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Chernobyl is the TV show of the year


Chernobyl is the TV show of the year: Sky Atlantic drama portraying the 1986 nuclear disaster is praised as ‘gripping’ as it beats Fleabag to top spot in critics’ poll

The award-winning drama Chernobyl, which portrayed the 1986 nuclear disaster, has been named the best TV show of the year.

A critics’ poll by the Radio Times rated the ‘gripping’ mini-series as the highlight of 2019.

The Sky Atlantic production, which starred Emily Watson and Jared Harris, was described as an ‘outstanding piece of television’. It received 19 Emmy nominations.

In second place was Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Fleabag on the BBC.

A critics' poll by the Radio Times rated 'gripping' mini-series Chernobyl as the highlight of 2019

A critics’ poll by the Radio Times rated ‘gripping’ mini-series Chernobyl as the highlight of 2019

Second place in the Radio Times poll was Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Fleabag on the BBC

Second place in the Radio Times poll was Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Fleabag on the BBC

The Radio Times poll, which was put together by 18 writers and critics, had US satirical drama Succession, starring Brian Cox, in third place.

The series, which originally aired on HBO, was also shown on Sky Atlantic. His Dark Materials, BBC1’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling fantasy trilogy, was in fourth.

The Radio Times Critics’ Poll of the top 20 shows was dominated by drama programmes. 

The list also included Stranger Things on Netflix, as well as ITV’s A Confession and Peaky Blinders on BBC1.

Tim Glanfield, editorial director at Radio Times, said of Chernobyl: ‘An outstanding piece of television, the overall production, script and performances of the likes of Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter and Jessie Buckley garnered the series popular acclaim plus 19 Emmy nominations – and it’s more than a worthy winner of our 2019 critics’ poll.’

His Dark Materials, BBC1's adaptation of Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy, was in fourth

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His Dark Materials, BBC1’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling fantasy trilogy, was in fourth

The Radio Times poll, which was put together by 18 writers and critics, had US satirical drama Succession, starring Brian Cox, in third place

The Radio Times poll, which was put together by 18 writers and critics, had US satirical drama Succession, starring Brian Cox, in third place



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