Review of the year 2012: September

Deaths, anniversaries - and news of Jimmy Savile's dark past emerges...

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Review of the year 2012: September
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Tom Cole

We broke one of the biggest stories of the year in September when we revealed ITV’s plan to screen a documentary containing allegations that Jimmy Savile had sexually assaulted underage girls throughout his celebrity career.

And there was further bad news throughout the month as we said our final farewell to a raft of hugely popular entertainers including Max Bygraves, who died aged 89; Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan (54); Wildlife presenter Terry Nutkins (66); sexploitation king Stanley Long (78), and Pink Panther star Herbert Lom (95).

Though at least we were assured that the world wouldn't end in 2012 by no less an authority than William Roache, AKA Ken Barlow.

And as Bruce Forsythe was awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest ever showbiz career, Chris Moyles’s tenure at Radio 1 came to an end, with the DJ saying “Goodbye Britain” during his final breakfast show at the station.

Another man who’d be leaving the BBC in short order, though we didn’t know it at the time, was Director General George Entwistle, who opened up to RT about his now never-to-be-implemented plans for the corporation in September.

Benedict Cumberbatch was back in the headlines this month as he re-created the Reichenbach Fall from 15,000 feet, found himself caricatured in a new Manga version of Sherlock, and spent time with Stephen Hawking at the launch of the physicist’s latest documentary series.

We also got our first hints about the quality – or lack thereof – of Elementary, the US-set modern-day Conan Doyle adaptation starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes.

The Paralympics came to an end on Sunday 9 September, but there was more sporting triumph around the corner for Britain as Andy Murray won his first ever tennis Grand Slam at the US Open.

Channel 5 enjoyed some bumper ratings success with the rejuvenated Dallas, which is more than could be said for Channel 4’s Drugs Live. Despite months of hype, C4’s Ecstasy trial ultimately proved a real turn-off for viewers.

However, we applauded C4 for being daring in its approach to broadcasting over the years, and marked the channel’s 30th birthday with a look back its most controversial on-screen moments.

And there was another anniversary to celebrate in September, as University Challenge turned 50.

Sticking with the nostalgic theme, September also saw former Doctor Who companion Katy Manning AKA Jo Grant joining us to review the story Asylum of the Daleks, Live and Let Die being voted the best ever Bond theme by BBC radio listeners, and Red Dwarf creator Doug Naylor whetting appetites with his preview of the show’s long-awaited tenth series.

In music news, we got a kick out of socialite Tara Palmer Tomkinson’s first ever music video and discovered that Ed Sheeran was the UK’s most-pirated artist in 2012.

Later in the month we discovered what the world thought of the iPhone 5, giggled as Nick Clegg’s viral hit “I’m Sorry” single was released on iTunes and looked on as Homeland, Game Change and Modern Family won big at the 64th Primetime Emmys.

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