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Blue Planet II named best TV show of 2017 by UK critics

Beating Line of Duty, Big Little Lies and The Crown

Following a year of stunning television, critics have voted for their favourite shows of 2017, with the BBC’s groundbreaking Blue Planet II coming out top.

The Sir David Attenborough-narrated series managed to beat stiff competition from the Thandi Newton-starring Line of Duty and US drama Big Little Lies.

The poll was conducted by RadioTimes, which asked various UK critics for their favourite shows, and the BBC’s output – also including Peter Kay’s Car Share, Detectorists, Doctor Foster andApple Tree Yard – dominated.

Other shows to feature on the list include Netflix’s The Crown, Channel 4’s Catastrophe and the ITV series Broadchurch. 

RadioTimes editor Mark Frith told The Guardian: “It’s been the most incredible 12 months for TV, but in the end Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II won our critics poll by quite a margin.”

Blue Planet II was not only the critics’ favourite show of the year but also the most watched programme of 2017, beating Strictly Come Dancing to take the crown.

The first episode of the series, which featured a transforming fish, was watched by 14.1 million people in its first week, becoming the third most watched show of the past five years.

The top 10 shows of 2017 according to the critics were:

10. Apple Tree Yard

9. Doctor Foster

8. Detectorists

7. Broadchurch

6. Peter Kay’s Car Share

5. Catastrophe

4. The Crown

3. Big Little Lies

2. Line of Duty

1. Blue Planet II

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BBC launches Amazon Alexa voice service

The BBC has launched

The app makes the BBC’s full range of live radio stations and on-demand podcasts available to Amazon Echo and Alexa users for the first time, with users able to access these by asking for a station or show.

The BBC said it plans to launch on other smart speakers in the future and will also launch “brand new voice experiences” exclusively for these devices.

“Smart speakers are an exciting new way of interacting with audio content. They’re a natural fit for the BBC as millions of people enjoy and rely on our audio programmes every day,” said Matthew Postgate, the BBC’s chief technology and product officer.

“Today we’re making sure audiences can find what they love from the BBC on any device they use through a single, easy-to-use service. But there’s potential to do more and we’re just scratching the surface.”

In November the BBC launched what it described as its first “interactive voice drama” – an experimental experience for Amazon Alexa devices called The Inspection Chamber.

The sci-fi comedy drama, which the BBC said was inspired by authors like Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka, went live via BBC Taster and the Alexa Skill Store.

The BBC runs 10 national, six UK nations and 40 local radio stations, and claims that 240 million of its podcasts were downloaded last year.

an Amazon Alexa skill for Echo devices – its first full voice app for voice-controlled smart speakers.


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