2012 in British television

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This is a list of events that took place in 2012 related to British television.



Date Event
1 Pam St Clement makes her final appearance in EastEnders as Pat Butcher, the character having been killed off in a cancer storyline.[1]
BBC One airs Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a programme featuring highlights of a concert given by Adele on 21 September 2011 as part of the singer's Adele Live tour.[2]
ITV screens the terrestrial television premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment in the Harry Potter film series. The film is watched by 3.5 million viewers, but beaten in the ratings by "A Scandal in Belgravia", the opening episode of BBC One's second series of Sherlock, and EastEnders.[3]
7 BBC One airs the first episode of Casualty filmed in at its purpose-built studios in Roath Lock, Cardiff, the series having been previously filmed in Bristol.[4] The episode, "Duty of Care", is also the first to be broadcast in HD.[5]
9 Nick Hewer takes over as presenter of Countdown as the game show returns for a new series.[6]
16 Jane McDonald returns to the panel of Loose Women after an 18-month break.
18 A call by BBC Two's Stargazing Live for amateur astronomers to locate possible exoplanets, planets orbiting stars outside the Solar System, leads to the discovery of a new Neptune-sized exoplanet by two viewers, one in Peterborough. The planet is named Threapleton Holmes B in their honour.[7][8]
Producers of Coronation Street defend a storyline in which the character Faye Butler is slapped for misbehaving by her adoptive mother's boyfriend after the episode (aired on 16 January) attracts a number of complaints from viewers to ITV and Ofcom.[9]
20 Press TV, an English language news channel owned by the Iranian Government is forced off air in the United Kingdom after Ofcom revokes its broadcasting licence for breaching the terms of the Communications Act.[10]
21 Under new guidelines to come into force from 30 April clinics which charge for pregnancy services including abortions will be able to advertise on radio and television after the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice ruled there was no justification for barring such clinics from advertising their services.[11]
27 Actress and television presenter Denise Welch wins the ninth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[12]


Date Event
2 Letitia Dean is to return to EastEnders.
8 – 22 Analogue is switched off in the Hannington area
11 The live televised France versus Ireland match in the 2012 Six Nations Championship is abandoned minutes prior to kick-off, prompting boos to ring out among disgruntled spectators inside a packed Stade de France. It is the first time such an event has happened since 1985.[13][14][15]
13 ITV screens the first ever British advert aimed specifically at dogs. The 60-second commercial for the Bakers dog food brand features high-pitched sounds that cannot be heard by humans, and is a send up of the 1969 film The Italian Job.[16]
20 Media regulator Ofcom states that remarks made on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff on 6 December last year in relation to the murder of Liam Aitchison were "clearly capable of causing offence", but that the issue has been "resolved".[17]
The ITN produced 5 News bulletins are relaunched, with newscasters Matt Barbet and Emma Crosby retaining their presenting roles.
21 The BBC defends its coverage of Whitney Houston's funeral on the BBC News Channel following a number of complaints from viewers about its duration. The four-hour service was aired on Saturday 18 February following the singer's death the previous weekend.[18]
Singer Adele apologises for making a middle finger gesture after her Brit Awards acceptance speech is cut short due to broadcasting time constraints.[19] ITV in turn issues an apology to the singer the following day.[20]
24 At the conference of St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson defends a recent storyline involving the rape of Carla Connor by her business partner, but admits mistakes were made in developing the plot.[21]

Analogue switched off[edit]

Date Event
29 February – 14 March Analogue is switched off in the Midhurst area.


Date Event
1 BBC News journalist Natalia Antelava is deported from Uzbekistan without official reason.[22]
5 ITV and STV sign a deal which (if approved by Ofcom) could see more networked programmes appearing on television in Scotland. The agreement would end a three-year hiatus which has seen many major ITV programmes absent from schedules in Scotland.[23]
The BBC broadcast their first Sports bulletins from the new BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK in Salford.[24]
7 – 21 Analogue is switched off in the Rowridge and Whitehawk Hill areas.
9 BBC newsreader Simon McCoy is caught apparently sleeping at the newsdesk as the daily BBC News Channel programming begins at 8:30 am, although he later denied he was asleep.[25]
12 BBC Two airs a programme in its This World strand concerning the Chinese television programme Interviews Before Execution in which death row inmates are interviewed by a reporter shortly before they are executed. Chinese authorities cancel the show following international interest generated by the documentary.[26][27]
Bryan Kirkwood resigns as Executive Producer of the BBC's EastEnders following a decline in viewing figures and a series of complaints about controversial storylines.[28]
14 Man vs. Wild presenter Bear Grylls has reportedly been sacked by the Discovery Channel because of "a continuing contractual dispute".[29]
15 Shelina Permalloo wins the 2012 series of MasterChef.[30]
18 Channel 4 confirms it has secured a four-year deal to broadcast horse racing from 2013, including coverage of the Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot which have previously been aired by the BBC.[31]
19 BBC Director-General Mark Thompson tells staff at the broadcaster that he will step down from his position later in the year.[32]
21 Former soap actress Jenna-Louise Coleman is named as the new Doctor Who sidekick, replacing current assistant Karen Gillan whose character Amy Pond will leave during the 2012 series.[33]
23 The BBC's new television facility at dock10, MediaCityUK is officially opened by the Queen.[34]
24 Harry Hill steps down as presenter of Harry Hill's TV Burp on ITV after 10 or 11 years.[35]
25 Matthew Wolfenden and dance partner Nina Ulanova win the seventh series of Dancing on Ice.[36]
With the approaching centenary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic ITV begins airing Julian Fellowes' four-part £11million retelling of the disaster.[37][38]
26 The BBC's Panorama alleges that a company owned by News Corporation recruited a pay-TV "pirate" to hack a rival's secret codes then post the details online.[39]
27 The BBC announces plans to axe 140 news posts in 2013 as part of cost cutting measures.[40]
31 Former broadcast journalist Mike Nesbitt is elected leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.[41]
Anne Robinson presents the final edition of The Weakest Link on BBC One to concentrate on Watchdog.


