In No Particular Order: tenplay Trending’s Best Of 2017
Published: 11 December 2017
Reality television records were set, soaps got sudsier, culinary arts became professional crafts; no one can deny that 2017 was stuffed with some of the tube’s greatest talking points. Before the curtain closes, relive the best moments from another year of great TV
Jericho: Cookie Monster (Australian Survivor)
Deservedly topping Australian Survivor’s ‘play hard or go home’ class of 2017, Jericho’s game was never more inspired than during his Lord Of The Cookies offensive – managing to win allies and stuff his face at the same time.
Superlative Sophie (The Bachelorette)
Some believed, others doubted, and most just didn’t know what to expect of Sophie Monk as the new Bachelorette. It took less than an episode for Australia to fall head over heels for the wise-cracking, straight-talking, self-confessed “massive bogan”, who provided some of the best TV moments of the year.
5-Ingredient Inspiration (Jamie’s Quick & Easy Meals)
It’s a big call to say Jamie’s Quick & Easy Meals was his best series yet, but we’re making it. The concept was irresistible – five-ingredient dishes that anyone could make – and the execution even more delicious. Even by Jamie’s lofty standards, nearly every dish attained must-make status.
The Big Deal (Shark Tank)
In a deal that easily swallowed the biggest ever seen on Shark Tank Australia, coffee pod business iCapsulate landed a $2.5 million investment for a 22.5% stake. Though three Sharks bit, it was Andrew Banks who landed the historic deal.
The Upside Downs (The Late Late Show With James Corden)
Who knew that before they were fighting monsters in Stranger Things, the kids were a Motown cover band? If your heart doesn’t burst watching The Upside Downs in action, you’d probably feel right at home in Hawkins, Indiana, because you may not actually be human.
Matty J Got His Girl (The Bachelor)
Australia wept when a crestfallen Matty J discovered he wasn’t ‘the one’ for Bachelorette Georgia Love. Fast forward a year and it’s a whole different love story, as Matty finally got his happy ending with lucky Laura. Bless their hearts.
Yotam Week (MasterChef)
Expectations were high for superstar chef’s Yotam Ottolenghi’s MasterChef Australia debut, and he delivered in consummate style. The highlight: his Pistachio and Rose Semolina Cake, which truly does taste every bit as divine as it looks.
Keira’s Redemption (I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!)
This year’s Queen of the Tucker Trial, the unfortunate Keira endured a torrid time on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, but all past freak outs were forgotten when she bravely leapt and seized the final flag in the vertigo-inducing World’s End challenge. Bravo, Keira, bravo.
Baz’s Heartbreaking Admission (The Living Room)
It was heartbreaking to watch Barry Du Bois bravely reveal on-air that his cancer had returned, but watching the reaction from those beside him, it was also impossible not to be touched by a remarkable bond that's clearly much deeper than co-stars, or even friends, but rather family.
Fake Dee (Neighbours)
She rocked our worlds and the Rebecchi household to the core as Andrea, the dead-Dee impostor. They’ve only just pieced themselves back together out of the rubble this devious doppelganger reduced them too. May Madeleine West continue to wreak havoc in the future.
Have You Been Roasted Lately? (HYBPA?)
You have to have thick skin to be a guest quizmaster on HYBPA? because the kings and queens of comedy sitting behind those buzzers take no prisoners when it comes to a roasting. Politicians, Bachelors and Bachelorettes all came under fire, and celebs who drive without licenses didn’t escape either.
Lisa Wilkinson Delivered Differently (The Project)
They are the bastions of news delivered differently, but in 2017 it was The Project that made headlines all over the country when it was announcement that Lisa Wilkinson will be joining the panel come 2018. Bring it on.
Billie’s Proud Performance (Offspring)
The elder Proudman sister stole the show this season. After separating from long term partner Mick, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery that involved entertaining exercises in frightening men off. But when she met her match, she launched the most elaborate plan to catch that man.
Hitting Hitler (Supernatural)
While it was great to have the Winchester’s long-dead mother return for a whole season, Hitler’s spirit being trapped in a pocket watch really took the cake. Who hasn’t wanted to point a gun at that cretin and say ‘Heil this.’
A Typical Australian Wedding? (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Forrester Fashions' finest landed in sunny Sydney to watch Steffy and Liam walk down the aisle, again. It started with a ceremony overlooking the Opera House and ended with a reception at Shelly Beach where the guests took part in a ceremonial dance with Aboriginal dancers. Woo!
