2019 in British television

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This is a list of events that took place in 2019 relating to television in the United Kingdom.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
1 BBC One welcomes in 2019 with a concert by Madness. The programme 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, curated by Charlie Levine, with a different artist each week of the year[6] and updated logo and presentation designed by DBLG. Week 1 of "ITV Creates" idents in 2019 was designed by Ravi Deepres.
Sky Sports Racing replaces At The Races.[7][8]
Rob Lamarr and Jono Molloy present the final SuperCasino to be broadcast on Channel 5 after almost 15 years. The following night, Channel 5 begins temporarily airing teleshopping through the night to fill in the hours that SuperCasino left. The slot is taken over by 21.co.uk on 16 June.
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 programme to be created by Simon Cowell to air on BBC One.[9]
BBC Two airs the British terrestrial television premiere 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]
ITV launches Week 2 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Sutapa Biswas.[citation needed]
8 Channel 4 takes full control of Box Plus Network. It had previously operated Box Plus Network in a 50/50 joint venture with Bauer Media.[13]
10 Fiona Bruce presents her first edition of Question Time.[14]
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.[15]
14 ITV launches Week 3 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by James Brunt.[citation needed]
18 Ant McPartlin returns to work with presenting partner Declan Donnelly following McPartlin's break from television after his arrest for drink driving in March 2018. The pair are reunited at the London Palladium for the auditions part of Britain's Got Talent[16] and later appear in ITV advertisement for Santander Bank.
21 ITV launches Week 4 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Patricia Volk.[citation needed]
ITV3 starts showing classic episodes of soap opera Emmerdale. The repeats start from November 1989, when it was renamed from Emmerdale Farm to just Emmerdale.[17] The repeats, which sees two episodes broadcast each day, follow two episodes of Classic Coronation Street, which have been airing on the channel since October 2017.
22 The 24th National Television Awards takes place at The O2 Arena in London and is shown on ITV presented by Dermot O'Leary.[18] BBC One's Bodyguard leads the success story of the night by winning Most Popular Drama Series and Best Drama Performance for Richard Madden[19]
23 George Alagiah returns to BBC News at Six following a year out due to cancer treatment.[20]
25 BBC One announces plans to show a documentary about the murder of Jill Dando to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of her death in April 1999. The film will include "previously unseen archive and photographs", as well as contributions from her friends, relatives and colleagues.[21]
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle launches legal action against the makers of Channel 4's The Jump after fracturing vertebrae while taking part in the programme in 2016.[22]
Netflix has commissioned a miniseries of Sarah Pinborough's psychological thriller Behind Her Eyes.[23] Steve Lightfoot is credited as the creator and executive producer of the series.[24]
27 BBC One airs an episode of Call the Midwife featuring a story about a boy born with a cleft lip. The episode wins praise both from viewers and charities for its handling of the storyline.[25]
Businesswoman Jenny Campbell is to leave her Dragons' Den role at the end of the present series; she will make her last appearance on 3 February.[26]
28 ITV launches Week 5 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Mark Titchner.[citation needed]
29 Footage of David Bowie's first television appearance as Ziggy Stardust on an ITV music programme in 1972 has been unearthed. The thought to be lost footage is of Bowie on an edition of Granada Television's Lift Off with Ayesha. It was recorded on a home video recorder and will undergo a restoration process as the film had degraded with time.[27]
30 An annual survey of five to sixteen year olds viewing habits conducted by Childwise has indicated the US sitcom Friends to be the most popular programme among that age group.[28]
31 ITV pulls the documentary Fred & Rose West: The Real Story with Trevor McDonald shortly before its scheduled transmission due to unspecified legal concerns. ITV says the documentary, which alleges Rose West was as violent and dangerous as her husband Fred, will now air at a later date.[29] The documentary is subsequently rescheduled for 21 February.[30]

February[edit]

Date Event
1 The government announces that the television licence fee will rise from £150.50 to £154.50 on 1 April.[31]
4 ITV launches Week 6 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Katrina Russell-Adams.[citation needed]
5 BBC Two viewers vote Alan Turing the most iconic figure of the 20th Century following a series that asked the public to name the century's greatest figure.[32]
ITV announces it is axing two of its sitcoms – Birds of a Feather and Bad Move.[33]
7 Artists Studio announces it is developing a reboot of the 1980s Jersey-based detective series Bergerac. The project is backed by Endemol Shine UK, and Westward Studios.[34]
8 Michael Rice is chosen by viewers of BBC Two's Eurovision: You Decide to represent the United Kingdom at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his anthem "Bigger than Us".[35]
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.[36] 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.[37]
11 ITV launches Week 7 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Kristina Veasey.[citation needed]
Channel 4 says it will go ahead with plans to screen the controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland in spite of receiving a request from the singer's estate for it not to be aired. The film, due to air on 6 and 7 March, features two men who claim they were abused by Jackson as children. The Jackson family had asked for the film not to be screened since they had not been given the chance to respond to the allegations.[38]
12 Details of BBC Scotland's flagship news programme, The Nine, are released. The 60-minute programme will air daily from 9.00 pm and has a fifteen strong team of presenters and reporters. It will be anchored by Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler.[39]
13 Plans are announced to shorten the Monday to Thursday editions of BBC News at Ten from 45 minutes to 35 minutes from 4 March in order to make way for a new BBC Three strand of programming, and to avoid clashing with the start of BBC Two's Newsnight, which begins at 10.30 pm. The BBC Three strand will run from Mondays to Wednesdays at 10.35 pm, with Question Time continuing to air after the news on Thursdays.[40]
Dermot O'Leary announces he is to quit his role as presenter of the National Television Awards after ten years.[41]
Professional dancer Pasha Kovalev announces he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing after eight years with the series.[42]
14 The BBC defends its forthcoming CBBC series Living with the Lams amid concerns its characters are racial stereotypes. The group "Beats" (British East Asians working in Theatre and Screen) has expressed concerns about the series, about a Chinese family running a restaurant in Manchester, after scripts for it became available, because the series will be written be few British East Asian writers. The BBC says that they do not select writers and producers "based solely on their cultural affiliations or nationality", but that it is "confident" that it will make a show which "successfully reflects and celebrates this community".[43]
Graham Norton and Alan Carr are named as judges on RuPaul's Drag Race UK, which is set to debut on BBC Three later in the year.[44]
Nickelodeon confirms plans for a new series of Paddington Bear, which will be voiced by Ben Whishaw.[45]
15 BBC One decides not to recommission its late night politics discussion programme This Week after Andrew Neil announced his intention to leave his role as its presenter. The current series is due to end in July, after which it will disappear from the schedules.[46]
17 BBC Two Scotland closes in preparation for the launch of the BBC Scotland channel. Viewers in Scotland can still watch the national version of BBC Two, with regional content aired by BBC Two Scotland being transferred to the new channel.[47]
18 ITV launches Week 8 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by James Alec Hardy, marking the end of the first wave of idents.[citation needed]
19 Virgin Media stops providing BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC and CBeebies in standard definition.[48]
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.[49] 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.
21 ITV airs Fred & Rose West: The Real Story with Trevor McDonald after it was pulled by them on 31 January, the day before it was supposed to air.[30]
23 Ellie Ferguson wins the first series of The Greatest Dancer.[50]
24 A new BBC Scotland channel launches and replaces BBC Two Scotland.[51] Overnight figures indicate it to have had a peak viewership of 700,000, with five of the top ten programmes seen in Scotland being aired by BBC Scotland.[52]
25 BBC Scotland launches its weekday flagship news programme The Nine.[53]
ITV launches Week 9 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Alec Stevens, marking the start of the second wave of idents.[citation needed]
27 The BBC and ITV announce they are in the final stages of discussions to set up a UK version of the BritBox streaming service as a rival to Netflix. BritBox is currently available to viewers in the US and Canada, where it provides UK television content to around 500,000 subscribers.[54]
Launch of The Debate, BBC Scotland's weekly political debate show.[53]

March[edit]

