Who’s been on British television the longest?

Is it the eponymous Doctor from Doctor Who? Patrick Moore in Sky at Night?

What’s your guess?

Turns out that at 70,000 hours – or nearly eight years – of onscreen time, it’s Carole Hersee. Who’s she? You’ll recognise her after the jump. If you’re of a certain age, anyway.

Carole Hersee with Bubbles the clown

She still owns Bubbles the clown, apparently.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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