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Events in Film & TV

  • 1955-09-22 On BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denies this was to spoil the launch of rival network ITV

Britain's First-Ever TV AdBritain's First-Ever TV Ad

1955-09-22 Commercial television begins in the UK with the launch of ITV, soon airs the 1st advert on UK TV, for Gibbs SR toothpaste

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An ice-enclosed "tingling fresh" portion of toothpaste is dispensed in the original ad
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  • 1960-12-09 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV
  • 1984-02-28 British satirical puppet show "Spitting Image" premieres on ITV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1993-09-27 British crime series "Cracker" created by Jimmy McGovern starring Robbie Coltrane debuts on ITV in the UK

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane
  • 1998-09-04 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain
  • 2002-10-27 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

2013-03-04 British TV drama "Broadchurch" created by Chris Chibnall, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman premieres on ITV

  • 2019-05-16 UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021-03-09 UK TV host Piers Morgan leaves ITV's "Good Morning" after 41,000 complaints made about him saying he did not believe Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's statement about her mental health

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1918-07-15 Lord Buxton of Alsa, CEO (ITV)
  • 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)
  • 1931-05-21 Desmond Wilcox, English broadcaster (BBC, ITV), born in Welwyn Garden City, England (d. 2000)
  • 1938-06-07 Ian St John, Scottish soccer forward (21 caps; Motherwell; Liverpool 425 games), manager (Motherwell, Portsmouth) and broadcaster (ITV: Saint and Greavsie), born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 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
  • 1967-05-04 Kate Garraway, English TV presenter (ITV Breakfast), born in Abingdon-on-Thames, Berkshire
  • 1979-02-02 Christine Bleakley, Northern Irish broadcaster and presenter (BBC, ITV, UKTV), born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 2000-09-06 Desmond Wilcox, English broadcaster (BBC, ITV), dies at 69
  • 2008-03-08 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • 2019-10-01 Peter Sissons, British newsreader (BBC, ITV, Question Time), dies at 77
  • 2021-03-01 Ian St John, Scottish soccer forward (21 caps; Motherwell; Liverpool 425 games), manager (Motherwell, Portsmouth) and broadcaster (ITV: Saint and Greavsie), dies from cancer at 82
  • 2021-03-13 Murray Walker OBE, English motorsport commentator and journalist (Formula 1: BBC 1976-96, ITV 1997-2001), dies at 97