My Favourite Things

IT always makes me smile when people say there is nothing to watch on TV.
Even if you don’t have hundreds of channels to choose from, we’ve enjoyed some classic telly in 2006 – and I’ve been lucky enough to interview many of those involved.
In no particular order, here are a few of my favourite things from the last 12 months.
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Manchester Passion: Ambitious and risky Good Friday spectacular, live from the centre of Manchester, with Darren Morfitt (above) as Jesus. Brilliant TV.
The Royle Family: An award-winning performance from Liz Smith as Nana in a masterpiece from Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash.
Life On Mars: Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt are back for a second and final series in February. TV doesn’t get much better than this.
Prime Suspect: Helen Mirren didn’t disappoint in the last ever story to feature Jane Tennison – and neither did the script.
Cracker: The return of Robbie Coltrane as Fitz didn’t please everyone but it was great to see him back in Manchester.
Doctor Who: David Tennant made the role his own in a hugely entertaining series, which also has something to say to younger viewers about life and death.
Trawlermen: A surprise BBC1 hit about one of the toughest jobs on the planet. If you missed it, a repeat run starts on Mon Jan 8.
The Moors Murders: See No Evil: Maxine Peake as Myra Hindley in a story that should never be forgotten. Television at its very best.
Longford: Jim Broadbent WAS Longford and set the record straight about a much misunderstood peer.
The State Within: You really had to sit down and concentrate to appreciate this drama. But it was worth it. Jason Isaacs put many in mind of a possible future James Bond.
Shameless: Frank and Sheila gave us the wedding of the year. But fans will notice a few changes when the new series begins on January 9.
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?: What was not to like? Our Abi did herself proud but Connie was a winner from the opening night.