Television can take us to some extraordinary places, from majestic rainforests to the depths of space, but sometimes it’s most powerful when it shows us what’s right under our nose. Educating Yorkshire let us see just how human, committed and brilliant so many of our teachers are, and revealed a generation of thoughtful, funny and kind children. The sequence where Mr Burton helps Musharaf overcome his crippling stutter is one of the most profound and moving pieces of television for many years, but the series was stuffed full of absolute gems. For so many reasons Educating Yorkshire made me very proud to be British.
What the shortlist judges say
“Everyone was surprised by Educating Yorkshire’s tone. Schools get a bad rap on TV and it could have been exploitative and cynical but it was actually a feel-good series. Viewers came away feeling positive about teachers, the work they do and our education system.” Leigh Holmwood, The Sun
The Radio Times Audience Award is the only prize at this year’s Television Awards chosen by the public. The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of top TV critics but the final decision lies with you. Your winner will be announced on Sunday 18 May 2014 on BBC One.