Review of the year 2012: May

We stirred up a hornet's nest in the middle east, a dog won Britain's Got Talent - and the the world learned the name of the Doctor's new companion...


May kicked off with a bang when the late Sir Patrick Moore used the pages of Radio Times to settle some wartime scores with Germany in his last ever interview with the magazine.


Benedict Cumberbatch was, once again, the centre of attention as the BBC’s ever-popular detective series Sherlock picked up a South Bank Award for best drama and speculation began to grow about who Benny C would be playing in Star Trek Into Darkness. Though, before we all got too excited, Simon Pegg poured cold water on the notion of a big-screen Cumber-Khan

Speaking of Sherlock, this was the month when the stars of Elementary – the American series, erm, inspired by the BBC’s Conan Doyle update – started defending the show’s existence ahead of its first trailer appearing online, and a full five months before the series would debut on TV.

In Hollywood The Avengers managed to snatch a record from Harry Potter when it enjoyed the highest grossing opening weekend in US cinema history.

Though we started making records of our own during May when, thanks to our friends in Bahrain and Sri Lanka, our attention-grabbing Bafta poll began to gather steam. It began the month with 330,000 votes, then half a million two days later (which prompted a response from Arabic news channel Al Jazeera), before heading above 1.3 million and ending up over 7 million and making headlines in likes of the Guardian.

We said a series of farewells in May as Chelsee Healey quit Waterloo Road , Amber Riley bade farewell to Glee and TV execs in the States axed some of our favourite shows including CSI: Miami, Pan Am and Terra Nova. More seriously, May was also the month in which former Bee Gee Robin Gibb succumbed to cancer at the age of 62.

The end of children’s programming on BBC1 & 2 was also outlined in May, while the Corrie musical Street of Dreams fell apart behind the scenes and Chris Moyles was put right off his breakfast with the release of May’s devestating Rajar figures.

Though if Moyles was bothered by his ratings woes he didn’t let it show, unlike Fun Lovin’ DJ Huey Morgan, who had a bit of a melt-down on Twitter after being passed over for a Sony Radio Academy Award.

On the music front, we saw the UK’s first ever streamed music chart launched in May, legitimising the likes of Spotify, Napster and Zune; the master of the wobble-board Rolf Harris was awarded a Bafta Fellowship for his near 60-year showbiz, and Brian May teased an on-stage “appearance” by a holographic Freddie Mercury for the 10th anniversary of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You.

Britain’s Got Talent rounded out another series with its first non-human winner, Pudsey the dog, and elsewhere on ITV, we learned the identities of the broadcasting duo who would end up permentantly replacing Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley on the Daybreak sofa: Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones.

Channel 4 announced its innovative but ultimately ill-fated celeb-staffed charity/reality hybrid Hotel GB,  and the broadcaster also served up one of the year’s most intriguing documentaries in the form of Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys.

Sticking with the documentary theme, May also saw RT’s Patrick Mulkern sharing his memories of working at BBC Television Centre ahead of a BBC4 doc about the BBC’s donut-shaped homestead, and director Michael Apted opened up to Radio Times magazine about his ongoing series of Up films.

The country’s annual bout of Eurovision fever came later in the month, and Engelbert Humperdinck fanned the flames when he waxed enthusiastic about his chances of winning the contest to RT. Pity he’d end up coming almost dead last in the end…

The indefatigable Eddie Izzard got stocked up on blister cream as he prepared to run 27 consecutive marathons across South Africa to honour Nelson Mandela, we welcomed back Alan Partridge with open arms, and soon-to-be-departing Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan revealed that she’d wept over her final script from the sci-fi drama series.  


We started getting in the mood for the Queen’s then-impending Diamond Jubilee, the Advertising Standards Authority revealed the ten most-complained about commercials in TV history, we met ten international Apprentice bosses to give Lord Sugar a run for his money, and, as May drew to a close, we learned that simple eavesdropping had unearthed a big Doctor Who secret