Date Event
2 BBC One airs the first of two special Casualty/Holby City crossover episodes featuring a storyline involving characters from both series. The story concerns a cyber attack on Holby City Hospital. Part One of the story appears in the evening's episode of Casualty, with Part Two appearing in the 5 March episode of Holby City.[55]
4 The Monday to Thursday editions of BBC News at Ten are cut from 45 minutes back to 35 minutes. The reduction affects editions of the national and local news bulletins airing in that timeslot, as well as the post-bulletin weather forecast.[40]
The BBC confirms its period medical drama Call the Midwife has been recommissioned for a further two series. This is in addition to the previously confirmed series nine due to air in 2020, and means the series will be on air until at least 2022.[56]
ITV launches Week 10 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Charley Peters.[citation needed]
6 Sara Cox signs a contract with ITV to present a weekend entertainment show, The Sara Cox Show, that will air on Saturday and Sunday mornings.[57]
Channel 4 airs the first part of the documentary Leaving Neverland, in which two men allege they were sexually abused as children by the singer Michael Jackson. The second part is aired on 7 March.[58]
8 A special episode of Emmerdale airs on ITV to mark International Women's Day. The episode featuring a female-only cast, revealed two secrets including not previously announced that character Lisa Dingle is living with a terminal illness and will be killed off. Jane Cox will be leaving the soap after 23 years.[59]
10 James Jordan and dance partner Alexandra Schauman win series eleven of Dancing on Ice.[60]
11 ITV launches Week 11 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Isabel + Helen.[citation needed]
12 BBC One makes some last minute schedule changes in order to show coverage of a crucial House of Commons vote on Brexit, meaning that EastEnders is aired 30 minutes later than usual, and the evening's episode of Holby City is postponed until the following week. Because of this Holby City airs on Tuesday 19 March and Wednesday 20 March instead of the usual single episode scheduled for the Tuesday.[61]
14 ITV have signed up John Torode and Lisa Faulkner to present a weekend cooking show, John And Lisa's Weekend Kitchen on Sunday mornings.[62]
15 BBC One airs the Red Nose Day 2019 telethon, which raises £63m for Comic Relief. The programme includes short sequels to the film Four Weddings and a Funeral and the television series Bodyguard, with actors from both reprising their original roles.[63]
18 ITV launches Week 12 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Bharti Parmar.[citation needed]
20 The BBC is criticised by the Public Accounts Committee over its handling of the redevelopment of the EastEnders set, which is several years behind schedule and will cost several million more than was original estimated.[64]
Emily Maitlis is to become the main presenter of BBC Two's Newsnight following the departure of Evan Davis in 2018. BBC Radio Five Live presenter Emma Barnett will also join the Newsnight presenting team.[65]
21 Radzi Chinyanganya announces he will leave his Blue Peter presenting role after five years with the BBC children's programme.[66]
25 ITV launches Week 13 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman.[citation needed]
29 Retired banker Irini Tzortzoglou wins the 2019 series of MasterChef.[67]
Following criticism of the ITV reality programme Love Island after the death of Mike Thalassitis, the channel's chief executive, Carolyn McCall, says ITV will change its aftercare procedure for participants so that counsellors stay in touch with them for a longer period than at present.[68]
31 The fifth series of Line of Duty begins airing on BBC One. According to overnight figures the opening episode is watched by 7.8 million viewers, giving it the highest audience of 2019 so far.[69]

April[edit]

Date Event
1 ITV launches Week 14 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Olly Feathers.[citation needed]
Discovery Inc. announces that it will acquire BBC Studios' stakes in Good Food, Home, and Really, while BBC Studios will acquire Discovery's stakes in the seven remaining UKTV networks for £173 million. The sale comes as part of a larger agreement between the two companies for international streaming rights to the BBC's natural history programming.[70][71]
2 BBC One airs the documentary The Murder of Jill Dando to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the death of Dando. It is watched by four million viewers. The general consensus among critics is that the film is "sensitive" and "powerful" but lacks answers.[72]
Former Grange Hill actor Lee MacDonald (who played Zammo McGuire in the series) is to return to television for a cameo role in EastEnders where he will play a bus driver who takes part in a radio contest for gig tickets.[73]
4 The BBC makes an eleventh hour decision to move the venue of the week's edition of Question Time from Bolton in Greater Manchester to Dulwich in London in order to allow parliamentarians scheduled to be panelists to still appear on the programme while taking part in votes concerning Brexit in the House of Commons. The move prompts accusations of bias on social media.[74]
6 Coronation Street is to introduce its first black family, the Baileys, who will arrive in June 2019.[75][76]
Britain's Got Talent returns for its thirteenth series on ITV, with Ant McPartlin returning to his presenting role alongside Declan Donnelly.[77]
Molly Hocking wins the eighth series of The Voice UK.[78]
7 Tony and Elaine Teasdale win the first series of BBC Two's Race Across the World.[79]
8 Ofcom launches an investigation into Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow after comments he made on the 29 March edition of the programme. The regulator says 2,644 people have complained about Snow's remark that he had "never seen so many white people in one place" during a report about a pro-Brexit rally.[80]
ITV launches Week 15 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by CJ Mahoney.[citation needed]
10 Darcey Bussell announces that she is to step down as a judge from Strictly Come Dancing after seven years on the show.[81]
True Vision Productions, a film company that produced a 2017 documentary about stillbirth for Channel 4, is fined £120,000 for unlawfully filming expectant mothers in a maternity unit by installing CCTV-style cameras without adequately informing the patients of their presence.[82]
11 ITV confirms that Shila Iqbal, who plays Aiesha Richards in Emmerdale, has been fired from the series over historical offensive tweets she posted in 2014.[83]
12 Robbie Williams confirms that he and his wife Ayda Field will not be judges on the next series of The X Factor.[84]
13 Shellyann Evans wins the second series of All Together Now.[85]
15 The first episode of the final series of Game of Thrones makes its British television debut on Sky Atlantic, where it is watched by an audience of 2.3 million. The episode airs at 2.00 am so as to coincide with its broadcast in the United States.[86]
ITV launches Week 16 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Fiona Grady.[citation needed]
18 David Attenborough presents the BBC One documentary Climate Change – The Facts, which explores the science of climate change and possible solutions to counteract it.[87] The film wins general praise from critics for highlighting the dangers that could be presented by not doing enough to tackle climate change.[88]
Rylan Clark-Neal will co-present Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two alongside Zoe Ball when the series returns later in the year.[89]
22 The University of Edinburgh wins the 2018–19 series of University Challenge, beating St Edmund Hall, Oxford 155–140.[90]
ITV launches Week 17 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Laurie Nouchka.[citation needed]
Amazon apologises after an error led to the second episode of the final series of Game of Thrones being uploaded to the site before it was scheduled to become available.[91]
23 Entrepreneur Sara Davies joins the panel of Dragons' Den, replacing Jenny Campbell.[92]
BBC News reports that Stephen Frears will direct a television adaptation of James Graham's play Quiz which concerns Charles Ingram and the coughing scandal that surrounded his 2001 win of £1,000,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.[93]
24 Ellis Hill wins the first series of BBC Three/BBC One series Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star.[94]
Rylan Clark-Neal announces that he is the spokesperson for the United Kingdom vote in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel in next month.
25 The House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness recommends scrapping free television licenses for the over 75s as part of a number of measures to replace age-related benefits with support for the young to "deliver a fairer society".[95]
26 Blue Peter names Richie Driss as its newest presenter, making him the programme's 38th regular presenter.[96]
BBC Two airs the debut episode of The Looming Tower, a ten-part dramatisation of non-fiction book of the same name that explores the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda during the years before 9/11.[97][98]
29 ITV launches Week 18 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Caroline Wright.[citation needed]

May[edit]

Date Event
3 BBC Four airs a special one-off edition of the 1960s television programme Jazz 625 live from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The programme airs in black-and-white, making it the first live black-and-white television broadcast since the 1970s.[99]
Lucy Fallon announces she will leave her role as Coronation Street's Bethany Platt in 2020. Her decision follows similar departure announcements in the preceding few days from Faye Brookes (Kate Connor), Tristan Gemmill (Robert Preston) and Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker).[100]
4 Speaking to David Tennant's podcast, US comedian Tina Fey reveals that former British Prime Minister David Cameron once asked her to lobby the British television industry to urge them to make the same number of episodes for series as shows produced in the United States. However, she rejected his request, explaining that US producers were envious of the British format of producing fewer episodes.[101]
5 BBC One airs the 90-minute-finale of the fifth series of Line of Duty, with overnight figures indicating an audience of 9.1 million, giving it the largest audience of 2019 up to this point.[102]
6 ITV launches Week 19 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by deaf-artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq for Deaf Awareness Week.[citation needed]
9 Adrian Edmondson will join the cast of EastEnders as Daniel Cook, a love interest for Jean Slater (played by Gillian Wright).[103]
10 The day's scheduled edition of Have I Got News for You is pulled from BBC One due to the confirmation a few days earlier that UK voting in the 2019 European Parliament election will go ahead, which conflicted with the booking of Change UK MP Heidi Allen as one of the panelists.[104][105]
12 Graham Norton presents the 2019 British Academy Television Awards after a two-year-break, replacing Sue Perkins. The award for Best Drama Series is awarded to the hit BBC cat-and-mouse thriller, Killing Eve.
13 ITV launches Week 20 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Liz West.[citation needed]
ITV indefinitely suspends the filming and broadcast of last ever series of The Jeremy Kyle Show, following the death of a guest with a funeral date confirmed in June.[106]
14 MPs call for ITV to axe The Jeremy Kyle Show following reports the guest who died had been subjected to a lie detector test on an edition of the show recorded a week before his death.[107]
Actor Martin Clunes is dropped as a patron of the Born Free Foundation after he was seen riding a captive elephant during an episode of the ITV series My Travels And Other Animals.[108]
15 ITV officially axes The Jeremy Kyle Show after the death of a guest who had appeared on the show.[109] Both Ofcom and the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee subsequently launch investigations into reality television, with a focus on the support offered to participants.[110]
Sophie Ellis-Bextor withdraws from the UK's Eurovision Song Contest jury due to "unforeseen circumstances".[111]
17 George Ure replaces Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a member of the UK's Eurovision jury after Ellis-Bextor pulled out of the role.[112]
BBC One has commissioned a two-part drama based on the events of the 2018 Salisbury poisoning.[113]
Jack Whitehall guest presents the evening's edition of The Graham Norton Show while Graham Norton is in Tel Aviv to commentate on the Eurovision Song Contest.[114]
18 The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, is won by Duncan Laurence for the Netherlands with his song "Arcade". Michael Rice represented the United Kingdom with his song "Bigger than Us", finishing in 26th and last place.[115]
19 BBC One airs the documentary Royal Team Talk in which the Duke of Cambridge takes part in a discussion about men's mental health issues with several notable sportsmen, including Thierry Henry, Gareth Southgate and Peter Crouch.[116]
20 ITV launches Week 21 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Gayle Chong Kwan.[citation needed]
22 BBC One airs a special edition of Panorama in which undercover filming documents abuse against patients with learning difficulties and autism at a specialist hospital at Whorlton Hall, County Durham. The programme leads to the hospital's closure, as well as a police investigation into activities at the unit.[117]
27 Lucy Benjamin will be returning to EastEnders as Lisa Fowler.[118]
ITV launches Week 22 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Florence Mytum.[citation needed]
28 The BBC announce plans to hold televised leadership debates for the candidates in the Conservative Party leadership election. All candidates will be invited to take part in a hustings debate chaired by Emily Maitlis, followed by a Question Time special with Fiona Bruce. The final two candidates will then have a one-to-one interview with Andrew Neil. Sky News also announce plans for a head-to-head leadership debate between the final two candidates in front of an audience of Conservative Party members.[119]
The BBC announce that Gavin & Stacey will return for the first time in almost 10 years with an hour-long Christmas special to air on BBC One on Christmas Day. All of the regular cast will reprise their roles.[120]
30 While appearing on the evening's edition of Question Time, the Liberal Democrats deputy leader Jo Swinson confirms that she will put her name forward in the party's forthcoming leadership election.[121]
31 The parents of a police officer affected by the Salisbury poisoning criticise BBC plans for a television drama about the poisoning, saying it is too soon to make a drama about the events.[122]
ITV announce plans to produce a UK version of the popular Korean music based game show Masked Singer that will begin in 2020.[123]

