2019 in British television

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This is a list of events taking place in 2019 relating to Television in the United Kingdom.



Date Event
1 BBC One welcomes in 2019 with a concert by Madness. The show pauses at midnight for the Chimes of Big Ben and fireworks display.[1]
BBC One airs the New Year's Day special of Doctor Who, titled "Resolution", the last new episode of the programme to be shown until 2020.[2] Overnight ratings suggest the episode to have been watched by an audience of 5.15 million.[3]
The fifth series of Luther begins on BBC One.[4] The series attracts criticism from some viewers because of the perceived poor lighting in some scenes that make the content difficult to see.[5] The series is shown over four consecutive nights.
ITV introduces its first rebrand since 2013, with “ITV Creates”, an artist led ident package with a different artist each week of the year[6] and updated logo and presentation designed by DBLG. Week 1 of “ITV Creates” idents was designed by Ravi Deepres.
Sky Sports Racing replaces At The Races.[7][8]
5 The Greatest Dancer, a new dance competition programme featuring Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse on the judging panel, begins. It is the first show to be created by Simon Cowell to air on BBC One.[9]
BBC Two airs the British terrestrial television première of Ken Loach's anti-austerity film I, Daniel Blake.[10]
ITV announces that ITV3 will broadcast two classic episodes of Emmerdale on weekday afternoons from 21 January.[11]
7 Channel 4 broadcasts Brexit: The Uncivil War, a television film depicting the lead-up to the 2016 referendum that resulted in the vote to leave the European Union. The drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings.[12]
10 Fiona Bruce presents her first edition of Question Time.[13]
After winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, Stacey Dooley is to present a new programme for BBC Three titled Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star, a programme searching for a make-up artist.[14]
22 The 24th National Television Awards takes place at The O2 Arena in London and is shown on ITV presented by Dermot O'Leary.[15]


Date Event
10 The 72nd British Academy Film Awards take place at the Royal Albert Hall and are shown on BBC One. Joanna Lumley hosts the awards for a second time.[16] Yorgos Lanthimos's films The Favourite leads the nominations with 12, Bradley Cooper and Alfonso Cuarón broke records by receiving multiple nominations in multiple categories with Amy Adams, Olivia Colman and Steve Coogan receiving their seventh nominations at the BAFTA's.[17]
20 The 2019 Brit Awards are held at the O2 Arena and are shown on ITV. Comedian Jack Whitehall hosts the awards for a second time.[18] For the first time in Brit Awards history, the nominations are dominated by women, with Jess Glynne, Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie leading the nominations with four nods each.
24 A new BBC Scotland channel launches and replaces BBC Two Scotland.[19]



Date Debut Channel
2 January The Twinstitute BBC Two
Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start
5 January The Greatest Dancer BBC One
10 January Better Things BBC Two
February This Time With Alan Partridge[20] BBC One
Early 2019 Years and Years BBC One
Unknown Giri/Haji BBC Two
Good Omens
Gold Digger BBC One
Gentleman Jack
His Dark Materials
Noughts and Crosses
Summer of Rockets
The Trial of Christine Keeler
The War of the Worlds
ABBA: Thank You for the Music, An All-Star Tribute
RuPaul's Drag Race: UK BBC Three


Date Debut Channel
6 January Manhunt ITV
9 January Cleaning Up
Unknown Hatton Garden

Channel 4[edit]

Date Debut Channel
7 January Brexit: The Uncivil War[12] Channel 4
8 January Charmed E4
10 January Flirty Dancing Channel 4
Unknown Leaving Neverland

Channel 5[edit]

Other channels[edit]

Date Debut Channel
11 January Sex Education Netflix
Unknown Faster: Race the World Sky One


New channels[edit]

Date Channel
24 February BBC Scotland[19]

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
24 February BBC Two Scotland[19]

Television shows[edit]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Classic Emmerdale Granada Plus ITV3
Rick & Morty Fox, Netflix Channel 4

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)
Luther 22 December 2015 BBC One 1 January 2019 N/A (same channel as original)
Celebrity Coach Trip 27 January 2012 Channel 4 14 January 2019 E4
Classic Emmerdale 1 November 2004 Granada Plus 21 January 2019 ITV3
Liar 16 October 2017 ITV 2019 N/A (same channel as original)
Sidekick 16 May 2016 CBBC 2019 N/A (same channel as original)


Programme Date
BBC Wimbledon (1927–present)


Programme Date
Panorama (1953–present)
Eurovision Song Contest (1956–present)
The Sky at Night (1957–present)
Final Score (1958–present)
(part of Grandstand 1958–2001)
Blue Peter (1958–present)


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)


Programme Date
Emmerdale (1972–present)
Mastermind (including Celebrity Mastermind) (1972–1997, 2003–present)
Newsround (1972–present)
Football Focus (1974–present)
Arena (1975–present)
One Man and His Dog (1976–present)
Top Gear (1977–2001, 2002–present)
Antiques Roadshow (1979–present)
Question Time (1979–present)


Programme Date
Children in Need (1980–present)
Countdown (1982–present)
ITV Breakfast (1983–present)
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)


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)
Junior MasterChef (1994–1999, 2010–present)
Room 101 (1994–2007, 2012–present)
Top of the Pops 2 (1994–present)
Hollyoaks (1995–present)
Soccer AM (1995–present)
Silent Witness (1996–present)
Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
Teletubbies (1997–2002, 2007–2009, 2012, 2015–present)
Y Clwb Rygbi (1997–present)
Cold Feet (1998–2003, 2016–present)
Classic Emmerdale (1998–2004, 2019–present)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (1998–2014, 2018–present)
Holby City (1999–present)
Loose Women (1999–present)


