List of years in British television       (table)
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This is a list of events taking place in 2010 related to British television.


Date Event
1 January David Tennant makes his final appearance as the Tenth Doctor in the second part of the Doctor Who story The End of Time.[1] The episode also sees the debut of the Eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith and was watched by 10.4 million viewers.[2]
3 January Celebrity Big Brother returns to Channel 4 for its final series.[3]
5 January Filming of Coronation Street and Emmerdale are halted because of heavy snowfall.[4]
7 January Jonathan Ross announces he will leave the BBC when his contract expires in July.[5]
20 January ITV broadcasts the postponed 2009 National Television Awards.[6] The venue was also switched from the Royal Albert Hall to The O2 Arena and was watched by 7.4 million viewers - a 30% share of the audience.[7]
28 January Royal Mail boss Adam Crozier is appointed as ITV's new chief executive.[8]
29 January Cage fighter Alex Reid wins the final series of Celebrity Big Brother.[9]
9 February Supernanny on Channel 4 returns as Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance after 2 years of absence.
10 February - 10 March Analogue is switched off in the Blaenplwyf area
10 February Channel 4's deal with Warner Brothers International Television to show episodes of Friends on Channel 4 and E4 will end from Autumn 2011 meaning the series will disappear from the network's schedules.[10]
12 February The events of the 2010 Winter Olympics start broadcasting worldwide.
15 February Fiona Armstrong and Julia Somerville join the BBC News Channel as regular presenters. They will be joined by Zeinab Badawi and Carole Walker as the BBC seeks to fight accusations that it has an ageist policy.[11]
15 February On an edition of the BBC's regional Inside Out programme, broadcaster Ray Gosling confesses to killing a former lover who had AIDS[12] He is arrested on suspicion of murder by Nottinghamshire Police two days later.[13] The confession was later deemed to have been false. Gosling was charged with wasting police time, and given a 90 day suspended sentence at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 14 September.[14]
19 February BBC One soap EastEnders celebrates its 25th anniversary with a live episode. The episode, watched by 16.6 million viewers sees the culmination of the storyline concerning who killed the character Archie Mitchell (played by Larry Lamb), revealing that the deed was done by Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).[15]
28 February The events of the 2010 Winter Olympics end broadcasting worldwide.
3 March ITV announces a pre-tax profit of £25m for 2009, compared with a loss of £2.7bn in 2008.[16]
3 March - 31 March Analogue is switched off in the Wenvoe area.
4 March Penny Smith announces she is to leave GMTV after 17 years to pursue other projects.[17]
13 March ITV announces that This Morning will air seven days a week, with two new one-hour shows being broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 20 March. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will present the extra shows.[18]
18 March A debate on The Alan Titchmarsh Show in which the actress Julie Peasgood emphasises the negative effects of violent video games attracts criticism due to her contribution to the 2000 release Martian Gothic: Unification, and because her arguments were based on a single unfavourable report on the subject.[19][20]
24 March - 7 April Analogue is switched off in the Mendip area.
26 March ITV announced its intention to cancel its long running police drama The Bill from autumn 2010,[21] saying that the decision was made as it reflects the "changing tastes" of viewers.[22]
29 March Claudia Winkleman is confirmed as Jonathan Ross's replacement as host of Film 2010 when Ross leaves the show later in the year.[23]
29 March The financial debate, the first of the 2010 election debates between Chancellor Alistair Darling, shadow Chancellor George Osborne and Lib Dem financial affairs spokesman Vince Cable is held on Channel 4.[24]
31 March The last analogue television services are switched off in Wales, making it the first part of the UK to have a fully digital service.[25]
31 March BSkyB is told by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom that it must cut the price it charges rival cable, terrestrial and internet broadcasters to show its premium sports channels. Sky says that it will appeal against the ruling.[26]
3 April Doctor Who begins a new season (technically its 31st) with new leading actor Matt Smith.[27] The first episode is watched by 8.4 million viewers.[28]
15 April ITV1 airs the first of three election debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg ahead of the 2010 General Election.[29]
19 April Adrian Chiles quit the BBC to join ITV and GMTV in a new four-year deal.[30]
21 April Ben Shephard announces he is to quit GMTV after five years.[31]
21 April ITV newsreader Katie Derham is to join the BBC. She will be given an arts brief, including fronting the coverage of the Proms for BBC Two and BBC Radio 3.[32]
30 April Adrian Chiles & Christine Bleakley both present their final edition of The One Show.
5 May - 19 May Analogue is switched off in the Bressay area.
6 May - 7 May Coverage of the 2010 general election is shown on all major television networks. There is also extensive coverage of the aftermath as the election results in a hung parliament and the Liberal Democrats seek to broker a deal with both the Conservatives and Labour to form a coalition government. David Cameron becomes Prime Minister on 11 May.
12 May - 26 May Analogue is switched off in the Keelylang area.
