My Top TV Couples!

I’ve recently been rewatching a few old television favourites and it’s become clear to me that the shows I tend to invest in usually have a strong couple at their heart. Some of these are friendships, some are more than that and others morph over time from one to the other. I’m still considering my list of ultimate TV friendships (watch this space), but in the spirit of it being Valentine’s Day, I’m starting with my favourite television couples.

Of course, everyone’s list will be personal, so I’m sure there will be couples I’ve missed who you would choose, so feel free to let me know your choices in the comments! It also goes without saying that this post will contain spoilers for the shows referenced.


Fox Mulder & Dana Scully (The X-Files)


To me, Mulder and Scully will always be the ultimate television couple. It was a relationship that grew from their strong friendship and over the years of the series I loved seeing how much respect and love these two amazing characters had for each other. It bubbled under the surface, but never detracted from the series itself and even 20 years later, the incredible chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson remains as powerful as ever. The magic the two of them share does not come around very often and as yet, has not been beaten. You can read more of my thoughts on these two here.

Harvey Specter & Donna Paulsen (Suits)


I know some people may argue against the inclusion of Harvey and Donna in a couples list, but their relationship has developed so much recently, that I find it impossible not to see them as meant to be, even if they are not quite there yet! Over the last six seasons we have seen their deeply-rooted friendship grow. Yes, they’ve already been lovers once, but they share so much more than that. Sarah Rafferty and Gabriel Macht have a chemistry that is rare on television and I’m sure their long-standing friendship has added to the fabric of Harvey and Donna’s relationship. These characters wouldn’t be so wonderful on screen were they portrayed by anyone else. As with Mulder and Scully, this is certainly a slow burn, but surely these two have to end up together?!

Josh Lyman & Donna Moss (The West Wing)


I clearly enjoy the slow burn relationships don’t I, as here is yet another one! From the start of Aaron Sorkin’s political drama I always loved the banter between the Deputy Chief of Staff and his assistant and as the series progressed, their wonderful bond became more apparent. Thanks to Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney’s on screen connection, any other relationships each character had just never seemed quite as special as the one they shared together. Josh may have been the political player, but it became clear how much he relied on Donna and when she left to pursue her own ambitions, it gave him the push to pursue his new path and when they did finally get together it didn’t overshadow the series, as by then it was the logical and natural next step.

Alicia Florrick & Will Gardner (The Good Wife)


I still feel incredibly sad when I think about this ill-fated pair, but there was no way they wouldn’t feature on my list, as they are probably the hottest and most moving couple on TV. The attraction between Will and Alicia was clear from the very beginning (in no large part down to the chemistry between Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies) and along with many fans of the series, I had my fingers crossed for their future. They clearly loved one another and Alicia should probably have picked Will before she ever married her dreadful husband. The time they were together treated us to some of the steamiest scenes on television (here’s one for the uninitiated) as well as some of the most emotional, but sadly it wasn’t to be, with Will being tragically killed in series five (something I still wish the internet hadn’t ruined for me in advance). It was an event I never expected, which still makes me reach for the tissues. The fact their love was cut short in such an cruel way makes their whole story all the more powerful and is probably the couple that has moved me the most on television.

Temperance Brennan & Seeley Booth (Bones)


Bones is a series I’ve missed over the last few years and I’m slowly playing catch up, but what was clear from day one was the chemistry between David Boreanaz’s Booth and Emily Deschanel’s Brennan. I have only reached series eight (the final season 12 is airing now), but what I enjoy most about this series is how the writers were able to transition the characters from friends, to lovers, to marriage and children. It has enabled fans to see their relationship grow in a more mature and realistic way, which is something other shows could learn from.

The Doctor & Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)


Since it’s return in 2005 Doctor Who has seen some wonderful partnerships on board the TARDIS. However, there is one that touched the hearts of many fans of the series and that was the love between David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler. Yes, nothing ever happened between them, but their bond was never in doubt and their heartbreaking farewell on Bad Wolf Bay was a classic moment that certainly made me shed some tears.

Kevin Walker & Scotty Wandell (Brothers & Sisters)


There were many relationships within Brothers & Sisters, but for me the most heartfelt and believable one was that between Kevin and Scotty (played brilliantly by Matthew Rhys and Luke MacFarlane). Through all the Walker family turmoil, they were a breath of fresh air with their loving relationship. They weren’t free from problems (most notably Scotty’s affair), but loved each other enough not to throw their relationship away.

Buffy Summers & Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)


Some may be surprised that the relationship on my list from Buffy is not the one between Buffy and Angel! Yes, theirs was one of the core elements of the series in the early years, but Buffy and Spike’s short-lived relationship was the one that has always interested me the most. When you think about it (and leave aside the undead aspect!), they were a far better match for each other. Perhaps it was the fact Buffy was older than the teenager who fell for Angel, but her connection with Spike came across as a more mature one. They knew each other’s faults and accepted them anyway and some of the scenes between James Marsters and Sarah Michelle Geller in those later episodes remain some of my favourites.