Date Event
3 James Murdoch resigns as Chairman of BSkyB in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal.[42]
Munich-based media regulator BLM announces it is removing Press TV from the SES Astra satellite as they do not have a licence to broadcast in Europe.[43][44]
4 – 18 Analogue is switched off in London.
5 Sky News admits illegally hacking emails belonging to members of the public on two separate occasions.[45]
6 The EastEnders Omnibus edition is moved to a late night Friday/early Saturday morning slot from Sunday afternoons.[46][47]
7 The 158th University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge is stopped mid-race due to a swimmer in the water. Cambridge go on to win when a clash of oars at the restart leaves Oxford with a broken paddle.[48]
10 BBC Breakfast makes its first broadcast from the BBC's new media complex at Salford Quays in Manchester, having moved there from London.[49]
12 BSkyB signs a deal with MGM for exclusive rights to air the James Bond films in the United Kingdom, beginning from October to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the film franchise. The agreement means the end of ITV's unbroken run as sole holder of the screen rights which began in 1975.[50]
14 The Grand National is shown on the BBC for the last time following a consecutive run of 52 years.[51]
18 In a rare move, television cameras are allowed into the High Court in Edinburgh to film the sentencing of David Gilroy for the murder of Suzanne Pilley.[52]
19 Sky News airs a televised debate between the main three candidates in the 2012 London mayoral election.[53]
20 Tetley announce a deal to sponsor family movies on Channel 5.[54]
23 Ofcom launches an investigation into the hacking of private email accounts by Sky News.[55] The announcement comes on the same day that the news channel's boss John Ryley appears before the Leveson Inquiry where he says the company broke the law by hacking emails.[56]
24 Northern Ireland's Social Democratic and Labour Party urges the British government to support calls for Irish broadcaster RTÉ to reverse its decision to close its London office, which is scheduled to shut following this year's Olympic games.[57]
25 The ITV HD channel is beset by a glitch when ITV accidentally cuts away from footage of extra time play during a Champions League match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to show news presenter Mark Austin doing up his jacket as he waits to present the delayed News at Ten. It is the broadcaster's third glitch during live football in recent months.[58]
30 The BBC defends its decision to pre-record the Sunday evening results edition of The Voice after receiving 30 complaints because the show had been billed as a live broadcast. The BBC says the programme is too expensive to record live on Sundays and airing it on Saturday evening would mean it clashed with Britain's Got Talent.[59]


Date Event
2 Cardinal Seán Brady, the Catholic primate of all-Ireland says he will not resign his post as the BBC's This World programme reveals he had details of those being abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth, but did not pass the information on to police or parents of the victims.[60]
10 The Channel 5 daytime show The Wright Stuff is being investigated by Ofcom over a survey on 26 April edition of the programme that asked viewers what the most offensive word is to describe someone with learning difficulties.[61]
Prince Charles presents the lunchtime weather forecast during a visit to the BBC Scotland headquarters in Glasgow.[62]
12 Ashleigh and Pudsey, a dancing dog trick act, win the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent.[63]
14 The eighth instalment of the Up Series, 56 Up debuts on ITV.
16 The BBC Trust confirms children's programmes will no longer air on BBC One and BBC Two following the completion of the digital switchover. Instead they will move to the dedicated CBBC and CBeebies channels.[64]
19 Absent Friends, a fourth series episode of comedy Dad's Army, is repeated on BBC Two for the first time since its original broadcast in 1970. Before this, the episode was left out of repeat runs because of the controversial appearance of the IRA.
26 Sweden's Loreen wins the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with "Euphoria".
29 The UK Government confirms that television viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to watch RTÉ One, RTÉ Two and TG4 on Freeview following the digital switchover.[65]

Analogue switched off[edit]

Date Event
30 May – 13 June Analogue is switched off in the Hastings, Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells areas.


Date Event
2 – 5 The BBC airs footage of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Events include the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June and the Diamond Jubilee Concert on 4 June.[66]
2 Leanne Mitchell wins the first series of The Voice.[67]
3 Ricky Martin, a former professional wrestler, wins the eighth series of The Apprentice along with a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar, who will become his partner in a new business venture.[68]
6 The BBC has received over 2,000 complaints from viewers about its Jubilee coverage. The broadcaster is also criticised by other media for its Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant coverage, which is branded as "inane" and "tedious".[69]
8 Start of Euro 2012, hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
12 Ranvir Singh and Matt Barbet are announced as the new presenters of the Daybreak news hour from 6 to 7 am.[70]
13 BSkyB signs a £3bn three-year deal to screen Premier League football from 2013 to 2016. BT Vision also secures the rights to show 38 games per season over the same period.[71]
13 – 27 Analogue is switched off in the Bluebell Hill and Dover areas thus completing the switchover for the Meridian area.
14 The Daily Record reports that BSkyB has threatened to cancel their contract to air games from the Scottish Premier League if Rangers are relegated from the division.[72]
19 BBC Director General Mark Thompson tells the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that the corporation has "lessons to learn" from its coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee after it received several thousand viewer complaints and heavy media criticism.[73]
24 20.34 million watch the quarter final match of Euro 2012 between England and Italy on BBC One, the highest number since the equivalent quarter final of Euro 2004. It briefly receives British television's highest audience for any programme for eight years until being overtaken the following month.


