The top 10 TV shows of 2015
As ever, the competition for the best TV show of 2015 was pretty stiff. Last year, TV embraced a diverse range of genres across an array of different networks. 2015 was a year that will go down in history for the UK television industry and with such a stellar selection of programmes, it’s hard to gauge which TV show reigned the status as the most popular viewing of 2015.
So basically, everybody has their own opinion about the best TV shows, right? But wouldn’t you like to know an answer to which programmes raced to the top of the hierarchy? Well look no more, as we have compiled a list of the top 10 UK TV shows that were on the highest demand. In a survey conducted by Slotfruit, we gained a valid insight as to what really was the most popular show of 2015. Asking over 1,600 people ‘what was the best TV show of 2015?’ gave us an interesting result which you’ll like to know!
1. Downton Abbey and The Great British Bake Off
At joint first place as 2015’s highest demanded TV show was Downton Abbey and The Great British Bake Off. With 198 votes each, these two shows have proved very popular in national TV.
Downton Abbey is an award-winning British historical period drama TV series, which first aired on ITV in 2010 and on PBS in the United States in 2011. The series is set in 1912 Edwardian times and follows the idyllic and bustling lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in their yorkshire country house Downton Abbey. Following Robert, Earl of Grantham, his mother Violet, his American heiress wife Cora, and their three daughters in their largely uncomplicated lives, aided by their cadre of servants.
An award-winning British TV baking competition show. The Great British Bake Off follows a number of passionate contestants compete to be crowned the UK’s best amateur baker. The show was first aired on BBC Two in 2010, but due to its success was later moved to BBC One for its fifth series. The show follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, both young and old, and from every background, as they all attempt to show that they are the most skilled of bakers in the room. Each week, the contestants tackle a different baking challenge, which over the course of the show become more difficult.
2. Strictly Come Dancing
A British TV show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in a Ballroom and Latin dance competition. Each couple is scored out of 10 by a panel of judges. The show has run on BBC one since 2004, on Saturday evenings, with the show results following on the Sunday night.
3. Dr Who
A British science-fiction TV programme produced by the BBC from 1963 to the present day. The programme depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a space and time travelling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in a time travelling spaceship, a blue British police box which is called the ‘tardis’. Accompanied by companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes, whilst he works to save civilians and help those who are in need.
4. The X Factor
A British reality TV music competition, where public auditions are held to find the best star quality singing talent. Set up by Simon Cowell, where the idea originated from Pop Idol has rendered this show very popular in Britain. The winning act will receive a recording contract with a record label called Syco Music, with a stated value of £1 million. This also includes a cash payment for the winner, but the majority is allocated to marketing and recording costs.
5. The Apprentice
A British reality TV game show, in which a group of businessmen and women are in a quest to be business magnate, Alan Sugar’s business partner. Broadcasted on BBC One, portraying candidate’s chance to win £250,000 and have Lord Sugar own 50% of their creative business. Candidates must compete in a series of business themed tasks across a 12 week period to test their skills in salesmanship, negotiation. requisitioning, leadership, teamwork, and organisation.
A British TV crime drama broadcasted on ITV, that features a small town murder mystery. Released in 2013, the first series was a focus on the death of a young boy, detectives search for him and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion, and media attention on the town. The series stars superb actors such as David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
Humans is a British-American science fiction TV series, with the first season debuting in 2015 on Channel 4 and AMC. The programme features synthetic humans or robots with artificial intelligence.
A BBC British soap opera which was first broadcasted in 1985. The storyline follows the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional London Borough of Walford in the East End of London. Primarily based in Albert Square, a Victorian square of terraced houses and its neighbouring streets. The area encompasses a pub, street market, night club, community centre, funeral parlour, café, wine bar, various other small businesses, a park and allotments.
9. Britain’s Got Talent and Masterchef
Joint 9th with 62 votes each was Britain’s Got Talent and Masterchef.
Britain’s Got Talent is ITV’s British talent show competition, where acts compete against each other to win the audience’s support and show that they have the best talent. Going through a series of auditions, whilst being judged by a panel of celebrity judges, the act with the most talent gets the title as ‘the winner of Britain’s Got Talent’. The show is now 9 years old and is recognised as Britain’s biggest television talent competition.
Masterchef, is a competitive reality TV show on BBC one. Featuring the hunt for a chef who wishes to make it to the top of the culinary world. The series now appears as four versions: the main ‘Masterchef’ series, ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’, ‘Celebrity Masterchef’, and ‘Junior Masterchef’.
10. Bear Grylls: Born Survivor
At number 10, with 62 votes is Channel 4’s adrenaline fuelled TV series, featuring adventurer Bear Grylls taking on extreme survival challenges. As man vs. wild, the programme is set in some of the world’s most hostile and intense environments. Facing real life problems, Bear must fight his way to survival.
So now you know that 2015 was a fantastic and fun-filled year of television. We had a whirlwind of enticing shows that kept us well and truly on our feet. Some superb actors and actresses, and some fine reality stars. But what’s in store for 2016? Will some new additions take place on our screens? Or will the shows we love so much continue to get better and better? Let us know what you think in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!