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It’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for: it’s the TMINE Top N programmes of 2018!

As usual at this time of year, TMINE is busily packing its bags to get ready for its annual Christmas break. We’re not there yet, though, as everything will continue until Friday. 

But barring minor miracles, unless it turns out Chicago ILLDogs of Berlin or Tideland have been cruelly overlooked, there’ll be no shows that are both new and excellent for me to review this year, which means I can at last unveil this year’s TMINE’s Top N programmes, where N is a positive integer that I’ve more or less picked at random each year. This year, N=14, you’ll be excited to hear. Can you guess what they are?

There’s certainly been some interesting new arrivals, whose presence in the Top N you’ll probably have been able to predict in advance – I’ve certainly dropped a few hints throughout the year. But there’s a few surprises in there, I think.

As always, a caveat: I’ve not watched every TV programme broadcast or acquired in the UK this year and I barely watched any live TV, so there are almost certainly some good shows that that I’ve left off the list. There’s also a show or two that got made ages ago but which never made it to the UK or my viewing queue until this year, so it’s entirely possible some quite oldies have made it onto the 2018 list. And, of course, there are a few shows that started well but I’ve not finished yet, so aren’t eligible for the list (honourable mention to the likes of Plan Cœur, for example)

So best not to think of this as the definitive “Best new TV shows from around the world of 2018″, so much as just the top “TMINE would recommend to a friend shows of the ones I’ve watched in 2018”.

As always, too, feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments, on your own blog or on the TMINE Facebook page. Just for reference, here are previous years’ Top Ns:

And now, to the top N…

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What TV’s on at BAFTA in January? Including Pure, Pitching In and The Paras: Men of War

Every week or so, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

BAFTA has no fewer than three lovely TV events planned around the UK for January so far, all of them for programmes that start with the letter P. How Sesame Street.

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TV Preview: The Paras: Men Of War

Wednesday, 9 January 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN

A preview of new ITV documentary series For The Paras: Men Of War, followed by a Q&A with key members of the production team.

This landmark series offers unprecedented access to the Parachute Regiment, exploring all aspects of this closed world which turns raw recruits into elite soldiers trained to kill.

The Paras: Men Of War provides a unique perspective and unflinching account of what it takes to make the grade, as well as providing an intimate insight into the characters of the young men and the officers charged with transforming them into battle ready paratroopers, who are the first in to any conflict. Only a few of those who join up will make it to the end.

The 3×60 series is commissioned for ITV by Tom Giles, and produced by Neil Grant (Executive Producer) and Nick Betts (Series Producer/Director) for Avanti.

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TV Preview: Pure

Monday, 14 January 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new six-part Channel 4 comedy drama followed by a Q+A with the creative team.

The series follows Marnie (Charly Clive) who’s caught in the grip of an undiagnosed form of obsessive compulsive disorder – a form of OCD nicknamed ‘pure O’ – where her obsessions take the form of intrusive thoughts, often sexual. On the day of her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary things reach a peak and at breaking point, she packs a bag and jumps on a coach to London. But in the capital, Marnie soon discovers she’s not the only one who’s lost…

Written by newcomer Kirstie Swain and based on Rose Cartwright’s acclaimed memoir, the lead director is BAFTA-nominated Aneil Karia and the cast includes Charly Clive, Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father), Niamh Algar (The Bisexual) and Anthony Welsh (Black Mirror).

Produced by Jen Kenwood and executive produced by Roanna Benn. The production company is Drama Republic and Manpreet Dosanjh is the commissioning editor for C4 drama.

We will be screening the first 2 episodes. With thanks to Channel 4

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Preview screening: Pitching In + Q&A with Larry Lamb and Melanie Walters

Thursday, 17 January 2019 – 7:00pm
Pontio, Bangor University, Deiniol Rd, Bangor LL57 2TQ

BBC Wales and BAFTA Cymru present Pitching In, starring Larry Lamb and featuring Melanie Walters, Hayley Mills, Caroline Sheen, Ifan Huw Dafydd and Valmai Jones. Join some of the stars of this brand new warm hearted comedy drama, produced by LA Productions, to preview the first episode.

The series is set around a caravan park on the north Wales coast, and was filmed in Anglesey.

Members are invited to join an invited audience at a drinks reception from 18.00.

All tickets for this event are free. Members can email Vicki to reserve their place; public tickets for the screening and Q&A can be reserved through the Pontio box office.

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Meanwhile, over in Athens, Skai TV is getting blown up

Fortunately no one was hurt, as the offices had been evacuated, but in the Neo Faliro area of Athens, a bomb was set off outside the offices of Skai TV on Monday morning. You can see it happen about 1 minute into this video:

As far as I can tell, no one in particular has claimed responsibility, beyond “anti democratic forces”, but given Skai is a private station (ERT is the Greek government station), it seems an odd target to pick.