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Best In Show for 2008

By Kirsty Walker


Best LP  Jonathan Coulton - JoCo Looks Back


Some would say your life isn't complete until you've heard an arresting love song which was written from the point of view of a giant squid. I would be one of those people.

Runners Up : Flight Of The Conchords – Flight Of The Conchords, Laura Marling  -Alas, I Cannot Swim


Best Live Act Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm – Manchester Uni – 29.10.08


All seated, full of people who laugh at references to the computer game Fable, songs about fractals and fighting nuns. Sounds like the world's worst gig but was actually the world's greatest. Also featured a cameo from Neil Gaiman, reading lyrics about a creepy doll.

Runners Up : Edwyn Collins, Serj Tankian


Top 5 Singles


5. Lightspeed Champion – Galaxy of The Lost

4. Black Kids – I'm  Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You

3. Laura Marling – Ghosts

2. Estelle  - American Boy

1. Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa



Best Club Strangeways @ The Library, Leeds


No point in explaining because I bet no-one's ever been there but this IS the best club night of 2008.

Runners up : Jamm, Brixton ; The Cabin Club and its foetal DJs


Best Film The Dark Knight


Almighty hype + Recently dead young actor usually = overrated but TDK was bombastic, brooding and surprising.

Runners up : The X Files : I Want To Believe (Yes, honestly); Definitely, Maybe


Best TV  Heroes (BBC 2)


To all the naysayers who have been complaining about a drop in quality, Sylar is the best character on television, and Sylar is in Heroes, therefore, Heroes is the best thing on television. www.endofshow.com/thelist is my Heroes podcast BTW.

Runners Up : Dead Set (Channel 4), The IT Crowd (Channel 4)


Best Radio  Russell Brand


Well I think the loss of the show is a loss to BBC 2, and seeing as I can't vote for myself…

Runner Up : Me on End Of Show (HCR 92.3) (Balls to humility)


Best Book  Stephen King – Duma Key


Chilling return to horror from the spookiest looking author of all time. Seriously, he looks like one of his own monsters.

Runner up : Stephen Fry In America


Best Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo


Who am I to argue with everyone else in the world?


Best Event San Diego Comic-Con 2008


Attendees may be pegged as huge geeks but Comic-Con is the breeding ground of everything you will see on a screen for the next year. The media kingmakers' convention.


Best Weather Girl/Boy


Dianne Oxberry, watch the featured locations on the map, she spells out swear words with them – seriously, one week it was Chester, Urmston, Northwich, Trafford.


Tomasz Schafernaker – eye candy, the only thing worth watching on BBC News 24. Gives me a warm front every time.





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