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Androids and animals out. Thoughts on 2014.

Well, the old adage of not working with children or animals can be updated this year to add androids to that list. Two of my favourite new shows got axed this year. They were worlds apart in premise, originated in different countries and on different networks but what they had in common was the most important thing of all, they were good, really good and their fans loved them, enough to petition their respective axers to bring them back. I doubt that FOX or the BBC will take any notice as they obviously know what’s best for us 😕

My thoughts on these series and many more in 2014 follow … (Click on ‘read the rest of this entry’ and each page number below)

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Freesat Awards 2014

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The Freesat awards were held on Tuesday night and I’m particularly pleased that a number of my favourite shows got awards.  Line of Duty won best drama which was well deserved and even managed to beat Sherlock! Keeley Hawes (pictured) put in a stunning central performance in this and I hope she gets specific recognition for it when BAFTA determine their TV nominations for next year.

Matthew Baynton and James Corden both wrote and starred in The Wrong Mans which got best sitcom. It was a situation comedy like no other, not being filmed in front of a studio audience and being more of a Hollywood comedy caper/drama in style and ambition. Truly ground breaking and brilliant.

Doctor Who won Best of British for its 50th celebration episode, Day of the Doctor, and I wholeheartedly agree with that!

BBC2 won channel of the year, which in its 50th year is great to see. It consistently produces great programming, and Line of Duty and The Wrong Mans were on the channel. Very well deserved.


The full list of winners

Freesat Channel of the Year – BBC2 

Best of British: TV Programme or Series – Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor (BBC1)

Best Factual TV Programme or Series – Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)

Best TV Sitcom – The Wrong Mans (BBC2)

Best TV Drama – Line of Duty (BBC2)

Best Live TV Programme or Series – Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) 

Best Children’s TV Programme or Series – Katie Morag (CBeebies)

Best Digital Radio Channel – Absolute 80s

Best Specialist Channel – The Travel Channel

Best News Channel – Radio 5 Live

Personality of the Year – Ant and Dec (ITV)

Best British TV Soap – Coronation Street (ITV)

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