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Andrew Newman: Hail the New Puritan

The Spelthorne Community Television co-founder joints the dots between C4’s 1986 avant-garde dance oddity, Vic and Bob and Made in Chelsea


Jo McGrath: Tiswas

The Walter Presents co-founder got a taste for the adrenaline rush of live TV after winning a golden ticket to the most anarchic show on telly


Daragh Carville: Spiral (Engrenages)

With a fierce sense of place and commitment to ‘messy reality’, the French procedural is TV drama as psychogeography, says the creator of ITV thriller The Bay


Joe Evans: Eurotrash

Swan Films’ managing director salutes a simpler time, when German adult babies with Geordie accents made a persuasive case for European integration


​Ashley Pharoah: A Very Peculiar Practice

The ‘unapologetically intelligent and odd’ comedy-drama was a radical and stylish antiode to social realism, says the Life on Mars co-creator


Sohail Shah: Dynasty

Raised on Bollywood movies, the entertainment producer and commissioner lapped up their lurid Hollywood equivalent


Samira Ahmed: Newsround

The broadcaster remembers when John Craven, and Lucy Mathen’s ‘cool auntie’, presided over a ‘lighthouse of calm’ that brought the world into her home

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Sue Bourne on Horizon: You Do As You Are Told

Stanley Milgram’s guide to his infamous experiment forever changed the way the documentary-maker saw the world – and kickstarted her TV ambitions

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Diederick Santer: Twin Peaks

David Lynch and Mark Frost’s idiosyncratic fusion of US soap and indie cinema aesthetic held the former Kudos chief executive spellbound

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​Aysha Rafaele: The Singing Detective

The BBC Studios drama exec recalls the impact of Dennis Potter’s otherworldly fever dream

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​Melvyn Bragg: Monitor

Huw Wheldon’s ‘fierce, interfering, yet helpful and inspirational’ style opened the broadcaster’s eyes to TV’s power to make arts for everyone


Jane Root: Culloden

Peter Watkins’ glorious mash-up of historical drama and the language of news reporting inspired the Nutopia chief executive to ‘muck around’

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Jane Millichip: The Two Ronnies

At age five, Sky Vision’s managing director bonded with her dad over Barker and Corbett’s wordplay

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Danny Brocklehurst: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

ITV’s brickies-abroad comedy-drama taught the Ordinary Lies writer that great characters and humour make social issues easier for audiences to swallow


Shane Allen: Father Ted

The subversive surrealism of Craggy Island showed the BBC head of comedy that the best ideas cannot be contained in a top-line pitch


Jack Thorne: Boys From The Blackstuff

Kiri and National Treasure writer reveals how the warts-and-all approach of Alan Bleasdale’s ’80s drama made it unmissable

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Philippa Collie Cousins: The Singing Ringing Tree

The UKTV drama commissioner explains how a German fairy tale ignited her passion for storytelling

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Penny Woolcock: Eleventh Hour

The Tina Goes Shopping and Ackley Bridge director on the ‘weird and wonderful’ 11pm shows of Channel 4’s early days


Faith Penhale: The Sopranos

The chief executive and creative director of Lookout Point on a ‘novelistic show bursting with wit, energy and drama’