Programme Date
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)
BBC South East Today (2001–present)
Rogue Traders (2001–present)
(part of Watchdog 2009–present)
Escape to the Country (2002–present)
Flog It! (2002–2019)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
Inside Out (2002–present)
Most Haunted (2002–2010, 2014–present)
River City (2002–present)
Saturday Kitchen (2002–present)
Still Game (2002–2019)
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)
Doc Martin (2004–2019)
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)
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 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)
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)
Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
Would I Lie to You? (2007–present)
Benidorm (2007–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)
London Ink (2007–present)
Shaun the Sheep (2007–present)
Real Rescues (2007–present)
The Hot Desk (2007–present)
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)
Pointless (2009–present)
The Chase (2009–present)
The Cube (2009–present)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009–present)
Countrywise (2009–present)
Cowboy Trap (2009–present)
Four Weddings (2009–present)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009–present)
Rip Off Britain (2009–present)


Programme Date
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)
All Over the Place (2011–present)
The Amazing World of Gumball (2011–present)
Black Mirror (2011–present)
Four Rooms (2011–present)
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)
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)
Vera (2011–present)
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)
Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs (2012–present)
Operation Ouch! (2012–present)
Claimed and Shamed (2012–present)
The Dumping Ground (2013–present)
Dani's Castle (2013–present)
Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (2013–present)
Caught Red Handed (2013–present)
Officially Amazing (2013–present)
Shetland (2013–present)
Big Star's Little Star (2013–present)
The Dog Rescuers (2013–present)
Still Open All Hours (2013–present)
Agatha Raisin (2014–present)
Boomers (2014–present)
The Dog Ate My Homework (2014–present)
The Jump (2014–present)
The Great Interior Design Challenge (2014–present)
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (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)
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)
Who's Doing the Dishes? (2014–present)
The Almost Impossible Gameshow (2015–present)
The Dengineers (2015–present)
Doctor Foster (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)
Hunted (2015–present)
In Therapy (2015–present)
Josh (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)
No Offence (2015–present)
Poldark (2015–2019)
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)
10,000 BC (2015–present)
The A Word (2016–present)
All Over the Workplace (2016–present)
Alphabetical (2016–present)
Bake Off: The Professionals (2016–present)
Borderline (2016–present)
Cash Trapped (2016–present)
Class Dismissed (2016–present)
The Code (2016–present)
The Crown (2016–present)
The Cruise (2016–present)
Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit (2016–present)
Debatable (2016–present)
The Durrells (2016–present)
Got What It Takes? (2016–present)
Insert Name Here (2016–present)
The Level (2016–present)
Marcella (2016–present)
Masterpiece (2016–present)
Mum (2016–present)
Naked Attraction (2016–present)
The Night Manager (2016–present)
No Such Thing as the News (2016–present)
The Premier League Show (2016–present)
The Question Jury (2016–present)
Spot Bots (2016–present)
Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016–present)
Tenable (2016–present)
This Time Next Year (2016–present)
Top Class (2016–present)
Tribes, Predators & Me (2016–present)
Unspun with Matt Forde (2016–present)
Upstart Crow (2016–present)
Victoria (2016–present)
The Windsors (2016–present)
Zapped (2016–present)
Ackley Bridge (2017–present)
All Round to Mrs. Brown's (2017–present)
Back (2017–present)
Bancroft (2017–present)
Beyond 100 Days (2017–present)
Clique (2017–present)
This Country (2017–present)
Electric Dreams (2017–present)
The End of the F***ing World (2017–present)
The Good Karma Hospital (2017–present)
Impossible (2017–present)
Jamestown (2017–present)
Liar (2017–present)
The Mash Report (2017–present)
Numberblocks (2017–present)
The Playlist (2017–present)
Remotely Funny (2017–present)
The Repair Shop (2017–present)
Riviera (2017–present)
Sounds Like Friday Night (2017–present)
Strike (2017–present)
Taboo (2017–present)
Tracey Breaks the News (2017–present)
Trust Me (2017–present)
White Gold (2017–present)
Age Before Beauty (2018–present)
Bodyguard (2018–present)
Britannia (2018–present)
Bulletproof (2018–present)
Chase the Case (2018–present)
The Circle (2018–present)
Derry Girls (2018–present)
A Discovery of Witches (2018–present)
The First (2018–present)
Keeping Faith (2017–present)
Killing Eve (2018–present)
McMafia (2018–present)
Peston (2018–present)
Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators (2018–present)
The Split (2018–present)
There She Goes (2018–present)

Ending this year[edit]

Date(s) Programme Channel(s) Debut(s)
8 January Manhunt ITV 2019
13 January Cities: Nature's New Wild BBC Two 2018
3 February Les Misérables BBC One
March Flog It! BBC Two 2002
TBC Doc Martin ITV 2004
TBC The Durrells 2016
TBC The War of the Worlds BBC One 2019
TBC Poldark 2015
TBC Still Game 2002


Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
6 January W. Morgan Sheppard[21] 86 Actor (Max Headroom, Biker Mice from Mars, Doctor Who)
10 January Dianne Oxberry[22] 51 Radio and television presenter (BBC Radio 1, North West Tonight)


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