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  • 1922-10-18 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1922-11-14 BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1922-12-24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • 1923-12-31 BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID
  • 1924-02-05 The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".
  • 1930-04-18 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead
  • 1930-10-22 1st concert of BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Queen's Hall, under Adrian Boult
  • 1932-08-22 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • 1933-08-23 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV
  • 1936-11-02 At 3pm the BBC begins the world's first regular high-definition TV broadcast service from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace, North London
  • 1936-11-12 1st ever TV Gardening show "In Your Garden" shown on BBC television
  • 1938-08-14 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)

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1940-06-18 General Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy Nazi occupiers

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

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1941-07-19 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th symphony)

  • 1950-08-27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC

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1951-05-28 Radio programme "Crazy People" (later titled The Goon Show) premieres on the BBC, created by Spike Milligan

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • 1954-07-05 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin

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1957-01-13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett

All Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' RollAll Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll

1957-11-16 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the "Six-Five Special", is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

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The 2i's coffee bar became a magnet for pop singers, agents and music entrepreneurs
The 2i's coffee bar became a magnet for pop singers, agents and music entrepreneurs
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  • 1958-02-11 BBC pioneering series "Your Life in Their Hands" first broadcast presented by Dr. Charles Fletcher, 1st major TV series to deal with medicine

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1962-01-15 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] is the subject of the BBC TV programme "This is Your Life"

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1962-03-08 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1963-06-24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London

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1964-05-18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1965-03-04 David Attenbrough became the new controller of BBC2
  • 1965-11-13 Director Kenneth Tynan says the word "F*ck" on BBC
  • 1966-02-05 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • 1967-05-20 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • 1967-07-01 1st British colour TV broadcast, on BBC 2
  • 1967-07-01 BBC starts its World Radio Club
  • 1967-09-30 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)
  • 1967-11-22 BBC unofficially bans "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles
  • 1967-12-26 BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"
  • 1968-03-07 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television
  • 1968-07-09 BBC-TV broadcasts "Farewell", folk-rock band The Seekers final performance, draws 10 million viewers
  • 1969-02-23 Groundbreaking TV documentary series "Civilisation" presented by art historian Kenneth Clark premieres on BBC2 in the UK
  • 1969-03-28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece

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1969-05-23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1969-10-05 Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV
  • 1970-06-03 Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban
  • 1970-11-09 The Goodies make their television debut on the BBC
  • 1971-02-09 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army

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1971-02-19 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson

  • 1971-08-01 CBS presents the first episode of BBC production "The Six Wives of Henry VIII", continuing weekly until September 5th
  • 1972-02-10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
  • 1972-11-30 BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
  • 1973-01-14 Dancer Roy Castle is measured at 1,440 taps/min on BBC TV

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1973-01-18 John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC TV

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • 1974-09-23 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service
  • 1974-12-05 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV
  • 1975-04-04 British sitcom "The Good Life" starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith debuts on BBC One
  • 1975-09-19 "Fawlty Towers" starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs premieres on BBC2 in the UK

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1977-05-27 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1978-01-08 TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy

Veterinarian and Novelist James Herriot
Veterinarian and Novelist
James Herriot
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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1979-01-16 BBC landmark nature series "Life on Earth" presented by David Attenborough first shown on BBC One

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough

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1979-06-30 johnny rotten and Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"

Musician John Lydon
Musician
John Lydon

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1979-10-16 Comedy sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" debuts starring Rowan Atkinson, Chris Langham, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith on BBC 2

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • 1980-02-25 British political comedy "Yes Minister" written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds premieres on BBC Two

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1980-09-02 Australian cricket batsman Kim Hughes becomes 3rd player to bat on all 5 days of a Test match as the rain affected Centenary Test peters out to a draw at Lord's; BBC's John Arlott calls his final match

Cricketer Kim Hughes
Cricketer
Kim Hughes
  • 1981-09-08 British TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses" created by John Sullivan, starring David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce premieres on BBC One
  • 1982-05-23 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
  • 1983-06-15 "Black Adder" TV comedy premieres starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson and written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson on BBC1
  • 1984-10-23 NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
  • 1985-02-19 British soap opera "Eastenders" premieres on the BBC
  • 1985-11-04 "Edge of Darkness" first airs on BBC Two, featuring Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1989-01-13 British comedy sketch show series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie debuts on BBC1

Actor, Comedian and Writer Stephen Fry
Actor, Comedian and Writer
Stephen Fry
Actor Hugh Laurie
Actor
Hugh Laurie
  • 1989-11-08 "Byker Grove" begins broadcasting on the BBC
  • 1990-02-25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • 1992-11-12 British TV comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" written by Jennifer Saunders, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley first appears on the BBC
  • 1994-11-30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain

