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Friday, 28 December 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC One series Sherlock has topped the Radio Times critics' poll of the 40 best TV shows this year.

The listings publication has been gradually revealing the results since Christmas Day, with the final ten announced today. The BBC took six of the top ten places, including Twenty Twelve, starring Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Colman, and Jessica Hynes, at number three and The Thick Of It, starring Peter Capaldi, at number four. Doctor Who came in at 15, Being Human, starring Lenora Crichlow and Russell Tovey, at 36, and Episodes, starring Tamsin Greig, at 39.

A delighted Steven Moffat, who co-created Sherlock with Mark Gatiss, told Radio Times:

Mark and I always thought this was our vanity project. The one we could get away with, because of everything else. For it to become such a massive hit, with all the reviews and awards you could wish for, has been the best and the biggest surprise.

Of course, it's all down to the astonishing cast led by those mighty film stars, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The full list is as follows:
  • 1: Sherlock (BBC One)
  • 2: Homeland (C4)
  • 3: Twenty Twelve (BBC Two)
  • 4: The Thick Of It (BBC Two)
  • 5: Fresh Meat (C4)
  • 6: Borgen (BBC Four)
  • 7: The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)
  • 8: Downton Abbey (ITV1)
  • 9: The Bridge (BBC Four)
  • 10: Girls (Sky Atlantic)
  • 11: Line of Duty (BBC Two)
  • 12: 56 Up (ITV1)
  • 13: The Hollow Crown (BBC Two)
  • 14: The Cricklewood Greats (BBC Four)
  • 15: Doctor Who (BBC One)
  • 16: Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life (Sky Atlantic)
  • 17: Grandma's House (BBC Two)
  • 18: The Secret History Of Our Streets (BBC Two)
  • 19: Murder (BBC Two)
  • 20: Veep (Sky Atlantic)
  • 21: Peep Show (C4)
  • 22: Call The Midwife (BBC One)
  • 23: Parade's End (BBC Two)
  • 24: Stella (Sky1)
  • 25: Tales Of Television Centre (BBC Four)
  • 26: Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile (ITV1)
  • 27: Moone Boy (Sky1)
  • 28: Roger and Val Have Just Got In (BBC Two)
  • 29: 24 Hours In A&E (C4)
  • 30: Getting On (BBC Four)
  • 31: Toast Of London (C4)
  • 32: MasterChef: The Professionals (BBC Two)
  • 33: She-Wolves: England's Early Queens (BBC Four)
  • 34: Accused (BBC One)
  • 35: A Mother's Son (ITV1)
  • 36: Being Human (BBC Three)
  • 37: Mad Men (BBC Four)
  • 38: The Killing (BBC Four)
  • 39: Episodes (BBC Two)
  • 40: A Touch Of Cloth (Sky1)
The votes were cast by the magazine's print and online critics: Alison Graham, David Butcher, Tim Glanfield, Paul Jones, Jack Seale, Patrick Mulkern, Mark Braxton, Gill Crawford, James Gill, Claire Webb, David Crawford, Tom Cole, Susanna Lazarus, Ellie Walker-Arnott, David Brown, and Emma Sturgess.

FILTER: - Twenty Twelve - Being Human - Episodes - Sherlock