Long Running British and Australian TV Soap Operas and Dramas

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1. Coronation Street (1960– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

The U.K.'s longest-running television soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.

Stars: William Roache, Helen Worth, Sally Dynevor, Simon Gregson

Votes: 4,367

2. Emmerdale (1972– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

A soap opera set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales.

Stars: Lucy Pargeter, Mark Charnock, Jeff Hordley, Elizabeth Estensen

Votes: 2,552

3. The Bill (1984–2010)

50 min | Crime, Drama

Uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Stars: Graham Cole, Jeff Stewart, Trudie Goodwin, Simon Rouse

Votes: 2,495

4. EastEnders (1985– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market.

Stars: Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, Pam St. Clement, June Brown

Votes: 6,985

5. Crossroads (1964–1988)

30 min | Drama

The four or five times a week adventures of a motel owner, son, daughter and her staff. Drama was never far away from the ringing of the reception bell.

Stars: Noele Gordon, Susan Hanson, Ronald Allen, Paul Henry

Votes: 270

6. Casualty (1986– )

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama

The everyday lives of the people frequenting the frenetic Accident and Emergency department of Holby City hospital.

Stars: Derek Thompson, Suzanne Packer, Tony Marshall, Ian Bleasdale

Votes: 2,256

7. Holby City (1999– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of the frenetic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital.

Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Rosie Marcel, Tina Hobley, Jaye Jacobs

Votes: 1,527

8. Hollyoaks (1995– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

Hollyoaks takes a look at the lives, loves and careers of a group of teenage friends and their families as they graduate through GCSE's, A-Levels and College into the world of work.

Stars: Kieron Richardson, Nick Pickard, Ashley Taylor Dawson, Jennifer Metcalfe

Votes: 3,655

9. Family Affairs (1997–2005)

30 min | Drama

British soap opera focusing on the lives of residents in the fictional London suburb of Charnham.

Stars: Ebony Thomas, Nicola Duffett, David Easter, Barbara Young

Votes: 130

10. Brookside (1982–2003)

30 min | Drama

The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England.

Stars: Alexandra Fletcher, Diane Burke, Steven Pinder, Vince Earl

Votes: 565

11. Doctors (2000– )

30 min | Drama

The daily lives of staff at a Birmingham medical practice, including their often dramatic involvements with their patients.

Stars: Adrian Lewis Morgan, Diane Keen, Jan Pearson, Matthew Chambers

Votes: 949

12. Taggart (1983–2010)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Maryhill CID investigates gruesome murders against the bleak backdrop of the city of Glasgow.

Stars: Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie, Alex Norton

Votes: 1,163

13. Heartbeat (1992–2010)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Comedy, Crime

The 1960s lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff, and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield.

Stars: William Simons, Derek Fowlds, Tricia Penrose, Mark Jordon

Votes: 2,183

14. The Royal (2003–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

Set in the 1960s, this British medical drama follows the staff and patients of St Aidan's Royal Free Hospital.

Stars: Robert Daws, Linda Armstrong, Amy Robbins, Denis Lill

Votes: 512

15. Neighbours (1985– )

TV-G | 22 min | Drama, Romance

Australian soap opera exploring the lives and relationships of the residents of Ramsay Street in Erinsborough.

Stars: Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Tom Oliver, Jackie Woodburne

Votes: 4,398

16. Home and Away (1988– )

22 min | Drama, Romance

"Home and Away" chronicles the lives, loves, happiness and heart-breaks of the residents of Summer Bay, a small coastal town just outside of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia.

Stars: Ray Meagher, Lynne McGranger, Emily Symons, Ada Nicodemou

Votes: 5,089

17. Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979–1986)

50 min | Crime, Drama

The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.

Stars: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Maggie Kirkpatrick

Votes: 1,533

18. Number 96 (1972–1977)

25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Drama examining the lives of residents of a Sydney apartment block. Initial storylines focused on adultery, drug use, frigidity, rape, gossip, homosexuality, marriage problems, racism. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Pat McDonald, Jeff Kevin, Joe Hasham, Elaine Lee

Votes: 69

19. The Young Doctors (1976–1983)

25 min | Drama, Romance

The lives, loves and medical complaints of the doctors, nurses and patients at Sydney's Albert Memorial Hospital.

Stars: Tim Page, Gwen Plumb, Judy McBurney, Michael Beecher

Votes: 74

20. The Sullivans (1976–1983)

30 min | Drama

Follows the Sullivan family during the Second World War.

Stars: Steven Tandy, Lorraine Bayly, John Bowman, Marcella Burgoyne

Votes: 333

21. All Saints (1998–2009)

60 min | Drama

With Ward 17 closed down, the team from All Saints face big changes as they are split up and some are moved to the fast paced world of the Emergency Department, headed by Director of Emergency Frank Campion.

Stars: Judith McGrath, Georgie Parker, Martin Lynes, Tammy Macintosh

Votes: 1,018

22. Blue Heelers (1994–2006)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The series primarily focuses on the daily lives of Victorian police officers working at a police station in the fictional small town of Mount Thomas.

Stars: John Wood, Julie Nihill, Martin Sacks, Lisa McCune

Votes: 750

23. A Country Practice (1981–1993)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Follow the highs and lows of the townsfolk of Wandin Valley. This drama TV series revolves around the daily happenings of a 'small town' rural Australian hospital, its doctors, nurses, ... See full summary »

Stars: Shane Porteous, Brian Wenzel, Lorrae Desmond, Joyce Jacobs

Votes: 371

24. Sons and Daughters (1982–1987)

30 min | Drama, Romance

Dramatic incidents in the lives of the wealthy Hamilton family and working class Palmer family, linked by the long-ago secret affair of David Palmer and Patricia Hamilton and the offspring ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Blain, Pat McDonald, Leila Hayes, Ian Rawlings

Votes: 200

25. E Street (1989–1993)

50 min | Drama

An Australian soap opera, set in a tough fictional inner-city district called Westside. The stories revolve around the local community there.

Stars: Cecily Polson, Les Dayman, Tony Martin, Vic Rooney

Votes: 103

26. Cop Shop (1977–1983)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Life in a suburban Australian police station.

Stars: Peter Adams, Paula Duncan, Gregory Ross, Joanna Lockwood

Votes: 64

27. The Restless Years (1977–1982)

25 min | Drama

Tragedy tinged story of various school-leavers entering the adult world of careers and relationships as overseen by matriarchal former teacher Miss MacKenzie.

Stars: Nick Hedstrom, June Salter, Jon Blake, Julieanne Newbould

Votes: 24

28. Heartbreak High (1994–1999)

50 min | Drama

The series based on the lives of a group of students who attend the fictional Hartley High School in Sydney. Praised for its willingness to tackle gritty issues, from drugs to romance to ... See full summary »

Stars: Callan Mulvey, Lara Cox, Emma Roche, Ada Nicodemou

Votes: 2,385

29. Homicide (1964–1977)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases and crimes actioned by the Victoria (Australia) homicide squad, with many cases based of true events.

Stars: Leonard Teale, George Mallaby, John Fegan, Alwyn Kurts

Votes: 76

31. McLeod's Daughters (2001–2009)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Five women run a cattle station, "Drover's Run", in the outback of South Australia.

Stars: Aaron Jeffery, Rachael Carpani, Simmone Mackinnon, Bridie Carter

Votes: 4,232



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