12 May Steve Rider quits as ITV Sport anchor after five years after his World Cup presenting role is given to Adrian Chiles.[33]
21 May Final ever episode of the BBC Drama Ashes To Ashes.
2 June Television schedules are changed in the wake of the Cumbria shootings. BBC One alters their programming to broadcast two BBC News Specials about the shootings, at 14:15 and 19:30 on the same day.[34] The scheduled 21:00 episode of ITV's Coronation Street is cancelled as it contained a violent storyline featuring a gun siege.[35] Episodes for 3 and 4 June were also cancelled and rescheduled to air the following week.[36] An episode of the Channel 4 panel game You Have Been Watching, which was due to be broadcast on 3 June, was postponed because it is a crime special.[37]
2 June The BBC have announced that long running comedy Last of the Summer Wine is to be axed after 37 years.
2 June ITN has announced that Nina Hossain is to replace Katie Derham as a new co-host on London Tonight.
2 June - 16 June Analogue is switched off in the Rumster forest area.
4 June Penny Smith presents her final programme on GMTV after 17 years.
11 June The events of the 2010 FIFA World Cup start broadcasting worldwide.
11 June GMTV announces plans to rebrand itself in September, dropping the GMTV name after 17 years in a £1.5million overhaul. On the same day presenter Andrew Castle announces his intention to leave the station after 10 years on air.[38]
20 June ITV has announced that Christine Bleakley is to join GMTV to reunite with Adrian Chiles after signing a three year contract with the broadcaster.[39]
23 June Following the previous day's emergency budget statement, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are questioned by a live audience on its potential impact. The programme Britain's Economy: Cameron and Clegg Face the Audience is presented by Nick Robinson and aired on the BBC News Channel and BBC Two.[40]
27 June ITV1 experiences its lowest viewing figures in its history. Less than one in ten people watched the channel and no more than 4 million people watched a single programme. On the day, the BBC broadcast the 2010 FIFA World Cup last-16 match between England and Germany (with 17.8 million viewers). Lack of viewers was also blamed on good summer weather.[41]
1 July It was announced that Emma Crosby is to leave GMTV after only a year.
7 July - 21 July Analogue is switched off in the Eitshal area.
9 July ITV announces the name of its new breakfast television service that will replace GMTV. Daybreak will launch in September.[42]
11 July The events of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finish broadcasting worldwide with the conclusion of the final match from Soccer City in Johannesburg.
14 July - 28 July Analogue is switched off in the Skriaig area.
23 July Media tycoon Richard Desmond buys Five from RTL for £104m.[43]
4 August - 18 August Analogue is switched off in the Angus area.
14 August - 22 August The events of the 2010 IBSA World Blind Football Championship are aired.[44][45]
29 August After 37 years long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine is aired on BBC One for the last time.
31 August After 26 years long-running police drama The Bill is aired on ITV1 for the last time.
1 September - 15 September Analogue is switched off in the Durris area.
3 September GMTV airs its last edition after 17 years on air.[46] Virgin1 is rebranded as Channel One.
6 September New ITV breakfast show Daybreak begins with former The One Show hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.
8 September - 22 September Analogue is switched off in the Knockmore area.
10 September Brian Dowling becomes Big Brother's Ultimate Housemate after winning Ultimate Big Brother which was the last ever series of the reailty television show.
12 September Heartbeat airs its last ever episode after 18 years.
15 September BSkyB announces that it is to close down Bravo (and also Bravo 2) on 1 January 2011 and Channel One (formerly Virgin 1) on 1 February 2011 to focus on the Living brand as well as their own channels such as Sky1, Sky2 and Sky3. The gameshow channel Challenge is to take over Channel One's slot on Freeview, which will boost ratings for Challenge.
1 October The very first 3D channel in the UK, Sky 3D launches.
6 October - 20 October Analogue is switched off in the Rosemarkie area.
13 October - 27 October Analogue is switched off in the Torosay area.
23 October Channel 4 teen soap Hollyoaks celebrates its 15th anniversary.
4 November Business Secretary Vince Cable orders Ofcom to investigate News Corporation's plan to take full control of BSkyB.[47]
5 November Members of the National Union of Journalists at the BBC begin a 48 hour strike in a dispute over proposed changes to the Corporation's pension scheme. BBC News operates a reduced service.[48]
17 November Analogue is switched off in the Channel Islands.
9 December ITV soap Coronation Street celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special live episode.
13 December BBC journalist Ben Brown conducts an interview for the BBC News Cnannel with Jody McIntyre, a political activist with cerebral palsy who had been dragged from his wheelchair by Metropolitan police officers during a recent student protest march through London. Brown is subsequently criticised by viewers for adopting a "highly accusatory" tone during the interview.[49]
21 December The European Commission approves News Corporation's bid to take full control of British satellite broadcaster BSkyB. However, the deal will be reviewed by Ofcom before a final decision is made.[50]
26 December Upstairs, Downstairs returns after 35 years of absence moving from ITV1 to BBC One.



