Don't let anyone tell you that the BBC's 2005 reinvention of Doctor Who was anything other than a major surprise.
The redoubtable Peter Falk brought the world of television detectives to new heights as the raincoat clad, scruffy cigar chewing gumshoe Columbo in a series that spanned across four decades.
The third season of Prison Break is a severely truncated affair, having run foul, along with many other shows at the time, of the writers' strike.
As soon as Series 5 was reaching its watery conclusion, the green light had already been shone on this next run of BBC One's popular spy drama.
From the people that brought us Spooks and Life On Mars, you'd expect something pretty darn original.
Sam and Dean Winchester return for a third season as the brothers with a knack for invoking angry spirits that would be better kept under lock and key, as a death sentence hangs over one of them from the Season 2 finale.
Chuck crept under the radar in last year's US television season, which was beset by the writer's strike.
This television spin-off of one of the most popular science fiction film series of all time was always going to be an event (imagine if Aliens went on a television route after the second film rather than the other sequels and dire AvP movies).
Now this is what you expect retro TV to be like. Colourful, extravagant and gloriously camp in tone... but that’s enough about star Peter Wyngarde as Jason King.
Originally based on stories by Roald Dahl, few would have predicted the early 1980's success of Tales Of The Unexpected, which ran to a grand total of 112 stories.