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Never tell a television critic to cheer up. If you must have the best of 2005, here are some highlights. Just don't expect them all to be good

By David Herman   January 2006

My colleagues sometimes point out, rather wistfully, that it would be nice if I could now and again be more positive in this column. Asking a television critic to be cheerful these days is a bit like telling Marius to lighten up as he surveys the ruins of Carthage. However, let’s give it a go. Here, in the spirit of Christmas, are ten highlights from 2005.

1) Richie Benaud’s farewell. It was the end of an era. Not just of Benaud’s cricket commentary over here (he continues in Australia) but of the great age of television sports commentators: John Arlott,…

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