Tom In Oz
Whether it be Mildred Pierce, a mini-series starring Kate Winslet, or Game Of Thrones, a show akin to a weekly Lord Of The Rings, television in 2011 has had many highlights. I have gone through the pain and torment of selecting my top 10 highlights, covering the back end of the 2010-11 season, the summer shows, and the first few months of 2011-12. I'm sure everyone has their own Top 10s and I'd love to hear your thoughts too.
Honorable mentions: Once Upon A Time (beautifully shot, stellar cast); Black Mirror (unique, daring); Breaking Bad - Season 4 (every season is amazing); The Fades (the new Being Human?); Friday Night Lights - Season 5 (goodbye to the most underappreciated show on TV); This Is England '88 (superb acting and writing); Downton Abbey - Series 2 (addictive, best UK show in years).
Proud to be able to put a UK show at the top of my chart this year - there was no better central cast this year than the combination of Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey and Aidan Turner. They all have the ability to make you laugh or cry, sometimes even both. With no prior knowledge of Turner leaving the show, Being Human shocked its fanbase by delivering a stake to their hearts - and to Mitchell. If there was a more surprising and heartbreaking moment in all of 2011, I didn't see it. Despite complete despair at the end, everything that came before it was of such a high quality. The return of Jason Watkins as Herrick was worth the wait, with Watkins showing once again that he's one of the best actors on TV. His range between good and evil is astounding. It's hard to see how the show carries on without one of its main characters, especially when the bonds between them were so tight, yet we do get a fourth series starting early 2012. No one man makes a show after all. Whether that will be the final series is yet to be seen, but I almost feel like the Series 3 ending could have been a perfect finale for the whole show. Maybe once our version finishes, I'll get brave enough to try the US version...
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