The UK's Long Runnersby Mark_a_Wood | created - 11 months ago | updated - 11 months ago | Public
British television is very different to U.S. television and is sometimes thought to not have programmes that have run for many years - but there are in fact many.
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1. Panorama (1953– )
40 min | Documentary, News
Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.
The World's longest-running current affairs programme (1953-present) clocking up 64 years, so far. Broadcast on BBC One usually commencing in late January and running right through to November or December.
2. The Sky at Night (1957– )
20 min | Documentary
The science programme about astronomy has been on air from 1957-present. Usually broadcasts monthly all year round plus specials. Sir Patrick Moore hosted the show from 1957 until his death in December 2012 - a world record in itself.
3. Blue Peter (1958– )
25 min | Family
British childrens magazine program which has run since the end of the 50s. Aimed at kids from the age of about 6-14. The show has different segments where the presenters would show the ... See full summary »
The BBC's flagship children's programme is the world's longest-running children's tv show. It has been running from 1958-present.
4. Coronation Street (1960– )
TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance
The U.K.'s longest-running television soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.
Britain's longest running soap opera and the flagship programme of commercial channel ITV. It has been running from 1960-present.
5. Songs of Praise (1961– )
35 min | Music
Long-running religious programme broadcasting church services and in particular the singing of Christian hymns from a different place of worship each week. Also featuring interviews and news segments of interest to the Christian community.
One of the longest-running religious programmes in the world 1961-Present.
6. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.
15. Film 2017 (1971– )
30 min | Talk-Show
The BBC's flagship cinema review television programme featuring reviews of new releases, news items and interviews. The title of the programme changes each year to incorporate the year of broadcast.
21. This Is Your Life (1955–2003)
30 min | Documentary, Biography
The UK version of the popular US show. Eamonn Andrews (later Michael Aspel) surprises celebrities by presenting them with the Big Red Book before taking them into the studio to tell viewers... See full summary »
31. Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy
Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.
34. Larry Grayson's Generation Game (1971–2011)
60 min | Comedy, Game-Show
Making a fool of the contestants as they try to copy professionals who have strange jobs. To win some prizes the contestants play for points until there is a winner. They then watch prizes ... See full summary »
38. Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! (1984– )
TV-Y | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
This popular series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor.
39. EastEnders (1985– )
TV-PG | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market.
47. You've Been Framed! (1990– )
30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV
Surreal comedy from the mind of Harry Hill, featuring his unique observations on the world's funniest accidents as captured on smartphones, video cameras, webcams & CCTV. If you've filmed a... See full summary »
48. Have I Got News for You (1990– )
29 min | Comedy, Game-Show, News
Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ... See full summary »
49. Top of the Pops 2 (1994– )
30 min | Music
Steve Wright presents a look back at the Top of the Pops archives, and gives asome information on the acts that have appeared over the years. Occasional 'specials' are also produced.
50. Surprise Surprise! (1984–2015)
60 min | Reality-TV