There’s yet another attempt to bring back The Generation Game, this time hosted by Rylan. It works and becomes the new BBC Saturday night favourite, to all except a grumpy Jim Davidson who is annoyed he wasn’t asked first.
Piers Morgan casually keeps slipping in the phrase “If I was prime minister...” to the start of several sentences on GMB, setting the first wheels in motion for a multi-year plan.
As the fifth wave of newly-named COVID-20 begins in the summer, face masks are made mandatory for anyone hosting or appearing on television. Subtitles are broadcast at all times and all live programmes are on a longer than usual delay to give them time to appear in sync.
London Live reinvents itself as a last ditch attempt to be a success, featuring a new “news bunny” reacting to the world’s top stories and regular underdressed women playing darts. While slow to gain popularity, it’s eventually spotted by some trendy 21 year old YouTuber as having “chaotic energy” for “mad lads” and “you love to see it” and subsequently hits ratings highs. By Christmas it outperforms Channel 5 in the TV ratings and its future is looking bright.
Challenge TV’s scheduling system breaks down and plays the same episode of The Chase on loop for three months. No one notices until the tape finally snaps from overuse, and the channel is immediately shut down in humiliation, its replacement appearing the very next day - ‘Chase TV’. All Chase, All The Time.
The UK pull out of Eurovision after coming last again, except it’s all a secret publicity stunt to get actual A-list singers and songwriters interested again, causing them to “change their mind” the following year and win by a landslide with Calvin Harris feat. Adele, Ed Sheeran and Cliff Richard.
BBC Four celebrate 20 Years of TV Forum with a special documentary, a repeat of Asa’s appearance on Liquid News, a clip show of the best of the TVS Archive and a high-quality upscaled 4K version of the 1999-2003 BBC News 24 countdown.