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1995-09-24 TV adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth debuts on BBC One

Novelist Jane Austen
Novelist
Jane Austen
Actor Colin Firth
Actor
Colin Firth
  • 1997-11-03 British TV comedy "I'm Alan Partridge" starring Steve Coogan premieres on BBC Two
  • 1998-09-14 British TV show "The Royle Family" written and starring Caroline Adherne and Craig Cash, also starring Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston premieres on BBC Two

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2000-04-13 "When Louis Met..." documentary by Louis Theroux premieres on BBC2 in the UK featuring Jimmy Saville

Broadcaster Louis Theroux
Broadcaster
Louis Theroux
  • 2001-03-04 IRA detonates a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people

Film release premierFilm Premier

2001-07-09 "The Office" mockumentary created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, starring Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman premieres on BBC Two in the UK

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2005-02-16 The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar

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2005-03-26 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper
  • 2005-05-19 TV political comedy "The Thick of It" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham premieres on BBC 4

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2005-06-18 David Tennant's first appearance as the Tenth Doctor in BBC "Doctor Who" episode "The Parting of the Ways"

  • 2006-03-05 Nature documentary "Planet Earth" narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC
  • 2006-07-30 World's longest running music show "Top of the Pops" is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.

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2008-03-11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
  • 2010-04-03 Matt Smith's first appearance as the 11th Doctor in BBC program "Doctor Who" during "The Eleventh Hour" episode
  • 2013-11-23 "The Day of the Doctor" 50th anniversary episode of "Doctor Who" screens on BBC One, 1st episode to feature 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi

AustraliaRoger the Ripped Kangaroo

2015-11-18 "Kangaroo Dundee" wildlife TV series premieres featuring Brolga and Roger the ripped Kangaroo on BBC Two

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Roger poses for the camera
Roger poses for the camera
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  • 2017-07-16 BBC announces first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker
  • 2017-07-19 BBC publishes salaries of its top-earning journalists and presenters, two-thirds male, Chris Evans highest at over £2.2 million
  • 2017-11-10 BBC removes drama from Christmas line-up after one of its stars, Ed Westwick, accused of rape by two women

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2018-07-18 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults

  • 2018-10-07 Jodie Whittaker debuts in her first full episode as the 13th and first female Doctor Who on BBC television
  • 2018-11-05 BBC opens its largest news bureau outside the UK in Nairobi, Kenya with 300 journalists
  • 2019-02-18 Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says ""There's no way the US can crush us" in interview with BBC, saying his daughter's arrest politically motivated
  • 2019-11-16 Britain's Prince Andrew refutes claims he had sex with 17 year-old connected to sex offender and friend Jeffery Epstein in BBC interview
  • 2021-05-19 BBC investigation finds their 1995 Princess Dianna interview was secured through 'deceitful behavior' by journalist Martin Bashir [1]

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1870-01-04 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • 1889-04-08 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), born in Chester, England (d. 1983)
  • 1889-07-20 John Charles Reith, 1st Baron Reith, British broadcasting executive and 1st director-general of BBC (1927-38), born in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland (d. 1971)
  • 1898-05-02 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), born in Peckham, South London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1900-11-03 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), born in Durham, England (d. 1966)
  • 1901-05-12 Hyam Greenbaum, British violinist, composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (BBC), born in England (d. 1942)
  • 1904-05-08 John Snagge, British newsreader and commentator for the BBC (Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1906-02-20 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1978)
  • 1907-08-18 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), born in Sheppey, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • 1908-01-18 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • 1908-06-27 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909-05-20 John Arkell, director of administration (BBC)
  • 1910-07-20 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor (BBC Concert Orchestra, 1956-66), opera director and educator (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1966-92), and composer, born in Prerov, Moravia (d. 2004)
  • 1912-01-22 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), born in Bangor, Wales (d. 1956)
  • 1913-04-29 Thomas Chalmers, British broadcaster (BBC), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1995)
  • 1913-09-25 David Hunt, British diplomat winner of the BBC's Mastermind television quiz (1977), born in Durham, England (d. 1998)
  • 1914-02-25 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), born in Basingstoke, England (d.1991)
  • 1915-05-15 Maurice B Latey, commentator (BBC World Service)
  • 1916-05-07 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire (d. 1986)
  • 1917-07-14 Arthur Leavins, English violinist, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra (d. 1995)
  • 1920-11-01 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), born in Lambourn, England (d. 2011)
  • 1921-03-02 Robert Simpson, British classical composer, and broadcaster (BBC), born in Leamington, Warwickshire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1921-04-01 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)
  • 1923-08-29 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley and Chairman of the Board of Governors of BBC (1986-96), born in Surrey (d. 2006)
  • 1923-09-08 Alan Weeks, English sports commentator (BBC), born in Bristol. England (d. 1996)
  • 1923-10-10 Murray Walker OBE, English motorsport commentator and journalist (Formula 1: BBC 1976-96, ITV 1997-2001), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • 1923-11-06 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), born in Cardigan, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1923-12-03 Trevor Bailey, English cricket all-rounder, writer and broadcaster (61 Tests, top score 134, 132 wickets; BBC), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England (d. 2011)
  • 1924-08-07 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), born in British India (d. 2012)
  • 1925-06-15 Richard Baker, English broadcaster (newsreader for BBC News, 1954-1982), born in Willesden, Middlesex, England
  • 1925-11-18 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), born in Fulham, London (d. 1997)
  • 1926-03-12 Gudrun Ure, Scottish actress (Super Gran, Lady MacBeth, BBC Sorcerer), born in Campsie, Stirlingshire, Scotland
  • 1926-04-26 David Coleman, British sports commentator (worked for the BBC for 46 years), born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England (d. 2013)

