Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smarter for 10; Another Year of Telly Is Nearly over. MARION MCMULLEN Looks Back at Some of the TV Highlights of 2016

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smarter for 10; Another Year of Telly Is Nearly over. MARION MCMULLEN Looks Back at Some of the TV Highlights of 2016

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1 what on earth was unmissable? PLANET Earth II proved the most watched nature series in 15 years. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the BBC show attracted more than 12 million viewers a week, wowing audiences with its close-up footage of animals in the wild. Planet Earth II took three years to make and involved 117 filming trips to 40 countries.

wants the last cake? 2who THE final episode of much-loved series Great British Bake Off - the last on the BBC - gave the show its highest viewing figures ever. More than 14 million people watched Candice Brown, who has since quit her job as a PE and special needs teacher, crowned winner.

for the last waltz? 3ready THE winner of Strictly Come Dancing will be crowned this weekend and head judge Len Goodman will also say a final farewell to the BBC's hit dance contest. The results show - in which Claudia Fragapane made her exit - was seen by a peak of 12.1 million viewers and no-one will forget former shadow chancellor Ed Balls' recent salsa to Gangnam Style in a hurry.

4 who was the queen of tv period dramas? ITV'S lavish new period drama Victoria beat Poldark in the ratings, but both were highlights of the year. Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, was a ratings hit, averaging 7.7 million viewers. Poldark made headlines for a controversial 'rape' scene between Ross (Aidan Turner) and ex-fiancee Elizabeth (Heida Reed).

5 who won't be returning to the rovers? FANS were shocked when Kylie Platt, played by Paula Lane, died on the cobbles of the famous street after being stabbed.

went on a road trip? 6who THE return of trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond was one of TV's most keenly-awaited comebacks. The debut episode of The Grand Tour set a new streaming record for Amazon Prime Video. Critics loved seeing the trio back on form, but Top Gear floundered with Chris Evans quitting the BBC show after one series. …

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