2018 in British television
This is a list of events that took place in 2018 relating to television in the United Kingdom.
- 1 Events
- 2 Top 10 most-watched television broadcasts
- 3 Debuts
- 4 Channels
- 5 Television programmes
- 6 Ending this year
- 7 Deaths
- 8 References
|1||BBC One welcomes in 2018 with a concert by Nile Rodgers and Chic, celebrating their 40th anniversary. The programme pauses at midnight for the Chimes of Big Ben and fireworks display.|
|New Year's Day highlights on BBC One include the TV adaptation of David Walliams' children's story Grandpa's Great Escape, and the debut episode of the BBC crime series McMafia.|
|ITV airs the network television premiere of the James Bond film Spectre. The film is aired by ITV again on 6 January.|
|The US sitcom Friends becomes available to Netflix viewers in the UK and Ireland as the web television provider makes all ten series available for streaming to its customers.|
|2||PBS in the United States begins simulcasting the BBC News programmes Beyond 100 Days and World News Today.|
|Channel 5 launches the twenty-first series of Celebrity Big Brother with a female-only cast to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote. The first male contestants will appear on the programme from 5 January.|
|3||Royal Mail announces plans to release a set of stamps featuring characters from Game of Thrones, which will be available from 23 January.|
|ITV News at Ten is forced off the air as the studio is evacuated due to a fire alarm.|
|4||Figures indicate that The Great Christmas Bake Off, aired on Christmas Day 2017, was watched by an audience of 4.8 million, giving Channel 4 their largest Christmas Day viewership since modern records began in 2002.|
|Debut of Derry Girls, a new six-part comedy from Channel 4 set in Derry, Northern Ireland. The broadcaster issued a "Derry glossary" ahead of the start of the series in order to help viewers understand some of the lingo used by the characters.|
|5||Stephen Fry says he will step down as presenter of the BAFTA Film Awards.|
|The BBC announce they have dropped Ed Westwick from the cast of their adaptation of Agatha Christie's Ordeal by Innocence following a number of sexual assault allegations made against him.|
|A team of former students of Keble College, Oxford win the 2017–18 series of Christmas University Challenge, while their opponents from the University of Reading become the first team in the history of the programme to score nothing. The final score is 240–0.|
|6||Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford will present a weekly chat show for Channel 5, it is reported. The programme, scheduled to begin later in the year, has been provisionally titled What a Week with Eamonn & Ruth.|
|7||Carrie Gracie resigns from her post as BBC News's China editor over the BBC's gender pay gap controversy, and accuses the BBC of a "secretive and illegal" pay culture.|
|Dancing on Ice returns to ITV for a tenth series, and following a four-year hiatus. Phillip Schofield returns to present alongside Holly Willoughby.|
|8||Matt Hancock is appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in a Cabinet reshuffle, replacing Karen Bradley.|
|Riccardo Acerbi, a 56-year-old actor from the Lazio region of Italy is introduced by frozen food manufacturer Birds Eye as the latest actor to play Captain Birdseye.|
|9||Culture Secretary Matt Hancock urges the BBC to respond to allegations of pay inequality. His comments come on the same day that the Equality and Human Rights Commission signals its intention to write to the BBC over the gender pay gap controversy and after the resignation of Carrie Gracie.|
|Joanna Lumley is confirmed as presenter of the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards, replacing Stephen Fry.|
|10||Figures indicate that the opening episode of Blue Planet II had the highest viewing audience of 2017, with 14 million tuning in to BBC One to watch the programme.|
|A man whose bigamous marriage was discovered after his first wife saw him on a March 2016 edition of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway with another woman is jailed for six months by magistrates in Warrington, Cheshire.|
|Debut of the four-part drama serial Kiri on Channel 4. The opening episode is well received by television critics, but attracts criticism from some social workers because of what they perceive as the programme's negative portrayal of their profession.|
|14||BBC One airs The Coronation, a documentary in which Queen Elizabeth II gives a rare insight into her personal experience of her coronation.|
|17||Sunrise begins broadcasting from Studio 6 at Sky Studios. The new studio includes a virtual space to allow for segments away from the desk area, along with the weather.|
|22||Following the announcement of their engagement, Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank give their first interview to BBC One's The One Show.|
|23||Fox's £11.7bn bid to take full control of Sky is provisionally blocked by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) amid concerns of plurality.|
|The BBC confirms that Aled Jones will return to his presenting roles on BBC One's Songs of Praise and BBC Radio Wales after he was suspended in October 2017.|
|26||Six of the BBC's leading male presenters—Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine—have agreed to take pay cuts following the recent controversy over equal salaries at the broadcaster.|
|The BBC announces plans for a classical music season, which will include Our Classical Century, a BBC Four series featuring major classical performances of the past one hundred years.|
|27||The day's edition of Blind Date features the game show's first gay contestant, a former Mr Gay UK, choosing from three other men with whom to go on a date.|
|28||At 10.00 pm ITV airs President Trump – The Piers Morgan Interview, an interview Piers Morgan recorded with Donald Trump at the 2018 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. During the programme, Trump tells Morgan that he "wouldn't call himself" a feminist, and would take a different approach to Brexit than that of British Prime Minister Theresa May.|
|29||Reality television star June Bernicoff announces she will not be returning to Channel 4's Gogglebox following the death late last year of her husband Leon.|
|30||A report prepared by the auditors PwC finds there is "no evidence of gender bias regarding pay decisions at the BBC, prompting a raft of angry criticism from women employed by the broadcaster.|
|Professional dancer Brendan Cole announces he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing after being with the series since its outset. Cole says that the decision over his departure was made by the BBC and not himself.|
|31||While giving evidence to the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie says the BBC cannot be trusted on equal pay, and accuses BBC management of lying to and briefing against her.|
|Coronation Street actor Anthony Cotton suffers two broken ribs while rehearsing for Dancing on Ice with dance partner Brandee Malto. He subsequently states his intention to continue participating in the series.|
|1||Blue Peter celebrates its 5000th episode, launching a new Diamond Badge to mark the occasion.|
|2||Drag queen Courtney Act wins series 21 of Celebrity Big Brother.|
|6||BBC Weather launches with a new look during the BBC News at One.|
|7||Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw present the 2018 edition of Eurovision: You Decide on BBC Two, where SuRie, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, is chosen to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest.|
|Media reports suggest the revived series of The Generation Game will be shorter than originally envisaged, with two rather than four episodes. The programme is being presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.|
|8||Channel 4 announces a celebrity Stand Up to Cancer edition of The Great British Bake Off.|
|9||BBC One broadcasts the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.|
|12||21st Century Fox pledges to maintain the independence of Sky News for five years if it is given the go-ahead for its £11.7million takeover of the news channel. However, Fox wouldn't guarantee funding for the service beyond the five-year period.|
|Comedian Steve Coogan is set to return as his alter-ego Alan Partridge as filming begins on a new BBC series featuring the character, This Time with Alan Partridge.|
|14||BT and Sky have agreed a £4.4bn three-year deal to show live Premiership football matches from 2019 to 2022, but the amount falls short of the £5.1bn deal struck in 2015.|
|15||BBC News Online reports that BBC One is planning a new Saturday evening talent show titled The Greatest Dancer, and that will see the singer Cheryl acting as a mentor to contestants. A pilot filmed a few days earlier, but not scheduled for broadcast, features Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo as presenters, but it is thought unlikely they would present the series.|
|16||A HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax tribunal rules against former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd, who has been engaged in a long-running legal battle with HMRC over the nature of her employment contract with the BBC. She is one of a number of BBC presenters employed through contracts with personal service companies, and faces a £420,000 tax bill after losing the case.|
|18||Joanna Lumley presents the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards, having taken over the role from Stephen Fry. Jennifer Lawrence's curt dismissal of Lumley's gushing introduction that precedes Lawrence presenting an award provokes criticism of both actresses on social media, and calls for Fry to return next year.|
|20||Channel 4 airs the documentary Working with Weinstein in which fresh allegations of inappropriate behaviour are made against the film producer Harvey Weinstein.|
