ITV names UK's 50 greatest stars

Britain's 50 greatest TV stars of all time have been named.

Sir David Jason, John Thaw, Cilla Black and Anne Robinson all made the list.

Also featuring are Ant and Dec, Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies.

ITV compiled the list of 50 actors, presenters and comedians who have kept us entertained over the past 50 years.

Viewers are being invited to vote for their favourite.

The nation’s number one will be revealed in a special programme hosted by Coronation Street’s Bradley Walsh.

The one-off show, TV’s 50 Greatest Stars, will be broadcast later this year.

Comedy legends Les Dawson, Leonard Rossiter and Benny Hill are on the list alongside modern funnymen Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais.

Acting talents include Dame Helen Mirren, Robbie Coltrane and Coronation Street star Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow.

Jamie Oliver is one of the 50 but there is no place for fellow TV chef Gordon Ramsay.

The three-and-a-half hour show will feature many of the names on the list paying tribute to their own TV heroes.

Walsh said: “I’m delighted to be involved in this show. It will be a great celebration of some of the most fantastic stars from the last 50 years. It will be interesting to see who the viewers vote to come out on top.”

Viewers can vote at www.itv.com/tv50stars or in this week’s TV Times.