Review of the Year: May 2013

The month that bought us "Cumberpeople" Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as Bonnie Tyler's Eurovision flop, a new series of The Apprentice and Simon Cowell's Twitter spat with an innocent farmyard animal

Ah May, you were a bumper month for silly entertainment news. 


A few of our favourites include Morgan Freeman being dubbed snore-gan Freeman when he fell asleep in an interview (lolz), news that a rat-like creature had maybe, possibly been spotted on Mars, and the day that X Factor and BGT boss Simon Cowell launched a Twitter attack on Donkey. Yep. You read that right. That man will pick a fight with literally anything.

It was also the month that Sharon Osbourne was welcomed back to save the X Factor, and 80s pop star Bonnie Tyler was rolled out to take on the almighty challenge of representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. While she tried her darndest not to get nil points (bagging an almost respectable 23 in the end), we looked back at the best and worst of the UK’s entries. And let us tell you, there have been some shockers.

May also bought with it good news for dedicated fans of hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey when the producer said the period drama could run for another DECADE. Cripes. 

Gary Carr, the star of Death in Paradise and Bluestone 42, also became the first black actor to join the Abbey. The 26-year-old was cast as young American jazz singer Jack Ross, who we now know went on to charm the pants off Lady Rose. Talking of Lady Rose, the 24-year-old actress who plays her, was cast as Disney’s Cinderella this month, too. She’s going to go on to big things, that one…

Over in cinema land, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, staring fave Benedict Cumberlybobs, was released in UK cinemas. Everyone went a little Cumber-crazy. And not ones to miss out on a trend, we even sent one of our writers to be turned into him… It was less weird that it sounds. Promise. 

The sensible star responded to the hype by firmly stating that his adoring fandom should henceforth be known as ‘cumberpeople’ rather than ‘cumberbitches’. Needless to say the new name hasn’t stuck.

We also saw Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated F Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, this month. We liked the glitz and the glitter, but decided like the rest of the world that there was a reason the film took itself out of the awards race.  

Meanwhile, on the gogglebox, Alan Sugar was back on the hunt for a new minion. And to celebrate you lot voted Adam Corbally as your favourite Apprentice candidate so far.  “I’m really, really pleased,” Corbally told us. And he sounded like he really, really was.

Once the new series kicked off, any potential winner was pushed to the back of our minds though – all we could talk about this year was “Dracula lookalike” Alex Mills and his impressive eyebrows.

May was also the month of the Radio Times Bafta Audience Award, which saw Strictly Come Dancing, Game of Thrones, Homeland, The Great British Bake Off, Call the Midwife and the Olympic Opening Ceremony go head to head for the top spot. Everyone fought very hard to secure your votes, but Game of Thrones were victorious in the end. Not surprising really, they do have a lot more weapons at their disposal.

In other news, we all got a bit carried away when Ricky Gervais sparked an unlikely hit with his YouTube series Learn Guitar with David Brent, we FINALLY met Ted’s wife in How I Met Your Mother, David Beckham announced that he was retiring from football, and ITV’s Dancing on Ice was axed, with the show’s stars Torvill and Dean saying the skating competition was “at end of its natural life.”

Exciting stuff, eh? Bring on May 2014.