June[edit]

Date Event
2 Colin Thackery, an 89-year-old Chelsea Pensioner and singer, wins Series 13 of Britain's Got Talent. He is the oldest person to win the title.[124]
3 ITV launches Week 23 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Greta Davies.[citation needed]
5 Channel 4 announces plans to broadcast a debate between the Conservative Party leadership candidates on 16 June, hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.[125]
6 The BBC confirms that the first Conservative leadership debate will be broadcast at 8.00 pm on 18 June on BBC One. Our Next Prime Minister will see members of the public in BBC studios around the UK asking the candidates questions live.[126][127]
Channel 4 have recruited celebrity barrister Robert Rinder to present a current affairs programme for the network.[128]
7 Among those from the world of entertainment to be recognised in the 2019 Birthday Honours are Olivia Colman, who becomes a CBE, and Bear Grylls, who becomes an OBE.[129]
10 The BBC announces it will end blanket free television licenses for the over-75s from 2020, affecting around 3.7 million people. From 2020 only households where one occupant receives the Pension Credit benefit will be eligible for a free TV licence.[130]
ITV launches Week 24 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Rabiya Choudhry.[citation needed]
11 Discovery Inc. takes full control of Good Food, Home and Really.
BBC Studios takes full control of UKTV and of its remaining seven channels.[131]
13 The BBC announces it will bring its award-winning Brexitcast podcast to television, launching on BBC One in September.[132]
14 Boris Johnson, frontrunner in the Conservative leadership election, declines an invitation from Channel 4 to take part in 16 June leaders debate with the five other candidates standing against him, saying he fears the event will be "cacophonous". However, he agrees to participate in the BBC One debate scheduled to be held two days later on 18 June.[133]
16 Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2019 takes place at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium, where Piers Morgan's World XI beat Susanna Reid's England squad for a third title.[134]
17 ITV launches Week 25 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Carleen de Sözer.[citation needed]
18 Talk show host Jeremy Kyle is criticized for refusing to appear before a committee of MPs conducting an inquiry into reality TV. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee launched an investigation following the suicide of a guest shortly after having featured on ITV's The Jeremy Kyle Show in May.[135]
24 ITV launches Week 26 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Keith Sargent and Lindsay Seers.[citation needed]
25 Pensioners stage a protest outside the BBC studios in Belfast and Derry following the BBC's decision to end universal free UK television licenses for those aged 75 and over.[136]
Poppy Lee Friar makes her final appearance as the Ackley Bridge character Missy Booth, when she was killed off in the dramatic storyline.
27 Channel 5 announce the filming of a new series of All Creatures Great and Small, which will be shot on location in Yorkshire and begin later in the year.[137]

July[edit]

Date Event
1 ITV launches Week 27 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Yvette Hawkins.[citation needed]
6 The 1,000th edition of Click makes its debut on the BBC News channel.[138]
8 ITV launches Week 28 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Julia Vogl.[citation needed]
9 Julie Etchingham presents Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate from MediaCityUK, an hour-long programme in which Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the two remaining Conservative leadership candidates, go head-to-head before a live audience.[139]
10 The BBC says that an edition of Question Time featuring Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt scheduled for Tuesday 16 July is unlikely to go ahead since producers have been unable to reach agreement with the two Conservative Party leadership candidates over the programme's format.[140]
11 Tamzin Outhwaite bows out of her EastEnders role as Mel Owen, and she will depart in the autumn.[141]
12 Theresa May gives her final major interview as prime minister, speaking exclusively to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.[142]
BBC One airs The Andrew Neil Interviews in which Andrew Neil questions Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt about their prospective policies should they become prime minister.[143]
14 Channel 4 shows live coverage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final. This is the first time since 2005 that live cricket has been shown on terrestrial television. Sky Sports have the live rights to the tournament but had agreed to make the final available on free-to-air television if England made the final.[144]
15 ITV launches Week 29 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by 121.Collective.[citation needed]
The BBC's national and regional news programmes are revamped with the Reith font.
18 The world premiere of the fifth series of Peaky Blinders takes place in Birmingham, the city where the BBC drama is set.[145]
BBC One broadcasts the final edition of This Week after sixteen years on air. A special live audience edition of the programme marks its finale.[146] The edition finishes with an appearance from Mick Hucknall who serenades presenter Andrew Neil with a rendition of "Nobody Does It Better".[147][148]
19 The BBC and ITV set out plans for the BritBox subscription service, a joint venture that will deliver streamed content. The service, scheduled to launch between October and December 2019, will cost £5.99 per month and include content from both broadcasters.[149]
BBC Two airs a special edition of Politics Live in which presenter Jo Coburn is joined by Ed Davey and Jo Swinson, the two candidates in the 2019 Liberal Democrats leadership election.[150]
Karina Canellakis becomes the first woman to conduct the First Night of the Proms.[151]
20 Stephen McDonell, the BBC's China correspondent, is interrupted and heckled while on air by pro-China protesters during a weekend of demonstrations in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition bill allowing people to be sent to China for trial.[152]
22 Motsi Mabuse will replace Darcey Bussell as a judge on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.[153]
ITV launches Week 30 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Emily Downing & Olivia Weston.[citation needed]
24 Nicky Morgan is appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Jeremy Wright.[154]
Figures released by Ofcom indicate a decline in news consumption on television since 2018, with an increase in people getting news from social media. Television remains the main source of news, but fell from 79% in 2019 to 75%, with social media rising from 45% to 49% over the same period.[155]
26 Ofcom has fined RT UK £200,000 over content in several of its news and current affairs programmes, which it said constituted "a serious breach" of the regulations.[156]
29 ITV launches Week 31 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Brandon Saunders from University of Newcastle.[citation needed]
Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea win series five of Love Island.[157]
30 Latin dancer Nancy Xu joins the line-up of professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing.[158]

August[edit]

Date Event
1 Ofcom gives BBC iPlayer permission to extend the amount of time it can make broadcast content available from 30 days to a year, meaning BBC programmes will be available for 12 months after their original airdate.[159]
5 Ofcom clears Channel 4 News and Jon Snow over remarks Snow made while reporting on a pro-Brexit rally in March. The regulator received 2,500 complaints after Snow said of the demonstration that he had "never seen so many white people in one place".[160]
The Advertising Standards Authority says it will not take action over a complaint from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) about a commercial for incontinence underwear TENA because the advert has not broken any rules. The RCN had complained to the watchdog that the commercial implied that incontinence is "normal and expected" after childbirth, which the RCN says is inaccurate.[161]
ITV launches Week 32 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by students at the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Arts University Bournemouth.[citation needed]
9 The BBC announces a year-long "celebration of literature" that will feature a series of programmes fronted by the likes of Richard E. Grant, Mark Gatiss and Helen Fielding.[162]
The death is reported of Mexican transgender model Miriam Rivera, who in 2004 starred in the Sky One reality dating series There's Something About Miriam. The show featuring Rivera, who died in February 2019, caused controversy at the time of its broadcast after several of the male contestants took legal action against the programme which concluded with Rivera revealing her transgender status.[163]
12 ITV launches Week 33 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Ash Kayser, who has enrolled at UWE Bristol.[citation needed]
18 BBC One's Songs of Praise shows its first gay wedding, the wedding of Jamie Wallace and Ian McDowall at the Rutherglen United Reformed Church in Glasgow.[164]
19 ITV launches Week 34 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Erin Taylor, a Fine Art student at Manchester Metropolitan University.[citation needed]
25 Peaky Blinders returns for a fifth series, moving from BBC Two to BBC One.[165]
26 Prime Minister Boris Johnson wades into the debate over free TV licenses for the over-75s, declaring that the BBC should "cough up" and pay for TV licences for all over-75s.[166]
ITV launches Week 35 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Emily Forgot.[citation needed]
31 ITV launches a new spin-off series to Britain's Got Talent titled Britain's Got Talent: The Champions with Ant & Dec as hosts and David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell as judges.

