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'Barry' S2

The adventures of the hitman-turned-actor in Hollywood got even darker as it ran on for another series this year and Bill Hader's Barry confronted the question of good versus bad, and how people present themselves to the world. The second season allowed for the characters to be given more depth especially Barry's girlfriend Sally, played by Sarah Goldberg, who was really given a chance to shine. Henry Winkler's acting coach Gene Cousineau remains a highlight. (HBO)

The 15 best TV shows of 2019

It was rich pickings when it came to television in 2019 as there was an abundance of superb quality programming available, particularly as streaming site rivalry grew even more tense over the past 12 months.

But which TV shows really left their mark by making a splash on the small screen?

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There were plenty of beginnings when it came to new shows like Netflix’s Russian Doll, but also many old favourites returning including the BBC’s Peaky Blinders back for its fifth series.

However, it also saw some definite endings too, most notably in the conclusion of huge TV talking point Game of Thrones for better or for worse, depending on who you ask. It’s been a rollercoaster.