Date Event
1 The BBC unveil their title sequence and marketing campaign for their coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[74]
Ukraine hosts the final match of Euro 2012, which sees Spain beat Italy 4–0.
3 Global Radio announce plans to branch into television with the launch of two non-stop music channels; Heart TV and Capital TV, which will go on air from September.[75]
4 Broadcaster George Entwistle is named as the next Director-General of the BBC beginning in autumn 2012.[76]
Launch of the IPTV television service YouView.[77]
17 Rogue Traders presenter Dan Penteado is sacked from the programme after he is jailed for 12 weeks for benefit fraud.[78]
19 Former England footballer Lee Dixon is leaving the BBC's Match of the Day after eight years, it is reported. Sources such as Digital Spy report he will join ITV to provide football coverage in place of Gareth Southgate, who is leaving the channel to become the Football Association's technical director.[79] ITV confirms the following day that Dixon will be part of its football presenter lineup, providing coverage of the Tuesday night Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, and England's campaign to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.[80]
Alibi HD is launched by UKTV.[81]
23 The Olympic torch features in a special live section of EastEnders when actor Perry Fenwick, in character as Billy Mitchell carries it through the fictional Walford as part of the 2012 Olympic torch relay.[82]
27 The events of the 2012 Summer Olympics begin airing with the opening ceremony in London. At its peak the event is watched by 26.9 million viewers,[83] and with an average of 24.24 million[84] it is the highest rating for anything on British television since 1997.


Date Event
9 The BBC commissions a one-off drama to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The film, An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the team behind Doctor Who's creation and will air on BBC Two in 2013.[85]
12 The 2012 Summer Olympics end with the closing ceremony receiving even more viewers than the opening ceremony, an average of 24.46 million. It becomes one of the most watched events in British television history.[86]
The BBC's Gabby Logan is forced to apologise after mistakenly telling viewers of the previous evening's edition of BBC One's Olympics Tonight that the mother and sister of British boxing gold medallist Luke Campbell were dead. She had confused him with another boxer whose relatives were deceased.[87]
13 Luke Anderson wins Big Brother 13.[88]
14 Outgoing BBC Director-General Mark Thompson is appointed CEO of The New York Times, taking up his role in November.[89]
19 It is reported that Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's department has made a formal complaint to the BBC over claims of anti-Government bias, as Duncan Smith himself attacks the Corporation in a Mail on Sunday article for what he perceives to be its negative stance towards the coalition. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders is singled out for particular criticism, with the Minister accusing her of "peeing all over British industry".[90]
28 UTV Media, which owns the ITV franchise for Northern Ireland and the UK-based sports-orientated radio station talkSPORT, reports a summer of mixed fortunes in terms of advertising revenue. Coverage of UEFA Euro 2012 proved lucrative for talkSPORT, but television advertising was hit by the 2012 Summer Olympics.[91]
29 The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympics is watched by a peak audience of 11.2 million viewers,[92] with an overall average of 8 million.[93]
The BBC has received 185 complaints about its new sitcom, Citizen Khan since the first episode aired two days earlier; with many claiming the series, about a Pakistani businessman stereotypes British Muslims.[94]


Date Event
1 Doctor Who returns for its seventh series with the surprise appearance of Jenna-Louise Coleman in the first episode, Asylum of the Daleks, four months before she is scheduled to make her debut.[95]
3 ITV's breakfast strand Daybreak is relaunched with Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly as its main presenters. Overnight figures the following day show it was watched by 600,000 viewers, fewer than the one million who tuned in to watch its debut in 2010.[96]
4 Maria Miller is appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Jeremy Hunt.[97]
A £30m Scottish Government campaign to raise cancer awareness will include the first ads in the UK to show real pictures of women's breasts that have been affected by cancer.[98]
5 The updated version of the US soap opera Dallas makes its British television debut on Channel 5.[99]
Coronation Street is moved from its Thursday slot to its original Wednesday slot.
7 Comedian Julian Clary wins the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[100][101]
12 – 26 Analogue is switched off in the Tyne Tees region thus completing the switchover for England and making it the 3rd Digital nation in the UK.
17 George Entwistle takes up his role of Director-General of the BBC.[102]
20 The BBC shelves the final episode of its police drama Good Cop following the deaths of two police officers in Manchester.[103]
Following an investigation in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal, the media regulator Ofcom concludes that BSkyB is a "fit and proper" company to hold a broadcasting licence[104]
21 Emma Kennedy wins the 2012 series of Celebrity MasterChef.[105]
28 The BBC confirms that the final episode of Good Cop will air on 13 October.[106]


Date Event
1 Letitia Herod wins Cycle 8 of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.
2 BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid apologises to viewers after a microphone which had been accidentally left on picked up business reporter Steph McGovern swearing shortly after she had finished presenting the programme's business news.[107]
3 ITV airs a documentary, Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile in which several women allege to have been sexually abused by the late broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile as teenagers.[108] The following day the Metropolitan Police Service says it will assess the allegations.[109]
4 BBC Four pulls two planned repeats of Top of the Pops from its schedule following recent allegations made against Jimmy Savile. The shows, which featured Savile as presenter, are part of the channel's weekly rerun of archive editions, which have been airing since last year.[110]
5 Sky News presenter Kay Burley is criticised for insensitivity after she broke the news of the probable death of April Jones, a missing five-year-old girl live on air to volunteers who had been assisting in the search for her, and were unaware that the case had become a murder inquiry.[111][112][113]
Samira Ahmed takes over from Raymond Snoddy as presenter of the BBC's Newswatch.[114]
10 – 24 The last of the UK analogue signals are switched off in Northern Ireland, completing the digital switchover.
12 BBC Director-General George Entwistle asks BBC Scotland Director Ken MacQuarrie to speak to Newsnight journalists to establish why a planned documentary concerning ellegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile was shelved before it was due to air in December 2011.[115]
16 The BBC appoints the heads of two separate inquiries into sexual abuse allegations that have engulfed Jimmy Savile. Former High Court judge Dame Janet Smith will review the culture and practices of the BBC during the time Savile worked there, while Nick Pollard, a former Sky News executive will look at why a Newsnight investigation into Savile's activities was dropped shortly before transmission.[116]
John Whaite wins the third series of The Great British Bake Off.[117]
Emmerdale celebrates 40 years on air. A live episode is aired to mark the occasion on 17 October, which is watched by 9.2 million viewers. The episode culminates in the surprise death of the character Carl King (played by Tom Lister).[118][119]
17 ITV's This Morning launches an investigation amid fears it was the victim of a hoax over a story about a celebrity sperm bank on the previous day's edition of the show.[120] The following day ITV apologises to viewers who were misled by the item.[121]
22 The BBC schedules a special edition of Panorama as it attempts to limit the damage done by allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile during his years with the broadcaster.[122]
Peter Rippon, the Newsnight editor responsible for dropping an investigation into allegations against Jimmy Savile steps aside from his role with immediate effect.[123][124]
Jeff Ford, one of the few executives to stay with Channel 5 following its 2010 acquisition by Richard Desmond, is to step down from the role on 1 December, it is confirmed.[125]
23 After 32 years, Pages from Ceefax is shown for the last time during downtime on BBC Two. To mark the occasion the last broadcast is introduced by the symbol the channel was using 32 years earlier, older music is played and a final special image is shown thanking viewers for watching. The Plain English Campaign gives the service a lifetime achievement award for its "clarity" and use of "everyday words".[126]
Northern Ireland becomes the final part of the United Kingdom to complete the switchover from analogue to digital television when the analogue signal is switched off at 11.30 pm.[127]
26 Writing in The Guardian, Pointless co-presenter Richard Osman names what he believes to be four of UK TV's worst ever gameshows–24 Hour Quiz, Red or Black, Petrolheads and Shafted.[128]
29 ITV releases a new version of its ITV Player service, enabling it to charge for some online content. The traditional 30-day catch-up service remains free, but viewers can watch the same programmes without adverts for a small payment.[129]


