Review of the Year: April 2013

Better known as the month that gave us David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Broadchurch

April was an interesting month. Against the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death came Dogging Tales on Channel 4, Joey Essex proposed to Sam Faiers on The Only Way Is Essex and the sequel to Finding Nemo was name Finding Dory.


Then came Broadchurch. It was like the nation joined together as one to watch it each time it was on, desperate to know who the killer was.

They should have put some big screens up. Perhaps given us a national holiday. The Queen wouldn’t have minded.

We were there for every drama-filled second of the finale with the live blog (naturally spoiler filled if you’ve somehow managed to avoid knowing who the killer is and still don’t want to know).

We asked if the Broadchurch finale could live up to the hype. It seems pretty safe to say it did.

In fact, Broadchurch became the most tweeted about UK drama ever (it would lose this crown later in the year, but you’ll have to follow the rest of the year’s review to find out which show beat it). Olivia Colman cried a lot.

Sticking with David Tennant, first pictures from his drama The Politician’s Husband started appearing. Plus he described the “wonderful excitement” of returning to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary. He added, “It is strange being back in the same suit, but it also feels very familiar and comfortable”.

Talking of being back in the same suit Robert Downey Jr was back on our screens as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. He’s totally tough right? He’s made of iron. Well, not according to co-star Gwyneth Paltrow who said Downey Jr himself is actually a bit of a wimp.


Reese Witherspoon also hit headlines in April after getting arrested, as did Michelle Keegan who announced she was quitting Coronation Street.

Corrie also saw the death of the character Sunita Alahan and our soap expert revealed the 10 most memorable deaths on The Street.

In cinemas, posters for The Great Gatsby started to drip through with striking pictures of Leonardo DiCaprio. Plus Disney revealed it would release a Star Wars film every year from 2015.

Meanwhile, The Apprentice winner Stella English lost her unfair dismissal case against Lord Sugar in the same month that we started to see adverts for the new series of the show.

Of course we couldn’t go a month without mentioning Sherlock, and a picture of a place card bearing his name at what could be Dr John Watson’s wedding emerged.

And to cap it off, we, yes us here at Radio Times, asked you to vote in our Radio Times Audience Awards for the Baftas – with Homeland, Call the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, The Olympics Opening Ceremony and Game of Thrones completing the shortlist.