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My favourite TV series from the last five years is In The Flesh. It's a drama about what happens after a zombie apocalypse, about how society copes with the trauma and tries to rebuild a sense of normality. The word "meditation" was used in many reviews, which I think is very apt. It's a subtle, thought-provoking piece that offers more questions than answers. Critics said that it was a blatant allegory, but none of them could agree on what it was an allegory for.
A close second would be Southcliffe, a mini-series about a mass shooting in an English market town. It's a slow, careful depiction of something sudden and incomprehensible. There is a jarring mundanity to it. The horrific events that take place are counterpoised by the familiarity of the drizzly semi-rural landscape.
Luther is worth a look. It's a slightly camp and overblown police drama, but it's pacey, stylish and beautifully shot. It's worth watching if only for the chemistry between Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson.
The Fall has some similarities to Luther, but it's a more serious psychological thriller akin to True Detective. Gillian Anderson is superb in the lead role and there are some fantastic supporting performances.
Fresh Meat looks superficially shit, but it's written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain of Peep Show fame. It's a little bit broad and contrived, but there's some genuine substance underneath it.
I'll also give a mention to Utopia, Top Boy and Broadchurch (dramas) and Detectorists, Inside No. 9 and Friday Night Dinner (comedies).