AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best TV and film of 2017 so far

We awarded 12 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2016 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2017 so far and what’s to come. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jonas Nay, Stranger Things and The Bridge are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for reasons including our favourite TV and film of 2017 so far and our hopes for the next half year

We first came to appreciate Vicky McClure in the This Is England series, grew to love her in Line Of Duty but it was as unhinged Paula in BBC1’s hide-behind-the-sofa drama The Replacement this year (see clip below) that she really got to get her acting chops into a villain.

Line Of Duty

Thandie Newton had a tremendous turn in HBO’s Westworld in 2016 and was a fine addition to Line Of Duty‘s ever changing list of protagonists this year.

The Replacement

Joe Ahearne wrote and directed this terrifying if unlikely three-parter for BBC1 about the perils of maternity leave that a strong cast (including McClure, pictured above and immediately above) brought vividly to life.

Man In An Orange Shirt

The BBC’s fine Gay Britannia series brought us the excellent film Against The Law, wickedly funny Queers series of monologues and moving two-part drama Man In An Orange Shirt comparing two inter-related love stories 60 years apart.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Even if Hillary Clinton had beaten Donald Trump in last year’s US Presidential race, this re-imagining of Margaret Atwood’s classic would have been acclaimed. The mix of flashbacks back and forth from a world where women are subjugated offers a frightening glimpse of a future that suddenly doesn’t seem so out of the question. Elisabeth Moss has been incredible but also never been so good.


Never has Jimmy McGovern seemed more relevant than with this Sean Bean-starrer about a priest trying to paper over the cracks of a Big Society ever more abandoned by government.

We can’t wait for series 2 of Stranger Things in October, and the returns of Doctor Foster, VictoriaWalking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead and the Doctor Who Christmas special where new arrival Jodie Whittaker will be unveiled.

  • Picture via Facebook for The Replacement courtesy BBC. Check out our tips and hopes in each of the remaining 11 categories on this site over the rest of the summer. Go here for single, album and gig, RevivalTheatre Actress, Theatre ActorMusical and Best New Play.
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