Date Event
2 The BBC confirms it will air no further episodes of Top of the Pops featuring Jimmy Savile.[130]
6 Conservative MP Nadine Dorries is suspended from the party after her decision to appear on the reality television series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[131]
9 ITV faces an investigation by the media regulator Ofcom after This Morning presenter Philip Schofield handed Prime Minister David Cameron an internet-generated list of suspects in a child abuse case involving a care home during a live interview on the previous day's edition of the programme, and asked him to comment.[132]
The BBC issues an apology after a key witness in a Newsnight report aired on 2 November wrongly identified a senior politician as a paedophile.[133]
Have I Got News for You marks the tenth anniversary of its first guest presenter following the departure of Angus Deayton.[134]
10 George Entwistle steps down as BBC Director-General following the Newsnight child abuse broadcast controversy.[135] His reign of 54 days is the shortest in the Corporation's history.[136]
11 Tim Davie, BBC head of audio and music becomes Acting Director-General following George Entwistle's resignation.[137]
12 Helen Boaden, the BBC's Director of News, and her deputy Steve Mitchell relinquish their roles in the wake of the Newsnight crisis.[138] Fran Unsworth, head of newsgathering, and Ceri Thomas, the editor of Radio 4's Today are named Acting Director and Deputy Director of News respectively.[139]
13 Ben Frow, the current Director of Content at Irish commercial broadcaster TV3, is hired by Channel 5 to replace Jeff Ford as Director of Programmes, and will take up the position in February 2013.[140]
19 ITV airs the 8000th episode of Coronation Street.
22 The BBC appoints Tony Hall as its new Director-General. He is expected to start in the role in early March 2013.[141]
23 Tom Barlow-Kay wins the 2012 series of Junior MasterChef.[142]
30 At the age of 90, Baroness Trumpington becomes the oldest guest panelist to appear on Have I Got News for You.[143][144]


Date Event
1 Actress Charlie Brooks wins the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[145]
3 Sky News, Challenge TV and Pick TV are launched on Freesat.[146]
The BBC announce plans for a screen adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, the first novel for adults by J. K. Rowling.[147] A script for a three-part series is subsequently written by Sarah Phelps, with the BBC producing the project with HBO, and filming set to begin in Summer 2014.[148]
The BBC signs a new four-year contract to air the National Lottery Draw, but will no longer screen the Wednesday and Friday night draws from January 2013. From then, programmes for the Saturday evening draw will be moved to a new purpose-built studio at Pinewood, while results updates will be given on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.[149]
4 The BBC announces a revamp of its Red Button service to make it compatible with internet-connected televisions.[150]
5 As part of his Autumn Statement Chancellor George Osborne confirms a TV tax credit of 25% for high end UK TV productions, to be implemented from April 2013.[151]
9 James Arthur wins the ninth series of The X Factor.[152]
12 Actor and comedian Angus Deayton will join the cast of BBC school drama, Waterloo Road from 2013, it is confirmed.[153]
13 Anton Piotrowski and Keri Moss are both named winners of the fifth series of MasterChef: The Professionals, the first time more than one finalist has won a MasterChef title.[154]
16 Cyclist Bradley Wiggins is named this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[155]
18 At the High Court of England and Wales the BBC and ITV apologise to Lord McAlpine for "disastrously" and falsely linking him to allegations of child sex abuse.[156]
19 The Pollard report into practices at the BBC is published, and finds there was a "complete inability" to deal with the Jimmy Savile crisis.[157] Despite being criticised, the BBC Director of News Helen Boaden will return to her post in the wake of the report's publication, but her Deputy, Stephen Mitchell resigns. Peter Rippon is moved aside from his Newsnight post, with the programme having a new senior editorial team. Controller of BBC Radio Five Live Adrian Van Klaveren also resigns.[158][159]
20 Ashleigh Porter-Exley wins the third series of Young Apprentice.[160]
21 After 27 years, CBBC airs on BBC One for the last time. All of the children's programmes would become exclusive to their dedicated channels, CBBC and CBeebies.[161]
22 Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and professional partner Flavia Cacace win the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[162]
24 The Snowman and the Snowdog premieres on Channel 4.
25 The annual Royal Christmas Message is broadcast in 3D for the first time.[163]
EastEnders is the most watched programme of the day with 9.4 million viewers, with Coronation Street second on 8.8 million. Other highlights are The Queen's Speech (8.3 million), Strictly Come Dancing (7.8 million) and The Royle Family (7.7 million).[164]
Michael Angelis narrates his final episode of Thomas & Friends, The Christmas Tree Express, on Channel 5 in the UK and the ABC in Australia.
26 Jenni Falconer presents the National Lottery Wednesday Night Draw, which airs on BBC One for the last time.[165]
28 Matt Johnson presents the National Lottery Friday Night Draw, which airs on BBC One for the final time.[166]
29 30 Years of CITV, a documentary made to commemorate the near thirtieth anniversary of Children's ITV, is released.



