Reveal's pick of the best British TV shows of 2015: Part one

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Reveal's TV picks of 2015: Part one.

We laughed, cried, shouted, screamed and ranted about these shows to everyone and anyone who would listen. From structured reality, to entertainment programmes and dramas, these shows kept us glued to our screens and on the edge of our seats.

Check out part one of our TV picks (in no particular order) and don't forget to tell us what shows you would pick in the comment box below or by tweeting us @RevealMag!

The Apprentice

The Apprentice: Joseph Valente wins the show and becomes Lord Alan Sugar's business partner.
20 December 2015.

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Lord Alan Sugar was back with aides Karren Brady and new recruit Claude Littner, who had replaced Nick Hewer. Of course, Claude and Lord Sugar go way back, and we were already used to seeing him rip candidates to pieces in the brutal interview stage. This time, Claude was following their every move and listening to their every word as the candidates undertook tasks each week. Remember when Lord Sugar simultaneously fired THREE contestants? Elle Stevenson, Mergim Butaja and April Jackson all got the boot - making it the second time in the show's 10-year history. Then we saw Scott Saunders sensationally quit. Who saw that coming? Literally, no one. Then there was the interview stage, where new interviewer Linda Plant was brutally honest with her approach. It was a pretty disappointing round for Richard, aka Tricky Dicky, who got "rumbled", despite appearing to be the most confident of them all. This was all on-screen, but away from the cameras, well, Elle and Mergim were having a secret romance and Selina Waterman-Smith pretty much slammed every aspect of the show. Back to the show, Joseph Valente won the series, getting a 50/50 business partnership with Lord Sugar and a £250,000 investment. Personally, our stars of the show were Dan Callaghan and Ruth Whiteley - we know Lord Sugar was looking for a business partner but Dan and Ruth gave the show some much-welcomed humour.

The X Factor

Louisa Johnson performing 'I Believe I Can Fly' on the final of 'The X Factor' - 12 December.

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We had more singing, more talent and more drama than ever this year. We saw Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw join the judging panel as new additions, taking their place alongside Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and head judge Simon Cowell. Then we had Caroline Flack and Olly Murs take centre stage as the show's main hosts following the end of Dermot O'Leary's eight-year run. From controversy during the auditions (Mason Noise and hopefuls quitting), to on-stage slip ups, the show still managed to produce some talented stars. And 17-year-old Louisa Johnson stormed to victory as the youngest ever winner of the show.

Safe House

Safe House, Mon 20 Apr


ITV's suspenseful event thriller, guest-starring Nicola Stephenson and Jason Merrells, was pretty brilliant, if not at times quite terrifying too. Safe House told the story of married couple, Robert (Christopher Eccleston) and Katy (Marsha Thomason), who turned their remote guest house in the Lake District into a safe house. Former detective Robert and teacher Katy ended up protecting a family who feared for their lives after being attacked by a mystery man. It provided such intense and dramatic viewing that each episode left us wanting more. It was brilliantly acted with a brilliant plot, and luckily for us, a second series has been commissioned.

Made In Chelsea

Made In Chelsea: Ollie and Binky laugh as Spencer reveals secret about Jess and Jamie. 20 October 2015.

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It was another great series for our Chelsea favourites. With more drama, romance and heartbreak than ever before, we saw more trouble for lovebirds Sam Thompson and Tiffany Watson, some sort of closure for Jamie Laing and Jess Woodley, and fallouts between Lucy Watson and Rosie Fortescue. Of course, following his split from Lauren Hutton, lothario Spencer Matthews was back to flirting up a storm with the ladies, and as always, we had more brilliant one-liners from the one and only Mark-Francis Vandelli. Nothing made us happier than seeing Binky Felstead and Josh 'JP' Patterson finally get together, but what was the icing on the cake? The return of Ollie Locke, of course! Oh how we missed you Ollie. We heart you.

Love Island

Love Island co-stars kissing in the villa - July 2015.


