BPG’s Top 50 Landmark TV Programmes – In Headlines


We’re delighted with the interest shown in our BPG Top 50 Landmark Programmes list, from The Guardian and Radio 4’s PM programme to Radio Times, the Daily Mail, the Independent, regional newspapers and the specialist press. Here is some of the coverage:

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To mark the BPG’s 50th anniversary, we invited our members to select their Top 50 Landmark TV Programmes – series that changed the medium,  or were simply the best of their type over the past 50 years. It includes many that have won BPG Awards – listed here, year by year – but also a few that we missed at the time! These are the ones we chose:

1 7 Up series – ITV/Granada + BBC, 1964-2019
2 Life On Earth – BBC, 1979
3 The World At War – ITV/Thames, 1973
4 The Office – BBC, 2001
5 Big Brother – Channel 4, 2000
6 Planet Earth – BBC, 2006
7 Have I Got News For You – BBC, 1990
8 I May Destroy You – BBC, 2020
9 The Singing Detective – BBC, 1986
10 The Day Today – BBC, 1994
 
11 The Royle Family – BBC
12 Our Friends In The North – BBC
13 I’m Alan Partridge – BBC 
14 Boys From The Blackstuff – BBC 
15 Blackadder – BBC 
16 Strictly Come Dancing – BBC 
17 The Thick Of It – BBC 
18 Fleabag – BBC/Amazon
19 Only Fools And Horses – BBC 
20 The Naked Civil Servant – ITV/Thames
 
21 Spitting Image – ITV/Central
22 Queer As Folk –-Channel 4 
23 The Family – BBC 
24 Monty Python’s Flying Circus – BBC 
25 House Of Cards – BBC 
26 Gogglebox – Channel 4 
27 Goodness Gracious Me – BBC 
28 The Crown – Netflix
29 Newsnight – BBC 
30 Derry Girls – Channel 4 
 
31 Brideshead Revisited – ITV/Granada
32 Chernobyl – HBO/Sky
33 Cracker – ITV/Granada
34 Blue Peter – BBC 
35 Inspector Morse – ITV/Central
36 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – BBC 
37 The Beatles: Get Back – Disney+ 
38 I, Claudius – BBC
39 Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave – BBC
40 The Word – Channel 4
 
41 Death On The Rock – ITV/Thames
42 This is England – Channel 4 
43 The Great British Bake-Off – BBC + Channel 4 
44 Grange Hill – BBC 
45 Pride and Prejudice – BBC 
46 Pennies From Heaven – BBC 
47 Desmond’s – Channel 4 
48 The Big Breakfast – Channel 4 
49 Parkinson – BBC + ITV 
50 The Traitors – BBC