I've been looking around for a while too with the same budget £1-2k. Tried looking at plasma's and lcd's but I've got to say that the Samsung have definitely got the best look. The wife is happy too as it apparently goes with the rest of the decor in the living room!!
Anyway, unless I hear otherwise probably from this thread I ordering the SAMSUNG LE40R74BDX available from Empire Direct for £1,098.99 + £25 delivery.
Anyone else got any better prices?