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Broadchurch has earned a place on the shortlist for the title of Best British TV Show of the last 20 years.

The smash hit crime drama, which recently kicked off its second series, beat a variety of classic shows to a place on the ten-strong list of nominees for the Timeline Award by Broadcast magazine.

Nominees were chosen by Broadcast readers from all previous winners at the Broadcast Awards, and the winner will be announced at this year’s ceremony. There is a place on the list for Big Brother but popular shows, including all soaps, talent competitions and panel comedies, are notably absent.

In 2015, Broadcast Magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Timeline Award has been introduced to commemorate the occasion. Readers were invited to vote for the best shows to have won Broadcast awards in previous years. The winner will be selected by a panel of 400 television executives and announced at the ceremony next month.


Broadchurch quickly made a big impression on viewers and TV writers when it premiered in 2013. Since then it has won numerous awards and spawned a big budget American remake. Broadchurch Series 2 is currently screening on ITV and is also available to pre-order from Acorn DVD.

The Broadcast Awards will be presented by David Walliams on 4 February 2015 at Grosvenor House in London. The show will celebrate “two decades of celebrating innovative formats, heart-breaking drama, rollicking comedy and sparkling entertainment”.

The Timeline Award - The Top 10 Broadcast Award Winners of the Past 20 Years

Big Brother

Best new programme, 2001

Bazal (Endemol) for Channel 4

Brass Eye: Paedophilia Special

Best comedy, 2002

Talkback Productions for Channel 4


Best drama series or serial, 2014

Kudos Film & TV for ITV

Educating Yorkshire

Best documentary series, 2014

Twofour for Channel 4

Gavin and Stacey

Best comedy, 2009

Baby Cow for BBC Three

I’m Alan Partridge

Best comedy, 1999

Talkback Productions for BBC Two

Life On Mars

Best original programme, 2007

Kudos Film & TV for BBC One

Man On Wire

Best documentary programme, 2010

Wall to Wall with Red Box Films for BBC Two

The Office

Best comedy, 2003

BBC Entertainment for BBC Two

Who Do You Think You Are?

Best popular factual, 2006

Wall to Wall for BBC Two

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