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This is a list of British television-related events in 2005.






  • 24 September—Afterlife premieres. However, despite being a British series, it had actually received its world premiere some weeks earlier on Australia's Nine Network (2005–present).

Channel 4

  • 31 October—The UK version of Deal or No Deal premieres, relaunching the career of Noel Edmonds and bringing the channel a surprise daytime hit (2005–present).


Returning this year from a break of One Year Or Longer

Show Date of original removal Original Channel Date of return New Channel (s)
Doctor Who 1989 BBC One 26 March 2005 BBC One (initial airing)
BBC Three (repeats of recent episodes)
UKTV Gold (airing classic episodes of the new 2005 series since 2006.)

Changes of Network afiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
Trisha ITV Five
Family Guy (Terrestrial rights) Channel 4 BBC Two
24 BBC Two Sky1
WWE SmackDown!1 Sky1 Sky Sports
WWE Bottom Line1 Sky1 Sky Sports
WWE After Burn1 Sky1 Sky Sports
WWE Heat1 Sky1 Sky Sports

All these WWE shows became exclusive to Sky Sports

Television shows

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Ending this year

Date Show Debut
Unknown Superstars 2003
29 May Breakfast with Frost 1993
30 December Family Affairs 1997


Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
2 January Cyril Fletcher 91 British comedian (That's Life!)
11 February Stan Richards 74 actor (Seth Armstrong in Emmerdalemarker)
10 March Dave Allen 68 Irish comedian, host of solo shows on BBC1 and ITV.
26 June Richard Whiteley 61 presenter, host of Countdown.
11 July Gretchen Franklin 94 actress (Ethel Skinner in EastEnders)
31 August Michael Sheard 67 actor (Mr Bronson in Grange Hill)
3 October Ronnie Barker 76 comedian, half of The Two Ronnies
16 October Ross Davidson 47 actor (Andy O'Brien in EastEnders)
31 October Mary Wimbush 81 actress (Poldark, Jeeves and Wooster, Century Falls)


  1. " Alfie accepts Nana's fate" URL last accessed 4 May 2009
  2. " British Soap Awards 2005 - The Winners" URL last accessed 4 May 2009
  3. " EastEnders favourite Gretchen Franklin dies at 94", The Stage. URL last accessed on 27 April 2009. Archived 2009-05-16.
  4. " EastEnders Ross Davidson loses cancer battle", Evening Standard. URL last accessed on 4 May 2009. Archived 2009-05-16.

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