Friday, 29 December 2017

My Favourite Television Programmes... Ever!!

As every two-bit observational comic will tell you, men love making lists. It's one of those sweeping generalisations that happens to be broadly true. So here's an unbidden dead sea scroll of my favourite television programmes of all time.

I'm not for a moment suggesting that these are necessarily the best TV shows ever made - although most of them admittedly are - as it's an entirely subjective rundown of my own particular favourites.

Should future generations develop an inexplicable urge to find out what that obscure, forgotten TV critic once held up as the pinnacles of televisual excellence in the 20th and early 21st centuries, let this list provide them with empirical evidence. (I will almost certainly have made some glaring omissions).

So, in time-saving alphabetical order, here it is.  

Abigail’s Party
The Armando Iannucci Shows
Arrested Development
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
Better Call Saul

Big Train
Brass Eye
Breaking Bad

The Comic Strip Presents…
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Day Today

The Dick Cavett Show
Doctor Who
The Elvis '68 Comeback Special
The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin
The Fast Show
Fawlty Towers
Getting On

Hancock’s Half Hour
Happy Valley
I’m Alan Partridge
In Bed With Chris Needham
The Incredibly Strange Film Show
Inside No. 9
The Killing
Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge

The Larry Sanders Show
Late Night with David Letterman/Late Show with David Letterman
The League of Gentlemen
Line of Duty
Mad Men
Marion & Geoff

The Monkees
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
The Morecambe & Wise Show
The Muppet Show
My So Called Life
The Naked Civil Servant

Not the Nine O’ Clock News
Nuts in May
The Office (UK)
Only Fools and Horses
Parks & Recreation

Peep Show
Pennies from Heaven
Prime Suspect
The Prisoner
Ready Steady Go!

The Royle Family
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
The Shadow Line
The Simpsons
The Singing Detective
Six Feet Under
Smashie & Nicey: End of an Era

The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
Spitting Image
Steptoe & Son
Talking Heads

The Thick of It
Top of the Pops
The Twilight Zone
Twin Peaks

The Two Ronnies
Vic Reeves Big Night Out
The War Game
Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The Wire
The Young Ones

So there you are and there you have it. Be seeing you.

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