|21||Jack Whitehall presents the 2018 Brit Awards from The O2, London, and which are broadcast live on ITV.|
|22||The government confirms that the annual cost of a television licence will rise by £3.50 from £147 to £150.50 on 1 April.|
|The High Court orders Channel 5 to pay a couple £10,000 each in damages for distress caused by the broadcast of footage of them being evicted from their home. The footage was taken for the documentary series Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away!, and was shown as many as thirty five times, but the couple had not given their permission for it to be aired. The court rules that the couple's privacy outweighed Channel 5's freedom of expression.|
|Guests on the day's edition of This Morning include the recently ousted leader of the UK Independence Party Henry Bolton and his girlfriend Jo Marney whose controversial SMS messages about Prince Harry's fiancé Meghan Markle led to Bolton's political downfall.|
|23||BBC Four broadcasts a special one-off live edition of The Old Grey Whistle Test to mark thirty years since the original series came to an end. The three-hour programme is presented by Bob Harris.|
|Danny Miller, who plays gay character Aaron Dingle in ITV's Emmerdale, criticises Twitter for its response to complaints he made about homophobic tweets he received in relation to the soap.|
|Comedian Stephen Fry reveals that he is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer, having been undergone the operation in January.|
|Brighton hairdresser and Gogglebox star Chris Butland-Steed announces he is leaving the series to pursue a career in television.|
|26||Former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett joins York's Minster FM to present the breakfast programme alongside Ben Fry.|
|BBC One airs The Vicar of Dibley episode "Love and Marriage" in tribute to the actress Emma Chambers who played Alice Tinker, and who died on 21 February.|
|27||US cable TV giant Comcast makes a £22.1bn bid for Sky, challenging the existing offer from 21st Century Fox.|
|28||A new feed of ITV3 is launched on Freeview, on Channel 788.|
|3||Micheal Rice wins the first series of BBC One programme All Together Now.|
|ITV airs the 100th edition of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.|
|4||BBC One airs the episode of Call the Midwife in which Nurse Barbara Hereward (played by Charlotte Ritchie) is killed off alongside her on-screen husband Tom Hereward (Jack Ashton) and her best friend Phyllis (Linda Bassett). Ritchie's departure from the series is not announced prior to the episode's broadcast.|
|6||Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull tells the Radio Times he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and says he is speaking out in order to raise awareness of the disease.|
|Coronation Street is to tackle the subject of male rape in a storyline involving the character David Platt (played by Jack P. Shepherd) who becomes a victim of the crime after being drugged and raped by a friend.|
|Broadcaster Iain Lee storms off an edition of Channel 5's The Wright Stuff following an on air argument with presenter Matthew Wright.|
|8||Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan announces he has signed a new two-year contract to continue presenting the programme.|
|9||ITV confirms that Jeremy Clarkson will present a new series of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which is returning for a week to celebrate its 20th anniversary.|
|11||In the wake of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in which the involvement of Russian intelligence is suspected, John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, says he will be making no more appearances on the Russian state sponsored television channel Russia Today, declaring that its coverage "goes beyond objective journalism" and saying that it is "right" that Labour MPs do not appear on it.|
|The live final of Crufts is interrupted by a protester from Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) who invades the stage as the Best in Show winner is being announced.|
|Jake Quickenden and dance partner Vanessa Bauer win series 10 of Dancing on Ice.|
|12||A bench paying tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing is unveiled as part of a new expansion of the Coronation Street Victoria Street sets which includes a prescient with facades of a Greater Manchester Police called Weatherfield Police station, a Tram stop station which is part of a product placement deal with Manchester Metrolink and shop fronts facades of Costa Coffee and the Co-op will appear onscreen from 20 April 2018.|
|13||Debot of The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story, a three-part documentary series in which film-maker Gillian Pachter re-examines the Ruth Ellis case.|
|15||BBC One confirms it will screen the Oscar-winning film The Silent Child on Good Friday (30 March).|
|BBC Two's Newsnight airs an item about Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's response to the Salisbury poisoning showing a graphic of Corbyn next to images of Moscow as a backdrop. The item leads to criticism from newspaper columnist Owen Jones and others that the image was photoshopped in an attempt to make Corbyn look like a Soviet stooge, allegations subsequently rejected by the BBC.|
|17||BBC Two announces it will axe Robot Wars for the second time due to a lack of making new action toys until Hexbug reintroduced production rather late, the series having been revived in 2016.|
|18||Television presenter Ant McPartlin is arrested for drink driving after a car crash in London.|
|19||Channel 4 airs a documentary about Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis company that worked on the Leave.EU campaign for the EU referendum, and for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Undercover reporters, talking to executives from the firm, discover the use of bribes, honey traps, fake news campaigns and operations with ex-spies to swing election campaigns around the world. An emergency court order is requested to raid the Cambridge Analytica offices.|
|Ant McPartlin has stepped down from his presenting roles while he seeks further treatment following his arrest for drink driving. ITV also announces that the 24 March edition of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will not be aired, while McPartlin will have no involvement in the remaining two editions of the series (due to air on 31 March and 7 April). On 21 March it is confirmed that Declan Donnelly will present the shows on his own.|
|21||The Metropolitan Police confirm that Ant McPartlin has been charged with drink driving.|
|23||The actress and campaigner Brooke Kinsella, whose brother Ben Kinsella was a victim of knife crime, praises EastEnders for a planned storyline involving the issue. Kinsella, who played the character Kelly Taylor for three years in the early 2000s, and who established the Ben Kinsella Trust following her brother's death, was consulted for the plot, and has worked with scriptwriters make the story as authentic as possible. The storyline will see Shakil Kazemi (played by Shaheen Jafargholi) and Keegan Baker (played by Zack Morris) attacked, and follow the consequences and repercussions of the attack.|
|BBC One airs Sport Relief 2018. For this year Sport Relief has decided not to show appeal films featuring celebrities visiting developing countries, following complaints they are akin to "poverty tourism". By the end of its broadcast the event has raised £38,195,278 for charitable causes.|
|Suzuki axes its TV advertising campaign featuring Ant and Dec after drink driving charges are brought against Ant McPartlin.|
|ITV have applied to allow weekend tours of the Coronation Street set in Stretford, following the success of the temporary tour at the programme's former set in 2014 and 2015.|
|27||The BBC unveils plans to stage an outdoor festival for children in August. The CBBC Summer Social, the BBC's first such festival, will take place at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool on the weekend of 3–5 August, and will include performances from Union J, HRVY, Mackenzie Ziegler and Matt Terry.|
|29||BBC One confirms that the final two episodes of Peter Kay's Car Share will be broadcast in May.|
|The UK Government announces that it will continue providing £6.72m of funding for S4C until 2020, with the aim of S4C being funded wholly from the licence fee from 2022. This will see S4C's funding being decided as part of the licence fee settlement, for 10 year periods.|
|31||Declan Donnelly presents his first solo edition of Saturday Night Takeaway; overnight viewing figures indicate it to have had an audience of 7.7 million viewers with a 39% share of the overall viewership.|
|1||BBC One airs the first of two editions of the latest version of The Generation Game, which is presented by Mel and Sue.|
|50th anniversary of the first edition of the BBC's Reporting Scotland.|
|3||After Have I Got News for You team captain Ian Hislop says that women politicians are "more reticent" to guest host the programme, MP Nadine Dorries, who has previously appeared as a panelist, describes the programme as being "too vicious" for most female guests. She also says the programme does not "lend itself to women feeling comfortable", and that she has turned down a number of requests to appear on it.|
|5||The BBC admits that a scene from its 2011 series Human Planet purporting to show a tribe from West Papua was not accurate.|
|7||Ruti Olajugbagbe wins the seventh series of The Voice UK.|
|The final episode in the current series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway sees Declan Donnelly present the programme from Florida. The episode is seen by fewer viewers than Donnelly's first solo edition, with an average 6.9 million tuning in, down by almost one million on the previous week.|
|13||Kenny Tutt wins the 2018 series of MasterChef.|
