Night Manager wins best programme gong
THE Night Manager has scored another victory this year by being named the best television programme of 2016 in a Radio Times critics’ poll, just weeks after it picked up four Golden Globe nominations.
The BBC1 thriller, starring Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie, has beaten shows such as The Great British Bake Off and The Missing to win the top spot in the annual poll conducted by the television magazine.
The mini-series, adapted from the John le Carre novel, concluded at the end of March. It was a hit with high-profile people such as the Duchess of Cornwall.
The show is nominated for next year’s Golden Globes for best limited series or film made for television, while Hiddleston, Colman and Laurie have received nods in the acting categories.
The second-most popular television show was the third series of police drama Line Of Duty, with the second series of Sally Wainwright’s police thriller Happy Valley taking the third position.
Radio Times website editor Tim Glanfield said: “2016 has been a fantastic year for television, from primetime homegrown dramas which have gripped the nation to classic series of Strictly and Bake Off that have shown that live linear TV still has the power to draw big audiences and create water-cooler moments.
“We’ll look back on this decade as a golden age of TV – and drama in particular – as the arrival of pretenders like Netflix and Amazon has fired up the traditional channels to raise their game.”