Date Debut Channel
4 January Public Enemies BBC One
10 January The Mystery of Edwin Drood BBC Two
13 January 4 O'Clock Club CBBC
15 January Sunday Politics BBC One
Call the Midwife
22 January Birdsong
23 January The Estate
30 January Protecting Our Children
31 January Prisoners' Wives
2 February Inside Men
Death Unexplained
6 February Jedward's Big Adventure CBBC
The Diamond Queen BBC One
7 February Death Unexplained
8 February Kevin Bridges: What's the Story?
20 February The Tube BBC Two
Watson & Oliver
23 February Pramface BBC Three
24 February Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture BBC Two
25 February Pop Life
27 February Empire BBC One
The Numtums CBeebies
7 March Venice 24/7 BBC Four
8 March The Sarah Millican Television Programme BBC Two
White Heat
12 March Breakaway BBC One
The Lingo Show CBeebies
17 March How God Made the English BBC Two
19 March The Sheriffs Are Coming BBC One
24 March The Voice UK
26 March One Night
World Series of Dating BBC Three
Secrets and Words BBC One
27 March The Syndicate
2 April Our Crime
10 April The Matt Lucas Awards
16 April The 70s BBC Two
17 April Meet the Romans with Mary Beard
24 April Britain Unzipped BBC Three
6 May Planet Earth Live BBC One
14 May Chatsworth
25 May The Great British Story: A People's History BBC Two
28 May Afghanistan: The Great Game – A Personal View by Rory Stewart
31 May Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones BBC One
14 June Dead Boss BBC Three
17 June True Love BBC One
26 June Line of Duty BBC Two
9 July Volcano Live
5 August Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure
14 August Bad Education BBC Three
24 August Parade's End BBC One
25 September The Paradise
15 October Claimed and Shamed
18 October Hebburn[167] BBC Two
18 November The Secret of Crickley Hall BBC One
3 December Inside Claridge's BBC Two
26 December The Girl
30 December Ripper Street BBC One


Date Debut Channel
1 January My Phone Genie CITV
2 January Endeavour ITV
6 January Eternal Law
7 January The Talent Show Story
10 January The Exit List
15 March Love Life
25 March Titanic[37]
7 April Keith Lemon's Lemonaid
14 April Saturday Cookbook
17 May The Exclusives ITV2
2 June You Cannot Be Serious ITV
10 June Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights ITV2
30 June Mad Mad World ITV
2 July Tipping Point
5 July Let's Get Gold
7 July Superstar
2 August Lemon La Vida Loca ITV2
13 August Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down ITV
20 August Don't Blow the Inheritance
1 September Fool Britannia
3 September Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
4 September A Mother's Son
5 September Mrs Biggs
9 September The Scapegoat
25 September The Martin Lewis Money Show
27 September Homefront
15 October Switch ITV2
26 November Britain's Best Bakery ITV
26 December That Dog Can Dance

Channel 4[edit]

Date Debut Channel
2 January The Bank Job Channel 4
26 January Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy E4
9 February MotherTruckers Channel 4
15 February Daddy Daycare
17 February The Mad Bad Ad Show
1 March Make Bradford British
Our Man in...
14 March Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished
20 March Hit the Road Jack
25 March Sunday Brunch
3 April The Undateables[168]
24 April Hidden Talent
27 April Very Important People
3 May The Hoarder Next Door
16 May Secret Eaters
19 May Extreme A&E
21 May Love Shaft E4
Gok Cooks Chinese Channel 4
11 June Secret Removers
26 June Gordon Behind Bars
6 July The Midnight Beast E4
26 July The Churchills Channel 4
30 August The Last Leg
15 September Comedy World Cup
7 November Secret State
12 November 1001 Things You Should Know
Full English

Channel 5[edit]

Date Debut Channel
6 January World's Toughest Trucker Channel 5
9 January When Paddy Met Sally
12 June Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story

Other channels[edit]

Date Debut Channel
1 January Treasure Island Sky 1
2 January The Love Machine Sky Living
Obese: A Year to Save My Life Sky 1
6 January Stella
16 January Gadget Geeks
29 January Ashley Banjo's Secret Street Crew
27 February Cleverdicks Sky Atlantic
9 March The F1 Show Sky Sports F1
F1 Legends
11 March The Love Machine Sky Living
18 March Don't Stop Me Now Sky 1
2 April Morgan Spurlock's New Britannia Sky Atlantic
16 April Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums Dave
13 May Starlings Sky 1
22 May Hit & Miss Sky Atlantic
26 May Kingdom of Plants 3D Sky 3D
4 June United States Doc McStuffins Disney Junior
25 June Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life Sky Atlantic
6 July Parents Sky 1
8 July Sinbad
26 August A Touch of Cloth
6 September The British Sky Atlantic
10 September Ronna and Beverley
14 September Moone Boy Sky 1


See main article, 2012 Summer Olympic Games


New channels[edit]

