The 11th best series of 2018, according to the BBC

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December 29, 2018 2:10
Updated December 29, 2018 14:15

NOTE: This note reveals some details of the plot in each series.

This is the 11 series chosen by BBC Culture's editors as the best of the year ending. If you haven't seen them, you can do it next year.

1.- Sharp objects

Based on a novel by Gillian Flynn, actress Amy Adams stars with Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina as an alcoholic journalist.

The mystery series Sharp Objects can be seen on the HBO platform. (Photo: Getty Images)

Camille Preaker returns to her hometown of Missouri to cover the story of the killing of two girls. In attempting to unravel this psychological puzzle, various flashbacks reveal the problematic past of Camille, who is highly identified with the young victims.

Music director for the series Sue Jacobs shows the same attention to detail as she did with director Jean-Marc Vallée in the Big Little Lies, when the soundtrack becomes part of the mystery. In fact, credits of the episodes are the same piece of music performed in eight different ways.

When Camille listens to music in the car driving through the city, between drinks on an Evian water bottle full of vodka, or listening to a playlist when it comes to bed, we remember music can be a lifesaver.

The series is available on Amazon Prime Video, and in Spain it is called "open wound".

The Swedish detective, Saga Norén, and his Danish police colleague, Henrik Sabroe, at a time in the series The Bridge.

2.- Bridge

The series, launched seven years ago, follows the experiences of two police officers who are forced to work together when a body is found on the bridge between Sweden and Denmark.

It has the original Bron / Bridge title and can be seen on Prime Video.

Two years after the last season, the Swedish detective Saga Norén (played by Sofía Helin) and her Danish police colleague Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhart) continue to seek answers to the police matter they share.

The successor to the series Killing, The Bridge was the Swedish-Danish success that over the years led to the occupation of their hearing with the Nordic style of black novel. But all the sagas have to quit, and this year we will attend the fourth and final season of this series.

The English spinoffs in this series bleached in relation to humor and chemistry between Norén, a brusque and unintentionally rude detective, and her Danish colleagues.

The author Hans Rosenfeldt always achieved the right balance with the key characters, even though the macabre crimes became increasingly unlikely.

The life of Patrick Melrose can be seen on the Showtime platform. (Photo: Getty Images)

3.- Patrick Melrose

The main character of the series, Benedict Cumberbatch, recently said that on his wish list there were only two roles he really wanted to play: Hamlet and his character in the series, Patrick Melrose.

Each episode of Showtime production is based on one of Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels, as Sherlock's star called "the finest prose from the 21st century", and is linked to a common common to all.

Cumberbatch offers one of the best interpretations of his career in the role of Patrick, a sarcastic gentleman of high society, dependent on heroin and worried by his dysfunctional relationship with his parents.

Reproduction of addiction is both heartbreaking and fun, thanks to the ingenuity of the original material, a dense script by David Nicholls and Cumberbatch's fast-paced monologues.

John Goodman plays the leader of the law firm Michael Ennis in the BBC series Black Earth Rising

4.- Black Earth Rising

This exciting and complex thriller of the BBC shines thanks to the interpretation of Michaela Cole as legal researcher Kate Ashby.

Written and produced by Hugo Blick, Cole plays the role of a woman adopted by two NGO workers following the Rwanda Genocide in 1994.

Raised in the UK by Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter) becomes a lawyer.

As the drama of bringing war criminals before justice unfolds, a traumatized Kate discovers more about her past than she expected. In a rather unlikely cast, John Goodman plays the head of the law firm Michael Ennis.

Blick makes innovative use of animation to reflect horror of genocide that really adds another dimension to the drama.

At each point, this story takes up our preconceived ideas of conflict and justice and returns to the problems of harm and loss. It is brilliantly disturbing.

Sandra Oh and David Haig are the main characters of Killing Eve.

5.- Killing Eve

Can you think of a thriller that can be really fun while staying in excitement?

It's hard to find that balance, but the author Phoebe Waller-Bridge did the exercise with aplomb when he adapted the Luke Jennings series of novels to BBC America.

Ingenious, without being superficial and dark, without being gloomy.

Already in the early stages of the series, when two MI5 officers after a night of alcohol (played by Sandra Oh and David Haig) joke in an emergency, it is clear what will be the tone and quality of the cast.

