British Magazine Radio Times recently took a poll surveying Brits on what their ten favorite shows of the year were. As expected, their list is filled with a few great shows from their own country, and some solid American hits like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. But it’s their number one that’s a bit confusing. Check out the list below:
1. Ripper Street - 35.79%
2. Peaky Blinders - 18.53%
3. Doctor Who - 13.19%
4. Broadchurch - 7.95%
5. Breaking Bad - 3.34%
6. Last Tango in Halifax – 2.28%
7. Game of Thrones – 1.69%
8. The Walking Dead – 1.11%
9. The Fall – 1.03%
10. An Adventure in Space and Time – 0.89%
Yes, that’s right, Ripper Street is number one with a whopping 35% of the vote. Why is it on top? Well, the BBC killed the show earlier this year, and in apparent form of fan protest, they rushed to the poll to vault their show to the top. I guess the idea here is to now point to the poll and say “Stupid chaps! You killed the best show of the year! Bring it back! Cheerio!” or something like that.
I can’t say I caught Ripper Street when it aired, but for those of you that did, was it actually worthy of this kind of fervor? Seems like a reach, but if it can inspire fans this devoted, it must be worthwhile to some degree, right?
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