We’ve seen the top 10 longest running TV shows in the world and discover the UK didn’t even make the list! And there was me thinking the UK would have made up most of it. Either way, there are still some very old UK shows stilling running…
The Top 10 Longest Running TV Shows From the UK
10 – “Grand Designs” From UK (Running Time: 1999-Present)
Wiki Info: Grand Designs is a British television series produced by Boundless Productions (originally part of Talkback Thames) and broadcast on Channel 4 which features unusual and often elaborate architectural home building projects.
9 – “Red Dwarf” From UK (Running Time: 1988-Present)
Wiki Info: The series was created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. In addition to the television episodes, there are four novels, two pilot episodes for an American version of the show, a radio version produced for BBC Radio 7, tie-in books, magazines and other merchandise.
8 – “Trans World Sport” From UK (Running Time: 1987–present)
Wiki Info: Trans World Sport is a sports-related television programme produced by IMG Media in London and shown worldwide on a variety of television channels. It is world’s longest running weekly international television sports programme.
7 – “Casualty” From UK (Running Time: 1986-Present)
Wiki Info: Casualty, stylised as CASUAL+Y, is a British medical drama series that airs weekly on BBC One (sometimes with a short break in the summer between series, but not always). It is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world.
6 – “Top Gear” From UK (Running Time: 1977-Present)
Wiki Info: Top Gear began life in April 1977, as a half hour motoring programme on the BBC in the United Kingdom. The original format ran for twenty four years up to December 2001. A revamped format of the show began nearly one year later, in October 2002.
5 – “Timewatch” From UK (Running Time: 1963-Present)
Wiki Info: Timewatch is a long-running British television series showing documentaries on historical subjects, spanning all human history. It was first broadcast on 29 September 1982 and is produced by the BBC, the Timewatch brandname is used as a banner title in the UK, but many of the individual documentaries are unbranded with BBC continuity outside the domestic British market.
4 – “Doctor Who” From UK (Running Time: 1963-Present)
Wiki Info: Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called “the Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS.
3 – “Points of View” From UK (Running Time: 1961–present)
Wiki Info: Points of View is a long-running British television series broadcast on BBC One. It started in 1961 and features the letters of viewers offering praise, criticism and observations on BBC television programmes of recent weeks. A new series began on 4 September 2016.
2 – “The Sky at Night” From UK (Running Time: 1957-Present)
Wiki Info: The Sky at Night is a monthly documentary television programme on astronomy produced by the BBC. This made it the longest-running programme with the same presenter in television history. Many early episodes are missing, either because the tapes were wiped or thrown out, or because the episode was broadcast live.
1 – “Panorama” From UK (Running Time: 1953-Present)
Wiki Info: Panorama was launched on 11 November 1953 by the BBC; it emphasises investigative journalism. Daily Mail reporter Pat Murphy was the original presenter, who only lasted one episode after accidentally broadcasting a technical mishap. Max Robertson then took over for a year. The programme originally had a magazine format and included arts features.