08:00 Friday 13 December 2013

Best of the box in 2013

Written byROB SMYTH

AS Christmas draws near and with only a handful of days left in 2013, what better time to take a closer look at all the things that were good, and some that were bad, about television during the past 12 months.

My favourite show of the year has easily been Fox’s The Walking Dead.

The show, now in its fourth season, has the perfect mix for me drama, action and lots and lots of zombies.

Brits Andrew Lincoln and David Morrissey have headed up a strong cast that has led to record ratings both over here and in America.

What I love most about the show is that is it is not afraid to show just how life can be and also its frequent ability to kill off main characters at the drop of a hat.

Honourable mentions would have to go to Sky 1’s Revolution.

Another show about the end of the world as we know, however, the programme has grown since its patchy first season and evolved into a thoroughly enjoyable 45 minutes every week.

The breakout hit for me was Sky Living’s Blacklist.

James Spader returned to television screens and sparkled as former rogue agent, who returns to the fold to try and help the FBI catch some of the worst criminals out there.

Despite being half way through the series, I still do not know what is going on but it is one hell of a ride and one that I cannot wait to return in 2014.

Another hit for me, despite tapering off towards the end, was ITV drama Broadchurch.

The whodunnit that had the nation griped followed the story that saw a youngster die and the ensuing efforts to see who was the culprit.

The build up and suspense was good and crafted a good show but in my opinion it went on just that little bit too long.

Another good show was BBC 2’s The Fall which charted the pursuit of a serial killer from two sides - the police and the killer himself.

It was a different approach but one that really worked and provided some shocking moments.

This really was a little television gem.

In terms of reality television, this year’s Apprentice was the best yet in my opinion and was as ever filled with idiots, egos and unwitting entertainers.

The X-Factor actually went against form and actually put through top acts rather than gimmicks. However, as it reaches its conclusion, the final three remaining acts, unfortunately, not the best ones in the competition.

Disappointments included this year’s I’m aCelebrity Get Me Out of Here, Channel 4’s Marvel Agents of SHIELD and By Any Means (which was supposed to be the new Spooks - it most certainly was not).

But, I have saved the best till last. In the show’s 50th anniversary, my television event of 2013 has to be the Day of the Doctor.

The Beeb’s 50th birthday episode of smash hit Doctor Who was all I could ask for and more.

Incredible performances by Matt Smith, David Tenant and John Hurt, an engaging storyline with nods and winks to the past and even an appearance by Tom Baker.

It was simply stunning and a great way to end a great year of television.

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