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The following is a list of British television related events from the year 2006.


Date Event
28 February L!VE TV is moved to the adult section of Sky's EPG, and is rebranded as "Babeworld" two days later. This is because the channel has moved to broadcasting an increasingly adult themed content.
11 March ITV launch a CITV channel, which broadcasts during the downtime hours of ITV4, replacing the ITV News Channel. [1]
7 April 12.34 million viewers watch long-running Coronation Street character Mike Baldwin die in the arms of his long-time rival, Ken Barlow.
19 April ITV launch ITV Play, a new 24/7 participation TV channel, on Freeview in the United Kingdom. It will launch on other platforms later in the year.
21 April Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 80th birthday at Windsor. The Prince of Wales makes a televised address in tribute.
21 April Denis Norden announces his retirement from his two ongoing ITV shows It'll Be Alright on the Night and spin-off show Denis Norden's Laughter File, after 30 years with ITV.
24 April Cartoon Network Too and Nick Jr. 2 launched in the UK (2006–present)
25 April The BBC announces that Grandstand, its flagship sports TV programme, will be phased out within the next year after nearly 50 years on air.
5 May The BBC's local election coverage goes off air shortly before 3:00am, due to a power failure at their Millbank studios. For the next hour coverage relocates to The Counting House pub, with results being read out using handwritten pieces of paper.
6 May The Place To Be Premiered.
8 May Guy Goma, a graduate from the Congo who went to the BBC to attend a job interview, appears on BBC News 24 in place of an IT expert after a mix-up. Guy Kewney had been scheduled to comment on the subject of Apple Computer's court case with The Beatles' record label, Apple Corps, but a producer collected the wrong man from the wrong reception at BBC Television Centre.[1]
15 May BBC High Definition Television Trial commences.
20 May Just minutes before the live Eurovision Song Contest final begins, BBC One's live National Lottery draw is invaded by Fathers 4 Justice protestors. The show is temporarily taken off air, leaving just a programme logo and announcer Alan Dedicoat's voice until the problems are resolved.[2]
22 May BSkyB launch High-definition television in the UK under the brand Sky HD.
27 May The BBC's first scheduled HDTV broadcast on BBC HD.
30 May Scottish and Grampian are rebranded as STV Central and STV North respectively.
6 June ITV announces that Central News South's existence as a news region will end after 17 years when the eastern half of the region (the area served by the Oxford transmitter) merges its operations with Meridian West's output, forming a new news region named ITV Thames Valley.
9 June They Think It's All Over comes to defunction after 11 years on air.
20 June 18.46 million watch England vs Sweden in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the highest rated programme of the year.
11 July It is announced that actress Wendy Richard will leave EastEnders at Christmas. She is one of the only remaining cast members from the show's 1985 launch.[3]
16 July Sarah Lang wins one million pounds in the final of the ITV1 gameshow PokerFace.[4] As she had also won £32,500 on the BBC One gameshow In It to Win It the previous year, this makes her the biggest known female gameshow winner in UK television history, and second overall behind Ian Woodley.
21 July James Dreyfus takes over from Ardal O'Hanlon as George Sunday AKA Thermoman in the sixth and final series of My Hero the series ended in September due to low viewing figures.
23 July FilmFour is relaunched as a free-to-air channel. It had originally been a subscription service, but this had ended four days previously.
30 July Top of the Pops axe weekly episodes before revival by Christmas.
6 August While anchoring from Israel during the Israel-Lebanon war, Sky News presenter Anna Botting famously interviews the British MP, George Galloway about the conflict.[5] During the nine minute heated discussion Galloway criticises Sky News, News Corporation, and even Botting herself for being biased towards Israel.[6]
20 September Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is seriously injured after crashing a jet-powered car at 280 mph.
30 September It is announced that Des Lynam will leave Countdown at the end of 2006.[7]
5 October QI publishes its first book: The Book of General Ignorance. The book becomes a No. 1 bestseller for
7 October After four and a half years, the BBC 'Rhythm & Movement' idents are shown for the final time on BBC One at 1:10am, as part of a special montage (2:55am on BBC One Northern Ireland). Their replacements, the 'Circle' idents, debut at 10am.
15 October Five Life is launched.[8]
16 October Five US is launched.[8]
13 November BBC Parliament broadcasts in full screen format for the first time on the Freeview service, having previously only been available in quarter screen format.[9] The BBC eventually found the bandwidth to make the channel full-screen after receiving "thousands of angry and perplexed e-mails and letters",[10] not to mention questions asked by MPs in the Houses of Parliament itself.
28 November ITV confirms that BBC chairman Michael Grade is to become its chief executive in early 2007.[11]
November Launch of 4 on demand, a service which allows some internet, Virgin Media Television, Tiscali TV and BT Vision users to view programming recently shown on Channel 4, E4 or More4, or from their archives.
3 December The last edition of Central News South is aired. From tomorrow the Central South region will cease to exist. The east of the region including Oxford becomes part of ITV Thames Valley, the west half of the region, covering Cheltenham and Gloucester is absorbed into the ITV West region, while Herefordshire rejoins the Central West region.
4 December The ITV Thames Valley region, a composite of the old Meridian West and eastern part of the Central South regions, goes on air with a new regional news programme Thames Valley Tonight.
23 December Stars in Their Eyes is also axed.
25 December The Godfather of soul James Brown dies at the age of 73 and Actress Wendy Richard makes her final appearance in EastEnders after her character, Pauline Fowler, is killed off in a dramatic storyline.[12]