September[edit]

Date Event
2 ITV launches Week 36 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Florence Blanchard.[citation needed]
9 ITV launches Week 37 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Russell Bamber.[citation needed]
11 Emmerdale actor Asan N'Jie (who has played Ellis Chapman since September 2018) has been sacked from the soap following an incident at the 2019 TV Choice Awards two days earlier.[167]
12 The first televised edition of Brexitcast is aired, debuting firstly on the BBC News Channel at 9.30, before being shown on BBC One at 11.35 pm. The programme is watched by an average one million viewers.[168]
13 Channel 4 announces plans to revive The Great Pottery Throw Down which was axed by BBC Two in 2017 after two series. Melanie Sykes will replace Sara Cox as presenter.[169]
14–15 The first official Peaky Blinders themed festival, The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival, is held in Birmingham.[170]
16 ITV launches Week 38 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Louise Bristow.[citation needed]
The BBC announces that the BBC Red Button teletext service will be switched off in early 2020.[171]
The BBC scraps the public vote to select the UK's Eurovision entrant, and for Eurovision 2020 will team up with record label BMG to select the entry.[172]
20 ITV announces that Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan will return to This Morning as guest presenters in October, while regular presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are away.[173]
23 ITV launches Week 39 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Yinka Ilori.[citation needed]
25 The BBC rules that BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty breached the BBC's guidelines on impartiality when she criticised comments made by US President Donald Trump as perceived racism during an edition of the programme in July.[174] The decision attracts criticism from several public figures, including Lenny Henry and Adrian Lester, who sign an open letter asking the corporation to revisit its ruling against her.[175]
27 Caricaturist Roger Law unveiled plans to relaunch the classic ITV satire series Spitting Image, with a pilot episode having already been recorded. New episodes will feature characters such as US President Donald Trump and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.[176]
29 Jerusalem is named as Britain's favourite hymn following a vote by viewers of BBC One's Songs of Praise.[177]
30 The BBC reverses its decision to partially uphold a complaint against BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty over comments she made about Donald Trump.[178]
ITV launches Week 40 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Fernando Laposse.[citation needed]

October[edit]

Date Event
1 Former newsreader Peter Sissons dies of leukemia at the age of 77.
3 BBC One airs episode 6,000 of EastEnders.[179]
ITV confirms that the double bill episodes of Coronation Street scheduled for Friday 11 October and Monday 14 October have been scrapped in order to make way for coverage of two Euro 2020 qualifier matches being played by England.[180] Fans of the series subsequently begin an online petition calling on ITV to reverse the decision.[181]
4 Television presenter and campaigner June Sarpong is appointed as the BBC's first director of creative diversity.[182]
David Walliams is confirmed as presenter of the 25th National Television Awards, replacing Dermot O'Leary; the event is due to take place in January 2020.[183]
5 Comedy dance duo and Britain's Got Talent Series 4 runner-up, Twist and Pulse, wins the first series of Britain's Got Talent: The Champions.
7 ITV launches Week 41 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Stuart Robinson.[citation needed]
9 The next series of Dancing on Ice will feature a same-sex dancing couple, when Ian "H" Watkins of Steps will be teamed up with professional skater Matt Evers.[184]
13 Sky News Sunrise is broadcast for the final time. The programme, which launched with Sky News first went on air more than 30 years ago, is broadcast. It is replaced the following day with two new shows – The Early Rundown and Sky News @ Breakfast.[185]
14 ITV launches Week 42 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Noëmi Lakmaier.[citation needed]
18 Channel 4 opens its new national headquarters in Leeds.[186]
Paddy Smyth wins the second series of the Channel 4 reality competition show The Circle. Tim Wilson was also voted "viewers champion".[citation needed]
21 Steph McGovern announces she will leave BBC Breakfast to join Channel 4; she will front a daily news and current affairs programme titled The Steph Show from Spring 2020.[187]
ITV launches Week 43 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by NEON.[citation needed]
24 Channel 4 postpones plans to broadcast Smuggled, a documentary series following eight people attempting to enter the UK by evading border checks following the deaths of 39 people in a refrigerated lorry.[188]
Ofcom's annual report into the BBC concludes that it must do more to attract younger audiences to its services.[189]
Chef Paul Hollywood apologises after describing a contestant's creation on the semi-final edition of The Great British Bake Off as "diabetes on a plate".[190]
25 The BBC has told Apprentice contestant Lottie Lion that comments she made to a fellow contestant in a WhatsApp group are unacceptable. Lion is alleged to have referred to an Asian contestant as "Gandhi" in a group message sent after filming of the fifteenth series of the reality programme had been completed.[191]
28 ITV launches Week 44 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Kochi Kochi.[citation needed]
29 David Atherton wins the tenth series of The Great British Bake Off.[192]

November[edit]

Date Event
1 Danny Walters is set to leave EastEnders as Keanu Taylor as his storylines comes to and end. There is a big chance that the character will be killed-off at Christmas.[193]
3 Johannes Radebe and fellow professional dancer Graziano Di Prima perform a same-sex dance on an edition of Strictly Come Dancing.[194]
4 Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats says that her party is seeking legal advice over ITV's decision to exclude them from an election debate.[195]
The death is announced of veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne, who presented the Republic of Ireland's The Late Late Show for 37 years, and who early in his career worked for Granada Television and the BBC.[196]
ITV launches Week 45 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Jo Taylor.
5 BBC One airs the 1,000th episode of Holby City.[197]
6 The Guardian reports that Ofcom has appointed civil servant Melanie Dawes as its chief executive, and successor to outgoing chief executive Sharon White, although Ofcom is still to officially confirm the appointment.[198]
Ofcom says it may investigate Sky News breakfast presenter Kay Burley following an instance of "empty chairing" on her programme. Burley spent several minutes conducting an empty chair interview in which she accused Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly of refusing to appear on her programme, then posed questions that she planned to ask him. The incident has generated twenty three official complaints to the watchdog regarding impartiality.[199]
7 The subscription service BritBox is officially launched in the UK, with content from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.[200]
Children in Need chief executive Simon Antrobus criticises a decision by the Official Charts Company to recategorise the charity's 2019 album Got It Covered. The album, which features a selection of actors covering well known songs, was heading for number one in the UK Album Charts but the Official Charts Company has decided to recategorise it as a compilation album.[201]
11 ITV launches Week 46 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Anna Berry.
12 ITV confirms that it has no plans to replace The Jeremy Kyle Show with a specific programme; instead Good Morning Britain and This Morning will each be extended by half an hour to cover the timeslot occupied by the former talk show.[202]
13 The Scottish National Party will take legal action against ITV over the broadcaster's decision to exclude their leader Nicola Sturgeon from a general election debate. ITV plans a head-to-head debate between Conservative leader Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, something Sturgeon has described as "fundamentally unfair" because her party is the third largest in parliament.[203]
14 John Lewis unveils their 2019 Christmas advert, their first joint ad with Waitrose. "Excitable Edgar", filmed in Budapest, features a cover of REO Speedwagon’s "Can't Fight This Feeling", performed by Bastille frontman Dan Smith. The ad's creators, adam&eveDDB, said they were struggling to come up with the "perfect ending" until the idea of involving Waitrose led to the Christmas pudding finale.[204] The advert quickly attracts complaints from some parents who claim their children were frightened by Excitable Edgar, the central dragon character in the commercial.[205]
15 BBC One and BBC Two stage the 2019 Children in Need telethon, which raises £47.9m.[206]
16 BBC Two airs a special edition of Newsnight that features a recorded interview between Prince Andrew and Emily Maitlis in which Andrew recounts his friendship with financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The interview, recorded at Buckingham Palace on 14 November, is the first occasion on which the prince has spoken publicly about his friendship with Epstein.[207]
ITV confirms that no live insects will be eaten in series 19 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, nor will they be eaten in any future series.[208]
18 The Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats lose a legal challenge to be included in the ITV leaders' debate to be aired on 19 November.[209]
ITV launches Week 47 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Sam Curtis and Dave Bennett.[citation needed]
19 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn appear on ITV in a head-to-head election debate.[210][211]
25 ITV launches Week 48 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Dan Rawlings.[citation needed]
26 Filming for the 20th anniversary episode of Doctors takes place in Birmingham.[212]
30 Megan McKenna is named the winner of ITV's The X Factor: Celebrity.[213]
At 7.10 pm, ITV launches early Week 49 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Faith Bebbington.[citation needed]

December[edit]

