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This is a list of British television related events from 2004.


  • 3 January - The BBC cancels the appearance of Coca Cola sponsorship credits in the music charts in its BBC One Top of the Pops show, after criticism from politicians and health campaigners that it would be promoting junk food and unhealthy drink products to teenagers.
  • 4 January – ITV introduces a sixth weekly episode of Emmerdale airing on Sunday evenings at 7:00pm. The episode is dropped in 2008 to allow for one hour episodes on Tuesdays.
  • 28 January – The Hutton Inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Dr. David Kelly is published. This is taken by most of the press to strongly condemn the BBC's handling of the David Kelly affair and to exonerate the government. The BBC's Director-General, Greg Dyke, chairman of the Board of Governors, Gavyn Davies, and the journalist at the centre of the controversy, Andrew Gilligan, resign. The UK media in general condemns the report as a whitewash.[1]
  • 29 January – Mark Byford becomes acting Director General of the BBC following Greg Dyke's resignation.
  • 30 January – ITV's News at Ten ends for a second time, with its replacement, the News at 10:30, launching the following Monday.
  • 2 February – ITV plc is formed from the merger of Carlton and Granada. The News at 10:30 also debuts, while the ITN News Channel is rebranded as the ITV News Channel.
  • 9 February – Kerry McFadden wins the third series of ITV1's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. 14.99 million watch the final, the programme's highest rated episode to this day.
  • 16 February – BBC Network news titles are relaunched in the style of BBC News 24, which introduced two months earlier.
  • 8 March – All 'UK' prefix TV channels are rebranded to UKTV. For example UK Bright Ideas is rebranded UKTV Bright Ideas, and UK History becomes UKTV History.
  • 20 March – Christopher Eccleston is announced as the ninth actor to play The Doctor in Doctor Who.
  • 10 May – ABC1, a channel from Disney, is launched in the UK.
  • 17 May – Michael Grade is appointed as new BBC Chairman.
  • 21 May – Mark Thompson is appointed new Director General of the BBC.[2]
  • 4 June – Kitten Pinder is evicted from the Big Brother UK house, shouting against the Queen and the aristocracy on the way out.
  • 14 June – Quiz TV launches in the UK, one of the country's first phone-in quiz channels. Many more launched over the next few years, though Quiz TV itself would close down in 2006.
  • 17 June – The live feed of Big Brother is taken off air for a few hours as the housemates threaten to kill each other.
  • 22 June – Mark Thompson takes over as Director General of the BBC.
  • 24 June – The highest rated audience of the year is recorded in the UK as 20.66 million watch England's football match against Portugal in the quarter finals of Euro 2004. This was also the last programme in British television history to get over 20 million viewers as of 2010. [1]
  • 5 July – 50th anniversary of television news broadcasts.
  • 7 July – Supernanny launches on Channel 4 only a year before the 7 July 2005 London bombings.
  • 15 July – The BBC broadcasts a documentary on the far right British National Party in which undercover reporter Jason Gwynne infiltrated the BNP by posing as a football hooligan.[3][4] The programme results in Mark Collett and Nick Griffin, the leader of the party, being charged for inciting racial hatred in April 2005, for comments made in the film.
  • 27 July - Tiny Pop launched in the UK (2004-present)
  • 13 August-29 August – The 2004 Summer Olympics are held in Athens, Greece.
  • 1 October – As part of its response to the Hutton Inquiry the BBC launches Newswatch, a programme providing a viewer and listener right-to-reply on BBC News's reporting and coverage of news events.
  • 30 October – The BBC receives "hundreds of complaints" after reporter Barbara Plett describes herself crying when a frail Yasser Arafat was evacuated to France for medical treatment. Ultimately these complaints are partially upheld by the BBC Governors' Programme Complaints Committee.[5]
  • 1 November – The digital television station ITV3 is launched at 9:00pm, replacing Granada Plus.
  • 18 November – The video for the new charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid 20 airs simultaneously on all five main UK television networks, as well as over twenty satellite and cable stations. This unprecedented broadcast attracts over fourteen million viewers between 5:50 and 6 p.m..
  • 6 December – Joe Pasquale wins the fourth series of ITV1's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!


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  • 17 October – Hex (2004–2006).

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Returning this year after a break of one year or longerEdit

  • Postman Pat (1981, 1991, 1996, 2004–present).
  • Pingu (1986–1998, 2004–2006)

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
What Not to Wear BBC Two BBC One
The Simpsons (UK Terrestrial Rights) Channel 4
Tots TV ITV CBeebies

Ongoing since past years or decadesEdit







Ending this yearEdit


Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
28 March Sir Peter Ustinov 82 British actor.
30 March Alistair Cooke 95 BBC broadcaster and transatlantic commentator.
30 March Hubert Gregg 89 BBC broadcaster.
13 April Caron Keating 41 television presenter
14 May Shaun Sutton 85 writer, director, producer and longest-serving Head of Drama at BBC Television.
29 May Jack Rosenthal[6] 72 playwright


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