Our critics pick their 25 favourite moments from the year’s best television – including the surreal horror of Atlanta and the historical jaunts of Doctor WhoThe best TV shows of 2018: the full countdownIt would have been impressive enough if Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton had merely followed through with their promise of a live version of their superlative comedy horror anthology series. Instead they chose to take a chainsaw to the entire concept of the live episode itself and produced the year’s outstanding half hour of TV in the process. Dead Line began as a creaky TV play about a misunderstanding over a missing phone, but then the “technical difficulties” started, with the programmes’ sound and vision flickering intermittently. Many assumed that it was a Beeb balls-up and switched off, but those who stuck around were treated to a deliciously meta-horror story based on rumours of evil spirits haunting the old Granada studios – all told completely live, of course. In a year where – between Bodyguard, the World Cup and Love Island – appointment TV’s return was widely trumpeted, this was one occasion when you really “had to be there”. GM Continue reading…

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