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post Jan 1 2017, 12:41 PM
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Hopefully, I'll be starting a thread for all my TV highlights in 2016 soon but what has been your favourite TV from last year. We've seen dogs flying planes, those people from the telly lip-syncing, Gary Linekar presenting in his pants, Tom Hiddleston's bum, killer bees, all of Planet Earth and the last ever Bake Off on the BBC. Were there any memorable moments or any standout shows for you? How did the soaps fare this year, better or worse?
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post Jan 1 2017, 01:31 PM
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My favourite TV from 2016 was my LG smart TV! smile.gif
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post Jan 1 2017, 01:41 PM
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I'm with you on the Gary Lineker thing, definitely a highlight for me laugh.gif

I loved Hunted, The A-Word, Thirteen & Stranger Things in terms of series', and The X-Factor was definitely one of my favourite seasons of said show for a long time. Still loving Family Guy, Bake Off, and Coronation Street (the latter is without a doubt my favourite soap as ever) ─ on the whole 2016 was a rather good year for TV!
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post Jan 1 2017, 02:01 PM
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I think it was a pretty good year for soaps generally. Emmerdale is on top form and has been for a while, Corrie's made steps in the right direction in the past few months, and while EastEnders is lacking a lot of the big storylines (I say that before tonight's new year episode...), I've mostly been enjoying the character moments of the latter part of the year. Hollyoaks however is a total mess :')

I didn't really watch a lot of TV beyond the soaps and talent shows etc last year actually, probably should try and change that this year! I ended up watching Containment on E4 just on a whim and while it wasn't perfect, I got very invested in it and I was very upset at one point near the end of the series (no spoilers on the off chance I'll ruin it for someone). Doctor Who has been sorely missed from my TV watching!

Talent/reality shows have been a mixed bag. X Factor's been very fun, probably the most fun in a good few years now, and I liked the judging panel, although the song choices and themes were mostly rather dated unfortunately (way more than normal). The Apprentice has delivered possibly my favourite series to date, thoroughly entertaining and it was great to see someone like Alana win after the way some of the others treated her at the start. Big Brother UK delivered a fantastic civilian series, so much fun and plenty of likeable characters, with the unlikeable few going out early on mostly (shame about the winner though). The summer CBB however was awful and I couldn't watch the entire thing for the first time since I began watching BB in 2013. The US and Canada seasons have been great too, the former was the best since BB 14 I think. (although this is more for the Reality forum lol but oh well x)
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post Jan 1 2017, 05:25 PM
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Well, most of my favourites were international (Game of Thrones, Stranger Things etc.), but British has been pretty great too, my top 2 shows of the year were Planet Earth II and Black Mirror, were both amazing, ironically in very different ways ofc., the former made me feel happier about the world we live in and the latter made me more scared of it laugh.gif

The Living & The Dead was also a pretty good ghost drama, I sadly haven't finished the second series of Humans despite enjoying it last year, mainly through lack of time and other shows catching my attention more. I've heard quite good thing so maybe I'll catch up on that.

Bake Off :'( Wasn't the best final series, but one I'll treasure given it's probably the last time I'll watch it. I'm not particularly clued up on soaps, but Peggy's death on Eastenders was done really well.


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post Jan 1 2017, 05:51 PM
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Focusing just on UK, reality TV and soaps are my main ones, and they've been rocky tbh.

X Factor had a better series than it has since 2011 for me, but that was largely just becuase Saara was so amazing. I do always watch, but in horrendous series like 2013 or 2012, if I was out and missed it I wouldn't bother whereas Saara being present in this series made me make sure I watched it when I got home or the next morning! January CBB was quite good, mostly because of Tiffany but I shamefully kind of enjoyed Steph's mini redemption arc and her coming 2nd, I actually wanted her to win by the time Tiffany was out of the running oops. The less said about the summer shambles the better, easily the worst series of any Big Brother I've seen. The January one had John and Winston being awful but the former wasn't 100% of the series like Bear and the latter pissed off quickly. Never before has the manipulation and favouritism been so rife drama.gif As for Bake Off, that was a decent series if not its best, but Candice was the best possible final BBC winner <3 Two amazing winners in a row.

Emmerdale has been really on form for the soaps, particularly the shock deaths of Holly and Tess as well as of course Ashley's dementia. Iain McLeod has done wonders, Kate Oates' tendency to equate having an affair to being a good storyline was getting very old when she split brilliant couples who worked like Zac and Lisa. The others have been very iffy, particularly Hollyoaks where the only thing I can really say was a highlight was Jade's death which was beautifully done and so sad. Lindsey's "comuppance" was good too as a string of episodes but I hate that in Hollyoaks killers always avoid jusice, they tend to just be killed by another killer drama.gif I'm sure Cameron will have the same fate soon. I'm not sure I'm going to keep bothering with it tbh. Corrie is always boring anyway and Eastenders' new producer hasn't got off to a great start. He has been brilliant with Kathy though, and Lee's depression storyline has shone. It's just a tad slow paced for me at times, a bit too much realism.

