UK Popular and forgotten kids T.V shows 1980s-2010's

by Dewcake | created - 14 Aug 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A list of kids TV shows that ran in the UK(Mostly CBBC/CITV) between 1980 and 2000+ ( One entry from '79 included as it ran through the 80's). Please feel free to leave any suggestions I have missed, and feedback in the comments, I'd Love to hear your thoughts on this list . Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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1. Round the Twist (1989–2001)

25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Tony Twist and his three children - thirteen year old twins Pete and Linda and seven year old Bronson - move to an old lighthouse on the rugged Australian Coast. They soon discover that the... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Mitchell, Esben Storm, Rian McLean, Mathew Waters

Votes: 1,947

"Have you ever? ever felt like this? when strange things happen, are you going round the twist?"

The adventures of the Twist family, who live in a lighthouse and get mixed up in all kinds of crazy magical mischief! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mybg0l2Alaw

2. The Family-Ness (1984–1985)

5 min | Animation, Family

Two Scottish children discover that not only is The Loch Ness Monster real - but that there is a whole family of 'Nessie'. Most of the yellow creatures are named after a personality trait like Eager-Ness, Sad-Ness or Silly-Ness.

Stars: Peter Hawkins, Susan Sheridan

Votes: 204

The Mactoot children Elspeth and Angus, head down to Loch ness, blow on their thistle whistles, and have fun with the Nessies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdjqFAXMF0

3. Five Children and It (1991– )

25 min | Family, Fantasy

A group of children discovers a mysterious creature in the local sand pit who agrees to grant them one wish each day.

Stars: Simon Godwin, Nicole Mowat, Charles Richards, Tamzen Audas

Votes: 219

4. Fun House (1989–1999)

Family, Game-Show

TV game show for kids. 2 teams compete against each other for the chance to enter the final game, the funhouse, where they collect prizes on the way through.

Stars: Pat Sharp, Martina Grant, Melanie Grant, Gary King

Votes: 292

Its a whole lotta fun!

5. Aquila (1997–1998)

Comedy, Drama, Family

Whilst on holiday, two boys find the skeleton of a Roman centurion in a cave. Buried with him is an unusual 'pod' which turns out to be a flying machine with incredible abilities. Will they... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Brooks, Craig Vye, Sallyanne Law, Vivien Parry

Votes: 255

6. The Poddington Peas (1989– )

5 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The adventures of a community of anthropomorphic peas, who live in a town of over-turned flowerpots at the bottom of the garden.

Star: Neil Pearson

Votes: 96

7. The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993–1995)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A group of wild animal friends are forced to move to a park after humans drive them away from their old home.

Stars: Rupert Farley, Stacey Gregg, Ron Moody, Jeremy Barrett

Votes: 2,977

8. Mike & Angelo (1989–2000)

20 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A series about an alien living with an American boy in Britain.

Stars: Tim Whitnall, Shelley Thompson, Michael Benz, Katy Murphy

Votes: 130

9. Spider! (1991– )

5 min | Animation, Musical

The musical adventures in which a little boy reluctantly befriends a spider.

Stars: Casey Stevenson, Holly Stevenson

Votes: 73

10. The Queen's Nose (1995– )

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Children's series about a magic coin that can grant wishes.

Stars: Heather-Jay Jones, Victoria Shalet, Paula Wilcox, Stephen Moore

Votes: 497

11. The Raggy Dolls (1986–1994)

5 min | Animation, Family

This features toys which have been thrown in a factory reject bin but come to life and have adventures. This time though they are dolls and, rather than becoming superheroes and saving ... See full summary »

Star: Neil Innes

Votes: 622

12. The Further Adventures of SuperTed (1989– )

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The continued adventures of the super-powered crime-fighting teddy bear and his alien friend.