Date Event
3 Tilly Keeper leaves the role of EastEnders as Louise Mitchell and will depart in the new year.[214]
Ofcom says it will not investigate a complaint from the Conservative Party over a decision by Channel 4 to replace its representative with an ice sculpture during a climate debate aired on 28 November. The channel had refused to accept Michael Gove in place of Boris Johnson for the one-hour debate, and so "empty chaired" Johnson, as well as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage who had also not attended the debate.[215]
4 Matt Baker announces he will leave The One Show in spring 2020 after nine years with the program, making the announcement on the evening's edition of the show.[216]
The Advertising Standards Authority bans a Deliveroo commercial as misleading following 300 complaints from viewers. The ad features a woman handing out food delivery orders from a Deliveroo bag that have been ordered from multiple outlets. The Advertising Standards Authority deems the advert as misleading since it implies a single delivery could include orders from multiple retailers, when in fact individual orders have to be made from each outlet.[217]
6 BBC One airs the final head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn before the general election,[218] presented by Nick Robinson.
8 BBC One airs a television adaptation of Emma Healey's novel, Elizabeth Is Missing, a drama featuring Glenda Jackson in her first television acting appearance for 25 years.[219]
Jacqueline Jossa wins series 19 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[220]
9 ITV launches Week 50 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Hattie Newman.[citation needed]
11 A software glitch is reported to be preventing the BBC iPlayer service from running on some Samsung Smart TV models, and customers are advised to download a patch to fix the problem. However, the update does not work on some older models, requiring a separate patch that may not be available until early 2020. The BBC estimates the number of TVs affected to be in the low thousands.[221]
12–13 The BBC, ITV and Sky carry coverage of the results of the 2019 general election; the election is won by the Conservative Party with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. Overnight viewing figures indicate the BBC's coverage, fronted by Huw Edwards (and the first in four decades not to be anchored by David Dimbleby), to have been watched by an average audience of 4.7 million. ITV's coverage, presented by Tom Bradby, has an average audience of 1.4 million, its best since 2005. Sky's coverage, presented by Dermot Murnaghan, has an average of 270,000 viewers for the night, but a peak audience of 2 million.[222][223]
14 Kelvin Fletcher and professional dance partner Oti Mabuse win the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[224] The final is watched by an average of 11.3 million viewers.[225]
15 England cricketer Ben Stokes is named 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[226]
Girl group Real Like You win ITV's The X Factor: The Band.[227]
16 ITV launches Week 51 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Melanie Tomlinson.[citation needed]
17 Caroline Flack stands down as presenter of ITV2's Love Island following an assault charge.[228]
18 Carina Lepore wins the fifteenth series of The Apprentice, beating Scarlett Allen-Horton in the final.
20 Laura Whitmore replaces Caroline Flack as presenter of Love Island.[229]
Birmingham chef Stu Deeley wins Series 12 of MasterChef: The Professionals.[230]
24 The BBC announces a unique programme for BBC Four that will coincide with the broadcast of Mary Beard's Shock of the Nude on BBC Two. Life Drawing Live! will be a two-hour programme presented by Josie D'Arby in which life drawing experts will guide a group of artists in how to create a life drawing while viewers will also be encouraged to create their own work.[231]
25 Gavin & Stacey returns to BBC One for a one-off Christmas special a decade after the series' original run. Overnight viewing figures indicate it was watched by an audience of 11.6 million and was the most watched programme on Christmas Day.[232] When catch-up viewers are included in figures released on 2 January 2020 the number rises to 17.1 million, making the episode the most viewed scripted television programme of the 2010s.[233]
26 ITV launches Week 52 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, marking the end of the year-long campaign, designed by Anna Lomax.[citation needed]
27 Among those from the world of television to be recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours are Floella Benjamin who becomes a Dame, Nigel Slater who becomes an OBE, and Nadiya Hussain, Ainsley Harriott and Gabby Logan who become MBEs.[234]
28 Brothers Billy and Joe Smith, who appeared in Channel 4's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding are found dead in a country lane in Kent.[235] An inquest subsequently hears that the two were discovered after a relative found a suicide note.[236]
29 BBC One airs the first episode of its drama The Trial of Christine Keeler, starring Sophie Cookson as Christine Keeler and Ben Miles as John Profumo.[237] Overnight viewing figures indicate it had an average audience of 4.7 million.[238]
30 Following several thousand complaints about poor reception from viewers around the UK, Freeview attributes the problem to high-pressure weather conditions, and urges people experiencing any problems with their reception not to retune their television sets or boxes.[239]
31 BBC One airs Craig David Rocks Big Ben Live to welcome in the New Year.[240]

Debuts[edit]

BBC[edit]

Date Debut Channel
2 January The Twinstitute BBC Two
Tom Kerridge's Fresh Start
5 January The Greatest Dancer BBC One
8 January Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century BBC Two
28 January Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil
12 February Pitching In BBC One Wales
15 January Almost Never CBBC
17 February Baptiste BBC One
24 February A Night at the Theatre BBC Scotland
Getting Hitched Asian Style
Nae Pasaran
The People's News
25 February Born to be Wild
Jamie Genevieve #Unfiltered
Test Drive
The Seven
The Nine
This Time with Alan Partridge BBC One
Warren
26 February Real Kashmir FC BBC Scotland
The Great Food Guys
The Grey Area
27 February Debate Night
Mini Disco Divas
Rewind 1990s
Scotland's Model Teenager
The Edit
28 February Loop
Next Big Thing
The Racer
TUNE
1 March A View from the Terrace
2 March Rip It Up Unwrapped
Seven Days
Tutti Frutti
3 March Race Across the World BBC Two
Inside Central Station BBC Scotland
5 March Yes/No: Inside the Indyref
6 March MotherFatherSon BBC Two
23 March Catchpoint BBC One
24 March Blue Planet Live
25 March Blue Planet UK
26 March The Yorkshire Ripper BBC Four
1 April Curiosity BBC One
2 April The Murder of Jill Dando
4 April Celebrity Painting Challenge
Jack the Ripper: The Case Reopened
8 April The Victim
9 April Don't Forget the Driver BBC Two
15 April Ghosts BBC One
Back to Life
17 April Earth from Space
18 April Climate Change – The Facts
19 April Britain's Easter Story
22 April The Customer Is Always Right
24 April Sanjeev Kohli's Big Talk BBC Scotland
26 April The Looming Tower BBC Two
1 May Last Commanders CBBC
2 May Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure BBC One
14 May Years and Years
15 May Nadiya: Anxiety And Me
16 May David Harewood: Psychosis and Me BBC Two
19 May Gentleman Jack BBC One
The Ranganation BBC Two
What We Do in the Shadows
20 May Thatcher: A Very British Revolution
21 May Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me
22 May Summer of Rockets
22 May Victorian Sensations BBC Four
23 May Big Animal Surgery BBC Two
25 May The Hit List BBC One
26 May Equator From The Air BBC Two
28 May The Warwick University Rape Scandal BBC Three
The Planets BBC Two
29 May Crisis in Care BBC One
30 May Galdem Sugar BBC iPlayer
2 June Deadstock: Ultimate Resellers
England's World Cup Lionesses BBC One
The Raft: Storyville BBC Four
7 June Pregnant and Platonic BBC Two
10 June Ellie and Natasia BBC Three
War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita BBC One
13 June Who Should Get to Stay in the UK? BBC Two
17 June The Family Brain Games
4 July Serengeti BBC One
8 July Dark Money
10 July 8 Days: To the Moon and Back BBC Two
15 July Nadiya's Time to Eat
17 July Remarkable Places to Eat
19 July A Night in With Bros BBC Four
23 July Planespotting Live
24 July Animal Babies: First Year on Earth BBC Two
30 July The Chefs' Brigade
14 August Interior Design Masters
29 August China: A New World Order
2 September Rise of the Nazis
3 September The Capture BBC One
4 September The Andrew Neil Show BBC Two
The Big Hospital Experiment
Raiders of the Lost Past with Janina Ramirez BBC Four
6 September Scarborough BBC One
8 September State of the Union BBC Two
12 September Hairy Bikers Route 66
Brexitcast BBC One
18 September Japan with Sue Perkins
19 September The Cameron Years
20 September Inside the Vatican BBC Two
23 September Moon and Me CBeebies
29 September World on Fire BBC One
3 October RuPaul's Drag Race UK BBC Three
6 October The Americas with Simon Reeve BBC Two
7 October Head Hunters BBC One
Escape to the Perfect Town
Handmade in Bolton BBC Four
12 October The Wall BBC One
14 October Dublin Murders
17 October Giri/Haji BBC Two
26 October Great Australian Railway Journeys
27 October Seven Worlds, One Planet BBC One
28 October Gigglequiz CBeebies
Who Are You Calling Fat? BBC Two
30 October Guilt
31 October Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese CBBC
3 November His Dark Materials BBC One
4 November For Love or Money
5 November Rick Stein's Secret France BBC Two
7 November Inside the Supermarket BBC One
9 November Novels That Shaped Our World BBC Two
11 November Dom Does America BBC One
12 November Gold Digger
15 November Mountain Vets BBC Two
17 November The War of the Worlds BBC One
Reggie in China BBC Two
18 November Vienna Blood
24 November Ladhood BBC iPlayer
25 November The Mallorca Files BBC One
27 November The Baby Has Landed BBC Two
8 December Elizabeth Is Missing BBC One
16 December Responsible Child BBC Two
22 December A Christmas Carol BBC One
23 December The Goes Wrong Show
24 December The Last Igloo BBC Four
Martin's Close
25 December The Snail and the Whale BBC One
26 December Mimi and the Mountain Dragon
29 December The Trial of Christine Keeler
Snow Cats and Me BBC Two

