19 January 2015

ARA 2014: Television


Welcome to the first day of the Artron Reviews Awards 2014! Read our introduction here.


Happy Valley stormed onto our screens last spring with a quality cast and crew behind it. In fact, it was so good, we think it's our favourite series of last year, just ahead of The Good Wife and Line of Duty.


Endeavour returned for an excellent second series in 2014. Its final episode, Neverland, was so impressive that it's earned itself our coveted (!) Best Single Episode of 2014 award. It was the only piece of television I rated 10/10 last year - read more here. Neverland just managed to beat The Good Wife: The Last Call and the TV film Marvellous.


Sally Wainwright wrote many things last year, but she wins this award for her superb work on Happy Valley. We hope to see more of her work on that front before too long. Wainwright came in just ahead of Russell Lewis for Endeavour and Gwyneth Hughes for Remember Me.


Nick Murphy is elected Best Director of 2014 for his sterling work on Prey, leading over Alan Cubitt for The Fall and Tim Fywell for Happy Valley.


The Best Composer of Original Television Soundtrack goes to Brian Reitzell for his contribution to Hannibal. Also in the running were Cristobal Tapia de Veer for Utopia and Murray Gold for Doctor Who.


Hugo Blick and Abi Bach are recognised by our motley awards team as the Best Producers of 2014 for The Honourable Woman, which was very much Blick's baby. Also nominated were the wonderful Nicola Shindler for The Driver and Happy Valley, Brian Minchin for Doctor Who and Bryan Fuller for Hannibal.


Yes, it's the big fella himself! Peter Capaldi took Doctor Who by storm last year and put in a leading performance that blew us all away. Read reviews from us three of his first series here. The competition, if he had any, were Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife and Shaun Evans for Endeavour.


Like Peter Capaldi, James Norton (Happy Valley) gave his all to his role and the result was breathtaking. As the psychotic Tommy Lee Royce he was brilliantly disturbing, and made the character truly memorable. Missing out on the top spot were Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham).

Join us tomorrow for our second category: Doctor Who!

My thanks to Matt Michael (Twitter | Season to Taste Podcast) and Tom Newsom (Twitter | Flickr | Blog). And I'm on Twitter too.

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