Yep, there's only a couple of days left for me to do those themed reviews of the year that are compulsory for any blogger with nothing better to do. Actually a couple of them will be fairly similar to last year's - although it hasn't been a bad
year for them exactly, there's not been much new
that I've discovered in the field of attractive men, or my first subject, TV.
As far as I'm concerned the biggest telly event came very early on in the year. It was officially a new series but thanks to the pilot having been broadcast in 2008, it already had a fanbase that included me and several readers of this blog. If you'd forgotten it was coming back soon then clear a space in your diary for the 10th of January, 9:30pm on BBC3: After a great first series Being Human
is coming back in 2010.
While the BBC were having a big supernatural success, ITV thought they'd show us how to take the genre and get it spectacularly wrong with Demons
, a show written by taking the scripts from Buffy
, cutting out each word and then rearranging them in random order. What with this and ITV2's Trinity
I don't think we'll be paying much more attention to Christian Cooke
; I mean, we'd all forgiven his utter inability to act (he even had to be dubbed over in Trinity
) but not even his nipples are nice enough to excuse his script choices.
Returning shows this year included The Apprentice
, which was good as usual but suffered from the lack of a Lucinda Ledgerwood, despite Lorraine "Saul" Tighe's best efforts. Merlin
's second series was a bit under par but at least it kept the raging gayness of the two leads despite the fact that they both got given ladypersons to flirt with. And Beautiful People
made an unexpected return, once again making a few mistakes along the way but making up for them with some classic comedy moments.Doctor Who
only had a series of occasional specials this year, which is probably just as well considering how shit they were. Seriously, the regeneration into Matt Smith heralding the arrival of The Moff in a couple of days' time can't come quickly enough. By contrast a pared-down format suited Torchwood
just fine - despite an ending that could at the very least be described as controversial, Children of Earth
for the most part marked a huge rise in quality compared to the first two series. And The Sarah Jane Adventures
continued to be the most consistent branch of the franchise, despite this year's episodes having their order rearranged so we got a bit of an underwhelming finale.
I never got round to doing a blog post about it but one new show that impressed me late in the year was Misfits
; a "Heroes
" clone it may have been but Howard Overman's show was surprisingly excellent. Starring Spring Awakening
's cute but supremely creepy Iwan Rheon, the story of five teenagers on Community Service who acquire superpowers was often hilarious. Just pretend the talking dog in the first episode never happened.
And finally there was a show that's far from new, but which I watched for the first time this year: Simon Cowell's
talent show The X Factor
(sorry, America, it looks pretty inevitable now that you're getting inflicted with your own version in 2011,) the first few weeks were made bearable by talent-vacuum John and Edward
. Some things are so bad they're good; Jedward are so awful they're awesome. Come to think of it, in that respect they were this year's Bonekickers
. The series as a whole ended a bit flatly, as the most talented contestant Joe McElderry won, but seemed so unlikely to get a decent chance at a career that you kinda wished he hadn't. And then the whole thing got overshadowed by a silly Facebook campaign to make Simon Cowell's record company
twice as much money
sad and it was all a bit oh right, I see.
And on that in no way anticlimactic note I end my 2009 TV roundup. Actually no, a quick word about Christmas TV: Shit. Almost all of it. Let's not even talk about the Victoria Wood special. All best forgotten except Cranford
and the Outnumbered
special which were, in their very different ways, sublime.