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  • This is a list of events that took place in 2016 related to Television in the United Kingdom.

    Events[edit]

    January[edit]

    Date Event
    1 BBC One airs an extended version of its television special, Adele at the BBC, which includes comedy footage of a sketch in which Adele surprises a roomful of lookalikes. The footage had proved popular with viewers of the BBC's YouTube site following the programme's previous broadcast in November 2015.[1][2]
    ITV have signed a £30m four-year deal for the terrestrial broadcasting rights to air horse racing from 2017, ending a three decades long run of the sport on Channel 4. Major events will include the Grand National.[3]
    2 It is announced that British horse racing coverage will move from Channel 4 to ITV from January 2017 after ITV won the broadcasting rights to show free-to-air coverage of the sport the previous day. Events such as the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National, the Derby and Royal Ascot will be part of ITV's coverage, with fixtures airing on ITV and ITV4.[4][5]
    Figures indicate that The Abominable Bride, an episode of BBC One's Sherlock that aired on New Year's Day, was the most watched drama over the 2015–16 festive period, with an audience of eight million viewers. The Christmas Day finale of Downton Abbey had the highest viewership of that day, with an audience of 6.6 million.[6] Consolidated figures, which include catch-up viewers, subsequently indicate Downton Abbey to have been the most watched programme of the festive period, with an audience of 10.5 million.[7]
    3 Debut of BBC One's adaptation of War & Peace, which is watched by an average audience of 6.3 million, peaking at 6.7 million.[8]
    4 The BBC confirms 16 February as the date on which BBC Three will begin its transition to an online only channel. A new logo for the channel is introduced.[9]
    5 Launch of the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[10] Contestant Winston McKenzie causes controversy after expressing anti-gay sentiment in his entry video when he says that he will "cope with a homosexual in the house [by] standing against a brick wall all the time". The former UK Independence Party member and candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral election is booed by the audience as he enters the Big Brother house, while Ofcom have received 165 complaints about the comments by the following day. The regulator says it will assess the complaints before deciding whether to launch an investigation.[11]
    6 Writer Charlie Higson confirms that ITV have cancelled Jekyll and Hyde after one series.[12]
    The Guardian newspaper appoints Newsnight's investigations correspondent, Nick Hopkins as its head of investigations.[13]
    The opening episode of the Eighteenth series of Midsomer Murders is unique in that its storyline features no actual murder.[14]
    7 Police confirm that three bodies found at a house in London two days earlier are those of missing former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children, who disappeared on 13 December 2015.[15] Her partner is subsequently arrested by police in Ghana.[16]
    8 The BBC is forced to defend its decision to allow shadow defence minister Stephen Doughty to resign on an edition of The Daily Politics after the Labour Party's leadership accuses it of pursuing a "particular political narrative".[17] Doughty had resigned on the programme two days earlier, citing his unhappiness over a recent shadow cabinet reshuffle.[18][19]
    Sheridan Smith will play the head of a Dewsbury residents group who spearheaded the search for Shannon Matthews in a forthcoming BBC drama about the girl's 2008 kidnapping.[20]
    Archaeologists have called for Channel 5 to pull the series Battlefield Recovery from the schedule amid allegations of grave robbery. The programme, due to debut on 9 January, shows amateur enthusiasts unearthing war graves in Eastern Europe, and is believed to be a reworking of a 2014 programme titled Nazi War Diggers, which was pulled from the National Geographic schedules after criticism.[21]
    11 Channel 4 have signed David Coulthard to present their Formula One coverage, ending speculation that he would appear in the new series of Top Gear.[22]
    14 Britain's Next Top Model (also known as Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model) returns after a three-year hiatus, airing on Lifetime.
    15 As Barbara Windsor makes her latest occasional return to EastEnders as Peggy Mitchell, the actress reveals that she has decided to quit the series for good and that her character will be killed off. Peggy will die from terminal cancer in scenes to be aired later in the year.[23] It is subsequently announced that Ross Kemp will reprise his role as Peggy's son, Grant as part of her exit storyline.[24]
    18 Peter Fincham announces he will step down as ITV's director of television from February. He will be replaced by Kevin Lygo, the channel's current director of studios.[25]
    19 BBC One controller Charlotte Moore is appointed to the newly created role of controller of BBC TV channels and iPlayer, while Kim Shillinglaw, current controller of BBC Two and BBC Four is to leave the BBC and her position abolished.[26]
    31 The death is announced of broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan following a short illness. He was 77.[27]

    February[edit]

    Date Event
    2 The BBC announces a deal with Discovery Communications that enables it to broadcast coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympics up to and including the 2024 Summer Games. The agreement covers television, radio and online coverage.[28]
    4 Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc has been signed as a presenter on the relaunched Top Gear, hosting alongside Chris Evans when the show returns in May.[29]
    5 Media regulator Ofcom is considering whether to investigate a party political broadcast by the UK Independence Party that urged people to vote to leave the European Union because Turkey could join. The film, which emphasised Turkey's Muslim population, suggested that country's accession to the EU could result in an influx of Turkish citizens into the UK. The four-minute film, which aired on 3 February, has resulted in 30 complaints, including allegations of inciting racial hatred.[30]
    It is reported that actress Tina Hobley has been forced to quit the third series of Channel 4's athletics-based reality show The Jump after sustaining a dislocated elbow that resulted from a fall while she was training for the series.[31]
    Reality television star Scott Timlin wins the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[32]
    8 Channel 4 launches an urgent safety review of its athletics-based reality series The Jump after olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and swimmer Rebecca Adlington became the second and third contestants to be forced to withdraw from the competition as a result of injuries suffered during its making.[33]
    9 Reality television star Mark-Francis Vandelli withdraws from The Jump after fracturing his ankle during training.[34]
    11 The full Top Gear presenting line up is revealed: Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc, Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and Chris Harris.[35]
    After suffering a hamstring injury during training, athlete Linford Christie becomes the fifth contestant to withdraw from The Jump.[36]
    Channel 5, 5*, and 5USA get a new look as their stencil logos for their channels get their very first airing. 5* is also rebranded as 5Star on the same day.[37]
    15 BBC Worldwide announces that Keeping Up Appearances is the Corporation's most exported television programme, having been sold to broadcasters overseas nearly 1,000 times.[38]
    BBC Two begins airing The People v. O. J. Simpson, the first series in the American true crimes anthology, American Crime Story.[39]
    BBC Three's final night on air sees it repeating episodes of some of its most popular series, including The Mighty Boosh and Family Guy. The final programme, aired in the early hours of 16 February, is a repeat of an episode of Gavin & Stacey. BBC Three becomes an online channel from 16 February.[40]
    18 Sean O'Connor, current editor of BBC Radio 4's The Archers is to take over as producer of EastEnders, replacing Dominic Treadwell-Collins.[41]
    19 The BBC Trust criticises two nature documentaries for serious editorial breaches over misleading content. In Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise, aired in September 2015, apparent footage of a volcanic eruption which occurred that year was actually of a similar event filmed in 2011, while a 2011 documentary apparently showing wild wolves hunting a baby camel was also faked. Producers used a semi-domesticated wolf for scenes in Human Planet: Deserts – Life in the Furnace, which was let off its lead shortly before filming commenced.[42]
    Nick Grimshaw confirms he has left The X Factor, and will not be a judge on the series when it returns later in the year.[43]
    This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson, who has been with the series since it began in 1988, confirms she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.[44]
    20 The family of Paul Daniels confirm the magician has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.[45]
    23 The BBC announces three special debates ahead of the European Union membership referendum on 21 June—a young voters debate from Glasgow on 19 May, a Question Time special on 15 June, and what is billed as the BBC's "biggest ever campaign event" at Wembley Arena on 21 June.[46]
    Chef James Martin announces he will leave BBC One's Saturday Kitchen from the end of March; the programme will use a guest presenter format from the start of April.[47] Martin subsequently states that his decision to quit the programme after witnessing the death of a stranger who was appearing on stage.[48]
    24 Jeremy Clarkson apologises to Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer he punched in 2015, after settling a £100,000 race discrimination and injury claim.[49]
    25 Publication of the Dame Janet Smith Review, which concludes that serious failings at the BBC allowed Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall to sexually abuse nearly 100 people without detection.[50] BBC Director-General Tony Hall confirms that disc jockey Tony Blackburn has been sacked by the BBC because he failed to co-operate with an element of Janet Smith's report. Blackburn claims he has been "hung out to dry" by the investigation, and threatens to take legal action against his former employers.[51]
    Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell abandons her attempt to cross the Irish Sea in a giant inflatable ball due to bad weather.[52]
    26 Bill Turnbull presents his final BBC Breakfast programme after fifteen years as a presenter. Sports presenter Dan Walker is announced as his replacement.[53]
    Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason announces he is leaving the broadcaster to pursue a freelance career.[54]
    Former The Voice UK contestants Joe and Jake are selected to represent the UK at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, with the uptempo "You're Not Alone", a song about unity and love. They are selected to be this year's UK Eurovision entry during a live show held at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London, and which is broadcast on BBC Four.[55]
    The weekly newspaper review programme What the Papers Say, which aired on television for many years and of late has been part of the BBC Radio 4 schedule, is to be axed due to cost cutting measures at the network. It will end in March after being broadcast for 60 years.[56]
    27 Singer Sarah Harding becomes the sixth person to withdraw from the third series of Channel 4's The Jump because of injury.[57]
    29 Heather Mills becomes the seventh person to leave The Jump because of injury, having been brought in to replace previous contestants injured during the making of the programme.[58]

    March[edit]

    Date Event
    1 Peter Salmon is to step down as the BBC's Director of Studios to take up a position with Endemol Shine, it is announced.[59]
    Sir David Clementi's review of BBC governance has concluded that the BBC Trust is "flawed" and that Ofcom should take on responsibility for the role currently overseen by the Trust.[60]
    2 The death is announced of Coronation Street creator Tony Warren, who died on the evening of 1 March, aged 79.[61]
    Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announces that the government will rush through legislation to close the loophole that allows viewers without a television licence to watch catch-up services on BBC iPlayer.[62]
    Channel 5 confirms plans to air the Home and Away spin-off An Eye for an Eye, with broadcast dates of 17 March on 5Star and 21 March on Channel 5.[63]
    6 Former Rugby Union international Ben Cohen wins Series 3 of The Jump. Cohen had been drafted in to replace one of a number of celebrities who had dropped out of the series due to injury.[64]
    8 Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester will star in ground breaking BBC One crime drama Undercover, which debuts in April. The show is rare in that it will feature black lead characters in a prime time drama where their ethnicity is not a central part of the plot.[65]
    The full presenting team of Channel 4's Formula One coverage is confirmed as Murray Walker, Eddie Jordan, Steve Jones, David Coulthard, Alain Prost, Susie Wolff, Ben Edwards and Alex Zanardi.[66]
    9 Former Newsround presenter John Craven is confirmed as the presenter of a new Countryfile daily spin off titled Countryfile Diaries, which will attempt to build on the popularity of the Sunday evening programme.[67]
    10 A YouGov survey commissioned by the political organisation 38 Degrees indicates that 53% of those questioned regard the BBC as their most-trusted source of news content.[68]
    A report published by TV industry marketing body Thinkbox suggests that viewers watched an average of 77 minutes per week of streamed television content from providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime during 2015, almost doubling the average for 2014.[69]
    The BBC announces a landmark sitcoms season, which will see new one-off episodes of series such as Till Death Us Do Part, Porridge and Keeping Up Appearances.[70]
    BBC Director-General Tony Hall pledges to investigate increasing the availability of British Sign Language for entertainment programmes after being questioned on the issue by school students as part of the BBC's annual School Report News Day.[71]
    14 Top Gear presenter Chris Evans apologises "unreservedly" after it emerged that scenes for a stunt in the forthcoming series of the motoring show were filmed around the Cenotaph, something Evans describes as "disrespectful" and which left him feeling "mortified" when he learned of it. Evans also says that footage of the stunt will never be broadcast[72] The BBC also confirms that the material will not be shown.[73]
    CBBC gets a new look and logo.[74]
    ITV confirms that the set of Emmerdale, which is situated on the Harewood Estate in Leeds, will be open for guided tours from April.[75]
    15 Comedian Jack Dee confirms he is stepping down as presenter of The Apprentice: You're Fired due to other work commitments.[76]
    16 As the second series of BBC One crime drama Happy Valley reaches its conclusion, screenwriter Sally Wainwright says that she would like to write a third series but needs time to develop the plot.[77]
    17 Sky News presenter Kay Burley attracts ridicule over her response to the death of former newsreader Cliff Michelmore after confusing him with Malcolm Muggeridge, who died in 1990, and tweeting her condolences to Muggeridge's family.[78]
    Chloe Keenan wins Cycle 10 of Britain's Next Top Model.
    18 Sport Relief 2016 is aired across the BBC, raising more than £55m for good causes by the following day.[79]
    19 Channel 4 begins its Formula One coverage with highlights of the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2016 season.[80] The first live race to be aired by the channel is the Bahrain Grand Prix, held two weeks later.[81]
    21 After the concluding two episodes of the BBC One thriller The Night Manager were posted online, producers of the series say they are working hard to remove the content.[82]
    An edition of The Jeremy Kyle Show aired on 18 January that included an expletive spoken with a Scottish accent escapes censure from Ofcom after ITV said that the person's accent meant the word had not been "understood" before the show was broadcast. No complaints about the incident were received by the regulator.[83]
    22 Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid breaks down while interviewing a man who rescued a baby from drowning.[84]
    24 Sky Sports signs an exclusive deal to broadcast live Formula 1 coverage from 2019, meaning live coverage with the exception of the British Grand Prix will no longer be free.[85]
    25 A fire in the post room of ITV's London studios temporarily forces Good Morning Britain off the air as people are evacuated from the building and the fire tackled.[86]
    26 James Martin presents his final edition of Saturday Kitchen after ten years.[87]
    Chloe Castro and Beth Morris, two contestants on this year's series of The Voice, withdraw from the contest hours before the live part of the show is due to begin. Castro cites health reasons for her decision, while Morris says she is withdrawing for personal reasons.[88] Morris subsequently confirms that she withdrew from the series because of cocaine addiction.[89]
    27 The FA Cup trophy that was in use between 1911 and 1992 is valued at more than £1m on an edition of Antiques Roadshow, making it the most valuable item to appear on the programme.[90]
    The final episode of BBC One's thriller The Night Manager draws an audience of 6.6 million, beating ITV's Our Queen at 90, which airs in the same timeslot but has a million fewer viewers.[91]
    28 Jeremy Kyle makes his presenting debut on Good Morning Britain, standing in for Piers Morgan.[92]
    29 Dermot O'Leary confirms he is returning to present the next series of The X Factor just a year after leaving the role.[93]
    31 Amy Stanning becomes the UK's first transgender continuity announcer after being hired by Channel 4 to provide voiceover for announcements to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility.[94]

