List of longest-running UK television series

List of longest-running UK television series

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

Category Show name Duration Length (years)
Automotive series Top Gear 1977–2001, 2002–present 36
Chart show Top of the Pops 1964–2006 42
Children's show Blue Peter 1958–present 55
Children's show The Sooty Show 1955–1992 37
Children's show Thomas & Friends 1984-present 20
Children's news Newsround 1972–present 42
Comedy-drama New Tricks 2003–2015 12
Current affairs Panorama 1953–present 61
Deaf magazine programme See Hear 1981–present 33
Detective series A Touch of Frost 1992–2010 15
Discussion series After Dark 1987–1997; 2003 11
Drama Heartbeat 1992–2010 18
Entertainment review Film 2015 1972–present 42
Finance show The Money Programme 1966–2010 44
Charity show Children In Need 1980–present 35
Game show Countdown 1982–present 32
History series Timewatch 1981–2009 28
Medical drama Casualty 1986–present 28
News show BBC News 1954–present 60
Police drama Taggart 1983–2010 27
Reality television Big Brother 2000–2010; 2011–present 15
Quiz show University Challenge 1962–1987; 1994–present 51
Satire Have I Got News for You 1990–present 24
Science fiction series Doctor Who 1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present 52
Science show The Sky at Night 1957–present 56
Science show Horizon 1964–present 50
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine 1973–2010 37
Sitcom Only Fools and Horses 1981–2003 22
Sitcom Red Dwarf 1988–1999, 2009–present 17
Sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 2001–2011 10
Sitcom The Vicar of Dibley 1994–2007 20
Soap opera Coronation Street[1] 1960–present 55
Soap opera EastEnders 1985–present 30
Song contest Eurovision: Your Country Needs You 1957, 1959–2010 53
Sport Match of the Day 1964–present 50
Talent show Come Dancing 1949–1995
(though not a competition until 1953)
47
Travel documentary Holiday 1969–2007 38
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