The Real Jack (The Wrong Girl)
Watching Jack come out of his shell was really something. Who knew he had such a difficult relationship with his parents? Or how badly he struggled with addiction? Witnessing this tightly wound man unravel revealed how much more of him there was to get to know.
Better Than Friends (Will & Grace)
Who doesn’t love a bit of vintage programing? From the late ‘90s and throughout much of the 2000s this sitcom was a total hit, not to mention one of the first times LGBTQ characters were shown on prime time commercial television. The jokes are still funny. This is like M*A*S*H for millennials.
The Top 10 Sporting Moments Of 2017
F1 - Lewis Hamilton wins his 4th F1 Championship
Despite coming in second to fellow Mercedes teammate Bottas in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton secured his 4th F1 Championship by a significant lead of 49 points ahead of Ferrari’s Vettel. During the 2017 season, Hamilton took out 9 of the 20 races and ended with a total of 13 podium finishes out of 11 pole positions and 13 front-row starts.
Rugby - Wallabies legend Stephen Moore retires
Celebrated Wallabies captain Stephen Moore aka “Squeak” officially retired from Rugby after the test against Scotland this year, following a season-ending knee injury.
Having played 129 Tests, 177 Super Rugby games and 306 Australian rugby games, Moore has shown a devotion that is unmatched at the top level in the professional era.
Rugby - Hooper tops stellar year by becoming captain of the Wallabies
World-class flanker Michael Hooper at 25 was announced captain of the Wallabies, becoming the third youngest Wallabies captain in history and the Wallabies 82nd Test captain. The announcement which followed Moore’s decision to step down from the position the week before, came as no surprise in the lead-up to the Bledisloe Cup.
Supercars - The Sydney 500 becomes the Newcastle 500
After 8 years as the final event of the Supercars calendar, the Sydney 500 was no more and a replacement NSW track was needed. After months of negotiations, plans to bring the event to Gosford fell through and Newcastle won the bid.
Described as challenging, technical and difficult, the 2.6 kilometres of race track winds through Newcastle’s historic East End, taking in scenic views along Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle and Nobby’s beaches and Newcastle Harbour.
BBL - Scorchers take the trophy from the Thunder
The Scorchers take out their third championship, making them the most successful side in the competition’s history. The Scorchers have made it to five out of the six championships with three of these against rivals Sydney Sixers with this, the second time they’ve beaten the east coast team.
MotoGP - Australian MotoGP
Despite an initial wet qualifying session, the final qualifier provided sunny and dry conditions allowing Marquez to post the fastest time of the weekend, and claim his fourth straight pole position. It was a hard fought battle on one of the world’s most daunting tracks, as Marquez crossed the line 1.7 seconds in front of Valentino Rossi, a six-time Phillip Island winner to Marquez who now has claimed two.
A-League – Grand final redemption missed due to own goal
Despite an energetic Melbourne Victory, the light blues came out on top after a good looking cross from Luke Wilkshire ricocheted off Thomas Deng's foot, to shoot past their own goalkeeper.
Rugby - Wallabies Bledisloe #3 Win plus second half of Bledisloe #2
Bledisloe #2 was a heart-breaker for the Wallabies who pushed ahead of the All Blacks in the 76th minute, only to be beaten in the closing moments of the game. It was a different game for Bledisloe #3 with the Wallabies the first to score and reclaiming the lead after losing it in the 15th minute. Reece Hodge sealed the deal with a 55m penalty goal, giving the Wallabies the win they fought so hard for.
Rugby - Wallabies and Springboks epic clashes
A month after playing to a dramatic draw, the Wallabies and the Springboks again could not be split after 80 minutes, finishing with a 27-27 draw in Bloemfontein. Much like the clash in Perth, the Springboks were given a chance to seal victory from the boot of flyhalf Elton Jantjies, but missed a penalty in the 79th minute, resulting in a draw.
MotoGP - Dovizioso crashes leaving rival Marquez to win the MotoGP Championship
With only Andrea Dovizioso and rival Marc Marquez in contention for the championship title, it was always going to be a gripping race. Dovizioso needed to win the race to claim the major prize and also relying on Marquez to finish lower than 11th place. Dovizioso gave everything in the tank before crashing out with seven laps to go, leaving Marquez unchallenged for the title.