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In a great year for serious serials we learned a lot from the goggle-box. Warning: not all of it was useful

Families: they can get complicated

Game Of Thrones was full of awkward relationships: while House Lannister's Queen Cersei and Jaime played house, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was coerced into marrying man-mountain Khal Drogo by her power-crazed brother Viserys. The tables shifted once she realised her new position came with a horde of savages to command. See also: Sarah Michelle Gellar sticking it to … Sarah Michelle Gellar on Ringer.

Money trails have never been more confusing

With his gnomic pronouncements ("You, you're the threads. But me, I'm the rope"), enigmatic threats ("Don't let the soup burn"), and willingness to be mean to children, The Shadow Line's Gatehouse (Stephen Rea) was one of TV's most puzzling villains. Was he a deadly puppet master, a darkside Gregg Wallace, or just the »

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