2021 in British television
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This is a list of events taking place in 2021 relating to Television in the United Kingdom.
Events[edit source | edit]
January[edit source | edit]
|1||BBC One airs Alicia Keys Rocks New Year's Eve to see in 2021, as well as the fireworks display from London. This year's display includes a light show created by 300 drones that pays tribute to NHS staff and notable figures of 2020. Overnight figures indicate the display is watched by 10.75 million viewers.|
|BBC One airs "Revolution of the Daleks", the New Year's Day special of Doctor Who. The episode sees John Barrowman return as Captain Jack Harkness, as well as the departure of Graham and Ryan, played by Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole. Following its broadcast, comedian John Bishop is revealed as the character Dan, who will be The Doctor's companion in the next series.|
|3||The Mirror reports that Jodie Whittaker will leave her role as the Thirteenth Doctor at the end of the next series of Doctor Who. In response the BBC says it will not comment on the matter.|
|4||In a televised address, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces a third lockdown for England, with rules similar to those in March 2020.|
|5||The BBC announces that programming for schools will air on BBC Two and CBBC, as well as online, during the latest lockdown, starting from Monday 11 January.|
|6||Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, announces that Richard Sharp, former chair of the Royal Academy of Arts, is the government's preferred choice for the next Chairman of the BBC.|
|Sky Cinema Disney ceases broadcasting making it the last Disney related channel to close and now all of Disney’s content are available exclusively on Disney+.|
|7||ITV announces that filming for Series 15 of Britain's Got Talent has been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.|
|Visitors to Gwrych Castle, near Abergele, used for filming I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2020, will be able to see some of the sets used for the series when the castle reopens, it has been confirmed.|
|8||Graham Norton, who presents the Eurovision Song Contest, has said the 2021 contest, scheduled for May, will definitely go ahead as planned.|
|11||The BBC announces that from the end of January, anyone using BT Mobile, EE, and Plusnet Mobile can access BBC Bitesize content without it counting towards their monthly data allowance.|
|14||Richard Sharp, the BBC's incoming chairman, says that the licence fee is the "least worst" way of funding the BBC.|
|Maya Jama is announced as the new presenter of Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star, replacing Stacey Dooley.|
|18||Steven Knight, creator of the BBC television series Peaky Blinders, confirms the upcoming sixth series will be the last. The following day he announces that a film will follow the final series.|
|20||A National Audit Office report concludes the BBC faces "significant" uncertainty over its financial future due to changes in viewing habits.|
February[edit source | edit]
|23||Disney+ UK adds their new hub, Star, and will feature more adult-aimed content from 20th Century Studios and ABC Signature including Lost, 24, Family Guy, Prison Break, The X Files, Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother. Big Sky and Love, Victor will also feature as examples of Star's original programming.|
March[edit source | edit]
April[edit source | edit]
May[edit source | edit]
June[edit source | edit]
July[edit source | edit]
August[edit source | edit]
September[edit source | edit]
October[edit source | edit]
November[edit source | edit]
December[edit source | edit]
Debuts[edit source | edit]
BBC[edit source | edit]
|1 January||The Serpent||BBC One|
|3 January||A Perfect Planet|
|A Teacher||BBC Two|
|4 January||Rick Stein's Cornwall|
|7 January||Pooch Perfect||BBC One|
|12 January||Bamous||BBC Three|
|25 January||Lightning||BBC Two|
|Unknown||I Can See Your Voice||BBC One|
ITV[edit source | edit]
|3 January||And Finally… with Trevor McDonald|
|4 January||The Cabins||ITV2|
|6 January||Cornwall and Devon Walks with Julia Bradbury||ITV|
|9 January||Paul Sinha's TV Showdown|
|11 January||The Pembrokeshire Murders|
|17 January||Finding Alice|
|Unknown||Because the Night|
|How to Spend It Well on Holiday|
Channel 4[edit source | edit]
|22 January||It's a Sin||Channel 4|
Channel 5[edit source | edit]
|2 January||Secrets of the Royal Palaces||Channel 5|
|7 January||Natural History Museum: World of Wonder|
|8 January||Susan Calman's Grand Day Out|
|14 January||Hadrian's Wall with Robson Green|
Other channels[edit source | edit]
|Unknown||Elliott from Earth||Cartoon Network|
Channels[edit source | edit]
New channels/streaming services[edit source | edit]
|6 January||Sky Cinema Premiere +1 (relaunch)|
Defunct channels/streaming services[edit source | edit]
|6 January||Sky Cinema Disney/Five Star Movies|
Rebranding channels[edit source | edit]
|Date||Old Name||New Name|
Television programmes[edit source | edit]
Changes of network affiliation[edit source | edit]
|Programme||Moved from||Moved to|
Returning this year after a break of one year or longer[edit source | edit]
|Programme||Date(s) of original removal||Original channel(s)||Date of return||New channel(s)|
|RuPaul's Drag Race UK||21 November 2019||BBC One
|14 January 2021||(same as original)|
|Back||11 October 2017||Channel 4||21 January 2021|
|Dead Pixels||2 May 2019||E4||26 January 2021|
|The Boat Race||7 April 2019||BBC One
BBC World News
|BBC Wimbledon||14 July 2019||BBC One
|Ackley Bridge||6 August 2019||Channel 4||Unknown|
|Stars in Their Eyes||23 December 2006
14 February 2015
Continuing television programmes[edit source | edit]
1930s[edit source | edit]
|BBC Cricket||(1939, 1946–1999, 2020–present)|
1950s[edit source | edit]
