The 10 Best boxsets of the year
Whether you could murder a few episodes of The Killing or fancy a slice of Fresh Meat, these DVDs contain the pick of 2012’s TV
Tuesday 25 December 2012
Detective Sarah Lund dons knitted jumper and marches into the darkness as she tries to solve a series of sinister crimes. With plots that span everything from the emotional breakdown of the victims’ families to corruption in the heart of government, this modern classic is unmissable.
The critically acclaimed costume drama follows the lives of the Crawley family and their servants. Not yet caught it? Consider this: the series has had more Emmy nominations than any other programme, ever.
Based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer, this teen vampire flick follows the romantic trials and tribulations of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Only problem is, Edward is a vampire. Starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the films have literally had fans swooning, although not because of the blood, just the ridiculously good-looking cast.
The Emmy award-winning comedy series follows the life of a high-school chemistry teacher who has a pregnant wife and son who suffers from cerebral palsy. When he is diagnosed with lung cancer he enters the drugs trade to leave his family an inheritance.
The latest season of the American series set in a 1960’s advertising agency, with an obsessive approach to cultural details. It’s difficult to tell what the show has generated more of – awards or column inches.
The hype around the new Batman films has been immense, not least because of the chilling characterisation of the Joker by actor Heath Ledger, his penultimate film before his death.
Remember the Mobot? The Blade Runner’s debut? Jessica Ennis getting gold? Well, obviously, but in case your memory is a little hazy this is the DVD for you. Jam-packed with all the highlights of the Olympic games, it also has complete footage of Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony.
Aired the same year, the Leveson Inquiry launched its investigation into the modern media, The Hour is a nostalgic look at the golden age of news. Set in the 1950s, the characters’ personal lives are as controversial as the scandals they uncover.
From the creators of Peep Show, this comedy set in a student house looks set to run for years to come. With characters such as Vod, a scowling punk, and JP, a poor little rich boy, it’s a bit like The Young Ones, but with more heart.
Starring Simon Bird from The Inbetweeners as well as the fantastic Tamsin Greig, this comedy joins the dysfunctional Goodmans each week as they attempt to enjoy a traditional meal together.
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Jenny Collier row: Comedy promoter apologises after dropping female comic 'because venue did not want too many women on the bill'
Lena Dunham strips naked for Girls spoof while hosting Saturday Night Live
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Oxford is the least affordable city in the UK, where houses cost 11 times local salaries
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time