Date Channel
13 February MTV HD
9 March Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports F1 HD
26 March More4 +2
16 April Trace Sports
23 April MTV Live
3 May Sony Movie Channel
Sony Movie Channel +1
30 May BuzMuzik
3 July Alibi HD
4 July 4seven[169]
25 July BBC Olympics 1–24
BBC Olympics 1–24 HD
British Eurosport HD
30 August C4 Para 1–3
C4 Para 1–3 HD
3 September British Eurosport 2 HD
4 September TCM HD
20 September Sky Atlantic +1
2 October Nick Jr. +1
5 October Sky Movies 007 HD
12 October Heart TV[170]
Capital TV[170]

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
5 January NME TV
14 February Diva TV
21 February Sky Living Loves
11 March Current TV
16 April Channel M[171]
3 May Movies4Men 2
Movies4Men 2 +1
26 June More4 +2
3 July Bio. HD
13 August BBC Olympics 1–24
BBC Olympics 1–24 HD
10 September C4 Para 1–3
C4 Para 1–3 HD
2 October Nicktoons Replay

Rebranded channels[edit]

Date Old Name New Name
1 March Sky Sports HD 1 Sky Sports 1 HD
Sky Sports HD 2 Sky Sports 2 HD
Sky Sports HD 3 Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports HD 4 Sky Sports 4 HD
23 April MTVNHD MTV Live HD
1 July Sky Movies Showcase Sky Movies Summer
Sky Movies Showcase HD Sky Movies Summer HD
26 August Sky Movies Summer Sky Movies Showcase
Sky Movies Summer HD Sky Movies Showcase HD
2 October Nickelodeon Replay Nickelodeon +1
5 October Sky Movies Showcase Sky Movies 007
Sky Movies Showcase HD Sky Movies 007 HD
5 November Sky Movies 007 Sky Movies Showcase
Sky Movies 007 HD Sky Movies Showcase HD

Television shows[edit]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Fifth Gear Channel 5 Discovery Channel
Match of the Day 2 BBC Two BBC One
Mount Pleasant Sky1 Sky Living
Wales Fireman Sam CITV Channel 5

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)
Room 101 9 February 2007 BBC Two 20 January 2012 BBC One
Blockbusters 4 June 1993
30 September 1994
28 August 1997
23 March 2001
14 May 2012 Challenge
All Star Mr & Mrs 2 July 1999
4 April 2010
ITV 5 September 2012 N/A (Same channel as original)
Red Dwarf 5 April 1999
12 April 2009
4 October 2012 Dave
Surprise Surprise 26 December 2001 ITV 21 October 2012 N/A (Same channel as original)


Programme Date
BBC Wimbledon (1927–present)


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


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)


Programme Date
A Question of Sport (1970–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)
Top Gear (1977–2001, 2002–present)
Antiques Roadshow (1979–present)
Question Time (1979–present)


Programme Date
Family Fortunes (1980–1985, 1987–2002, 2006–present)
Children in Need (1980–present)
Timewatch (1982–present)
Channel 4 Racing (1984–2016)
Thomas and Friends (1984–present)
EastEnders (1985–present)
Comic Relief (1985–present)
Casualty (1986–present)
ChuckleVision (1987–present)
This Morning (1988–present)
Countryfile (1988–present)
Red Dwarf (1988–1999, 2009–present)
The Simpsons (1989–present)


Programme Date
Have I Got News for You (1990–present)
MasterChef (1990–2001, 2005–present)
BBC World News (1991–present)
Absolutely Fabulous (1992–1996, 2001–2004, 2011–present)
Junior MasterChef (1994, 2010–present)
Room 101 (1994–2007, 2012–present)
Time Team (1994–2013)
The National Lottery Draws (1994–2017)
Top of the Pops 2 (1994–present)
Hollyoaks (1995–present)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996–2015)
Silent Witness (1996–present)
Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
Teletubbies (1997–2012)
Y Clwb Rygbi, Wales (1997–present)
Bob the Builder (1998–present)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1998–present)
Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999–present)
Holby City (1999–present)
Tweenies (1999–present)


