Lyn's The Biz!
On 10th February Lyn Paul appears in a double episode of Emmerdale, playing the part of Freda Danby (ITV, 7.00pm). Afterwards, in an e-mail to the website, Lyn writes: "I had to write and thank you all for the lovely messages you sent after 'Emmerdale'. A very big thank you to everyone who wrote to the 'Emmerdale' production offices asking them to bring me back. It is one of my favourite soaps, 'Coronation Street' being the other one, for obvious reasons!!'
10th March sees the release of a Culture Club DVD Live at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring Lyn Paul singing at the band's 20th anniversary concert.
Lyn returns to the West End production of Blood Brothers for a week on 31st March, allowing Linda Nolan to take a short break from the show.
After a run of 15 months the West End production of Taboo closes on Saturday, 26th April. For six months during 2002 Lyn Paul had starred in Taboo, playing the role of Josie James.
Meanwhile Lyn starts rehearsals for a workshop production of a new musical, The Biz. Performances of the show are held at the Thameside Theatre, Thurrock on 13th, 14th and 15th May.
The show opens with a song and dance number, Welcome To Hell!, during which Lyn makes one of her most stunning stage entrances. Recumbent in diva pose, she is held aloft and carried on by three boy dancers. With slick choreography courtesy of Brian Rogers and catchy numbers by Chris Hamel-Cooke and Charles Garland, the show is flamboyant from start to finish.
Lyn plays the part of Amanda Power, a theatrical diva who likes to flirt with young men from the Chorus and who invariably gets her own way in everything, the exception (as it turns out) being her flirtation with the young man from the Chorus.
The pace is varied with some poignant ballads, notable among them Love Will Always Find You (a song with a light jazz feel to it, sung beautifully by Lyn Paul) and Beware Of What You Wish For (a power ballad performed with a maturity beyond her years by promising newcomer Emma Crossley).
Leaflet promoting the first production of
starring Lyn Paul
at the Thameside Theatre.
On 1st May, just in time for the Eurovision Song Contest on 24th May, a DVD titled Eurovision Songfestival Hits is released by BR Music, the leading oldies label in the Benelux. Among the twenty-four tracks on the DVD is a TV appearance by the New Seekers, featuring Lyn Paul and Peter Doyle singing the lead vocals on Britain's 1972 Eurovision entry Beg, Steal Or Borrow.
This is followed on 5th May by the release of another DVD featuring Lyn Paul and the New Seekers. The DVD contains excerpts from the group's 1972 concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
On Saturday, 21st June there is a repeat showing of the programme I Love 1972 (BBC 2, 11.35pm). Originally broadcast in 2000 the programme includes a career profile of the New Seekers and features interviews with Paul Layton and Lyn Paul. In November ITV show a repeat of '70s Mania (first broadcast in 2001), in which Lyn Paul is interviewed by Donny Osmond.
At the end of July a New Seekers' compilation CD, The Singles, is released by BR Music (BX 546-2). The CD is made available on import to UK shoppers on 9th September. Shortly after this the New Seekers' 1971 US album We'd Like To Teach The World To Sing is also released on CD.
On 1st September, after a Summer holiday in Greece, Lyn Paul returns to the West End, once again playing the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers. During November Siobhan McCarthy rushes to the rescue as Lyn is forced to take some time off due to recurring laryngitis. Lyn returns on 8th December, the day of the England rugby team's victory parade through London.
On 17th November a double DVD of Taboo is released, featuring Lyn Paul's performance as Josie. Meanwhile the New York production of the show (re-written, re-cast and reviled by the critics) opens at the Plymouth Theater on 13th November. The UK touring production kicks off at the Lowry, Salford on 11th December.
Marty Kristian's son Jamie makes his TV acting début in the BBC's In Deep, playing the part of Josh in a double episode entitled Character Assassins. The programme is screened on Tuesday, 4th March, 9.00pm - 10.00pm and 10.35pm - 11.35pm (BBC 1). Coincidentally Lyn Paul had appeared in In Deep the previous year.
Liquid Assets, a documentary series that delved into the bank balances of the rich and famous, returns to BBC Three in May. The episode broadcast on 1st June investigates the finances of the Gallagher brothers, revealing how they had made their fortunes through the success of the band Oasis. The commentary notes that although Noel Gallagher had "never tried to hide his musical influences", his "magpie tendencies" as a songwriter had "kept his lawyers pretty busy over the years." Cue clips from Top Of The Pops of T. Rex performing Get It On and the New Seekers singing I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing.
In London's West End, on 18th March, The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas opens at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. The show stars George Long as Sammy Davis Jr., Mark Adams as Dean Martin and Stephen Triffit as Frank Sinatra. Lyn Paul's sister Nikki Belsher plays one of the Berelli Sisters. Reviewing the show in The Stage, John Thaxter writes: "... the unmissables include Long's marvellous Mr. Bojangles, Triffit's One For My Baby and Adams' superb Volare, not forgetting dancers Nikki Stokes, Giselle Wright and Nikki Belsher, each also in fine voice."