As for other genres, I adored Witless on BBC3 and hope for another series, it was hilarious as expected with Kerry Howard taking the lead! Thirteen from BBC3 was brilliant too, I wasn't hugely keen on the ending though and it's not something they could particularly do a second series of without changing the focus and tone tbh. There was other good comedy too, I loved Tracey Ullman's sketch show and there's probably others that I'm forgetting about laugh.gif
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post Jan 1 2017, 09:38 PM
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01. The Missing (season 2)
02. Line of Duty (season 3)
03. Marcella (season 1)
04. Happy Valley (season 3)
05. The Fall (season 3)

Outside of dramas, Planet Earth II is EASILY the best show of 2016. My two soaps (Emmerdale and EastEnders) have had their ups and downs but I still love both of them. Reality TV hasn't been the best this year - 2016's I'm a Celebrity was the worst series in the history of the show, ditto with The Apprentice. CBB is getting waaaaay too manufactured. X-Factor is what it is although I adored this years judging panel! Strictly was the reality tv highlight.
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  • Westworld ("This is the new world! And in this world, you can be whoever the f**k you want to be"! Amazing! My favourite show of 2016 that I've seen. The scenery, acting, and the elements are wonderful. My favourite characters would have to be Bernard, Dr. Ford, Maeve Millay, and the badass sadistic villain in the form of The Man In Black)
  • Class (Doctor Who spin-off. Enjoying the Alex Clare theme tune and the special effects are quite wowing. Haven't decided my favourite character yet, but I do admire Ms. Quill)
  • Cleverman (was amazed by how dramatic, tense and emotional this show is. Waruu is my favourite character, for his support for the Hairies [a species considered sub-human among others and being seen as monsters]. Speaking of which, it is brilliant at tackling issues of discrimination, which adds another level to the show's serious tone)
  • The Durrells (reminded me of my Corfu trip back in '15. The scenery is outstanding and the setting is well-done. Gerald and the mum [I forgot her name] are probably my favourite characters)
  • The Loud House (this Nick show is hilarious and genial. From Leni's idiocy and Lucy's dark humour [some of which involves her popping out unexpectedly and scaring the other Louds] to Luan's lame but funny puns. Favourite characters have to be Luna, Lucy, Leni, and Luan)
  • Walliams And Friend (A huge rib-tickler. That part with Gaz suggesting a rubbish TV idea at the end of Episode 4 got me LOLing for about 5 minutes for how random and disturbing it was, yet hysterical at the same time. Other parts I laughed at include pretty much all of the Il Primadonnas sketches, the casino advert in Episode 2, and the hilarious Masterchef parody in Episode 2 ["I'm not eating that! It's foreign!" "You eat Kentucky Fried Chicken! Where do you think that's from?" "Croydon!" laugh.gif )
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2016 ("Thunder and lightning is very exciting!". The Greek song Utopia Land was disappointing [as I admired a lot of Greece's entries, especially Shake It and You're My Number One] and I was quite bummed that the Belarussian wolf man didn't make it to the final [My favourite Eurovision song that failed to make it to the final so far in Eurovision history], but at least we had great songs from the likes of Jamala, Serjey Lazarev and Ira Losco.)
  • Mercury Prize 2016 (Was quite surprised by the fact that they introduced "6 albums out of 12 go into the final and one is announced the winner". The performances were spectacular and the albums were really good. My favourite albums from the shortlist have to be Blackstar, A Moon Shaped Pool, Channel The Spirits, Love + Hate [Speaking of which, I managed to see Kiwanuka perform live at my record store], and The Bride)
  • Doctor Who Christmas Special (Loved it! shame that we didn't get a lot of the Doctor this year sad.gif . )
  • Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2016 (Really funny. I love the parts where Peter Snow was doing a "show, not tell" news report of Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling and the part with the kids re-enacting that Corbyn train seat episode)
  • Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe (Brooker's take on 2016. Hilarious, with lots of excellent points delivered.)
  • Children In Need 2016 (The preview to Doctor Who was good, and made me look forward to the Xmas Special even further, and I was amazed by how much money they raised for the children in need. Shame Terry Wogan passed away, but I loved the tribute CIN payed to the late presenter)
  • Rio Olympics(HONORABLE MENTION. Shame that I didn't watch this. The ceremonies were outstanding [The part in the closing ceremony where the Japanese president came out of the Mario pipe and the part in the opening ceremony where the people were jumping onto moving buildings.] and well done to USA, China and Britain for managing to grab a handful of gold medals)
    [*[Sport Relief 2016 (Sadly I don't remember a lot of this, except for the James Bay song that flopped on the singles chart.)


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post Jan 4 2017, 12:22 AM
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Oh I totally forgot Class!! A huge favourite of mine in 2016, not perfect by any means but was very enjoyable and has a LOT of promise. Miss Quill heart.gif
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