RADIO TIMES names Top 50 best children’s TV shows of all time.
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
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:
- Blue Peter (1958-present) BBC
- Grange Hill (1978-2008) BBC
- Newsround (1972-present) BBC
- Tiswas (1974-1982) ITV
- Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (1976-1982) BBC
- Vision On (1964-1976) BBC
- Live & Kicking (1993-2001) BBC
- Going Live! (1987-1993) BBC
- Play School (1964-1988) BBC
- Crackerjack (1955-1984) BBC
- Play Away (1971-1984) BBC
- Pingu (1986-2006) BBC
- Rentaghost (1976-1984) BBC
- SM:TV Live (1998-2003) ITV
- Animal Magic (1962-1983) BBC
- Byker Grove (1989-2006) BBC
- Jackanory (1965-1996) BBC
- The Box of Delights (1984) BBC
- How (1966-1981) ITV
- 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
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
64 Zoo Time
65 And so, so many more
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
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
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER IT’S A CRACKER JOKE OF THE DAY
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
TRACK OF THE DAY
Highest Chart Position: No.5 14th July 1973