So, 2014 saw a change in the type of show I would watch, branching out a bit more and seeing my taste develop and change, although I still love my soaps and reality TV. So here are my favourite shows plus one favourite storyline from 2014.
Christmas 2013 – I sat with my Mum and watched 4 complete series of Downton Abbey and pretty much became obsessed and spent a lot of 2014 rewatching while impatiently waiting for the new series. I think it is a visually beautiful series and has so much elegance. It is simply beautiful and Dame Maggie Smith is amazing. It really got me into Period Dramas.
This is the sort of thing I would have never watched before, but it had John Simms in it and I heard some good things so thought I would give it a go. An absolutely brilliant crime drama. What I liked most was the non-traditional camera style; it was not neat and tidy with precise shots and was very raw. As well as that it had me on the edge of my seat and I could never have guessed the outcome.
I know this began in 2013, but like Downton Abbey I watched it over Christmas with my family. I am obviously a massive David Tennant fan, so I am not sure why I didn’t watch it sooner. Again, something until now I wouldn’t have wanted to watch. It made for some challenging watching at times, especially with the character Jack Marshall. It’s a brilliant, well thought out programme and again, I could never have guessed the outcome. I am seriously enjoying the new series.
3) Coronation Street – Haley
Now soaps are not the most sophisticated thing on television but they do tackle a lot of issues, and they are nice to watch. The much loved character Haley was diagnosed with cancer, with only months to live, and this made for some hard watching. Her decision to end her own life was dealt with sensitively. It was a difficult subject to approach but was done so well with honesty and accuracy. I did however have issues with the audience being shown her swallowing the tablets in liquid form. I think it’s a tricky subject and that could unfortunately give a vulnerable and depressed person an idea, so apart from that I thought it was a brilliant storyline.
2) Doctor Who
Even though this is my favourite show, over the last few years I have been disappointed, but I think this year was the best series since Matt Smith’s first series. I think Steven Moffat has calmed down a lot and his stories and vision are now a lot clearer, but seriously, a great series. There is of course more about this on my Doctor Who blog.
As I have mentioned this is not something that I would normally go for. I saw an advert for it with my flatmate. We both thought it looked good and both thought it was just a one off episode. Now, I live with a fellow Media student and the way I can pretty much tell something is good is (a) we don’t speak a word to each other while watching, and (b) neither of us utter the words “well that’s not a good shot”, “oh come on that sounds terrible.” Never happened. It was some seriously challenging watching and some very difficult issues tackled. I could not have predicted the outcome, and I am so excited they are doing another series. From the trailer I think it’s from the child’s point of view, which I think is a brilliant idea.
Well it’s been an amazing year for TV and I am looking forward to what 2015 brings.