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Broadchurch named best TV programme of 2013 by UK critics


Story by Jack Foley

HIT crime drama Broadchurch has been named the best programme of 2013 in the annual poll of Radio Times critics.

The ITV drama, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, followed two detectives investigating the murder of a child in a coastal English town.

It triumphed ahead of the likes of hit US series Breaking Bad and Homeland.

Radio Times’ Tim Glanfield described the show as “a brilliant piece of home-grown drama with an exquisite cast of actors”. He added: “Broadchurch is a fantastic example of British TV at its very best.”

The show averaged around nine million viewers each week and has spawned a US remake that will also star Tennant. A second UK series is also in the works.

French zombie thriller The Returned, which aired on Channel 4, took second place in the poll, followed by Channel 4’s own fly-on-the-wall documentary Educating Yorkshire.

BBC’s Top of the Lake, which recently picked up a string of Golden Globe nominations, was voted fourth, just ahead of James Corden’s BBC Two comedy The Wrong Mans.

Homeland came sixth for its third season, while Breaking Bad came ninth. The top 10 was rounded out by BBC2 crime drama Peaky Blinders, which starred Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, and which has also spawned a second series.

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