Doug Ross & Carol Hathaway (E.R)


E.R remains my favourite medical series (more on that here) and although it had some lovely relationships during its 15 years, one always stood above the rest and that was the love affair between Doug and Carol. The fact it became so iconic in the 90s (and was the first big break for each of George Clooney and Julianna Margulies) is more impressive when you think that Carol wasn’t even meant to survive the pilot episode. They went through ups and downs, split up and got back together more than once, but you couldn’t help but root for them and the icing on the cake was Clooney’s surprise return for the last few moments of the episode which saw Carol leave Chicago behind for the love of her life.

Chuck Bass & Blaire Waldorf (Gossip Girl)


Chuck and Blaire were the best schemers in Gossip Girl, manipulating situations and characters to their advantage and there were many times when I really couldn’t stand them! However, the writers created something very clever in their relationship. Despite their underhanded behaviour, they seemed to bring out the best in each other, which in turn changed my perception of them and thanks to the acting talents of Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester they became my favourite characters in the show. Had they not ended up together I’d have been thoroughly disappointed.

Carrie Bradshaw & Mr. Big (Sex And The City)


The Mr.Big debate was a big one during Sex And The City’s run, with fans divided as to whether Carrie should end up with him or not. He may have been an idiot for the majority of the show, but I was always of the view that deep down they were soul mates. Despite all the pain and hurt, they always seemed to come back to one another and he would do anything for her. I also loved the fun they seemed to have and Chris Noth and Sarah Jessica Parker sparkled in their scenes together.

Sydney Bristow & Michael Vaughn (Alias)


J.J Abrams’s spy drama was a highlight of American television at the time of its original run and the will they won’t they dynamic of Sydney and Vaughn captured the hearts of its fans (including me). Yes, there were some utterly bonkers plot developments along the way, including Vaughn’s faked death, but Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan always ensured the relationship between Sydney and Vaughn was genuinely lovely to watch right until the end.

Ross Poldark & Demelza (Poldark)


Yes, Aidan Turner’s torso has generated a great deal of attention since Poldark was brought back to our screens in 2015, but the best character in my view is the fiery Demelza, superbly played by Eleanor Tomlinson and their romance is what keeps me tuning in each week. They may be from different backgrounds, but they are undoubtably stronger together and do truly belong together. I’m looking forward to seeing what lies ahead in series three after the ups and downs of the last series.

Lizzie Bennet & Mr Darcy (BBC, Pride & Prejudice)


Colin Firth may be a successful Oscar-winning actor, but he’ll always be best known for his iconic portrayal of Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. The British public fell under his spell and that of his counterpart Jennifer Ehle. In my opinion, they created the definitive Lizzie and Darcy and every scene they had together sparkled, making them one of the TV couples of the 90s in Britain.

Ianto Jones and Captain Jack Harkness (Torchwood)


The relationship between Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) in Torchwood was hugely important for British television and remains one of my favourites of recent years. What was lovely about the pairing was that they may have been very different personalities, but were in fact perfectly suited. They were playful, affectionate and stood by each other through all the crazy happenings in their lives and Ianto’s emotional death in Children Of Earth was heartbreaking for fans of the show. We felt his loss as much as Captain Jack. Heck, does any other fictional character have a shrine like Ianto’s in Cardiff?!


So, those are my top fifteen television couples. I look forward to hearing about who you would choose!


My Film Choices for 2015

I thought I’d continue with my end of year round up posts and after looking at television choices for 2015, it’s time to think about what cinema trips we can look forward to. There have been some fantastic movies in the last 12 months and next year is shaping up to be even better. Below are the 15 films of 2015 that I’m most looking forward to, but these are really the tip of the iceberg.

All release dates are those currently listed for the UK. Feel free to let me know what is on your list!

1. Spectre (23rd October)


Without a doubt, Bond 24 is my most anticipated film of 2015. It is already so promising – Sam Mendes, scriptwriters John Logan, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis and Daniel Craig are all back after the most successful Bond film to date. The cast also looks fantastic, with Christoph Waltz sure to make an unforgettable villain, with more of Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, not to mention the addition of Andrew Scott as well (he must be bad too right?). Rumour is that Sam Smith will sing the theme, which if true sounds like a perfect match to me. Filming began in December, so we’ll see what other news emerges over the next 10 months.

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (18th December)


Star Wars VII had to be high on this list for curiosity if nothing else! I thoroughly enjoy the original films and don’t mind Episode III, but I wasn’t overly sold on I and II. Will this new story live up to the magic of the originals? I really hope so. JJ Abrams succeeded in bringing a brand new audience to Star Trek (including me), so I have high hopes that this new film will be able to do the same. Now we have a first trailer and so far it looks pretty darn good. This time next year we’ll all be able to judge for ourselves!

3. The Theory of Everything (1st January)


Already released in the United States, here in the UK we have to wait until New Year’s Day before we get to see Eddie Redmayne’s critically praised performance as Stephen Hawking. I think Eddie is a superb actor and this role is a great choice for him. Personally, I’m interested to see how it compares with the 90 minute BBC drama from 2004, in which Benedict Cumberbatch played Hawking. If this is as good as I hope it is, I won’t be surprised if Redmayne walks away with a few statuettes during awards season in 2015.

