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1972 in British television

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List of years in British television (table)

This is a list of British television related events from 1972.

Events

January

  • 19 January – The government of Edward Heath announces the lifting of all restrictions on broadcasting hours on television and radio.

February

  • No events.

March

April

May

  • No events.

June

July

August

  • 26 August-11 September – The BBC and ITV broadcast full coverage of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games with the BBC providing approximately eight hours a day of live coverage each day.

September

  • 11 September – Nationwide starts broadcasting five days a week. Previously, it had been broadcast only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

October

  • 1 October – London Weekend Television launches the UK's first Sunday politics programme – Weekend World. It continues until 1988.
  • 2 October – Following the lifting of restrictions on broadcasting hours, BBC1 and ITV are allowed to begin broadcasting during the day. BBC1's afternoon schedule launches with the first edition of a new lunchtime magazine programme Pebble Mill at One.
  • 16 October – ITV launches its afternoon service. As part of the new service the first edition of Emmerdale Farm is broadcast and ITV's first lunchtime news programme, First Report, is shown. ITV Schools is now shown in a single morning block, between the hours of 0930 and 1200.
  • 23 October – The BBC announces that development work has begun on the Ceefax teletext service.

November

  • No events.

December

  • 30 December – The BBC airs part one of "The Three Doctors", a four-part serial of the science-fiction programme Doctor Who created to celebrate its tenth series (the tenth anniversary will not be until 23 November of the following year).

Unknown

  • The BBC Schools and Colleges service is converted to colour and started using the Diamond ident, which stays until 1977.
  • The UK's Minister for Posts and Telecommunications authorises five experimental community cable television channels.[1]
  • London Weekend Television opens its purpose-built studios called The London Studios although they are not fully operational until 1974.

Debuts

BBC1

BBC2

  • 6 January – The Shadow of the Tower (1972)
  • 8 January – Ways of Seeing (1972)
  • 16 January – Up Sunday (1972–1973)
  • 30 January – Man of Straw (1972)
  • 18 February – Clochemerle (1972)
  • 9 April – Mistress of Hardwick (1972)
  • 21 April – Beyond a Joke (1972)
  • 23 April – The Lotus Eaters (1972–1973)
  • 4 May – The Golden Bowl (1972)
  • 5 June – His Lordship Entertains (1972)
  • 13 June – The Sextet (1972)
  • 15 June – The Visitors (1972)
  • 20 July – Emma (1972)
  • 31 August – Love and Mr Lewisham (1972)
  • 15 September – Michael Bentine Time (1972)
  • 24 September – Six Faces (1972)
  • 28 September – War and Peace (1972–1973)
  • 1 October – Milligan in... (1972–1973)
  • 8 October – Scoop (1972)
  • 5 November – Dead of Night (1972)
  • 21 November – The Edwardians (1972–1973)
  • 26 November – Grubstreet (1972–1973)
  • 3 December – But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock (1972)

ITV

Continuing television shows

1920s

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

1930s

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

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

Ending this year

Births

Deaths

See also

References

  1. ^ Henwood, Flis; Miller, Nod; Senker, Peter; Wyatt, Sally (2002). Technology and In/equality: Questioning the Information Society. Routledge. pp. 52–53. ISBN 9780203134504.
  2. ^ Mark Duguid "Armchair Theatre (1956–74)", BFI screenonline
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