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List of Longest-running UK Television Series

This is a list of the longest-running television series in the United Kingdom by genre.

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Running

Category Show name Duration Length (years)
Outside broadcast Lord Mayor's Show 1937-1938, 1946-present[1] 80
Current affairs Panorama[2] 1953–present 64
Science show The Sky at Night 1957–present 61
Children's show Blue Peter 1958-present 59
Soap opera Coronation Street[3] 1960–present 57
Religious Series Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol[4] 1961-present 57
Religious Series Songs of Praise 1961-present 57
Science fiction series Doctor Who 1963-1989, 1996, 2005-present 54
Song contest Eurovision: You Decide 1957, 1959-2010, 2016-present 54
Science show Horizon 1964–present 54
Sport Match of the Day 1964–present 54
Gardening show Gardener's World 1968–present 50
Game show A Question of Sport 1968-present 48
Factual Points of View 1961-1971, 1979-present 48
Quiz show University Challenge 1962–1987; 1994–present 47
Entertainment review Film 2017 1971–present 46
Children's news Newsround 1972–present 46
Game show Mastermind 1972-present 46
Soap Opera Emmerdale 1972-present 45
Soap opera Pobol Y Cwm[5] 1974–present 43
Factual Antiques Roadshow 1977, 1979-present 39
Political Panel show Question Time 1979–present 38
Automotive series Top Gear 1977-2001, 2002–present 38
News show Newsnight 1980–present 38
Charity Show Children In Need 1980–present 37
Art show The South Bank Show 1978-2010, 2012-present 36
Deaf magazine programme See Hear 1981–present 37
Game show Countdown 1982–present 35
News show BBC News at Six 1984-present 34
Children's show Thomas & Friends 1984-present 34
Soap Opera EastEnders 1985-present 33
Consumer show Watchdog 1985-present (+1980-1984 within other shows) 33
Game show Catchphrase 1986-2004, 2013-present 32
News show BBC News at One 1986-present 31
Medical drama Casualty[6] 1986–present 32
Current affairs Dispatches 1987–present 30
News magazine Countryfile 1988–present 30
Daytime TV This Morning 1988-present 30
Comedy You've Been Framed 1990-present 28
Satire Have I Got News for You 1990-present 28
Archive music show Top of the Pops 2 1994-present 24
Game show The National Lottery Draws 1994-present 23
Game show Surprise Surprise 1984-2001, 2012-present 22
Children's show Art Attack 1990-2007, 2011-present 22
Soap Opera Hollyoaks 1995-present 22
Drama Silent Witness 1996-present 22
Detective series Midsomer Murders 1997–present 21
Medical Drama Holby City 1999-present 19
Sitcom Red Dwarf 1988–1999, 2009–present 18
Antiques Show Bargain Hunt 2000-present 18
Reality television Big Brother 2000–2010; 2011–present 18
News show BBC News at Ten 2000-present 17
Preschool series Peppa Pig 2004-present 14
Antiques Show Dickinson's Real Deal 2006-present 12
Sitcom Benidorm (TV series) 2007-present 11

Ended

Category Show name Duration Length (years)
Talent show Come Dancing 1949–1995(though not a competition until 1953) 46
News show What the Papers Say 1956-2008 52
Sport Grandstand 1958–2007 49
Finance show The Money Programme 1966–2010 44
Documentary This Is Your Life 1955-1964, 1969-2003, 2007 44
Chart show Top of the Pops 1964-2006 42
Science & Technology Tomorrow's World 1965-2003 38
Travel documentary Holiday 1969–2007 38
Children's show The Sooty Show 1955-1992 37
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine 1973–2010 37
Game Show The Generation Game 1971-2007 36
Current affairs World in Action 1963–1998 35
Kids Show Postman Pat 1981-2016 34
Game show Call My Bluff 1965-1988, 1994, 1996-2005, 2011 34
Crime show Crimewatch 1984-2017 33
Children's Show Jackanory 1965-1996 31
News show BBC Nine O'Clock News 1970-2000 30
Children's drama series Grange Hill 1978-2008 30
History series Timewatch 1981–2009 28
Game show It's a Knockout 1966–1988, 1990–1994, 1999–2001 28
Police drama The Bill 1984–2010 26
Soap opera Crossroads 1964–1988, 2001–2003 26
Detective Drama Poirot (TV series) 1989-2013 24
Children's show Play School 1964-1988 24
Game Show Play Your Cards Right 1980-2003 23
Sitcom Only Fools and Horses 1981–2003 22
Children's show ChuckleVision 1987-2009 22
Detective series Taggart 1983–2010 21
Kids Show Pingu 1986-2006 20
Factual Time Team 1994-2014 20
Drama Heartbeat 1992-2010 18
Detective Drama A Touch of Frost 1992-2010 18
Game show The Krypton Factor 1977-1995 18
Dating game show Blind Date (UK game show) 1985-2003 18
Teen Drama Byker Grove 1989-2006 17
Children's show How 2 1990-2006 16
Current affairs Daily Politics[7] 2003-2018 15
Comedy-drama Minder (TV series) 1979-1994 15
Drama London's Burning 1988-2002 14
Legal drama Rumpole of the Bailey 1978-1992 14
Children's game show Get Your Own Back 1991-2004 13
Sitcom The Vicar of Dibley 1994–2007 13
Detective Drama Inspector Morse (TV series) 1987-2000 13
Detective Drama Foyle's War 2002-2015 13
Comedy-drama All Creatures Great and Small (TV series) 1978-1990 12
Comedy-drama New Tricks 2003-2015 12
Discussion series After Dark 1987–1997; 2003 11
Children's drama series Children's Ward 1989-2000 11
Comedy Harry Hill's TV Burp 2001-2012 11
Comedy Till Death Us Do Part 1965-1975 11
Game Show Deal Or No Deal (UK game show) 2005-2016 11
Sitcom My Family 2000-2011 11
Sitcom One Foot in the Grave 1990-2000 10
Sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2001-2011 10
Detective Drama The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV series) 1984-1994 10
Family Drama Where the Heart Is (UK TV series) 1997-2006 9
Drama Waterloo Road (TV series) 2006-2015 9
Black comedy Shameless (UK TV series) 2004-2013 9
Medical Drama Peak Practice 1993-2002 9
Crime Drama Spooks (TV series) 2002-2011 9
Children's Show Horrid Henry (TV series) 2006-2015 9

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Lord Mayor's Show dates". BBC Genome. Retrieved . (not broadcast during WW2 1939-1945)
  2. ^ "Panorama BBC Television, 11 November 1953". BBC Genome. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Bloxham, Andy (24 September 2010). "Coronation Street becomes world's longest-running soap". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/abde1d8bd07f46e58e349e644840d39a
  5. ^ http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/1bf699e5a5e4c28606495747ebb582cd
  6. ^ "Casualty to celebrate the end of 30th Anniversary series with a pioneering one-shot episode". BBC. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "The Daily Politics 8 January 2003". BBC Genome. Retrieved 2017.

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