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Radio Times Top 40 TV Shows of 2016: 10 to 1

The votes have been counted and the results are in: here's our critics' countdown of the year's best telly. And the winner is...

Published: Tuesday, 27th December 2016 at 7:00 am

1. The Night Manager (BBC1)

The year’s silkiest, sexiest thriller sent Tom Hiddleston fans into meltdown, though he wasn’t even the best thing in it. His concierge-turned-Bond act was very smooth indeed, but the show was stolen by Hugh Laurie as the arms dealer Hiddleston was sent to topple. Suave billionaire Dickie Roper epitomised a world of wealth and wickedness, and the series romped around in his super-rich playground while never letting us forget it was a luxuriously appointed hell. Yes, the plot had holes you could drive a rocket launcher through but it scarcely mattered because the cast (Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Hollander) were knockout and so was the scenery. Adaptations of John Le Carré have a chequered record, but from now on, this is the yardstick. David Butcher

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