ITV in History

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Events in Film & TV

  • 1955-09-22 Commercial television begins in UK with ITV; meanwhile on BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denies this was to spoil the launch of the rival network
  • 1955-09-22 With the launch of ITV, the UK's 1st commercial television station, the 1st advert on UK TV airs for Gibbs SR toothpaste
  • 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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1918-07-15 Lord Buxton of Alsa, CEO (ITV)
  • 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

  • 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