As we entered the Great British Summertime, we were introduced to The Call Centre and with it the real-life answer to Ricky Gervais – Nev Wilshire. “It’s time to put your slide in your glide,” announced to the CEO of Swansea-based call centre Save Britain Money who came out with many such “Nevisms” during the five-part series.
As Skins geared up for one final series, we took a look at where Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, Kaya Scodelario and the rest of the young cast are now, while Tara Reid rediscovered notoriety in low-budget thriller Sharknado – from the makers of Snakes on a Train and Nazis at the Centre of the Earth. Yes, really…
Fans of the grisly and the gruesome welcomed back Luther and star Idris Elba for a third and final series, and with speculation rife over who would be the next Doctor, Helen Mirren quashed rumours she was set to become the first female Time Lord. She could have followed in the footsteps of the late Michael Jackson who was revealed to once be a serious contender to play the Doctor – well, according to a new book.
Speaking of Doctor Who, 50th anniversary celebrations began picking up pace with a Prom at the Albert Hall and a royal visit to Cardiff which saw Prince Charles “exterminate” the sci-fi set before rubbing shoulders with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. But while Charles and Cam were busy in Wales, the Duchess of Cambridge was preparing for the latest addition to the royal family – bonny Prince George – whose birth towards the end of the month sparked all sorts of bizarre celebrations, from Cake Middleton to Westminster Royal Addition Cheddar.
July was also the month we bid farewell to a few favourites, with Alan Whicker, 70s popstar Bernie Nolan, EastEnders actress Anna Wing (who played Lou Beale) and Cory Monteith all passing away, while Michael Parkinson and Lynda Bellingham both revealed they were battling cancer.
On a brighter note, Andy Murray made history, matching the expectations of the nation to become the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years in front of a television audience of 17 million.
The seventh month of the year also delivered the San Diego Comic-Con bringing together the casts of Thor, The Hunger Games and, of course, Sherlock and Doctor Who. Both panels debuted new footage from upcoming episodes – sparking outrage amongst UK fans – meanwhile Mulder and Scully’s David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunited for the show’s 20th anniversary, Karen Gillan revealed her shaved head and a goofy Jennifer Lawrence videobombed her hero Jeff Bridges.
Over in the UK, The Voice was shedding judges faster than it was selling singles with Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue both announcing their departures, while The Apprentice series 9 named Leah Totton its winner and Blue Peter added a new presenter after a public vote.
Pride & Prejudice continued to be celebrated in the year of its 200th anniversary, with a giant Darcy emerging from the Serpentine and the announcement that author Jane Austen would be the new face of the £10 note. Meanwhile, another celebrated writer – JK Rowling – had her cover blown, Star Wars was given a Shakespearean makeover and the big screen treatment of this year’s bestseller Gone Girl picked up pace with the casting of Rosamund Pike.
Kerry Katona was also the subject of some casting news, named the unlikely choice to play Marilyn Monroe in a new musical, plus Sam Mendes landed the more prestigious gig of directing his second consecutive Bond movie.
As excitement continued to swirl around Sherlock series three, The Killing’s Lars Mikkelson was revealed as the super sleuth’s new nemesis, while over in Trafalgar Square, Jonny Lee Miller was busy filming series two of Elementary – and we popped along to be an extra for the day.
And as July came to a close, speculation was rife that a certain The Thick of It actor was favourite to be named Matt Smith’s replacement in Doctor Who. Little did we know…