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The Greatest Songs and TV of the Noughties

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Channel 4 reveals the greatest music and TV of the decade, as decided by industry insiders and the public. But how do results compare with the biggest selling singles and most watched programmes?

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Channel 4 reveals the greatest music and TV of the decade, as decided by industry insiders and the public. But how do results compare with the biggest selling singles and most watched programmes?

Series 1 Summary

It's the end of an era: the decade that no one can pronounce is coming to an end and Channel 4 celebrates by finding the greatest music and TV programmes of the past ten years.

Channel 4 has conducted a survey with the leading TV critics and industry figures, and asked the public in a YouGov national poll, to tell us what they think was the their favourite music and TV of the decade. Featuring some of the biggest names in TV and music, these two programmes reveal the 20 best shows and songs that genuinely represent the character of the last ten years.

Evergreen by Will Young is the biggest selling single of the decade, but have you voted it as one of the tracks of the decade? Only Fools and Horses had the biggest ratings of any comedy but has it made it into the 21st century as the nation's choice?

And most importantly have we just lived through a golden age of TV and music or made it through a cultural desert? What was the Noughties all about?

  • James Corden

    Episode 1

    What was the greatest TV show in the last decade? The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties counts down the 20 shows that represent the best of the decade.

    In a decade apparently dominated by box-sets, will the number one show be The Wire perhaps? And where will Big Brother chart? Has Friends made some enemies? Will the Dragons be scorched by `Suralan Sugar¿? And which is the only soap to make it into the top 20?

    From the rise of reality television to the rebirth of talent contests, and the sexing up of business shows, this programme reveals the trends and behind-the-scenes stories of the decade¿s TV.

    Find out how a camera that starts recording before you press the button brought us the best of Planet Earth. Why does Kevin McCloud has nightmares about Top Gear? And what does Louis Walsh really think about that glass of water incident?

    The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties features some of the biggest names in television, from David Tennant to Jeremy Clarkson, giving us their views on what they think was hot and not from the past decade. Has this been a golden age of entertainment or an era of cultural recession? The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties reveals all. Narrated by James Corden.

  • James Corden

    Episode 2

    A countdown of the decade's best hits as voted for by viewers, critics and industry figures. Will it just be lots of TV talent show winners or will acts like Arctic Monkeys and The Killers chart?

    Channel 4 have conducted a survey with the leading critics and industry figures, and asked the public in a YouGov national poll to tell us what they think were the greatest songs of the last 10 years. With new ways to access our favourite tunes, it is near impossible to take the Sunday chart ratings as a true guide as to what people like. The Greatest Songs of the Noughties counts down from 20 to number one what our real favourite hits are.

    It's a long time since we saw Bob the Builder's Can We Fix It? reach the top spot as the Christmas number one in 2000, but has our taste in music grown up and moved on from such novelty hits? At a time where our charts are dominated by TV talent show winners, will acts like The Killers or Arctic Monkeys even feature? Has Beyonce swept all before her? Where will Kylie come? And will we dare to admit that Beautiful is actually not that bad?

    The Greatest Songs of the Noughties features some of the biggest names in music, from Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody to Will Young to Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos, giving heir views on what they think was hot and not from the past decade. Has this been a golden age of entertainment or an era of cultural recession? The Greatest Songs of the Noughties reveals all. Narrated by James Corden.

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Channel 4 reveals the greatest music and TV of the decade, as decided by industry insiders and the public. But how do results compare with the biggest selling singles and most watched programmes?

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