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Happy Valley tops Radio Times critics' poll

Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley
Image caption Sarah Lancashire played Yorkshire police officer Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley

BBC One's police drama Happy Valley was the best TV show of 2014, according to Radio Times' team of critics.

The magazine's TV editor Alison Graham called the Yorkshire-based programme "bitingly raw" and said its writer Sally Wainwright and lead actor Sarah Lancashire had "never been better".

Line of Duty and Sherlock took second and third place in a BBC-heavy top 10.

Steve Coogan comedy The Trip to Italy came fourth, with Sky Atlantic's True Detective rounding out the top five.

"The critics' top five shows that our love of quality crime and detective drama is alive and well," said Tim Glanfield, editor of the Radio Times website.

Yet he said it was "nice" to see such "left-field comedies" as Channel 4's Toast of London and BBC Four's Detectorists also feature in the countdown.

Set in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, Happy Valley saw former Coronation Street actress Lancashire play a police sergeant investigating a kidnap plot.

Work on a second series is due to begin in 2015 and will be broadcast later in the year.

Peter Capaldi's debut as the Doctor saw perennial favourite Doctor Who merit inclusion, albeit in ninth place.

Writer Huw Fullerton admitted the actor's "more hostile, older Time Lord" had been "a hard sell" but said it was now "hard to imagine anyone else at the helm of the Tardis".

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