Our countdown continues with 30 – 21 below…
30. River – BBC1
Some may argue that this should be higher up the list, the only reason it’s not, is it tried to hard to be noir and in doing so lost its pace compared to its Danish counterparts. However, I applaud its honest portrayal of Mental Health and Stellan Skarsgård and Nicola Walker acted their socks off throughout, with Walker providing the much needed light relief to Skarsgård’s depressed detective.
29. Inside No 9 – BBC2
The imagination of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton astounds me, plus an array of well-known faces adds the cherry on top. My favourite episode of the series ‘La Couchette’ (pictured).
28. The Game – BBC2
Apart from the fact I enjoyed recognising the Birmingham locations, the 70s set series turned the tables with the reveal of the mole. The “Daddy” name though was completely unrealistic. Are we really expected to believe no-one knows his real name?
27. Boy Meets Girl – BBC2
A romantic comedy with a warm heart tackling the subject of transgender issues.
26. The Outcast – BBC1
George Mackay gave a nuanced performance of the troubled Lewis following the death of his mother.
25. Supergirl – Sky 1
Melissa Benoist probably had the most pressured role to take on as the new Supergirl. It took a while for the series to find its feet having to navigate the differences between her and Superman, modern feminist portrayal and still being a kickass superhero, but by the mid-season finale Supergirl is on the right track. Calista Flockhart also impresses as Cat Grant full of wit and air of disdain.
24. Doctor Who – BBC1
Like most series of Doctor Who it’s had it’s up and down’s, the first and last two-parters are particular highlights. As is the addition of Ashildr, played by Game Of Thrones Maisie Williams.
23. You, Me & The Apocalypse – Sky 1
An apocalyptic comedy bringing together the likes of Rob Lowe and Pauline Quirke driving in a car seems both amazing and ridiculous. A great mix of UK and US actors including Mathew Baynton, Jenna Fischer and Megan Mullally. The group all make mistakes in their final days to get to their loved ones and that elusive bunker, but it’s very entertaining none the less.
22. 24 Hours In A&E – Channel 4
I never get bored of watching 24 Hours In A&E, there’s a comfort in knowing that there is a team of people who know exactly what they’re doing and are doing everything they can to help people. Mostly though it’s a window into the human spirit of survival at the darkest and most frightening times.
21. Game Of Thrones – Sky Atlantic
It had a bumpy season but highlights included Daenerys tempestuous teenage dragons, Jon Snow’s shock (maybe) death and Ayra doing her own version of Mr Miyagi training.