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There are tons and tons of great TV shows, films and even trailers out there, but let’s face it, there are few that make you take a few seconds to collect yourself once it’s finished. This week I wrote about The Newsroom and I must say season 3’s first episode was one of those brilliant, take-a-breath shows. Now there’s a code to help decipher and hopefully create those pieces of unmissable TV, cracked by BT TV with the help of TV expert, Boyd Hilton, consumers and Bournemouth University’s Media School.
According to the analysis of the top 50 most popular shows from the last decade, drama is the most important ingredient at 65 per cent, followed by:
This is something I myself was lucky enough to work on as part of my day job* and when we looked at the episodes that came closest to the ideal formula, there are definitely some of my absolute favourites in there.
Top of the list and closest to the perfect episode is ITV hit series, Downton Abbey, and more specifically season three, episode five in which Sybil dies. The episode is made up of 78 per cent drama, seven per cent shocks and surprises, two per cent comedy, seven per cent action and six per cent romance. So drama really wins.
Other episodes that make the top ten, include:
2. Grey’s Anatomy (Sanctuary)
3. Dexter s1 ep 10
4. Happy Valley ep 4
5. EastEnders Christmas 2007
6. Prison Break s1 ep 21
7. Homeland s2 ep 12
8. Breaking Bad s5 ep 11
9. BroadChurch s1 ep1
10. The Killing s1 ep1
Delia Bushell, Head of BT TV says: “The small screen now rivals the big screen thanks to the huge number of gripping TV series, unmissable sport and box office hits available at our fingertips. As we launch the next exciting phase of BT TV we wanted to know what makes TV so unmissable. Through our research, we’ve cracked the code.”
BT TV cracked the code to mark the launch of its new TV offering, which includes BT TV, YouView, BT Sport and Netflix. For the first time, BT TV customers can sign up for Netflix alongside BT’s other products and services, all-in-one bill. The new BT TV package is £5.99 a month, and new customers will also receive six months free BT Infinity Broadband.
TV expert Boyd Hilton compiled his list of the top 50 episodes from the last decade that he deemed to be truly unmissable, which were then ranked by 2,000 TV fans to celebrate the launch of BT TV’s new offering.