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Asked in The Guardian's Notes & Queries:

I notice Channel 4 is again screening the Christmassy Ted episode of Father Ted. Which episode of a TV series (as opposed to one-offs such as The Snowman) has been screened most often on one of the five main TV channels?

The five main TV channels are the UK's BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. The answer doesn't necessarily need to be a Christmas special. I'm looking for some concrete basis to the answer rather than guesswork.

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I found a few things on the net about this.

Last of the Summer Wine is currently the most repeated show of since the beginning of 2013 in the UK (483 episodes shown).

The rest of the list is as follows:

  • My Family - 233 repeats
  • QI - One of only two current shows on list 179 times
  • Only Fools and Horses - Classic repeated 161 times
  • The Good Life - Starring Richard Briers, 132 repeats
  • My Parents Are Aliens - ITV show repeated 157 times
  • Have I Got News for You - Ongoing show, 126 repeats
  • The Upper Hand - Another ITV series, 110 repeats
  • 'Allo 'Allo - French-themed classic, repeated 108 times

Dinner for One however is the most repeated of all time the world over. Despite it being a British comedy sketch it's almost never shown here.

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This is interesting but doesn't answer the question: what's the most repeated single episode of a television series? Perhaps it'll be an episode from your lists, particularly one that didn't have many series (so each episode has been shown more times). –  Hugo Apr 24 '13 at 12:40
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