2019 in British television

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

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 with a different artist each week of the year[6] and updated logo and presentation designed by DBLG. Week 1 of “ITV Creates” idents was designed by Ravi Deepres.
Sky Sports Racing replaces At The Races.[7][8]
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 casino on the 16th 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 debuts Week 2 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 debuts Week 3 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[16]
21 ITV debuts Week 4 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 debuts Week 5 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 debuts Week 6 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 debuts Week 7 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[38]
12 Details of BBC Scotland's flagship news programme, The Nine, are released. The 60-minute programme will air daily from 9.00pm, 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 10.30pm. The BBC Three strand will run from Mondays to Wednesdays at 10.35pm, 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 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, and because the series will not be authored entirely by 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" the series' creators will "successfully [reflect and [celebrate] 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 Wishaw.[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 debuts Week 8 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 the 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 debuts Week 9 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 debuts Week 10 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 debuts Week 11 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 debuts Week 12 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[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 year with the BBC children's programme.[66]
22 Sir David Attenborough is to present the one-off documentary Climate Change – The Facts on BBC One later in the spring. The film will look at potential threats posed by climate change and the possible solutions that could combat it.[67]
25 ITV debuts Week 13 of its “Creates” Ident package, designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman.
29 Retired banker Irini Tzortzoglou wins the 2019 series of MasterChef.[68]
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.[69]
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.[70]

April[edit]

Date Event
1 ITV debuts Week 14 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[71][72]
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.[73]
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.[74]
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.[75]
6 Coronation Street is to introduce its first black family, the Baileys, who will arrive in June 2019.[76][77]
Britain's Got Talent returns for its thirteenth series on ITV, with Ant McPartlin returning to his presenting role alongside Declan Donnelly.[78]
Molly Hocking wins the eighth series of The Voice UK.[79]
7 Tony and Elaine Teasdale win the first series of BBC Two's Race Across the World.[80]
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.[81]
ITV debuts Week 15 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[82]
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.[83]
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.[84]
12 Robbie Williams confirms that he and his wife Ayda Field will not be judges on the next series of The X Factor.[85]
13 Shellyann Evans wins the second series of All Together Now.[86]
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 2.00am so as to coincide with its broadcast in the United States.[87]
ITV debuts Week 16 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[88] The film wins general praise from critics for highlighting the dangers that could be presented by not doing enough to tackle climate change.[89]
Rylan Clark-Neal will co-present Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two alongside Zoe Ball when the series returns later in the year.[90]
22 The University of Edinburgh wins the 2018–19 series of University Challenge, beating St Edmund Hall, Oxford 155–140.[91]
ITV debuts Week 17 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[92]
23 Entrepreneur Sara Davies joins the panel of Dragons' Den, replacing Jenny Campbell.[93]
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?.[94]
24 Ellis Hill wins the first series of BBC Three/BBC One series Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star.[95]
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".[96]
26 Blue Peter names Richie Driss as its newest presenter, making him the programme's 38th regular presenter.[97]
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.[98][99]
29 ITV debuts Week 18 of its “Creates” Ident package, designed by Caroline Wright.

May[edit]

Date Event
3 BBC Four airs a one-off feature length 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.[100]
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).[101]
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.[102]
5 BBC One airs the 90-minute-finale of the fifth series of Line of Duty, with overnight figures indicating indicating an audience of 9.1 million, giving it the largest audience of 2019 up to this point.[103]
6 ITV debuts Week 19 of its "Creates" Ident package, 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).[104]
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.[105][106]
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 debuts Week 20 of its "Creates" Ident package, designed by Liz West.
ITV indefinitely suspends the filming and broadcast of The Jeremy Kyle Show, following the death of a guest.[107]
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.[108]
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.[109]
15 ITV cancels The Jeremy Kyle Show.[110] 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.[111]
Sophie Ellis-Bextor withdraws from the UK's Eurovision Song Contest jury due to "unforeseen circumstances".[112]
17 George Ure replaces Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a member of the UK's Eurovision jury after Ellis-Bextor pulled out of the role.[113]
BBC One has commissioned a two-part drama based on the events of the 2018 Salisbury poisoning.[114]
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.[115]
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 place.[116]
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.[117]
20 ITV debuts Week 21 of its “Creates” Ident package, 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.[118]
27 ITV debuts Week 22 of its “Creates” Ident package.

