Review of 2012: Television
Twenty Twelve, BBC2
This was the year of Olympic memories – Danny Boyle's opening ceremony, the Queen ad-libbing with James Bond, a cascade of British Gold – but John Morton's comedy supplied the biggest laughs week after week. It was, in the words of Ian Fletcher, “all good”.
Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, ITV1
If you measure a scoop by its fallout, then nothing could touch Mark Williams-Thomas's film about Jimmy Savile. Heads rolled at the BBC because Newsnight had passed on the story, and then rolled because they tried to catch up too clumsily. And there are still family favourites out there nervously trying to remember what they did to who.
Young, Bright and on the Right, BBC2
The one-off documentary is in healthier shape this year, the Wonderland strand doing a lot of work to get the genre back to full fitness. One of the best was Alisa Pomeroy's film about Oxbridge Tories, sharply observant, alert to viewers' potential prejudices and, in the end, surprisingly undermining them.
Parade's End, BBC2
It helped to have read Ford Madox Ford's novel to be able to follow Tom Stoppard's adaptation – in which Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Adelaide Clemens divided command of the screen between them. But, like the BBC's The Hollow Crown Shakespeare trilogy, it showed that the small screen can act big.
Getting On, bbc4
Quietly brilliant and deserving of a lot more noise, Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine's hospital comedy has explored the intersection between what's funny and what's heartbreaking without any self-regard or fuss.
Discovery of the Year: Adam Hills and Alex Brooker
The double-act of Adam Hills and Alex Brooker on The Last Leg, Channel 4's irreverent, funny and candid Paralympics coverage after-party. We discovered them. Channel 4 rediscovered its raison d'etre.
Turkey of the Year: Downton Abbey
Most of us enjoy a bit of turkey and Downton Abbey is a Norfolk Bronze 20-pounder, with enough meaty absurdity to satisfy everyone. White meat: the steady flow of anachronistic lines. Dark meat: the wild compression of Fellowes's plotting. Pick away according to taste.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 WrestleMania 31 results: Seth Rollins stuns WWE as he cashes in Money in the Bank contract to claim title from Brock Lesnar
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity, TV review: The affable Englishman routine is wearing a bit thin
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew