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.
|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.|
|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. Overnight ratings suggest the episode to have been watched by an audience of 5.15 million.|
|The fifth series of Luther begins on BBC One. The series attracts criticism from some viewers because of the perceived poor lighting in some scenes that make the content difficult to see. 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 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.|
|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.|
|BBC Two airs the British terrestrial television premiere of Ken Loach's anti-austerity film I, Daniel Blake.|
|ITV announces that ITV3 will broadcast two classic episodes of Emmerdale on weekday afternoons from 21 January.|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 2 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Sutapa Biswas.|
|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.|
|10||Fiona Bruce presents her first edition of Question Time.|
|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||ITV launches Week 3 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by James Brunt.|
|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 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.|
|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. 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. BBC One's Bodyguard leads the success story of the night by winning Most Popular Drama Series and Best Drama Performance for Richard Madden|
|23||George Alagiah returns to BBC News at Six following a year out due to cancer treatment.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Netflix has commissioned a miniseries of Sarah Pinborough's psychological thriller Behind Her Eyes. Steve Lightfoot is credited as the creator and executive producer of the series.|
|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.|
|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.|
|28||ITV launches Week 5 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Mark Titchner.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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. The documentary is subsequently rescheduled for 21 February.|
|1||The government announces that the television licence fee will rise from £150.50 to £154.50 on 1 April.|
|4||ITV launches Week 6 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Katrina Russell-Adams.|
|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.|
|ITV announces it is axing two of its sitcoms – Birds of a Feather and Bad Move.|
|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.|
|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".|
|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. 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.|
|11||ITV launches Week 7 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Kristina Veasey.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Dermot O'Leary announces he is to quit his role as presenter of the National Television Awards after ten years.|
|Professional dancer Pasha Kovalev announces he is leaving Strictly Come Dancing after eight years with the series.|
|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".|
|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.|
|Nickelodeon confirms plans for a new series of Paddington Bear, which will be voiced by Ben Whishaw.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|19||Virgin Media stops providing BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC and CBeebies in standard definition.|
|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. 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.|
|23||Ellie Ferguson wins the first series of The Greatest Dancer.|
|24||A new BBC Scotland channel launches and replaces BBC Two Scotland. 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.|
|25||BBC Scotland launches its weekday flagship news programme The Nine.|
|ITV launches Week 9 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Alec Stevens, marking the start of the second wave of idents.|
|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.|
|Launch of The Debate, BBC Scotland's weekly political debate show.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 10 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Charley Peters.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|10||James Jordan and dance partner Alexandra Schauman win series eleven of Dancing on Ice.|
|11||ITV launches Week 11 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Isabel + Helen.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|18||ITV launches Week 12 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Bharti Parmar.|
|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.|
|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.|
|21||Radzi Chinyanganya announces he will leave his Blue Peter presenting role after five years with the BBC children's programme.|
|25||ITV launches Week 13 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman.|
|29||Retired banker Irini Tzortzoglou wins the 2019 series of MasterChef.|
|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.|
|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.|
|1||ITV launches Week 14 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Olly Feathers.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|6||Coronation Street is to introduce its first black family, the Baileys, who will arrive in June 2019.|
|Britain's Got Talent returns for its thirteenth series on ITV, with Ant McPartlin returning to his presenting role alongside Declan Donnelly.|
|Molly Hocking wins the eighth series of The Voice UK.|
|7||Tony and Elaine Teasdale win the first series of BBC Two's Race Across the World.|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 15 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by CJ Mahoney.|
|10||Darcey Bussell announces that she is to step down as a judge from Strictly Come Dancing after seven years on the show.|