June[edit]

Date Event
3 ITV debuts Week 23 of its "Creates" Ident package.
16 21 casino begins airing on channel 5 through the night, replacing telescoping which in turn, replaced super casino
10 ITV debuts Week 24 of its "Creates" Ident package.
17 ITV debuts Week 25 of its "Creates" Ident package.
24 ITV debuts Week 26 of its "Creates" Ident package.


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
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
26 April The Looming Tower BBC Two
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
28 May The Planets BBC Two
29 May Crisis in Care BBC One
30 May Galdem Sugar BBC iPlayer
2 June Deadstock:Ultimate Resellers
Unknown Gold Digger BBC One
His Dark Materials
Noughts and Crosses
Good Omens BBC Two
The Iraq War
The Nude Uncovered with Mary Beard
The Rise of the Nazis
The Trial of Christine Keeler BBC One
The War of the Worlds
ABBA: Thank You for the Music, An All-Star Tribute
RuPaul's Drag Race UK BBC Three

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
4 June 63 Up
6 June Shopping with Keith Lemon ITV2

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[119]
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
18 May Britain's Most Historic Towns
20 May The Hunt for Jihadi John
23 May The Secret Life of the Zoo:Underwater Special
27 May Beat the Chef
27 May Confessions of a Serial Killer
27 May A Very British Sex Shop
30 May The Final Mission:Foxy's War
30 May Klopp v Pochettino with Peter Crouch
Unknown Songland

Channel 5[edit]

Date Debut Channel
9 January Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky Channel 5
5 February Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion[120]
7 February Ryanair: Britain's Best Hated Airline[121]
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
30 May 40 Stone and Too Fat to Move
31 May The Oath My5
31 May The Pompeii Prophecy: Countdown to Devastation Channel 5
16th june 21 casino channel 5

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
31 May Killer Ratings
31 May Good Omens Amazon Prime Video

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Date Channel
24 February BBC Scotland[51]

Defunct channels[edit]

Date Channel
24 February BBC Two Scotland[51]


Television shows[edit]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Programme Moved from Moved to
Classic Emmerdale Granada Plus ITV3
Rick and Morty Fox, Netflix, Comedy Central E4

Returning this year after a break of one year or longer[edit]

Programme Date(s) of original removal Original channel(s) Date of return New channel(s)
Luther 22 December 2015 BBC One 1 January 2019 N/A (same channel as original)
Celebrity Coach Trip 27 January 2012 Channel 4 14 January 2019 E4
Classic Emmerdale 1 November 2004[122] 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
Liar 16 October 2017 ITV 2019

1920s[edit]

Programme Date
BBC Wimbledon (1927–present)

1950s[edit]

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

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 (1977–2001, 2002–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! (2002–2019)
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 (2004–2019)
Match of the Day 2 (2004–present)
Strictly Come Dancing
The X Factor
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
Mock the Week
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
2011
All Over the Place (2011–present)
The Amazing World of Gumball
Black Mirror
Four Rooms
Hacker Time
Horrible Histories: Gory Games
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
Naomi's Nightmares of Nature
Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Operation Ouch!
Claimed and Shamed
2013
The Dumping Ground (2013–present)
Dani's Castle
Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom
Caught Red Handed
Officially Amazing
Shetland
Big Star's Little Star
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
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?
The Frankenstein Chronicles
Hetty Feather
Hive Minds
Hoff the Record
Hunted
In Therapy
Josh
Jeremy Kyle Emergency Room
The Kyle Files
Michael McIntyre's Big Show
Ninja Warrior UK
Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords
No Offence
Poldark
Real Stories with Ranvir Singh
Safe House
SAS: Who Dares Wins
The Saturday Show
Scream Street
Simply Nigella
So Awkward
Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week
Taskmaster
Thunderbirds Are Go
Victoria Derbyshire
Wild & Weird
10,000 BC
2016
The A Word (2016–present)
All Over the Workplace
Bake Off: The Professionals
Borderline
Cash Trapped
Class Dismissed
The Crown
The Cruise
Got What It Takes?
Insert Name Here
The Level
Marcella
Masterpiece
Mum
Naked Attraction
The Night Manager
No Such Thing as the News
The Premier League Show
The Question Jury
Spot Bots
Stan Lee's Lucky Man
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
Clique
This Country
Electric Dreams
The End of the F***ing World
The Good Karma Hospital
The Voice Kids
Impossible
Jamestown
Keeping Faith
Liar
The Mash Report
Numberblocks
The Playlist
Remotely Funny
The Repair Shop
Riviera
Sounds Like Friday Night
Strike
Taboo
Tracey Breaks the News
Trust Me
White Gold
2018
Age Before Beauty (2018–present)
Bodyguard
Britannia
Bulletproof
Chase the Case
The Circle
Derry Girls
A Discovery of Witches
The First
Killing Eve
Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema
McMafia
Peston
The Real Football Fan Show
Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators
The Split
There She Goes

