With the month not yet over, the year not yet seen out, we at Radio Times.com remain fairly confident that the standout news of this December will be…(drum roll)….
Well the news that new Queen Vic landlord Danny Dyer was going to base his performance as the soap’s patriotc new landlord on former EastEnders favourite Frank Butcher OBVIOUSLY!
Oh yes, that and maybe the death of Nelson Mandela.
Healer, peacemaker, statesman, father of his nation and star of BBC garden makeover show Ground Force, Danny Dyer, sorry Nelson Mandela’s, passing marked a poignant day for liberty and justice. It was even reflected by the denizens of Walford.
We at RT.com also talked trousers with MC Hammer and Derren Brown told us that, after his TV special on the subject, people still think he can genuinely guess the lottery numbers – and often ask him what they are.
In other news we stood up for TV weathemen while the BBC TV boss Danny Cohen stood up for his employers – telling Corporation’s stars not to slag off the Beeb in public.
There was good news for Sam Bailey – she won the X Factor. Also celebrating was Matt Berry – his rockingly funny Channel 4 sitcom Toast got a second series. Yes – I can hear you Clem Fandango!
Cumbers and co’s colleagues in the British male acting pin-up club decided to branch out this month, finding themselves in various stages of undress on the London stage.
Firstly Matt Smith popped up in a critically-praised American Psycho musical in north London (our review here).
And then Tom Hiddleston donned his armour for a very manly Coriolanus that was also very good.
The BBC was pleased with its haul of Golden Globes nominations. But Auntie continued to shoot itself in the foot.
And then the Beeb’s flagship current affairs programme Panorama did a brilliant investigation into…another flagship BBC institution. Yes, their programme about Comic Relief and allegations over its investments made headlines and led bulletins and prompted internal reviews.
Only at the BBC…..