|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.|
|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.|
|12||Robbie Williams confirms that he and his wife Ayda Field will not be judges on the next series of The X Factor.|
|13||Shellyann Evans wins the second series of All Together Now.|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 16 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Fiona Grady.|
|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. The film wins general praise from critics for highlighting the dangers that could be presented by not doing enough to tackle climate change.|
|Rylan Clark-Neal will co-present Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two alongside Zoe Ball when the series returns later in the year.|
|22||The University of Edinburgh wins the 2018–19 series of University Challenge, beating St Edmund Hall, Oxford 155–140.|
|ITV launches Week 17 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Laurie Nouchka.|
|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.|
|23||Entrepreneur Sara Davies joins the panel of Dragons' Den, replacing Jenny Campbell.|
|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?.|
|24||Ellis Hill wins the first series of BBC Three/BBC One series Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star.|
|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".|
|26||Blue Peter names Richie Driss as its newest presenter, making him the programme's 38th regular presenter.|
|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.|
|29||ITV launches Week 18 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Caroline Wright.|
|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.|
|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).|
|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.|
|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.|
|6||ITV launches Week 19 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by deaf-artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq for Deaf Awareness Week.|
|9||Adrian Edmondson will join the cast of EastEnders as Daniel Cook, a love interest for Jean Slater (played by Gillian Wright).|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|15||ITV officially axes The Jeremy Kyle Show after the death of a guest who had appeared on the show. 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.|
|Sophie Ellis-Bextor withdraws from the UK's Eurovision Song Contest jury due to "unforeseen circumstances".|
|17||George Ure replaces Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a member of the UK's Eurovision jury after Ellis-Bextor pulled out of the role.|
|BBC One has commissioned a two-part drama based on the events of the 2018 Salisbury poisoning.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|20||ITV launches Week 21 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Gayle Chong Kwan.|
|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.|
|27||Lucy Benjamin will be returning to EastEnders as Lisa Fowler.|
|ITV launches Week 22 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Florence Mytum.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|ITV announce plans to produce a UK version of the popular Korean music based game show Masked Singer that will begin in 2020.|
|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.|
|3||ITV launches Week 23 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Greta Davies.|
|5||Channel 4 announces plans to broadcast a debate between the Conservative Party leadership candidates on 16 June, hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.|
|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.|
|Channel 4 have recruited celebrity barrister Robert Rinder to present a current affairs programme for the network.|
|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.|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 24 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Rabiya Choudhry.|
|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.|
|13||The BBC announces it will bring its award-winning Brexitcast podcast to television, launching on BBC One in September.|
|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.|
|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.|
|17||ITV launches Week 25 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Carleen de Sözer.|
|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.|
|24||ITV launches Week 26 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Keith Sargent and Lindsay Seers.|
|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.|
|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.|
|1||ITV launches Week 27 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Yvette Hawkins.|
|6||The 1,000th edition of Click makes its debut on the BBC News channel.|
|8||ITV launches Week 28 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Julia Vogl.|
|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.|
|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.|
|11||Tamzin Outhwaite bows out of her EastEnders role as Mel Owen, and she will depart in the autumn.|
|12||Theresa May gives her final major interview as prime minister, speaking exclusively to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.|
|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.|
|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.|
|15||ITV launches Week 29 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by 121.Collective.|
|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.|
|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. The edition finishes with an appearance from Mick Hucknall who serenades presenter Andrew Neil with a rendition of "Nobody Does It Better".|
|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.|
|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.|
|Karina Canellakis becomes the first woman to conduct the First Night of the Proms.|
|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.|
