List of Longest-running UK Television Series
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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)
Current affairs Panorama[1] 1953-present 64
Science show The Sky at Night 1957-present 60
Children's show Blue Peter 1958-present 59
Soap opera Coronation Street[2] 1960-present 57
Religious Series Songs of Praise 1961-present 56
Science fiction series Doctor Who 1963-1989, 1996, 2005-present 53
Song contest Eurovision: You Decide 1957, 1959-2010, 2016-present 54
Science show Horizon 1964-present 53
Sport Match of the Day 1964-present 53
Gardening show Gardener's World 1968-present 49
Game show A Question of Sport 1968-present 47
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 45
Game show Mastermind 1972-present 45
Soap Opera Emmerdale 1972-present 45
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 37
Art show The South Bank Show 1978-2010, 2012-present 36
Charity show Children In Need 1980-present 37
Deaf magazine programme See Hear 1981-present 36
Game show Countdown 1982-present 35
News show BBC News at Six 1984-present 33
Children's show Thomas & Friends 1984-present 33
Soap Opera EastEnders 1985-present 32
Consumer show Watchdog 1985-present (+1980-1984 within other shows) 32
Game show Catchphrase 1986-2004, 2013-present 32
News show BBC News at One 1986-present 31
Medical drama Casualty[3] 1986-present 31
Current affairs Dispatches 1987-present 30
News magazine Countryfile 1988-present 29
Daytime TV This Morning 1988-present 29
Comedy You've Been Framed 1990-present 27
Satire Have I Got News for You 1990-present 27
Archive music show Top of the Pops 2 1994-present 23
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
Sitcom Red Dwarf 1988-1999, 2009-present 18
Medical drama Holby City 1999-present 18
Reality television Big Brother 2000-2010; 2011-present 17
News show BBC News at Ten 2000-present 17
Current affairs Daily Politics[4] 2003-present 14
Preschool series Peppa Pig 2004-present 13

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
Children's show Jackanory 1965-1996 31
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
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
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
Detective series Midsomer Murders 1997-present 20
Kids Show Pingu 1986-2006 20
Factual Time Team 1994-2014 20
Drama Heartbeat 1992-2010 18
Teen Drama Byker Grove 1989-2006 17
Children's show How 2 1990-2006 16
Drama London's Burning 1988-2002 14
Children's game show Get Your Own Back 1991-2004 13
Sitcom The Vicar of Dibley 1994-2007 13
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 TV Burp 2001-2012 11
Comedy Till Death Us Do Part 1965-1975 11

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