|14||The National Lottery results are broadcast on ITV for the first time after more than two decades on the BBC, with the results appearing as a 90-second summary as part of an ad break during Britain's Got Talent.|
|21||BBC One airs The Queen's Birthday Party, a concert from London's Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.|
|23||St John's College, Cambridge wins the 2017–18 series of University Challenge, beating Merton College, Oxford 145–100.|
|26||Channel 5 announce plans to give the Chuckle Brothers their own Saturday morning show, Chuckle Time, almost a decade after their show, ChuckleVision was last aired by CBBC.|
|27||The BBC withdraws the 2011 series Human Planet from distribution because of a second editorial breach, involving a scene depicting a hunter harpooning a whale, which the BBC feels is not accurate.|
|Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas, whose wife died suddenly from cancer in late 2017, says he is leaving the broadcaster to focus on his son.|
|30||Series 13 of Only Connect is won by the Escapologists.|
|1||Matthew Wright announces he is leaving Channel 5's The Wright Stuff after eighteen years as its presenter.|
|Coronation Street bosses announce plans for a storyline tackling male suicide involving the character Aidan Connor (who is played by Shayne Ward).|
|3||An original script from the first episode of Doctor Who, 1963's "Doctor Who and the Tribe of Gum", sells at auction for £6,200.|
|Public tours of the new Coronation Street set will begin later in May after plans to host tours at the site were approved by Trafford Council.|
|4||Dermot O'Leary and Scarlett Moffatt are announced as presenters who will lead the BBC's respective television and radio coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, O'Leary fronting coverage for BBC One and Moffatt providing coverage for Radio 1.|
|Steven Knight, creator of Peaky Blinders, revealed plans for a ballet version of the BBC Two series.|
|6||The BBC announces that Andrew Marr is to undergo surgery to remove a kidney tumour, and will be absent from the airwaves while he recovers.|
|10||It is reported that Barbara Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in April 2014; her husband says that her condition has begun to deteriorate.|
|Episodes of Coronation Street will be synchronised for viewers in New Zealand from 11 June. Up to now New Zealand has been eighteen months behind the United Kingdom. A two-hour special will be aired to recap storylines over the time period to facilitate the catch-up.|
|12||Netta, representing Israel, wins the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song "Toy". SuRie, representing the United Kingdom, comes 24th out of 26 with her song "Storm". After her performance is interrupted by a stage invasion she is given the chance to perform the song again, but declines the offer. An investigation into the incident is launched by the European Broadcasting Union, while a suspect is arrested by Portuguese Police.|
|19||The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George's Chapel, Windsor, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion. In the UK the event is broadcast by the BBC, ITV and Sky News. It is subsequently confirmed as the UK's biggest television event of the year so far, with 18 million viewers tuning into watch proceedings. This audience includes 13.1 million who watched BBC One's coverage and 3.6 million who tuned in to watch the wedding on ITV.|
|23||Hollywood actor Richard Gere will star in MotherFatherSon, a BBC Two series about a media tycoon, making his first television appearance in three decades.|
|25||Kirsty Gallacher announces that she is to leave Sky Sports after 20 years.|
|28||BBC Two airs a new adaptation of King Lear set in a fictionalised present, and starring Anthony Hopkins in the eponymous role, as well as Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh as Lear's daughters.|
|The semi-final of series 12 of Britain's Got Talent is forced off air for fifteen minutes as a result of a technical glitch caused by adverse weather conditions.|
|31||Matt LeBlanc announces he will leave Top Gear after the end of the next series.|
|1||The music channel Channel AKA announces its closure; and being replaced by Massive R&B.|
|3||Comedian Lee Ridley, also known as Lost Voice Guy wins series 12 of Britain's Got Talent.|
|4||ITV2 launches series four of Love Island, with the opening edition giving the channel almost three million viewers, its highest ever audience and a figure that beats all other programmes being aired in the same timeslot.|
|5||Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock gives the green light to 21st Century Fox's plans to take full control of Sky plc, but on the condition it divests itself of Sky News.|
|7||Louis Walsh announces he is leaving his role as a judge on The X Factor after thirteen years with the show.|
|8||It is announced that Home, a comedy written by Rufus Jones and about a Syrian refugee who enters the UK as an illegal immigrant, will air on Channel 4.|
|9||Those from the world of film and television to receive recognition in the 2018 Birthday Honours include Emma Thompson and Mary Beard, who both become Dames, Tom Hardy, who becomes a CBE, and Keira Knightley, who is awarded an OBE.|
|11||BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Jeremy Vine will succeed Matthew Wright as presenter of Channel 5's daily current affairs programme from September. The show, presently titled The Wright Stuff will be renamed and relaunched once Vine takes on the presenting role.|
|Episodes of Coronation Street are synchronised for viewers in New Zealand.|
|12||ITV confirms that Love Island contestant Niall Aslam has left the series due to personal reasons.|
|14||Matthew Wright presents his last edition of The Wright Stuff after 18 years.|
|The BBC and ITV begin airing coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in Russia, with ITV screening the opening ceremony and inaugural match. The opening ceremony features a performance by Robbie Williams, while the first match, Russia vs Saudi Arabia, results in a 5–0 win for Russia.|
|17||The BBC announces that David Dimbleby will leave Question Time at the end of the year after 25 years as its presenter. His final edition of the programme will be on 13 December.|
|18||UKTV confirms it will begin rerunning episodes of EastEnders on the Drama channel from early August, starting with the first episode from February 1985.|
|21||Following the death of former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon, ITV2 airs a short tribute to her before the evening's edition of the reality show.|
|26||Royal Mail releases a set of commemorative stamps marking the fiftieth anniversary of Dad's Army.|
|1||The BBC confirms that Jeremy Vine will leave his role as presenter of Points of View after fronting the programme for ten years.|
|2||After footage of series 11 of Doctor Who appeared on the California-based website Tapatalk, the BBC has asked the state's Federal Court to compel Tapatalk to disclose records that could identify the source of the leak.|
|3||Ofcom have received 2,525 complaints from viewers about the 1 July edition of Love Island in which a contestant was shown a misleading video about her boyfriend. The watchdog says it will assess the material against the broadcasting code before deciding whether or not to launch an investigation. Ofcom subsequently finds that the footage was not in breach of its regulations and on 16 July says that it will not be launching an investigation.|
|ITV airs the 2018 FIFA World Cup knockout stage match between England and Colombia, which results in a 1–1 draw and sees England beat Colombia 4–3 on penalties, giving them a place in the quarter finals. Overnight viewing figures indicate the match's climax was watched by 23.6 million viewers, making it the most watched television event since the 2012 London Olympics.|
|5||Carol McGiffin returns to Loose Women after a break of five years.|
|6||BBC One airs a special episode of EastEnders featuring the funeral of knife crime victim Shakil Kazemi (played by Shaheen Jafargholi) in which real-life knife crime stories are also included, with parents of victims speaking about their loved ones.|
|Benidorm creator Derren Litten confirms the tenth series that aired in 2018 will be the last.|
|7||BBC One airs the World Cup quarter-final match between England and Sweden that results in a 2–0 win for England and puts them through to the first World Cup semi-final since 1990. Overnight figures indicate the match is seen by an average audience of 15.8 million viewers, rising to 19.9 million by the end of the game.|
|BBC News reports that Channel 4 is expected to sign a five-year deal to show highlights of Formula One and live coverage of the British Grand Prix until 2024. Sky Sports signed exclusive deal to broadcast live Formula 1 coverage from 2019 to 2024 in 2016.|
|9||Jeremy Wright is appointed as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Matt Hancock.|
|11||21st Century Fox launches a new £24.5bn bid for Sky, topping one made for £22bn by rival broadcaster Comcast in February.|
|ITV airs the World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia and sees England exit the competition. Overnight figures indicate the match is seen by an average audience of 24.3 million viewers, rising to 26.5 million by the end of the game.|
|12||The BBC announces cut-backs to BBC Parliament. The channel will now close down in the weeks when no UK parliamentary bodies are in session and all programmes made especially for the channel will end.|
|Love Island contestant Samira Mighty becomes the second person to voluntarily leave the 2018 series, doing so because her partner was voted out the previous week.|
|13||The creators of BBC Scotland's Still Game announce that the sitcom will end after twenty one years, with the next series being the last.|