Ending this year[edit]

Date(s) Programme Channel(s) Debut(s)
1 January SuperCasino Channel 5 2005
8 January Manhunt ITV 2019
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
13 February Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky
Cleaning Up ITV
14 March Cheat
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
8 April Fleabag 2016
11 April The Victim 2019
30 April The Widow ITV
8 May Chimerica Channel 4
10 May The Jeremy Kyle Show ITV 2005
12 May The Durrells 2016
20 May Game of Thrones Sky Atlantic 2011
23 May Hatton Garden ITV 2019
TBC Doc Martin 2004
The War of the Worlds BBC One 2019
Poldark 2015

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
6 January W. Morgan Sheppard[123] 86 Actor (Max Headroom, Biker Mice from Mars, Star Trek, Doctor Who)
10 January Dianne Oxberry[124] 51 Radio and television presenter (BBC Radio 1, North West Tonight)
14 January Del Henney[125] 83 Actor (When Eight Bells Toll, Straw Dogs, Brannigan)
17 January Windsor Davies[126] 88 Actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Carry On England, Never the Twain)
18 January Sylvia Kay[127] 82 Actress (Rapture, Wake in Fright, Just Good Friends)
19 January Muriel Pavlow[128] 97 Actress (Malta Story, Doctor in the House, Reach for the Sky)
1 February Jeremy Hardy[129] 57 Comedian (The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation)
Clive Swift[130][131] 82 Actor (The National Health, Keeping Up Appearances, The Old Guys)
2 February William Davis[132] 85 Journalist and broadcaster (BBC)
5 February Peter Hughes[133] 96 Actor (The Great Muppet Caper, Hope and Glory, Evita)
7 February Albert Finney[134] 82 Actor (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express)
21 February Edward Enfield[135] 89 Television and radio presenter (Watchdog) and journalist
24 February Patricia Garwood[136] 78 Actress (The Lavender Hill Mob, Petticoat Pirates, No Place Like Home)
4 March Michael Thomas[137] 66 Actor (Life Without George, The Boat That Rocked, Head over Heels)
6 March Magenta Devine[138] 61 Television presenter (Rough Guide, Network 7) and journalist
14 March Pat Laffan[139] 79 Actor (Father Ted, The Snapper)
15 March Mike Thalassitis[140] 26 Footballer and reality television show contestant (Love Island)
19 March Clinton Greyn[141] 85 Actor (Compact, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Doctor Who)
24 March Julia Lockwood[142] 77 Actress (My Teenage Daughter, Please Turn Over, No Kidding)
29 March Shane Rimmer[143] 89 Actor (Thunderbirds, Dr. Strangelove, The Spy Who Loved Me)
30 March Tania Mallet[144] 77 Actress (Goldfinger)
5 April John Quarmby[145] 89 Actor (Fawlty Towers, K-9 and Company, A Christmas Carol)
6 April Nadja Regin[146] 87 Actress (From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Runaway)
7 April Mya-Lecia Naylor[147] 16 Actress, model and singer (Millie Inbetween, Almost Never)
Sandy Ratcliff[148] 70 Actress (EastEnders)
8 April Rex Garrod[149] 75 Roboteer (Brum, Robot Wars) and television presenter (The Secret Life of Machines)
12 April John McEnery[150] 75 Actor (Romeo and Juliet, Nicholas and Alexandra, The Land That Time Forgot)
23 April Edward Kelsey[151] 88 Actor (Danger Mouse, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Doctor Who)
29 April John Llewellyn Moxey[152] 94 Film and television director (The City of the Dead, Foxhole in Cairo, Circus of Fear)
30 April Peter Mayhew[153] 74 Actor (Star Wars, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Terror)
9 May Freddie Starr[154] 76 Comedian
Brian Walden[155] 86 Broadcaster and former Labour Party MP (presenter of Weekend World)
11 May Nan Winton[156] 93 News presenter (first female newsreader on BBC)
20 May Andrew Hall[157] 65 Actor (Butterflies, Casualty, Coronation Street)

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