Monday, 6 January 2014

Top 5 On-Demand TV shows of 2013 from Broadband Choices

Here at, we watch a lot a TV shows - you can’t list the best broadband offers and TV deals without a bit of research, right? 

Well, that’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it.

And when we take a look back at the year that was, one thing becomes crystal clear - 2013 wasn’t a good year for TV shows. It was an incredible year.

But which shows stood apart from the rest? Here are’s top 5 on-demand TV shows of 2013:

David Tennant returned to British screens alongside Olivia Colman in the critically-acclaimed Broadchurch. We’ve seen a lot of crime dramas over the years, but Broadchurch stood out, by simply being absolutely stonking.

The taut and bleak story was interesting in itself, but what really stood out were the performances by Colman and Tennant. Simply excellent TV - it’s available to rent online (best priced with ITV Player), so check it out if you haven’t yet seen it.

Let’s talk about the Red Wedding.

Or perhaps we shouldn’t - for many Game of Thrones fans the wound is still fresh. Either way, the fantasy series made headlines in 2013 and a host of YouTube reaction videos - with one of the most shocking episodes in TV history - if you haven’t read the George R. R. Martin novels the show’s based on, of course.

No spoilers here, but it showed just how quickly and drastically the landscape of the show could change - and we’re more hooked than ever because of it.

Shows about serial killers are nothing new - Dexter was slicing his way into our hearts years ago. But while that series fizzled to a rather limp conclusion this year, Hannibal came out of the shadows to be one of the most unexpectedly excellent shows of the year.

Charting the early relationship between fiction’s most famous cannibal and an FBI investigator fated to become his nemesis, it’s absorbing, unsettling, and extremely well-crafted.

One of the most interesting trends of 2013 was the rise of exclusive programming on on-demand services. Netflix really kicked this off with House of Cards.

The political drama follows the machinations of politician Frank Underwood - played with calculating brilliance by Kevin Spacey - as he seeks revenge of those he perceives as having wronged him. It’s a great show in its own right, and it proves that on-demand content can be just as good as a regular TV series.

The finale of Breaking Bad was one of the biggest TV events of the year - and it wasn’t even on TV in the UK! Instead, viewers turned to Netflix, which was releasing new episodes in line with the US release.

Expectations were high that the final series of the show, which charted protagonist Walter White’s descent from science teacher to drugs kingpin, would be something special. It certainly got people talking.

Some loved it. Some thought that it wrapped things up a little too neatly. Either way, we think watching Walter White make a meth of things wasn’t just the small screen highlight of 2013 - but one of the best TV shows of all time.

by Duncan Heaney