TOP TWENTY SHOWS OF 2017

NUMBER FIVE: FARGO

Fargo’s third year may not quite have had the suspense of last season but season three of Noah Hawley’s show was the best so far for exploring what’s really going on in America. The Coen Brothers’ original film and all thirty episodes of the FX show have been...

TOP TWENTY SHOWS OF 2017

NUMBER SIX: GODLESS

In my endless pursuit of the perfect TV show, one of the long lost brothers I search for is a successor to Deadwood. Twice this year I thought I might have found it, first in Damnation and soon after, in Godless. The seven-part, revisionist western began life as a...

TOP TWENTY SHOWS OF 2017

NUMBER SEVEN: DAMNATION

USA Network’s Damnation takes the oldest story in the book – the little man against The Man and updates it to dustbowl Iowa, landing it in at number seven on my list of favourite shows of 2017. The bleak, prohibition-era series, set in 1931 to be precise,...

TOP TWENTY SHOWS OF 2017

NUMBER EIGHT: TIN STAR

Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime’s Tin Star was one of the unexpeted surprises of 2017. We all know Tim Roth is a great actor, but rarely have I seen such naturalism from an actor in a TV show. After a titillating opening scene which left me saying out loud...

TOP TWENTY SHOWS OF 2017

NUMBER NINE: THREE GIRLS

I tend to watch and write about American drama and while I know it inside out, I honestly don’t know if America produces drama like Three Girls, or whether I just never see it because it’s, quite rightly, un-exportable. From the realism of Basil Wright’s early...