List of longest-running UK television series

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

CategoryShow nameDurationLength (years)
Automotive seriesTop Gear1977–2001, 2002–present36
Chart showTop of the Pops1964–200642
Children's showBlue Peter1958–present55
Children's showThe Sooty Show1955–199237
Children's showThomas & Friends1984-present31
Children's newsNewsround1972–present42
Current affairsPanorama1953–present61
Deaf magazine programmeSee Hear1981–present33
Discussion seriesAfter Dark1987–1997; 200311
Entertainment reviewThe Film programme1972–present42
Finance showThe Money Programme1966–201044
Game showCountdown1982–present32
History seriesTimewatch1981–200928
Medical dramaCasualty1986–present28
News showBBC News1954–present60
Police dramaTaggart1983–201027
Reality televisionBig Brother2000–2010; 2011–present15
Quiz showUniversity Challenge1962–1987; 1994–present51
SatireHave I Got News for You1990–present24
Science fiction seriesDoctor Who1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present51
Science showThe Sky at Night1957–present56
Science showHorizon1964–present50
SitcomLast of the Summer Wine1973–201037
Soap operaCoronation Street[1]1960–present53
Song contestEurovision: Your Country Needs You1957, 1959–201053
SportMatch of the Day1964–present50
Talent showCome Dancing1949–1995
(though not a competition until 1953)
Travel documentaryHoliday1969–200738
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  1. ^ Bloxham, Andy (24 September 2010). "Coronation Street becomes world's longest-running soap". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 17 June 2014.