The handsome bunch of The Assassination of Gianni Versace. (Photo: Getty Images)

6.- The assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The central theme of this docudrama directed by Ryan Murphy is one of the most notorious murders of the 1990s. The series is exciting but also dark and disturbing, with an unorthodox structure.

It's a Fox series.

The murder that gives the title to the series takes place in the first stage of the first episode, and the drama unfolds backwards from there: tracing the story of psychotic and social ascent of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

The Versace series tells the story of what it was like to be gay in the 1990s, as the intolerance of society is still great and gay people seem to mean little to the government.

Each chapter is about one of the victims of Cunanan's grisly wave of murder, culminating with Gianni Versace.

America's 1990s recreation is evocative: from the sumptuous Versace villa in Miami, to the San Francisco disco, where the designer met Cunanan. The cast is unique, with the Venezuelan Edgar Ramírez as Versace, and the Spanish Penélope Cruz, blonde platinum, in her first role on television as Gianni's sister, Donatella.

Queer Eye can be seen on Netflix. (Photo: Getty Images)

7.-Queer Eye

Queer Eye became a Netflix feeling overnight. The series is about the image change that five gay men (The Fab Five) give to a heterosexual man.

Each with its own areas of expertise: Tan France knows fashion, Jonathan Van Ness for personal care, Antoni Porowski for food and wine, Karamo Brown for culture and Bobby Berk for design.

Every week there is a protagonist who puts himself in the hands of these specialists. While most people help the gay group called heterosexual men, they are not limited to them. They also control the change of a religious woman and a transmann.

Each episode will make you cry with happiness, as this cute team makes simple but positive changes in people's lives.

The success of the series, including Netflix, is due to the great performance of the actors.

8.- Dear white people

The first season of Dear White People, located in a predominantly white Ivy League university in the United States, ended explosively on Netflix, where it is known as Dear White, in Spanish.

Three protests on campus reached a critical point after a black student pointed a firearm on a security guard and a white student died for alcohol-related reasons.

The second season begins just two weeks after that event, and the effects are felt at the university.

The series achieves a balance between comedy and sensitive issues, such as race conditions, the increase of extreme right, violence with firearms, sexuality and pain, all without being overbearing.

The characters have shades and flaws, with outstanding performances by Logan Browning, DeRon Horton and Antoinette Robertson, but in reality, the success of the series is a feat of it all. Intelligent, reflective and thoughtful.

Americans are already in the sixth season. It can be seen on Fox and on Amazon Prime.

9. The Americans

There are no spoilers in this review. If there is a remote possibility that you have not yet seen this series of many Emmys already having six seasons, this article will not spoil anything.

The spy excitement of the Fox network, with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, as two Soviet KGB agents constituting a pair of American nationalities, is full of impeccable turns and unexpected developments of their characters.

The story can be seen from a point of view that rarely appears in the West, the Soviet, when world events coincide with domestic and international affairs, become an allegory of human relations.

The sixth season does not disappoint, the internal conflict and family disputes continue to the bitter conclusion.

The series has been broadcast for 50 years, but this time Doctor Who is Doctor Who.

10.- Doctor Who

All eyes were on Jodie Whittaker when she literally crashed to earth as the first female regeneration of Doctor Who since the series began more than half a century ago. His interpretation instantly injects fun, energy and vitality into the BBC series.

Here we have a doctor whose fascination with the universe is contagious again. Even the color palette on the show is warmer, which gives a more optimistic tone.

The last season gave rise to some truly outstanding moments. The inedible racist attitude of the United States in the 1950s makes "Rose" one of the most shocking episodes of recent times.

There is still work to do. No one will remember any of the new bad guys, but the series lays the foundation for a new era.

Homecoming is an Amazon series. (Photo: Getty Images)

11.- Homecoming

Based on a successful podcast, this AmazonPrime psychological thriller focuses mainly on the relationship between Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts), a well-meaning military therapist, with a soldier, Walter Cruz (Stephan James).

The story is told through two timelines, which are four years apart, and with a new format. While the past is displayed in widescreen, the present is a square screen.

Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale) is the erratic and dominant leader of Bergman: a stunningly nuanced manipulator.

Roberts is crowned as the absolute protagonist with a complicated character, but ultimately, sympathetic.

Exquisite shot, the series owes much to Kubrick and is full of shots from the stairs and bird's eye view. Directed by Robots Sam Esmail, Homecoming gives a sense of fear from the start.

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