The complexity of the writing puts it a cut above other dramas. It never talks down to the viewer and I think Walter White’s moral corrosion – his transformation from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to menacing drug lord – is one of the best and most believable character arcs I’ve ever seen.
How did you discover the series?
I devoured seasons one and two of Breaking Bad about four years ago (before Netflix began streaming it). A friend in the US recommended it as I was a fan of The Wire. I binge-watch in bed with my husband before we go to sleep. We devour one to two episodes each time, three max.
Jesse Pinkman because his character arc goes in the opposite direction to Walter’s. He changes from the annoying high-school drop-out and loser with a drug problem to the moral centre of Breaking Bad. His vulnerability makes the viewer want to protect him from the drug world he inhabits, where there are no moral codes.
What the shortlist judges say
“The best programme of last year bar none. The only shame is it was on Netflix and didn’t reach a bigger audience. If you haven’t seen it yet, buy the box set or subscribe and watch it. It is not over-hyped.” Nicola Methven, Daily Mirror
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.