So as a screenwriter myself I'm often asked what films and TV shows I'm in to and so as 2016 (finally) nears an end, I thought I'd take a look back on what has been a phenomenal year for television and share with you all my Top 5 Television Series of 2016.
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5.) Game of Thrones [Season 6] (HBO, USA)
Some people would argue that Game of Thrones is quite possibly one of the greatest TV shows ever made and it's totally understandable why they'd feel this way. Season 6 of HBO's smash hit certainly did not disappoint. As the show finally overtakes George R. R. Martin's novels, the ending is finally beginning to feel within sight. As per usual there are plenty of shocking twists and several major character deaths (one of which had me in tears), Storylines are intertwining more than ever and there are satisfying pay-offs a plenty. The season also featured notable guest stars Max Von Sydow (The Three-Eyed Raven), Richard E. Grant (Izembaro the Theatre Manager) and Ian McShane (Septon Ray). Lena Headey continued to shine as Cersei Lannister, now firmly cementing her as the show's greatest villain. However most impressively the show delivered quite possibly its greatest episodes ever in the form of the last two episodes of the season "Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter". With only two seasons and a total of thirteen episodes remaining, the grand saga of Westeros is almost at an end.
4.) National Treasure (Channel 4, UK)
The last couple of years, especially here in the UK, has exposed a lot of historical crimes from prolific people working in the entertainment industry. Very much inspired by events such as the Jimmy Saville historical child abuse case and Operation Yewtree, Channel 4 presented us with bold four-part drama National Treasure. With an all star cast including Harry Potter stars Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, National Treasure tells the story of Paul Finchley (Coltrane), one half of a celebrated comedy duo, who finds himself accused of historical sexual abuse. Thanks to Coltrane's superb performance and an phenomenally written screenplay from Jack Thorne, your opinion on Finchley constantly changes, making the viewer constantly second-guess themself whilst trying to determine whether he is guilty or not. However, what makes the show truly special is how it also examines how the case affects those closest to Finchley. His wife Marie (Walters) vows to remain by her husband's side but begins to doubt his innocence, whilst his wayward drug-addicted daughter Dee (Andrea Riseborough) fights her own demons and begins to look at the past (and her relationship with her father) very differently). In terms of both acting and the quality of the script, National Treasure is of the highest callibre, and when the sentence is delivered and the truth revealed at the end of the four episodes you will find yourself deep in contemplation. The show truly is a rollercoaster of emotions but well worth the watch.
3.) The People v. O.J. Simpon: American Crime Story
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