 2010–present)
Hollyoaks (1995–present)
Soccer AM (1995–present)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996–present)
Silent Witness (1996–present)
Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
Bob the Builder (1998–present)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1998–2014)
DIY SOS (1999–present)
G@mers (1999–2006, 2010–present)
Holby City (1999–present)
Loose Women (1999–present)
Newsnight Scotland (1999–present)
Tonight (1999–present)

2000s[edit]

Programme Date
2000
Bargain Hunt (2000–present)
BBC Breakfast (2000–present)
Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (2000–2007, 2011–present)
Big Brother (2000–2010, 2011–present)
Click (2000–present)
Doctors (2000–present)
My Family (2000–2011)
A Place in the Sun (2000–present)
Shipwrecked (2000–2002, 2006–2009, 2011–2012)
The Unforgettable (2000–present)
Unreported World (2000–present)
Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
The Weakest Link (2000–2012)
The Wright Stuff (2000–present)
2001
Celebrity Big Brother (2001–2002, 2005–2007, 2009–present)
BBC South East Today (2001–present)
Football Focus (2001–present)
Real Crime (2001–present)
Rogue Traders (2001–present)
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001–2011)
Property Ladder (2001–present)
2002
Cash in the Attic (2002–present)
Escape to the Country (2002–present)
Fifth Gear (2002–present)
Flog It! (2002–present)
Foyle's War (2002–present)
Harry Hill's TV Burp (2002–2012)
High Hopes (2002–present)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
In It to Win It (2002–present)
Inside Out (2002–present)
Outtake TV (2002–present)
River City (2002–present)
Saturday Kitchen (2002–present)
Serious (2002–present)
Spooks (2002–2011)
Sport Relief (2002–present)
The Story Makers (2002–present)
Tikkabilla (2002–present)
2003
Celebrity Mastermind (2003–present)
The Daily Politics (2003–present)
Eggheads (2003–present)
Extraordinary People (2003–present)
Grumpy Old Men (2003–present)
Homes Under the Hammer (2003–present)
Peep Show (2003–present)
QI (2003–present)
The Politics Show (2003–present)
The Royal (2003–2011)
This Week (2003–present)
Traffic Cops (2003–present)
2004
10 Years Younger (2004–present)
60 Minute Makeover (2004–present)
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–present)
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2004–present)
Car Booty (2004–present)
The Culture Show (2004–present)
Doc Martin (2004–present)
Football First (2004–present)
Funky Valley (2004–present)
The Gadget Show (2004–present)
Haunted Homes (2004–present)
Hustle (2004–2012)
Jimmy's Farm (2004–present)
Live at the Apollo (2004–present)
Match of the Day 2 (2004–present)
NewsWatch (2004–present)
New Tricks (2004–present)
Peppa Pig (2004–present)
SadlerVision (2004–present)
Shameless (2004–2013)
Strictly Come Dancing (2004–present)
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (2004–present)
Supernanny (2004–2008, 2010–present)
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004–present)
The X Factor (2004–present)
2005
8 out of 10 Cats (2005–present)
The Adventure Show (2005–present)
The Andrew Marr Show (2005–present)
The Apprentice (2005–present)
The Biggest Loser (2005–present)
Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model (2005–2013)
Coach Trip (2005–2006, 2009–2012, 2013–present)
Coast (2005–present)
Come Dine with Me (2005–present)
Deal or No Deal (2005–present)
Doctor Who Confidential (2005–2011)
Dragons' Den (2005–present)
The F Word (2005–present)
Fifi and the Flowertots (2005–present)
The Hotel Inspector (2005–present)
Ideal (2005–2011)
The Jeremy Kyle Show (2005–present)
Ladette to Lady (2005–present)
Missing Live (2005–present)
Mock the Week (2005–present)
Quizmania (2005–present)
Springwatch (2005–present)
The Thick of It (2005–present)
Ukwia (2005–present)
2006
The Album Chart Show (2006–present)
Animal Spies! (2006–present)
The Apprentice: You're Fired! (2006–present)
Banged Up Abroad (2006–present)
Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe (2006–present)
Codex (2006–present)
...Cooks! (2006–present)
Cricket AM (2006–present)
Dancing on Ice (2006–2014)
Dickinson's Real Deal (2006–present)
Don't Get Done, Get Dom (2006–present)
Fonejacker (2006–present)
Freshly Squeezed (2006–present)
Ghosthunting With... (2006–present)
How to Look Good Naked (2006–present)
The IT Crowd (2006–present)
The Large Family (2006–present)
Lead Balloon (2006–2011)
Lewis (2006–present)
Little Princess (2006–present)
Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies (2006–present)
That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–present)
Monkey Life (2006–present)
Most Annoying People (2006–present)
Numberjacks (2006–2009)
The One Show (2006–present)
People & Power (2006–present)
Peschardt's People (2006–present)
The Real Hustle (2006–present)
Secret Millionaire (2006–present)
The Slammer (2006–present)
Soccer Aid (2006–present)
Something for the Weekend (2006–2012)
That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–present)
Torchwood (2006–2011)
Waterloo Road (2006–present)
Wild at Heart (2006–present)
World Business (2006–2011)
2007
The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007–present)
The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007–present)
Benidorm (2007–present)
The Big Questions (2007–present)
