08:34 Friday 21 February 2014

TV REVIEW: Cops shows, comedy and zombies are tops

Written byROB SMYTH

AFTER a winter of discontent (or Splash as its known in the television world), broadcast schedules are starting to light up with some fine programming.

In The Line of Duty shot straight to top of most people’s must watch list after a shocking first episode last week.

The drama, which screens on Wednesday nights on BBC2, follows a team of police officers who investigate dirty cops and is one of the finest dramas on television.

It must be great because it has even drawn a good performance out of Keeley Hawes, formerly of Ashes to Ashes and Spooks fame, and someone I cannot normally abide but in this puts in a career defining performance.

Other highlights include the return of comedy Modern Family to Sky 1.

Despite being around for several years now, this ensemble show still manages to hit the high notes and is very, very funny.

My current favourite show on television has also returned to our screens - The Walking Dead.

Now two episodes back into latest run, the show still struggles with pacing but is still a bad Walking Dead episode often trumps a good episode of anything else on the box.

A mention should also be made of the fabulous Ross Kemp Extreme World documentary series.

The former Eastenders star continues to uncover breathtaking stories from across the world and this latest offering has been sensational.

The final world has to throw forward to the future. April 4 will see the return of Game of Thrones. I can’t wait.

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