    April[edit]

    Date Event
    1 Steve November confirms he is to step down as ITV's head of drama after sixteen years with the broadcaster.[95]
    Alan Heath is named as the 2016 Mastermind Champion.[96]
    5 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini confirms she will not be part of the X Factor judging panel when the series returns later in the year.[97]
    6 ITV News presenter Mark Austin makes his presenting debut on Good Morning Britain.[98]
    7 Alex Scott wins the second series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.[99]
    9 Channel 4 airs its final Grand National before ITV take over the broadcasting rights in 2017. Viewing figures indicate the event to have been watched by 10m people.[100]
    Kevin Simm, a former member of 2000s group Liberty X, wins the fifth series of The Voice UK, and releases his debut single "All You Good Friends".[101]
    12 The Football Association confirms it has signed a new three-year contract with BT TV and the BBC to air coverage of the FA Cup, giving them the broadcasting rights to the competition until 2021. The deal will also see an increase in coverage of women's football by both broadcasters.[102][103]
    15 While reporting from the launch of the Vote Leave campaign in Manchester, Channel 4 journalist Michael Crick is interrupted by an audience member while doing a live broadcast after London Mayor Boris Johnson asked for someone to go and shut him up.[104]
    17 Former snooker World Champion Steve Davis announces his retirement live on air during the BBC's coverage of the 2016 World Snooker Championship. Davis, who is providing commentary on the tournament, is allowed to carry the World Championship trophy on a lap of honour around the Crucible Theatre, the venue for the competition.[105]
    19 Sky launches a new major rebrand of its channels, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, and Sky Arts.[101]
    21 BBC One drama series Dickensian is cancelled after one series.[106]
    23 Pearl Mackie is confirmed as the new Doctor Who companion, replacing Jenna Coleman, who left the series in 2015. The announcement is made on BBC One at half-time during the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Everton.[107]
    27 The BBC confirms that Top Gear will have a sister programme, Extra Gear, presented by Rory Reid.[108]
    30 Snooker commentator John Virgo apologises after he is heard swearing during BBC One's afternoon coverage of the 2016 Snooker World Championship semi-final between Mark Selby and Marco Fu. Virgo had believed he was holding an off-air conversation at the time.[109]

    May[edit]

    Date Event
    1 The Labour Party accuses Culture Secretary John Whittingdale of "unacceptable interference" after a number of Sunday newspapers report that he will allow commercial broadcasters to have a say over the BBC's peak-time scheduling. The government says it has no plans to implement such a policy.[110]
    2 The BBC have secured a two-year extension to their World Snooker Championship broadcasting rights, meaning coverage of the tournament will remain with the BBC until at least 2019.[111]
    6 Jane Devonshire wins the 2016 series of MasterChef.[112]
    8 Debut of Robert Peston's new ITV politics talk show, Peston on Sunday. Guests on the opening programme include Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and documentary maker Louis Theroux.[113] The programme, screened immediately after BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, is seen by an audience of 166,000, a tenth of the 1.6 million viewers who watched its BBC equivalent.[114]
    10 The government has dropped plans for a full privatisation of Channel 4, and is instead considering other options, including a possible partial privatisation of the broadcaster.[115]
    11 Jeremy Clarkson confirms that his new Amazon Prime series will be titled The Grand Tour, and air from a different location each week. The show is due to begin in the autumn.[116]
    ITV confirms that it has axed the World War II drama series Home Fires after two seasons, prompting the launch of a Change.org petition urging the broadcaster to reconsider its decision.[117]
    Vote Leave, the official group campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union, warns ITV it faces "consequences for its future" after the broadcaster schedules a referendum debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage while overlooking its own prominent members. Vote Leave also threatens to take legal action against ITV over the 7 June programme.[118] In response ITV says that Vote Leave have been invited to take part in a separate debate on 9 June.[119]
    12 Publication of the long-awaited white paper setting out the government's vision of the future direction of the BBC. Among proposals are greater transparency of entertainers salaries, to make the BBC a more distinctive service and to increase the diversity of its output. The document also proposes the appointment of an executive board to replace the BBC Trust, and the possibility for the first BBC pay-TV service.[120] While broadly welcoming the proposals, BBC Director-General Tony Hall expresses concern the government will have too much power over the BBC if allowed to appoint board members.[121]
    14 Ukraine's Jamala wins the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with "1944", a song about Josef Stalin's deportation of Crimean Tatars during World War II. The song narrowly beats the Australian entry, Dami Im's "Sound of Silence", while the United Kingdom's entry, "You're Not Alone" by Joe and Jake finishes in 24th place.[122] Figures subsequently indicate the event to have been watched by an average audience of 7.1m, peaking at 8.5m.[123]
    17 The BBC announces the closure of its Food, Newsbeat and BBC News Magazine websites as part of a £15 million cost-cutting drive. Although the content will be archived, and therefore continue to be available online, it will be more difficult to access.[124] News of the closure of the BBC Food website prompts 100,000 people to sign a Change.org petition to urge the BBC to reverse its decision.[125] In response the BBC says that most of the 11,000 recipes affected by the changes will be moved to the BBC Good Food website, which is operated by the corporation's commercial arm.[126]
    Barbara Windsor makes her final EastEnders appearance as Peggy Mitchell; the character having been killed off.[127] Windsor's final episode is watched by a viewership of 6.9 million (a 37% audience share).[128] Pam St Clement makes a one-off return as Pat Butcher, as a hallucination, four years after the character was killed off.
    18 Liverpool's UEFA Europa League match with Sevilla gives BT Sport their largest ever audience, with 3.5 million viewers. As well as being aired by BT, the match is also shown free-to-air via YouTube.[129]
    20 ITV's South Bank studios are evacuated after a bomb alert involving a suspect vehicle parked nearby.[130]
    Overnight viewing figures indicate that the previous day's repeat edition of Bargain Hunt–a show highlighted by the government in its recent white paper as an example of the BBC's lack of diversity and adventure–attracted a greater audience share than did that evening's episode of Peaky Blinders. Bargain Hunt, aired at 12.15 pm, had an audience of 1.7 million (a 32% share), while Peaky Blinders, at 9.00 pm, was seen by 1.5 million (8%).[131]
    26 The BBC announces plans for the Barbara Windsor biopic Babs, as well as a dramatisation of David Nicholls' novel Us. The BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders has also been renewed for another two series.[132]
    27 Actor Adam Woodyatt, who has played Ian Beale in BBC One's EastEnders since the series began in 1985 reaches a milestone with the announcement that he has filmed his 3000th episode.[133]
    28 Army bandsman and magician Richard Jones wins the tenth series of Britain's Got Talent.[134]
    29 Top Gear relaunches with Chris Evans as presenter.[135] The episode is seen by an average 4.4 million viewers.[136]
    ITV airs the 2016 British Soap Awards,[137] which sees Emmerdale win the award for best soap for the first time in the awards' history, while awards for best dramatic performance go to Danny Miller and Lacey Turner for their respective roles as Emmerdale's Aaron Dingle and EastEnders' Stacey Slater.[138][139]

    June[edit]

    Date Event
    1 Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh will return as judges on The X Factor for the forthcoming series, it is confirmed. Dermot O'Leary is also returning as presenter.[140]
    3 Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat tells the programme's official magazine that an unnamed black actor was offered the role of The Doctor, but that "it didn't work out".[141]
    4 Leaked data published by The Daily Telegraph suggests that 37 people have complained about the content of the relaunched Top Gear, in particular jokes presenter Chris Evans made about his predecessor, Jeremy Clarkson.[142] Overnight viewing figures for the 5 June edition of the programme suggest it was seen by an audience of 2.8 million, peaking at 3.3 million, a decrease of almost a third on the 29 May edition's viewership.[143]
    6 Media regulator Ofcom rules that an edition of Channel 4 game show Countdown aired on 21 March breached product placement rules after presenter Nick Hewer talked at length about the Ideal Home Show, which was taking place at London's Olympia at the time. Guest Mark Foster plugged P&O Cruises in the same programme, something that was also found to be in breach of the regulations. In response Channel 4 says the programme's content was reviewed before airing, but by a junior member of the commissioning team, and that in future all content will be authorised by the commissioning editor before broadcast. The content was also removed from the channel's on demand service when it became aware of the issue.[144]
    The BBC indicates it will devote fewer hours to television coverage of this year's Glastonbury Festival than has been the case in previous years. The Corporation plans to air 25 hours of Glastonbury 2016, compared to 30 hours in 2014 and 2015.[145]
    8 The BBC confirm that Sitcom Still Game will return for a new series after nearly ten years off air. The Series would once again be filmed in Scotland. All Original Cast would be returning to the series.
    9 ITV confirms that Emma Willis will continue to present The Voice UK when it moves to the channel in 2017. However, co-host Marvin Humes will not return, having decided to step down from his presenting role.[146]
    10 Comedian and presenter Adil Ray is appointed an OBE in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours.[147] Others from the world of television to be honoured include presenters Ant & Dec and actor Brian Blessed, who also receive OBEs, while actress Penelope Wilton becomes a Dame.[148]
    16 The BBC postpones the evening's editions of its political discussion programmes Question Time and This Week following the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox.[149]
    Organisers of the Miss Great Britain contest have stripped present incumbent Zara Holland of her title after the model, a participant in the current run of ITV's Love Island, was seen to have slept with a fellow contestant on the previous evening's edition of the show.[150]
    17 The BBC announces Let It Shine, an eight-week talent contest that will see Gary Barlow search for participants to appear in a musical about Take That. Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc will co-present.[151]
    19 ITV confirms that former Miss Great Britain Zara Holland has left Love Island after learning that her mother had fallen ill.[152]
    20 Ofcom launches an investigation into an edition of ITV's Loose Women aired on 17 May in which Katie Price's teenage son used offensive language while discussing online harassment. The media regulator is also investigating sexual scenes from an edition of Big Brother aired on 12 June, and an item about sex toys that appeared on This Morning on 25 May.[153]
    Channel 4 announce plans for an animated adaption of the classic children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt, featuring Olivia Coleman in one of the leading roles.[154]
    22 The BBC consumer affairs programme Watchdog confirms that journalists Steph McGovern and Nikki Fox will join its presenting team.[155]
    23–24 BBC One, ITV and Sky provide through the night coverage of the results of the EU referendum, which sees the UK vote to leave the European Union.[156]
    25 BBC One airs the 1000th episode of Casualty.[157] The episode sees the return of one of the original cast members when Cathy Shipton reprises her role as Lisa Duffin.[158]
    Adele headlines the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2016. The set, aired on BBC Two, is watched by a peak audience of 3.7 million, making it the most watched performance to be televised during this year's festival, and giving a single Glastonbury set the largest number of viewers since 2008.[159]
    27 Figures indicate that shares in ITV plunged by £2.5bn (20% of the broadcaster's value) on the day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, prompting fears the company could be vulnerable to a takeover bid.[160]
    Radio 1 presenter Matt Edmondson is confirmed as the new host of ITV2's The Xtra Factor, replacing Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom.[161]

