The Radio Times readers have spoken and chosen various moments of the year. These moments are (my translations)
1. Rose and the Doctor bid farewell up the fjords in Doomsday. The emotion is turned up to 11 by Murray Gold (this is not a good thing, for the avoidance of doubt). And turned down to – 11 by the appearance of TV “comic” Catherine bloody Tate.
2. David Walliams swims through the Channel effluent collection
3. A recovering anorexic shouts about a plastic enhanced “golden ticket” winner before going Veruca Salt on us in Big Brother.
4. Life on Mars – Sam meets Gene “I’m having hoops”.
5. Ronnie Corbett snorts coke for the amusement of Ricky Gervais – who has not yet been affected by the curse of David Bowie (Bolan, Crosby, we know what he does? A thin white duke of disaster)
6. Graeme Harper’s paroxysms of delight as Cybermen smash through the Tyler windows
7. David Bowie (while readying himself to remove the last breath from Gervais’s body) sings about a pathetic little fat man on Extras.
8. Helen Mirren disappoints my wife who had read on Teletext that Tennyson would die at the end of Prime Suspect. Having successfully negotiated the child killer and young Tomkinson as a teacher who sleeps with students (it’s all a long way from Ballykissangel) she fails to die in a pool of her own vomit while slumped in an alcoholic stupor.
9. CSI. Some characters are having a relationship. But it’s on Channel Five so only half a dozen viewers have noticed.
10. Zidane responds to Materazzi’s suggestion that he is only good enough to play for Greenock Morton, while promoting his then upcoming Douglas Gordon directed film, Escape from Victory. Thrill to Motty missing it, while the radio commentary team is on the ball as usual.
So what are your top telly moments of 2006?
My selection will follow.