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1967 in British television

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This is a list of British television related events from 1967.



  • 3 January – Children's stop-motion animation series Trumpton is the second programme on BBC1 to be shot in colour.
  • 7 January – Debut of The Forsyte Saga, a blockbuster BBC dramatisation in 26 50-minutes episodes originally shown on BBC2, and the first British television program ever to be sold to the Soviet Union.


  • 3 February – David Frost confronts fraudster Emil Savundra about his conduct on Rediffusion London's The Frost Programme.[1]
  • 28 February – National and regional newspapers carry advertisements from the Independent Television Authority requesting applicants for various new ITV contracts, one of which is Programme Contractor for Yorkshire Area (Contract D) – All Week. Ten formal bids are received by the closing date.[2][3]


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  • 12 June – The 1967 franchise round sees a number of changes being made to the ITV regional map, which will take effect from May to August 1968:
    • Any split weekday/weekend licences are removed in all regions, except London.
    • The London split is moved from Friday/Saturday to Friday at 7 pm.
    • The North of England region is split into the North West and Yorkshire.
    • Granada, the existing weekday contractor for the North of England region, is given a seven-day licence for the new North West of England region.
    • Lord Thomson of Fleet is required to divest himself of most of his holding in Scottish Television.
    • A new company, Telefusion Yorkshire, later renamed Yorkshire Television, is given the licence to broadcast in the newly created Yorkshire region.
    • ATV wins the new seven-day Midlands licence, replacing ABC at the weekend.
    • ABC and Rediffusion, London are asked to form a joint company to take the London weekday franchise previously held by Rediffusion alone; the result, Thames Television, is 51% controlled by ABC.
    • The London Television Consortium, put together by David Frost wins the London weekend contract, which now includes Friday evenings from 7 pm. They go on air as London Weekend Television.
    • Most controversially, TWW loses its franchise for Wales and the West of England to Harlech Television, which later becomes known as HTV on the arrival of UHF.
  • 25 June – The Our World program airs to over 30 countries featuring performers from the represented countries; the segment for the United Kingdom features The Beatles performing "All You Need Is Love", with guests Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Graham Nash, Hunter Davies and others.


  • 1 July – BBC2 becomes Europe's first colour TV broadcaster. The colour service is launched with live coverage from the Wimbledon Championships.
  • 2 July – The BBC's colour Test Card F, featuring Carole Hersee, is broadcast for the first time.
  • 3 July – News at Ten premieres on ITV. It airs nightly on weeknights until 1999 before being axed. It is then reintroduced in 2001, axed again in 2004 and brought back for a second time in 2008.


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  • 13 October – Omnibus, an arts documentary series, begins.
  • 23 October – Service Information is broadcast by the BBC for the first time. The bulletins are broadcast three times each weekday on BBC2.


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Television shows

Changes of network affiliation

Shows Moved from Moved to
BBC Wimbledon BBC1 BBC2

Continuing television shows


  • BBC Wimbledon (1927–1939, 1946–2019, 2021–2024)


  • The Boat Race (1938–1939, 1946–2019)
  • BBC Cricket (1939, 1946–1999, 2020–2024)




Ending this year



See also


  1. ^ Frischauer, Willi (1971). David Frost. London: Joseph. pp. 136–8. ISBN 0718110056.
  2. ^ Baren, Maurice (2000). How It All Began in Yorkshire. 2. Clapham, Yorkshire: Dalesman Publishing. ISBN 1-85568-183-8.[page needed]
  3. ^ ITV: who wants what. The Times (London). 30 May 1967.
  4. ^ Mark Duguid "Armchair Theatre (1956–74)", BFI screenonline
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