Review of the Year: June 2013

June was the month when Matt Smith said he was leaving Doctor Who, Stephen Fry admitted he had attempted suicide... and a man was convicted of successfully impersonating Louis Theroux


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No wonder the Nazis tried – and failed – to destroy this glorious magazine in order to sap wartime British morale, a fact we learned in this the magazine’s 90th anniversary year.

But sticking with the year 2013, this will be remembered as the month when Matt Smith stepped down from Doctor Who leading to much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Wholand. But who would take over? As everyone seemed to be up for the role from Tory Cabinet Minister Iain Duncan Smith  to Russell Brand you needed your trusty to offer a sober reflection on who the proper runners and riders were.

After all, we correctly predict who the next boss of BBC1 was going to be and we brought you exclusive news that the BBC is developing another version of hit 1970s drama I, Claudius.

There were goodbyes to be bidden in June which saw a farewell to comedy Anna and Katy, axed by C4 as we also exclusively revealed. And also said goodbye in a more real sense to James Gandolfini, the Sopranos actor and Time Team’s Mick Aston, both of whom who died this month.

Fortunately Stephen Fry is still with us – but this month he did admit  that he had attempted suicide.

Alec Baldwin had some ripe words for the British journalist who claimed his pregnant wife Hilaria tweeted during Gandolfini’s funeral. Oh and Andy Murray won Wimbledon, a fact he clearly owes almost exclusively to being the Radio Times cover star this month.

Some things didn’t change. Like the Voice doing badly or bringing you the most interesting news of the year.  One of our favourite stories of the month is the tale of Allan Debenham, a homeless man who managed to get two nights in a country house pub hotel after claiming to be bespectacled documentary film maker Louis Theroux. He was rumbled after he called down to reception and asked for “some fags” to be sent to his room.

Questions asked this month included whether the Birds of a Feather comeback will work and whether BBC4 was too blokey? We exclusively revealed that that is what the BBC top brass seem to think.

And BBC2 drama The Fall – is it horror or titillation?

Radio Times writer David Brown speaks for all of us when condemning the end of The Fall, where the killer was uncaught. “This desire to turn what should be standalone serials into long-running series needs to stop,” he wrote. Hear hear. The producers don’t help matters by revealing that the second series won’t be airing for at least another year and a half.

We also share news that a sexist and degrading Pamela Anderson cream and bikini ad was being banned from TV (what ad? where can I see it?). 

On the comedy side, the Smack the Pony team tell that they want to resurrect the show. Barry Cryer has a pop at ITV’s “homophobic” comedy Vicious and we reveal that Plebs is getting a new series. Keeping with comedy we also have some suggestions for what Kate and Ned (aka Mr and Mrs Rocknroll) should call their child.

We also asked Blue Peter fans to name their favourite ever Blue Peter presenter and the answer came there back:Fielding. Yvette Fielding. She was so pleased she called to tell us all about it.

What a fun month – one where the Queen was presented with a montage of Radio Times covers, something she described as “lovely”. See. Even the Queen loves us.