Since 2021 is approaching (yes, we are counting the days until the end of 2020), Radiotimes.com The top 50 TV shows of the year continue.
For more than five days, we have been highlighting our tops as selected by our editorial team. Today (December 28th), we continue with 30-21 – featuring the most innovative and exciting new TV features of the year as well as a new twist with some familiar favorite choices.
Don’t forget to join us again throughout next year and week as we publish our full list, the show which is not this year’s enthusiastic number including 1 spot.
Now available on TV and Sky Go
Take the director of The Night Manager, Big Little Lies, and add the two biggest Hollywood stars, and it’s no surprise that one of the most talked about new dramas of 2020 is.
The story of Great and Jonathan Fraser (played by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant) disrupts their seemingly perfect and decent lives in the upper circles of Manhattan’s high society, when Jonathan is accused of murder, The Ending is a brilliant emotional thriller that ends the audience with a lot of twists and turns. Puts it and goes that way. – Tim Glanfield, editorial director
29. After life
Available on Netflix
Ricky Graves’s first and foremost smart and touching meditation on love and loss was so good – and, apparently, so perfectly self-sufficient – that someone asked if the second season was even necessary. But the man himself argued that his character Tony was mourning the loss of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) and that he still had a “rich vein” as he continued to fight for harmony in a world without him.
While this may inevitably be due to the lack of freshness of the first, the second season of Life still failed to prove itself as a worthy successor to the show’s 2019 debut, only to discover new ways without Tony’s progress (and his rethinking) but the land of Penelope Wilton, Stallwart From Annie to Tony Waye’s helpless but enchanted Lenny came out further into the town of Tambury to make more use of the show’s great supporting cast.
Will he be able to do it again in the third season of life? This is another tough question for Graves – but now we have learned to stop understanding him. – Morgan Jeffery, Executive Editor
Available on BBC iPlayer and Sky Go
The first series of this sitcom of the horror history team was a hit and you can feel that renewed confidence when the spectrum residents of Button House come back.
While Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kill Smith-Benoit) tried their best to turn their broken pile into a major wedding venue, their ghostly housewives caused more disaster, while flashbacks deepened their lives (and deaths). Added to gather
Vaguely topped off by a delightful Christmas special all made for one perfect piece of fantasy jokes. Fortunately, this series has a long way to go before it leaves … well, you get the idea. – Hugh Fullerton, science-fi and fantasy editor
27. Call Saul
Available on Netflix
In the early days, Better Call Saul seemed like an entertaining and light-minded breaking bad spin-off, but as the series progressed it gradually became as intriguing (and just as well as reasonably good) as its predecessor.
The most recent season was still the best, with Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) being a drunken new villain and one of the most exciting TV moments of all time, with absolutely nerve-wracking conflicts in the Penelope episode.
Bob Odenkirk was forced into the lead role as Jimmy landed in his altered-arrogance, but the heart of the beating remains Rhea Sihorn, whose great portrayal of Kim Wexer continues as the show’s moral center. – Patrick Cremon, author-researcher
26. The Windermere Children
Available to buy on Amazon
The one-day drama The Wonderme’s Children aired on the BBC to mark the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz’s independence, and the show was strong enough to do justice to that anniversary.
It is a dramatic story that in the summer of 1945, hundreds of exhausted Holocaust survivors were brought to Lake District with nothing but nightmares on their backs and nightmares on their heads. A group of talented young actors, mainly Polish, take us on their journey as they adjust to their new home – and at the end of the show we meet the real “Windermere kids” (now very old) and discover where life has taken them. Which is the intensely moving ending of a memorable drama. – Eleanor Bly Griffiths, Drama Editor
25. This country
Available for purchase on Sky Go, BBC iPlayer and Amazon
Over three series, this exceptional mockery of Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper siblings has achieved something that only the best sitcoms can handle: once exciting but also touching and deep.
The chronicle of the daily lives of Kerry and Kurton Muklo and the various bizarre characters living in their quiet village of Cotswolds has a real heartfelt enthusiasm for the series, and the main character’s relationship with the compassionate Vikar (Paul Chahidi) is quite interesting (although he Got himself in trouble in the series).
All six episodes of the new series were as great as we expected and it’s a show that must be missed which – Patrick Cremon, author-researcher
24. Come to dance strictly
Available on BBC iPlayer
As we approached the summer of epidemic restrictions and social distance, many wondered how the intimate contact program, such as the Strikely Cum Dance, could move forward.
It looked like it had gone to a stage, but the BBC did not leave their mega hits and brought the ballroom to life once again, with a few subtle changes. For most of it there was no audience, Tess and Claudia were kept apart and the lineup was even smaller.
Does it matter? Not at all. Strictly Come Dance 2020 proved itself to be the savior of the year, with 12 months of incredible horror to go ahead with strictly glamor and flame and fire hats to go up and out of the BBC. – Assistant Editor Helen Daly
23. The Last Dance
Available on Netflix
This awesome 10-part sports documentary became the subject of an incident in the early part of the lockdown, with new episodes being released each week for a spell in April and May.
The series prolongs the career of basketball icon Michael Jordan by coming to his final season at the Chicago Bulls and looking back to the highlights of his great career – from his first commitment as a professional player to his brief stint with professional baseball.
With several explicit interviews and some electrified archive footage, the series has a real raw energy that confirms that it appealed to both strong basketball fans and those with little prior knowledge about the sport. Patrick Cremon, author-researcher
22. I hate Suzy
Now available for purchase on TV, Sky Go and Amazon
Billy Piper’s I Hate Suzy in the Sky burns completely into flames, sometimes the eye-popping image of former child star Suzy Pickles (Piper) who didn’t pull any strings and took unexpected turns throughout its six episodes, often misleading viewers in bright and imaginative ways.
Showing off the brutal satire of a contemporary celebrity, a painful human drama and sometimes surreal jokes – the secret diary of his star co-creator and a call girl collaborator Lucy Preble – it was somewhat unexpected and wild like its main character, Piper. , The magnetic performance anchors the whole thing nicely. – Morgan Jeffery, Executive Editor
21. Great British Back Off
Available in all 4
Socially at a distance or not, bake off with a cup until the perfect evening breeze – although you may want to get a sweet treat because the bakes on the show are sure you’re salivating (or not, if they get “freezer juice” on them…).
Hosted by comedians Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, and judged by Paul Hollywood and Pree Leith, the show saw 12 amateur bakers fight against it in the infamous tent to win this glass cake stand. Each week, they take on three challenges – signature, technical and showstopper – before giving a baker a Star Baker crown and sending a packing to another.
With plenty of baking pangs along the way, and some incredible bakes to feed your eyes, Bake Off is always guaranteed to make you feel hot and fuzzy inside and in 2020 it was a much needed tonic – Grace Henry, Entertainment and Real Editor
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