Deputy Editor, Broadcast
Top 3 programs of the year: Clarkson’s Farm (Amazon Prime / Expectation) – Controversial former Top Gear host’s likable side finally revealed; Blair & Brown: The New Labor Revolution (BBC2 / BBC Studios) / Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain (C4 / 72 Films) – outstanding documents transport me back to the happy days before it aired; The White Lotus (Sky Atlantic / HBO) – tuned to Succession for its cast of unpopular heroes
Program that surprised you the most: This is MY House (BBC1 / Expectation) – the surreal guessing game that shouldn’t have worked made me want to come back more often than Fern 1
Favorite TV moment of the year: Squid Game (Netflix) – The moment the participants realized that the stakes were dangerously high made me sit up and take notice
What will you see over Christmas: BBC1’s Superworm (Magic Light) and C4’s The Abominable Snow Baby (Eagle Eye) for the kids, honestly – followed by A Very British Scandal (BBC1 / Blueprint) and hoping Joe Lycett can fill Richard Ayoades Travel Man shoes (C4 / North One)
A forecast for 2022: Crew shortages must be resolved, enough studio space for everyone and an end to the Covid protocols.
Content Lead, Broadcast Intelligence
Top 3 programs of the year: It’s a Sin for the most ecstatic joy and crushing sadness in a series, 9/11 Inside the President’s War Room for its phenomenal storytelling and access, and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK for being my emotional support blanket this year.
Programs that surprised you the most: Series three from You on Netflix – a constant why am I still watching this? but still captivating and funny, despite all the murder.
Favorite TV moment of the year: Mr. Blobby in BBC News
What will you see over christmas: Using my parents’ sky to finally start a succession – does anyone know if that is a good thing?
A forecast for 2022: Visiting aliens and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of SVoD services they have to pay for to see all of the great shows everyone is talking about, leave right now
Content Explorer, Broadcast Intelligence
Top 3 programs of the year: Clickbait, Amtsenthebung: American Crime Story, Ted Lasso
Programs that surprised you the most: Ted Lasso (didn’t think I’d laugh like that)
Favorite TV moment of the year: This morning – Barry Humphries mistook Dermot O’Leary for Phillip Schofield
What will you see over christmas: Succession and all Harry Potters
A forecast for 2022: The sixth season of Peaky Blinders is going to be awesome, as is the new season of Stranger Things!
Senior Content Researcher, Broadcast Intelligence
Top 3 programs of the year: It’s a sin, Stath Lets Flats, Feel Good
Programs that surprised you the most: Undercover OAP: The Mole Agent (BBC Storyville), Clarksons Farm
Favorite news or TV moment of the year: The anthem of the second Drag Race UK season UK Hun? Reaching number one on the charts is as iconic as it gets.
What will you see over Christmas: A bit of good old-fashioned family fun with Succession and The Sopranos …
A forecast for 2022: In an increasingly clustered SVoD market, this could be the exact year Netflix loses its streaming crown. Alternatively, the streaming wars come to a head, Netflix and Disney + fall by the wayside and Quibi emerges from the ashes again
Top 3 programs of the year: This way up, unforgotten and it’s a sin
Programs that surprised you the most: Blair & Brown: The New Labor Revolution was so worth seeing – retrospect is 20/20. Archive footage showed younger Blair and Brown full of energy, smiles, and ambition. But in today’s faltering interviews, the couple looked old and tired. It all felt strangely sad and familiar, with so many parallels today
Favorite TV moment of the year: I’m a huge Joe Lycett fan and I enjoyed that he took a walk at Steph’s Packed Lunch to raise awareness about recycling and single-use plastics
What will you see over christmas: The girl before
Top 3 programs of the year: It’s A Sin (C4) – a heartbreaking yet joyful portrayal of an important part of British social history; Dopesick (Star / Disney +) – the epitome of a communicative SVoD drama of corporate greed, underdog heroes and tragedies; Untold: Deal With the Devil (Netflix) – The anthology sports documentary had it all in abundance. This particular film was compelling, shocking, mind-blowing and ultimately beautiful.
Programs that surprised you the most: The Tower (ITV) – Got me hooked from start to finish. Low-Fi, but with the right edge. Gemma Whelan and Jimmy Akingbola can be an on-screen partnership for a long time; The Outlaws (BBC1) – an extraordinary show, criminally underrated; Gods of Snooker – a phenomenal feat to make snooker sexy and noir-esque. It’s snooker!
Favorite TV moment of the year: I’m tempted to tell Piers Morgan’s razor-thin skin when something goes wrong because it’s just too fun to watch him lose his shit when he’s wrong. But Emma Raducanu, who won the US Open, was exceptional. Her tennis and temperament were excellent. Oh, and by the way, she proved Piers Morgan wrong – delicious.
What will you see over Christmas: I will be playing Succession S3 as I haven’t had a chance to see it. I also have high hopes for Mark Gatiss ‘rendering of MR James’ The Mezzotint on BBC2. BBC1’s Around The World in 80 Days is also on the program
Forecast for 2022: One of the main SVoDs is folded into another. It could be Discovery + subsumed by HBO Max, or it could be a consolidation game. There’s going to be a big M&A piece next year that we’re all shocked about
Top 3 programs of the year: It’s A Sin, mare from Easttown, maid
Programs that surprised you the most: Only murders in the building, Drive to Survive
Favorite news of the year: Favorite news was that the tanker Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal for a week and the memes it inspired.
What will you see over christmas: I’ll get into the festive mood by learning what the whole fuss about the succession is!
Top 3 programs of the year: Squid Game, The Underground Railroad, and The Outlaws
Programs that surprised you the most: The third season of sex education surprised me the most this year as it brilliantly captured so many important diverse topics with no rush or enforced moral imperatives. It consistently broke barriers in depicting disability and sex along with non-binary and queer relationships, while remaining at its core a hilarious comedy
Favorite TV moment of the year: Channel 4 black to Front Day. It was rewarding and enjoyable to see new black talent, especially those who have relied on digital platforms for their visibility, show up on prime-time television
What will you see over Christmas: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special and join the adventures of Doctor Who in the New Years Eve episode, Eve of the Daleks. I’m also looking forward to seeing Claire Foy starring alongside Paul Bettany in the BBC1 drama A Very British Scandal on Boxing Day as the Duchess of Argyll
Forecast for 2022: I expect (hope) fewer shows on Covid in addition to an increase in the fantasy genre
Top 3 programs of the year: Brassic for its silliness, Succession for its brilliant writing and acting, Uprising for its moving storytelling.
Programs that surprised you the most: I really enjoyed Only Murders in the Building on Disney +. A pleasant, light thriller with many twists and turns. The silent episode was particularly fascinating. I also didn’t expect to see Match of the Day 2021 that often, but then I wouldn’t have expected West Ham to claim 21 league wins in the calendar year
Favorite TV moment of the year: I generally try to avoid US domestic news whenever possible, but the coverage and subsequent documentary surrounding the January 6th events at the Capitol Building was exciting to watch.
What will you see over Christmas: If I can surgically remove the remote control from the children’s hands, I look forward to The Tourist coming out on New Years Day.
Forecast for 2022: Channel 4 will not be privatized. Also, my average is going down when playing Match of the Day