Person of interestDavid Attenborough

1926-05-08 David Attenborough, English naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" and "Our Planet" series), born in London, England

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • 1927-08-11 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist, conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001; BBC Northern Symphony, 1973-80), and composer (Lord Of The Flies), born in London, England
  • 1928-04-29 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1928-11-12 Robert Holness, Natal, South Africa, English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012)
  • 1929-04-15 Jocelyn Barrow, British race relations campaigner (Card) and 1st black female governor of the BBC, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2020)
  • 1930-05-04 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • 1930-08-23 Jack Bannister, English cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)
  • 1931-02-28 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1931-04-15 Kenneth Bloomfield, BBC governor (Ireland), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1931-05-21 Desmond Wilcox, English broadcaster (BBC, ITV), born in Welwyn Garden City, England (d. 2000)
  • 1931-06-11 Margarita Pracatan [Figueroa], Cuban-American novelty singer (BBC's Saturday Night Clive), born in Santiago, Cuba (d. 2020)
  • 1934-04-07 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2007) [1]
  • 1934-08-22 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1935-01-03 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)
  • 1936-04-09 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • 1938-06-14 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), born in Santa Barbara, California (d. 2020)
  • 1938-07-06 Tony Lewis, Welsh cricket batsman and broadcaster (England 9 Tests, captain 1972-73; president MCC; BBC cricket coverage), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1938-10-08 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service) (d. 1993)
  • 1940-08-10 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Grenarda, BBC, Sky Sports), born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941-08-20 Robin Oakley, British journalist and political editor (BBC 1998-2000, CNN 2000-08)
  • 1941-08-30 Sue MacGregor, BBC 4 radio broadcaster (Woman's Hour), born in Oxford, England
  • 1943-01-29 Tony Blackburn, English radio DJ (Radio Caroline, BBC - 1st to broadcast), born in Guildford, England
  • 1944-02-02 Andrew Davis, British conductor ( Toronto Symphony, 1975-88; BBC Symphony, 1989-2000; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2000-21), born in Ashbridge, England,
  • 1946-01-24 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1994)
  • 1948-01-28 Gareth Roscoe, legal adviser (BBC)
  • 1949-03-22 Brian Hanrahan, British TV newsman (BBC), born in Middlesex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1949-05-03 Ken Hom, Chinese-American chef, author and BBC TV presenter (OBE for "services to culinary arts" 2009), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1950-08-19 Jennie Bond, British journalist (BBC Royal Correspondent), born in Hitchin, England
  • 1954-06-04 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer, ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), born in. Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2008)
  • 1955-06-13 Alan Hansen, Scottish soccer defender (26 caps; Liverpool 434 games) and broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day), born in Sauchie, Scotland
  • 1957-11-17 Debbie Thrower, BBC News Reader
  • 1958-02-11 Michael Jackson, British television producer & executive (BBC2), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1959-06-01 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • 1961-10-19 David Egerton, English rugby union #8 (7 caps; Bath Rugby) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Pinner, England (d. 2021)
  • 1962-03-26 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • 1962-11-01 Sharron Davies, British swimmer and broadcaster (Olympic silver 400m medley 1980; BBC), born in Plymouth, Devon
  • 1963-04-02 Mike Gascoyne, British motor racing engineer, designer, writer (McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Force India) and broadcaster (BBC 5 Live, Sky Sports), born in Norwich, England
  • 1965-09-11 John Schofield, BBC journalist (d. 1995)
  • 1966-05-11 Julian Joseph, British jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, (Dance of the Three Legged Elephants), and broadcaster (BBC), born in London, England
  • 1966-07-12 Annabel Croft, English tennis player, broadcaster (Eurosport, Sky Sport, BBC), born in Farnborough, Kent
  • 1970-10-10 Matthew Pinsent CBE, English rower (Olympic gold coxless pair 1992, 96; four 2000, 04; World C'ship gold x 10) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Holt, England
  • 1972-10-31 Matt Dawson MBE, English rugby union halfback (77 caps England, 7 British & Irish Lions; Northampton, London Wasps) and broadcaster ( A Question of Sport, BBC), born in Birkenhead, England
  • 1973-11-03 Ben Fogle, British broadcaster and author (Channel 5, BBC), born in London, England
  • 1974-04-26 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1976-06-13 Kym Marsh, British pop singer (HearSay), actress (Coronation Street), and BBC TV presenter (Morning Live), born in Whiston, Merseyside, England
  • 1977-10-14 Freddy Kempf, British musician (BBC Young Musician of the Year), born in Croydon, England
  • 1977-11-02 Leon Taylor, English diver and broadcaster (Olympic silver 10m synchro 2004; BBC), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • 1979-02-02 Christine Bleakley, Northern Irish broadcaster and presenter (BBC, ITV, UKTV), born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • 1979-11-07 Barney Harwood, English CBBC presenter, born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2005-12-15 "Eastenders" actress Elaine Lordan (39) weds BBC manager Peter Manuel at Islington Town Hall in London

