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2012: a year in television

28 December 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We've had the good, the bad and the downright terrible on TV this year. Here's Sarah Dempster's take on the televisual offerings of the last 12 months

It was the best of years; it was the worst of years. Primarily, however, 2012 was the telliest of years. There was so much telly, in fact, that there seemed a very real chance it might burst its banks and start pumping out of the sides, leaving us up to our molars in Christopher Maloney and Eggheads repeats, smelling faintly of T4 On The Beach.

Drama. It was all over the place. Here a plot, there a plot, everwhere a plot-plot. The Hour (BBC2), Everyday (C4), Line Of Duty (BBC2), The Town (ITV1), Birdsong (BBC2), Accused (BBC1), A Mother's Son (ITV1), A Young Doctor's Notebook (Sky Arts), Parade's End (BBC2), Homefront (ITV1), Secret State (C4), Room At The Top (BBC4), The Fear (C4) – all conspired »

- Sarah Dempster

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'Last Tango in Halifax' ends on high note for BBC One

20 December 2012 3:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Last Tango in Halifax concluded with an impressive audience last night (Wednesday, December 19), overnight viewing data shows. BBC One's six-part romantic drama pulled in a series high of 6.29 million (a 26.6% share) for its climax, which aired the night after Tuesday's penultimate episode. Last Tango in Halifax thrashed ITV's The Town, after the three-part series starring Andrew Scott ended with a low of 1.55m (6.6%) and 404,000 on +1, its audience more than halving week-on-week. Benefiting from a Coronation Street lead-in, Weight Loss Ward fared better for ITV in the 8pm hour with 3.01m (13.4%) as well as 171k on timeshift. At the same time, Snow Babies (4.53m/20.1%) won the slot for BBC One and All About The Good Life (1.66m/7.4%) aired on BBC Two, while Kirstie's (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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TV highlights 19/12/2012

18 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Building the Panama Canal | Last Tango in Halifax | The Town | Live Capital One Cup | Bring Me Morecambe and Wise | The Vanishing Antarctic

Building The Panama Canal

8pm, Channel 5

The Panama Canal, a wonder of engineering, is also crucial to world trade; thousands of ships use it every month. Before it was built in the 19th century, ships had to travel thousands of miles round Cape Horn; now the journey between Pacific and Atlantic oceans takes just eight hours. As well as learning about the technologies that allowed the canal to be built, we find out here how it operates on a day-to-day basis, as well as the ambitious plans afoot to double its capacity. Martin Skegg

Last Tango In Halifax

9pm, BBC1

Final visit this series to the Dawson and Buttershaw families, and cosiness is in short supply. Celia remains sceptical of Caroline's new relationship, leaving Alan crestfallen at her lack of compassion. »

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