ITV2 decided to revamp this dating show, this time ditching the celebrity angle and just making it about young and flirty singletons. It was brilliant. If you didn't already know, we couldn't stop talking about Love Island every single morning in the office. We mean, we had so many highlights…Jon telling Hannah she made him feel like a unicorn, the islanders' chant, Jess and Naomi's clash, baby Jamal, and then of course, Omar Sultani, or better still, "Your boy Omar". There were so many things that we loved, we really can't list them all. We really want this to come back for a second series, and better still, we really want the gang to reunite - even if there's been more break ups than romance some five months on.


Broadchurch, Mon 23 Feb


David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprised their roles as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller for the highly-anticipated second series. After the much talked about first series which gripped the nation, expectations were high as it made a return to our screens. The gripping drama saw Joe Miller found not guilty of the murder of 11-year-old school boy Danny Latimer, while Alex and Ellie finally cracked the tragic details behind the Sandbrook case. What will the third series bring?

Geordie Shore

Holly Hagan and Scott Timlin flirt on Geordie Shore
8 December


It was antics galore in the GS house as the cast headed to Greece to bring us plenty of sun, fun, tears and tantrums. Series 10 saw Chloe Etherington and Nathan Henry join as newbies, as well as the exit of James Tindale, and series 11 was just as dramatic. Remember that Holly Hagan and Gary 'Gaz' Beadle argument? Or the time Charlotte Crosby told BFF Holly a few home truths following her messy split with Kyle Christie? And what about Chloe's huge row with Holly over Scotty T? Bust ups aside, there were bombshells and even a proposal this year... Kyle left the show, Ricky Rayment flew out to Greece to surprise Marnie with a proposal, and then she said an emotional goodbye to her co-stars. What will be in store for the next series?

Celebrity Big Brother

Katie Hopkins and Perez Hilton clash on 'Celebrity Big Brother'. Broadcast on Channel 5 HD - 28 January 2015.

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Janice Dickinson on 'Celebrity Big Brother'. Broadcast on Channel 5.

© Channel 5 / Supplied by WENN

What a year for CBB. In series 15, the house was divided as Perez Hilton went against Katie Hopkins and co. It was dramatic, controversial and sometimes unbearable, but one of the most talked about series ever. We mean, how could you forget all of those arguments? As a result, Perez was the most talked-about contestant ever, and just a few days into the series, many dubbed it The Perez Show. His clash with Katie turned nasty at times but they weren't the only celebs involved in drama. Jeremy Jackson and Ken Morley were removed from the house, while Alexander O'Neal quit, and Katie Price came in as a late arrival, eventually winning the show. After what was a brilliant series, we were wondering how on earth series 16 could top it? Well, when you come up with a UK v USA theme and put in the likes of Janice Dickinson in the house, then you're off to a good start. Oh Janice, wasn't she just all sorts of brilliant? The likes of Janice, Farrah Abraham, Jenna Jameson, Austin Armacost and Daniel Baldwin made for a very fiery, hot tempered and non-stop entertaining house. We saw the union of Jarrah, a furious Natasha Hamilton lose it at Austin, Janice's Oscar-worthy speech, Bobby Davro's harsh words to Farrah, Stevie Ritchie's reference to Hulk, and, most importantly, Gail Porter asking Janice (in what was perhaps the worst timing ever) what she'd like on her toast! Then there was *that* off-air fight on Bit On The Side. What drama will series 17 bring?

Doctor Foster

BBC One drama series Doctor Foster.
Episode 3 - October 2015.

© Drama Republic/Des Willie

Not even we could have predicted how great Doctor Foster would be. In one sense, we have never wanted to scream at the TV so much, but we have never been left on the edge of our seats as much either. We were biting our nails at every tense second and we literally couldn't wait to find out how Gemma (Surrane Jones) would exact her revenge on cheating husband Simon (Bertie Carvel) and his young lover Kate (Jodie Comer). The line of the series was Gemma's "B*tch is right and I'm a wolf tonight" quote. Just utterly brilliant. And, may we add, while the entire cast deserve a round of applause, it was former Coronation Street actress Suranne who stole the limelight. We're calling for her to get that BAFTA win too…

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