Date Debut
2 January So You Think You Can Dance on BBC One
4 January Great British Railway Journeys on BBC Two
8 January Tracy Beaker Returns on CBBC
8 January EastEnders: E20 on BBC Online
13 January The Persuasionists on BBC Two
14 January Material Girl on BBC One
15 January Empire of the Seas on BBC Two
18 January Late Kick Off on BBC One
21 January Bellamy's People on BBC Two
22 January The Review Show on BBC Two
22 January Spirit Warriors on CBBC
24 January The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart on BBC Two
24 January Rock & Chips on BBC One[51][52]
25 January Mrs Mandela on BBC Four
30 January Virtual Revolution on BBC Two
31 January The Seven Ages of Britain on BBC One
4 February Hotter Than My Daughter on BBC Three
19 February The Bubble[53] on BBC Two
21 February Banded Brothers on BBC Two
22 February Above Their Stations on BBC Three
22 February The Review Show on BBC Two
23 February On Expenses on BBC Four
1 March This is Jinsy on BBC Three
3 March First Time Voters' Question Time on BBC Three
7 March Wonders of the Solar System on BBC Four
9 March Gemma Factor on BBC Three
15 March Big Babies on CBBC
20 March Lizzie And Sarah on BBC Two
26 March Over the Rainbow on BBC One
28 March Paul Merton's Weird And Wonderful World Of Early Cinema on BBC Four
31 March Laughter Shock on BBC Three
31 March Canoe Man
1 April Tropic of Cancer on BBC Two
5 April ZingZillas on CBeebies
6 April Great Ormond Street on BBC Two
18 April America's Medicated Kids on BBC Two
23 April Frank Skinner's Opinionated on BBC Two
25 April Five Daughters on BBC One[54]
1 May I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band! on BBC Two
4 May Boats that Built Britain on BBC Four
4 May Luther on BBC One
10 May High Street Dreams on BBC One
12 May Junior Apprentice on BBC One
17 May Frost on Satire on BBC Four
4 June Hounded on CBBC
10 June Lee Nelson's Well Good Show on BBC Three
10 June Stanley Park on BBC Three
22 June Mongrels on BBC Three
28 June Rev. on BBC Two
30 June Reunited on BBC One
30 June The Bionic Vet on BBC One
10 July 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow on BBC One
11 July Sunday Morning Live on BBC One
15 July Victorian Pharmacy on BBC Two
18 July How to Be a Composer on BBC Four
19 July Young, Dumb and Living Off Mum on BBC Three
24 July John Bishop's Britain on BBC One
25 July Sherlock on BBC One
28 July The Great Outdoors on BBC Four
3 August The Deep on BBC One
6 August Roger & Val Have Just Got In on BBC Two
9 August Inn Mates on BBC Three
9 August Grandma's House on BBC Two
15 August Secret Britain on BBC One
15 August Vexed on BBC Two
16 August The Klang Show on BBC Three
22 August Mountain Gorilla on BBC Two
24 August Dive on BBC Two
2 September The King is Dead on BBC Three
6 September Him & Her on BBC Three
14 September First Light on BBC Two
16 September The Road to Coronation Street on BBC Four
17 September The Rob Brydon Show on BBC Two
18 September The Special Relationship on BBC Two[55]
27 September Ask Rhod Gilbert on BBC One
28 September Whites on BBC Two
10 October Law and Disorder in Lagos
12 October Lip Service on BBC Three
29 October The Stephen K Amos Show on BBC Two
1 November The Trip on BBC Two
3 November Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention[56] on BBC One
15 November Accused (TV series)Accused on BBC One
15 November The Indian Doctor on BBC One
25 December Come Fly with Me on BBC One