    July[edit]

    Date Event
    1 Patrick Holland, current head of documentaries commissioning at the BBC, is appointed to the newly created role of BBC Two channel editor.[162]
    4 Ofcom censures the news channel RT UK after guests on its current affairs show Going Underground accused Turkey of waging a "genocidal war against the Kurds" during an edition aired in March.[163]
    Chris Evans announces that he is to step down as presenter of Top Gear, saying he was "not a good fit" for the programme.[164]
    ITV confirms it has bought the broadcasting rights for the Lethal Weapon TV series, and will air it in a prime time slot.[165]
    It is reported that Andrew Wilson, Lorna Dunkley and Samantha Simmonds are all leaving Sky News as the broadcaster makes financial savings.[166]
    5 The government publishes the Digital Economy Bill, which includes provisions to repeal a law protecting cable platforms from paying copyright or retransmission fees to public sector broadcasters; in response ITV says it will seek to charge Virgin Media for broadcasting its channels.[167]
    The BBC announces plans to open a news bureau in Toronto, as well as launching a Canadian edition of the BBC.com website.[168]
    The BBC plans to cut almost 100 jobs from its monitoring service in a bid to save £4m from the unit's budget from April 2017.[169]
    The BBC comedy Goodnight Sweetheart will return for a one-off special as part of a series sixty years of BBC comedy.[170]
    6 Anne Bulford is appointed as Deputy Director-General of the BBC, becoming the first woman to hold the position; the role had previously been inactive since the departure of the previous incumbent, Mark Byford in 2011.[171]
    The BBC have ordered a third series of Poldark, even though the second series will not be broadcast until later in the year.[172]
    The Advertising Standards Authority have banned a television commercial for Paddy Power in which a caller to a helpline is told that "even riff raff" could take part in a Cheltenham betting promotion.[173]
    7 The BBC confirms that it will air two Christmas editions of The Great British Bake Off featuring participants from previous series.[174]
    Channel 4 confirms it has "no plans" to commission further editions of TFI Friday, which was briefly revived in 2015.[175]
    11 Red Rock, a soap made by Ireland's TV3 and set in and around a fictitious Dublin Garda station, makes its UK television debut on BBC One. The opening episode draws an audience of 1.1 million (an 18.6% audience share).[176]
    13 The BBC confirms that Len Goodman will leave his role as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing following the next series.[177]
    14 Karen Bradley is appointed as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, replacing John Whittingdale as Theresa May succeeds David Cameron as Prime Minister.[178]
    The BBC announces that it will not merge its BBC News and BBC World News channels.[179]
    Sky announces that it will begin showing film and sport content in ultra high definition from 13 August.[180]
    18 Ofcom decides to take no further action after receiving viewer complaints about an edition of Sky News from 12 June in which journalist Owen Jones stormed out during the middle of a newspaper review. Presenter Mark Longhurst and fellow guest Julia Hartley-Brewer had dismissed Jones's view that the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting "specifically targeted the LGBT community".[181] However, an episode of ITV2's Love Island that showed footage of two contestants engaging in sexual intercourse shortly after the 9.00 pm watershed on 30 June will be investigated after eight viewers complained about the scenes.[182]
    19 The Independent Press Standards Organisation have received over 1,400 complaints about a column appearing in The Sun in which Kelvin MacKenzie criticised Channel 4 News journalist Fatima Manji for wearing a hijab while reporting on the 2016 Nice attack. Manji had co-presented the programme the day after the attack, but MacKenzie questioned whether she should have been allowed to do so.[183] Manji also subsequently makes a complaint to the press watchdog.[184]
    20 Les Dennis confirms he will leave his Coronation Street role as Michael Rodwell later in the year.[185]
    21 The BBC confirms plans to adapt Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables into a six-part series.[186]
    The BBC has releases a collection celebrating the screenwriting of Alan Bleasdale, including his rarely seen first television work from 1975, Early To Bed.[187]
    22 ITV announce that television presenter Anita Rani and chef James Martin will present This Morning on Fridays during the summer, as Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford present the rest of the week.[188]
    ITV announces Dance Dance Dance, a celebrity-based programme that recreates classic dance routines, for 2017.[189]
    26 Jason Burrill wins the seventeenth series of Big Brother.[190]
    29 Alexis Conran wins the eleventh series of Celebrity MasterChef.[191]

    August[edit]

    Date Event
    1 Ofcom clears ITV show Loose Women over an edition in which Katie Price's son swore during a discussion about cyberbullying.[192]
    5 Actor Christopher Biggins is removed from the eighteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother after making a number of comments that the programme describes as "capable of causing great offence to housemates and the viewing public".[193] The remarks included claims that AIDS was spread by bisexuals, for which Biggins received a warning from the show's producers prior to his removal, and a joke about the Holocaust made to a Jewish housemate, which was not broadcast.[194]
    9 Nadiya Hussain, winner of the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off will be a judge on a junior version of the series, it is reported. She will join chef and food writer Allegra McEvedy for Junior Bake Off.[195]
    10 ITV announce that Stephen Moyer will take a lead role in Safe House alongside Zoe Tapper when the drama returns for a second series.[196][197]
    11 The BBC has signed Gabby Logan to present The Premier League Show, a midweek BBC Two magazine programme focusing on the Premier League, beginning on 25 August.. Gary Lineker will also present a slot on the show.[198]
    13 Gary Lineker presents the opening edition of the 2016–17 run of Match of the Day in his underpants, having pledged to do so if Leicester City won the Premier League, which they did earlier in the year.[199]
    16 Kelvin Fletcher makes his final appearance as Emmerdale character Andy Sugden after 20 years with the show.[200]
    17 The BBC says that its well-known weather presenters will continue to appear on screen when MeteoGroup succeeds the Met Office as its weather forecast provider.[201]
    The Advertising Standards Authority bans a commercial for a Walkers Crisps competition offering 20,000 holidays following complaints the prizes were almost impossible to win.[202]
    18 Sky News consumer affairs correspondent Poppy Trowbridge is appointed as a special adviser to the Chancellor Philip Hammond.[203]
    ITV announces that it will switch off its seven channels for an hour at 9.30 am on 27 August as part of the "I Am Team GB" campaign, which seeks to encourage greater participation in sport and will be staged to coincide with the homecoming of Team GB after Rio 2016.[204]
    Comedian Miranda Hart confirms she will not reprise her role as Call the Midwife Chummy Brown when it returns for a sixth series.[205]
    19 EastEnders producers confirm that Rita Simons and Samantha Womack (who play Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell) are to leave the series after nine years.[206]
    Channel 4 confirms that Deal or No Deal will end in the winter to make room for The Great British Bake Off which will move from the BBC at the start of next year. The programme will tour famous British landmarks before its conclusion. Presenter Noel Edmonds will stay with Channel 4 to work on other projects for the broadcaster.[207]
    Sky News confirms that presenter Mark Longhurst is to leave the broadcaster after sixteen years.[208]
    21 The BBC confirms it has sold the rights to theme tunes and music from shows including Luther, Doctor Who and Wolf Hall to BMG.[209]
    22 Research conducted by commercial TV marketing body Thinkbox suggests that the BBC experienced a 20% drop in younger viewers in the months following the closure of BBC Three, while channels such as ITV2 and E4 have benefited in terms of viewers from BBC Three's disappearance from the airwaves.[210]
    25 Comedian Kevin Bishop is to play UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage in Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back, a one-off BBC Two comedy about the politician's life.[211]
    26 ITV announces plans for two new game shows—a UK version of the popular US children's talent show, Little Big Shots presented by Dawn French, and Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule, a series where two teams are tasked with saving Earth from an alien invasion, presented by Harry Hill.[212]
    Channel 4 is named channel of the year at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.[213]
    Stephen Bear wins the eighteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[214]
    27 ITV switches off its seven channels for an hour for the I Am Team GB sporting initiative. The channels are turned off by gymnast Max Whitlock, who won two golds for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.[215]
    BBC One airs a feature-length-episode of Casualty to mark the show's 30th anniversary.[216][217]
    28 BBC One airs new episodes of Are You Being Served? and Porridge as part of its season celebrating 60 years of British sitcoms, while ITV airs the first episode of its series Victoria starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Overnight viewing figures indicate that 5.4 million viewers saw Victoria, as opposed to 5 million for Are You Being Served? and 4.4 million for Porridge.[218]
    30 BBC One has commissioned a three-part adaptation of Jessie Burton's debut novel, The Miniaturist.[219]

    September[edit]

    Date Event
    1 Following a change in the law regarding TV licensing, internet users are required to buy a licence to view content from BBC iPlayer.[220]
    Eamonn Holmes announces he is to leave Sky News Sunrise after eleven years.[221]
    2 BBC One airs a one-off special of Goodnight Sweetheart and a prequel to Keeping Up Appearances as part of its 60th anniversary of comedy celebrations.[222][223]
    3 Claudia Winkleman announces she is to leave BBC One's film review series, Film after six years.[224]
    5 Cold Feet returns to ITV with a new series after a thirteen-year absence.[225]
    6 BBC Two announces that it will dedicate its Saturday night scheduling to the arts from 1 October and throughout the autumn season, with programmes about literature, cinema and music.[226]
    Channel 5 announces it has secured the free to air rights to Formula E with every race airing live on the channel, Plus qualifying will be aired live on Spike until 2018[227]
    Jeremy Thompson, anchor of Sky News's Live at Five, announces he will retire later in the year to "make space for burgeoning young talent".[228]
    8 BBC One airs a special edition of Question Time ahead of the Labour leadership election featuring Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. The edition is broadcast at the earlier time of 9.00 pm.[229]
    11 Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry accuses Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan of sexism and of posing "pub quiz" style questions after he asked her to name the French foreign minister during an interview.[230]
    12 Channel 4 have signed a three-year contract with Love Productions to air The Great British Bake Off from 2017, meaning the programme will move from the BBC after the end of the current series.[231]
    13 Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announce they will leave their Great British Bake Off presenting roles when the series moves to Channel 4.[232]
    14 Rona Fairhead announces she will step down as chair of the BBC Trust, and will not apply to join its planned replacement.[233]
    Martin Kemp and Dannii Minogue are announced as judges on BBC One's forthcoming Take That talent search Let It Shine. They will join Gary Barlow and Amber Riley on the panel.[234]
    16 ITV and Simon Cowell announce a new deal to keep The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent airing on the channel until 2019.[235]
    21 Channel 4 and IPC announce a letter of intent for the broadcaster to remain as Great Britain's Paralympic and ParaAthletics World Championships rights holder until 2020.[236]
    22 Mary Berry announces she will not move to Channel 4 with The Great British Bake Off because of loyalty to the BBC, while Paul Hollywood signs a three-year contract to continue with the show.[237]
    25 Pakistani-born actor Marc Anwar, who plays Coronation Street character Sharif Nazir, is sacked from the series after posting racially offensive comments about Indians on Twitter.[238]
    26 Matt LeBlanc signs a deal to present the relaunched Top Gear when it returns for a second series. It also confirmed that Sabine Schmitz, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and Chris Harris will remain with the show[239]
    27 Users of BBC iPlayer must create and login to a BBC user account, known as a BBC ID, from 2017, it is announced. From this date, BBC ID holders must also provide a postcode.[240]
    28 Sir Tom Jones confirms he will return as a judge on The Voice UK in 2017, when it moves to ITV.[241]
    ITV airs the 9000th episode of Coronation Street.[242]