4. Pitch Perfect 2 (15th May)


Pitch Perfect is one of those films that makes me laugh every time I watch it, as I always pick up something new. It was sharp, witty, entertaining and finely acted by its young cast and the news of a sequel was fantastic. I have no idea about a plot for this film, but if it’s anywhere near as good as the first instalment we are all in for a treat in May.


5. Black Mass (25th September)


Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp in the same film?! I’m sold. On a more serious note, Black Mass has the potential to do very well indeed, as these two superb actors take on the roles of Billy and Whitey Bulger. Billy may have been a state senator, but Whitey was a violent criminal, who became an FBI informant in order to take down a mafia family invading his territory. Depp is practically unrecognisable as Whitey in photos of the filming, while Cumberbatch replaced Guy Pearce in the role of Billy. Hopefully we’ll get a trailer soon.

6. Jupiter Ascending (6th February)


More Eddie Redmayne – this time as an evil villain in a science fiction film (he looks fab in that poster doesn’t he?)! Jupiter Ascending also sees the return of The Wachowskis to the genre for the first time since The Matrix trilogy (as they write and direct it). The film centres on the characters played by Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, but also stars Douglas Booth and Sean Bean as well as Redmayne. Its plot sounds a bit complicated but the trailer looks like this will be terrific fun.

7. Jurassic World (12th June)


It’s certainly a long time since my grandparents took me to the cinema to see Jurassic Park. I will always remember the awe I felt seeing those dinosaurs on screen. They just seemed so real. Now 22 years on (wow that scares me!), the island now has a fully functioning dinosaur park – wouldn’t you think they’d have learnt by now that that’s a bad idea?! Pushing their luck, the owners decide to create a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur to boost visitor attendance. I’m sure we can all guess what happens next. I was sceptical about this movie, but the new trailer actually looks pretty darn good and quite scary!

8. Terminator: Genisys (3rd July)


I remain deeply uncertain about the thought of a new Terminator film, as it’s never been better than Terminator 2, so why keep trying? Well, it’s been said that this film resets the series, so that intrigues me enough to put it on my cinema list. Plus Emilia Clarke (Daenerys in Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor is an exciting prospect. Will Arnie be any good? Who knows, but this will certainly be a film getting people talking next summer!

9. Mission: Impossible 5 (26th December)


I’ve enjoyed all the Mission: Impossible films to date, although I admit the quality of the first makes it still probably my favourite (not to mention the shock of sitting in the cinema and seeing all the cast killed off within minutes). However, Brad Bird (best known for Pixar classic The Incredibles) did a great job with Ghost Protocol and so, provided it’s a decent script, this fifth instalment could be lots of fun.

10. Kingsman: The Secret Service (29th January)


Based on the comic book The Secret Service, this action spy film revolves around a veteran secret agent (played by Colin Firth) guiding a young protege. As well as Firth, it has a cast including the superb Mark Strong, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Caine and has the potential to be very enjoyable. Fingers crossed.

11. The Man From U.N.C.L.E (14th August)


I’ve always been aware of the 1964 television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E and it seems surprising that there hasn’t been a remake of it already. Set in the 60s at the height of the Cold War, the focus of this Guy Ritchie film is of course on U.N.C.L.E agents Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), who team up to stop a mysterious criminal organisation. As someone not impressed by Man of Steel, but who liked Cavill in The Tudors, it will be great to see him do something different.

12. Macbeth (TBC)


There is also some promising Shakespeare coming to the cinema in 2015 as Michael Fassbender takes on a role he seems perfect for – Macbeth. I certainly look forward to seeing his murderous road to the throne unfold, not to mention seeing Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. There’s still no release date for the film but this is definitely one to keep on your radar.

13. Foxcatcher (9th January)


Another film that’s already out in the United States (on limited release until the new year) and tipped for awards season finally arrives in the UK in early January (director Bennett Miller won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival). Foxcatcher is the story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and John du Pont (Steve Carell), a paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire, who worked together during the 1980s and 1990s. Possibly not something I’d have rushed to see, but the critical buzz around it has peaked my interest.

14. Selma (6th February)


Brits Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch have been nominated for the SAGs and Golden Globes but there is a third British actor in their category who is generating a buzz and that’s David Oyelowo (possibly still best known in the UK as Danny in the first three years of Spooks), for his performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. The film is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches and will no doubt prove to be an incredibly powerful film, particularly being released at a time when race relations is so prominent in America.

15. Spooks: The Greater Good (8th May)


Talking of Spooks, four years after the television series ended on BBC One, we finally see the return of Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) and his team on the big screen! During a handover to Harry, a terrorist escapes custody and when Harry himself disappears soon afterwards, his protege (Kit Harington) must find out what happened and also try and stop an impending attack on the capital. I loved Spooks and was sad to see it go, so I have high hopes for this film. I just hope they don’t kill Harry or I’ll be very very annoyed indeed!

So, is there anything there you are looking forward to seeing or have I missed out your top choice?