The Best Of British Children's TV (in my opinion)

by johnno74 | created - 03 Nov 2013 | updated - 31 Jan 2017 | Public

Most of the programs I watched when I was a kid, or ever watched that count as 'children's' programs was American, but there was some British ones I watched as well. Because it's a small percentage, I thought I might list the British ones first. It has long been debated what counts as a Children's Program. For instance, I remember watching EastEnders when I was ten, but I don't think anybody would call it 'children's', even though some of the cast was once interviewed on Live & Kicking. Nor would I certainly call The Young Ones 'children's', due to some explicit scenes. There's only quite a few on there, but that's because it was more US for me than UK. You may see quite a lot of Gerry Anderson and Aardman on the list, but who cares? They're the best of UK kid's TV. I never enjoyed any of the stuff you get on CBeebies. Of course, being that a program is a children's program. It does not mean that an adult cannot watch it. I know certain adults who still watch Wallace & Gromit and the Simpsons; they count as children's programs. In fact, Natalie Cassidy once said Dora The Explorer was one of the best children's programs she ever saw, so she must have watched it. I never saw it (it does not appeal to me personally, but it ain't because of its target audience), but you see what I mean. The American ones will be listed later.

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1. Thunderbirds (1965–1966)

TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.

Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, David Graham, Shane Rimmer

Votes: 3,199

2. Wallace & Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation (1996 Video)

75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.6
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A collection of some of the most popular work featuring Wallace and Gromit.

Director: Nick Park

Votes: 3,763 | Gross: $1.00M

This includes the 4 short films and that documentary series.

3. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

Votes: 863

4. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1966–1968)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Family

7.9
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A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Francis Matthews, Sylvia Anderson

Votes: 1,121

5. The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993–1995)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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A group of wild animal friends are forced to move to a park after humans drive them away from their old home.

Stars: Rupert Farley, Stacey Gregg, Ron Moody, Jeremy Barrett

Votes: 2,676

6. The Amazing Adventures of Morph (1980–1981)

5 min | Animation, Family

8.0
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The Gobbledygook spouting, shape-shifting little Plasticine man who first appeared in the 1977 arty TV show "Take Hart" gets his own series. Morph, his pet nailbrush and naughty "twin" Chas have all sorts of adventures.

Star: Tony Hart

Votes: 78

7. Fun House (1989–1999)

Family, Game-Show

7.8
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TV game show for kids. 2 teams compete against each other for the chance to enter the final game, the funhouse, where they collect prizes on the way through.

Stars: Pat Sharp, Martina Grant, Melanie Grant, Gary King

Votes: 197

8. Le manège enchanté (1964– )

5 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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Cult classic children's animated series about a group of human and animal characters that gather at the roundabout / carousel in the park. Although the original series is French there are multiple dubbed versions from other countries.

Stars: Jacques Bodoin, Serge Danot, Micheline Dax, Bernard Haller

Votes: 189

9. Microsoap (1998–2000)

25 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Initially the plotline concerned the problems of a brother and sister whose parents have separated, but by the second season both parents had new married partners and the show concentrated ... See full summary »

Stars: Suzanne Burden, Ivan Kaye, Rebecca Hunter, Richard Dixon

Votes: 70

10. Stingray (1964–1965)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.4
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The missions of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, particularly the crew of its most advanced combat submarine, the Stingray.

Stars: Ray Barrett, Robert Easton, David Graham, Don Mason

Votes: 778

11. Look and Read (1967– )

8.5
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Stars: Charles Collingwood, Struan Rodger, Stephen Leigh, Veronica Purcell

Votes: 49

It was a collection of TV series, but they all had a similar flavour that united them. I remember watching some of them when I was an elementary school student. The ones I watched include; Sky Hunter Dark Towers Fairground Geordie Racer (my personal favourite) Through The Dragon's Eye Spy Watch (although I've only seen the first 2 episodes) Captain Crimson and The Legend Of The Lost Keys

12. Creature Comforts (2003– )

10 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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Stop-motion animated series with a cast of animals, sound-biting on a specific topic each episode, such as creatures' sporting adventures, Christmas, and visits to veterinarians. The show ... See full summary »

Stars: The Great British Public, David Rafique

Votes: 1,515

plus the 1989 short film

13. Joe 90 (1968–1969)

30 min | Adventure, Family

6.8
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The adventures of a preteen secret agent who can have any useful skills downloaded into his brain.

Stars: Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander, David Healy

Votes: 384

14. Sooty & Co. (1993–1998)

Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.0
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A man runs a shop in Manchester with fun, mischievous puppets Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi.

Stars: Matthew Corbett, Brenda Longman, Larry Dann, John Bird

Votes: 283

15. Byker Grove (1989–2006)

30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.2
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Byker Grove follows the lives and relationships of a group of young people who are members of a youth club.

Stars: Daymon Britton, Billy Fane, Chris Beattie, Declan Donnelly

Votes: 525

Debatable as it may sound; Byker Grove has more of a teen-program-type flavour, but it was definitely on CBBC when I watched it. Presumably the target audience is both children and teenagers.

16. Supercar (1961–1962)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Supercar was a prototype vehicle that could travel in the air, on land or beneath the sea. Its test pilot was Mike Mercury, who traveled the world in search of adventure. Supercar was ... See full summary »

Stars: David Graham, Graydon Gould, Sylvia Anderson, George Murcell

Votes: 192

17. ChuckleVision (1987–2009)

20 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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Crazy antics ensue when Barry and Paul Chuckle get into various exaggerated situations.

Stars: Barry Chuckle, Paul Chuckle, Jimmy Patton, Brian Patton

Votes: 1,300

18. Newsround (1972– )

10 min | Family, News

6.4
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John Craven (and latterly other presenters) introduce news stories and other articles of interest to its young audience. Broadcast at around 5.00pm on BBC1 in the UK.

Stars: Ricky Boleto, Leah Gooding, Joe Tidy, Martin Dougan

Votes: 120

19. Terrahawks (1983–1986)

23 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.4
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The missions of a planetary defense organization dedicated to protecting Earth from a Martian menace.

Stars: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler, Windsor Davies

Votes: 473

20. Fireball XL5 (1962–1963)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Fireball XL5 was part of the fleet of interplanetary rockets protecting Sector 25 of the Solar System from alien invasion under the supervision of the World Space Patrol. In command of XL5 ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Maxwell, Sylvia Anderson, David Graham, John Bluthal

Votes: 368

21. Woof! (1989–1997)

30 min | Family

7.1
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A young boy becomes a dog from time to time.

Stars: Liza Goddard, Adam Roper, Punch, Edward Fidoe

Votes: 188

22. Out of Sight (1996–1999)

25 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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Stars: Shane Fox, Moira Brooker, Sacha Dhawan, Simon Pearsall

Votes: 23

23. Live & Kicking (1993–2001)

180 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

7.4
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Stars: Trevor Neal, Simon Hickson, Emma Forbes, Andi Peters

Votes: 107

24. Danger Mouse (1981–1992)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans.

Stars: David Jason, Terry Scott, Edward Kelsey, Brian Trueman

Votes: 2,523

25. Trans World Sport (1987– )

52 min | News, Sport

8.1
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A weekly roundup of sports news and action from around the world.

Votes: 17