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This is a list of British television related events from 1993.


  • 1 January – Carlton Television takes over the ITV London Weekday franchise at midnight, replacing Thames Television after 24 years. Additionally, Meridian Broadcasting takes over the South of England franchise from Television South, Westcountry Television takes over the South West England franchise from Television South West, and Good Morning Television takes over the breakfast television franchise from TV-am. Teletext Ltd takes over the ITV and Channel 4 teletext franchises from ORACLE.
  • 1 January – The ITC removes the limit on the value of prizes which can be given away on ITV game shows in the UK (set at £6000 per episode since 1981), paving the way for the big money game shows of the late 1990s and 2000s.
  • 4 January – John Birt succeeds Sir Michael Checkland as Director-General of the BBC.
  • 27 February – "Boiling Point", an episode of the BBC medical drama series Casualty, is met with great controversy and outrage after it depicts rioting youths setting fire to a hospital's accident and emergency department. The Corporation receives over 700 complaints about the violent nature of the episode, despite showing it after the watershed (at 9:30pm) and warning viewers accordingly. However, the episode achieves viewing figures of 17.02 million - the highest for the show at the time.
  • 6 March – An IRA bomb scare at BBC Television Centre means that the live Saturday night programme Noel's House Party cannot be shown. Instead, after a repeat of the previous year's Noel's Christmas Presents, host Noel Edmonds is forced to introduce a Tom and Jerry cartoon in its place, The Zoot Cat.
  • 4 April - Children's BBC begin to repeat the children's drama series Grange Hill from its first series in 1978, on Sunday mornings on BBC2, as part of the show's 15th anniversary celebrations. These repeats end in 1999 with series 16.
  • 13 April - A new look is introduced across all of the BBC's television news bulletins, with a studio that is almost entirely computer-generated and features a cut-glass model of the Corporation's coat of arms.
  • 17 April - Arena presents a new 4 part series "Tales of Rock 'N' Roll" on BBC2 looking at the story of 4 rock songs of how they came about and the history behind them and who and what they involved. Starting with Peggy Sue who was tracked down in Sacramento, California to be found running her own drain-clearing company Rapid Rooter and then to be taken back to Lubbock, Texas to recall how she knew Buddy Holly and how her marriage to drummer Jerry Allison turned out. Heartbreak Hotel where the song came to be written after the 2 songwriters discovered an article about a suicide in a hotel in Miami after reading about it in the Miami Herald. Walk On The Wild Side looks at all the characters that were involved in the song and how Lou Reed used to spend time at Andy Warhol's studio where they all did (Holly Woodlawn & Joe Dallesandro were the only ones still around to tell the tale) & Highway 61 Revisited which looked at Bob Dylan's roots and everything that was connected with Highway 61. The series ran for 4 weeks on Saturday nights on 17, 24 April & 1 May, 8 May.
  • 9 July – BBC1 airs the final episode of Eldorado. The soap was axed due to poor ratings.
  • 1 September – Sky Multichannels launches in the UK. CMT UK, Challenge TV, Nickelodeon UK, and UK Living launch.
  • 17 September - TNT and Cartoon Network launches in the UK.
  • 1 October – QVC UK launches in the United Kingdom, becoming the UK's first home shopping channel. The channel had originally launched in the United States in 1986.
  • 20 October – Kirsty Wark debuts as anchor on BBC2's Newsnight.
  • 20 October – The ITC issues Channel 4 with a formal warning for an episode of the soap Brookside aired on 7 and 8 May, which depicted a wife stabbing her abusive husband to death.[1]
  • 8 November – The first TV advert for an undertaker's is broadcast during an early evening episode of Scottish soap opera Take the High Road on ITV.
  • 23 November – 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who in the UK.
  • 9 December – Peter Sissons hosts his last edition of Question Time, having chaired te political debate programme since 1989.
  • 23 December – BBC 2 broadcasts the Arena special "Radio Night", an ambitious simulcast with BBC Radio 4.
  • 25 December – Channel 4 airs its first "Alternative Christmas message". The broadcast features a contemporary, often controversial celebrity, delivering a message in the manner of The Queen. The first alternative message is delivered by Quentin Crisp.
  • 30 December – Episodes of Emmerdale featuring the controversial plane crash storyline begin airing on ITV. The storyline was developed to win higher ratings for the series, which was threatened with cancellation due to low viewing figures. However, although it succeeded in turning around the fortunes of the series, ITV received many complaints about the timing of the story which came shortly after the fifth anniversary of the Lockerbie Disaster.
  • 31 December – BBC2 airs the first Hootenanny, an annual New Year's Eve music show hosted by Jools Holland.


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  • Watch with Mother (1946–1973) (1987, 1989, 1993 VHS Only)
  • Celebrity Squares (1975–1979, 1993–1996, 2003)







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