    October[edit]

    Date Event
    6 The BBC have commissioned a full series of the updated Porridge, as well as new comedy Motherland.[243]
    7 Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg presents his first edition of Have I Got News for You.[244]
    8 An online campaign to raise £50,000 for actress Leah Bracknell to undergo lung cancer treatment reaches its target three days after being launched. Bracknell, who played Zoe Tate in Emmerdale, established the fund to undergo the treatment in Germany.[245]
    10 Ofcom says that it will not launch an investigation into an Emmerdale storyline involving dognapping. The watchdog had received 550 complaints from viewers over the episodes, aired in September, amid concerns the plot could encourage copycat incidents.[246]
    11 Singer Will Young announces he has withdrawn from the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, citing personal reasons for his decision to leave.[247]
    The BBC is forced to defend Strictly against allegations of racism after the departure of EastEnders actor Tameka Empson the previous weekend, who became the second black contestant to be voted off in as many weeks.[248]
    12 A BT advertising campaign featuring actor Ryan Reynolds has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint from rival Virgin Media that campaign's claims about broadband speed were misleading.[249]
    13 Eamonn Holmes presents his last Sky News Sunrise after eleven years.[250]
    Nadiya Hussain rules herself out of presenting The Great British Bake Off after signing a deal to front programmes for the BBC.[251]
    14 Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street for 23 years, dies aged 90.[252]
    ITV says it is "disappointed" after the government gives the go-ahead for a new tram route in Manchester that will pass the Coronation Street set, fearing it will disrupt filming of the soap.[253]
    BBC Breakfast presenters Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty apologise after footage of a gorilla was shown while introducing an item concerning First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon.[254]
    17 Sarah-Jane Mee presents her first edition of Sky News Sunrise, co-presenting with Jonathan Samuels.[255]
    UTV gets a brand new look in which the station idents, based on those used by ITV since a major rebrand in January 2013, include the UTV logo changing colour as it blends in on a live-action scene – a process known as "colour picking".[256]
    ITV confirms it has recommissioned the reboot of Cold Feet for a second series.[257]
    The final series of Deal or No Deal begins on Channel 4.
    20 Former Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin is elected as the MP for Batley and Spen in the by-election triggered by the killing of Jo Cox earlier in the year.[258]
    21 The BBC has commissioned a two-part adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 work Revolting Rhymes which will be aired over Christmas.[259]
    24 Sky News broadcasts from Studio 21 based within Sky Central, Sky's new headquarters in London for the first time. The first bulletin to be broadcast from Studio 21 was at 11 am presented by Colin Brazier and Jayne Secker.[260]
    26 The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a commercial for Diet Chef featuring a tearful woman meeting a slimmer and happier version of herself, branding the ad as "irresponsible" since the watchdog felt it implied happiness and self-confidence could only be achieved through weight loss.[261]
    Mark Austin announces he is to leave ITV News after 30 years.[262]
    Candice Brown wins the seventh series of The Great British Bake Off.[263] Overnight viewing figures indicate the programme is watched by an average 14 million viewers (peaking at 14.8 million when Brown was named as the winner), giving the show its highest ever audience.[264]
    27 Aleksandra King quits the twelfth series of The Apprentice as her team are about to begin a task, becoming the first contestant to leave the series in such circumstances.[265]
    28 Mel and Sue have been signed up to present a new BBC One Saturday evening show, Let's Sing and Dance For Comic Relief, their first post-Great British Bake Off presenting roles.[266]
    Prue Leith announces she will leave her role as a judge on BBC Two's The Great British Menu after eleven years.[267]

    November[edit]

    Date Event
    2 BBC Television celebrates its 80th anniversary.
    6 The Next Great Magician debuts on ITV.
    8–9 The BBC, ITV and Sky News provide coverage of the 2016 US Presidential election results, which sees a shock win for Donald Trump.[268]
    9 Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte Riley has been cast as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a forthcoming adaptation of the stage play King Charles III for BBC Two.[269]
    10 Jeremy Thompson presents his last Sky News bulletin on location from Washington, D.C..
    15 Having decided not to move to Channel 4 with The Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry is given a new BBC cookery series, Everyday, which will air on BBC Two. She will also host Secrets from Britain's Great Houses on BBC One.[270]
    David Mitchell and Robert Webb will reunite to star in new Channel 4 comedy Back, the broadcaster has announced.[271]
    16 BBC Breakfast business presenter Victoria Fritz goes into labour shortly after coming off air, later giving birth to a boy at Manchester's St Mary's Hospital.[272]
    17 Launch of Jeremy Clarkson's motoring series The Grand Tour on Amazon's video streaming service.[273]
    Former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis is shortlisted for the 2016 Bad Sex in Fiction Award for her novel The Butcher's Hook.[274] But she is beaten to the accolade by Erri De Luca's The Day Before Happiness.[275]
    18 Children in Need 2016 is aired on BBC One. The fundraiser is the first to take place since the death of Sir Terry Wogan, and tributes are paid to him throughout the evening. The 2016 event raises a record £46.6m.[276]
    23 The BBC announces it has commissioned Call the Midwife for a further three series, as well as three Christmas specials, which will see the show's storylines moving into the mid sixties.[277]
    25 As part of a new contract between the BBC and Lottery operator Camelot Group, BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore announces that the Saturday evening National Lottery Draw will no longer air live on BBC One from 2017. The draw will be shown via BBC iPlayer only from 7 January.[278]
    ITV has commissioned The Nightly Show, a five-nights-a-week entertainment show for 2017. The programme's initial eight-week run will see it go out at 10.00 pm, meaning News at Ten will air at 10.30 pm.[279]
    26 Pranksters invade the stage during an edition of The X Factor requiring police to attend the scene.[280]
    29 The British Film Institute announce that over 100,000 television programmes are to be digitised before the video tape formats become obsolete, the tapes currently have an estimated five-to-six-year shelf life no matter how great the environment of the vaults in which they are stored. BFI aim to make sure that the television archive is still there in 200 years' time.[281]
    Sky Sports dismisses former darts world champion Eric Bristow from his presenting role after comments he made about victims of the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal, who he claimed were not "proper men".[282]

    December[edit]

    Date Event
    1 Playwright James Graham tells BBC News he is working on a TV series about the EU referendum.[283]
    4 Scarlett Moffatt wins the sixteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[284]
    6 A candidate put forward by Ofcom to be a Channel 4 board member, who was then rejected for the role by the government is named as Althea Efunshile, a former deputy chair of Arts Council England.[285]
    8 ITV announce plans to revive Blankety Blank for a one-off special to air on 24 December. Those involved in the reboot include the Chuckle Brothers.[286]
    Actor Tom Hardy will read the CBeebies bedtime story on New Year's Eve, it is announced. The story will be You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley.
    9 21st Century Fox launch a £18.5bn bid to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting, a company of which they currently have a 39.1% share.[287]
    Robbie Williams will be among singers to perform at the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Others to appear will include Laura Mvula, and Gareth Malone and the Invictus Choir.[288]
    BBC One airs the British television premiere of Adele in New York City, a concert recorded by Adele at New York's Radio City Music Hall for NBC in 2015.[289]
    11 Matt Terry wins the thirteenth series of The X Factor.[290] On 16 December, his debut single, "When Christmas Comes Around" enters the UK Singles Chart at number three.[291]
    14 Nicky Morgan, a former Secretary of State for Education pulls out of a planned appearance on the 16 December edition of Have I Got News for You following controversy caused by her criticism of Prime Minister Theresa May after she was photographed in a pair of £995 leather trousers for a Sunday Times article.[292] Her place as Paul Merton's teammate is taken by a leather handbag.[293]
    The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for the Emmerdale studio tour amid concerns it was misleading, following complaints the advert had "exaggerated" the experience.[294]
    Swimmer Ellie Robinson is named 2016 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.[295]
    15 Sky and 21st Century Fox agree a takeover deal worth £18.5bn.[296]
    17 Ore Oduba and dance partner Joanne Clifton win the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[297] Overnight viewing figures indicate the 2016 final of Strictly was watched by 13.1 million viewers.[298]
    18 Tennis player Andy Murray, winner of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships and the men's singles at the 2016 Summer Olympics, is named this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year, winning the award for a record third time. The 2015–16 Premier League champions Leicester City are named Team of the Year.[299]
    Alana Spencer wins the twelfth series of The Apprentice.[300] In December 2017 her company, Ridiculously Rich by Alana, is forced to recall almost all of its products after a Food Standards Agency investigation identifies issues with incorrect labelling.[301]
    20 ITV airs a special episode of Emmerdale. The 30-minute prospective episode, is seen completely through the eyes of Vascular dementia patient Ashley Thomas (John Middleton). To achieve a realistic portrayal of the confusion surrounding dementia, stand-in actors were used, additional sets, props, and specialist directed camera affects and shots. In addition external scenes and The Woolpack interior scenes were both shot at Esholt In an attempt to show a skewed, unfamiliar view of the village as perceived by Ashley. Esholt was the previously used exterior set from 1976–1997.[302]
    22 The BBC announces a new entertainment show for 2017 aimed at finding the UK's best singing group, with the provisional title Pitch Battle.[303]
    Mark Austin presents his last ITV Evening News alongside Mary Nightingale.[304]
    Former Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames is to seek a judicial review of the culture secretary's decision to consult on whether to go ahead with part two of the Leveson Inquiry, it is reported.[305]
    Gary Maclean wins the ninth series of MasterChef: The Professionals.[306]
    23 Ofcom publishes its annual list of shows that received the largest number of complaints during the year. Celebrity Big Brother 18 attracted the most complaints during 2016, with 3,643 contacting the regulator about the show.[307]
    24 Michelle Fowler makes a surprise Christmas Eve return to EastEnders, the character having been recast more than twenty years after exiting the series. Having been previously played by Susan Tully, the role has now been taken over by Jenna Russell.[308]
    ITV screens Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, beginning a run of all eight films in the Harry Potter series, showing one film each day over the festive season, and concluding with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on New Year's Eve.[309]
    25 Melvin Odoom, who was the first contestant to be eliminated from this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, wins the show's Christmas Special.[310] Overnight viewing figures indicate the programme was seen by an audience of 7.2 million, making it the most watched single programme of Christmas Day. Only the Queen's Christmas message, broadcast by both BBC One and ITV, achieved a higher audience, with 7.7 million for its collective viewership. Eight of the top ten most programmes on 25 December, including the network television premiere of Disney's Frozen, were aired on BBC One. Christmas Day also sees the final edition of The Great British Bake Off to air on BBC One; the programme is seen by 6.3 million viewers.[311][312][313] Figures released by BARB in early January 2017 indicate Call the Midwife to be the most popular programme of Christmas Day, with 9.2 million viewers, followed by Mrs Brown's Boys (9 million) and Strictly Come Dancing (8.9 million) and The Great British Bake Off (8.2). BARB's figures suggest that audiences for 25 December fell to their lowest in 2016 since the current system of recording television viewing figures was introduced in 1981.[314]
    Brendan Cox, husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, delivers this year's Alternative Christmas message for Channel 4.[315]
    27 Following the death of George Michael on Christmas Day, BBC One airs George Michael at the Palais Garnier, Paris, a concert given by the singer in 2012.[316]
    30 Those from the world of television recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours include Ken Dodd who is knighted, Patricia Routledge who receives a Damehood, and Helen McCrory who becomes an OBE.[317] However, former Watchdog presenter Lynn Faulds Wood declines an MBE, arguing that the honours system is unfair and that she would be a hypocrite to accept one.[318]
    A bath scene from the second series of Poldark is voted the biggest television moment of 2016 by readers of RadioTimes.com.[319]
    31 Gaby Roslin presents the final National Lottery Draw to air on BBC One.[320]

    Debuts[edit]

    BBC[edit]

