2007 in British television
This is a summary of the year 2007 in British television.
||This Life returns for a ten-year reunion special.|
|Des O'Connor takes over from Des Lynam as co-presenter (with Carol Vorderman) of Channel 4's long-running quiz show Countdown.|
||Celebrity Big Brother 5 launched on Channel 4, with celebrities such as Jermaine Jackson, Dirk Benedict and Leo Sayer.|
||Leslie Ash officially opens the Centre for Healthcare Associated Infections (CHIA), a national facility at the University of Nottingham dedicated to conducting research into superbug infections. Ash is also the Centre's patron.|
|Former Big Brother contestant Jade Goody returns to the Big Brother House to take part in the fifth series of Celebrity Big Brother. On the same evening musician Donny Tourette walks off the show after just 48 hours.|
||Laura Pearce, a 24-year-old civilian employee of Gloucestershire Constabulary, becomes the first contestant to win the £250,000 on the British version of Deal or No Deal.|
|Hannah Waterman and Marti Pellow win the second series of BBC One's Just the Two of Us.|
|Film director Ken Russell becomes the second contestant to leave Celebrity Big Brother in two days, following a row with Jade Goody.|
||Michael Grade takes over as chief executive of ITV plc.|
||Singer Leo Sayer becomes the third person to leave Celebrity Big Brother 5 after walking out of the show.|
||Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton wins the second series of ITV's Soapstar Superstar.|
||Protests are held in India and the UK against Celebrity Big Brother after Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara are alleged to be racially abusive to Bollywood star, Shilpa Shetty. The programme has also attracted several thousand complaints from viewers to Ofcom, Channel 4 and the police, and is criticised by senior politicians both in the UK and India.|
||Jade Goody is evicted from Celebrity Big Brother following the racism row. Goody and Shilpa Shetty had both faced eviction, with Goody receiving 82% of the public vote. During a post-eviction interview, from which the wider public is banned, Goody says that she is "embarrassed and disgusted" by her behaviour. She had also apologised to Shetty before leaving the Big Brother house. |
||BBC News 24 re-branded with new titles and on-screen graphics.|
||Jo O'Meara is evicted from Celebrity Big Brother. Viewing clips of her behaviour in the Big Brother house during a post-eviction interview, she says that it looks "very bad", but says she is not a racist.|
||The final edition of Grandstand, the flagship BBC sports programme, is aired after nearly 50 years on television screens.|
|Shilpa Shetty wins the fifth series of Celebrity Big Brother. During the live final, Danielle Lloyd apologises for her behaviour toward the actress during the series.|
||A channel agreement between Virgin Media and BSkyB for Virgin to broadcast non-premium Sky channels ends at midnight. Virgin Media and Sky had failed to reach agreement on the issue and subsequently Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Travel, Sky Travel Extra, Sky Sports News and Sky News were removed from the Virgin line-up.|
||The Attorney General for England and Wales, Lord Goldsmith, obtains an injunction from the High Court preventing the BBC from broadcasting an item about investigations into the alleged cash for honours political scandal.|
||ITV's quiz channel ITV Play comes under attack from the scandal. As a result, ITV allow independent auditor Deloitte to review programmes with phone-ins that generate revenue such as Dancing on Ice and The X Factor.|
||The BBC's correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Alan Johnston, who is the only foreign reporter from a major media organisation based in Gaza, is kidnapped, All the main Palestinian militant groups called for his release.|
|Louise Redknapp presents the controversial ITV documentary The Truth About Size Zero in which she attempts to drop to a size zero in 30 days by following a strict weight loss regime in order to highlight eating disorder issues.|
|Five's game show BrainTeaser is axed after only 5 years.|
||The BBC's Castaway returns for a second, but shorter series.|
||ITV Play is shut down permanently to be rebranded as ITV Bingo due to the phone-in scandal.|
||BBC children's programme Blue Peter is now involved with the phone-in scandal, after it is discovered they used a girl who was visiting the studio to pose as a caller live on the show.|
||Steven Wallis wins the 2007 series of MasterChef Goes Large.|
||During Comic Relief night, the last ever episode of The Vicar of Dibley is broadcast. BBC One's Red Nose Day 2007 also includes a special episode of Mr. Bean, a celebrity edition of The Apprentice, and a Catherine Tate sketch in which Lauren Cooper meets Tony Blair while on work experience at 10 Downing Street.|
||Rugby player Kyran Bracken and skating partner Melanie Lambert win the second series of Dancing on Ice.|
||In the Night Garden appears to the BBC on the same month as the Teletubbies 10th anniversary.|
||Dancing on Ice reveals they lost 11,500 phone calls, as they were not delivered to Vodafone until next Monday morning (26 March)|
||Four years after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a special edition of BBC One's Question Time debates the war's legacy.|