ITV[edit]

Date Debut Channel
6 January Manhunt ITV
9 January Cleaning Up
28 January The Stand Up Sketch Show ITV2
2 February Small Fortune ITV
23 February Out There
11 March Cheat
12 March Tipping Point: Best Ever Finals
18 March Harry's Heroes: The Full English
20 March The Bay
8 April The Widow
9 April Hard to Please OAPS
13 April In for a Penny
18 April Martin Clunes: My Travels and Other Animals
19 April The Comedy Years ITV3
20 April The Sara Cox Show ITV
21 April Buble!
23 April Run for Your Life
26 April John Bishop's Ireland
1 May Planet Child
5 May Tenable All Stars
6 May The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins
7 May The All New Monty: Ladies' Night
11 May Bradley Walsh's Late Night Guestlist
13 May Victoria's Palace
14 May Bear's Mission With David Walliams
19 May What The Durrells Did Next
20 May Hatton Garden
24 May Hatton Garden: The Inside Story
3 June 7 Up & Me
4 June Her Majesty's Cavalry
63 Up (in Up (film series))
6 June Shopping with Keith Lemon ITV2
11 June Counting Tigers ITV
12 June Wild Bill
13 June Death Row: Countdown To Execution
17 June Hey Tracey! ITV2
23 June Trevor McDonald's Indian Train Adventure ITV
Beecham House
2 July Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure
25 July Sewer Men
27 July Zone of Champions
7 August Gemma Collins: Diva Forever ITVBe
Speed Freaks ITV4
14 August Deep Water ITV
25 August Sanditon
31 August Britain's Got Talent: The Champions
2 September The Rubbish World of Dave Spud CITV
A Confession ITV
Singletown ITV2
5 September Billy Connolly's Great American Adventure ITV
26 September Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars
8 October Zomboat! ITV2
12 October The X Factor: Celebrity ITV
24 October Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall
27 October Killer Camp ITV2
25 November The Switch ITV
9 December The X Factor: The Band
16 December Sticks and Stones

Channel 4[edit]

Date Debut Channel
7 January Brexit: The Uncivil War[12] Channel 4
10 January Flirty Dancing
28 January The Sex Clinic E4
30 January Pure Channel 4
2 February Great British Car Journeys
5 February How the Other Kids Live
11 February Famous and Fighting Crime[241]
The Secret Lives of Slim People
17 February Traitors
26 February The Hangover Games E4
5 March Home Channel 4
6 March Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson & Me
11 March Baewatch: Parental Guidance E4
14 March 60 Days on the Streets Channel 4
20 March Mums Make Porn
24 March Secrets of Egypt's Valley of the Kings
28 March Dead Pixels E4
30 March Mission Ignition Channel 4
1 April Devon and Cornwall More4
5 April Joe Lycett's Got Your Back Channel 4
Let's Talk About Sex
8 April Life After Lock-Up
11 April Naked Beach
16 April The Great British School Swap
17 April Chimerica
2 May When I Grow Up
15 May The Virtues
20 May The Hunt for Jihadi John
23 May The Secret Life of the Zoo:Underwater Special
27 May Beat the Chef
Confessions of a Serial Killer
A Very British Sex Shop
30 May The Final Mission:Foxy's War
Klopp vs Poch: Battle of the Supermanagers
6 June My Gay Dog and Other Animals
10 June Year of the Rabbit
25 June Drag SOS
1 July Kirstie's Celebrity Craft Masters
10 July Generation Porn
19 July The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan
25 July The Tez O'Clock Show
5 August Born Famous
7 August Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain
8 August The Secret Teacher
This Way Up
13 August Kathy Burke's All Woman
19 August Call the Cops
30 August The Rob Rinder Verdict
2 September Jamie's Meat-Free Meals
5 September The Dog House
9 September Cooking Up a Fortune
16 September Crime and Punishment
29 September Rob Beckett's Savage Socials E4
1 October Snackmasters Channel 4
7 October Your Room or Mine?
10 October Pants on Fire E4
22 October The British Tribe Next Door Channel 4
24 October The Accident
25 October Harry Hill's Clubnite
4 November Smuggled
27 November My Grandparents' War
24 December The Tiger Who Came to Tea
25 December Kylie's Secret Night

Channel 5[edit]

Date Debut Channel
9 January Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky Channel 5
5 February Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion[242]
7 February Ryanair: Britain's Best Hated Airline[243]
8 February Secret Scotland
25 February Around The World By Train With Tony Robinson
5 March London: 2000 Years of History
13 March Critical Condition
1 April Celebs on the Ranch 5Star
8 April World's Busiest Train Stations Channel 5
14 April Titanic: Draining The Wreck
18 April Clink 5Star
13 May 15 Days Channel 5
21 May The Murder of Charlene Downes
27 May The Blitz: Britain on Fire
29 May When Plastic Surgery Goes Horribly Wrong
30 May Hitler's U-Boat: Draining the Ocean
40 Stone and Too Fat to Move
31 May The Oath My5
The Pompeii Prophecy: Countdown to Devastation Channel 5
5 June Casualty 24/7
Age Gap Love
16 June 21.co.uk
2 July The Great Gardening Challenge
1 August Portillo: The Trouble With The Tories
8 August Vegas 24/7
23 August Most Expensive Cruise Ships
5 September British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas
9 September Undercover Twins 5Star
3 October Wonderful World of Crafting Channel 5
25 October World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys
18 November Cold Call
28 November Can You Really Afford to Retire
4 December Britain's Great Pension Crisis
26 December Susan Hill's Ghost Story

Other channels[edit]

Date Debut Channel
11 January Sex Education Netflix
25 January Rob and Romesh Vs Sky One
31 January Ed Stafford: First Man Out Discovery
6 February Hypothetical Dave
21 February Flack W
22 February Curfew Sky One
25 February London Kills Acorn TV
7 March Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz Quest
8 March After Life Netflix
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
15 March Turn Up Charlie
18 March 101 Dalmatian Street Disney Channel
5 April Our Planet Netflix
8 April Queens of Mystery Acorn TV
19 April Moominvalley Sky One
21 April Jesus: His Life History
2 May There's Something About Movies Sky One
3 May Flinch Netflix
7 May Chernobyl Sky Atlantic
15 May Sliced Dave
Comedy Central Live Comedy Central
16 May My Dad Wrote a Porno Sky Atlantic
21 May Wanda Sykes: Not Normal Netflix
Inside the Operating Theatre W
24 May What If Netflix
The Perfection
26 May Britain's Greatest Comedian Gold
27 May Game of Thrones: The Last Watch Sky Atlantic
29 May Black Monday
31 May When They See Us Netflix
Killer Ratings
Good Omens Amazon Prime Video
4 June Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness
5 June Laurence of Suburbia
7 June Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Netflix
I Am Mother
26 June Emily Atack: Adulting W
22 August Brassic Sky One
29 August Train Truckers Yesterday
13 September Temple Sky One
20 September Criminal: United Kingdom Netflix
26 September Frayed Sky One
3 October Catherine the Great Sky Atlantic
7 October Spy Wars History
14 October The Early Rundown Sky News
Sky News @ Breakfast
21 October Dave Gorman: Terms and Conditions Apply Dave
8 November Trust Morecambe & Wise Gold
12 November The Cockfields
28 November Upright Sky Atlantic
9 December Traces Alibi
24 December Cinderella: After Ever After Sky One

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Date Channel
24 February BBC Scotland[51]
10 September
Sony Channel
Sony Channel +1
Sony Movies Action
Sony Movies Action +1
Sony Movies Classic
Sony Movies Classic +1
16 September Drama +1
1 October Sky Crime[244]
27 December Now 70s[245]

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
12 February TruTV
17 February BBC Two Scotland[51]
7 March Lifetime +1
1 July True Crime
10 September True Entertainment
True Entertainment +1
Movies4Men
Movies4Men +1
True Movies
True Movies +1
12 September Good Food
16 September Travel Channel +1
27 September YourTV
30 September Real Lives
20 November Total Country
30 December Sewing Quarter

Rebranding channels[edit]

Date Old Name New Name
1 August Turner Classic Movies TCM Movies
10 September Sony Movie Channel Sony Movies
Sony Movie Channel +1 Sony Movies +1
1 November Chart Show TV Trace Urban
The Vault Trace Vault
Chart Show Hits Trace Latina
20 November Now 80s Now Christmas
Total Country Now 80s
27 December Now Christmas Now 80s
Now 80s Now 70s

Television programmes[edit]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Programme Moved from Moved to
Classic Emmerdale Granada Plus ITV3
Cheers ITV4 Channel 4
Lucifer Amazon Prime Netflix
Rick and Morty Fox, Netflix, Comedy Central E4
The Dog Rescuers Channel 5 5Select

