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10. A Touch of Cloth
Not many shows this year, if any, were as hilarious as Charlie Brooker's Sky1 comedy. A Touch of Cloth maintained its alarmingly high rate of jokes throughout the entire two hours, delightfully mocking the clichés of crime procedurals - littering the show with sight gags (the absolutely spot-on opening titles), silly wordplay ("Bi, Jack." "Don't leave!") and one-liners ("Sarge says to go there during the ad break").
It's a genius idea that could have backfired terribly if the execution was lacking. Fortunately, that wasn't the case, and we couldn't stop laughing. The stars - including leads John Hannah and Suranne Jones - brilliantly deadpan the whole script, while Todd Carty's unexpected and inexplicable appearance was the icing on an entertaining cake. [BL]
9. Doctor Who
2012 might've only offered up five regular Doctor Who episodes, but the BBC sci-fi drama's abridged run was book-ended by two absolutely fantastic episodes - action-packed blockbuster 'Asylum of the Daleks' and emotional epic 'The Angels Take Manhattan'.
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill signed off in fine style as the Ponds, Jenna-Louise Coleman made a confident (not to mention surprising) debut and, at the centre of it all, Matt Smith continued to develop and add new facets to the role of the Eleventh Doctor. Now we're pumped for 2013 and the 50th - long may Smith and Steven Moffat's reign continue. [MJ]
8. Being Human
It could've all gone so badly - with Aidan Turner gallivanting around Middle-earth and Russell Tovey also heading out the door, Being Human could easily have withered and died. But with a renewed creative impetus - one that restored much of the show's badly-missed and sorely-needed humour - and a fantastic new cast, BBC Three's cult drama defied the odds and came back stronger than ever.
Series four was this show's best run since its first - the scripts were in turn terrifying and hilarious, Lenora Crichlow was fantastic as Annie finally got her emotional swansong, Michael Socha more than earned his promotion to series regular as loveable Tom McNair and Damien Molony - a fresh face straight out of drama school - delivered an unbelievably assured and confident performance as OCD-afflicted vampire Hal Yorke. Being Human is back. [MJ]
7. Breaking Bad
*SPOILERS* Skyler (Anna Gunn) wasn't the only one taking a dangerous dip on Breaking Bad this year - Bryan Cranston's ever-compelling Walter White plunged head-first into darkness, leaving Aaron Paul's sweet Jesse as the AMC drama's last sympathetic protagonist. With Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) absent, Walter essentially assumed the role of chief villain for these first eight episodes from the show's final season...
This year's finale 'Gliding Over All' seemed to suggest that Walt could be leaving the criminal life behind, but left us on as cruel a cliffhanger as showrunner Vince Gilligan could possibly have devised, with Hank (Dean Norris) finally discovering the truth about his brother-in-law.
Breaking Bad remained one of the best shows on the box in 2012 - or if you're a UK resident, one of the best shows on Netflix and DVD. Given the brief glimpse we got of Walt's future in the season premiere, we're predicting a bleak climax to this particular journey in 2013. [MJ]
Rubbish sex. No job. Friends with nothing but bad advice. HBO's Girls wasn't the new Sex and the City, it was the anti-Sex and the City.
Lena Dunham's hilariously candid tale of life for a bunch of hipster 20-somethings in New York city was refreshing, original and endearing. It introduced us to our favourite new comedy TV character Shoshanna Shapiro (played brilliantly by Zosia Mamet) and managed to pack excruciating laugh after excruciating laugh into each episode.
Featuring some of the best and most cringe-inducing bad sex ever seen on screen, plus honest, rounded female characters with believable voices, Girls is raw and unflinching and broke the mould for TV comedy in 2012. [AF]
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[Additional reporting by Morgan Jeffery and Catriona Wightman]
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