||Singer Katherine Jenkins will make a cameo appearance in Emmerdale, the soap's producers confirm. Her appearance will be in may, and coincide with the resolution of the Tom King murder storyline.|
||Moira Stuart is replaced as presenter of the news bulletin during Sunday AM, leaving her without a regular news slot. The decision to remove her from the programme prompts media allegations of ageism at the BBC, something which is rejected by Director-General Mark Thompson, who in April tells the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee that Stuart was replaced because of the changing role of television news presenting, which is moving towards television journalism rather than traditional news presenting. Stuart continues to present for the broadcaster, but on 3 October, it is confirmed that she will leave BBC News.|
|The teleshopping channel iBuy closes after just under two years on air.|
||ITV announces that Dermot O'Leary will replace Kate Thornton as host of The X Factor after Thornton was sacked from the programme after presenting three series.|
|Five celebrates ten years of its launch.|
||Freema Agyeman makes her debut as Doctor Who assistant Martha Jones as the science fiction drama returns for a third series. Any Dream Will Do, a search for someone to play Joseph in the Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat also debuts on BBC One.|
|The Teletubbies celebrate their 10th anniversary for a TV comeback after 5 or 6 years of absence.|
||BBC One broadcasts "Scientology and Me" a Panorama investigation into Scientology by journalist John Sweeney. A clip from the programme of Sweeney losing his temper and shouting at a disruptive scientologist representative is widely released on the internet and by DVD by scientologists prior to airing.|
||Launch of Freesat, a free-to-air digital satellite television joint venture between the BBC and ITV plc.|
||In Emmerdale the Tom King whodunit storyline reaches its conclusion as the identity of the killer is revealed. The killer is Tom's son, Carl King (Tom Lister).|
||Ofcom rules that Celebrity Big Brother breached its code of conduct during the last series, and that Channel 4 made "serious editorial misjudgements" in the way it dealt with some of the incidents that sparked the racism row.|
||ITV has axed its celebrity singing contest, Soapstar Superstar after two series, believing it to be too similar in format to The X Factor.|
||The BBC Trust approves plans for several BBC departments, including BBC Sport, to be moved to a new development in Salford.|
||It is announced that Dannii Minogue will replace Louis Walsh as a judge on the forthcoming series of The X Factor, joining Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne. Walsh had intended to leave the show, but later decided to return after being invited back.|
||Following the Celebrity Big Brother racism controversy earlier in the year, a contestant on the eighth series of Big Brother is removed from the show after her use of the word "nigger" during a conversation with another contestant.|
||Adele Adkins, a 19-year-old singer from London makes her television debut on BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland, performing her song "Daydreamer". She became one of the first artists to appear on the show without having released a record because producer Alison Howe booked her after hearing a demo tape. Adele's debut album, 19, is released in January 2008.|
||Lee Mead wins BBC One's Any Dream Will Do and will take the lead role of Joseph in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre from 17 July. ITV's Grease is the Word is won by Danny Bayne and Susan McFadden, who will play Danny and Sandy in a forthcoming production of Grease beginning at the Piccadilly Theatre on 8 August.|
|Debut of Britain's Got Talent, a co-production between Talkback Thames and Simon Cowell's SyCo for ITV. The series is a search for a variety act to perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance. The winner will also receive a prize of £100,000.|
||Simon Ambrose wins the third series of The Apprentice.|
||A contestant on Britain's Got Talent is withdrawn from the contest after police contacted the series to alert producers that he is on the Sex Offenders Register.|
|Nadia Sawalha wins the 2007 series of Celebrity MasterChef.|
||Opera singer Paul Potts wins the first series of Britain's Got Talent.|
||Nick Ross announces he is leaving Crimewatch, with July's edition of the show being the final one he will present. The announcement renews media speculation that the BBC has an ageist policy towards its presenters.|
||Nick Ross presents his final episode of Crimewatch after 23 years at the helm. He had been on the programme since it began in 1984.|
|Launch of Press TV, an English-language global news channel owned by the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB.|
||Six BBC programmes, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, TMi and two radio programmes (The Liz Kershaw Show and White Label) have been discovered have been involved in the phone in scandals.|
||The 2005 British Comedy Awards broadcast on ITV now become involved with the phone-in scandal, when it is discovered that people phoning in to vote for the People's Choice Award called when the programme was not being broadcast live, and last half-hour of the show had been recorded when ITV showed a news broadcast.|
||CBBC identity relaunched, with its third marketing campaign since the launch of the CBBC channel.|
