The Windermere Children (BBC Two, January)

The year got off to a strong start with this one-off drama telling the little-known story of 305 orphaned Jewish children, rescued from concentration camps, who began new lives in the Lake District in summer 1945. The compassionate story of survival by writer Simon Block and director Michael Samuels was beautifully made and deeply moving – culminating in a breathtaking ending, when the excellent Polish teen actors were suddenly replaced by their real-life counterparts: still alive, telling us about their happy and fulfilled lives. Poignant, optimistic and timely too, airing 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz.