List of longest-running UK television series

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

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Category Show name Duration Length (years)
News show BBC Nine O'Clock News 1970-2000 30
Factual Time Team 1994-2014 20
Daytime TV This Morning 1988-present 29
News show BBC News at One 1986-present 31
News show BBC News at Six 1984-present 33
News show BBC News at Ten 2000-present 17
Science & Technology Tomorrow's World 1965-2003 38
Current affairs Panorama 1953–present 63
Children's show How 1966-1981 15
Children's show How 2 1990-2006 16
Factual Points of View 1961-1971, 1979-present 48
Children's show Blue Peter 1958–present 58
Documentary This Is Your Life 1955–1964, 1969–2003, 2007 44
Medical drama Holby City 1999-present 18
Soap opera Coronation Street[1] 1960–present 57
Medical drama Casualty 1986–present 30
Science fiction series Doctor Who 1963-1989, 1996, 2005-present 53
News magazine Countryfile 1988–present 29
Quiz show University Challenge 1962–1987; 1994–present 47
Children's news Newsround 1972–present 45
Chart show Top of the Pops 1964–2006 42
Automotive series Top Gear 1977–2001, 2002–present 38
Children's show The Sooty Show 1955–1992 37
Children's show Thomas & Friends 1984-present 32
Archive music show Top of the Pops 2 1994-present 22
Children's show Art Attack 1990-2007, 2011-present 22
Children's show Play School 1964-1988 24
Preschool series Peppa Pig 2004-present 12
Comedy-drama New Tricks 2003–2015 12
Deaf magazine programme See Hear 1981–present 35
Detective series Midsomer Murders 1997–present 20
Detective series Taggart 1983–2010 21
Discussion series After Dark 1987–1997; 2003 11
Drama Heartbeat 1992–2010 18
Entertainment review Film 2017 1971–present 46
Finance show The Money Programme 1966–2010 44
Charity show Children In Need 1980–present 36
Game show Countdown 1982–present 34
Gardening show Gardener's World 1968–present 49
History series Timewatch 1981–2009 28
Police drama The Bill 1984–2010 26
Reality television Big Brother 2000–2010; 2011–present 16
Satire Have I Got News for You 1990–present 26
Science show The Sky at Night 1957–present 60
Science show Horizon 1964–present 52
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine 1973–2010 37
Sitcom Only Fools and Horses 1981–2003 22
Sitcom Red Dwarf 1988–1999, 2009–present 18
Sitcom The Vicar of Dibley 1994–2007 13
Song contest Eurovision: You Decide 1957, 1959–2010, 2016-present 52
Sport Match of the Day 1964–present 52
Sport Grandstand 1958–2007 49
Talent show Come Dancing 1949–1995
(though not a competition until 1953)
46
Travel documentary Holiday 1969–2007 38
Children's show Jackanory 1965–1996 31
Art show The South Bank Show 1978–2010, 2012–present 36
Children's drama series Grange Hill 1978–2008 30
Game show The National Lottery Draws 1994–present 22
Children's show ChuckleVision 1987–2009 22
Teen Drama Byker Grove 1989–2006 17
Children's game show Get Your Own Back 1991–2004 13
Children's drama series Children's Ward 1989–2000 11
Religious Series Songs of Praise 1961–present 56
Game show A Question of Sport 1968-present 49

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloxham, Andy (24 September 2010). "Coronation Street becomes world's longest-running soap". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 17 June 2014.