    Date Debut Channel
    1 January Billionaire Boy BBC One
    The Joy of Rachmaninov BBC Four
    3 January My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles BBC Two
    War & Peace BBC One
    4 January For What It's Worth
    Immortal Egypt with Joann Fletcher BBC Two
    Insert Name Here
    I Know What You Weighed Last Summer BBC Three
    5 January Victorian Bakers BBC Two
    You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
    6 January Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley BBC Four
    Got What It Takes? CBBC
    8 January What to Buy and Why BBC Two
    9 January Spot Bots CBeebies
    11 January Tracey Ullman's Show BBC One
    16 January The Getaway Car
    17 January The Rack Pack BBC iPlayer
    19 January Phone Shop Idol BBC Two
    20 January The Brain with David Eagleman BBC Four
    21 January The Story of China BBC Two
    22 January Bad Language BBC One Northern Ireland
    24 January Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur BBC One
    25 January Island Stories BBC Two
    Mary Berry's Foolproof Cooking
    26 January The Real Marigold Hotel
    Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar BBC Three
    27 January Stonehenge: A Timewatch Guide BBC Four
    1 February Class Dismissed CBBC
    Great American Railroad Journeys BBC Two
    Rise of the Superstar Vloggers BBC Three
    2 February The Supergamers
    3 February Webcam Boys
    4 February Sea Cities BBC Two
    Cats V Dogs: Which Is Best?
    5 February Earth's Greatest Spectacles
    7 February Greece with Simon Reeve
    8 February Pocket Money Pitch CBBC
    Rick Stein's Taste of Shanghai BBC Two
    9 February Professor Green: Hidden and Homeless BBC Three
    10 February How To Die: Simon's Choice BBC Two
    15 February The Best Dishes Ever
    The Renaissance Unchained BBC Four
    The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On BBC One
    Life and Death Row BBC Three
    17 February One Child BBC Two
    19 February The Man Who Witnessed 219 Executions BBC Three
    20 February Airmageddon CBBC
    Kipling's Indian Adventure BBC Two
    21 February The Night Manager BBC One
    22 February Food: Truth or Scare
    23 February Who's the Boss? BBC Two
    24 February The Prosecutors: Real Crime and Punishment BBC Four
    27 February Stag BBC Two
    28 February Thirteen BBC Three
    29 February Too Much TV BBC Two
    1 March The Last Seabird Summer? BBC Four
    2 March Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard BBC One
    4 March Land of Hope and Glory – British Country Life BBC Two
    6 March Steve Backshall's Extreme Mountain Challenge
    7 March All Over the Workplace CBBC
    Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis BBC One
    This Farming Life BBC Two
    8 March Sex in Strange Places BBC Three
    9 March Shop Well for Less? BBC One
    10 March The Secret History of My Family BBC Two
    14 March Diddy TV CBBC
    15 March Mary Berry's Easter Feast BBC Two
    20 March Tribes, Predators & Me
    21 March Think Tank BBC One
    22 March The A Word
    23 March Employable Me BBC Two
    24 March Flat TV BBC Three
    26 March Can't Touch This BBC One
    27 March Paul O'Grady: The Sally Army & Me
    Natural Born Winners BBC Two
    29 March Bake Off: Crème de la Crème
    Murdered by My Father BBC Three
    30 March Delete, Delete, Delete BBC One Northern Ireland
    1 April Two Doors Down BBC Two
    3 April Life in the Air BBC One
    Undercover
    12 April Europe: Them or Us BBC Two
    13 April Five Star Babies: Inside the Portland Hospital
    Normal for Norfolk
    15 April Food Detectives
    18 April The Code BBC One
    Peter Kay's Comedy Shuffle
    I Want My Wife Back
    The Hairy Bikers' Pubs That Built Britain BBC Two
    20 April Caravaner of the Year
    21 April Elizabeth at 90: A Family Portrait BBC One
    Aliens: The Big Think BBC Four
    22 April Rick Stein's Long Weekends BBC Two
    Witless BBC Three
    The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven BBC Four
    Billy Fury: The Sound of Fury
    24 April Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion BBC Two
    25 April Zig and Zag CBBC
    27 April Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit BBC Two
    29 April Down on the Farm CBeebies
    30 April Redefining Juliet BBC Four
    1 May Stupid Man, Smart Phone BBC Three
    The Silk Road BBC Four
    5 May Gareth's Invictus Choir BBC One
    6 May Nick Baker's Wild West BBC Two
    The Extraordinary Collector
    7 May The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses
    Attenborough's Passion Projects
    8 May Attenborough at 90 BBC One
    Burma's Secret Jungle War with Joe Simpson BBC Two
    9 May Choose the Right Puppy for You
    Attenborough's Life That Glows
    Upstart Crow
    10 May Old School[321]
    11 May Nature's Epic Journeys BBC One
    Cunk on Shakespeare BBC Two
    13 May Mum[322]
    15 May Louis Theroux: A Different Brain
    18 May Lose Weight for Love BBC One
    Bodyhack: Metal Gear Man BBC Three
    19 May Dan Cruickshank: At Home with the British BBC Four
    Going Forward
    20 May Love, Nina[323] BBC One
    No Such Thing as the News BBC Two
    24 May Last Whites of the East End BBC One
    29 May Extra Gear BBC Three
    30 May A Midsummer Night's Dream BBC One
    1 June The Big C and Me
    Versailles BBC Two
    3 June UK's Best Part-Time Band BBC Four
    5 June City in the Sky BBC Two
    6 June Reg BBC One
    7 June Jack Dee's Referendum Helpdesk BBC Two
    9 June New Blood BBC One
    MAKE! Craft Britain BBC Four
    10 June The Millionaire's Holiday Club BBC Two
    15 June Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks to People BBC One
    20 June Kazoops! CBeebies
    21 June Mr v Mrs: Call the Meditator BBC Two
    24 June Stacey Dooley: Hate and Pride in Orlando BBC Three
    28 June The Living and the Dead BBC One
    4 July Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS
    Forces of Nature
    Just Call Me Martha
    The Secret Life of Children's Books BBC Four
    5 July Reggie Yates in the Mexican Drug War BBC Three
    B is for Book BBC Four
    11 July Garden Rescue BBC One
    Red Rock
    The Hairy Builder BBC Two
    Exodus: Our Journey to Europe
    Trainspotting Live BBC Four
    12 July Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone BBC Three
    13 July Saving Lives at Sea BBC One
    15 July People's History of Pop BBC Four
    17 July The Secret Agent BBC One
    19 July New Zealand: Earth's Mythical Islands BBC Two
    21 July The Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home
    Fleabag BBC Three
    22 July Clare Balding Meets… BBC Two
    23 July The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl
    24 July Fixing Dad
    25 July Bottersnikes and Gumbles CBBC
    Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared BBC Three
    5 August Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart BBC Two
    6 August The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear
    8 August Hacker's Olympic Rundown CBBC
    17 August Skies Above Britain BBC Two
    22 August Debatable
    Make Me an Egghead
    Britain's Hardest Workers: Inside the Low Wage Economy
    23 August One of Us BBC One
    25 August The Premier League Show BBC Two
    27 August The Truth Commissioner
    30 August New York: America's Busiest City
    Home from Home
    All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge BBC Four
    1 September Ingenious Animals BBC One
    Our Ex Wife BBC Two
    Man like Mobeen BBC Three
    Fail
    The JPD
    A Brief History of Tim
    Limbo
    Pumped
    3 September Rank the Prank CBBC
    4 September A Very British Deterrent BBC Two
    5 September Dom on the Spot BBC One
    Yes Chef
    We the Jury BBC Two
    6 September Motherland
    8 September Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue
    9 September We Love Sitcom BBC One
    11 September Marr on Scotland BBC Two
    12 September Top Class CBBC
    13 September Obesity - The Post Mortem BBC Three
    20 September The Trouble with My Dad
    21 September Conviction: Murder at the Station BBC Two
    26 September Street Auction BBC One
    Morgana Robinson's The Agency BBC Two
    The Retreat with Nick Knowles
    27 September Ambulance BBC One
    28 September Britain's Lost Masterpieces BBC Four
    3 October Going Back Giving Back BBC One
    6 October Anne Robinson's Britain
    9 October Wild West: America's Great Frontier BBC Two
    10 October The Victorian Slum
    Little Roy CBBC
    The Great Butterfly Adventure: Africa to Britain with the Painted Lady BBC Four
    15 October The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts
    16 October The Greatest Tomb on Earth: Secrets of Ancient China BBC Two
    17 October Sleuth, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes BBC Four
    18 October American High School: Straight Outta Orangeburg BBC Three
    Aberfan: The Fight for Justice BBC Four
    22 October Class BBC Three
    24 October Saving Africa's Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War BBC One
    30 October Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow BBC Two
    Books That Made Britain BBC Four
    31 October The Moonstone BBC One
    1 November Arctic Live BBC Two
    The Choir: Gareth's Best in Britain
    2 November Television's Opening Night: How the Box was Born BBC Four
    6 November Planet Earth II BBC One
    9 November Black and British BBC Two
    Black Is the New Black
    10 November Close to the Enemy
    No Body's Perfect BBC Four
    13 November My Mother and Other Strangers BBC One
    Sunny D BBC Three
    14 November The Secret Life of The Hospital Bed BBC One
    21 November III Gotten Gains
    The Last Miners
    Back in Time for Brixton BBC Two
    25 November Walliams and Friend BBC One
    28 November The Big Food Rescue
    29 November Rillington Place
    7 December Six Wives with Lucy Worsley
    The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve BBC Two
    12 December Muslims Like Us
    19 December Lenny Henry
    20 December Inside the Christmas Factory
    24 December Alan Bennett's Diaries
    25 December Dancing the Nutcracker: Inside the Royal Ballet
    King Lear BBC Four
    26 December Revolting Rhymes BBC One
    The Witness for the Prosecution
    Gordon Buchanan: Elephant Family & Me BBC Two
    The Entire Universe
    28 December Ethel & Ernest BBC One
    29 December To Walk Invisible
    Life in the Snow

    ITV[edit]

    Date Debut Channel
    3 January Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands ITV
    4 January Griff's Great Britain
    5 January Trawlermen Tales
    Saved
    7 January Jericho[324]
    10 January Bear Grylls' Survival School CITV
    21 January Fearne & Gok: Off The Rails[325] ITVBe
    26 January Sugar Free Farm ITV
    15 February Masterpiece with Alan Titchmarsh
    16 February It's Not Rocket Science
    19 February Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury
    23 February The Inspectors Are Coming
    28 February Churchill's Secret
    29 February Davina McCall: Life at the Extreme[326]
    3 March The Cruise
    6 March The Story of Cats
    Doctor Thorne[327]
    13 March[328] Houdini & Doyle ITV Encore
    17 March @elevenish ITV2
    28 March Gok's Lunchbox ITV
    Maigret
    1 April Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America[329]
    3 April The Durrells[330]
    4 April Marcella
    5 April How Not to DIY
    Drive[331]
    10 April The Wine Show ITV4
    16 April ITV
    11 April Chopping Block[332]
    14 April Bargain Shop Wars
    16 April Bang on the Money
    19 April Fierce[333]
    25 April Wild Australia with Ray Mears
    28 April What Would Be Your Miracle?[334][335][336]
    29 April The Secret
    8 May Peston on Sunday[337]
    11 May Killer Women with Piers Morgan[338]
    30 May Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport
    31 May Myleene Klass: Single Mums on Benefits
    1 June Secrets of...
    2 June Fraud – How They Steal Your ID
    20 June Judge Rinder's Crime Stories
    21 June The Secret Life of a Bus Garage
    22 June The Hand of God: 30 Years On ITV4
    24 June Oscar Pistorius: The Interview ITV
    28 June Life Inside Jail: Hell on Earth
    29 June Britain's Favourite Dogs
    4 July Wild France with Ray Mears
    Brief Encounters[339]
    14 July The Investigator: A British Crime Story
    20 July Elliott Wright: Playa in Marbella ITVBe
    27 July Wild Animal Reunions ITV
    30 July Tom Daley: Diving for Gold
    1966 - A Nation Remembers
    1 August Cash Trapped[340][341]
    15 August Alphabetical[342]
    20 August Spotless
    22 August 500 Questions[343]
    27 August Go for It[344]
    28 August Victoria
    29 August Celebrity Home Secrets
    30 August Garden Nightmares
    31 August Ängelby ITV Encore
    2 September Lady C and the Castle ITV
    6 September Fishing Impossible
    8 September Inside Scotland Yard with Trevor McDonald
    9 September Joanna Lumley's Japan
    20 September Car Wars
    22 September Paranoid
    30 September The Level[345]
    15 October Meet the Parents[346]
    16 October Tutankhamun[347]
    19 October HIM
    31 October Dark Angel[348]
    2 November This Time Next Year
    6 November The Next Great Magician
    7 November Prank Pad ITV2
    9 November Dark Heart[349] ITV Encore
    14 November Tenable[350] ITV
    30 November How To Remember Everything
    7 December In Plain Sight
    8 December Extraordinary Weddings

