2017 Television Highlights

2017 was a storming year for television and there are so many top programmes for me to choose from for my list of highlights. I was also delighted to realise that my telly highlights could be enhanced by the discovery of Oled TV Panasonic.

The selection of programmes below are without doubt amongst a cornucopia of TV favourites which really captured my imagination last year and had me glued to the box.

Bancroft ~ Oh my, what can I say about this AMAZING four part ITV drama? It was breath-taking and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for Bancroft (the outstanding Sarah Parish) to be found out. A second series must surely be in the offing and what made this stand out other ‘murder’ dramas is that Sarah Parish has become such a comedy series star in recent years that to see her in a totally different character moved me.  Bancroft was exceptionally well written too.

W1A ~ One of my favourite television comedies, the script is side-splittingly observational and I only have to look at Jason Watkins’ expressions to start chuckling. It looked as though this series might be wrapping everything up with Anna (Sarah Parish) leaving for a job abroad and the amalgamation of job roles. If this is the end – I need to know if Will (Hugh Skinner) gets the girl!

The A Word ~ Autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, I’m familiar with it due to many factors. Watching this exceptionally well crafted series was an emotional experience yet it was so watchable. Cast brilliantly with Chris Eccleston and Pooky Quesnel particularly outstanding.  An intense, thought provoking series which I’m so glad I tuned into.

Bucket ~ The best comedy I’ve seen in a long time, certainly the best new comedy. Frog Stone has written a master-piece and it was cast so well with Frog and Miriam Margolyes as mother and daughter. A pairing de force in a series bound to make you laugh so hard you’ll cry. I’m also thrilled to have been introduced to another fantastic comedy writer – more please!

Strictly Come Dancing ~ I love BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, it’s the only reality television show I watch and I was backing Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke this year. That pair were entertaining on their own, and should have their own television show! I was enchanted by the introduction of Shirley Ballas as new Head Judge. Firm, fair, witty and hugely experienced – she brought a wealth of knowledge and allowed her emotions to run freely too, what a breath of fresh air. I was over the moon for the winner, Joe McFadden, very worthy of the glitter-ball.

Photo Credits: BBC Pictures, ITV, National Television Awards 


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