|22||Motsi Mabuse will replace Darcey Bussell as a judge on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.|
|ITV launches Week 30 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Emily Downing & Olivia Weston.|
|24||Nicky Morgan is appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Jeremy Wright.|
|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.|
|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.|
|29||ITV launches Week 31 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Brandon Saunders from University of Newcastle.|
|Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea win series five of Love Island.|
|30||Latin dancer Nancy Xu joins the line-up of professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing.|
|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.|
|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".|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|12||ITV launches Week 33 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Ash Kayser, who has enrolled at UWE Bristol.|
|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.|
|19||ITV launches Week 34 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Erin Taylor, a Fine Art student at Manchester Metropolitan University.|
|25||Peaky Blinders returns for a fifth series, moving from BBC Two to BBC One.|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 35 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Emily Forgot.|
|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.|
|2||ITV launches Week 36 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Florence Blanchard.|
|9||ITV launches Week 37 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Russell Bamber.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|14–15||The first official Peaky Blinders themed festival, The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival, is held in Birmingham.|
|16||ITV launches Week 38 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Louise Bristow.|
|The BBC announces that the BBC Red Button teletext service will be switched off in early 2020.|
|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.|
|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.|
|23||ITV launches Week 39 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Yinka Ilori.|
|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. 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.|
|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.|
|29||Jerusalem is named as Britain's favourite hymn following a vote by viewers of BBC One's Songs of Praise.|
|30||The BBC reverses its decision to partially uphold a complaint against BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty over comments she made about Donald Trump.|
|ITV launches Week 40 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Fernando Laposse.|
|1||Former newsreader Peter Sissons dies of leukemia at the age of 77.|
|3||BBC One airs episode 6,000 of EastEnders.|
|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. Fans of the series subsequently begin an online petition calling on ITV to reverse the decision.|
|4||Television presenter and campaigner June Sarpong is appointed as the BBC's first director of creative diversity.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|14||ITV launches Week 42 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Noëmi Lakmaier.|
|18||Channel 4 opens its new national headquarters in Leeds.|
|Paddy Smyth wins the second series of the Channel 4 reality competition show The Circle. Tim Wilson was also voted "viewers champion".|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 43 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by NEON.|
|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.|
|Ofcom's annual report into the BBC concludes that it must do more to attract younger audiences to its services.|
|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".|
|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.|
|28||ITV launches Week 44 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Kochi Kochi.|
|29||David Atherton wins the tenth series of The Great British Bake Off.|
|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.|
|3||Johannes Radebe and fellow professional dancer Graziano Di Prima perform a same-sex dance on an edition of Strictly Come Dancing.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|7||The subscription service BritBox is officially launched in the UK, with content from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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. The advert quickly attracts complaints from some parents who claim their children were frightened by Excitable Edgar, the central dragon character in the commercial.|
|15||BBC One and BBC Two stage the 2019 Children in Need telethon, which raises £47.9m.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|ITV launches Week 47 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Sam Curtis and Dave Bennett.|
|19||Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn appear on ITV in a head-to-head election debate.|
|25||ITV launches Week 48 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Dan Rawlings.|
|26||Filming for the 20th anniversary episode of Doctors takes place in Birmingham.|
|30||Megan McKenna is named the winner of ITV's The X Factor: Celebrity.|
|At 7.10 pm, ITV launches early Week 49 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Faith Bebbington.|
|3||Tilly Keeper leaves the role of EastEnders as Louise Mitchell and will depart in the new year.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|6||BBC One airs the final head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn before the general election, 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.|
|Jacqueline Jossa wins series 19 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.|
|9||ITV launches Week 50 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Hattie Newman.|
|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.|