    Channel 4[edit]

    Date Debut Channel
    5 January Tricks of the Restaurant Trade[351] Channel 4
    11 January How To Lose Weight Well
    Crashing
    All Hail The Veil E4
    23 January The Girl Who Forgave the Nazis Channel 4
    26 January Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge More4
    29 January The Last Leg Goes Down Under Channel 4
    1 February Supershoppers
    2 February The Secret Life of the Zoo
    3 February Discovering Britain More4
    4 February Keeping Up with the Khans Channel 4
    6 February Walking Through Time
    8 February Royal Navy School
    22 February A New Life in the Sun
    25 February Ugly House with George Clarke
    7 March Vet on the Hill More4
    8 March The Aliens E4
    10 March Live from Abbey Road Classics Channel 4
    21 March The Food Chain
    28 March Guy Martin's Wall of Death: Live
    6 April The People Next Door
    7 April British Army Girls
    8 April Lookalikes
    10 April Hidden Britain by Drones
    16 April The Queen's Coronation: Behind Palace Doors More4
    How to Be Queen: 63 Years and Counting
    17 April The Fearless Chef: Bolivia Channel 4
    19 April The Tiny Tots Talent Agency
    25 April Flowers
    Joe and Caspar Hit the Road E4
    1 May Paul Merton's Secret Stations Channel 4
    4 May Never Seen A Doctor
    5 May Grayson Perry: All Man
    6 May The Windsors
    9 May What Britain Buys
    Eating Well with Hemsley + Hemsley
    10 May Sun, Sea and Supersavers
    17 May Locked Up
    30 May An Immigrant's Guide to Britain
    5 June Penelope Keith at Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Escape to the Chateau
    6 June Meet What You Eat
    Paul O'Grady's 100 Years of Movie Musicals More4
    8 June Rescue Dog to Super Dog Channel 4
    Power Monkeys
    9 June Inside Birmingham Children's Hospital
    26 June Messages Home: Lost Films of the British Army
    4 July The Rich Kids of Instagram E4
    5 July Life Stripped Bare Channel 4
    11 July The Question Jury
    12 July The Job Interview
    14 July Inside Out Homes
    18 July Eden
    25 July Naked Attraction
    26 July Wasted E4
    3 August A Granny's Guide to the Modern World Channel 4
    9 August Phil Spencer's Stately Homes More4
    22 August Make My Body Better with Davina McCall Channel 4
    29 August Celebs Go Dating E4
    Joe Wicks: The Body Coach[352] Channel 4
    3 September Formula One meets... (Note – it's presenters name but has working title of F1 Meets)
    5 September Stage School E4
    13 September Body Fixers
    15 September My Floating Home More4
    18 September Celebrity Island with Bear Gyrlls Channel 4
    20 September National Treasure
    23 September Jamie's Family Super Foods
    The Lie Detective
    27 September Damned
    28 September World of Weird
    17 October Hoarder SOS
    18 October Your Face Says It All
    19 October Crazyhead E4
    24 October Be Your Own Doctor Channel 4
    16 November Kids on the Edge
    19 November Britain at Low Tide
    21 November Our Guy in China
    22 November Breaking The Silence: Live
    What Britain Earns with Mary Portas
    One Killer Punch
    26 November Lee meets...
    29 November Life on the Psych Ward
    2 December Alan Carr's Happy Hour
    12 December Carjackers E4
    19 December Alan Carr's 12 Stars of Christmas Channel 4
    24 December We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Channel 5[edit]

    Date Debut Channel
    4 January 14 Years on Death Row[353] Channel 5
    5 January Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun
    7 January Celebrity Botched Up Bodies[354]
    Britain's Bloody Crown
    8 January Lip Sync Battle UK
    9 January Battlefield Recovery
    Chasing Monsters
    12 January The Secret Life of the Family
    22 January That's So...
    1 February America's Hidden Pyramid City
    9 February The Great British Benefits Handout
    10 February Violent Child, Desperate Parents
    11 February Flood Chaos: Winter Road Rescue
    Inside the World's Toughest Prisons
    15 February Weather Terror: Brits in Peril
    10 March Britain's Worst Crimes
    11 March Kitten Impossible
    21 March The Tube: Going Underground
    24 March Medical Mysteries
    8 April Cleopatra: Mother, Mistress, Murderer, Queen
    Secrets of the Egyptian Pyramids
    15 April Henry VIII and his Six Wives
    Elizabeth II: 90 Glorious Years
    Secrets of the Palace Pets
    19 April Tribal Teens… Here Comes Trouble
    22 April Ben Fogle: The Great African Migration
    28 April The Secret Life of Puppies and Kittens
    9 May Up Late with Rylan
    10 May Penguin A&E with Lorraine Kelly
    11 May Sex Pod
    27 May Kitten's Got Talent
    The Ant & Dec Story
    3 June Inside the Mega Twister
    Karen Carpenter: Goodbye to Love
    The Carpenters: Their Greatest Hits
    23 June It's Not Me, It's You
    4 July The Blair Rich Project
    2 August Borderline
    8 August Mascara Boys: Sex Me Up
    11 August 30 Stone But Can't Stop Eating
    1 September Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World
    2 September The Cars that Made Britain Great
    Carry On Caravanning
    7 September Undercover: Nailing the Fraudsters
    3 October Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16
    11 October The Boy with No Brain: Extraordinary People
    14 October Britain's Greatest Bridges
    28 November MPs: Behind Closed Doors
    Tour de Celeb

    Other channels[edit]

    Date Debut Channel
    6 January 100 Code Sky Atlantic
    11 January My Kitchen Rules New Zealand Sky Living
    15 January Tinkershrimp & Dutch Nickelodeon
    22 January Stan Lee's Lucky Man Sky 1
    28 January The Nightmare Worlds of H. G. Wells Sky Arts
    15 February ON W
    Get Me to the Church
    28 February Dogs Might Fly Sky 1
    4 April Battlechefs W
    12 April Micky Flanagan's Detour De France Sky 1
    Camping Sky Atlantic
    15 April The Five Sky 1
    21 April Shakespeare: The Legacy with John Nettles Yesterday
    30 April Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens Sky 1
    12 May Counterfeit Cat Disney Channel
    24 May Rovers Sky 1
    26 May Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories Sky Arts
    4 July Digby Dragon Tiny Pop
    Nick Jr
    20 July The Rebel Gold
    21 July Masters of Photography Sky Arts
    12 August Say Yes to the Dress: UK TLC
    1 September John Bishop: In Conversation With... W
    2 September The Collection Amazon Video
    5 September Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit Dave
    14 September Unspun with Matt Forde
    16 September Hooten & the Lady Sky 1
    23 September The Lodge Disney Channel
    3 October I've Got Something to Tell You W
    13 October Zapped Dave
    16 October Harry Hill's Tea Time Sky 1
    19 October Russell Howard & Mum: USA Road Trip Comedy Central
    2 November Teen Mom UK MTV
    4 November The Crown Netflix
    18 November The Grand Tour Amazon Video
    30 November We Have Been Watching Gold
    25 December The Last Dragonslayer Sky 1
    30 December Delicious Sky 1

    Channels[edit]

    New channels[edit]

    Date Channel
    22 March True Crime
    True Crime +1
    5 July Nick Jr. HD
    10 August My5
    24 August Sky Sports Mix
    19 September Viceland
    20 September Blaze
    Blaze +1

    Defunct channels[edit]

    Date Channel
    16 February BBC Three
    BBC Three HD
    10 August Channel 5 +24

    Rebranding channels[edit]

    Date Old Name New Name
    12 January Sony Entertainment Television Sony Channel
    11 February 5* 5Star
    15 February Watch W
    8 July Sky Movies Sky Cinema
    14 July Tiny Pop +1 Pop Max
    4 August BT Sport Europe BT Sport 3
    10 August Channel 5 +24 My5
    1 December Pop Max Tiny Pop +1

    Television shows[edit]

    Changes of network affiliation[edit]

    Show Moved from Moved to
    Don't Tell the Bride BBC One/BBC Three Sky 1
    Formula 1 (terrestrial rights) BBC One/BBC Two/BBC Three Channel 4/More 4
    Ripper Street BBC One/Amazon Video BBC Two/Amazon Video
    EastEnders (late night repeats) BBC Three W
    Family Guy ITV2
    American Dad!
    Josh BBC One (BBC Three Online)
    Stacey Dooley Investigates
    Olympic Games (extra coverage) BBC Four
    Impractical Jokers UK Channel 5 / Comedy Central
    Robot Wars Channel 5
    Challenge
    Bravo
    Dave
    BBC Two
    Coach Trip Channel 4 & More4 E4
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model Sky Living Lifetime
    Nashville E4 Sky Living
    8 Out of 10 Cats Channel 4 More4
    Traffic Cops BBC One/BBC Three Channel 5
    Black Mirror Channel 4 Netflix
    Lovesick

    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)
    The Big Quiz 2012 ITV 1 January 2016 N/A (same channel)
    Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model 2013 Sky Living 14 January 2016 Lifetime
    Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge 2012 Sky Atlantic 8 February 2016 N/A (same channel)
    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em[355] 25 December 1978 BBC One 18 March 2016
    Maigret 1963
    1993
    ITV 28 March 2016
    Copycats 2012 CBBC 29 April 2016
    Robot Wars 28 March 2004 BBC One
    BBC Two
    BBC Choice
    Channel 5
    24 July 2016 BBC Two
    Animal Park 2011 BBC One
    BBC Two
    22 August 2016 BBC One
    Are You Being Served? 1985 BBC One 28 August 2016 N/A (same channel)
    Porridge 1977
    Goodnight Sweetheart 28 June 1999 2 September 2016
    Cold Feet 16 March 2003 ITV 5 September 2016
    House Doctor 6 November 2003 Channel 5 3 October 2016
    Still Game 31 December 2007 (Scotland)
    2 January 2008 (UK)
    BBC One Scotland
    BBC Two
    7 October 2016 BBC One
    Tipping Point: Lucky Stars 23 August 2014 ITV 15 October 2016 N/A (same channel)
    The Crystal Maze 10 August 1995 Channel 4 16 October 2016
    Black Mirror 25 February 2013
    16 December 2014
    21 October 2016 Netflix
    Lovesick 6 November 2014 17 November 2016
    Blankety Blank 28 December 1999
    10 August 2002
    BBC One
    ITV
    24 December 2016 ITV
    Outnumbered 5 March 2014 BBC One 26 December 2016 N/A (same channel)
    Jonathan Creek 28 February 2004
    14 March 2014
    28 December 2016

    1920s[edit]

    Programme Date
    BBC Wimbledon (1927–present)

    1950s[edit]

    Programme Date
    Panorama (1953–present)
    The Sky at Night (1957–present)
    Final Score (1958–present)
    (part of Grandstand 1958–2001)
    Blue Peter (1958–present)

    1960s[edit]

    Programme Date
    Coronation Street (1960–present)
    Maigret (1960–1963, 1992–1993, 2016–present)
    Points of View (1961–present)
    Songs of Praise (1961–present)
    University Challenge (1962–1987, 1994–present)
    Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)
    Horizon (1964–present)
    Match of the Day (1964–present)
    Top of the Pops (1964–present)
    (only at Christmas 2006–present)
    Gardeners' World (1968–present)
    A Question of Sport (1968, 1970–present)

    1970s[edit]

    Programme Date
    Emmerdale (1972–present)
    Mastermind (including Celebrity Mastermind) (1972–1997, 2003–present)
    Newsround (1972–present)
    Are You Being Served? (1972–1985, 2016)
    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978, 2016)
    Football Focus (1974–present)
    Porridge (1974–1977, 2016–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)

    1980s[edit]