|The Sky at Night||(1957–present)|
(part of Grandstand 1958–2001)
1960s[edit source | edit]
|Points of View||(1961–present)|
|Songs of Praise|
|University Challenge||(1962–1987, 1994–present)|
|Doctor Who||(1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)|
|Match of the Day|
|Top of the Pops||(1964–present)|
(only at Christmas 2006–present)
|A Question of Sport||(1968, 1970–present)|
1970s[edit source | edit]
|Mastermind (including Celebrity Mastermind)||(1972–1997, 2003–present)|
|One Man and His Dog||(1976–present)|
|Top Gear||(1977–2001, 2002–present)|
1980s[edit source | edit]
|Children in Need||(1980–present)|
|Thomas & Friends||(1984–present)|
|Red Dwarf||(1988–1999, 2009, 2012–present)|
1990s[edit source | edit]
|The Crystal Maze||(1990–1995, 2016–present)|
|Have I Got News for You||(1990–present)|
|ITV News Meridian||(1993–present)|
|Top of the Pops 2||(1994–present)|
|Teletubbies||(1997–2001, 2007–2009, 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)|
2000s[edit source | edit]
2010s[edit source | edit]
2020s[edit source | edit]
|The Masked Singer|
Ending this year[edit source | edit]
|7 January||A Teacher||BBC Two||2021|
|10 January||Last Woman on Earth with Sara Pascoe||2020|
|13 January||The Pembrokeshire Murders||ITV||2021|
|Unknown||Feel Good||Channel 4/Netflix||2020|
Deaths[edit source | edit]
|1 January||Mark Eden||92||Actor (Coronation Street)|
|Barry Austin||52||Reported to be Britain's fattest man (The Fattest Man in Britain)|
|4 January||Barbara Shelley||88||Actress (Doctor Who, EastEnders)|
|7 January||Michael Apted||79||Director, producer, writer and actor (Up, Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist, The World Is Not Enough, Enigma)|
|18 January||Andy Gray||61||Actor and comedy writer (River City)|
References[edit source | edit]
- "Stuck at home on New Year's Eve? Here's what to watch on TV". the Guardian. 31 December 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- "New Year fireworks watched by 10 million viewers on BBC One". 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Doctor Who confirms return of bronze Daleks in new special". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
- "Comedian John Bishop joins Doctor Who cast". 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Jodie Whittaker: speculation rife after reports she is to quit Doctor Who". the Guardian. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
- "Covid: New lockdowns for England and Scotland ahead of 'hardest weeks'". 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "BBC to put lessons on TV during lockdown". 5 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Richard Sharp set to become the next BBC Chair". 6 January 2021. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
- "Britain's Got Talent: Filming postponed due to coronavirus concerns". 7 January 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "I'm a Celebrity: Gwrych Castle visitors will get film set tour". 7 January 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Eurovision Song Contest 2021 to 'definitely' go ahead, Graham Norton says". 8 January 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "BBC Bitesize to be free for BT and EE customers". 11 January 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "BBC licence fee is 'least worst' option, says new chairman Richard Sharp". 14 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Maya Jama To Host BBC's Glow Up: Britain's Next Make Up Star As Stacey Dooley Steps Down". Tyla. 14 January 2021.
- "Peaky Blinders film confirmed following final TV outing". 19 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "What is Star on Disney+ and how do I get it?". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
- McLennon, Patrick (17 December 2020). "See first look trailer for BBC One serial killer drama The Serpent starring Jenna Coleman". Radio Times. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- "When is A Teacher on BBC Two? Cast, trailer, plot and more". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
- "Finding Alice: How Keeley Hawes drama offers 'authentic' image of grief". 15 January 2021. Retrieved 17 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Mature content coming to Disney+ with Star includes 'Die Hard', 'Lost', '24', 'The X-Files' and more". uk.movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
- "Andrew Neil's right-leaning GB News channel is set to launch next year - everything you should know". www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
- "Filming for Ackley Bridge series four postponed amid coronavirus". Halifax Courier. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- Darvill, Josh (25 November 2020). "Stars In Their Eyes is set to return (again) with a new name". TellyMix.
- Petski, Denise (7 December 2020). "'Feel Good' Renewed For Second & Final Season By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
- "Coronation Street actor Mark Eden dies aged 92". 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Preece, Ashley (2 January 2021). "Tributes paid to Birmingham City fan Barry Austin known as 'Britain's fattest man' after tragic death". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
- Wheeler, Sophie; Bazaraa, Danya (2 January 2021). "Britain's ex-fattest man who once weighed 65-stone dies aged 52 as family pay tribute". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
- "Horror film icon Barbara Shelley dies aged 88". 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
- Lee, Benjamin (8 January 2021). "Michael Apted, director and Seven Up documentarian, dies at 79". Retrieved 10 January 2021 – via www.theguardian.com.
- "Tributes to Andy Gray after legendary Scottish actor and comedy star passes away". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
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