|Plans are confirmed for a Downton Abbey film that will follow on from the ITV series Downton Abbey, with a script by Julian Fellowes.|
|15||BBC One shows the first trailer for series 11 of Doctor Who in half-time during the World Cup Final.|
|17||ITV confirms that Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson will be panelists on series fifteen of The X Factor. They will join Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, though Osbourne will only be present as a judge for the live shows.|
|18||Following a hearing at the High Court, Sir Cliff Richard wins his privacy case over BBC News coverage of a police raid on his home. Mr Justice Mann awards him £210,000 in damages, stating that the BBC had infringed his privacy in a "serious and sensationalist way".|
|Former Emmerdale actress and Minster FM breakfast programme presenter Roxanne Pallett is airlifted to hospital after being involved in a car crash while taking part in a stock car race at Hunmanby Raceway in North Yorkshire. She was racing fellow breakfast programme presenter Ben Fry at the time the incident occurred, and crashed into a concrete wall.|
|19||Comcast abandons its bid to buy 21st Century Fox in order to concentrate on its bid for Sky.|
|22||The UKTV channels are removed from Virgin Media. The companies had not been able to agree terms to allow the ten channels and their +1 and HD offshoots to continue to be available on the platform.|
|23||Channel 4 announces that Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Leeds are on the shortlist for the location of its new headquarters.|
|24||Following a review of children's programming that identified a number of shortfalls, including a lack of programming for older children, Ofcom has urged ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 to improve their children's programming.|
|Former BBC sports commentator John Motson will come out of retirement to become a presenter on Talksport, it is reported, beginning his new role in August.|
|ITV confirms that Poppy Lee Friar and Will Tudor will star in a two-hour drama about Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's success at the 1984 Winter Olympics.|
|ITV3 has commissioned The Comedy Years, a four-part series that will look at four specific years in comedy history – 1979, 1984, 1998, and 2003. The series, scheduled to air in 2019, will feature archive footage, pop culture and explore the social history of the years.|
|25||Leonard Fenton, who played Doctor Legg in EastEnders from 1985 to 1997, will reprise the role in the autumn for a storyline involving Dot Cotton (June Brown).|
|26||Newsnight apologises for showing footage of Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram instead of Imran Khan during an article about the latter's political career.|
|The BBC agrees to pay Sir Cliff Richard £850,000 towards his legal costs after its application to appeal against the ruling of his privacy case was rejected.|
|29||BT Sport is believed to have lost the broadcasting rights to NBA basketball and UFC ultimate fighting after pulling out of a bidding contest.|
|30||Ofcom scraps the further rollout of local TV channels amid concerns a number of existing channels have struggled to attract both financial support and viewers. Thirty local channels have been established since 2013, with a further thirteen planned, which Ofcom has now halted.|
|Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer win series four of Love Island. Overnight viewing figures indicate the programme to have had an audience of 3.6 million, beating figures for BBC One, BBC Two and ITV in the same timeslot. The pair subsequently announce plans for marriage in 2019.|
|31||BBC comedy Dad's Army celebrates its 50th anniversary.|
|Jarvis Cocker and Bez are to appear in a special edition of Bargain Hunt to mark the fourth BBC Music Day in September.|
|1||Unseen sketches from Monty Python are to go on display at the British Library. The material, which includes storylines that were cut from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and fifty notebooks containing notes for Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian, will go on display at the library later in the month.|
|3||Maureen Lipman will join Coronation Street in September to play the role of Evelyn Plummer, the grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall).|
|6||Ofcom rules that a 2016 edition of the BBC's Panorama programme investigating allegations of abuse at a secure training unit broke anonymity rules by naming a teenage boy during the film. Although given a pseudonym, the name of the boy, whose identity was meant to be kept anonymous, was heard during the film. The BBC argued it was a "genuine error", but Ofcom ruled the mistake had happened because programme makers had "failed to check and review its content sufficiently".|
|The BBC confirms that Strictly Come Dancing has "no plans" to include same-sex couples in the forthcoming series.|
|7||Data collected for the Office for National Statistics' annual Internet Access and Use report indicates an increase in the use of commercial video streaming services, with almost half of adults having streamed content via a service such as Netflix or Amazon Video.|
|9||Ant & Dec announce that they have postponed the next series of their Saturday Night Takeaway, which will now return in 2020 instead of 2019.|
|11||The 10 UKTV channels return to Virgin Media. The long term deal sees the HD versions of Dave and Gold launch on the platform.|
|Charlotte Salt makes her final appearance in Casualty as her character Sam Nicholls dies.|
|14||BBC Two airs one-off edition of the 1990s comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me featuring new material, and old and new characters.|
|15||The BBC announces that it will not appeal against the ruling over its news coverage of a raid on Cliff Richard's house in 2014.|
|17||Ewan McGregor reads Patricia Hegarty's Everybody's Welcome for CBeebies, becoming the latest celebrity to read a story for the channel.|
|21||Ofcom says it has received 1,048 complaints about the use of the word "nigger" by a contestant on the twenty-second series of Celebrity Big Brother. The incident occurred during a conversation between Rodrigo Alves and another contestant, and was shown on the second day of the series. Alves is removed from the Big Brother house on 25 August following a second incident.|
|Head of the London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton criticises Love Island for reinforcing what she describes as "offensive" stereotypes that discourage young women from joining the service. Her comments refer to a "fireman challenge" that required male contestants to strip to their underwear and pretend to save a drowning woman.|
|23||A rant about Brexit by EastEnders actor Danny Dyer on an edition of Good Evening Britain is named TV moment of the year at the Edinburgh Television Festival Awards.|
|At the Edinburgh Television Festival ITV boss Kevin Lygo confirms that Declan Donnelly will have a new partner for series eighteen of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! as Ant McPartlin continues to take time away from presenting.|
|28||Peter Gwyn, the executive producer of University Challenge says the programme will focus on posing "gender neutral" questions after a viewer complained questions are skewed towards men.|
|BBC Two confirms that Autumnwatch will air a week of programmes from New England in October to celebrate the US region's colourful autumn.|
|29||Holly Willoughby is confirmed as co-presenter of this year's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! alongside Declan Donnelly.|
|30||Ofcom says it has received over 3,000 complaints about the previous day's edition of Loose Women during which Kim Woodburn walked off the programme in tears following a row with Coleen Nolan. The pair had previously clashed as contestants on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, and Woodburn had been invited onto the programme in hopes of a reconciliation with Nolan. By the following day the number of complaints has doubled to 7,000, with Nolan expressing regret for what happened, calling the incident "ugly, upsetting and unpleasant".|
|31||The BBC confirms plans for Ariana Grande at the BBC, a one-hour special presented by Davina McCall that will see Ariana Grande talking about her life and career and performing some of her hits. The programme will be part of BBC One's autumn schedule.|
|Celebrity Big Brother contestant Ryan Thomas is given a formal warning by bosses on the programme for "punching" fellow housemate Roxanne Pallett after he was seen to approach her and make contact with her using his fist. Ofcom have received more than 11,000 complaints from viewers about the incident.|
|1||The X Factor returns for its fifteenth series, with a new judging panel. Joining Simon Cowell (the only panelist to return from the previous series) are Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Williams' wife Ayda Field.|
|Channel 5 confirms that Roxanne Pallett has left Celebrity Big Brother following the "punch" incident with Ryan Thomas.|
|2||BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show moves to the later timeslot of 10.00am as part of a shake up of the channel's Sunday morning schedule.|
|3||ITVBe launches its British pre-school programming block LittleBe.|
|5||The BBC confirms that series eleven of Doctor Who will begin on 7 October, the first time it has aired in a Sunday timeslot.|
|6||As part of its Crime and Punishment season ITV airs Ross Kemp and the Armed Police, a one-off documentary in which Ross Kemp accompanies armed police officers as they deal with the rising problem of inner-city gun violence.|
|Coleen Nolan announces she has cancelled all her work commitments, including appearances on Loose Women "until further notice" following her row with Kim Woodburn on an edition of the programme the previous week.|
