28/12/2013 04:45 | By Hilary Wardle, contributor, MSN TV
Best TV shows of 2013 including Broadchurch and Call the Midwife

2013 top TV: Call The Midwife

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Looking back over 2013, fans of quality television have been well catered for in terms of variety and quality. From Channel 4’s hilarious Royle Family-like reality show Gogglebox to more serious offerings such as BBC2 serial killer drama The Fall, it’s been a truly spectacular year.

To celebrate the TV feast that was 2013, we showcase a month-by-month look back at all of the telly highlights, starting with Call the Midwife in January.

The second series of this excellent 1950s baby-delivering drama was just as compelling, if a little bleaker than the debut run. The first episode saw main character Nurse Jenny Lee strike up a friendship with a woman who ended up losing custody of her children due to her decision to stay with her abusive husband. Not the happiest start to the year!

Thankfully there were also plenty of light hearted moments courtesy of Nurse ‘Chummy’ Browne (played by Miranda Hart), so it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

Honorary mention: My Mad Fat Diary

Over to E4 for this six-part series based on the real life diaries of music obsessed teenager Rae Earl. The programme focussed on Rae’s struggles with mental illness and body image issues. However, despite the serious subject matter, My Mad Fat Diary was actually a comedy. Watching Rae’s witty reactions to the various difficulties she faced made it one of the most uplifting telly experiences of early 2013.

Click on the photos for our pick of 2013’s TV highlights. Warning: contains spoilers.

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