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

Published Wednesday, Jan 1 2014, 17:00 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 two: 5 - 1

5. Mr Selfridge

ITV period drama, Mr Selfridge starring Jeremy Piven


We're all partial to a bit of shopping indulgence and this drama focusing on the rise of one of London's most popular and prestigious department stores was a joy to watch. It was more than just about the daily runnings of Selfridges, as with a stellar performance from Jeremy Piven as Harry Gordon, this show was polished, lavish and flamboyant. Filled with deceit, affairs and complicated love triangles, there was also the odd altercation with the ladies in the glove department. With a new series starting in the new year, we can't wait to watch more style, glamour and razzmatazz.

4. The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off embargoed until 14/09/12


The fourth series of this show inspired a nationwide event whereby the public - male and female - went into a baking crazy. The show sees thirteen bakers take part in a 'bake off' which tests every aspect of their baking skills, as they battle it out to be crowned the GBBO's best amateur baker. With Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as the main judges, this year's show reinvigorated public interest in baking.

3. Luther

BBC One crime drama, Luther, starring Idris Elba


With Idris Elba at the helm playing the maverick Detective John Luther, this BBC One show was everything we wanted in a good investigative crime drama. The final series was so gripping and emotionally charged, and we haven't been left on the edge of our seats like that for a while. With the shock death of Luther's sidekick, Justin Ripley, who was left for dead in a nail-biting end, the plot further sealed the show's place as one of the best dramas on TV. To bear in mind the saying, 'all good things must come to the end', the series will not be returning to our TV screens, but a film is said to be in the works – we can't wait!

2. Gogglebox

Gogglebox, The Tappers, Wed 2 Oct

© Channel 4

What is it that gripped us about watching other people watch TV? It was, to be fair, TV gold. As one of Channel 4's most tweeted-about shows, the programme featured sofa-bound families passing judgement on the week's new entertainment programmes. With more than 100 hours of footage edited into a 45-minute programme, it's hypnotic and addictive - and we loved it.

1. Broadchurch

Broadchurch, full cast shot, Mon 4 Mar


It was the show that gripped the hearts of the entire nation and it was the kind of drama that rarely comes along. With David Tennant as a Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman as a Dectective Sergeant Ellie Miller, the drama based around the murder of young boy Danny Latimer transfixed the entire nation. We spent eight weeks trying to find out who did it and the drawn-out finale saw how Alec and Ellie became victims of the crime, as well as solvers of it.

Broadchurch was the best drama to grace our TV screens this year. With beyond exceptional performances from the entire cast, it was Olivia's portrayal of Ellie, and specifically her raw and immediate reaction to the news of the murderer, which was highly praised. A second series of the crime drama has been commissioned and we cannot wait to see what happens next.

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