Wolf Hall voted best TV show in golden year for UK drama: Historical programme beats Doctor Foster in list by Radio Times critics
- Many of top shows such as Poldark and London Spy were on BBC TV
- Doctor Foster, Mad Men and Doctor Who also featured in top ten list
- Historical drama Wolf Hall starring Mark Rylance was shown in January
- Charted rise of Thomas Cromwell who became Henry VIII's chief adviser
Wolf Hall has been named the best television programme of the year, in a list dominated by British dramas.
Many of the top shows were broadcast on the BBC.
They included the popular remake of Poldark, in which a topless Aidan Turner set pulses racing as the 18th century army captain, and London Spy, a drama that courted controversy for an explicit gay sex scene.
Top of the shows: Wolf Hall - whose stars included Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn - has been named the best television programme of the year, in a list dominated by British dramas
New drama: Among the BBC successes was Doctor Foster, which told the story of a love affair in a small town
Popular: Many of the top shows were broadcast on the BBC - including the remake of Poldark, in which a topless Aidan Turner set pulses racing as the 18th century army captain
Among the other BBC successes were new drama Doctor Foster, which told the story of a love affair in a small town, and the ever-popular Doctor Who, in which Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor said goodbye to companion Clara Oswald.
Away from drama, The Great British Bake Off also rose to the occasion after it continued to draw huge audiences each week throughout the seventh series.
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But top of the list was historical drama Wolf Hall, broadcast on BBC Two in January.
Starring Mark Rylance, it charted the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son who became King Henry VIII’s chief adviser.
The list was compiled by critics from the Radio Times magazine, who voted for their favourite programmes of the year.
Channel 4 also did well, with five of its shows making the top 20.
At number three was returning romantic comedy Catastrophe, which charts the life of a couple who had a baby following a brief affair.
Other shows included Cucumber, a take on modern gay life, sci-fi drama Humans and reality show First Dates.
In a sign of our changing viewing habits, several programmes on the list were only available to watch online.
Two series from streaming service Netflix made the list – Better Call Saul, a spin-off from the popular series Breaking Bad, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a sitcom about life in New York.
Only one show made the list from ITV, crime drama Unforgotten.
RadioTimes.com editor Tim Glanfield said: ‘Despite serious competition from across the pond, it’s fantastic to see home-grown drama, comedy and entertainment dominating this year’s list.’
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