Britain's Best Dish (2007–present)
Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
Coming of Age (2007–2011)
Daybreak Scotland (2007–present)
Diddy Dick and Dom (2007–present)
Don't Tell the Bride (2007–present)
Embarrassing Bodies (2007–present)
Escape from Scorpion Island (2007–present)
Game60 (2007–present)
The Graham Norton Show (2007–present)
Harry & Paul (2007–present)
Heir Hunters (2007–present)
Helicopter Heroes (2007–present)
Inside Sport (2007–present)
Inspector George Gently (2007–present)
An Island Parish (2007–present)
Jeff Randall Live (2007–present)
London Ink (2007–present)
M.I. High (2007–2011)
Mary Queen of Shops (2007–present)
Mister Maker (2007–present)
Outnumbered (2007–2014)
Postcode Challenge (2007–present)
Primeval (2007–present)
Rapal (2007–present)
The Real MacKay (2007–present)
Real Rescues (2007–present)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011)
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007–2011)
Shrink Rap (2007–present)
Skins (2007–present)
Trapped (2007–present)
The Tudors (2007–2011)
Wanted Down Under (2007–present)
What the Dickens (2007–present)
Who Dares Wins (2007–present)
Would I Lie To You? (2007–present)
2008
An Là (2008–present)
Are You an Egghead? (2008–present)
Argumental (2008–present)
Basil's Swap Shop (2008–present)
Battle of the Brains (2008–present)
Being Human (2008–present)
Big & Small (2008–present)
Bizarre ER (2008–present)
CCTV Cities (2008–present)
Celebrity Juice (2008–present)
Chinese Food Made Easy (2008–present)
Chop Socky Chooks (2008–present)
Chuggington (2008–present)
Country House Rescue (2008–present)
Dani's House (2008–present)
The Family (2008–present)
Famous 5: On the Case (2008–present)
Gimme a Break (2008–present)
The Hot Desk (2008–present)
House Guest (2008–present)
The Inbetweeners (2008–present)
It Pays to Watch! (2008–present)
Kerwhizz (2008–2009, 2011–present)
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–2011)
The Live Desk (2008–present)
Lunch Monkeys (2008–2011)
Marvo the Wonder Chicken (2008–present)
Merlin (2008–present)
Nightwatch with Steve Scott (2008–present)
Only Connect (2008–present)
Police Interceptors (2008–present)
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (2008–2011)
Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections (2008–present)
Rory and Paddy's Great British Adventure (2008–present)
Rubbernecker (2008–present)
Rude Tube (2008–present)
Scallywagga (2008–present)
Seachd Là (2008–present)
Sesame Tree (2008–present)
Snog Marry Avoid (2008–present)
Supersize vs Superskinny (2008–present)
The Supersizers... (2008–present)
UK Border Force (2008–present)
Unbreakable (2008–present)
Wallander (2008–present)
Wogan's Perfect Recall (2008–present)
The World's Strictest Parents (2008–present)
2009
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009–present)
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009–present)
Bang Goes the Theory (2009–present)
Bookaboo (2009–present)
Brain Box (2009–2011)
Campus (2009–2011)
Cast Offs (2009–present)
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night (2009–present)
Copycats (2009–present)
Countrywise (2009–present)
Cowboy Trap (2009–present)
Crash (2009–present)
The Chase (2009–present)
The Cube (2009–present)
Dating in the Dark (2009–present)
Don't Get Screwed (2009–present)
Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions (2009–present)
Fern Britton Meets... (2009–present)
Film Xtra (2009–present)
The Football League Show (2009–present)
Four Weddings (2009–present)
Garrow's Law (2009–present)
Getting On (2009–present)
Grow Your Own Drugs (2009–present)
Heston's Feasts (2009–present)
Horrible Histories (2009–present)
The Hour (2009–present)
How the Other Half Live (2009–present)
I Can Cook (2009–present)
The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (2009–present)
Inside Nature's Giants (2009–present)
Katie (2009–present)
Land Girls (2009–present)
Law & Order: UK (2009–present)
The Legend of Dick and Dom (2009–present)
Let's Dance for Comic Relief (2009–present)
Life of Riley (2009–2011)
Little Howard's Big Question (2009–present)
Live from Studio Five (2009–2011)
Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (2009–present)
Miranda (2009–present)
Misfits (2009–present)
Moving On (2009–present)
Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (2009–present)
The Old Guys (2009–present)
Paradise Cafe (2009–2011)
Peter Andre: The Next Chapter (2009–present)
PhoneShop (2009–present)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009–present)
Pointless (2009–present)
Psychoville (2009–2011)
A Question of Genius (2009–present)
Rip Off Britain (2009–present)
Russell Howard's Good News (2009–present)
School of Comedy (2009–present)
Scoop (2009–present)
Sea Patrol UK (2009–present)
Sport Nation (2009–present)
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009–present)
Strictly Money (2009–2011)
STV News at Six (2009–present)
Timmy Time (2009–present)
Tonight's the Night (2009–present)
Total Wipeout (2009–present)
Trusadh (2009–present)
Ty Pennington's Great British Adventure (2009–present)
Undercover Boss (2009–present)
Walk on the Wild Side (2009–present)
We Need Answers (2009–present)
You Have Been Watching (2009–present)
You're Nicked! (2009–present)
Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum (2009–present)

