We’re not entire sure of the significance of the Radio Times Tv 100 List is these days, but given that a fair few TVO folk feature in it, we have assessed it to be very important indeed.
Published earlier this week, the TV 100 List is defined thus: “Who are the hottest talents on television now? Which stars do the broadcasters scrabble to sign knowing that harnessing their talents to a show will make it fly?asked some of the most powerful TV executives and broadcasting bigwigs in Britain to name the stars they believe have had an exceptional 12 months.” More importantly, it includes X of the people we get excited about, with some rather wonderful (and well-earned) praise being showered upon them by various TV big-wigs!
Sharon Horgan is placed in the top 10 at number 7, with Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Former Chief Creative Officer saying this of her: “Sharon Horgan is quite simply an exceptional talent. A razor sharp comic writer and actress. With Catastrophe, she’s finally won the global critical acclaim she’s deserved for years. She has an unerring ability to see humour in the darkness and to go where others wouldn’t dare. More than anything, she’s unrivalled as the person you want to drink wine with on an empty stomach.”
Richard Ayoade features in the list at number 17, with Kelly Webb-Lamb, Head of Factual Entertainment at Channel 4 saying: “Richard is a talented comic, writer and director and it’s really no surprise that his wits have lent themselves so tremendously to the role of presenter. We have loved him in Travel Man and he has put his own stamp on The Crystal Maze for a new generation of fans.”
Noel Fielding also squeezes into the top 20 at number 19, with Richard McKerrow, the Creative Director of Love Productions (who produce Bake Off) saying: “Along with the magnificent Sandi Toksvig, Noel is an utter delight to work with on Bake Off and one of the kindest, gentlest and wittiest individuals I’ve worked with. His genuine and disarming comic genius is such that I’m convinced the nation’s love affair with Noel Fielding is only just beginning.”
Gemma Whelan and Tom Davis also feature – at numbers 76 and 89 respectively. Sadly, Gemma doesn’t get her own paragraph, but Tom has the following write-up: “The concept of Murder in Successville is both bizarre and brilliant. Each episode DI Sleet (played by Tom Davis) enlists the expertise of a real-life famous face to investigate a murder in Successville. The catch? Successville is a celebrity hotspot and the homicide count is high: casualties have included Reese Witherspoon, Daniel Radcliffe and Bruno Tonioli. Three series in and the surreal BBC3 hit has gained a loyal following thanks in large part to Davis’s imagination and quick thinking. “
Congratulations to everyone who made the list. You can view it in full here. If it was down to us to compile it, we would have put a few more of ‘our lot’ in there, but it’s very nice to see a few artists who might be described by some as “left of field” beating TV’s heavy hitters, such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Clarkson. More importantly, they all beat Piers Morgan, who was placed at 100.