Thursday, August 7, 2014

David Tennant beats Benedict Cumberbatch in final to win Television Champion 2014

Radio Times staff
2:28 PM, 06 August 2014

Former Doctor Who and Broadchurch star David Tennant has been crowned Television Champion 2014, beating Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch in a grand final that drew more than 2.85 million votes. In a keenly fought battle over five days, Tennant eventually emerged triumphant with 1.53m votes compared to 1.33m for Cumberbatch.

Nine million votes were cast in total across 127 individual matches in the three week long tournament that pitched Britain’s biggest television stars against one another.

A list of 128 stars was drawn up by Radio Times staff, with representatives of genres ranging from drama and comedy to current affairs and reality shows. After an initial draw (see attached chart), the stars were placed in 64 head to head polls for the public to vote in over a period of several days. Once voting closed, the loser was eliminated and the winner moved on to the next round.

Fans mobilised on Twitter and Facebook to try to get their favourites through. And many of the stars themselves weighed in, including Richard Osman, Amanda Abbington, Karen Gillan, Billie Piper, Luke Newberry, Katherine Kelly and Zawe Ashton.


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