2010s[edit]

Programme Date
3@Three (2010–present)
71 Degrees North (2010–present)
Accused (2010–present)
Ant & Dec's Push the Button (2010–present)
Ask Rhod Gilbert (2010–present)
Being... N-Dubz (2010–present)
Being Victor (2010–present)
Chinese Food in Minutes (2010–present)
Come Fly with Me (2010–present)
A Comedy Roast (2010–present)
Celebrity Coach Trip (2010–2012)
Dave's One Night Stand (2010–present)
Daybreak (2010–2014)
Dirty Sexy Funny (2010–present)
Downton Abbey (2010–present)
EastEnders: E20 (2010–present)
Facejacker (2010–present)
Frank Skinner's Opinionated (2010–present)
Gordon's Great Escape (2010–present)
The Great British Bake Off (2010–present)
Great British Railway Journeys (2010–present)
The Great Outdoors (2010–present)
Him and Her (2010–present)
Hotter Than My Daughter (2010–present)
Hounded (2010–present)
An Idiot Abroad (2010–present)
James May's Man Lab (2010–present)
Junior Apprentice (2010–present)
Lip Service (2010–present)
Late Kick Off (2010–present)
A League of Their Own (2010–present)
Lee Nelson's Well Good Show (2010–present)
Little Crackers (2010–present)
Liza & Huey's Pet Nation (2010–present)
Lorraine (2010–present)
Luther (2010–present)
The Million Pound Drop Live (2010–present)
The Nightshift (2010–present)
Odd One In (2010–present)
The Only Way Is Essex (2010–present)
Paul O'Grady Live (2010–present)
Pen Talar (2010–present)
Penelope Princess of Pets (2010–present)
The Persuasionists (2010–present)
Pete versus Life (2010–present)
Pocket tv (2010–present)
Popstar to Operastar (2010–2011)
Rev. (2010–present)
Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club (2010–present)
The Rob Brydon Show (2010–2012)
Rock and Chips (2010–2011)
Roger & Val Have Just Got In (2010–present)
The Scheme (2010–2011)
Scream! If You Know the Answer (2010–2012)
Sherlock (2010–present)
So You Think You Can Dance (2010–present)
Stand Up for the Week (2010–present)
Strike-back (2010–present)
STV Sports Centre (2010–present)
Sunday Morning Live (2010–present)
Take Me Out (2010–present)
Thorne (2010–present)
Tracy Beaker Returns (2010–present)
The Trip (2010–present)
Turn Back Time - The High Street (2010–present)
What Do Kids Know? (2010–present)
The Zone (2010–present)

