Sherlock Tops Critics' TV PollBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 December 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC One series Sherlock has topped the Radio Times critics' poll of the 40 best TV shows this year.

The listings publication has been gradually revealing the results since Christmas Day, with the final ten announced today. The BBC took six of the top ten places, including Twenty Twelve, starring Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Colman, and Jessica Hynes, at number three and The Thick Of It, starring Peter Capaldi, at number four. Doctor Who came in at 15, Being Human, starring Lenora Crichlow and Russell Tovey, at 36, and Episodes, starring Tamsin Greig, at 39.

A delighted Steven Moffat, who co-created Sherlock with Mark Gatiss, told Radio Times:

Mark and I always thought this was our vanity project. The one we could get away with, because of everything else. For it to become such a massive hit, with all the reviews and awards you could wish for, has been the best and the biggest surprise.

Of course, it's all down to the astonishing cast led by those mighty film stars, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The full list is as follows:
  • 1: Sherlock (BBC One)
  • 2: Homeland (C4)
  • 3: Twenty Twelve (BBC Two)
  • 4: The Thick Of It (BBC Two)
  • 5: Fresh Meat (C4)
  • 6: Borgen (BBC Four)
  • 7: The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)
  • 8: Downton Abbey (ITV1)
  • 9: The Bridge (BBC Four)
  • 10: Girls (Sky Atlantic)
  • 11: Line of Duty (BBC Two)
  • 12: 56 Up (ITV1)
  • 13: The Hollow Crown (BBC Two)
  • 14: The Cricklewood Greats (BBC Four)
  • 15: Doctor Who (BBC One)
  • 16: Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life (Sky Atlantic)
  • 17: Grandma's House (BBC Two)
  • 18: The Secret History Of Our Streets (BBC Two)
  • 19: Murder (BBC Two)
  • 20: Veep (Sky Atlantic)
  • 21: Peep Show (C4)
  • 22: Call The Midwife (BBC One)
  • 23: Parade's End (BBC Two)
  • 24: Stella (Sky1)
  • 25: Tales Of Television Centre (BBC Four)
  • 26: Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile (ITV1)
  • 27: Moone Boy (Sky1)
  • 28: Roger and Val Have Just Got In (BBC Two)
  • 29: 24 Hours In A&E (C4)
  • 30: Getting On (BBC Four)
  • 31: Toast Of London (C4)
  • 32: MasterChef: The Professionals (BBC Two)
  • 33: She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (BBC Four)
  • 34: Accused (BBC One)
  • 35: A Mother's Son (ITV1)
  • 36: Being Human (BBC Three)
  • 37: Mad Men (BBC Four)
  • 38: The Killing (BBC Four)
  • 39: Episodes (BBC Two)
  • 40: A Touch Of Cloth (Sky1)
The votes were cast by the magazine's print and online critics: Alison Graham, David Butcher, Tim Glanfield, Paul Jones, Jack Seale, Patrick Mulkern, Mark Braxton, Gill Crawford, James Gill, Claire Webb, David Crawford, Tom Cole, Susanna Lazarus, Ellie Walker-Arnott, David Brown, and Emma Sturgess.






Sherlock Is Named Best TV DramaBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 1 May 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Sherlock has added another gong to its collection after being named Best TV Drama at today's South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The BBC One series was co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and in an interview, which can be seen by clicking on the BBC News link below, Moriarty actor Andrew Scott praises the writing - with a subsequent forthright show of gratitude by Gatiss for his comment! During the interview, Gatiss refers to his and Moffat's "love of Conan Doyle's genius".

The BBC's mockumentary series Twenty Twelve, which had been nominated for Best Comedy, lost out to Channel 4's Fresh Meat at the awards ceremony, which was held at The Dorchester in London.

The first series of Sherlock won last year's BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series, and Martin Freeman, who plays Dr Watson, won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. Series 1 also scooped the Arqiva award for Best Terrestrial Show at last year's Edinburgh International Television Festival, Charlie Phillips won the 2011 BAFTA Television Craft Award for Editing: Fiction, and the show has bagged five BAFTA Cymru honours.
(newslink: BBC News)







Sherlock And Twenty Twelve In Line For AwardsBookmark and Share

Monday, 2 April 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Sherlock is in the running for a gong at this year's South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The BBC One show, co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, has been shortlisted for Best TV Drama, alongside This Is England '88 and Top Boy, both from Channel 4.

Meanwhile, "mockumentary" series Twenty Twelve, starring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, and Olivia Colman, with a narration by David Tennant, which has just started its second series on BBC Two, has been nominated for Best Comedy. It faces competition in the form of Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (BBC Two).

The awards ceremony will take place at The Dorchester in London on Tuesday 1st May, to be televised on Sky Arts 1 HD at 9pm. Melvyn Bragg - who fronted the 1977 BBC2 documentary Whose Doctor Who - will be the master of ceremonies. He said:
Although this is a celebration of British arts by British artists, we have a world-class list of nominees. The South Bank Sky Arts Awards are the only one of their kind in the world, and we very much look forward to a great day, where we'll recognise and honour the best talent in this country.
The awards take their name from The South Bank Show - an arts magazine series for ITV that Bragg presented and which ran for 32 series between 1978 and 2010. It is being revived by Sky Arts from Sunday 27th May.
(newslink: Sky Arts)