Radio Times Top 40 TV Shows of 2016: 40 to 31

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


40. The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story (BBC2)


Over 20 years after it was dubbed the trial of the century, the OJ Simpson murder case became a TV event all over again in this assured and stylish drama from the makers of Glee and American Horror Story. Anchored by terrific performances from Courtney B Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K Brown as the lead prosecution and defence lawyers, it ignited debate worldwide and brought new insights to a much-told tale. Sure, it wasn’t perfect – Cuba Gooding Jr was a little miscast as the titular defendant and some scenes of lawyer Robert Kardashian’s (David Schwimmer) now-famous brood seemed gratuitous – but the end result was terrific telly. Huw Fullerton