Review of the year 2012: April

Julian Fellowe's Titanic sunk, Doctor Who's Karen Gillan joined the Twittersphere and found itself at the centre of a Bahraini debate


April began with BBC talent show The Voice reporting an impressive increase in ratings. Little did they know… the number of us tuning in to watch those swivelling chairs would soon start to drop alarmingly. Also met with less than favourable reception was Adam Sandler’s film Jack and Jill – the not-so-funny comedy was named the “worst movie ever” at the Razzies this month.


It wasn’t all bad news on the entertainment front though. While the third series of reality TV show Made in Chelsea dominated on social media, BBC’s Sherlock and mockumentary Twenty Twelve were nominated for a Southbank award. And the praise for Sherlock and its stars didn’t stop there: Benedict Cumberbatch shared the Best Actor gong with Jonny Lee Miller at the annual Olivier Awards for their roles in Danny Boyle’s stage version of Frankenstein

Meanwhile, children’s news programme Newsround celebrated its fourth decade on TV (in case you were wondering, it’s first ever report in 1972 was about near-extinct ospreys returning to Scotland…), Scandinavian drama The Bridge started on BBC4 and the lovely Darcey Bussell was revealed as Alesha Dixon’s Strictly Come Dancing successor

Doctor Who fans were also beside themselves to learn that Karen Gillian – better known as departed companion Amy Pond – had joined the world of Twitter. The 25-year-old star gained an impressive 45,000 followers in just 12 hours. (Eight months down the line she now has almost 221,000…) 

Beginning a turbulent year at the Beeb (and for the BBC’s Director General role), April saw the BBC post an advert for a new top dog… 


And this was also the month became the unlikely battleground for supporters and opponents of the Bahrain government when the country’s foreign minister urged Bahrainis to vote against Al Jazeera documentary Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark on our Bafta poll.  As a result the poll received an unprecedented 7.3 million votes and garnered press coverage across the world