|8||Addressing the annual conference of the Women's Equality Party, co-founder and QI presenter Sandi Toksvig reveals that she earns 40% of the amount paid to her predecessor Stephen Fry.|
|10||Ryan Thomas wins the twenty-second and final series of Celebrity Big Brother.|
|12||Celebs Go Dating presenter Nadia Essex is fired from the role after trolling on Twitter.|
|Made in Chelsea participant Louise Thompson apologises after breaching Advertising Standards Authority rules when she failed to make it clear that her promotion of a beauty product on social media was advertising.|
|13||The BBC says it has solved a software issue that causes "streaming lag", whereby live television is delayed by several seconds when viewed online. The issue particularly came to light during coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.|
|BBC Two's Newsnight airs an interview in which Kirsty Wark questions RT's editor Margarita Simonyan after the latter spoke to two Russians suspected of the Salisbury poisoning. Simonyan hangs up on Wark after being asked whether RT is a propaganda tool for the Russian government.|
|14||ITV confirms that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will return for a new series in 2019 with Jeremy Clarkson as presenter.|
|As Big Brother returns for its nineteenth series, Channel 5 announces that the programme will be ending along with Celebrity Big Brother, and that series nineteen will be the final one.|
|BBC Four airs an evening of programmes paying tribute to Amy Winehouse.|
|ITV announces that Maxine Peake will star in Anne, a four-part series about the Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams.|
|15||Big Brother contestant Ellis Hillon is removed from the programme following an investigation into an offensive tweet she posted in 2014 on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and that contained a racial slur.|
|The Metropolitan Police confirms that TV presenter Mark Lamarr has been charged with common assault and false imprisonment and will appear before magistrates on 1 October. On 1 October the Crown Prosecution Service announces that the case has been discontinued due to insufficient evidence.|
|18||Addressing the Royal Television Society, BBC Director General Tony Hall says that the rules governing British television need to change if UK television companies are to compete with the likes of Amazon, Netflix and YouTube.|
|19||The UK government, and major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Sky give their backing to a Creative Diversity Network (CDN) scheme to double the number of people with disabilities working in the television industry by 2020.|
|20||Wolf Alice are revealed as winners of the 2018 Mercury Prize for their second album Visions of a Life in a live telecast of the ceremony from London's Eventim Apollo on BBC Four.|
|23||Sky has recommended its shareholders accept a takeover bid from Comcast over one put forward by Fox after the former outbid the latter. The £30bn bid was submitted in a rare blind auction organised by the UK's Panel on Takeovers and Mergers and marks the end of an eight-year uncertainty about Sky's future direction.|
|The BBC One thriller Bodyguard concludes with a cliffhanger episode. Overnight viewing figures indicate the programme to have been watched by an average 10.4 million viewers, peaking at 11 million in the final five minutes. In terms of viewership, the series is also the most successful BBC drama for a decade.|
|24||The first episode of series 11 of Doctor Who receives its premiere in Sheffield two weeks before its television debut. The episode is set in the city.|
|Ofcom says it will launch an inquiry into Celebrity Big Brother after receiving over 25,000 complaints about Roxanne Pallett's allegation she was physically abused by Ryan Thomas.|
|It is reported that a dance teacher who runs a class for larger people called Strictly Curved has been ordered to change the name of her business by the BBC amid concerns it could mislead people into believing it is associated with the series Strictly Come Dancing. She subsequently confirms plans to change the name of the business after saying she cannot afford to fight any potential legal action from the BBC.|
|ITV confirms that Emmerdale character Kim Tate is returning for a special week of episodes from 8 October 2018. Claire King will reprise her role as Kim Tate for this first time after nearly 20 years away.|
|25||The Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB) announces it has started including viewers using PCs and mobile devices when compiling audience figures. The result means an increase in viewership for television programmes. For example, ITV2's Love Island would have received a million more viewers than shown by official figures, with 3.9 million tuning in each day.|
|BBC Two airs The Flu That Killed 50 Million, a docudrama about the 1918 flu pandemic narrated by Christopher Eccleston.|
|26||21st Century Fox announces it will sell its 39% stake in Sky UK to Comcast, ending Rupert Murdoch's three-decade association with the broadcaster.|
|27||BBC Two receives a new set of idents. The Curve idents replace the '2' logo in various ident sets since 1991.|
|28||To mark BBC Music Day, railway stations around the country play a number of prerecorded announcements made by the singer Kylie Minogue.|
|BBC One airs a special edition of Bargain Hunt recorded for BBC Music Day featuring members of the bands Happy Mondays and Pulp. It is reported that the end of the programme had to be re-recorded after it was discovered one of the participants had broken the rules.|
|1||Sharon Osbourne pulls out of series fifteen of The X Factor after deciding she was not needed. Although not a judge for the 2018 series, she had been scheduled to appear in the show's live editions.|
|2||As part of plans to revamp its daytime schedule BBC One announces that Flog It! will be axed after seventeen years.|
|ITV's This Morning receives a special BAFTA award to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The programme's 30th anniversary occurs on 3 October, with that day's edition resurrecting the floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock. The weather is presented by Alison Hammond, who accidentally pushes a man dressed as a sailor off the map and into the water.|
|Plans are announced for the science fiction anthology series Black Mirror to include an interactive episode in its fifth series, the outcome of which will be decided by viewers.|
|7||BBC One airs the Doctor Who series eleven opener "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", Jodie Whittaker's debut episode as the Thirteenth Doctor. Figures suggest an audience of 8.2 million, giving the series its best audience for a series launch for a decade. Consolidated figures released by BARB on 16 October indicate it had an audience of 10.9 million, making it the highest rated series opener since Doctor Who returned to television in 2005.|
|8||Alex Hobern, playing as a 25-year-old woman called Kate, wins the first series of Channel 4's social media based game show The Circle.|
|9||Producers of Hollyoaks confirm that Rick Astley will make a cameo appearance in a forthcoming episode of the Channel 4 soap.|
|10||The BBC announces it has reversed planned cuts to the output of BBC Parliament, but warns of possible future cuts to other services in order to save £500m before 2021–22.|
|11||After 6 years on air, Global Radio closes Heart TV and Capital TV.|
|The day's edition of BBC One's Question Time comes from the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.|
|12||ITV airs full coverage of the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank with a special edition of This Morning presented by Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford. ITV is the only main channel to show the ceremony in full after the BBC decided it would show a highlights programme instead.|
|Following Claire King's week-long return to Emmerdale as Kim Tate, bosses of the soap announce she is returning to the role permanently.|
|14||Debut of ITV's three-part drama Butterfly which deals with the subject of a couple coming to terms with their son's wish to become a girl.|
|21||The Doctor Who episode "Rosa" is one of few episodes in the programme's history not to end with the traditional closing theme music, instead having its closing credits played out with the track "Rise Up" by Andra Day.|
|22||Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff are named as the new presenters of Top Gear, replacing Matt LeBlanc, who steps down from the role at the end of series 26.|
|23||John Morrison, a former editor of Newsnight criticises the programme, which he says should "stop obsessing about the gender" of its presenters.|
|25||Debut of The Bi Life, a bisexual dating show, on the E! channel.|
|27||Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is taken ill shortly after appearing on BT Sport as a football pundit. He is treated in hospital, and it is subsequently confirmed that he has suffered a heart attack.|
|28||Seann Walsh and dance partner Katya Jones are voted off Series 16 of Strictly Come Dancing. The pair were the subject of controversy during Walsh's time on the programme after they were photographed kissing outside a pub.|
|BBC Two airs a live episode of the anthology series Inside No. 9 to coincide with Halloween.|
|29||While reporting on the aftermath of the death of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash, BBC sports editor Dan Roan is overheard making what many believed to be distasteful remarks about the nature of Srivaddhanaprabha's relationship with a member of his staff who also died in the crash. Roan later apologises for the remarks, claiming they were "made in a private, off-air conversation with a colleague".|
|30||Rahul Mandal wins the ninth series of The Great British Bake Off. Overnight viewing figures suggest an audience of 7.5 million tuned into the series finale.|
|Evan Davis presents his final Newsnight after four years as its lead presenter.|
