Call the Midwife has been voted the best show of the last 25 years in a poll.
The BBC period drama, which is loosely based on real events, follows a group of midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s as they cope with the pressures of their everyday lives as well as the changing times they are living through.
In a poll to mark the 25th anniversary of RadioTimes.com, the website’s readers were asked to vote for the best show of the past 25 years from a list complied by the website’s TV experts. Call the Midwife triumphed, leading the poll with 25% of the vote.
The BBC was also successful in securing second place with Doctor Who after the sci-fi programme garnered 13% of the total vote.
Taking joint third place were Line of Duty and Sherlock with 7% of the vote, while Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones took 5% and 4% of the vote respectively.
Speaking about the achievement, Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas said:
“When you’ve been going on for as many years as we have, you know you’re not the thrill of the new any more, so I think it says a lot about our audience’s loyalty. But also about the fact that we’re doing something right in keeping the show fresh as we move forward. That in itself, I think, is the most encouraging thing.”
The first series of Call the Midwife aired on BBC One in 2012. There have been a further 10 series and an annual Christmas Day special.The show has featured a variety of stars in its casting lineup since its launch, including Miranda Hart, Helen George and Jenny Agutter.
Other shows readers were given the chance to vote for included Fleabag, Gavin and Stacey and The Wire.