Ending this year[edit]

Date Programme Channel Debut(s)
1 January Toonattik CITV 2005
Action Stations! 2006
The Fluffy Club 2009
6 January Paradise Café CBBC
7 January Famous and Fearless Channel 4 2011
16 January Zen BBC One
4 February Live from Studio Five Channel 5 2009
12 February Brain Box STV
13 February Lark Rise to Candleford[77] BBC One 2008
11 March Strictly Money CNBC Europe 2009
13 March Outcasts BBC One 2011
21 March M.I. High CBBC 2007
22 March Secret Diary of a Call Girl ITV2
26 March The Tudors BBC Two
8 April Coming of Age BBC Three
11 April Waking the Dead BBC One 2000
19 April Candy Cabs 2011
22 April Fern Channel 4
28 April Rock and Chips BBC One 2010
10 May Campus Channel 4 2011
12 May Lunch Monkeys BBC Three 2008
18 May Vacation, Vacation, Vacation Channel 4 2011
24 May Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps BBC Three 2001
30 May The Scheme BBC One 2010
1 June Life of Riley 2009
6 June Psychoville BBC Two
24 June Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is BBC One 2008
30 June Ideal BBC Three 2005
5 July Lead Balloon BBC Two 2006
10 July Popstar to Operastar ITV 2010
31 July The Royal[78] 2002
2 August Sirens Channel 4 2011
12 August Sorry, I've Got No Head CBBC 2008
2 September My Family BBC One 2000
12 September Shooting Stars BBC Two 1995
15 September Torchwood BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC One 2006
1 October Doctor Who Confidential BBC Three 2005
18 October The Sarah Jane Adventures CBBC 2007
23 October Spooks BBC One 2002
11 December The Politics Show 2003
16 December OK! TV Channel 5 2011
19 December Mongrels BBC Three 2010
23 December Britain's Best Dish ITV 2007
30 December Christmas Coach Trip Channel 4 2011

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
2 January Pete Postlethwaite 64 Actor
12 January Helene Palmer[79] 82 Actress
15 January Susannah York[80] 72 Actress ('Jane Eyre)
2 February Margaret John[81] 84 Actress
22 February Nicholas Courtney[82] 81 Actor (Doctor Who)
15 March Keith Fordyce[83] 82 Radio and television presenter (Ready Steady Go!)
15 April Trevor Bannister 76 Actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine)
19 April Elisabeth Sladen[84] 65 Actress (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures)
23 April John Sullivan 64 Writer (Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith)
26 May Flick Colby[85] 65 Dancer and choreographer (co-founder/creator of the Top of the Pops dance troupes Pan's People, Ruby Flipper, Legs & Co., and Zoo; The Two Ronnies)
4 June Donald Hewlett[86] 90 Actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum, You Rang M'Lord?)
8 June Roy Skelton 79 Actor (Doctor Who, Rainbow)
25 June Margaret Tyzack[87] Actress (The Forsyte Saga)
2 August Richard Pearson[88] 93 Actor
11 September Andy Whitfield[89] 39 Actor and model (Spartacus: Blood and Sand)
27 September David Croft[90] 89 Television producer
15 October Betty Driver[91] 91 Actress (Coronation Street)
29 October Jimmy Savile[92] 84 DJ and Television Presenter (Top of the Pops, Jim'll Fix It)
20 November Angie Dowds[93] 42 Personal trainer (The Biggest Loser)

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