|31||Channel 4 announces it has chosen Leeds in West Yorkshire as the location of its new national headquarters, although it will still retain a headquarters in London. Operations will also be established in Bristol and Glasgow under plans for the broadcaster to boost the amount it spends on programming outside London.|
|1||Ariana Grande at the BBC airs on BBC One. The one-hour special sees Ariana Grande talking to Davina McCall about her life and career, as well as performing some of her tracks.|
|3||The X Factor cancels its public vote after viewers complain of poor sound quality on the evening's edition of the show, with voting taking place the following day instead.|
|5||Cameron Cole wins the nineteenth series of Big Brother and the last to air on Channel 5. He becomes the show's youngest winner.|
|7||Businessman and Leave.EU donor Arron Banks, who was scheduled to be a panelist on the 15 November edition of Question Time, is dropped from the edition following controversy over previous television appearances, and criticism from politicians because he is the subject of a National Crime Agency investigation into alleged offences committed during the 2016 EU referendum.|
|8||Figures released by TV Licensing indicate there are 7,161 UK households watching television with a black-and-white licenses, a decline from 212,000 in 2000.|
|9||Orlando Bloom becomes the latest celebrity to read a bedtime story on CBeebies when he reads We Are Together by Britta Teckentrup.|
|13||ITV confirms that Emmerdale character Mandy Dingle is returning for a special storyline in January 2019. Lisa Riley will reprise her role as Mandy Dingle for the first time after 17 years away.|
|15||The BBC announces that the 2018 Doctor Who Christmas special will air on New Year's Day 2019, the first time the Christmas special has not aired on Christmas Day since the series returned to television screens in 2005.|
|16||Children in Need 2018 is aired on BBC television, with £50.6m donated during the course of its broadcast. This brings the collective total raised by Children in Need to £1bn.|
|Rob Delaney is the latest celebrity to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story, with Ten in a Bed by Penny Dale. In a first for the channel the story also includes sign language provided by Makaton.|
|18||ITV begins airing the eighteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! presented by Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly.|
|20||The BBC Two programmes Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch will be broadcast from the Cairngorms in 2019.|
|22||The Doctor Who episode "The Witchfinders" is released to Amazon Prime subscribers three days before its BBC One broadcast, when the streaming service accidentally uploads it to the slot for the previous episode, "Kerblam!", instead of that episode.|
|In an article published by The Sun newspaper, television presenter Matthew Wright says the stress of presenting Channel 5's The Wright Stuff left him with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.|
|BBC Four airs a one-off 90-minute special live and interactive edition of Tomorrow's World. The programme is presented by two of the original presenters, Maggie Philbin and Howard Stableford, as well as Dr. Hannah Fry.|
|23||Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks announces plans for a far-right radicalisation story involving the character Ste Hay (played by Kieron Richardson) in order to raise awareness of the issue.|
|BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce is reported to be in talks with Question Time bosses about taking over the presenting role from David Dimbleby when he retires.|
|27||Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn both agree to take part in a live television debate on Brexit before MPs vote on the UK's withdrawal agreement negotiated with the European Union.|
|29||The BBC announces Sunday 9 December as the date for its televised Brexit debate, and in doing so sparks a political row. Theresa May has given her backing to the BBC debate, while Jeremy Corbyn had previously said he favoured appearing on ITV.|
|HD Simulcast channels of BBC Two Wales and BBC Two Northern Ireland begin broadcasting.|
|1||BBC One unveils their Christmas short film/Ident campaign following the evening's edition of Strictly Come Dancing. "Wonderland" follows the story of a mother and son, played by Caroline O’Hara and Micky Satiar, spending time together during the holiday season. Filmed at Cromer Pier, the short was made by BBC Creative and Rogue Films, directed by Sam Brown and concepted by Edward Usher and Xander Hart.|
|2||Jodie Whittaker is announced as the latest celebrity to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story. In an episode to air later in the month, she will read Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.|
|Dalton Harris wins the fifteenth series of The X Factor.|
|4||The BBC scraps plans to hold a Brexit debate between Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn after failing to reach an agreement on the proposed format of the debate, which the Labour Party had criticised as a "mish-mash, with a lop-sided panel of other politicians and public figures". Both the BBC and ITV had scheduled Brexit debates for the evening of Sunday 9 December, each billed as featuring May and Corbyn even though it would be physically impossible for them to participate in both.|
|5||BBC Three announce that they have commissioned the British version of popular American reality TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. RuPaul's Drag Race: UK will air in 2019.|
|6||ITV scraps its plans for a Brexit debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on 9 December, making the announcement two days after the BBC decided not to hold its own Brexit debate scheduled for the same evening.|
|7||Fiona Bruce is confirmed as David Dimbleby's successor as presenter of Question Time.|
|Twentieth anniversary of the launch of ITV2.|
|9||As BBC One airs the concluding episode of series 11 of Doctor Who, series showrunner Chris Chibnall confirms that series 12 will air in 2020, and that Jodie Whittaker will once again star.|
|Harry Redknapp wins the eighteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.|
|13||A report from the National Audit Office reveals that plans to expand the EastEnders set will cost £27m more than previously estimated. In 2015 it was forecast the scheme would cost £59.7m, but the cost of the project is now put at £86.7m.|
|After 25 years, David Dimbleby presents his final edition of Question Time.|
|BBC News appoints Ben Hunte as its first LGBT correspondent.|
|Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is criticised by cricket presenter Jonathan Agnew for expressing his political views about Brexit on Twitter. Agnew argues that as "the face of BBC Sport" Lineker should "observe BBC editorial guidelines".|
|15||Stacey Dooley and dance partner Kevin Clifton win the sixteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Overnight viewing figures indicate the programme was seen by an average audience of 11.7 million, peaking at 12.7 million, and making it the most watched edition of Strictly in 2018.|
|16||2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas is named the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The evening also sees the Lightning Seeds reunited with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner to perform a special rendition of "Three Lions".|
|Sian Gabbidon wins the fourteenth series of The Apprentice.|
|17||Tom Watt and Linda Davidson will reprise their roles as EastEnders characters Lofty Holloway and Mary Smith in early 2019. The storyline involving Lofty and Mary will see them returning to Walford to attend the funeral of Dr. Harold Legg (Leonard Fenton) following Legg's death from pancreatic cancer.|
|20||Media regulator Ofcom has ruled that news channel RT broke impartiality rules on seven programmes following the Salisbury poisoning. Ofcom says the rule breaches took place between 17 March and 26 April. In response to the decision, the Russia media regulator says that it will check the content of BBC World News and the BBC's websites for impartiality.|
|23||BBC Four airs After the Screaming Stops, a 90-minute documentary about the 2017 reunion of 1980s pop band Bros. The documentary is initially watched by fewer than 250,000 viewers, but later becomes one of the 2018 Christmas television highlights thanks to its popularity on BBC iPlayer.|
|26||Overnight viewing figures for Christmas Day indicate The Queen's Speech to be the programme with the largest audience of the day, with a combined audience of 6.4 million viewers. The figures also suggest the largest audience for a programme broadcast on a single channel is for Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show on BBC One with 6.1 million viewers. The top five also include three other BBC One programmes, the Christmas specials of Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife, and the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book.|
|28||The BBC confirms that its long-running film review series The Film Programme will not return for a new series in 2019.|
|Those from the world of television to receive recognition in the 2019 New Year Honours include actor Michael Palin who receives a Knighhood, model, actress and television presenter Twiggy Lawson who becomes a Dame, and conservationist Chris Packham who receives a CBE.|
|31||BBC One welcomes in 2019 with a concert by Madness. The programme pauses at midnight for the Chimes of Big Ben and fireworks display.|
Top 10 most-watched television broadcasts
BARB consolidated 7-day viewing figures
The Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB) used this method of measurement until August 2018. Viewing figures details include +1 and HD channels. Highest rated single episode, instalment or match per channel.