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)
Blockbusters 1993
1995
1997
2001
2012
ITV, Sky1, BBC Two, Challenge 21 March 2019 Comedy Central
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[246] Granada Plus 21 January 2019 ITV3
Shipwrecked 19 December 2001
10 May 2009
31 January 2012
Channel 4
E4
28 January 2019 N/A (same channel as original)
Class Dismissed 11 December 2017 CBBC 11 March 2019
Line of Duty 30 April 2017 BBC One 31 March 2019
Supermarket Sweep 6 September 2001
31 August 2007
ITV 9 September 2019 ITV2
The Demon Headmaster 22 January 1998 CBBC 14 October 2019 N/A (same channel as original)
Timmy Time 13 July 2012 CBeebies 21 October 2019
Bing 20 May 2015 31 October 2019
Cash Trapped 1 September 2017 ITV 11 November 2019
Gavin & Stacey 1 January 2010 BBC Three
BBC One
25 December 2019
Worzel Gummidge 12 December 1981
16 April 1989
ITV
Channel 4
26 December 2019 BBC One

Continuing television programmes[edit]

1920s[edit]

Programme Date
BBC Wimbledon 1927–1939, 1946–2019, 2021–present

1950s[edit]

Programme Date
Panorama (1953–present)
Eurovision Song Contest (1956–2019, 2021–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
University Challenge (1962–1987, 1994–present)
Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)
Horizon (1964–present)
Match of the Day
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)
Football Focus (1974–present)
Arena (1975–present)
One Man and His Dog (1976–present)
Top Gear (1977–present)
Antiques Roadshow (1979–present)
Question Time

1980s[edit]

Programme Date
Children in Need (1980–present)
Countdown (1982–present)
ITV Breakfast (1983–present)
Thomas & Friends (1984–present)
EastEnders (1985–present)
Watchdog
Comic Relief
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

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)
Junior MasterChef (1994–1999, 2010–present)
Top of the Pops 2 (1994–present)
Hollyoaks (1995–present)
Soccer AM
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

2000s[edit]

Programme Date
2000
Bargain Hunt (2000–present)
BBC Breakfast
Click
Doctors
A Place in the Sun
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)
Flog It! (2002–present)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
Inside Out
Most Haunted (2002–2010, 2014–present)
River City (2002–present)
Saturday Kitchen
Still Game (2002–2019)
2003
QI (2003–present)
This Week
Eggheads
Extraordinary People
Homes Under the Hammer
Traffic Cops
2004
Doc Martin (2004–present)
Match of the Day 2
Strictly Come Dancing
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year
The Culture Show
Football First
The Gadget Show
Live at the Apollo
NewsWatch
SadlerVision
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
Who Do You Think You Are?
2005
8 Out of 10 Cats (2005–present)
Coach Trip (2005–2006, 2009–2012, 2013–present)
The Andrew Marr Show (2005–present)
The Adventure Show
The Apprentice
Dragons' Den
The Hotel Inspector
The Jeremy Kyle Show (2005–2019)
Mock the Week (2005–present)
Springwatch
SuperCasino (2005–2019)
2006
The Album Chart Show (2006–present)
Animal Spies!
The Apprentice: You're Fired!
Banged Up Abroad
Cricket AM
Dickinson's Real Deal
Don't Get Done, Get Dom
Horrid Henry
Monkey Life
Not Going Out
The One Show
People & Power
Peschardt's People
The Secret Millionaire (2006–2008, 2010–present)
2007
Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
Would I Lie to You?
Benidorm
The Big Questions
Don't Tell the Bride
The Graham Norton Show
Heir Hunters
Helicopter Heroes
London Ink
Shaun the Sheep
Real Rescues
The Hot Desk
2008
An Là (2008–present)
Big & Small
Celebrity Juice
Chuggington
Only Connect
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Police Interceptors
Rubbernecker
Seachd Là
2009
Pointless (2009–present)
The Chase
Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Countrywise
Cowboy Trap
Piers Morgan's Life Stories
Rip Off Britain

2010s[edit]

Programme Date
2010
Dinner Date (2010–present)
The Great British Bake Off
Great British Railway Journeys
A League of Their Own
Little Crackers
Lorraine
Luther
The Only Way Is Essex
Sherlock
Sunday Morning Live
Take Me Out (2010–2020)
2011
All Over the Place (2011–present)
The Amazing World of Gumball
Black Mirror
Four Rooms
Junior Bake Off
Made in Chelsea
Match of the Day Kickabout
Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up
Show Me What You're Made Of
Vera
2012
4 O'Clock Club (2012–present)
Endeavour
Call the Midwife
Great Continental Railway Journeys
Stand Up To Cancer
The Voice UK
Tipping Point
Naomi's Nightmares of Nature
Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Operation Ouch!
Claimed and Shamed
2013
The Dumping Ground (2013–present)
Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom
Caught Red Handed
Officially Amazing
Shetland
The Dog Rescuers
Still Open All Hours
2014
Agatha Raisin (2014–present)
Boomers
The Dog Ate My Homework
The Jump
The Great Interior Design Challenge
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
Happy Valley
Holiday of My Lifetime (2014, 2016–present)
In the Club (2014–present)
Chasing Shadows
The Next Step
Judge Rinder
Grantchester
Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans
Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis
Scrambled!
Who's Doing the Dishes?
24 Hours in Police Custody
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
2015
The Almost Impossible Gameshow (2015–present)
The Dengineers
Doctor Foster
Eat Well for Less?
Hetty Feather (2015–2020)
Hunted (2015–present)
The Kyle Files
Michael McIntyre's Big Show
Ninja Warrior UK
Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords
Poldark
Real Stories with Ranvir Singh
SAS: Who Dares Wins
The Saturday Show
Taskmaster
Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–2020)
Victoria Derbyshire
Wild & Weird (2015–present)
10,000 BC
2016
The A Word (2016–present)
All Over the Workplace
Bake Off: The Professionals
Borderline
Cash Trapped (2016–2017, 2019–present)
Celebs Go Dating (2016–present)
Class Dismissed (2016–2017, 2019–present)
The Crown (2016–present)
The Cruise
Got What It Takes?
Insert Name Here
The Level
Marcella
Masterpiece
Mum
Naked Attraction
No Such Thing as the News
The Premier League Show
Spot Bots
Tenable
This Time Next Year
Top Class
Tribes, Predators & Me
Unspun with Matt Forde
Upstart Crow
Victoria
The Windsors
2017
Ackley Bridge (2017–present)
All Round to Mrs. Brown's
Back
Bancroft
Beyond 100 Days
This Country (2017–2020)
Electric Dreams
The End of the F***ing World (2017–2019)
Free Rein
The Good Karma Hospital (2017–present)
The Voice Kids
Impossible
Jamestown (2017–2019)
Keeping Faith (2017–present)
Liar (2017–2020)
The Mash Report (2017–present)
Numberblocks (2017–2019)
The Playlist (2017–present)
Remotely Funny
The Repair Shop
Riviera
Strike
Taboo
Trust Me (2017–2019)
White Gold
Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule
2018
Bodyguard (2018–present)
Britannia
Bulletproof
The Circle
Defending the Guilty
Derry Girls
A Discovery of Witches
I'll Get This
Killing Eve
Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema
McMafia
Peston
The Real Football Fan Show
Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators
The Split
Stath Lets Flats
There She Goes

Ending this year[edit]

Date(s) Programme Channel(s) Debut(s)
1 January SuperCasino Channel 5 2005
13 January Cities: Nature's New Wild BBC Two 2018
3 February Les Misérables BBC One
7 February Ryanair: Britain's Best Hated Airline Channel 5 2019
11 February Inside Europe BBC Two
13 February Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky Channel 5
Cleaning Up ITV
19 February Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion Channel 5
14 March Cheat ITV
19 March Harry's Heroes: The Full English
22 March Flog It! BBC Two 2002
28 March Still Game BBC Scotland
1 April Warren BBC One 2019
This Time with Alan Partridge
8 April Fleabag 2016
11 April The Victim 2019
13 April All Together Now BBC One 2018
22 April Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema BBC Four
24 April MotherFatherSon BBC Two 2019
30 April The Widow ITV
7 May Trust Me BBC One 2017
8 May Chimerica Channel 4 2019
9 May The Premier League Show BBC Two 2016
10 May The Jeremy Kyle Show ITV 2005
12 May The Durrells 2016
What Would Your Kid Do 2018
18 May Eurovision Song Contest BBC One 1956
21 May Horrid Henry CITV 2006
23 May Hatton Garden ITV 2019
4 June Chernobyl Sky Atlantic
5 June The Virtues Channel 4
14 June Jamestown Sky One 2017
18 June Years and Years BBC One 2019
19 June Mum BBC Two 2016
25 June The Planets 2019
26 June Summer of Rockets
30 June Trevor McDonald's Indian Train Adventure ITV
1 July Jackpot 247 2011
6 July Free Rein Netflix 2017
9 July Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure 2019 ITV
14 July BBC Wimbledon BBC One
BBC Two
1927 & 1946
16 July Dark Mon£y BBC One 2019
17 July Wild Bill ITV
18 July This Week BBC One 2003
20 July Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule ITV 2017
25 July Planespotting Live BBC Four 2019
7 August Animal Babies: First Year on Earth BBC Two
8 August Serengeti BBC One
Portillo: The Trouble With The Tories Channel 5
26 August Poldark BBC One 2015
12 September China: A New World Order BBC Two 2019
16 September Rise of the Nazis
19 September Billy Connolly's Great American Adventure ITV
25 September Japan with Sue Perkins BBC One
6 October State of the Union BBC Two
7 October A Confession ITV
8 October The Capture BBC One
11 October Scarborough
13 October Sunrise Sky News 1989
17 October Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars ITV 2019
21 October Jamie's Meat-Free Meals Channel 4
24 October Catherine the Great Sky Atlantic
1 November GMT BBC World News 2010
5 November Dublin Murders BBC One 2019
10 November The Americas with Simon Reeve BBC Two
13 November Doc Martin ITV 2004
14 November The Accident Channel 4 2019
20 November Guilt BBC Two
21 November Cold Call Channel 5
30 November The X Factor: Celebrity ITV
1 December The War of the Worlds BBC One
Reggie in China BBC Two
2 December Vienna Blood
8 December Seven Worlds, One Planet BBC One
15 December The X Factor: The Band ITV
17 December Gold Digger BBC One
18 December Sticks and Stones ITV
24 December A Christmas Carol BBC One
27 December Worzel Gummidge 1979, 1987 & 2019

