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

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Reveal's TV picks of 2015: Part two.

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.

Catch up on part one, where we awarded Doctor Foster, The Apprentice, Love Island, Safe House, The X Factor, Broadchurch, Celebrity Big Brother, Geordie Shore and Made In Chelsea as some of our TV picks of the year.

What else made our list? Well, check out part two of our TV picks below (in no particular order) and don't forget to tell us what shows you would pick in the comment box or by tweeting us @RevealMag!

Strictly Come Dancing

Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness' Showdance on Strictly Come Dancing 2015.
19 December 2015.

© BBC/Guy Levy

It was a brilliant line-up, and at first, it was hard to pick who would be a finalist. Each week saw all the couples put through their paces, and the judges delivering sometimes harsh but constructive criticism. From Peter Andre to Georgia May Foote, Kellie Bright, Helen George and the eventual winner, Jay McGuiness, it was another star-studded series. And it was even a highlight for professional dancer Anton du Beke, who reached the live finals for the first time in 11 years! Of course, this was all down to BBC presenter Katie Derham, who unlike Anton's previous partners, managed to showcase dancing potential. We also loved Jeremy Vine and Ainsley Harriott, who gave the show some warmth and humour each week.


Luther, Idris Elba, Tue 15 Dec


News that a fourth series was returning was probably the best news ever. Idris Elba brilliantly plays DCI John Luther, and we were so happy to see him sling on his grey tweed overcoat once again. It's still one of the slickest crime dramas on TV - even though, admittedly, we've had to cover our eyes at some pretty scary scenes. Even now that the two-part special has finished, we still need more. We know talk of a film version has been doing the rounds for some time, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that this will happen, and of course, a fifth series will be more than welcome. FYI: We still haven't got over DS Justin Ripley's death from series three. Please bring him back? Somehow?

Taking New York

Taking New York series one cast photo - March 2015.

© Channel 4

We blooming loved this. It focused on young, independent British twenty-somethings hoping to take on New York, aka, the Big Apple. For a first series of a reality show, it was just brilliant. You know when you watch a new show for the first time and the first episode isn't that great but you decide to stick with it anyway in the hope that it'll improve? Well TNY was the complete opposite. It was honestly great from the very beginning, all thanks to star of the show, Georgina Leigh. Remember Georgina's major fallout with Sophie Pape? And what about her amazing first scene in the taxi? Then there was *that* confrontation with Ben Waddell too. It wasn't all about Georgina, however, as we had Jamie Jewitt's indecisiveness over his feelings for Amy Purssey, and her sister Megan's romance with Henry Rogers. There was so much drama we honestly struggled to keep up, but please can we have another series!

The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off, final, Tamal, Nadiya, Ian, Wed 7 Oct


This series of GBBO reinvigorated our interest in baking once again. We didn't quite have another Bin-gate, but Dorret Conway almost provided a similar moment as she attempted a black forest gateau for the Showstopper Challenge. Her mousse failed to set in time, and it was, in all honesty, a melting mess. We felt her every emotion. The 12 amateur bakers did their best to impress Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the famous tent. Despite us all thinking early on that the very skilled Ian Cumming would be triumphant, it was the humble and extremely talented Nadiya Hussain who won the series. Not only was she a worthy winner, but from speaking to Nadiya at red carpet events, she is the loveliest person too.


TOWIE Christmas party - The Only Way Is Essexmas.

© ITV / Supplied by WENN

Another year, another three series, and even more dosage of Essex drama. Seriously, where do we begin? We saw exits from the likes of Mario Falcone, Gemma Collins and Lauren Pope, but we also welcomed lots of new cast members. Pete Wicks, Verity Chapman, Dan Edgar, Jake Hall, Chloe Lewis, Michael Hassini, Nicole Bass, Kate Wright and Liam Blackwell all joined the cast in 2015. Verity made quite a controversial impact on the show, then we had *that* pretty epic fight between Elliott Wright and James 'Lockie' Lock in Marbella, and who could forget Gemma, Bobby Norris, Lauren Pope and Vas J Morgan's major showdown at the pool party in Marbs? Awkward, right? From Chloe L's fallouts with Ferne McCann, to Pete and Jessica Wright's 'Will they? Won't they?' romance, to the end of Danielle Armstrong and Lockie's relationship, we were certainly kept on our toes with our Essex faves. We had Pete come up trumps as the show's male hottie, and the boys' egos heighten at the sight of new competition. We also had blasts from the pasts as Amy Childs' name rocked Essex when it was revealed she kissed Mike, and original cast member Lauren Goodger returned for the festive Essexmas special.

Nanny Pat In Memory Card, TOWIE Essexmas, December 2015


Sadly, Jess' grandmother Nanny Pat, who was very the much the star of the show, passed away in December. We're glad the legendary reality star featured in so much of series 16. The series finale, which saw the cast gather for her 80th birthday celebrations, was one of the best and equally most emotional episodes ever. Without doubt Nanny Pat has given us all some of the most memorable scenes on the show.

Ordinary Lies

Ordinary Lies shot from episode one: Tracy (MICHELLE KEEGAN), Emma (CAT SIMMONS), Jez (KRIS MOCHRIE)

© BBC/Red Productions/Ben Blackall

The BBC One drama starred the likes of Max Beesley, Jo Joyner, Jason Manford and Michelle Keegan as a group of colleagues working in a car showroom. Each episode focused on a different character and how a little white lie can spiral out of control. Receptionist Tracy became involved with drug trafficking, then we had mechanic Rick who began dating his boss' 15-year-old daughter, and salesman Marty who lied that his wife had died. The second series will explore the lives and loves of a new workforce, this time set in the headquarters of a large, national sports goods company, with an array of new, compelling and clandestine characters. Ooh!

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Lady C in camp.
18 November 2015.

© ITV / Supplied by WENN

In 2014 it was former footballer Jimmy Bullard who stole the show for us. But how could 2015 be topped? Well, that was all down to Lady Colin Campbell. We will forever remember her name. Whether you loved or disliked her, Lady C was TV gold. The socialite and author came to blows with Tony Hadley and Duncan Bannatyne on one too many occasions, and she even fell out with Chris Eubank and Brian Friedman for a short while before making amends with them. She uttered some words we had never heard of, and she came out with some one-liners that left an impression on the entire camp. Then we had three late arrivals in Spencer Matthews, Vicky Pattison and Ferne McCann. Spencer's time in the jungle was short lived after being removed for steroid use, but it was reality stars Vicky and Ferne who powered their way through to the final. Vicky showed her bravery, courageousness and good humour as she tackled the tasks, while Ferne faced her fears in the most terrifying Bushtucker Trial, Panic Pit. Three weeks never really is enough for us. Time just goes way too quick and before we know it, the amazing Celebrity Cylone trial has come around! While Vicky was crowned Queen of the Jungle, and despite Lady C being fascinating to watch, it was co-hosts Ant and Dec who were once again the real stars of the show. We mean, can we just have Dec's victory walk on loop please?

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