Top 10 Best ITV Programmes to mark ITV 60th Anniversary

ITV celebrates its 60th Anniversary, having launched on the 22nd September 1955. To mark the occasion Radio Times is running a poll for viewers to vote for their favourite TV show from a list of 60 memorable programmes.

The survey covers output from Saturday night entertainment shows such as Opportunity Knocks in the 1950s, Blind Date in the 1980s and current favourite The X Factor, The poll includes drama series such as Inspector Morse, brideshead revisited dvdCracker and Prime Suspect and the more recent Broadchurch. Epic 1980s dramas Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel in the Crown also  feature in a list of 60 designated programmes compiled by Radio Times for its poll.

It also includes classic documentaries such as Seven Up! and The World at War as well as cult children’s TV shows Tiswas and Magpie. As you would expect the UK’s longest-running television soap Coronation Street, which was first broadcast in 1960, has also been included.

Alison Graham, Radio Times television editor, commented: “ITV has always liked to do things differently, to shake things up a bit. It brought us the muck and brass of Coronation Street and its flinty northern women and, in another television time altogether, Prime Suspect’s DCI Jane Tennison, flawed, brilliant and impossible to forget.”

She continued: “It opened minds and changed lives with World in Action and John Pilger’s unforgettable Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia, and it has never been afraid to give us flat-out, glittery and unapologetic entertainment shows, from Sunday Night at the London Palladium to The X Factor. No list can possibly cover everyone’s beloved programmes, but we’d like to think that there’s something on here that stirs your heart and prompts you to vote for the greatest ITV programme of all time.”

Votes can be cast at or by post via a coupon in the new issue of Radio Times, with voting closing on the 11th September 11. The winner will be announced in the week commencing 21st September.

So here goes, this is the Record Press Top 10 Best ITV Programmes to mark ITV 60th Anniversary –


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1) The Avengers ( 1961-1969 )

2) Brideshead Revisited ( 1981 )

3)The Persuaders ( 1971-1972 )

4) Rising Damp ( 1974-1979 )

5) The Sweeney ( 1975-1978 )

6) Upstairs Downstairs ( 1971-1975 )

7) Bouquet of Barbed Wire ( 1976 )

8) Inspector Morse ( 1987 – 2000 )

9) Tales of the Unexpected ( 1979-1981 )

10) Cracker ( 1993-1997 )


What’s your favourite ITV programme of all time? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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