Date Debut
2 January Take Me Out on ITV1
15 January Popstar to Operastar on ITV1
1 February FHM's Stand-Up Hero on ITV4
22 February Married Single Other on ITV1
27 February Ant & Dec's Push The Button on ITV1
5 March STV Sports Centre on STV
26 March Comedy Rocks on ITV1
2 April The Door on ITV1
12 April Joanna Lumley's Nile on ITV1
16 April Kitchen Burnout on ITV1
17 April The Prisoner on ITV1[57]
17 April The Whole 19 Yards on ITV1
22 April The Nightshift on STV
12 June James Corden's World Cup Live on ITV1
5 July Identity on ITV1
17 July Magic Numbers on ITV1
17 July Odd One In on ITV1
2 August 3@Three on ITV1
16 August The Michael Ball Show on ITV1
16 August Style Queen on ITV2
24 August Jedward: Let Loose on ITV2
6 September Daybreak on ITV1
6 September Lorraine on ITV1
10 September Paul O'Grady Live on ITV1
12 September Albert's Memorial on ITV1
22 September Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club on ITV4
21 October Mark Watson Kicks Off on ITV4

Channel 4Edit

Date Debut
18 January Gordon's Great Escape on Channel 4
5 April Channel 4's Comedy Gala on Channel 4
7 April A Comedy Roast on Channel 4
10 April 100 Greatest Stand-Ups on Channel 4
16 April Facejacker on Channel 4
19 April Happy Finish on Channel 4
19 April iCandy on Channel 4
21 April Penelope Princess of Pets on Channel 4
22 April Filth on Channel 4
23 April Hung Out on Channel 4
23 April MovieMash on Channel 4
23 April The Ricky Gervais Show on Channel 4
24 May The Million Pound Drop Live on Channel 4
31 May The 5 O'Clock Show on Channel 4
21 June Being... N-Dubz on 4Music
25 June Stand Up for the Week on Channel 4
6 August Pete Versus Life on Channel 4
10 August Help! My House is Falling Down on Channel 4
September Trinny & Susannah: What They Did Next on Channel 4
26 September Miliband of Brothers on More4
7 October PhoneShop on Channel 4
1 October The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret on Channel 4
1 November Coppers on Channel 4
30 November Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights on Channel 4


Date Debut
11 January Paul Merton in Europe
9 February Chinese Food in Minutes
29 March Justin Lee Collins: Good Times
31 March Heads or Tails
18 July Don't Stop Believing

