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This is a list of British television related events from 1994.


  • 13 January – David Dimbleby takes over as host of Question Time
  • 14 January – An episode of the television soap Brookside shows a lesbian kiss between two of its characters.[1]
  • 11 April – BBC1 introduces a third weekly episode of EastEnders which airs on Mondays at 8:00pm.
  • 16 April – BBC2 celebrates its 30th birthday (four days early) with an evening of programmes selected and introduced by former controller David Attenborough. Among them are episodes of Elizabeth R and The Barry Humphries Show, a 1967 documentary about politics in India and a new episode of Call My Bluff.
  • 3 May - Channel 4 starts broadcasting Brookside on Tuesdays instead of Mondays which means the soap is now seen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • 6 June – Due to a failed satellite link, BBC1 is unable to broadcast a remembrance concert marking the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Instead it is forced to show recorded highlights of D-Day commemoration events and a repeated Wildlife on One documentary about racoons. The concert, featuring Dame Vera Lynn and other stars, from the QE2 off the Normandy port of Cherbourg, is recorded and shown three days later.[2]
  • 16 August – A new channel, Sky Sports 2 launches.
  • 3 October – Two more channels, Sky Soap and Sky Real Lives, then known as Sky Travel, launch.
  • 24 October - The Sharongate storyline in EastEnders reaches its finale. The episode is watched by 25.3 million viewers.
  • 19 November – BBC1 airs the first National Lottery draw, which is hosted by Noel Edmonds.


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Television showsEdit

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Shows Moved from Moved to
Men Behaving Badly ITV BBC1
Blockbusters ITV Sky1
This Is Your Life ITV BBC1

Returning this year after a break of one year or longerEdit

  • 10 January – The new version of Rainbow (1972–1992, 1994–1995)
  • 18 March – Play Your Cards Right (1980–1987, 1994–1999, 2002–2003)
  • 18 April – Blockbusters (1983–1993, 1994–1995, 1997, 2000–2001, 2012–present)
  • 21 September – University Challenge (1962–1987 ITV, 1994–present BBC)







Ending this yearEdit



  • 7 June – Dennis Potter, 59, scriptwriter.
  • 26 July – Terry Scott, 67, actor
  • 2 September – Roy Castle, 62, dancer, singer, comedian, actor, television presenter and musician


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