1974 in British television

This is a list of British television related events from 1974.

List of years in British television (table)

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February edit

  • 12 February – BBC2 first airs the children's series Bagpuss, made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate's Smallfilms in stop motion animation. Despite just 13 episodes being made, it becomes fondly remembered and gains a huge cult following.
  • 18 February – The American depression era family drama series The Waltons makes its UK debut on BBC2.
  • 22 February – BBC2 airs the drama Girl as part of its Second City Firsts anthology series.[3] The drama which tells the story of an affair between two army officers, is the first on British television to feature a gay kiss between two women.[4]
  • February – The fifth of the five experimental community cable television channels, Wellingborough Cablevision, begins broadcasting.

March edit

  • No events.

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May edit

  • No events.

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  • No events.

August edit

  • 5 August – For the first time on a pre-school children's programme, the show Inigo Pipkin covers the death of the main character, Inigo, as the actor who played him (George Woodbridge) has died. The show is renamed Pipkins. This predates the Mr. Hooper death episode of Sesame Street by nine years.
  • 24 August – BBC1 begins airing the American police series Kojak, starring Telly Savalas.

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October edit

  • 13 October – ITV begins airing the American science fiction series Planet of the Apes, based on the successful film franchise and starring Roddy McDowall.
  • 16 October – The Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm makes its debut on BBC Wales.[5]
  • 21 October – BBC1 airs the first episode of the children's animated series Roobarb, featuring Roobarb the green dog and Custard the pink cat.

November edit

  • No events.

December edit

  • 5 December – "Party Political Broadcast", the final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus is broadcast on BBC2.
  • 24 December – ITV Anglia exclusively screen the 1966 Batman movie, several years before other regions (ATV Midlands 9 April 1977, Granada and Tyne Tees 29 August 1977 and HTV 29 August 1978).
  • 26 December – BBC1 show the network premiere of the blockbuster 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.
  • 28 December
  • 31 December - Roger Hargreaves' Mr Men TV series was first broadcast on BBC1,

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1920s edit

  • BBC Wimbledon (1927–1939, 1946–2019, 2021–present)

1930s edit

  • The Boat Race (1938–1939, 1946–2019)
  • BBC Cricket (1939, 1946–1999, 2020–2024)

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See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "TV Curb Lifted". The Times. London. 8 February 1974.
  2. ^ "BBC Two England – 30 January 1974 – BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Second City Firsts – BBC Two England – 22 February 1974 – BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (16 June 2016). "BBC to stream 1974 show with first lesbian kiss on UK television". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ McCrum, Kirstie (10 October 2014). "40 Pobol y Cwm facts to mark 40 years of the S4C and BBC soap". The Western Mail. Cardiff: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. ^ Mark Duguid "Armchair Theatre (1956–74)", BFI screenonline
  7. ^ "What the Papers Say in pictures". The Guardian. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Dad's Army". www.bbc.com. Retrieved 11 February 2022.

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