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Tuesday, 22 September, 1998, 05:43 GMT 06:43 UK
TV's golden oldies come out top
Only Fools and Horses
The famous Batman and Robin episode of Only Fools and Horses
It's official - the old ones are the good ones.

Comedy classic the Morecambe and Wise show is just one of the 1960s and '70s programmes to come out top in a new poll of viewers all time TV favourites.

The poll, to celebrate the Radio Time magazine's 75th birthday, shows readers prefer golden oldies to more modern fayre.

Among the winners:

  • Eric and Ernie got best comics - their last show was 14 years ago.

  • All Creatures Great and Small, first aired in 1978 won best television drama series.

  • Only Fools and Horses a relatively new programme which started in 1981 won best sitcom.

  • The award for funniest radio programme went to Hancock's Half Hour - first heard in 1954.

Des Lynam
Des Lynam was the anchor for the BBC's World Cup 98 coverage
It was not just comedy in which viewers preferred programmes with a pedigree.

Best ever one-off TV drama went to Cathy Come Home, a depiction of homelessness first shown in 1966.

I Claudius, the series which won established thespian Derek Jacobi a Bafta in 1976, won best period drama - beating recent attempts like Pride and Prejudice.

The Teletubbies, who might have been expected to take the children's television category was pipped to the post by Play School, which ran for 24 years from the mid-60s. It won the best pre-school introduction to television award.

But with so many BBC programmes grabbing all the top slots, ITV will be pleased to see that Coronation Street took the coveted soap opera category away from Eastenders.

Kate Adie
Kate Adie has become known for fearless reporting in the world's danger zones
People awards

The award for top entertainer went to Bruce Forsyth who was given an OBE earlier this year.

Match of the Day god, sports broadcaster Des Lynam, was named best Host With The Most while Kate Adie was named Best Radio/TV Journalist.

Staying power

A spokeswoman said that the results underlined the staying power of quality programmes.

only fools video
She stressed that the results did not suggest an old readership, insisting that over half the readers are aged between 15 and 44.

Radio Times Editor Sue Robinson said: "These programmes have won because they are ageless and timeless. Many were innovative and have set trends and established formulas which have been copied endlessly."

Full list of winners:

  • Best Comedy show - Morecambe & Wise.
  • Best Period Drama - I, Claudius.
  • Best Host With The Most - Des Lynam.
  • Best Police/Detective Drama - Inspector Morse.
  • Best TV/ Radio Journalist - Kate Adie.
  • Best Soap Opera - Coronation Street.
  • Best Radio Drama - The Archers.
  • Best TV Entertainer - Bruce Forsyth.
  • Best one-off TV drama - Cathy Come Home.
  • Best TV Documentary Series - Around The World In 80 Days.
  • Funniest Radio Programme - Hancock's Half-Hour.
  • Best Television Sitcom- Only Fools And Horses.
  • Best Pre-School Introduction To TV - Play School.
  • Best TV Drama Series - All Creatures Great And Small.
  • Sexiest Woman On TV - Francesca Annis.
  • Sexiest Doctors On TV - Dr Doug Ross (George Clooney), ER; Dr Beth Glover (Amanda Burton), Peak Practice.
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