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The Observer’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2009:

  1. Occupation: BBC’s three-part drama about the Iraq invasion starring James Nesbitt (Cold Feet), Stephen Graham (Snatch) and Warren Brown (Dead Set)
  2. Five Minutes of Heaven: BBC film which won two Sundance Awards.
  3. Generation Kill: HBO miniseries adaption of Evan Wright’s book.
  4. Red Riding: Channel 4’s three feature-length episodes adapting David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet starring Andrew Garfield (Boy A) Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings) and Paddy Considine (In America).
  5. The Take: four episode drama on Sky 1 based upon Martina Cole’s novel.
  6. Collision: five part mini-series on ITV about a group of strangers whose lives intertwine after a serious car crash starring actors such as Douglas Henshall (Primeval), Paul McGann (Doctor Who) and Lucy Griffiths (Robin Hood).
  7. In Treatment: HBO drama about a psychotherapist and his patients starring Gabriel Byrne.
  8. Endgame: Channel 4 film about the fall of apartheid.
  9. FlashForward: Big budget US TV series.
  10. Mad Men / Damages Both screened in the UK on BBC.


Media Spy Awards 2009:

Australian website Media Spy have announced their award winners which include:

  • Best Drama/Soap: Packed to the Rafters
  • Best Comedy: Good News Week
  • Best Documentary: The Howard Years
  • Best Factual: Four Corners
  • Worst show: The Spearman Experiment

The Age’s TV reviewer has written a honest and poignant final column:

I loved telly because it was an escape. Flicking the switch was a portal to another dimension. Full of my other friends and families. My other life. Watching TV is now like staring at an old lover across the table shaking my head and thinking ”What did I ever see in you? Have you changed? Have I changed? Or have we just grown apart?” I’ve been doing a lot of remember-whens in recent columns. It’s like flicking through old photos and letters trying to get back that loving feeling. I no longer love television. I’m indifferent. They say hate is not the opposite of love, it’s indifference. It’s no longer one of my conversation topics, landscape of my dreams, place I go for entertainment or comfort. I have said everything I want to say. Which is why this is my last television column.

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