Subscription ChannelsEdit

Date Debut
3 January Got to Dance on Sky1
10 January What Do Kids Know? on Watch
14 February Pineapple Dance Studios on Sky1
11 March A League of Their Own on Sky1
19 March Comedy Exchange on Dave
26 March Liza & Huey's Pet Nation on Sky1 and Sky1 HD
6 April The Bopps on Nick Jr.
2 May Scream if You Know the Answer! on Watch
5 May Strike Back on Sky1
30 May Terry Pratchett's Going Postal on Sky1
10 June Football's Greatest on Sky Sports 1 & 2
23 July Suck My Pop on Viva
15 August Must Be The Music on Sky1
3 September Comedy Central At The Comedy Store on Comedy Central
23 September An Idiot Abroad on Sky1
10 October Dave's One Night Stand on Dave
4 November Carpool on Dave

Channels debuts & Channels endingsEdit

New ChannelsEdit

Date Channel
February Dance Nation TV
1 March MTV Classic
1 March MTV Shows
1 March MTV Rocks
29 March Lava
29 March Imagine TV
2 April ITV1 HD
22 April Sky News HD
1 May Jewellery Maker
1 June STV HD
5 July Living Loves
13 July Five HD
6 August Sky Movies Classics HD
9 August Comedy Central HD
23 August Sky Sports News HD
23 August Sky3 +1
31 August Good Food HD
1 October Sky 3D
4 October Eden HD
5 October Nickelodeon HD
7 October ITV2 HD
15 October Universal Channel
15 October Universal Channel HD
1 November Film GB
3 November BBC One HD
15 November ITV3 HD
15 November ITV4 HD

Defunct ChannelsEdit

Date Channel
February Flaunt
1 March Rockworld TV
VH1 Classic
10 March Virgin Central
29 March Rockworld TV
NDTV Imagine
31 March S4C (analogue service)
1 April Men & Motors
GOD Europe
21 April Unexplained Channel
5 May Thomas Cook TV
2 June Rural TV
24 June Sky Travel
30 June Music Choice Europe
1 July Living +2
6 August Real Madrid TV
19 August Sky Real Lives
Sky Real Lives 2
Sky Real Lives HD
Sky Real Lives +1
31 August Teachers TV
1 September oMusic TV
2 September Original Black Entertainment TV
8 September Edge Media Television
15 October Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel HD
6 December S4C2

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
PhoneShop Channel 4 E4
Robot Wars Bravo Dave
The British Comedy Awards[58] ITV1 Channel 4
Top of the Pops 2 Dave Yesterday
Upstairs, Downstairs ITV1 BBC One

Television showsEdit

Returning this year after a break of one year or longerEdit

Programme Date of original removal Original channel Date of return New channel(s)
Supernanny 8 October 2008 Channel 4 9 February 2010 N/A (Same channel as original)
Upstairs, Downstairs 21 December 1975 ITV1 26 December 2010 BBC One


Programme Date
Panorama (1953–present)
Eurovision Song Contest (1956-present)
The Sky at Night (1957–present)
Blue Peter (1958–present)


Programme Date
Coronation Street (1960–present).
Points of View (1961–present)
Songs of Praise (1961–present)
University Challenge (1962–1987, 1994–present)
Doctor Who (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)
Match of the Day (1964–present)
The Money Programme (1966–present)


Programme Date
A Question of Sport (1970–present)
Emmerdale (1972–present)
Mastermind (1972–present)
Newsround (1972–present)
Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
Wish You Were Here...? (1974–2003, 2008–present)
Arena (1975–present)
The Krypton Factor (1977–1995, 2009–2010)
Top Gear (1977–2001, 2002–present)
Antiques Roadshow (1979–present)
Question Time (1979–present)


Programme Date
Family Fortunes (1980–1985, 1987–2002, 2006–present)
Postman Pat (1981, 1991, 1996, 2004–present)
Timewatch (1982–present)
The Bill (1984–2010)
Thomas & Friends (1984–present)
EastEnders (1985–present)
Comic Relief (1986–present)
Casualty (1986–present)
Fireman Sam (1987–1994, 2005–present)
ChuckleVision (1987–present)
This Morning (1988–present)
Red Dwarf (1988–1999, 2009–Present)


