2016’s TV highlights crowned in top Twitter poll

There are some surprises in here!

Karen Hyland
Published December 28, 2016
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It’s been an exciting year of telly – from Emmerdale turning all Hollywood blockbuster with its No Return week, to the iguana’s great escape on Planet Earth 2, and Sarah Lancashire’s bad-ass heroics in Happy Valley.

But what were the ultimate televisual highlights of 2016?

According to a Top TV Twitter poll – launched by the nation’s best loved critic and pundit Ian Hyland – it’s this lot!

Best Soap

THE WINNER: Emmerdale, ITV, 36%

Coronation Street, ITV, 30%

EastEnders, BBC1, 24%

Hollyoaks, Channel 4, 10%

Best Drama

THE WINNER: The Missing, BBC One, 33%

Line Of Duty, BBC Two, 24%

The Night Manager, BBC One, 23%

Happy Valley, BBC One, 20%

Best Actor

THE WINNER: Hugh Laurie, 32%

Tcheky Karyo, 23%

Robbie Coltrane, 23%

Tim Roth, 22%

Best Actress

THE WINNER: Keeley Hawes, 49%

Sarah Lancashire, 39%

Penelope Wilton, 7%

Jodie Comer, 5%

Best Daytime

THE WINNER: Pointless, BBC One, 49%

The Chase, ITV, 23%

This Morning, ITV, 16%

Good Morning Britain, ITV, 12%

Best Presenter (Entertainment)

THE WINNER: Ant & Dec, 57%

Mel & Sue, 19%

Graham Norton, 18%

Emma Willis, 6%

Best Presenter (Factual)

THE WINNER: David Attenborough, 71%

Piers Morgan, 19%

Stacey Dooley, 5%

Andrew Neil, 5%

Best Talent Show

THE WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One, 68%

Britain’s Got Talent, ITV, 19%

The X Factor, ITV, 8%

The Voice, BBC One, 5%

Best Comedy

THE WINNER: Fleabag, BBC Three, 36%

Murder In Successville, BBC Three, 34%

Mum, BBC Two, 18%

Divorce, Sky Atlantic, 12%

Best Non-terrestrial

THE WINNER: Game Of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, 47%

The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime, 25%

Westworld, Sky Atlantic, 15%

The Night Of, Sky Atlantic, 13%

Best Sport

THE WINNER: Rio Olympics, BBC1/2/4, 38%

Match Of The Day, BBC One, 32%

Soccer Saturday, Sky Sports, 26%

Champions League, BT Sport, 4%

Best Factual

THE WINNER: Planet Earth 2, BBC One, 72%

Hillsborough, BBC Two, 17%

Killer Women With Piers Morgan, ITV, 7%

Dunblane – Our Story, BBC One, 5%

Best Panel Show

THE WINNER: Would I Lie To You?, BBC One 36%

Have I Got News For You?, BBC One, 35%

Celebrity Juice, ITV2, 25%

Insert Name Here, BBC Two, 4%

Best Factual Entertainment

THE WINNER: Great British Bake-Off, BBC One, 49%

Gogglebox, Channel 4, 24%

The Apprentice, BBC One, 19%

Danny Dyer’s Who Do You Think You Are, BBC One, 8%

Best Comedy Drama

THE WINNER: Cold Feet, ITV, 55%

The Rack Pack, BBC Two, 20%

Brief Encounters, ITV, 14%

The Durrells, ITV, 11%

Best Entertainment

THE WINNER: I’m A Celebrity…, ITV, 54%

Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV, 20%

Michael McIntryre’s Big Show, BBC One, 13%

Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5, 13%