Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Nov 30, 2017 8:00:34 GMT
Just off the top of my head: "Days of Our Lives" (1965-present, soap opera, USA) "Four Corners" (1961-present, current affairs, Australia) "Coronation Street" (1960-present, soap opera, UK) "Heute" (1963-present, newscast, Germany) "General Hospital" (1963-present, soap opera, USA) "Sesame Street" (1969-present, children's show, USA) - Perhaps the only National Educational Television series to still be running? "Play School" (1966-present, children's show, Australia) "TV Avisen" (1965-present, newscast, Denmark)
Can anyone name any others?
As for archival status of these shows: "Days of Our Lives" - Reported to exist intact "Four Corners" - Many early episodes are lost. Some do survive, though, perhaps more than you'd expect for current affairs programming from the 1960s/1970s "Coronation Street" - Exists complete "Heute" - No idea "General Hospital" - No idea "Sesame Street" - I presume this exists complete "Play School" - No idea, but highly likely that few 1960s/1970s episodes survive (and I wouldn't be so confident the 1980s episodes survive complete either. Australian Broadcasting Corporation was terrible at archiving programs) "TV Avisen" - Tapes erased until 1984
This may not count because there was a break in transmission - called a hiatus.
The British science fiction program Doctor Who premiered in December 1963 and ran for 26 seasons until 1989. Between 1989 and 2005, there was a huge Doctor Who industry in books and audio adventures for the fans to hold on to until the show returned, as they had faith it would.
In 2005, Doctor Who resumed with new programs. This late summer will begin the 11th season of the New Series and the 37th overall - 37 seasons in 55 years.
All of the stories from season 7 to the present exist. Several from the first six seasons are missing, hitting years 4,5,and 6 very hard. Preservationist have been hard at work restoring as many as they can using an existing audio track along with production still photographs and animation. The restoration of the legendary lost story that introduced the second actor to play the title character, "Power of the Daleks" (1966), was premiered in theaters in 2016. The first six seasons were videoed and broadcast in black and white. Year 7 was the first in color yet a couple of shows for that year are only available in black and white.