    Programme Date
    Children in Need (1980–present)
    Danger Mouse (1981–1992, 2015–present)
    Countdown (1982–present)
    ITV Breakfast (1983–present)
    Good Morning Britain (1983–1992, 2014–present)
    Channel 4 Racing (1984–2016)
    Thomas & Friends (1984–present)
    EastEnders (1985–present)
    Watchdog (1985–present)
    Comic Relief (1985–present)
    Catchphrase (1986–2002, 2013–present)
    Casualty (1986–present)
    Fifteen to One (1988–2003, 2013–present)
    Red Dwarf (1988–1999, 2009, 2012–present)
    This Morning (1988–present)
    Countryfile (1988–present)

    1990s[edit]

    Programme Date
    The Crystal Maze (1990–1995, 2016–present)
    Have I Got News for You (1990–present)
    MasterChef (1990–2001, 2005–present)
    ITV News Meridian (1993–present)
    Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–1999, 2016)
    Junior MasterChef (1994–1999, 2010–present)
    Room 101 (1994–2007, 2012–present)
    The National Lottery Draws (1994–2017)
    Top of the Pops 2 (1994–present)
    Hollyoaks (1995–present)
    Soccer AM (1995–present)
    Silent Witness (1996–present)
    Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
    Jonathan Creek (1997–2004, 2009–2014, 2016–present)
    Robot Wars (1997–2004, 2016–present)
    Teletubbies (1997–2001, 2002, 2007–2009, 2012, 2015–present)
    Y Clwb Rygbi (1997–present)
    Cold Feet (1998–2003, 2016–present)
    Holby City (1999–present)
    Loose Women (1999–present)

    2000s[edit]

    Programme Date
    2000
    Big Brother (including Celebrity 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)
    The Unforgettable (2000–2002, 2010–present)
    Unreported World (2000–present)
    2001
    BBC South East Today (2001–present)
    Rogue Traders (2001–present)
    (part of Watchdog 2009–present)
    2002
    Escape to the Country (2002–present)
    Fifth Gear (2002–2016)
    Flog It! (2002–present)
    I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
    In It to Win It (2002–2016)
    Inside Out (2002–present)
    Most Haunted (2002–2010, 2014–present)
    River City (2002–present)
    Still Game (2002–2007, 2016)
    Saturday Kitchen (2002–present)
    2003
    Daily Politics (2003–present)
    QI (2003–present)
    This Week (2003–present)
    Eggheads (2003–present)
    Extraordinary People (2003–present)
    Grumpy Old Men (2003–present)
    Homes Under the Hammer (2003–present)
    Traffic Cops (2003–present)
    2004
    Doc Martin (2004–present)
    Match of the Day 2 (2004–present)
    Strictly Come Dancing (2004–present)
    The X Factor (2004–present)
    The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2004–present)
    The Culture Show (2004–present)
    Football First (2004–present)
    The Gadget Show (2004–present)
    Live at the Apollo (2004–present)
    NewsWatch (2004–present)
    SadlerVision (2004–present)
    Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (2004–present)
    Who Do You Think You Are? (2004–present)
    2005
    8 out of 10 Cats (2005–present)
    Coach Trip (2005–2006, 2009–2012, 2013–present)
    Deal or No Deal (2005–2016)
    The Andrew Marr Show (2005–present)
    The Adventure Show (2005–present)
    The Apprentice (2005–present)
    Dragons' Den (2005–present)
    The Hotel Inspector (2005–present)
    The Jeremy Kyle Show (2005–present)
    Mock the Week (2005–present)
    Springwatch (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)
    Cricket AM (2006–present)
    Dickinson's Real Deal (2006–present)
    Don't Get Done, Get Dom (2006–present)
    Horrid Henry (2006–present)
    Monkey Life (2006–present)
    Not Going Out (2006–present)
    The One Show (2006–present)
    People & Power (2006–present)
    Peschardt's People (2006–present)
    The Secret Millionaire (2006–2008, 2010–present)
    2007
    Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
    Would I Lie to You? (2007–present)
    Benidorm (2007–present)
    Outnumbered (2007–2014, 2016–present)
    The Big Questions (2007–present)
    Don't Tell the Bride (2007–present)
    The Graham Norton Show (2007–present)
    Heir Hunters (2007–present)
    Helicopter Heroes (2007–present)
    Inspector George Gently (2007–2017)
    London Ink (2007–present)
    Shaun the Sheep (2007–present)
    Real Rescues (2007–present)
    The Hot Desk (2007–present)
    2008
    An Là (2008–present)
    Big & Small (2008–present)
    Celebrity Juice (2008–present)
    Chuggington (2008–present)
    Only Connect (2008–present)
    Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (2008–present)
    Police Interceptors (2008–present)
    Rubbernecker (2008–present)
    Seachd Là (2008–present)
    Wallander (2008–2016)
    2009
    Pointless (2009–present)
    The Chase (2009–present)
    Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009–2016)
    Countrywise (2009–present)
    Cowboy Trap (2009–present)
    Four Weddings (2009–present)
    Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009–present)
    Rip Off Britain (2009–present)

    2010s[edit]

    Programme Date
    2010
    DCI Banks (2010–2016)
    Dinner Date (2010–present)
    The Great British Bake Off (2010–present)
    Great British Railway Journeys (2010–present)
    A League of Their Own (2010–present)
    Little Crackers (2010–present)
    Lorraine (2010–present)
    Luther (2010–present)
    The Only Way Is Essex (2010–present)
    Sherlock (2010–present)
    Sunday Morning Live (2010–present)
    Take Me Out (2010–present)
    2011
    All Over the Place (2011–present)
    The Amazing World of Gumball (2011–present)
    Black Mirror (2011–present)
    Episodes (2011–2017)
    Four Rooms (2011–present)
    Fresh Meat (2011–2016)
    Hacker Time (2011–present)
    Horrible Histories: Gory Games (2011–present)
    Junior Bake Off (2011–present)
    Made in Chelsea (2011–present)
    Match of the Day Kickabout (2011–present)
    Ross Kemp: Extreme World (2011–2017)
    Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up (2011–present)
    Scott & Bailey (2011–2016)
    Show Me What You're Made Of (2011–present)
    Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents (2011–present)
    Trollied (2011–present)
    Vera (2011–present)
    2012
    4 O'Clock Club (2012–present)
    Endeavour (2012–present)
    Call the Midwife (2012–present)
    Great Continental Railway Journeys (2012–present)
    Prisoners' Wives (2012–present)
    The Syndicate (2012–present)
    Stella (2012–present)
    Stand Up To Cancer (2012–present)
    The Voice UK (2012–present)
    Naomi's Nightmares of Nature (2012–present)
    Tipping Point (2012–2017)
    Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs (2012–present)
    Last Tango in Halifax (2012–present)
    Operation Ouch! (2012–present)
    Claimed and Shamed (2012–present)
    Wolfblood (2012–present)
    2013
    The Dumping Ground (2013–present)
    Mr Selfridge (2013–2016)
    Blandings (2013–present)
    Dani's Castle (2013–present)
    Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (2013–present)
    Broadchurch (2013–2017)
    Caught Red Handed (2013–present)
    Officially Amazing (2013–present)
    Shetland (2013–present)
    Vicious (2013–2016)
    The Great British Sewing Bee (2013–2016)
    Count Arthur Strong (2013–2017)
    The Fall (2013–2016)
    Big Star's Little Star (2013–present)
    The Dog Rescuers (2013–present)
    Still Open All Hours (2013–present)
    Yonderland (2013–2016)
    2014
    Agatha Raisin (2014–present)
    Boomers (2014–present)
    The Dog Ate My Homework (2014–present)
    The Jump (2014–present)
    The Musketeers (2014–2016)
    Detectorists (2014–2017)
    The Great Interior Design Challenge (2014–present)
    Hank Zipzer (2014–2016)
    The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (2014–present)
    Good Morning Britain (2014–present)
    Happy Valley (2014–present)
    Holiday of My Lifetime (2014, 2016–present)
    Tyger Takes On... (2014–present)
    Educating Joey Essex (2014–present)
    In the Club (2014–present)
    James May's Cars of the People (2014–2016)
    Weekend (2014–2017)
    Chasing Shadows (2014–present)
    Judge Rinder (2014–present)
    Grantchester (2014–present)
    Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans (2014–present)
    Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis (2014–present)
    Scrambled! (2014–present)
    The Big Allotment Challenge (2014–present)
    W1A (2014–2017)
    Who's Doing the Dishes? (2014–present)
    2015
    The Almost Impossible Gameshow (2015–present)
    Boy Meets Girl (2015–2016)
    Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (2015–2016)
    Bring the Noise (2015–2016)
    CBBC Official Chart Show (2015–2017)
    Chewing Gum (2015–2017)
    The Coroner (2015–2016)
    Cradle to Grave (2015–present)
    Decimate (2015–present)
    The Dengineers (2015–present)
    Dickensian (2015–2016)
    Doctor Foster (2015–present)
    Eve (2015–present)
    The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015–present)
    The Great Pottery Throw Down (2015–present)
    Hetty Feather (2015–present)
    Hive Minds (2015–present)
    Hoff the Record (2015–present)
    Home Fires (2015–2016)
    Hunted (2015–present)
    In Therapy (2015–present)
    Indian Summers (2015–2016)
    The John Bishop Show (2015–present)
    Josh (2015–present)
    Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room (2015–present)
    The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (2015–2016)
    The Kyle Files (2015–present)
    The Met: Policing London (2015–present)
    Michael McIntyre's Big Show (2015–present)
    Ninja Warrior UK (2015–present)
    Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords (2015–present)
    No Offence (2015–present)
    Ordinary Lies (2015–2016)
    Peter Kay's Car Share (2015–2017)
    Play to the Whistle (2015–2017)
    Poldark (2015–present)
    Real Stories with Ranvir Singh (2015–present)
    Rebound (2015–present)
    Safe House (2015–present)
    SAS: Who Dares Wins (2015–present)
    The Saturday Show (2015–present)
    Scream Street (2015–present)
    Simply Nigella (2015–present)
    So Awkward (2015–present)
    Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week (2015–present)
    Taskmaster (2015–present)
    Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–present)
    Victoria Derbyshire (2015–present)
    Wild & Weird (2015–present)
    1000 Heartbeats (2015–2016)
    10,000 BC (2015–present)

    Ending this year[edit]

