What is the world's longest running TV show

00:00 Wed 21st Feb 2001 The AnswerBank

By Anna Tobin


Ever wondered what is the world's longest running TV show

Well, it is an American show produced by NBC. The first episode of Meet the Press went out on 6 November 1947. The show went weekly a year later and has been running ever since. Over 2,600 episodes have been screened to date.


What is the world's longest running children's programme

The BBC's Blue Peter takes this record. It first went out on 16 October 1958 as a weekly show. It has been going out three times a week from 1995. The longest serving presenter during this time was John Noakes, who was on the show from 1965 to 1978.


What is the longest-running drama

ITV's Coronation Street is the longest-running drama. It has run twice a week from December 1960 to 1989 and it now goes out four times a week.


What is the most syndicated TV game show

Wheel of Fortune wins this prize. It has been sold to 54 countries and is seen by 100 million viewers a week. It was first shown in America in January 1975.


Which actor has spent the longest time in one TV role

Coronation Street's William Roache has been playing Ken Barlow without a break since the show started in 1960.


What is the biggest audience for a TV series

Baywatchis the world's most popular TV series. It has an estimated weekly audience of 1.1 billion in 142 countries.


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