The first great drama of 2012 aired over three consecutive nights. The premise was simple but the characters and the performances were so engaging. Daniel Mays and Anna Friel were so fantastically believable together. The story of a freed murderer and his parole officer could've gone in predictable directions but you never once felt predictable or far fetched. The ending was a slight disappointment but mainly because the built up had been so exceptional. Read our Original review of the series. BUY The DVD
Sherlock Series 2 (January 2012, BBC1)
There's nothing I can see really say about this faultless second series of the BBC's revamp. The three episodes that made up the second series were true masterpieces. The final instalment of the series was one of the most exciting and thrilling pieces of television drama I've ever seen. I just can't wait for Series 3! BUY The DVD
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Prisoners Wives (February 2012, BBC1) Though the title made some think this drama series would be reminiscent of Footballer's Wives some were slow to catch on how brilliant this female led drama was. Though TV is no stranger to gritty prison based dramas but never before have we seen it from the prospective of those left to deal with their lovers consequence on the outside. Prisoners Wives was brilliantly written and performed. The all four female leads were fantastic and although it didn't get huge ratings those who did watch it fell in love with the series. I can't wait for Series 2 which is currently scheduled in the spring of 2013. BUY The DVD
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Louis Theroux: Extreme Love (April 2012, BBC2) I've long been a huge Louis Theroux fan. He has a rare ability to place himself and his audience in any situation and have you end up emphasizing with the people he meets. His two-parter on Extreme Love which focused on the tricky subjects of autism and dementia showed Theroux at his best. Each documentary was incredibly moving, surprising and without pity or cynicism.
Silk - Series 2 (May 2012, BBC1) The first series of this legal drama was one of the standout series of 2011 for me and so I was eagerly awaiting the second series. Maxine Peake is just one of the best actors on TV and Martha Costello might be one of my favourite TV characters ever! The series didn't let me down and the addition of Frances Barber and Phil Davies was a stroke of genius. The third series is coming in 2013 and surprise, surprise I can't wait. Read our interview with star Neil Stuke BUY The DVD
Britain in a Day (June 2012, BBC2) This one-off documentary was comprised of footage from members of the public who sent it in their daily activities to the film-makers. The result took a bit of getting used to to begin with but once it hit it's stride this turned out one of the most well put together and fascinating pieces of documentaries of the year.
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The Last Weekend (August 2012, ITV) We've become so used to themes of ITV's physiological dramas but this three-parter starring Silk stars Rupert-Penry Jones and Shaun Evans was something special. The tone and atmosphere made this genuinely edge of the seat stuff and times and Shaun Evans was electrifying. Read our review of episode 1 BUY The DVD
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So there you have it! My favourites of a strong year. I'd like to thank everyone who has visited the site this year and everyone who has followed me on Twitter. I'd like to thank everyone who has given the site an opportunity this year and all the new writers I've taken on, notably Matt Donnelly who has proved invaluable this year. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has downloaded the podcast especially Gary Redrup who has become my podcast partner and everyone who has bookmarked the site to always keep up with what we're doing. I hope you'l stick with me for another exiciting and unexpected year of good and bad TV in 2013.
Have a lovely Christmas and make sure to visit www.thecustardtv.com in the New Year.
Thanks as always.