    Date(s) Programme Channel(s) Debut(s)
    13 January Great Barrier Reef BBC One 2015
    14 January World's Sneakiest Animals BBC Two
    15 January 1000 Heartbeats ITV
    Bring the Noise Sky 1
    24 January Walking the Himalayas Channel 4
    30 January The Life of Rock with Brian Pern BBC Four 2014
    4 February The Nightmare Worlds of H. G. Wells Sky Arts 2016
    5 February The Dumping Ground: I'm... CBBC
    7 February James May's Cars of the People BBC Two 2014
    War & Peace BBC One 2016
    12 February Tinkershrimp & Dutch Nickelodeon
    15 February Crashing Channel 4
    16 February 60 Seconds BBC Choice & BBC Three 2001
    21 February Dickensian BBC One 2015
    Deutschland 83 Channel 4 2016
    25 February Keeping Up with the Khans
    The Story of China BBC Two
    Jericho ITV
    2 March One Child BBC Two
    7 March The Renaissance Unchained BBC Four
    10 March The Keith Lemon Sketch Show ITV2 2015
    11 March Mr Selfridge ITV 2013
    12 March Stag BBC Two 2016
    13 March Let's Play Darts for Sport Relief 2015
    20 March Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands ITV 2016
    Doctor Thorne
    27 March Thirteen BBC Three
    28 March Fresh Meat Channel 4 2011
    29 March The Beginning and End of the Universe BBC Four 2016
    1 April Too Much TV BBC Two
    3 April Tribes, Predators & Me
    7 April Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle 2009
    Bear Grylls: Mission Survive ITV 2015
    9 April You're Back in the Room
    12 April The Aliens E4 2016
    17 April Life in the Air BBC One
    26 April Camping Sky Atlantic
    27 April Scott & Bailey ITV 2011
    2 May Tree Fu Tom CBeebies 2012
    3 May Drive ITV 2016
    6 May Henry VIII and his Six Wives Channel 5
    7 May Saturday Night Football Sky Sports 2013
    Win Your Wish List BBC One 2014
    8 May Home Fires ITV 2015
    12 May Houdini & Doyle ITV Encore 2016
    15 May Indian Summers Channel 4 2015
    Undercover BBC One 2016
    The Silk Road BBC Four
    19 May Grayson Perry: All Man Channel 4
    20 May The Secret ITV
    24 May Fifth Gear Channel 5, Discovery Channel, History & ITV4 2002
    25 May Nature's Epic Journeys BBC One 2016
    4 June Bang on the Money ITV
    5 June Wallander BBC One 2008
    6 June Wild Australia with Ray Mears ITV 2016
    Up Late with Rylan Channel 5
    11 June Videogame Nation Challenge 2014
    17 June Love, Nina BBC One 2016
    19 June Penny Dreadful Sky Atlantic 2014
    Stupid Man, Smart Phone BBC Three & BBC Two 2016
    26 June For What It's Worth BBC One
    4 July The Great British Sewing Bee BBC Two 2013
    6 July Power Monkeys Channel 4 2016
    13 July Trainspotting Live BBC Four
    16 July The National Lottery: In It to Win It BBC One 2002
    21 July New Blood 2016
    25 July Forces of Nature
    Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared BBC Three
    28 July The Refugee Camp: Our Desert Home BBC Two
    29 July The Hairy Builder
    31 July The Secret Agent BBC One
    1 August The Musketeers 2014
    2 August The Living and the Dead 2016
    4 August Boy Meets Girl BBC Two 2015
    Inside Out Homes Channel 4 2016
    8 August Brief Encounters ITV
    17 August A Granny's Guide to the Modern World Channel 4
    19 August It's Not Me, It's You Channel 5
    22 August Hacker's Olympic Rundown CBBC
    23 August Wasted E4
    29 August BBC Four Goes Slow BBC Four 2015
    3 September The Getaway Car BBC One 2016
    13 September One of Us
    15 September Absolute Fashion: Inside British Vogue BBC Two
    Gypsy Kids: Our Secret World Channel 5
    17 September All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge BBC Four, BBC Two
    22 September Ingenious Animals BBC One
    23 September Make Me an Egghead BBC Two
    Joanna Lumley's Japan ITV
    5 October DCI Banks 2010
    8 October Can't Touch This BBC One 2016
    11 October National Treasure Channel 4
    28 October The Fall BBC Two 2013
    2 November HIM ITV 2016
    4 November The Moonstone BBC One
    Hooten & the Lady Sky 1
    6 November Tutankhamun ITV
    7 November Dark Angel
    I've Got Something To Tell You W
    10 November Paranoid ITV
    23 November Crazyhead E4
    2 December The Coroner BBC One 2015
    3 December Class BBC Three 2016
    11 December The Next Great Magician ITV
    The Xtra Factor ITV2 2004
    Planet Earth II BBC One 2016
    12 December Hank Zipzer CBBC 2014
    13 December Rillington Place BBC One 2016
    Muslims Like Us BBC Two
    16 December Think Tank BBC One
    Alan Carr's Happy Hour Channel 4
    Vicious ITV 2013
    18 December Airmageddon CBBC 2016
    21 December In Plain Sight ITV
    Six Wives with Lucy Worsley BBC One
    The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve BBC Two
    22 December Close to the Enemy
    23 December Deal or No Deal Channel 4 2005
    24 December Yonderland Sky 1 2013
    25 December Alan Carr: Chatty Man Channel 4 2009
    27 December Revolting Rhymes BBC One 2016
    The Witness for the Prosecution
    Channel 4 Racing Channel 4 1984

    Deaths[edit]

    Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
    2 January Leonard White[356] 99 Television producer and actor
    9 January Ed Stewart[357] 74 British TV and radio broadcaster (Top of the Pops, Crackerjack)
    13 January Brian Bedford[358] 80 Actor (Robin Hood, Nixon, Much Ado About Nothing)
    Conrad Phillips[359] 90 Actor (The Adventures of William Tell)
    14 January Alan Rickman[360] 69 Actor (Harry Potter, Die Hard, Love Actually, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Truly, Madly, Deeply)
    Robert Banks Stewart[361] 84 Writer and producer (Bergerac, Doctor Who, The Darling Buds of May)
    19 January Sheila Sim (Lady Attenborough)[362] 93 Actress (A Canterbury Tale, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, West of Zanzibar) and widow of Richard Attenborough
    26 January Charlie Courtauld[363] 49 Television producer and journalist (Question Time)
    30 January Frank Finlay[364] 89 Actor (Othello, The Pianist, The Three Musketeers)
    31 January Sir Terry Wogan[365][366] 77 Broadcaster, narrator and presenter (Auntie's Bloomers, Blankety Blank, Children in Need, Wogan, Eurovision Song Contest, Stoppit and Tidyup, Wogan's Perfect Recall)
    14 February Drewe Henley[367] 75 Actor (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
    20 February Jon Rollason[368] 84 Actor (The Avengers, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, Softly, Softly, Z-Cars)
    22 February Douglas Slocombe[369][370] 103 Cinematographer (Indiana Jones, The Lion in Winter, Jesus Christ Superstar)
    28 February Frank Kelly[371][372] 77 Actor (Father Ted, Emmerdale, Aristocrats, Evelyn, Malice Aforethought)
    1 March Louise Plowright[373][374] 59 Actress (Mamma Mia!, EastEnders, Families)
    Tony Warren[375][376] 79 Television scriptwriter, creator of Coronation Street
    13 March Adrienne Corri[377] 85 Actress (Doctor Zhivago, A Clockwork Orange, Doctor Who)
    15 March Sylvia Anderson[378] 88 Television and film producer, writer and voice actress (Thunderbirds)
    16 March Cliff Michelmore[379][380] 96 Broadcast presenter and producer (Tonight)
    17 March Paul Daniels[381][382] 77 Magician and Game show Host (The Paul Daniels Magic Show, Odd One Out, Every Second Counts, Wipeout)
    18 March Barry Hines[383] 76 Author and screenwriter (Kes, The Price of Coal, Threads)
    25 March Terry Brain[384] 60 Animator, co-creator of The Trap Door
    31 March Ronnie Corbett[385][386] 85 Comedian, television presenter and actor (The Two Ronnies, Small Talk, You're Only Young Twice, Sorry!, The Frost Report)
    Denise Robertson[387][388] 83 Writer and television broadcaster (This Morning)
    Douglas Wilmer[389] 96 Actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, Jason and the Argonauts)
    8 April David Swift[390] 85 Actor (Drop the Dead Donkey)
    13 April Gareth Thomas[391] 71 Actor (Blake's 7, Children of the Stones, Star Maidens)
    15 April Morag Siller[392] 46 Actor (Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Memphis Belle, Casualty)
    18 April Karina Huff[393] 55 Actress (The House of Clocks, Time for Loving, Voices from Beyond)
    20 April Victoria Wood[394][395] 62 Comedian (New Faces, Victoria Wood as Seen on TV, Pat and Margaret, Dinnerladies, Housewife, 49)
    26 April Mark Farmer[396] 53 Actor (Grange Hill, Relative Strangers, Minder, Johnny Jarvis)
    28 April Barry Howard[397] 78 Actor (Hi-de-Hi!, Terry and June, You Rang, M'Lord?, The House of Windsor, Dad, Beautiful People)
    2 May Paul McDowell[398] 84 Actor and singer (The Temperance Seven)
    3 May Kristian Ealey[399] 38 Actor (Brookside, Hollyoaks)
    9 May Gareth Gwenlan[400] 79 Television producer (Only Fools and Horses, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, To the Manor Born, High Hopes)
    10 May Sarah Corp[401] 41 Television news journalist and producer (Channel 4 News)
    14 May Valerie Lush[402] 97 Actress (And Mother Makes Three)
    19 May Alan Young[403] 96 Actor, voice actor, comedian, radio host, television presenter and personality (DuckTales, The Time Machine, Mister Ed, The Alan Young Show)
    24 May Burt Kwouk[404] 85 Actor (A Shot in the Dark, Last of the Summer Wine, Goldfinger, Tenko)
    25 May Peggy Spencer[405] 95 Professional ballroom dancer, choreographer and judge (Come Dancing)
    31 May Carla Lane[406][407] 87 Television writer (The Liver Birds, Bless This House, Butterflies, Bread, Luv)
    6 June Peter Shaffer[408] 90 Playwright and screenwriter (Black Comedy, Equus, Amadeus)
    22 June Harry Rabinowitz[409] 100 Music composer and conductor (Reilly, Ace of Spies, Chariots of Fire, Cats)
    30 June Gordon Murray[410] 95 Puppeteer and television producer (The Trumptonshire Trilogy (Camberwick Green, Trumpton, Chigley))
    1 July Robin Hardy[411] 86 Film director (The Wicker Man)
    2 July Caroline Aherne[412][413] 52 Actress, television writer and comedian (The Mrs Merton Show, Mrs Merton and Malcolm, The Fast Show, The Royle Family, Strange Hill High, Gogglebox)
    Euan Lloyd[414] 92 Film producer (The Wild Geese, The Sea Wolves)
    7 July James Gilbert[415] 93 Television producer (The Two Ronnies, Last of the Summer Wine)
    8 July William Lucas[416] 91 Actor (The Adventures of Black Beauty, Eldorado)
    17 July Fred Tomlinson[417] 88 Singer, songwriter and composer (Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies)
    25 July Tom Clegg[418] 81 Television and film director (Space: 1999, Sharpe)
    26 July Sylvia Peters[419] 90 Actress and announcer (Come Dancing)
    29 July Ken Barrie[420] 83 Singer, narrator and voice actor (Postman Pat, Charlie Chalk)
    13 August Kenny Baker[421] 81 Actor (Star Wars, Time Bandits, Flash Gordon)
    18 August Michael Napier Brown[422] 79 Actor, theatre director and playwright (The Dick Emery Show, Doctor Who)
    19 August Trevor Baker[423] 94 Meteorologist (BBC, Southern Television)
    20 August Brian Rix[424][425] 92 Actor (And the Same to You, Reluctant Heroes)
    21 August Antony Jay[426] 86 Writer, broadcaster and director (Yes Minister)
    22 August Michael Leader[427] 77 Actor (EastEnders, Star Wars, Doctor Who)
    8 September Hazel Douglas[428] 92 Actress (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1)
    29 September Ann Emery[429] 86 Actress (Billy Elliot, Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde, Rentaghost)
    Terence Brady[430] 77 Television writer, playwright and actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, No, Honestly, Yes, Honestly)
    9 October Zara Nutley[431] 92 Actress (Mind Your Language, Never the Twain)
    14 October Jean Alexander[432] 90 Actress (Coronation Street, Last of the Summer Wine)
    23 October Jimmy Perry[433] 93 Writer (Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-De-Hi, You Rang, M'Lord)
    Pete Burns[434] 57 Singer-songwriter (Dead or Alive)
    25 October Howard Davies[435] 71 Theatre and television director (Copenhagen, Blue/Orange, The Secret Rapture)
    5 November John Carson[436] 89 Actor (Doomsday, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, Doctor Who)
    7 November Jimmy Young[437] 95 Broadcaster and singer (Juke Box Jury, Thank Your Lucky Stars)
    11 November Robert Vaughn[438] 83 American actor (Coronation Street, Hustle)
    15 November Ken Grieve[439] 74 Television director (The Bill, Peak Practice)
    23 November Andrew Sachs[440] 86 Actor and narrator (Fawlty Towers, Coronation Street, Hitler: The Last Ten Days, William's Wish Wellingtons, Wiggly Park)
    27 November Bernard Gallagher[441] 87 Actor (Casualty, Crown Court, Downton Abbey)
    Valerie Gaunt[442] 84 Actress (The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula)
    6 December Peter Vaughan[443] 93 Actor (Porridge, Citizen Smith, Chancer, Game of Thrones)
    9 December Coral Atkins[444] 80 Actor (A Family at War, Emmerdale)
    10 December Ian McCaskill[445] 78 Meteorologist (BBC)
    11 December Michael Nicholson[446][447] 79 War correspondent (Tonight)
    21 December Deddie Davies[448] 78 Actress (The Railway Children, Stella, Grange Hill)
    22 December Philip Saville[449] 86 Television director and screenwriter (Armchair Theatre, Hamlet at Elsinore, Boys from the Blackstuff)
    24 December Liz Smith[450] 95 Actress (The Vicar of Dibley, The Royle Family, I Didn't Know You Cared, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit)

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