||The BBC scraps plans for Planet Relief, a programme similar to Comic Relief and Sport Relief for fear of bias against critics of climate change and that people would prefer more factual programmes on the subject.|
|7 September–20 October
||ITV provides coverage of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, hosted by France.|
||In an advertising first, eBay begin showing live auction adverts between programmes, showing an auction with picture, current bid, time auction ends, and postage and packaging charges|
|The BBC One Sunday morning political programme Sunday AM is renamed The Andrew Marr Show when it returns after its summer break.|
||ITV and Trevor McDonald are cleared of racism by Ofcom over remarks made on McDonald's News Knight show. The remarks concerned comedian Bernard Manning, who had died a few months previously, with McDonald referring to Manning as a 'fat, white bastard'.|
||It is announced that E.ON is to end its sponsorship of ITV Weather after 16 years. The sponsorship deal was the longest on UK terrestrial TV to date, beginning on 22 September 1991 (when sponsorship of ITV programmes was first allowed). Until June 2007, ITV Weather was sponsored by the energy supplier Powergen, and since then by Powergen's parent company E.ON.|
||ITV postpone broadcasting the 2007 British Comedy Awards due to the phone-in scandals.|
||ABC1 ceases broadcasting.|
|The Bionic Woman returns after a break of nearly 30 years but is axed again 2 months later.|
||Trapped! appears as CBBC's first ever Halloween-themed game show since CITV's Terror Towers.|
||Virgin1 launches at 9 pm, replacing Ftn.|
|The BBC announces that former 5 News presenter Kirsty Young will replace Fiona Bruce as presenter on Crimewatch from January 2008. Bruce is to take over as presenter of The Antiques Roadshow from Michael Aspel, who plans to retire.|
||BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is to leave the broadcaster to present Five News, it is reported. She will take up the new presenting role in the New Year.|
||Five has bought the rights to 8 Simple Rules starting on 21st October. |
||Sky One apologises to viewers after a "technical fault" during a public vote on the 7 October edition of its show, Cirque de Celebrite, meant some of the votes were not registered.|
||UKTV Bright Ideas ceases broadcasting to be replaced on Freeview by Dave.|
||UKTV G2 is rebranded as Dave and becomes a free-to-air channel replacing newly defunct UKTV Bright Ideas. The name for the channel, aimed at a young male audience, was chosen by UKTV because "everyone knows a bloke called Dave". |
|17 October – 14 November
||The town of Whitehaven in Cumbria becomes the first place in the UK to lose their analogue television signals and start the digital switchover, starting with BBC Two. The other four channels were switched off on 14 November.|
||The BBC Switch teenage block of shows is launched to cater for the underserved 12- to 16-year-olds.|
||Sky News issues an apology after an aside from presenter Julie Etchingham was accidentally broadcast during live coverage of a speech by Conservative Party leader David Cameron when Etchingham's microphone was accidentally left switched on.|
|The BBC announce that Patsy Palmer will return to EastEnders to reprise her role as Bianca Jackson. The following day it is also confirmed that Sid Owen, who played her on screen husband, Ricky Butcher, will also return to the series.|
||ITV confirms that Julie Etchingham will join the broadcaster to present a relaunched News at Ten alongside Sir Trevor McDonald from January 2008.|
Changes of network affiliation
- ^1 It later moved to Bravo in early 2008
|UKTV G2 +1
Returning this year after a break of one year or longer
||Date of original removal
||Date of return
|Dale's Supermarket Sweep
||6 September 2001
||12 February 2007
||N/A (Same channel as original)|
|Teletubbies for 10th Anniversary episodes
||5 January 2002
||31 March 2007
||BBC Two & CBeebies|
|The Bionic Woman
||13 May 1978
||26 September 2007
||N/A (Same channel as original)|
|To the Manor Born
||29 November 1981
||25 December 2007|
Big Brother racism controversy
2007 saw Channel 4 reality show Big Brother involved in two high-profile race-rows.
Celebrity Big Brother 5
In January, Jade Goody, her mother Jackiey Budden and boyfriend Jack Tweed, along with Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara, were accused of racist bullying towards Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. This resulted in protests in India and a record number of complaints to British TV regulator Ofcom and to Channel 4.
Big Brother 8
At the end of May, Channel 4 broadcast an apology for not intervening in the bullying just moments before the eight non-celebrity series started; all housemates in this series were given strict warnings about racism before entering. Just one week after the launch, Emily Parr was removed from the house in the early hours of the morning for saying the word "nigger" to black housemate Charley Uchea just hours before. This incident was widely discussed in the media; viewers complained about Channel 4 broadcasting the word, however, other viewers complained that Emily had been treated unfairly, as she did not use the word in a spiteful context, instead possibly imitating rappers who use the word in their songs.
Ending this year
Top 10 highest rated shows of 2007
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