Written by Hannah Dunleavy


The best things that happened on TV in 2015

Dramas that made you laugh, comedies that made you cry and everything between; Hannah Dunleavy picks – in no particular order – her telly highlights of the past year.

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney make two series of Catastrophe. We are mighty grateful.

Catastrophe, Channel 4.Catastrophe, Channel 4.

Daredevil has an epic punch-up; man gets hit on head with flying microwave.

Daredevil, Netflix.

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton make a comedy series. Water leaks from everyone’s eyes.

Inside No. 9, BBC.

Inside No. 9, BBC.

HBO has some full frontal nudity that actually serves the plot.

The Leftovers, HBO.

The Leftovers, HBO.

BBC schedules a play about rich bastards for the weekend the new Labour leader is announced; nation temporarily turns into sixth form common room.

An Inspector Calls, BBC.

An Inspector Calls, BBC.

Sir Ian McKellen overestimates how many tank tops you need to look good. By two.

The Dresser, BBC.

The Dresser, BBC.

Peggy Olson spends afternoon with Roger Sterling; turns into a badass.

Mad Men, AMC.

Sheila reveals a whole life’s sadness in a single sentence. Socks are knocked off.

Detectorists, BBC.

Detectorists, BBC.

Tom Courtenay is on TV for the first time in nearly a decade. Nails it.

Unforgotten-actor-Tom-Courtenay-Gemma-Jones-wheelchair-David-Stephenson-614228Unforgotten, ITV.

Saga Noren goes to a Singles’ Night. Singles’ Night doesn’t know what’s hit it.

saga singles nightThe Bridge, Sveriges Television/Danmarks Radio/ZDF.

Tina Fey dons this wig; everything is good in the world.

Unbreakable-Kimmy-Schmidt-18Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix

The BBC recreates Armada using CGI, models and, perhaps surprisingly, Anita Dobson. Never has Spanish paperwork been so exciting.

Armada - 12 Days to Save EnglandArmada: 12 Days to Save England, BBC.

Strictly gets some new dancers; ‘what does Gleb smell like?’ becomes most searched thing on Google.

9981758-low_res-strictly-come-dancing-2015 Strictly Come Dancing, BBC.

Raylan Givens allows himself to get sentimental with Boyd. We all get something in our eye.

Justified07Justified, Fox.

He said what?

the-jinx-coverThe Jinx, HBO.

Rebekah Staton rocks this look. Completely.

Raised By WolvesRaised By Wolves, Channel 4.

Blue whale has a spot of dinner. Humans so entranced they forget to eat.

Hunger at SeaThe Hunt, BBC.

Selina Meyer visits a teetotalitarian state; leaves Gary and Mike behind.

iranVeep, HBO.

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen joins Game of Thrones. Undead over-run Hardhome.

Karsi-on-the-dock-Official-HBO-630x419Game of Thrones, HBO.



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Written by Hannah Dunleavy

Hannah Dunleavy is the deputy editor of Standard Issue. She likes whisky and not having to run anywhere.