Programme Date
Big Brother (2000–present)
Bargain Hunt (2000–present)
BBC Breakfast (2000–present)
Click (2000–present)
Doctors (2000–present)
A Place in the Sun (2000–present)
Shipwrecked (2000–2002, 2006–2009, 2011–2012)
The Unforgettable (2000–present)
Unreported World (2000–present)
Celebrity Big Brother UK (2001–present)
BBC South East Today (2001–present)
Football Focus (2001–present)
Real Crime (2001–present)
Rogue Traders (2001–present)
Property Ladder (2001–present)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
Cash in the Attic (2002–2012)
Escape to the Country (2002–present)
Fifth Gear (2002–present)
Flog It! (2002–present)
Foyle's War (2002–2015)
High Hopes (2002–present)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
In It to Win It (2002–2016)
Inside Out (2002–present)
Outtake TV (2002–present)
River City (2002–present)
Saturday Kitchen (2002–present)
Serious (2002–present)
Sport Relief (2002–present)
The Story Makers (2002–present)
Tikkabilla (2002–present)
Daily Politics (2003–present)
QI (2003–present)
Peep Show (2003–2015)
This Week (2003–present)
Celebrity Mastermind (2003–present)
Eggheads (2003–present)
Extraordinary People (2003–present)
Grumpy Old Men (2003–present)
Homes Under the Hammer (2003–present)
New Tricks (2003–2015)
Traffic Cops (2003–present)
Match of the Day 2 (2004–present)
Shameless (2004–2013)
Supernanny (2004–2008, 2010–present)
Strictly Come Dancing (2004–present)
The X Factor (2004–present)
10 Years Younger (2004–present)
60 Minute Makeover (2004–present)
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2004–present)
Car Booty (2004–present)
The Culture Show (2004–present)
Doc Martin (2004–2019)
Football First (2004–present)
Funky Valley (2004–present)
The Gadget Show (2004–present)
Haunted Homes (2004–present)
Jimmy's Farm (2004–present)
Live at the Apollo (2004–present)
NewsWatch (2004–present)
Peppa Pig (2004–present)
SadlerVision (2004–present)
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (2004–present)
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004–present)
Coach Trip (2005–2006, 2009–2012, 2013–present)
8 out of 10 Cats (2005–present)
Deal or No Deal (2005–2016)
The Andrew Marr Show (2005–present)
The Adventure Show (2005–present)
The Apprentice (2005–present)
The Biggest Loser (2005–present)
Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model (2005–2013)
Dragons' Den (2005–present)
The F Word (2005–present)
Fifi and the Flowertots (2005–present)
The Hotel Inspector (2005–present)
The Jeremy Kyle Show (2005–present)
Ladette to Lady (2005–present)
Missing Live (2005–present)
Mock the Week (2005–present)
Springwatch (2005–present)
The Thick of It (2005–2012)
Ukwia (2005–present)
Dancing on Ice (2006–2014)
Waterloo Road (2006–2015)
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)
Cricket AM (2006–present)
Dickinson's Real Deal (2006–present)
Don't Get Done, Get Dom (2006–present)
Freshly Squeezed (2006–2012)
Ghosthunting With... (2006–present)
How to Look Good Naked (2006–present)
The IT Crowd (2006–2012)
The Large Family (2006–present)
Lewis (2006–2015)
Little Princess (2006–present)
Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies (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 (2006–2015)
Soccer Aid (2006–present)
Something for the Weekend (2006–2012)
Waterloo Road (2006–2015)
Wild at Heart (2006–2012)
Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
Outnumbered (2007–2014)
Skins (2007–2013)
Trapped (2007–present)
Would I Lie to You? (2007–present)
The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007–2014)
Benidorm (2007–present)
The Big Questions (2007–present)
Britain's Best Dish (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)
Mary Queen of Shops (2007–present)
Mister Maker (2007–present)
Postcode Challenge (2007–present)
Primeval (2007–2011)
Rapal (2007–present)
The Real MacKay (2007–present)
Real Rescues (2007–present)
An Là (2008–present)
Are You an Egghead? (2008–present)
Argumental (2008–present)
Basil's Swap Shop (2008–present)
Being Human (2008–2013)
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)
It Pays to Watch! (2008–present)
Kerwhizz (2008–2009, 2011–present)
The Live Desk (2008–present)
Marvo the Wonder Chicken (2008–present)
Merlin (2008–2012)
Nightwatch with Steve Scott (2008–present)
Only Connect (2008–present)
Police Interceptors (2008–present)
Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections (2008–present)
Rubbernecker (2008–present)
Rude Tube (2008–present)
Seachd Là (2008–present)
Sesame Tree (2008–2013)
Snog Marry Avoid? (2008–2013)
Supersize vs Superskinny (2008–2014)
The Supersizers... (2008–present)
UK Border Force (2008–present)
Unbreakable (2008–present)
Wallander (2008–2016)
The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (2009–present)
Miranda (2009–2015)
PhoneShop (2009–2013)
Pointless (2009–present)
Russell Howard's Good News (2009–2015)
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009–present)
The Chase (2009–present)
The Cube (2009–2015)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009–2016)
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009–present)
Bang Goes the Theory (2009–2014)
Bookaboo (2009–present)
Cast Offs (2009–present)
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night (2009–present)
Copycats (2009–present)
Countrywise (2009–present)
Cowboy Trap (2009–present)
Crash (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 (2009–2015)
Four Weddings (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)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009–present)
Peter Andre: The Next Chapter (2009–2013)
Rip Off Britain (2009–present)


Programme Date
Accused (2010–2012)
Celebrity Coach Trip (2010–2012)
Come Fly with Me (2010–present)
Dave's One Night Stand (2010–2012)
Daybreak (2010–2014)
DCI Banks (2010–2016)
Dirty Sexy Funny (2010–present)
Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers (2010–2014)
Facejacker (2010–2012)
Frank Skinner's Opinionated (2010–present)
Grandma's House (2010–2012)
The Great British Bake Off (2010–present)
Great British Railway Journeys (2010–present)
Him & Her (2010–2013)
An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012)
ITV Breakfast (2010–present)
James May's Man Lab (2010–2013)
Junior Apprentice (2010–present)
Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands (2011–2013)
Lip Service (2010–2012)
Late Kick Off (2010–present)
A League of Their Own (2010–present)
Lee Nelson's Well Good Show (2010–present)
Little Crackers (2010–present)
Lorraine (2010–present)
Luther (2010–present)
The Million Pound Drop (2010–2015)
The Nightshift (2010–present)
Odd One In (2010–present)
The Only Way Is Essex (2010–present)
Pen Talar (2010–present)
Pete versus Life (2010–2011)
Pocket tv (2010–present)
Rev. (2010–2014)
The Rob Brydon Show (2010–2012)
Roger & Val Have Just Got In (2010–2012)
Scream! If You Know the Answer (2010–present)
Sherlock (2010–present)
So You Think You Can Dance (2010–present)
Stand Up for the Week (2010–2013)
Stargazing Live (2010–present)
Strike-back (2010–present)
STV Sports Centre (2010–present)
Sunday Morning Live (2010–present)
Take Me Out (2010–present)
Tracy Beaker Returns (2010–2012)
The Trip (2010–present)
Turn Back Time – The High Street (2010–present)
The Zone (2010–present)
All Over the Place (2011–present)
Bedlam (2011–2012)
Episodes (2011–2017)
Four Rooms (2011–present)
Fresh Meat (2011–2016)
Friday Night Dinner (2011–present)
Home for the Holidays (2011–present)
Junior Bake Off (2011–present)
Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands (2011–present)
King Of... (2011–present)
Made in Chelsea (2011–present)
Match of the Day Kickabout (2011–present)
Mad Dogs (2011–present)
Monroe (2011–2012)
Perfection (2011–2015)
Red or Black? (2011–2012)
Ross Kemp: Extreme World (2011–2017)
Sadie J (2011–2013)
Scott & Bailey (2011–2016)
The Sparticle Mystery (2011–2015)
Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents (2011–present)
Text Santa (2011–2015)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011–present)
Vera (2011–present)
White Van Man (2011–2012)
The Bank Job (2012–present)
Endeavour (2012–present)
Call the Midwife (2012–present)
Derek (2012–2014)
Inside Men (2012–present)
Prisoners' Wives (2012–present)
Pramface (2012–2014)
Stella (2012–present)
Take Me Out - The Gossip (2012–present)
The Exit List (2012)
The Voice UK (2012–present)
Tipping Point (2012–2017)