Stars: Rene Auberjonois, George Ball, Earl Boen, Danny Cooksey

Votes: 87

13. Bananaman (1983–1986)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Stupid, but well-meaning and super-strong super-hero, Bananaman gets his strength from eating bananas. Before he eats a banana, Bananaman is a young boy called Eric who is keen to keep his ... See full summary »

Stars: Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jill Shilling

Votes: 1,332

14. Byker Grove (1989–2006)

30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Byker Grove follows the lives and relationships of a group of young people who are members of a youth club.

Stars: Daymon Britton, Billy Fane, Chris Beattie, Declan Donnelly

Votes: 635

Remember that annoying laugh at the end of the titles? aha aha aha!

15. The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi

Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, with the help of her adopted son, his friends, and an intelligent supercomputer, combats evil alien forces here on Earth.

Stars: Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony, Alexander Armstrong, Tommy Knight

Votes: 4,796

A show about a church choir that sang, well , out of tune!. Starring a young James corden and charlie brooks (Janine from Eastenders)

18. Live & Kicking (1993–2001)

180 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

The BBC's much loved weekly 3 and a quarter hour live Saturday Morning programme, aimed at children.

Stars: Emma Forbes, Andi Peters, John Barrowman, Trevor Neal

Votes: 135

19. Bodger and Badger (1989– )

15 min | Comedy, Family

Odd job man Simon Bodger has a highly unusual pet and best friend, a badly behaved, beret-wearing, talking Badger - who LOVES mashed potatoes. Bodger tries a variety of jobs but Badger is always getting him into messy trouble.

Stars: Andy Cunningham, Jane Bassett, Carol MacReady, Selina Cadell

Votes: 236

Mash potato anyone?

20. Kenan & Kel (1996–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Kenan and Kel. Two best friends who live in Chicago are always dragged down by Kenan's get rich quick schemes while orange soda loving buddy Kel is dragged along but tends to mess things up

Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree, Teal Marchande

Votes: 13,230

21. Sister, Sister (1994–1999)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell are twins separated at birth who learn of each other's existence and come together as teenagers.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid

Votes: 9,683

22. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

A group of kids get together in the woods, and tell ghost stories.

Stars: Ross Hull, Daniel DeSanto, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther

Votes: 12,285

23. Eerie, Indiana (1991–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Teenage weirdness investigator Marshall Teller adventures through his new small-town home with his friends, geeky Simon Holmes and mysterious Dash X.

Stars: Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes, Francis Guinan

Votes: 4,634

24. Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop (1994– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

After being fired from his pet shop job, a mad scientist opens up his own pet shop in a haunted castle.

Stars: Max André, Jean-Claude Donda, Danielle Hazan, Marc Moro

Votes: 276

25. Wolves, Witches and Giants (1995– )

15 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Classic fairy tales featuring wolves, witches or giants.

Star: Spike Milligan

Votes: 60

26. Grotbags (1991–1993)

20 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Children's comedy adventure series with Grotbags, the wicked witch, and her puppet lodgers.

Stars: Carol Lee Scott, Richard Coombs, Francis Wright, Francesca Longrigg

Votes: 38

28. Animaniacs (1993–1998)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Mainly staring the Warner Siblings Wakko, Yakko, and Dot, who were created by the WB Studios ... See full summary »

Stars: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker

Votes: 19,619

29. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple.

Stars: Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown

Votes: 75,762

30. Charlie Chalk (1988–1989)

15 min | Animation, Family

A clown named Charlie Chalk arrives on the island of Merrytwit after falling asleep on his boat. He befriends the inhabitants of the island and gets into many adventures.

Stars: Michael Williams, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, John Wells

Votes: 163

31. Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (1981– )

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In 17th century France, young Dogtanian travels to Paris to fulfill his ambition to become one of the King's Musketeers. He befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis and falls in love with Juliette. A doggy version of the tale.

