U.K. Critics Name 'Sherlock' Best TV Show of 2012

Sherlock Homes BBC Press Still - H 2012

Sherlock Homes BBC Press Still - H 2012

"Homeland" and Olympics mockumentary "Twenty Twelve" came in second and third in an annual survey, beating out "Downton Abbey" and "Doctor Who."

BBC series Sherlock was the best show on British TV in 2012, according to an annual year-end survey of TV critics and writers by Radio Times magazine.

The second season of the drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, edged out Homeland, shown on Britain's Channel 4, and London Summer Olympics-themed BBC2 mockumentary Twenty Twelve, which came in second and third, respectively.

Political satire The Thick of It, now a BBC co-production with Hulu, and Channel 4 student sitcom Fresh Meat rounded out the top five.

After coming in fifth in the Radio Times ranking in 2011, Downton Abbey came in eighth this year. Doctor Who dropped from rank eight to the 15th spot. HBO hit Girls came in 10th.

In 2011, the Danish version of The Killing, on which the U.S. show on AMC is based, topped the Radio Times critics list, ahead of thriller The Shadow Line and nature series Frozen Planet. The Killing this year fell to the 38th spot on the list despite much praise from the U.K. critics.

Other Scandinavian dramas did better, with Danish political drama Borgen coming in sixth and Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge coming in ninth.

"Sherlock delivered the TV event of the year with three perfect episodes," said RadioTimes.com editor Tim Glanfield.

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