Ending this year[edit]

Date(s) Programme Channel(s) Debut(s)
2 January Treasure Island Sky 1 2012
6 January Public Enemies BBC One
16 January When Paddy Met Sally Channel 5
27 January Celebrity Coach Trip Channel 4 2010
29 January Shipwrecked E4 2000, 2006 & 2011
9 February Eternal Law ITV 2012
17 February Hustle BBC One 2004
28 February The Exit List ITV 2012
9 March Coach Trip Channel 4 & More4 2005 & 2009
18 March Something for the Weekend BBC Two 2006
19 March Dirk Gently BBC Four 2010
23 March Tracy Beaker Returns CBBC
24 March & 7 April Harry Hill's TV Burp ITV 2002
25 March Upstairs Downstairs ITV & BBC One 1971 & 2010
29 March White Van Man BBC Three 2011
31 March The Weakest Link BBC One & BBC Two 2000
Dani's House CBBC 2008
6 April Cleverdicks Sky Atlantic 2012
12 April White Heat BBC Two
15 April Titanic ITV
1 May Facejacker Channel 4 2010
1 June Very Important People 2012
13 July The Ricky Gervais Show E4 2010
3 August Parents Sky 1 2012
4 August It's Me or the Dog Channel 4, More4 & Pick TV 2005
20 August Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down ITV 2012
5 September A Mother's Son
7 September Supernanny Channel 4 & E4 2004 & 2010
18 September The Rob Brydon Show BBC Two 2010
21 September In with the Flynns BBC One 2011
23 September Sinbad Sky 1 2012
3 October Mrs Biggs ITV
13 October Total Wipeout[172] BBC One 2009
22 October Pages from Ceefax BBC Two 1974
27 October The Thick of It BBC Four & BBC Two 2005
1 November Homefront ITV 2012
19 November Switch ITV2
22 November Hunted BBC One
23 November Me and Mrs Jones
28 November Secret State Channel 4
2 December The Secret of Crickley Hall BBC One
13 December The Hour BBC Two 2011
21 December An Idiot Abroad Sky 1 2010
Freshly Squeezed Channel 4 2006
CBBC on BBC One BBC One 1985
24 December Merlin 2008
25 December The Royle Family BBC Two & BBC One 1998 & 2006
30 December T4 Channel 4 & E4 1998
Wild at Heart ITV 2006


Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
January Bryan Daly ? Theme tune composer (Postman Pat, Gran, Bertha the Machine)
3 January Jenny Tomasin[173] 73 Actress (Upstairs, Downstairs, Emmerdale)
4 January Kerry McGregor[174] 37 Singer-songwriter and actress
6 January Bob Holness[175] 83 Game show host (Take a Letter, Blockbusters, Raise the Roof, Call My Bluff)
10 January Lila Kaye 82 Actress
22 January Sarah Cullen[176] 62 Television and radio journalist (ITN News)
26 January Ian Abercrombie[177] 77 Actor (Seinfeld, Army of Darkness, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Wizards of Waverly Place)
Colin Tarrant[178] 59 Actor (The Bill)
12 February David Kelly[179] 82 Actor (Me Mammy, The Italian Job, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers)
15 February James Whitaker[180] 71 Journalist, specialising in the British royal family
22 February Frank Carson[181] 85 Comedian
1 March Gemma McCluskie[182] 29 Actress (EastEnders)
5 March Philip Madoc[183][184] 77 Actor (Dad's Army, Doctor Who, The Life and Times of David Lloyd George)
3 May Charlotte Mitchell[185] 85 Actress (The Adventures of Black Beauty, ...And Mother Makes Five)
17 May Colin McIntyre[186] Founding editor of the BBC's Ceefax teletext service
5 June Caroline John[187] 71 Actress (Doctor Who)
17 June Brian Hibbard 65 Actor, singer (Coronation Street, Emmerdale)
4 July Eric Sykes[188] 89 Comedian (Sykes)
20 July Alastair Burnet[189] 84 Journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten)
Simon Ward[190] 70 Actor and Stage.
21 July Angharad Rees[191] 68 Actress (Poldark).
26 July Mary Tamm[192] 62 Actress (Doctor Who).
27 July Geoffrey Hughes[193] 68 Actor (Coronation Street, Keeping Up Appearances, The Royle Family, Heartbeat)
11 August Sid Waddell[194] 72 Sports commentator and television personality
31 August Max Bygraves[195][196] 89 Comedian, singer, actor and variety performer (Crackerjack, Family Fortunes)
6 September Terry Nutkins[197] 66 British TV presenter and naturalist
22 September Mike Baker 55 BBC journalist
27 September Herbert Lom[198] 95 Actor (The Pink Panther, Spartacus, Gambit, The Ladykillers)
22 October Mike Morris 66 British TV presenter and journalist
6 November Clive Dunn 92 Actor and entertainer (Dad's Army)
9 November Bill Tarmey[199] 71 Actor (Coronation Street)
9 December Patrick Moore[200] 89 Astronomer and broadcaster (The Sky at Night)
14 December Kenneth Kendall[201] 88 BBC's first in-vision newserader
21 December Daphne Oxenford[202] 93 Radio presenter and actress (Listen with Mother, Coronation Street)
26 December Gerry Anderson[203] 83 Producer, Writer and Director (Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, Space: 1999)
29 December Tony Greig[204] 66 Former England Cricket Captain and sports commentator

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