|Rank||Programme||Number of viewers
|1||2018 FIFA World Cup : Croatia vs England||20.7||11 July||ITV||England lose to Croatia 2–1 in Moscow in their first semi-final of a World Cup since 1990.|
|2||2018 FIFA World Cup : Sweden vs England||17.4||7 July||BBC One||England win against Sweden 2–0 in Samara to proceed to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.|
|3||Bodyguard||14.3||23 September||BBC One||The final episode of the first series. Aikens (Matt Stokoe) abducts Budd (Richard Madden) and fits him inside a suicide vest. The police then are called by Budd and refuse to believe his version of events as they believe he is involved in the conspiracy due to his links to Apsted (Tom Brooke). Budd suspects MI5 is watching him and gives false information regarding the information of the kompromat. The security service then sends Longcross (Michael Schaeffer) to retrieve it, who is then arrested by the police on site. Budd's innocence is then proven after he leads the police to his flat and Vicky (Sophie Rundle) discovers the kompromat and blank rounds from his firearm. Budd then discovers that Craddock (Pippa Haywood) is the police insider for Aikens. She then confesses to providing Aikens information regarding Montague's (Keeley Hawes) whereabouts which led to her assassination and chose Budd to be her PPO as his background made him the perfect fall guy. Nadia (Anjli Mohindra) is later interviewed again and is revealed to have lied about Longcross's e-fit and is the builder of the explosive devices and led to the attack on the school of Budd's children.|
|4||I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here||13.7||18 November||ITV||Holly Willoughby makes her debut as co-presenter alongside Declan Donnelly whilst Ant McPartlin is on a break marking the first time the series is not presented by Donnelly and McPartlin in the show's history. The launch programme receives the highest ratings for an opener in the show's 16-year history. The series includes a line-up of celebrities including actor John Barrowman, singer Fleur East, quizzer Anne Hegerty and football manager Harry Redknapp.|
|5||Strictly Come Dancing||11.9||13 October||BBC One||The fourth live show of sixteenth series which saw Stacey Dooley and her partner Kevin Clifton go to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 33 for their Foxtrot to Hi Ho Silver Lining by Jeff Beck.|
|6||Britain's Got Talent||11.2||3 June||ITV||The final of the twelfth series, which was won by comedian Lost Voice Guy, beating pianist Robert White and reggae singer Donchez Dacres. Performers from Tina : The Musical also performed.|
|7||Doctor Who||10.5||14 October||BBC One||The launch of the eleventh series and the debut of the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), the first female incarnation of the time-travelling Time Lord. The episode titled "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" saw The Doctor fall on to Sheffield following the events of "Twice Upon a Time", battle an alien known by the name of "Tzim-Sha/Tim Shaw" (Samuel Oatley), construct a new sonic-screwdriver and encounter bus driver Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh), police officer Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), and a warehouse worker who has dyspraxia Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), who later become her companions. The episode was the first to be broadcast on Sunday of the modern revival of the programme and achieved the programme its highest ratings for a premiere of a series beating the 2005 episode "Rose" and its highest consolidated ratings since The Time of the Doctor in 2013. The episode is also the highest drama-launch of the year.|
|8||The Great British Bake Off||9.9||28 August||Channel 4||The first episode of the ninth series breaking with tradition and focusing on biscuits. County Tyrone recreation officer, Imelda McCarron, is eliminated whilst London software project manager, Manon Lagrève, is crowned the first star baker of the series.|
|9||Call the Midwife||9.6||11 March||BBC One||The final episode of the seventh series sees the aftermath of the funeral of Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) and Sister Monica Joan's (Judy Parfitt) birthday party which is later interrupted by news of the Assassination of President Kennedy.|
|10||Coronation Street||9.4||30 March||ITV||Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) learns the truth about her husband Pat Phelan's (Connor McIntyre) killer ways and throws him off a pier.|
|4 January||Great Art|
|8 January||Next of Kin|
|10 January||Britain's Brightest Family|
|11 January||Transformation Street|
|6 February||What Would Your Kid Do?|
|11 February||Survival of the Fittest||ITV2|
|12 February||James Martin's American Adventure||ITV|
|27 February||100 Years Younger in 21 Days|
|5 March||Action Team||ITV2|
|28 March||The Real Full Monty: Live||ITV|
|29 March||The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night|
|1 April||Change Your Tune|
|3 April||Last Laugh in Vegas|
|14 April||Zoe Ball on Saturday|
|15 April||Zoe Ball on Sunday|
|16 April||The Queen's Green Planet|
|21 May||The NHS Heroes Awards|
|22 May||A&E Live|
|5 July||Keith Lemon: Coming in America||ITV2|
|19 July||Our Shirley Valentine Summer|
|25 July||The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco|
|2 August||Evil Monkeys||ITV2|
|7 August||My £10K Holiday Home||ITV|
|8 August||Paul O Grady's Little Heroes|
|2 September||Vanity Fair|
|The Imitation Game|
|6 September||Ross Kemp and The Armed Police|
|12 September||Joanna Lumley's Silk Road Adventure|
|14 September||The Island Strait|
|25 September||Queen of the World|
|Take the Tower||ITV4|
|5 October||The Big Audition|
|11 October||Don't Hate the Playaz||ITV2|
|25 December||Torvill and Dean|
|15 January||The Wave||W|
|Roast Battle||Comedy Central|
|18 January||Britannia||Sky Atlantic|
|14 February||Bliss||Sky One|
|21 February||Celebrity Haunted Mansion: High Spirits||W|
|Celebrity Haunted Mansion|
|28 February||Save Me||Sky Atlantic|
|29 March||In the Long Run||Sky One|
|13 May||Patrick Melrose||Sky Atlantic|
|16 May||Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier||Dave|
|2 July||Becca's Bunch||Nick Jr.|
|23 July||Inside the Vets||W|
|6 August||True Love or True Lies||MTV|
|8 August||Judge Romesh||Dave|
|21 August||Call Yourself a Fan||BT Sport 2|
|14 September||A Discovery of Witches||Sky One|
|27 September||Sick of It|
|5 October||My Favourite Sketch||Gold|
|11 October||Women on the Verge||W|
|22 October||Emma Willis: Delivering Babies|
|25 October||Sally4Ever||Sky Atlantic|
|30 October||The Reluctant Landlord||Sky One|
|9 November||The Heist|
|15 November||Beat the Internet||Dave|
|14 December||Sunderland Till I Die||Netflix|
|101 Dalmatian Street||Disney Channel|
|15 December||Death on the Tyne||Gold|
|24 December||The Queen and I||Sky One|
|1 March||MTV OMG|
|23 May||Club MTV|
|4 July||Paramount Network|
|15 September||BT Sport Box Office|
|1 May||ITV Encore|
|23 May||MTV Dance|
|11 October||Heart TV|
|11 October||Capital TV|
|Date||Old Name||New Name|
|6 February||Sony Channel||Sony Crime Channel|
|6 February||True Crime||Sony Crime Channel 2|
|31 May||Channel AKA||Massive R&B|
|6 August||Sky Living||Sky Witness|
|1 November||Massive R&B||Total Country|
Changes of network affiliation
|Programme||Moved from||Moved to|
|Gotham||Channel 5, Netflix||E4|
|Classic EastEnders||UKTV Gold||Drama|
Returning this year after a break of one year or longer
|Programme||Date(s) of original removal||Original channel(s)||Date of return||New channel(s)|
|Dancing on Ice||9 March 2014||ITV||7 January 2018||N/A (same channel as original)|
|Diddy TV||16 December 2016||CBBC||19 March 2018|
|The Generation Game||31 December 2005||BBC One||1 April 2018|
|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?||11 February 2014||ITV||5 May 2018|
|The £100K Drop||20 March 2015||Channel 4||7 May 2018|
|Gino's Win Your Wish List||7 May 2016||BBC One||28 July 2018||Channel 5|
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest||26 November 2005||ITV (2003)
|25 November 2018||S4C|
|Eurovision Song Contest||(1956–present)|
|The Sky at Night||(1957–present)|
