My 10 favourite TV performances


A while ago, my mate Robert Dick mooted assembling a list of his 10 favourite TV performances. It got me thinking, so here’s mine. What are your favourites?

* Peter Falk (Columbo in Columbo)

* Martin Freeman (Tim Canterbury in The Office)

* Tamsin Greig (Alice Chenery in Love Soup)

* Allison Janney (CJ Cregg in The West Wing)

* David Jason (Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses)

* Shelley Long (Diane Chambers in Cheers)

* James Marsters (Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

* Bob Peck (Ronald Craven in Edge of Darkness)

* Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing in Friends)

* David Suchet (Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot)

Narrowing it down to 10 was tough. I didn’t have room for Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation), Bradley Whitford (Danny Tripp in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), John Cleese (Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers), Terry O’Quinn (John Locke in Lost), Kirstie Alley (Rebecca Howe in Cheers), John Thaw (Morse in Inspector Morse), Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie’s Poirot), Jason Alexander (George Costanza in Seinfeld), Dexter Fletcher (Spike Thompson in Press Gang) and others that have slipped my mind.

My 10 favourite episodes of Inspector Morse


* The Wolvercote Tongue (25 December 1987) – American tourists, an Anglo-Saxon artifact and the Ashmolean Museum.

* Last Seen Wearing (8 March 1988) – a schoolgirl has gone missing and Morse is convinced she’s been killed.

* Last Bus to Woodstock (22 March 1988) – a woman is found murdered in a pub car park.

* The Infernal Serpent (3 January 1990) – the death of a college fellow leads to dark secrets within a master’s family.

* Driven to Distraction (17 January 1990) – Morse identifies a secondhand-car dealer as a killer, but can he prove it?

* Masonic Mysteries (24 January 1990) – Morse is accused of murder, but an old adversary is framing him…

* Second Time Around (20 February 1991) – the death of a retired policeman reopens an old case that Morse worked on years before…

* Absolute Conviction (8 April 1992) –  guest stars galore (Sean Bean, Diana Quick, Richard Wilson, Tony Steedman, Robert Pugh, Cheryl Hall, Steven Mackintosh, Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, Sue Johnston) feature in this prison-based episode.

* Cherubim and Seraphim (15 April 1992) – Morse’s niece gets tragically caught up in the rave scene.

* The Remorseful Day (15 November 2000) – Morse mort.

Honourable mentions: The Dead of Jericho (6 January 1987: the first episode), The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (13 January 1987: a deaf academic is killed), Promised Land (27 March 1991: Morse and Lewis head to Australia), The Day of the Devil (13 January 1993: a devil-worshiper goes on the run).