RADIO TIMES names Top 50 best children’s TV shows of all time.

RADIO TIMES names Top 50 best children’s TV shows of all time.

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Blue Peter is crowned best children’s show of all time

Blue Peter, Grange Hill and Newsround have been named the best children’s TV shows of all time.

The world’s longest-running children’s TV show, Blue Peter, which celebrates its 60th anniversary later this year, tops the list.

Gritty show Grange Hill, which caused shockwaves with its storylines about drugs and teenage pregnancies, is second in the poll, voted for by children’s presenters and experts on the genre.

Newsround, associated with its host of many years John Craven and which was praised last year for its coverage of the Manchester bombing, is third.

A total of 16 of the top 20 shows were broadcast in the 1980s – making it the most popular decade for kids’ TV.

The top 10 also includes famous Saturday-morning shows Tiswas and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, in fourth and fifth place.

Vision On, which bagged a huge audience and broke new ground in the way it catered for deaf children, and Live And Kicking, whose hosts included Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston, took sixth and seventh place.

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The top 10 is completed by Going Live!, with Sarah Greene, Phillip Schofield and Gordon the Gopher, long-running show Play School, and teatime show Crackerjack.

Those who voted for the list, which is published in the new issue of the magazine,  included David Walliams, Konnie Huq, Floella Benjamin, Noel Edmonds, Biddy Baxter and Schofield.

Radio Times editor Mark Frith says: “British TV produces the best programmes for children in the world – reading our list produces the most wonderful, warm memories.”


Radio Times Top 50:

  1. Blue Peter (1958-present) BBC
  2. Grange Hill (1978-2008) BBC
  3. Newsround (1972-present) BBC
  4. Tiswas (1974-1982) ITV
  5. Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (1976-1982) BBC
  6. Vision On (1964-1976) BBC
  7. Live & Kicking (1993-2001) BBC
  8. Going Live! (1987-1993) BBC
  9. Play School (1964-1988) BBC
  10. Crackerjack (1955-1984) BBC
  11. Play Away (1971-1984) BBC
  12. Pingu (1986-2006) BBC
  13. Rentaghost (1976-1984) BBC
  14. SM:TV Live (1998-2003) ITV
  15. Animal Magic (1962-1983) BBC
  16. Byker Grove (1989-2006) BBC
  17. Jackanory (1965-1996) BBC
  18. The Box of Delights (1984) BBC
  19. How (1966-1981) ITV
  20. The Borrowers (1992) BBC

21           Finders Keepers (1991-2006)                                            ITV

22           The Record Breakers (1972-2001)                                  BBC

23           Bagpuss (1974)                                                                    BBC

24           Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow (2002-2006)                    BBC

25           Horrible Histories (2009 – Present)                                   BBC

26           Postman Pat (1981- Present)                                             BBC

27           The Adventures of Parsley (1970-71)                             BBC

28           Press Gang (1989-93)                                                         ITV

29           Flower Pot Men /Bill and Ben (Various Years)              BBC

30           Rainbow (1972-1997)                                                        ITV

31           Junior Showtime (1969-1974)                                          ITV

32           The Really Wild Show (1986-2006)                                BBC

33           Get Your Own Back (1991-2004)                                    BBC

34           Wacaday (1985-1992)                                                       TV-AM ITV

35           Why Don’t You..? (1973-1995)                                        BBC

36           Rogger and the Rottentrolss (1996-2000)                      BBC

37           Chorlton and the Wheelies (1976-1979)                         ITV

38           Chucklevision (1987-2009)                                               BBC

39           Hangar 17 (1992-1994)                                                     BBC

40           Teletubbies (1997-2001, 2015-Present)                          BBC

41           The Tomorrow People (1973-1979, 1992-1995)          ITV

42           Take Hart (1977-1983)                                                      BBC

43           Here Come The Double Deckers (1971)                         BBC

44           The Saga of Noggin the Nog (1959-1965)                      BBC

45           Motormouth (1988-1992)                                                 ITV

46           Mr Benn (1971-1972)                                                        BBC

47           The Queen’s Nose (1995-2003)                                        BBC

48           Clapperboard (1975-1982)                                                 ITV

49           Clangers (1969-1974, 2015-Present)                               BBC

50           Peppa Pig (2004 – Present)                                                 Channel 5 , Nick Jnr


But I feel some are missing from that list


My additions:


51           Thomas the Tank Engibe

52           Magic Roundabout

53           Fireman Sam

54           Pigeon Street

55           Button Moon

56           Muppets/Sesame Street

57           Shaun the Sheep

58           Peter Rabbit & Friends

59           Timmy Time

60           Paw Patrol

61           Mr Tumble

62           Andy Pandy

63           Woodentops

64           Zoo Time

65           And so, so many more


Time is a great healer but a poor beautician – Lucille Harper


Happiness is…watching an episode of Magic Roundabout, followed by Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and the Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends


The cool part about naming your child is you don’t have to add six numbers to make sure the name is available.


Love is…putting on a smiley face


Born To Be With You – Dave Edmunds

Highest Chart Position: No.5 14th July 1973