Here at RadioTimes.com we spend our week devouring all the TV there is on offer and sharing our recommendations with you, our wonderful reader.
But what did YOU, the viewing public, have to say about this week’s biggest TV news stories and shows?
From Piers Morgan’s interview with Donald Trump to David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor revival, Silent Witness’ shocking care home storyline to a seriously long wait for Sherlock’s return to TV screens , here’s what got you talking in the past seven days…
You kicked off the week by kicking off about Piers Morgan’s interview with Donald Trump
"Feel like I’ve just watched two people engaging in foreplay and now I need to bleach my eyes and scrub my skin off…"
“It was cringe-worthy” wrote David Thomson on Facebook of Morgan’s exclusive sit-down with the President of The United States at Davos. “The most sycophantic interview I have ever lived through,” wrote Collins Chidimuro, “and I grew up on a diet of Robert Mugabe interviews with the Zimbabwe state broadcaster. Shameful.”
“They just seemed to be kissing each other’s behinds,” noted John Wyres-Smith.
88% of readers said Morgan was too soft on the US President, but the Good Morning Britain presenter had his supporters too!
— Andrew Kidd (@AndrewJohnKidd) January 28, 2018
- Get the full story: 88% of viewers say Piers Morgan was too soft on Donald Trump in “sycophantic” ITV “love-in” interview
There was a LOT of love for David Tennant’s Doctor Who revival
A new clip was released by Tennant’s wife Georgia (who appeared in the series as the Tenth Doctor’s “daughter” Jenny) showing the Scottish actor returning to his most famous role for a special occasion, namely the emigration of old friend, Gary Russell, to Australia in 2013.
— Tracey Pankhurst (@traceyp_03) January 29, 2018
Nobody was complaining…
- Get the full story: Doctor Who’s David Tennant revived the Tenth Doctor alongside wife Georgia for a very special video
- Did you know? Steven Moffat tried REALLY hard to keep David Tennant in Doctor Who
The definitive ranking of modern era Doctor Who series, however, caused quite the debate…
Calling all Doctor Who fans!We want YOU to decide which NuWho series is the BEST of all time.
- Find out which series topped our reader poll here: The definitive ranking of Doctor Who series of the modern era
A serious Silent Witness storyline about care home abuse split the audience down the middle
What did you make of last night's Silent Witness?
The plot of Monday night’s episode of the long-running BBC drama revolved around the suspicious deaths of a number of people living in care homes, and quite a few people were unimpressed.
I love #silentwitness but tonight's episode was badly written, uncomfortable and the end was just not believable.
— criggles (@SazCraig83) January 29, 2018
However, 68% of more than 3,000 readers polled by RadioTimes.com said they felt the storyline worked.
“It was very emotional and heart wrenching,” wrote Laura Seaman on Facebook, “but sadly things like that do go on. I think it’s good that it’s been brought to the attention of people; rather than brushed under the carpet.”
“I thought it was a powerful and brilliantly acted storyline” wrote Cheryl Boxall. “It was refreshing to see a script written from the point of view of people with disabilities rather than just our view of how disabled people react.”
And by the time the second part of the episode had aired on Tuesday, there was a LOT of praise for the series. “Well done Silent Witness for broaching this subject” wrote Lindsey McGibbon. “Working in the care sector it both shocked and moved me. Liz Carr was brilliant! Best episode of the series so far!”
- Get the full story: Viewers praise Silent Witness conclusion after backlash to care home abuse storyline
Strictly Come Dancing fans were FURIOUS when Brendan Cole was axed from the show
Brendan has revealed he's in "shock" and that the news he's been dropped from BBC Strictly Come Dancing is still "raw"
The 41-year-old dancer, who has starred in every single series of Strictly, made a tearful appearance on ITV’s Lorraine to reveal that he will be absent when the BBC contest returns this autumn, after finding out at the end of last week that bosses had “made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show”.
“This is so unfair” wrote Sarah Burgess, who said Cole ” gives the show a little bit of an edge when he defends his celebrity partner” and urged the BBC to reverse the decision.
Brendan Cole is Mr Strictly……bad decision BBC the show will not be the same without him ? #StrictlyComeDancing
— margaret fitzpatrick (@northwitch) January 30, 2018
She wasn’t alone in her thinking. A whopping 79% of more than 2,500 RadioTimes.com readers polled said Strictly had made a mistake.
- Get the full story: Fans are furious about Strictly Come Dancing’s decision to axe Brendan Cole
- If you like this you’ll love: Karen Clifton says Brendan Cole is “definitely going to be missed” on Strictly Come Dancing
Everyone got VERY excited about the new series of Endeavour
Shaun Evans was back as the newly promoted Detective Sergeant Morse in the action-packed trailer for Endeavour series five, and fans were VERY happy to see him.
“I’m really looking forward to this, great acting and great stories,” wrote Diana Blake.
And there was a lorra lorra love for Roger Allam’s DI Thursday.
— Lori Moriarty (@LorzingNorgay) January 30, 2018
- Get the full story: Watch the new action-packed trailer for Endeavour series 5
Aidan Turner’s teaser about Poldark series 4 was a big hit
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What’s next for Ross Poldark? We caught up with Aidan Turner at RadioTimes.com to find out ???? Link in bio! ???? ????: BBC . . . #aidanturner #poldark #rosspoldark #eleanortomlinson #lukenorris #jackfarthing #heidareed #drama #tv #bbc #drama #interview #drake #sam #perioddrama #cornwall #london #politics
The Irish actor teased a “tempestuous” and political series, which sees Ross heading for parliament and trying to rebuild his marriage after that dramatic series three finale.
- Get the full story: Aidan Turner teases “tempestuous” and political Poldark series four
And you rather enjoyed a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Radio Times Covers Party
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From #Poldark to #Sherlock, #Broadchurch’s David Tennant and Olivia Colman to the cast of #CallTheMidwife, all the stars are collecting their covers at the #RadioTimesCoversParty . . . . #entertainment #celebrity #tv #tvnews #drama #bbc #davidtennant #oliviacolman #aidanturner #itv #glamour #doctorwho #scifi #markgatiss #stevenmoffat #louisebrealey
5 things we learned at the Radio Times Covers Party
- Olivia Colman starts work on The Crown in July – and she’s already speaking to Claire Foy
- Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss will start writing their Dracula series “next month” – and they have some great ideas
- Sarah Montague “gobsmacked” by PwC’s report on BBC equal pay
- Sian Brooke would love to bring Eurus Holmes back as a consulting detective for Sherlock
- Call the Midwife star Stephen McGann is Doctor Who’s brother – but he was “too nervous” to speak to Jodie Whittaker
But Steven Moffat’s comments about the future of Sherlock broke quite a few hearts
“I think maybe the time for a longer gap is upon us,” the Sherlock creator mused at the Radio Times Covers Party.
This makes me so sad.. at least a 2 YEAR GAP before the next series?! ???? https://t.co/dP2WghrtIL
— Hannah Mead (@HannahMead_) February 2, 2018
Some fans were very sad indeed.
I feel like John right now! He waited for around 3 years for Sherlock so I guess we have to as well. pic.twitter.com/iHCRal8DgJ
— Daisy (@accordinglydee) February 2, 2018
Get the full story: Steven Moffat on Sherlock: “Maybe the time for a longer gap is upon us”