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1932-11-23 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), dies at 63
  • 1942-05-13 Hyam Greenbaum, British violinist, composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (BBC), dies of alcohol-related problems at 41
  • 1956-10-18 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44
  • 1966-06-22 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), dies at 65
  • 1974-08-22 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1978-01-15 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, dies at 71
  • 1983-02-22 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), dies at 93
  • 1986-03-14 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), dies at 69
  • 1989-10-28 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), dies at 91
  • 1991-02-13 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • 1991-12-14 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1993-02-09 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service), dies at 54
  • 1994-03-09 John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
  • 1995-01-04 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist and conductor (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 1995-08-09 John Schofield, English BBC journalist, shot to death in Croatia at 29
  • 1996-03-25 John Snagge, British newsreader and commentator for the BBC (Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race), dies at 91
  • 1996-04-20 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), dies at 88
  • 1996-04-29 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), dies at 87
  • 1996-07-04 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • 1997-07-15 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70
  • 1997-09-07 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • 1997-11-21 Robert Simpson, British classical composer, and broadcaster (BBC), dies at 76
  • 1998-07-30 David Hunt, British diplomat winner of the BBC's Mastermind television quiz (1977), dies at 84
  • 2000-09-06 Desmond Wilcox, English broadcaster (BBC, ITV), dies at 69
  • 2002-03-25 Kenneth Wolstenholme, British BBC football commentator, dies at 81
  • 2004-03-16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor (BBC Concert Orchestra, 1956-66), opera director and educator (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1966-92), and composer, dies at 93
  • 2006-12-27 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley and Chairman of the Board of Governors of BBC (1986-96), dies at 83
  • 2007-02-09 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards), dies in his sleep of a great attack at 72 [1]
  • 2008-03-15 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer, ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 2008-08-20 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73
  • 2009-01-11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2009-06-22 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), dies at 88
  • 2011-02-10 Trevor Bailey, English cricket all-rounder, writer and broadcaster (61 Tests, top score 134, 132 wickets; BBC), dies in a fire in his retirement flat at 87
  • 2011-05-01 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), dies at 90
  • 2012-08-11 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Granada, BBC, Sky Sports), dies from bowel cancer at 72
  • 2012-12-14 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
  • 2013-12-21 David Coleman, British sports commentator (worked for the BBC for 46 years), dies at 87
  • 2015-06-27 Denis Vigay, British cellist (BBC Symphony; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), dies at 89
  • 2016-01-23 Jack Bannister, English cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), dies at 85
  • 2017-12-15 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and TV/ radio presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), dies from heart failure at 89
  • 2019-10-01 Peter Sissons, British newsreader (BBC, ITV, Question Time), dies at 77
  • 2020-03-22 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), dies at 81
  • 2020-04-09 Jocelyn Barrow, British race relations campaigner (Card) and 1st black female governor of the BBC, dies at 90
  • 2020-06-23 Margarita Pracatan [Figueroa], Cuban-American novelty singer (BBC's Saturday Night Clive), dies at 89
  • 2020-12-05 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89
  • 2021-02-08 David Egerton, English rugby union #8 (7 caps; Bath Rugby) and broadcaster (BBC), dies from COVID-19 at 59
  • 2021-03-13 Murray Walker OBE, English motorsport commentator and journalist (Formula 1: BBC 1976-96, ITV 1997-2001), dies at 97