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The Best BBC Kids TV Shows 

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List of popular BBC Kids shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled BBC Kids TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best BBC Kids TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on BBC Kids, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

This list features Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Brat Camp and more.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with BBC Kids on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite BBC Kids TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top BBC Kids television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the BBC Kids network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Shaun the Sheep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Richard Webber

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Comedy

Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. The series stars Shaun, a sheep previously featured in the 1995 short film A ...more

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Horrible Histories is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Horrible Histories Meera Syal, Jess Harnell, Cree Summer

Premiered: 2001-01-01

Genres (Tv): Cartoon series, Children's television series

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Thomas the Tank Engine &... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
Alec Baldwin, Ringo Starr, George Carlin

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Stop motion, Short Film, Family Film, + more

Thomas & Friends is a British-American children's television series, which had its first broadcast on the ITV network in 1984 and airs on PBS Kids in the US. It is based on The Railway ...more

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64 Zoo Lane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Adrienne Posta, Keith Wickham, Lewis MacLeod

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Animation, Children's television series, Family Film

64 Zoo Lane is a British-French children's cartoon created by Belgian-born English author An Vrombaut. It was last aired on 28 February 2013.

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The Story of Tracy Beake... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Craig Roberts, Dani Harmer, Lisa Coleman

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy-drama

The Story of Tracy Beaker is a British television programme adapted from the book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson. It ran on CBBC for five series, from 2002 to 2006 and also contained a ...more
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In the Night Garden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Derek Jacobi, Andy Wareham, Elisa Laghi

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

In the Night Garden is a BBC children's television series, aimed at children aged from 1 to 6 years old. It is produced by Ragdoll Productions. Andrew Davenport created, wrote, and composed the ...more
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The Dumping Ground is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Daniel Pearson

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

The Dumping Ground is a BAFTA-winning British children's comedy-drama, which focuses on the lives and experiences of young people and their care workers in care. Filmed around Jesmond, the ...more
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Bear Behaving Badly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Barney Harwood, Glen Davies, Simon Buckley

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Bear Behaving Badly is a British Sitcom which was broadcast between 3 September 2007, and 21 December 2010. The episodes are still broadcast on CBBC even though the series has finished.
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Blue Peter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Peter Purves, Simon Groom, Mark Curry

Premiered: 1958

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Children's television series

Blue Peter is a British CBBC children's television programme. It first aired in 1958 and is the longest-running children's TV show in the world. Although the show has a nautical title and theme, ...more
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Deadly 60 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Deadly 60 Steve Backshall

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Documentary

Deadly... is a strand of British wildlife documentary programming aimed principally at children and young people, which is broadcast on CBBC on BBC One and Two and on the CBBC Channel. It is ...more
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Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
kuzronk added Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Stephen Fry

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Animation

Danger Mouse (CBBC, 2015) is a British animated television series, and a reboot of the 1981 series. Danger Mouse, the "world's greatest secret agent", and his hamster sidekick Penfold, ...more
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Tracy Beaker Returns is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Dani Harmer, Richard Wisker, Lisa Coleman

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy-drama

Tracy Beaker Returns is a BAFTA-winning British children's television series, which premiered on 8 January 2010 on CBBC, CBBC HD and BBC HD. Based upon the novels by Jacqueline Wilson, it is the ...more
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The Sparticle Mystery is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added The Sparticle Mystery Emily Sanderson, Grace Mandeville, Karim Zeroual

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

The Sparticle Mystery is a returning British science fiction television series written and created by Alison Hume and produced by Sparticles Productions for CBBC. The series follows a group of ...more
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The Basil Brush Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Georgina Leonidas, Christopher Pizzey, Michael Hayes

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy

The Basil Brush Show is a British children's television sitcom series, starring the glove puppet fox, Basil Brush. It was produced for six series by The Foundation, airing on CBBC from 4 October ...more
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M.I. High is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Chris Stanton, Jonny Freeman, Rachel Petladwala

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Children's television series

M.I. High is a BBC children's spy-fi adventure series. It was produced for the BBC by the independent production company Kudos, who also produced the hit BBC spy drama Spooks. It follows in the ...more
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Tweenies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Pui Fan Lee, Samantha Dodd, Emma Weaver

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Puppet

Tweenies is a British children's television programme, originally broadcast on the BBC's CBBC programming block. Episodes of the programme have also been repeated on the CBeebies channel since

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Young Dracula is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Keith-Lee Castle, Clare Thomas, Simon Ludders

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Children's television series

Young Dracula is a British teenage horror drama television series which aired on CBBC, loosely based on Young Dracula and Young Monsters, a children's book by Michael Lawrence. The final episode ...more

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The Slammer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Ted Robbins, Dave Chapman, Ian Kirkby

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Children's television series

The Slammer is a children's talent show that has been broadcasting on BBC One and CBBC since 22 September 2006. Set in a fictional prison called HM Slammer, this programme follows a variety show ...more
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Newsround is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Ricky Boleto, Leah Gooding, Joe Tidy

Premiered: 1972

Genres (Tv): News, Children's television series

Newsround is a BBC children's news programme, which has run continuously since 4 April 1972. It was one of the world's first television news magazines aimed specifically at children. Initially ...more
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Me Too! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
henster200512 added Me Too! Jane McCarry, Samantha Seager

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Me Too! is a live-action television series on BBC Two and CBeebies for preschool children based around the large community of Riverseafingal in Scotland. In reality the programme is filmed in ...more
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Sam & Mark's TMi Fri... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Caroline Flack, Sam Nixon, Mark Rhodes

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Children's television series

Sam & Mark's TMi Friday is a British children's entertainment programme that was produced for five series by the BBC and aired from 16 September 2006 to 17 December 2010.
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Hotel Trubble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Gary Damer, Sam Phillips, Sheila Bernette

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Comedy-drama

Hotel Trubble is a children's comedy drama made by the BBC and broadcast on its television channels CBBC. It stars Dominique Moore as Sally, the receptionist; Gary Damer as Lenny; Sam Phillips ...more
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Balamory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
dylanedes354 added Miles Jupp, Mary Riggans, Julie Wilson Nimmo

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Balamory is a Scottish live action television series on British television for pre-school children, based around the fictional small island community of Balamory in Scotland. It was produced ...more
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Grange Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes

Premiered: 1978

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Teen drama, Drama, Children's television series

Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest-running programmes on British television when it ended its ...more
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Horrible Histories: Gory... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC Kids TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Horrible Histories: Gory Games Dave Lamb

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Game show, Comedy

Horrible Histories: Gory Games is a children's game show, co-produced by Citrus Television and Lion Television for CBBC, that debuted in 2011. It is a spin-off of hit children's sketch comedy ...more