(part of Grandstand 1958–2001)
|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)|
|Match of the Day||(1964–present)|
|Top of the Pops||(1964–present)|
(only at Christmas 2006–present)
|A Question of Sport||(1968, 1970–present)|
|Mastermind (including Celebrity Mastermind)||(1972–1997, 2003–present)|
|One Man and His Dog||(1976–present)|
|Top Gear||(1977–2001, 2002–present)|
|Children in Need||(1980–present)|
|Thomas & Friends||(1984–present)|
|Fifteen to One||(1988–2003, 2013–present)|
|Red Dwarf||(1988–1999, 2009, 2012–present)|
|The Crystal Maze||(1990–1995, 2016–present)|
|Have I Got News for You||(1990–present)|
|ITV News Meridian||(1993–present)|
|Junior MasterChef||(1994–1999, 2010–present)|
|Room 101||(1994–2007, 2012–present)|
|Top of the Pops 2||(1994–present)|
|Robot Wars||(1997–2004, 2016–2018)|
|Teletubbies||(1997–2002, 2007–2009, 2012, 2015–present)|
|Y Clwb Rygbi||(1997–present)|
|Cold Feet||(1998–2003, 2016–present)|
|Big Brother (including Celebrity Big Brother)||(2000–2018)|
|A Place in the Sun||(2000–present)|
|The Unforgettable||(2000–2002, 2010–present)|
|BBC South East Today||(2001–present)|
(part of Watchdog 2009–present)
|Escape to the Country||(2002–present)|
|I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||(2002–present)|
|Most Haunted||(2002–2010, 2014–present)|
|Still Game||(2002–2007, 2016)|
|Grumpy Old Men||(2003–present)|
|Homes Under the Hammer||(2003–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)|
|The Gadget Show||(2004–present)|
|Live at the Apollo||(2004–present)|
|Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two||(2004–present)|
|Who Do You Think You Are?||(2004–present)|
|8 out of 10 Cats||(2005–present)|
|Coach Trip||(2005–2006, 2009–2012, 2013–present)|
|The Andrew Marr Show||(2005–present)|
|The Adventure Show||(2005–present)|
|The Hotel Inspector||(2005–present)|
|The Jeremy Kyle Show||(2005–present)|
|Mock the Week||(2005–present)|
|The Album Chart Show||(2006–present)|
|The Apprentice: You're Fired!||(2006–present)|
|Banged Up Abroad||(2006–present)|
|Dickinson's Real Deal||(2006–present)|
|Don't Get Done, Get Dom||(2006–present)|
|Not Going Out||(2006–present)|
|The One Show||(2006–present)|
|People & Power||(2006–present)|
|The Secret Millionaire||(2006–2008, 2010–present)|
|Britain's Got Talent||(2007–present)|
|Would I Lie to You?||(2007–present)|
|The Big Questions||(2007–present)|
|Don't Tell the Bride||(2007–present)|
|The Graham Norton Show||(2007–present)|
|Shaun the Sheep||(2007–present)|
|The Hot Desk||(2007–present)|
|Big & Small||(2008–present)|
|Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is||(2008–present)|
|Alan Carr: Chatty Man||(2009–present)|
|Piers Morgan's Life Stories||(2009–present)|
|Rip Off Britain||(2009–present)|
|The Great British Bake Off||(2010–present)|
|Great British Railway Journeys||(2010–present)|
|A League of Their Own||(2010–present)|
|The Only Way Is Essex||(2010–present)|
|Sunday Morning Live||(2010–present)|
|Take Me Out||(2010–present)|
|All Over the Place||(2011–present)|
|The Amazing World of Gumball||(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)|
|Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up||(2011–present)|
|Show Me What You're Made Of||(2011–present)|
|Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents||(2011–present)|
|4 O'Clock Club||(2012–present)|
|Call the Midwife||(2012–present)|
|Great Continental Railway Journeys||(2012–present)|
|Stand Up To Cancer||(2012–present)|
|The Voice UK||(2012–present)|
|Naomi's Nightmares of Nature||(2012–present)|
|Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs||(2012–present)|
|Claimed and Shamed||(2012–present)|
|The Dumping Ground||(2013–present)|
|Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom||(2013–present)|
|Caught Red Handed||(2013–present)|
|Big Star's Little Star||(2013–present)|
|The Dog Rescuers||(2013–present)|
|Still Open All Hours||(2013–present)|
|The Dog Ate My Homework||(2014–present)|
|The Great Interior Design Challenge||(2014–present)|
|The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice||(2014–present)|
|Holiday of My Lifetime||(2014, 2016–present)|
|Tyger Takes On...||(2014–present)|
|Educating Joey Essex||(2014–present)|
|In the Club||(2014–present)|
|Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans||(2014–present)|
|Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis||(2014–present)|
|Who's Doing the Dishes?||(2014–present)|
|24 Hours in Police Custody||(2014–present)|
|GPs: Behind Closed Doors||(2014–present)|
|The Almost Impossible Gameshow||(2015–present)|
|The Frankenstein Chronicles||(2015–present)|
|Hoff the Record||(2015–present)|
|Jeremy Kyle Emergency Room||(2015–present)|
|The Kyle Files||(2015–present)|
|Michael McIntyre's Big Show||(2015–present)|
|Ninja Warrior UK||(2015–present)|
|Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords||(2015–present)|
|Real Stories with Ranvir Singh||(2015–present)|
|SAS: Who Dares Wins||(2015–present)|
|The Saturday Show||(2015–present)|
|Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week||(2015–present)|
|Thunderbirds Are Go||(2015–present)|
|Wild & Weird||(2015–present)|
|Eat Well for Less?||(2015–present)|
|The A Word||(2016–present)|
|All Over the Workplace||(2016–present)|
|Bake Off: The Professionals||(2016–present)|
|Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit||(2016–2018)|
|Got What It Takes?||(2016–present)|
|Insert Name Here||(2016–present)|
|The Night Manager||(2016–present)|
|No Such Thing as the News||(2016–present)|
|Peter Kay's Comedy Shuffle||(2016–present)|
|Peston on Sunday||(2016–2018)|
|The Premier League Show||(2016–present)|
|Stan Lee's Lucky Man||(2016–present)|
|This Time Next Year||(2016–present)|
|Unspun with Matt Forde||(2016–present)|
|Beyond 100 Days||(2017–present)|
|Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!||(2017–present)|
|Paddington Station 24/7||(2017–present)|
|Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule||(2017–present)|
Ending this year
|7 January||Robot Wars||BBC Two, BBC Choice, Channel 5||1997 & 2016|
|10 January||Witless||BBC Three||2016|
|18 January||The Tunnel||Sky Atlantic||2013|
|31 January||Partners in Rhyme||BBC One||2018|
|10 February||Hard Sun|
|15 February||Generation Gifted||BBC Two|
|17 February||And They're Off!||BBC One|
|20 February||Flatpack Empire||BBC Two|
|15 March||The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story||BBC Four|
|16 March||Requiem||BBC One|
|21 March||Damned||Channel 4||2016|
|6 April||Room 101||BBC Two, BBC One||1994 & 2012|
|7 April||Troy: Fall of a City||BBC One||2018|
|12 April||Indian Summer School||Channel 4|
|15 April||Ordeal by Innocence||BBC One|
|16 April||Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit||Dave||2016|
|27 April||The City and the City||BBC Two||2018|
|29 April||Britain's Biggest Warship|
|6 May||Football on 5||Channel 5||1997 & 2015|
|7 May||The Woman in White||BBC One||2018|
|9 May||Fireman Sam||S4C / CBeebies / Channel 5||1987|
|11 May||Episodes||BBC Two||2011|
|27 May||Peston on Sunday||2016|
|28 May||Peter Kay's Car Share||BBC One||2015|
|3 June||A Very English Scandal||2018|
|10 June||Patrick Melrose||Sky Atlantic|
|Top of the Box||Channel 5|
|28 June||The Late Show with Ewen Cameron||STV2||2016|
|29 June||Live at Five|
|5 July||Humans||Channel 4||2015|
|22 July||Sunday Politics||BBC One||2012|
|24 July||Daily Politics||BBC Two||2003|
|1 August||Animals Behaving Badly||BBC One||2018|
|31 August||The Wright Stuff||Channel 5||2000|
|10 September||Celebrity Big Brother||Channel 4, Channel 5||2001|
|7 October||Vanity Fair||ITV||2018|
|11 October||Press||BBC One|
|28 October||Mediterranean with Simon Reeve||BBC Two|
|Last Chance Lawyer NYC|
|5 November||Big Brother||Channel 4, Channel 5||2000|
|2 December||The Little Drummer Girl||BBC One||2018|
|11 December||Mrs Wilson|
|12 December||Death and Nightingales||BBC Two|
|13 December||Esther Rantzen's House Trap||Channel 5|
|17 December||People Just Do Nothing||BBC Three, BBC Two||2012|
|20 December||The Long Song||BBC One||2018|
|23 December||Watership Down|
|28 December||The ABC Murders||BBC One||2018|
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