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1970 in British television

This is a list of British television related events from 1970.


  • 1 January-5 February – The BBC airs The Six Wives of Henry VIII, a series of six teleplays, each of which focusses on the life of one of King Henry VIII of England's six wives.
  • 3 January – Jon Pertwee makes his first appearance as the Third Doctor in the Doctor Who serial Spearhead from Space. It also marks the first time that the series was broadcast in colour.
  • 14 September – The BBC Nine O'Clock News is first broadcast on BBC1. The programme aired until 13 October 2000 when the station's main evening bulletin was switched to 10:00pm.
  • 7 November - Felix Dennis becomes the first person to use the word "cunt" on British television during a live broadcast of The Frost Programme.
  • 13 November – The Colour Strike begins when ITV staff refuse to work with colour television equipment following a dispute over pay with their management.
  • 9 December – 10th anniversary of the first episode of Coronation Street.
  • 25 December – Pluto's Christmas Tree is broadcast on BBC1, the first complete Mickey Mouse cartoon to be shown on British television in colour.





Television shows

Returning this year after a break of one year or longer




Ending this year



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