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The History of Television

Timeline

Swedish scientist Jons Jacob Berzelius discovers selenium, a metalloid that conducts electricity Click to show or hide the answer
Irish telegraph operator Joseph May accidentally discovers the photosensitive properties of selenium (it's a better conductor in the light than in the dark) Click to show or hide the answer
German student Paul Nipkow proposes and patents the first (electromechanical) TV system (he never built a working model) Click to show or hide the answer
German inventor Karl Braun introduces the cathode ray tube for commercial use Click to show or hide the answer
Russian scientist Constantin Perskyi coins the word television, in a paper read in Paris Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. John Ambrose Fleming patents the two–diode thermionic valve Click to show or hide the answer
John Logie Baird decides to build an apparatus based on Nipkow's theory Click to show or hide the answer
Baird visits Victor Mills, a Hastings schoolboy who had built a sophisticated wireless set; Mills subsequently worked with Baird, and would claim 55 years later that the first television image was of his hand Click to show or hide the answer
Baird advertises in The Times for finance to develop "SEEING by WIRELESS" Click to show or hide the answer
Baird patents a system of transmitting pictures by telegraphy Click to show or hide the answer
Baird demonstrates "silhouette television" at Selfridge's, Oxford St., London Click to show or hide the answer
Baird privately transmits live moving greyscale images (5 frames/second) Click to show or hide the answer
Baird gives the first public demonstration of televised moving images (12.5 fps) Click to show or hide the answer
The first regularly scheduled TV service begins in Washington DC Click to show or hide the answer
Baird transmits the first live sports coverage (The Derby) Click to show or hide the answer
Official BBC service – the world's first "high–definition" service – begins Click to show or hide the answer
Wimbledon televised for the first time Click to show or hide the answer
The first (BBC) TV news bulletin Click to show or hide the answer
Boat Race, FA Cup Final and the Trooping of the Colour televised for the first time
Commercial television (ITV) starts in the UK Click to show or hide the answer
Eurovision Song Contest first broadcast Click to show or hide the answer
The Sky at Night first broadcast (presented by Patrick Moore; his last episode as presenter was broadcast on 7 January 2013 — 29 days after his death — making it the world's longest–running TV programme with the same presenter) Click to show or hide the answer
The Queen's Christmas speech first televised Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Peter first broadcast Click to show or hide the answer
Coronation Street first broadcast Click to show or hide the answer
Grand National first televised (by the BBC) Click to show or hide the answer
First episode of Doctor Who Click to show or hide the answer
BBC2 launched Click to show or hide the answer
Cigarette advertising banned from British television Click to show or hide the answer
Britain's first colour broadcast (BBC2) Click to show or hide the answer
Parliament (House of Lords) televised for the first time, in a three–day experiment Click to show or hide the answer
Monty Python's Flying Circus first broadcast Click to show or hide the answer
Princess Anne's wedding to Mark Phillips is the first royal wedding to be broadcast in colour Click to show or hide the answer
Channel 4 launched Click to show or hide the answer
BBC Breakfast Time starts Click to show or hide the answer
TV–am launched Click to show or hide the answer
Regular television broadcasts from the House of Lords begin (initially as an experiment, made permanent soon afterwards) Click to show or hide the answer
First episode of EastEnders Click to show or hide the answer
BBC Children in Need first broadcast Click to show or hide the answer
Proceedings in the House of Commons televised for the first time Click to show or hide the answer
Channel 5 (rebranded in 2002 as Five) starts Click to show or hide the answer
CBBC and CBeebies (the latter for children of 6 and under) launched as separate channels Click to show or hide the answer
BBC3 launched Click to show or hide the answer
BBC4 launched Click to show or hide the answer

Other

The first TV programme broadcast from Alexandra Palace (daily from 26 August to 5 September 1936) – a variety programme. Click to show or hide the answer
Product featured in the first advertisement on British TV Click to show or hide the answer
First programme broadcast on BBC2 (1964 – the previous evening's programmes had been cancelled owing to a power cut) Click to show or hide the answer
International awards festival for television entertainment, founded by Eurovision in 1961 and held annually in the Swiss resort of Montreux until 2003 (held in Lucerne 2004–12, then moved annually: Brussels 2013, Berlin 2014, London 2015) Click to show or hide the answer
Victim of the first murder shown live on TV (24 November 1963) Click to show or hide the answer
The BBC's teletext system – and the world's first; began 1974, replaced in 2012 by the BBC Red Button Click to show or hide the answer
ITV's equivalent of Ceefax, launched soon after the latter in 1974; replaced 1993 by a similar service provided by Teletext Ltd (which advertises holidays and cars).  Said to stand for Optional Reception of Announcements by Coded Line Electronics Click to show or hide the answer
Held the midweek franchise for London and (parts of) the Home Counties, 1968–92; logo featured a view of St. Paul's Cathedral Click to show or hide the answer
Took over the Thames TV franchise 1993; David Cameron was Director of Corporate Affairs 1994–2001; merged with Granada in 2004 to form ITV plc, which since 2008 has operated all 11 of the ITV regional franchises in England and Wales Click to show or hide the answer
Product featured in the first colour advertisement on British TV (1969) Click to show or hide the answer
The first product advertised on Channel 5 Click to show or hide the answer
The world's longest running children's TV programme (first shown in 1958) Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch–based production company founded by Jon de Mol, responsible for Big Brother (introduced 1999) and Deal or No Deal (2000) – claims to be the world's biggest independent television production company Click to show or hide the answer
UKTV G2 (UK Gold 2) renamed (October 2007), adopting the slogan "the home of witty banter" Click to show or hide the answer
Australian–born composer of the theme tunes to Dr. Who, Steptoe & Son, Tales of the Unexpected, The Prisoner, among many others (died 1981 aged 58) Click to show or hide the answer

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