Debuts (including scheduled)Edit

BBC OneEdit

Date Debut
9 January Life on Mars
19 January Hotel Babylon
9 March Waterloo Road
5 May Home Again
16 September TMi
7 October Robin Hood, a new family drama series made by Tiger Aspect Productions.

BBC TwoEdit

Date Debut
11 January Hyperdrive
12 February Petrolheads
8 October Something for the Weekend


Date Debut
14 January Dancing on Ice
23 January Northern Lights
29 January Lewis, a spin-off from Inspector Morse.

Channel 4Edit

Date Debut
3 February The IT Crowd


Date Debut
27 April Suburban Shootout

BBC ThreeEdit

Date Debut
22 October Torchwood, the first full series spin-off from Doctor Who

Channels debutsEdit

New channelsEdit

Date Channel
11 March CITV
19 April ITV Play
15 May BBC HD
22 May Sky HD
15 October Five Life
16 October Five US
November Channel 4 on Demand (Internet Only)

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
The Paul O'Grady Show ITV Channel 4
Thomas & Friends ITV Five
Lost Channel 4 Sky One
Family Guy BBC2 (first run rights) BBC Three

Television showsEdit

Returning this year after a break of one year or longerEdit

Programme Date(s) of original removal Original channel Date(s) of return New channel(s)
Family Fortunes 7 June 1985
6 December 2002
ITV1 27 June 1987
28 October 2006
N/A (Same channel as original)
Bullseye 1995 ITV1 2006 Challenge
Jackanory 1996 CBBC 2006 N/A (Same channel as original)
Finders Keepers 1 March 1985
6 August 1996
CITV 12 April 1991
6 January 2006
N/A (Same channel as original)
Born to Be Different 2004 Channel 4 2006 N/A (Same channel as original)







Ending this yearEdit

Date(s) Show Channel(s) Debut(s)
Unknown Muffin the Mule CBeebies 1946 & 2005
11 March Dick and Dom in da Bungalow CBBC 2002
14 April Finders Keepers CBBC & CITV 1981, 1991 & 2006
Footballers' Wives ITV 2002
9 June They Think It's All Over BBC 1995
30 June Coach Trip Channel 4 2005
30 July & 25 December Top of the Pops BBC 1964
10 September My Hero BBC 2000
22 November Afterlife ITV 2005
23 December Stars in Their Eyes ITV 1990
27 December The Biggest Loser Sky 2005



  1. "BBC News 'wrong Guy' is revealed". BBC News. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  2. "Lottery show delayed by protest". BBC News (London). 20 May 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. Stuart, Michael (11 July 2006). "Pauline to leave EastEnders". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  4. "£1m winner has stars in her eyes". BBC News. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  5. Lea, Michael (7 August 2006). "MP George in sick rap". London: Sun Online. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  6. "Sky's Anna Botting Takes On Galloway". Sky News Video. Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  7. "Countdown's Des quits show". Countdown (London: The Sun). 30 September 2006.,,2-2006450519,,00.html. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Young, Kevin (13 October 2006). "Five TV spin-offs bring escapism". BBC News. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  9. "BBC Parliament goes full screen". BBC News. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  10. "BBC NEWS - The Editors". Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  11. Allen, Katie (28 November 2006). "Grade confirmed as ITV boss". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  12. Green, Kris. "Pauline dies alone in the Square". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  13. "Anne Gregg: Multitalented TV presenter whose work on magazines and TV continued long after her controversial exit from Holiday". The Times (London: News International). 9 September 2006. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011.,,60-2349094,00.html. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

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