Friends farewell 'top TV treat' of 2004

The final episode of hit US sitcom Friends has been voted the best thing on television in the UK in 2004.

The final episode of hit US sitcom Friends has been voted the best thing on television in the UK in 2004.

The long-awaited climax of the decade-long show ranks top in a list of memorable TV broadcasts, such as the end of Sex And The City and David Blunkett’s tearful resignation as British Home Secretary.

Viewers were asked to vote for the Channel 4 poll of top 100 TV Treats of the Year.

Their top 10 highlights include Britain triumphing at the Olympics (7) and Michael Palin’s travel programme Himalaya (6).

Political moments in the top 100 are those which cause our politicians the most embarrassment.

Minister Harriet Harman’s gaffe on Question Time, when she accidentally called Chancellor Gordon Brown the Prime Minister, is fondly remembered (89).

The Hutton Inquiry does not get a mention, but U2 singer Bono’s moving speech on poverty in Africa at the Labour Party conference is on the list (60).

Medical student Julia Prague grilling Tony Blair on Newsnight over tuition fees is a favourite (39), but the most memorable TV moment was Mr Blunkett’s resignation over the Kimberly Quinn affair (28).

The image captured on film of 13-year-old schoolboy Tyler Crotty yawning and checking the time while standing next to George Bush on the US presidential trail has also been voted a treat (100).

Sporting treats of the year include Wayne Rooney’s triumph at Euro 2004 (16), Europe winning the Ryder Cup against the Americans (25) and athlete Paula Radcliffe’s return to form at the New York marathon after disappointment at the Olympics (33).

The final episode of Sex And The City, when Big tells Carrie she is the one, has been voted the third best thing on TV during 2004, while Will And Grace is at number 18 and the last episode of Frasier ranks 27.

When it comes to reality TV, the controversial fifth instalment of Big Brother, which saw sexual antics and violence in the house, is the clear winner, taking second place on the overall list.

Big Brother is followed by the BBC’s surprise hit Strictly Come Dancing (4), ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, won by Kerry McFadden and Joe Pasquale (5), Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (11) and Simon Cowell’s talent show the X Factor (19).

Former PA Rebecca Loos being interviewed on Sky One about her alleged affair with England captain David Beckham is also on the list (50).

Memorable showbiz events include The Office winning a Golden Globe (63) and Sir Elton John laying into Madonna at the Q Awards (92).

And it may have damaged her career – but “nipplegate”, when Janet Jackson’s top was ripped off at the Superbowl, gets a mention at number 24.

BBC comedy Little Britain, which began life on fringe TV but went on to scoop three gongs at the British Comedy Awards, is number 12 in the list.

Emmy-nominated documentary The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off – featuring Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa sufferer Jonny Kennedy’s last days before dying at the age of 36 – is number 10.

In the battle of the soaps, comedian Peter Kay’s appearance in Coronation Street is the highest-ranking treat (8), followed by the Street’s Mad Maya episodes (57).

Patsy Kensit’s appearance in Emmerdale as super-bitch Sadie King is next (88) but EastEnders, and Dirty Den’s return to Walford, fails to get a mention.

The 100 Greatest TV Treats of 2004 was presented by Jimmy Carr on Sunday, December 26 at 9pm.

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