Programme Date
Have I Got News for You (1990–present)
Heartbeat (1992–2010)
Time Team (1994–present)
Hollyoaks (1995–present)
Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996–present)
Silent Witness (1996–present)
Midsomer Murders (1997–present)
Y Clwb Rygbi, Wales (1997–present)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1998–present)
Bob The Builder (1998–present)
Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999–present)
Holby City (1999–present)


Programme Date
The Weakest Link (2000–2012)
Big Brother (2000–2010, 2011–present)
Real Crime (2001–present)
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2002–present)
Harry Hill's TV Burp (2002–2012)
Spooks (2002–present)
Comedy Connections (2003–present)
The Daily Politics (2003–present)
QI (2003–present)
Peep Show (2003–present)
The Politics Show (2003–present)
The Royal (2003–present)
This Week (2003–present)
Doc Martin (2004–present)
Shameless (2004–present)
Strictly Come Dancing (2004–present)
The X Factor (2004–present)
Coach Trip (2005–2006, 2009–present)
8 out of 10 Cats (2005–present)
Deal or No Deal (2005–present)
The Andrew Marr Show (2005–present)
Mock the Week (2005–present)
Dancing on Ice (2006–present)
That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–present)
Torchwood (2006–present)
Waterloo Road (2006–present)
Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)
Gavin & Stacey (2007–2010)
M.I.High (2007–present)
Outnumbered (2007–present)
Trapped (2007–present)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–present)
Skins (2007–present)
The Tudors (2007–2010)
Would I Lie To You? (2007–present)
Argumental (2008–present)
Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010)
The Inbetweeners (2008–present)
Merlin (2008–present)
Survivors (2008–2010)
The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (2009–present)
Miranda (2009–present)
PhoneShop (2009–present)
Pointless (2009–present)
Psychoville (2009–present)
Russell Howard's Good News (2009–present)
Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009–present)

Ending this yearEdit

Date Programme Channel Debut(s)
1 January Gavin & Stacey BBC One 2007
29 January Celebrity Big Brother Channel 4 2001
23 February Survivors[59] BBC One 2008
11 March Bellamy's People[60] BBC Two 2010
29 March Married Single Other ITV1 2010
4 April Mr. and Mrs. ITV 1964 & 2008
5 April A Touch of Frost[61] ITV 1992
7 May Divided ITV1 2009
21 May Ashes to Ashes[62] BBC One 2008
30 May The South Bank Show[63] ITV1 1978
5 June The Whole 19 Yards ITV1 2010
16 July Friday Night with Jonathan Ross[5] BBC One 2001
23 July The 5 O'Clock Show Channel 4 2010
30 July Working Lunch BBC Two 1994
29 August Last of the Summer Wine BBC One 1973
31 August The Bill ITV1 1983
3 September GMTV ITV 1993
7 September Raven CBBC 2002
10 September Big Brother[64] Channel 4 2000 Sky News 2007
12 September Heartbeat ITV1 1992
Autumn To Buy or Not to Buy BBC One 2003
Winter The Restaurant BBC Two 2007


Date Name Age Broadcast credibility
5 February Ian Carmichael[65] 89 Actor
1 March Kristian Digby[66] 32 Television presenter and director
20 March Harry Carpenter[67] 84 Sports commentator
7 April Christopher Cazenove[68] 64 Actor
25 June Alan Plater[69] 75 Television playwright
1 July Geoffrey Hutchings[70] 71 Actor
13 July Gilly Coman[71] 50 Actress
4 October Norman Wisdom[72] 95 Actor and comedian
11 October Claire Rayner[73] 79 Broadcaster and writer
14 October Simon MacCorkindale[74] 58 Actor, director and producer
26 November Gavin Blyth[75] 41 Emmerdale Producer, Coronation Street Story Maker


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