TVGuide.co.uk’s favourite TV of 2015
Wow, what a year it’s been for television. We’ve seen Netflix bash out hit after hit with Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Linear TV hasn’t been far behind with some intense dramas including ITV’s Unforgotten and the BBC’s London Spy.
We decided to ask our team what their favourite show of the year was – that way you can decide if we have awful taste or if in fact we are highly-cultured TV connoisseurs.
SUSAN – EDITOR
The Last Kingdom
The most underappreciated television spectacle of 2015 that I know of is the stunning adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories, and for that reason I’m marking it as my favourite new show of the year. Despite skimping on some of the detail of the books (it would be impossible not to – Cornwell’s books are jam-packed with plot), the BBC has spared no expense in lovingly recreating ninth century Wessex and its warring peoples.
The Last Kingdom has been compared with some regularity to Game of Thrones. It’s not Game of Thrones. There are no dragons or shadow babies or ice zombies to embellish the duller parts of the story. These eight hours of savagery are all based on our very real and bloody history, and that makes it all the more thrilling.
Susan’s runners up: Doctor Foster, Poldark, London Spy, Jessica Jones
BEN – SALES DIRECTOR
Narcos for me, I liked the way it was a documentary with a fictional twist.
Catastrophe would be a close second! Definitely my favourite comedy of the year.
SAMY – DESIGNER
Top show of 2015 would have to be Netflix’s Sense8!
This show had so much going on! There were eight main characters all dotted across the world and each with their own intricate story, who then collided together in an action-packed mind-melding extravaganza that was as humorous and touching as it was heart thumping-ly exciting.
ANDY – HEAD OF CROSS PLATFORM
It’s either Narcos, The Bridge, Peaky Blinders, or London Spy – so many to choose from!
I’m going to go with London Spy for the sheer quality of the acting and story.
SARAH – FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Cake Boss – it’s such a cool program.
They can make pretty much anything out of cake; it’s so creative and fun to watch.
NUHAR – SENIOR WEB DEVELOPER
Better Call Saul
Albeit a spin-off of Breaking Bad with some of the same characters, Better Call Saul is a well-written show with its own identity and tone, and manages to stand apart from its predecessor.
CHETAN – MD
The Walking Dead
This show just gets better and better. Seasons one to five showed how modern man would cope with being thrown into a caveman-like environment, but with zombies instead of dinosaurs. It’s genius! In season six we see this modern man evolving into a more social creature and learning to live with people outside of his own family unit. However in the spirit of the show, I do think that both Carl and Carol need to die.
ALLY – DEPUTY EDITOR
Show Me A Hero
Anything by David Simon is going to be excellent, but nothing could prepare me for this intricately researched miniseries surrounding the public housing debate in Yonkers, New York from 1987-94. The subject matter may not sound that gripping, but throw in killer performances from Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener, and a soundtrack almost exclusively by Bruce Springsteen, and you’ve got six episodes of unbeatable drama.
Daredevil comes in at a very close second, redeeming Matt Murdock once and for all after that Ben Affleck film seemed to consign him to the cultural trash heap forever. In the most unapologetically dark and violent Marvel adaptation we’d seen in some time, Charlie Cox’s ingenious portrayal went above and beyond to restore the once-castigated hero to his former reputation as the edgy outsider of the comics universe. The series also paved the way for this year’s fantastic Jessica Jones and the other upcoming Defenders series, so its impact has been truly immeasurable!
MO – SALES MANAGER AND MOBILE SPECIALIST
My favourite show of the year was watching a ‘documentary’ where Arsenal beat Bayern Munich at home. What was great was that Arsenal had been given the impossible task to qualify from the Group of Death. They ended up having to beat Olympyiacos away by two goals and they managed 3-0 – boom!
I also liked watching Million Dollar Listing New York – Fredrik Eklund is such a character! I watched Game of Thrones back to back and loved Tyrion. I also loved Ex on the Beach where only one thing ever happens!
LILA – HEAD OF AGENCY SALES
I loved Narcos and House of Cards and The Apprentice.
I love Shugs, I like the tasks, I like to see how people approach things and it is just so funny…
FRANCESCA – ADVERTISING OPERATIONS MANAGER
Narcos and Ex on the Beach. Both for the unpredictable characters, explosive drama and completely believable “reality”.
KATIE – EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
As my memory doesn’t go back past about 6 weeks, I’ll be choosing the explosive drama Doctor Foster as my favourite TV show of 2015. I adore Suranne Jones and everything she touches turns to gold. I found the programme really refreshing, as it seemed to accomplish a raw and realistic portrayal of the destruction of a family from within. All of the performances were incredibly strong, the writing was fantastic, and I was desperate for the next episode as soon as the last was finished.
Runner up: American Horror Story – all the seasons! I only jumped on this bandwagon this year and I’m hooked. Morbid curiosity always prevails. And Tate/Kit/Kyle/Jimmy/James… swoon.