TIME for a brief reflection on my TV highlights from the last 12 months.
I’ve spent part of this weekend looking back over my 2007 interviews and picking out some of the very best shows.
So, with clickable links:
Life On Mars: A TV classic and my programme of the year. Now comes the nervous wait for that first episode of Ashes To Ashes.
Cranford: A love letter to community with a brilliant screenplay and magnificent performances. Exquisite.
Heroes: Yatta! Innovative, surprising and huge fun. Save the cheerleader, save the world. Simple, when you think about it.
Strictly Come Dancing / It Takes Two: A TV phenomenon which managed to put The X Factor in the shade. Claudia Winkleman shone yet again on It Takes Two and is my presenter of the year.
Spooks: Gripping drama with fantastic plot twists. The world is a safer place when Peter Firth is on the telly.
Coronation Street: Far too many highlights to mention. So I’ll stick to Dev’s flashing red nose and the deliberate slow-burn emergence of Becky (Katherine Kelly) as a classic Corrie character.
Shameless: It’s back on New Year’s Day but will have to go some to beat the final episode of the last series.
My Boy Jack: Lest we forget. Daniel Radcliffe came of age in this poignant World War One drama.
Meet The Natives: Inspring, heartwarming, revealing. Chief Yapa is officially the happiest man on the planet.
Doctor Who: Some memorable episodes, including The Family Blood and Blink. David Tennant will be missed when he eventually departs.
Malcolm and Barbara: Love’s Farewell: Forget the fuss over the pre-publicity and applaud yet another fine documentary by Paul Watson.
Doctors To Be: 20 Years On: Already screened on BBC4 with very little promotion, there’s a second chance to see this eight-part series on the same channel from Jan 6. Essential viewing for anyone who cares about the NHS.