Countdown of the best British TV shows of 2013: Part one

Published Tuesday, Dec 31 2013, 14:30 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
They've been the shows that have kept us glued to the screens and on the edge of our seats, and they've been some of the most talked about on social media that have generally left us wanting more.

It's been tough choosing the top ten - there were so many great programmes this year – but from dramas to reality shows, we present a countdown of the best TV shows of the year.

Part one: 10 - 6

10. The Big Reunion

The Big Reunion, Thu 31 Jan


They were stars of the 90s and their songs were chart-topping hits, so when 911, B*Witched, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz, Liberty X and 5ive decided to reunite for the ITV2 reality show, we were pretty excited. Later joined by boyband Blue, this show soon delved into the downsides of fame but it was a reminder of all the cheesy pop songs we used to love – and ones that we still know the words to!

9. The X Factor

Dermot O'Leary, Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh - The X Factor

© ITV / Thames / Syco

The ITV talent show celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. With the return of Sharon Osbourne, the judging panel which was completed by Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger was one of the best. Apart from the singing, each week we couldn't wait to see what Sharon and Nicole would be wearing – and they always looked Sch-mazing! The level of talent had gone up a notch too and even though Sam Bailey won it, there are plenty of future stars to come from this year's show.

8. Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing launch show, Sat 7 Sep

© BBC Pictures

As well as the usual glitz and glamour, this year's show saw some of the best calibre of celebrity dancers ever. It's a tough competition and no week is the same, but we could always rely on judge Bruno Tonioli to provide the comedy. Although he gave valuable feedback, his expressive demonstrations and enthusiasm is what we loved the most.

7. The Apprentice

Lord Alan Sugar on The Apprentice


We just love hearing the words, "you're fired!" The batch of candidates really embraced the tasks this year, but for most, when appointed team captain, it really exposed their weaknesses and it led to plenty of arguments too. With Karren Brady and the brilliant Nick Hewer reporting back to Sir Alan Sugar, the boardroom became the place where words were exchanged – and it definitely got a bit catty this year!

6. Downton Abbey

Nigel Harman  in Downton Abbey - 7 October 2013


This ITV costume drama has gone from strength to strength. It's more than just about the Crawley family and the servants who work for them, but the relationships between each new arrival and the way in which they rattle established hierarchies. Their daily lives are shaped with the most shock, heartbreak and romance, and with a stellar cast line-up, this period drama has continued to be a firm favourtie among viewers.

Check back tomorrow for part two of the best TV shows of 2013, where we count down from number five to the coveted number one spot!