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Hugh Grant drama is critics' pick for best TV show

Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal
Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal

By Craig Simpson

A Very English Scandal has been named as the best show of 2018 by a panel of critics.

The three-part series starring Hugh Grant as the disgraced Liberal political leader Jeremy Thorpe was hailed as the finest programme on TV screens this year.

Picked by a panel of critics for Radio Times magazine, the show beat other hit BBC productions Killing Eve and Bodyguard to top spot.

It follows the story of a scandal surrounding Thorpe in the late 1970s when he was tried and acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott.

Mockumentary This Country, and drama Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, were also highly praised.

Tim Glanfield, RadioTimes.com editor, said: "2018 has been a standout year for television drama, attracting film stars back to the small screen, creating water-cooler moments and event TV in the age of on-demand - as well as racking up millions of iPlayer views."

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