THE RAGGYS 2014


The Oh Why Did They Do It Award goes to …

Dancing on Ice.

We knew it was the last ever series. What we were really looking forward to was seeing complete novices risking life, limb and skull learning how to ice skate … what we got was people we have seen already, some of the best, a couple of the worst, battle it out. What, we ask, was the point?

 

The Show With The Most Kick-ass Female Role-Models award goes to …

The Bletchley Circle.

In years gone by Buffy the Vampire Slayer might have done the trick, but these days we like our female heroines to be cerebral as well as brave.

 

The Most Retro Show is …

The Americans

For anyone who can actually remember the early 1980s, this brilliant spy thriller recalls the days when the “Ruskies” and the “Yanks” were at each others’ throats … and fashion was, well, “challenging”. It’s as much about families and marriages as it is about the CIA and the KGB and it has another brilliant Brit (in this case Matthew Rhys) playing a convincing American. Well, a convincing Russian pretending to be a convincing American …

 

 

The Most Harrowing Series of the Year was …

Southcliffe

It was dark, it was gritty, and it was realistic. In a relentlessly, captivating sort of way. We’re loving this new raft of heavy dramas that make us think before they entertain us.

 

 

The Series That Most Constantly Surprised Us was …

Homeland

Just where can they go next? Well, probably anywhere given the producers’ and writers’ propensity for killing off main characters, shocking us with plot twists we could never have foreseen and teasing us with the possible loss of a character to the ‘’dark side”. Recent plot developments are going to mean big changes, but we can’t wait.

 

The We’ll Miss You Now You’ve Gone award goes to …

Ripper Street.

This Victorian-era crime drama lived pretty much below the radar, so never going to survive for years, but while it lasted it was good. As much a London-based Western as anything, it brought to our notice some of the characters and issues of the day from Elephant Man John Merrick to the Phossy Jaw suffering of the match girls.

 

 

The Most Welcome Return was that of …

Sherlock

Oh how we waited … and waited … for Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss to bring back our favourite incarnation of Conan Doyle’s London detective. We forgave them for keeping us in suspense for so long (after all, the pair had other things to do, like make lovely episodes of Doctor Who), because they made it so worth the wait. They answered that question that sent fandom into meltdown at the end of the last episodes – just how did Sherlock fake his death? They answered it repeatedly and in varied ways. Of course they told us absolutely nothing, but they gave us plenty of options. They intrigued us, they confused us, and they delighted us. But we want more … and soon.

 

 

 

The It Takes Your Breath Away Drama Award goes to 

Broadchurch

We have to admit that we’ll pretty much watch anything that David Tennant or Olivia Coleman appear in, so to have both together was always going to be tv heaven, but this remarkable drama had an impressive cast all-round. The plot was clever and kept you guessing almost to the end. And, unlike a lot of so-called dramas, you realized that the clues were always there, right from the start, we just didn’t realize they were clues

 

 

The We Want To Go There Now Award is well deserved by …

Shetland

Great programme, terrific acting, sensational scenery. Give us some craggy headlands, lots of sky and a swift wind to buffet us over a palm tree dotted island any day of the week. How beautiful are those islands?

 

 

Bravest Storyline has to go to …

Coronation Street for the death of Hayley Cropper. Perfectly acted and written, Corrie handled what, in other hands, might well have proved a trite, politically motivated storyline. Yes, it brought an issue, well several issues, to our attention, but above all it was about human beings. It was about seizing control. It was about a love story, about friendships and about the truth. And it was brave, because the writers, producers and actors had such a responsibility to those viewers who have ever, are now, or some day will, have to go through something so awful. And they were pitch-perfect. Not one word, one situation or one reaction seemed remotely out of place. And it made us all cry.