|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.|
|14||Kelvin Fletcher and professional dance partner Oti Mabuse win the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. The final is watched by an average of 11.3 million viewers.|
|15||England cricketer Ben Stokes is named 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.|
|Girl group Real Like You win ITV's The X Factor: The Band.|
|16||ITV launches Week 51 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, designed by Melanie Tomlinson.|
|17||Caroline Flack stands down as presenter of ITV2's Love Island following an assault charge.|
|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.|
|Birmingham chef Stu Deeley wins Series 12 of MasterChef: The Professionals.|
|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.|
|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. 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.|
|26||ITV launches Week 52 of its "Creates" Ident package in 2019, marking the end of the year-long campaign, designed by Anna Lomax.|
|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.|
|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. An inquest subsequently hears that the two were discovered after a relative found a suicide note.|
|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. Overnight viewing figures indicate it had an average audience of 4.7 million.|
|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.|
|31||BBC One airs Craig David Rocks Big Ben Live to welcome in the New Year.|
|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|
|The People's News|
|25 February||Born to be Wild|
|Jamie Genevieve #Unfiltered|
|This Time with Alan Partridge||BBC One|
|26 February||Real Kashmir FC||BBC Scotland|
|The Great Food Guys|
|The Grey Area|
|27 February||Debate Night|
|Mini Disco Divas|
|Scotland's Model Teenager|
|Next Big Thing|
|1 March||A View from the Terrace|
|2 March||Rip It Up Unwrapped|
|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|
|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|
|Who Are You Calling Fat?||BBC Two|
|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|
|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|
|9 January||Cleaning Up|
|28 January||The Stand Up Sketch Show||ITV2|
|2 February||Small Fortune||ITV|
|23 February||Out There|
|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|
|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|
|2 July||Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure|
|25 July||Sewer Men|
|27 July||Zone of Champions|
|7 August||Gemma Collins: Diva Forever||ITVBe|
|14 August||Deep Water||ITV|
|31 August||Britain's Got Talent: The Champions|
|2 September||The Rubbish World of Dave Spud||CITV|
|5 September||Billy Connolly's Great American Adventure||ITV|
|26 September||Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars|
|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|
|9 January||Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky||Channel 5|
|5 February||Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion|
|7 February||Ryanair: Britain's Best Hated Airline|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|11 January||Sex Education||Netflix|
|25 January||Rob and Romesh Vs||Sky One|
|31 January||Ed Stafford: First Man Out||Discovery|
|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|
|7 May||Chernobyl||Sky Atlantic|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|24 December||Cinderella: After Ever After||Sky One|
|24 February||BBC Scotland|
|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|
|27 December||Now 70s|
|17 February||BBC Two Scotland|
|7 March||Lifetime +1|
|1 July||True Crime|
|10 September||True Entertainment|
|True Entertainment +1|
|True Movies +1|
|12 September||Good Food|
|16 September||Travel Channel +1|
|30 September||Real Lives|
|20 November||Total Country|
|30 December||Sewing Quarter|
|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|
Changes of network affiliation
|Programme||Moved from||Moved to|
|Classic Emmerdale||Granada Plus||ITV3|
|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
|Programme||Date(s) of original removal||Original channel(s)||Date of return||New channel(s)|
|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||Granada Plus||21 January 2019||ITV3|
|Shipwrecked||19 December 2001
10 May 2009
31 January 2012
|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
|25 December 2019|
|Worzel Gummidge||12 December 1981
16 April 1989
|26 December 2019||BBC One|
Continuing television programmes
|BBC Wimbledon||1927–1939, 1946–2019, 2021–present|
|Eurovision Song Contest||(1956–2019, 2021–present)|
|The Sky at Night||(1957–present)|
(part of Grandstand 1958–2001)
|Maigret||(1960–1963, 1992–1993, 2016–present)|
|Points of View||(1961–present)|
|Songs of Praise|
|University Challenge||(1962–1987, 1994–present)|
|Doctor Who||(1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)|
|Match of the Day|
|Top of the Pops||(1964–present)|
(only at Christmas 2006–present)
|A Question of Sport||(1968, 1970–present)|
|Mastermind (including Celebrity Mastermind)||(1972–1997, 2003–present)|
|One Man and His Dog||(1976–present)|
|Children in Need||(1980–present)|
|Thomas & Friends||(1984–present)|
|Fifteen to One||(1988–2003, 2013–present)|
|Red Dwarf||(1988–1999, 2009, 2012–present)|
|The Crystal Maze||(1990–1995, 2016–present)|
|Have I Got News for You||(1990–present)|
|ITV News Meridian||(1993–present)|
|Junior MasterChef||(1994–1999, 2010–present)|
|Top of the Pops 2||(1994–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)|
Ending this year
|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|
|19 February||Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion||Channel 5|
|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|
|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
|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|
|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|
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