Sherlock Beats Homeland And Downton Abbey In Best TV Show Of 2012 Vote

Critics named Benedict Cumberbatch's drama as number one programme of the year

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It's been a top year for telly and now Sherlock has been voted the best TV programme of 2012 in a poll of top critics.

The BBC1 drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman was voted into the number one spot in a poll of Radio Times critics, beating ratings favourites Downton Abbey and Homeland.

Series two of the series aired in the UK back in January, and despite the months that have passed, the drama has remained a favourite of the critics.

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

"Nothing got people talking more than that cliffhanger series finale - and that was as true here at Radio Times as it was in offices and school playgrounds around the country.

"Despite being shown 11 months ago, Sherlock won the vote quite easily,"

Glanfield added. "Virtually all of us had it in our personal top fives. It was simply staggeringly good TV - and best of all it's British!"

The Brit drama beat off US juggernaut Homeland, which ended up in second place whilst Olympic-themed comedy Twenty Twelve came third. The Thick of It ended in fourth and C4 student comedy Fresh Meat completed the top five. Meanwhile Downton was down in eighth place. 

Fans of Sherlock will have to wait awhile for the third series as Benedict has been tied up shooting his role in the new Star Trek film: 'Into Darkness' whilst Martin has been in New Zealand for much of the past couple of years for his lead in 'The Hobbit'...

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