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
6 January W. Morgan Sheppard[247] 86 Actor (Max Headroom, Biker Mice from Mars, Star Trek, Doctor Who)
10 January Dianne Oxberry[248] 51 Radio and television presenter (BBC Radio 1, North West Tonight)
14 January Del Henney[249] 83 Actor (When Eight Bells Toll, Straw Dogs, Brannigan)
17 January Windsor Davies[250] 88 Actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Carry On England, Never the Twain)
18 January Sylvia Kay[251] 82 Actress (Rapture, Wake in Fright, Just Good Friends)
19 January Muriel Pavlow[252] 97 Actress (Malta Story, Doctor in the House, Reach for the Sky)
1 February Jeremy Hardy[253] 57 Comedian (The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation)
Clive Swift[254][255] 82 Actor (The National Health, Keeping Up Appearances, The Old Guys, BT ad campaign)
2 February William Davis[256] 85 Journalist and broadcaster (BBC)
5 February Peter Hughes[257] 96 Actor (The Great Muppet Caper, Hope and Glory, Evita)
7 February Albert Finney[258] 82 Actor (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express)
21 February Edward Enfield[259] 89 Television and radio presenter (Watchdog) and journalist
24 February Patricia Garwood[260] 78 Actress (The Lavender Hill Mob, Petticoat Pirates, No Place Like Home)
4 March Michael Thomas[261] 66 Actor (Life Without George, The Boat That Rocked, Head over Heels)
6 March Magenta Devine[262] 61 Television presenter (Rough Guide, Network 7) and journalist
14 March Pat Laffan[263] 79 Actor (Father Ted, The Snapper)
15 March Mike Thalassitis[264] 26 Footballer and reality television show contestant (Love Island)
19 March Clinton Greyn[265] 85 Actor (Compact, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Doctor Who)
24 March Julia Lockwood[266] 77 Actress (My Teenage Daughter, Please Turn Over, No Kidding)
29 March Shane Rimmer[267] 89 Actor (Thunderbirds, Dr. Strangelove, The Spy Who Loved Me)
30 March Tania Mallet[268] 77 Actress (Goldfinger)
5 April John Quarmby[269] 89 Actor (Fawlty Towers, K-9 and Company, A Christmas Carol)
6 April Nadja Regin[270] 87 Actress (From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Runaway)
7 April Mya-Lecia Naylor[271] 16 Actress and model (Millie Inbetween, Almost Never)
Sandy Ratcliff[272] 70 Actress (EastEnders)
8 April Rex Garrod[273] 75 Roboteer (Brum, Robot Wars) and television presenter (The Secret Life of Machines)
12 April John McEnery[274] 75 Actor (Romeo and Juliet, Nicholas and Alexandra, The Land That Time Forgot)
15 April Martin King[275] 86 Voice actor (Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90) and continuity announcer
23 April Edward Kelsey[276] 88 Actor (Danger Mouse, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Doctor Who)
29 April John Llewellyn Moxey[277] 94 Film and television director (The City of the Dead, Foxhole in Cairo, Circus of Fear)
30 April Peter Mayhew[278] 74 Actor (Star Wars, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Terror)
3 May Irene Sutcliffe[279] 94 Actress (Coronation Street)
9 May Freddie Starr[280] 76 Comedian
Brian Walden[281] 86 Broadcaster and former Labour Party MP (presenter of Weekend World)
11 May Nan Winton[282] 93 News presenter (first female newsreader on BBC)
20 May Andrew Hall[283] 65 Actor (Butterflies, Casualty, Coronation Street)
21 May Royce Mills[284] 77 Actor (Up Pompeii, Up the Chastity Belt, Doctor Who)
26 May Stephen Thorne[285] 84 Actor (Z-Cars, Crossroads, Doctor Who)
1 June John Myers[286][287] 60 Radio executive and presenter, continuity announcer for Border Television
3 June Paul Darrow[288] 78 Actor (Blake's 7, Doctor Who)
10 June Peter Whitehead[289] 82 Writer and filmmaker (Wholly Communion, Charlie Is My Darling, Tonite Let's All Make Love in London)
15 June Jane Hayward[290] 69 Actress
21 June William Simons[291][292] 78 Actor (Heartbeat, Crown Court, Where No Vultures Fly)
25 June Bryan Marshall[293] 81 Actor (The Spy Who Loved Me, Quatermass and the Pit, The Long Good Friday)
26 June Douglas Fielding[294] 73 Actor (Z-Cars, EastEnders)
30 June Glyn Houston[295] 93 Actor (Doctor Who, Keep It in the Family)
5 July John McCririck[296] 79 Horse racing pundit (ITV Racing, Channel 4 Racing)
9 July Freddie Jones[297] 91 Actor (Emmerdale, The Elephant Man, The Ghosts of Motley Hall)
10 July Albert Shepherd[298] 82 Actor (The Anniversary, Crossroads, Rosie)
11 July Brendan Grace[299][300] 68 Comedian (Father Ted) and singer
12 July Emily Hartridge[301] 35 Television presenter and YouTube star
14 July Karl Shiels[302] 47 Actor (Peaky Blinders)
19 July Jeremy Kemp[303] 84 Actor (The Winds of War, Z-Cars, The Blue Max)
23 July Danika McGuigan[304] 33 Actress (The Tudors, Hollyoaks: The Morning After)
25 July Jimmy Patton[305] 87 Comedian (ChuckleVision) and half of the Patton Brothers
29 July Paula Williamson[306] 38 Actress (Coronation Street, Emmerdale)
3 August Joe Longthorne[307] 64 Singer and entertainer
10 August Freda Dowie[308] 91 Actress (Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Omen)
16 August Anna Quayle[309] 86 Actress (Grange Hill)
18 August Gillian Hanna[310] 75 Actress (Brookside, Les Misérables, Oliver Twist)
23 August Sheila Steafel[311] 84 Actress (Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., Quatermass and the Pit, The Ghosts of Motley Hall)
29 August Terrance Dicks[312] 84 Screenwriter (Doctor Who, Crossroads, Space: 1999)
10 September Valerie Van Ost[313] 75 Actress (Carry On, The Beauty Jungle, Mister Ten Per Cent)
14 September Jean Heywood[314] 98 Actress (When the Boat Comes In, Our Day Out, Billy Elliot)
15 September Leah Bracknell[315] 55 Actress (Emmerdale, Doctors, The Royal Today)
20 September Diarmuid Lawrence[316] 71 Television director (The Hanging Gale, Little Dorrit, Peter and Wendy)
September Hanna Yusuf[317] 27 Journalist (BBC News)
1 October Peter Sissons[318] 77 Journalist, broadcaster (BBC News, ITN) and television presenter (Question Time)
4 October Stephen Moore[319] 81 Actor (Rock Follies, A Bridge Too Far, The Last Place on Earth, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Queen's Nose, Merseybeat)
10 October Juliette Kaplan[320] 80 Actress (Last of the Summer Wine, Coronation Street)
12 October Reg Watson[321] 93 Producer and screenwriter (Crossroads)
17 October Wendy Williams[322] 84 Actress (Crossroads, Doctor Who)
6 November Tazeen Ahmad[323] 48 Journalist and news presenter
12 November Ian Cullen[324] 80 Actor (Z-Cars, Family Affairs)
14 November Jean Fergusson[325] 74 Actress (Last of the Summer Wine, Coronation Street)
24 November Clive James[326] 80 Writer and broadcaster (Clive James on Television, Saturday Night Clive)
26 November Gary Rhodes[327] 59 Television chef (MasterChef, Hell's Kitchen)
1 December Paula Tilbrook[328][329] 89 Actress (Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Last of the Summer Wine)
3 December Donald Tosh[330] 84 Screenwriter (Doctor Who)
4 December Sheila Mercier[331][332] 100 Actress (Emmerdale)
Bob Willis[333] 70 Cricketer and Sky Sports commentator
11 December David Bellamy[334] 86 Naturalist and broadcaster
15 December Nicky Henson[335] 74 Actor (Fawlty Towers, EastEnders, Downton Abbey)
18 December Claudine Auger[336] 78 Actress (Thunderball, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)
Kenny Lynch[337] 81 Singer, actor (Carry On Loving, The Playbirds) and entertainer
22 December Tony Britton[338] 95 Actor (Operation Amsterdam, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Day of the Jackal)
25 December Neville Buswell[339] 76 Actor (Coronation Street)
29 December Neil Innes[340] 75 Writer, comedian and musician (Monty Python, The Raggy Dolls)

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