In a year of trying real-life events, television provided some much needed solace.


We lost ourselves in the deliciously dark deeds of divorced doctors and the harrowing tales of handmaids, laughed our way through stories of car sharing commuters and mums pushed to their limits, watched bakers and singers and would-be dancers put their skills to the test, and took a closer look at the world beneath the surface of our oceans.

So as 2017 draws to a close, we want to know what you – yes, YOU! – think of this year's treasure trove of telly. The 2017 Reader Awards celebrate the best shows and stars of British television between January 1st and November 30th.

Below you'll find a shortlist of 15 categories drawn up by – a mix of our online team's top picks and the most popular shows airing this year. But your favourite programmes, presenters and actors need YOUR votes to win. Each reader gets one chance to have their say in each category.


Voting closes at midnight on December 19th so, what are you waiting for? Get clicking...

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