More than 2,000 RadioTimes.com readers selected their favourite from a list of 30 of the most momentous, heartbreaking and hilarious moments broadcast on television over the past 12 months.
The Top 10 featured a mixture of dramatic scenes, news stories and tear-inducing moments, including Ted Hastings’ dramatic showdown with a masked man in Line of Duty, the Election Night broadcast that surprisingly predicted a Hung Parliament, Ariana Grande’s emotional One Love Manchester performance and the pilot whale mourning the loss of her baby in Blue Planet II.
Check out the full list – and re-live some of those rather special moments – below…
Top TV Moments of 2017
1. Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor is revealed (July)
Who could possibly follow in Peter Capaldi’s shoes and take over the Tardis? That was the question on everyone’s lips in July when the BBC teased the reveal of a new Doctor following the Wimbledon Men’s Final. It felt as though Sue Barker might never stop talking, but then the time of the Doctor arrived and a dark figure dropped their hood to reveal Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth – and first female – Doctor we’d been waiting for.
2. Children interrupt their dad’s BBC interview (March)
Professor Robert Kelly faced some very unexpected gatecrashers during his live BBC News interview: his own kids. Firstly Kelly’s young daughter swaggered into his study unannounced, closely followed by her younger brother aboard a baby walker. Fortunately wife and mother Kim Jung-A bundled in the room to scoop up the children seconds later, but it was too late: the sweetest viral clip of the year had been born.
And yes, as Kelly later revealed, he was wearing trousers during the interview.
3. Monkman v Seagull on University Challenge (March)
You’ve heard of the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thriller in Manilla. Well, this contest was dubbed the Tester in Manchester as two big personalities and their rival Cambridge colleges finally came face to face – the dapperly-dressed and gorgeously-monikered Bobby Seagull versus Eric Monkman, whose ferociously intense answers lead host Jeremy Paxman to compare him to “a revivalist preacher”. The battle was fierce, but outside the arena, the pair showed they were still best of friends.
4. Ariana Grande sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow at One Love Manchester (June)
7. Car Share’s John and Kayleigh live happily NEVER after (May)
Not since Tim and Dawn has a sitcom couple kept us guessing with such heart-rending pathos as Peter Kay and Sian Gibson’s John and Kayleigh. A nation cheered in the final episode of Car Share, when John finally clambered over Manchester’s stationary traffic to sweep up his supermarket sweetheart – only to be heartbroken seconds later when it transpired it was all a dream and Kayleigh was being driven off in the back of a taxi. Kay then gave us a real-life will they/won’t they, after he announced we were never ever getting any more episodes… before finally reneging.
8. Line of Duty’s Ted Hastings shoots to kill (April)
9. Blue Planet II’s pilot whale mother mourns her dead baby (November)
This series has given us so many amazing moments – from the deep-sea fish with the transparent head to the deadly Bobbit worm – but the mourning pilot whale mother forlornly carrying her dead baby, poisoned by plastic pollution, was the one that had viewers holding back tears and hammered home Blue Planet’s all-important environmental message.
10. The Election Night Exit Poll predicts a Hung Parliament (June)
10pm, 8th June: the moment that all-important exit poll would reveal Jeremy Corbyn and Labour would be wiped out by a landslide Conservative victory. Well, that was the prediction. Instead, the general election poll forecast that Theresa May’s party would still be the largest – but one without a majority. Surely a hung parliament prediction was off? Absolutely not: overnight May’s “Strong and Stable” slogan was torn to tatters, fired chancellor George Osborne enjoyed some on-air schadenfreude and Corbyn cemented his place in the political landscape.
Top TV Moments of 2017 continued…
11. Poldark’s Demelza and Hugh Armitage have a roll in the sand (August)
12. Sherlock’s sister Eurus reveals her true identity (January)
13. BBC’s Hospital staff deal with the aftermath of the Westminster attacks (June)
14. Mark Bonnar’s Unforgotten series finale speech (February)
15. Strictly’s Craig pulls off a flawless Bruno Tonioli impression (October)
Craig channels Bruno on Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)
16. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement interview (November)
16. I’m A Celebrity’s #StrawberryGate (December)
18. Brenda from Bristol reacts to the news of another General Election (April)
19. George Gently’s death (October)
20. Emmerdale’s Ashley passes away (April)
Gemma Collins Teen Awards 2017 (Getty)
21. Gemma Collins falls down a hole at the Radio 1 Teen Choice Awards (October)
22. The Broadchurch Reveal (April)
22. Offred watches the Commander’s wife with her daughter (July)
24. Mo Farah wins the 10,000 metres at the World Championships in London (August)
25. EastEnders Ronnie and Roxy drown on New Year’s Day (January)
25. Huw Edwards sits silently for four minutes during a BBC news broadcast glitch (June)
27 .Theresa May coughs through her speech at the Conservative Party Conference (October)
28. Doctor Foster breaks the Fourth Wall (October)
29. Bethany’s abuser Nathan is found guilty (October)
30. Laura finds Liar Andrew’s recordings (October)
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