Stars: Eduardo Jover, Gloria Cámara, Manuel Peiró, Jesús Nieto

Votes: 2,001

32. Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (1989–1994)

25 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The true story of Sherwood Forest is finally revealed: Robin was a cowardly tailor from Kensington, and Marian was the brains behind the Merry Men. With her ruthless band of freedom ... See full summary »

Stars: Kate Lonergan, Adam Morris, Danny John-Jules, Howard Lew Lewis

Votes: 1,091

33. Woof! (1989–1997)

30 min | Family

A young boy becomes a dog from time to time.

Stars: Liza Goddard, Adam Roper, Punch, Edward Fidoe

Votes: 210

34. Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.

Stars: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker, Luc Durand

Votes: 17,029

35. The Shoe People (1987– )

5 min | Animation, Family

This series follows the magical adventures of The Shoe People who live in their own magical land called Shoe Town.

Star: Philip Whitchurch

Votes: 248

36. The Raccoons (1985–1992)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

The adventures of a family of Raccoons and their friends.

Stars: Michael Magee, Len Carlson, Marvin Goldhar, Bob Dermer

Votes: 1,563

37. Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone (1990– )

TV-G | 21 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Each Night, Potsworth the dog and his 4 friends, Carter his owner, Keiko, Rosie, and Nick go to sleep and enter the realm known as the Dream Zone. There, they become the Midnight Patrol, ... See full summary »

Stars: Charlie Adler, Christine Avila, Michael Bell, Hamilton Camp

Votes: 70

38. Knightmare (1987–1994)

25 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Dungeons and Dragons-style show that lets contestants explore a computer-generated fantasy world, with wicked special effects and cunning puzzles.

Stars: Hugo Myatt, David Learner, John Woodnutt, Paul Valentine

Votes: 747

39. Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (1988–1990)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Disney's fun-loving chipmunks are re-imagined as the leaders of a team of pint-sized crime-fighters, rounding out the team are two mice, Gadget Hackwrench and Monterey Jack and Zipper, a fly.

Stars: Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Tress MacNeille, Jim Cummings

Votes: 15,563

40. Henry's Cat (1983– )

5 min | Family, Animation

Henry's Cat is a whimsical cartoon series that follows the adventures of a small yellow feline and his friends. Henry's Cat is the typical cat, loving nothing better than to eat and to ... See full summary »

Star: Bob Godfrey

Votes: 133

41. Cavegirl (2002– )

24 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Adventures of a sexy cavegirl and her tribe of idiotic prehistoric people.

Stars: Stacey Cadman, Jennifer Guy, Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar, Kenneth Collard

Votes: 93

42. Tiny Planets (2001– )

5 min | Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

Two furry aliens travel different planets and solve problems along the way.

Stars: Carrigan van de Merwe, Kim Goody, Dashiell Tate

Votes: 187

43. Count Duckula (1988–1993)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a vegetarian vampire duck and his servants.

Stars: Barry Clayton, Jack May, Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert

Votes: 3,214

44. Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A close knit group of six friends try to make it through their teens while attending Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies

Votes: 29,229

45. The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994–1998)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

She's Alex Mack. One minute she's walking home...the next there's a crash and she's drenched in some weird chemical! Then she gets powers...

Stars: Larisa Oleynik, Meredith Bishop, Darris Love, Michael Blakley

Votes: 4,212

46. Horrible Histories (2009–2019)

28 min | Comedy, Family, History

A group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach you in school. From the 'Savage Stone Age' to the 'Troublesome 20th Century', you see the full side to history.

Stars: Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas

Votes: 3,402

47. Penny Crayon (1989–1990)

10 min | Animation, Family

The adventures of a mischievous schoolgirl who loves to draw.

Stars: Su Pollard, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 97

48. The Trap Door (1984– )

5 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

3D plasticine animation, featuring Berk, a blue creature who lives as servant to the unseen 'Thing Upstairs' in an old dark house. Every time the trap door opens a new adventure begins for ... See full summary »

Stars: William Rushton, Nick Shipley

Votes: 1,326

49. The Moomins (1977–1982)

9 min | Animation, Short, Adventure