He set hearts a flutter in And Then There Were None over Christmas and now, Aidan Turner’s topless scything scene in Poldark has been named the public’s top TV moment of the year.
Radio Times asked more than 44,000 readers to vote for their favourite, with Poldark taking an impressive 45 per cent of the total, despite some scything experts insisting that the hero’s technique need not have been quite so intense to get the job done.
In second place with 43 per cent was Jay McGuinness’s Pulp Fiction-inspired jive with Aliona Vilani on Strictly Come Dancing. The Wanted singer earned the first ten from the judges before going on to lift the Glitter Ball Trophy.
Trailing in third came Peter Capaldi’s powerful anti-war speech from Doctor Who episode “The Zygon Inversion” with 3.4 per cent, with Ben Whishaw’s character Danny receiving his HIV test results in London Spy taking 2.8 per cent.
Completing the top five was another Doctor Who scene, the revelatory montage from penultimate episode “Heaven Sent”, with 1.5 per cent.
Readers were invited to choose one moment from a shortlist of 32, ranging from the funny and inspirational to the emotional and dramatic.
Here’s the full list in order of popularity:
Aidan Turner’s topless scything – Poldark
Jay McGuiness's Pulp Fiction jive earns the first 10 of the series – Strictly Come Dancing
The Doctor’s anti-war speech – Doctor Who
Danny waits for his test results – London Spy
The revelatory montage from Heaven Sent – Doctor Who
Nadiya's winner's speech – The Great British Bake Off
Bobby Beale is revealed as Lucy’s killer – EastEnders
Miranda finally marries Gary – Miranda
Jo Joyner’s “How's Adam?” gaffe – EastEnders
Jon Snow's (possible) death – Game of Thrones
Tamwar explains the true meaning of Islam – EastEnders
The White Walkers attack Hardhome – Game of Thrones
The dinner party from hell – Doctor Foster
Andrew Neil's message to the Paris attackers – This Week
Robert's ulcer bursts all over the dinner table – Downton Abbey
Trixie admits she is an alcoholic – Call the Midwife
Daredevil dispatches a building full of bad guys in one take – Daredevil
A starving polar bear goes after a seal – The Hunt
Lance's murder – Cucumber
A reporter is moved to tears during his Paris bulletin – Breakfast
Ken's speech at Deirdre's funeral – Coronation Street
The elephant in the room – Top Gear
Anne Boleyn’s execution – Wolf Hall
Val's death after the helicopter crash – Emmerdale
Madonna's stage dive – The Brit Awards
Derek Shepherd dies – Grey's Anatomy
Steve Backshall’s whale watching freak-out – Big Blue Live
Claire Underwood tells Frank she’s leaving him – House of Cards
Don Draper’s smile – Mad Men
Sheila consoles Lance – Detectorists
Dermot’s 24-hour dance marathon – Sport Relief
A couple on different dates fall for each other – First Dates
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