In December Nikki appears in A Chorus Line at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Critic John Gross highlights her performance: "If I had to single out performers, I might nominate Nikki Belsher, Helen Anker, Daniel Crossley . . . But I'd rather not be forced to choose: the whole evening is a delight." (Sunday Telegraph, 7th December, page 10). Other critics agree:
"there are strong contributions from Nikki Belsher as a dancer anxiously hitting the big 30, Daniel Crossley as gay, vulnerable Paul, and Jason Durr as the charismatic, sinister Zach." (Daily Telegraph, 8th December)
"Nikki Belsher is moving as Sheila, pushing 30 and hiding her panic behind a tough veneer." (The Times, 27th December, page 28)
"Nikki Belsher as Sheila makes the most of Neil Simon's cracking one-liners." (Independent, 8th December, page 16)
Colours Of My Life, Graham Simpson's biography of former Seekers' star Judith Durham, is re-published on 26th June to coincide with her first UK tour for seven years. The book mentions the New Seekers in passing, revealing how the group cast a shadow over her early solo career. Although Lyn Paul is not specifically named in the book, parallels can be drawn between Judith Durham's experiences as a member of The Seekers and Lyn Paul's subsequent experiences as a New Seeker.
Also published during 2003 is A Murder Of Passion, a biography of the last woman in England to be hanged, Ruth Ellis, as told by her daughter Georgie. Chapter 2 recalls the "glittering cornucopia of discos and nightspots" that was Manchester in the early 1960s; Lyn Paul, who was a member of The Nocturnes at the time, gets a mention on page 17.
|In the News - 2003
||On 4th January Cilla Black stuns television viewers and ITV executives by announcing live on air that after 18 years she plans to quit as presenter of Blind Date.
The updated version of the Mini Cooper (formerly manufactured by British Leyland and Rover and now made by BMW) is named Car of the Year at the Detroit Motor Show.
Micky Finn, percussionist with T Rex, dies on 11th January at the age of 55.
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees dies on 12th January, aged 53, after suffering a heart attack during surgery.
Police investigating child pornography on the internet arrest Pete Townshend on 13th January. Two days later Tam Paton (the former manager of the Bay City Rollers) and TV presenter Matthew Kelly are also arrested. In February police announce that no charges will be brought against Matthew Kelly. Townshend is formally cautioned in May and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
A police detective, Stephen Oake, is stabbed to death on 14th January when Greater Manchester police raid a flat in search of a suspected al-Qa'ida terrorist.
Claire Tomalin wins the Whitbread Book of the Year award for her biography Samuel Pepys: the Unequalled Self. Her husband, Michael Frayn, wins the Best Novel award for Spies.
32 people are injured on 25th January when a Central Line tube is derailed at Chancery Lane station.
On 1st February the US space shuttle Columbia explodes as it returns to earth from a 16-day mission. All seven of the astronauts on board are killed.
Phil Spector, famous for producing '60s hits such as Da Doo Ron Ron for the Crystals and Be My Baby for the Ronettes, is arrested at his home in Los Angeles on 3rd February and charged with murder.
On 15th February marches are held in more than 600 cities around the world to protest against a war with Iraq. Over 1 million people join the peace march in London.
Congestion charging is introduced in London on 17th February. Motorists wishing to drive into the centre of the capital must now pay £5.00 to do so.
On 23rd February Simon and Garfunkel perform for the first time in a decade at the Grammys.
Pop star and actor Adam Faith dies on 8th March, aged 62.
Motorcycle racer Barry Sheene dies from cancer on 10th March, aged 52.
Zoran Djindjic, the Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade on 12th March.
On 13th March a bomb explodes on a commuter train in Mumbai, killing 11 people and injuring more than 50.
Actress Thora Hird dies on 15th March, aged 91.
United Nations weapons inspectors are ordered to leave Iraq on 17th March as US President George Bush issues an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein, giving the Iraqi leader and his sons 48 hours to surrender power. Shortly after the deadline passes US armed forces begin their assault on Iraq.
Robin Cook resigns from the UK government.
The largest Sikh temple outside India is opened in Southall on 30th March.
||A ban on smoking in restaurants and bars is introduced in New York City on 1st April.
The World Health Organisation issues a warning on 2nd April advising travellers to avoid Hong Kong and the Chinese province of Guangdong, following the outbreak of a new and deadly flu-like virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A further warning follows on 23rd April advising travellers to avoid Toronto, Beijing and the Chinese province of Shanxi.
US armed forces liberate Baghdad on 9th April. In Fardous Square US Marines help an angry crowd to pull down a giant statue of Saddam Hussein.
Major Charles Ingram is found guilty of cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
A 14-year investigation carried out by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir John Stevens, concludes that security forces colluded with loyalist paramilitaries to murder Nationalists in Northern Ireland.
Reg Bundy, better known on the London gay scene as Her Imperial Highness Regina Fong, dies from cancer on 15th April, aged 57.
Nina Simone dies at home in the south of France on 21st April, aged 70.
Apple launches its online music store, iTunes, in the USA.
||On 1st May President George Bush announces that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
South-eastern Turkey is hit by a huge earthquake.
The International Development Secretary, Clare Short, resigns from the UK government on 12th May. She is replaced by Baroness Valerie Amos, who becomes the first black woman to be appointed to the Cabinet.
Shortly before midnight on 12th May terrorists mount suicide attacks on three Western residential compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The attacks coincide with the visit to the Middle East of the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell. 35 people are killed.
Four days later suicide bombers attack five targets in Casablanca, killing 45 people and wounding 60.
An earthquake in Algeria claims the lives of more than 5,000 people.
The musical Les Misérables, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, closes on 18th May after 6,680 performances on Broadway. The show won eight Tony Awards in 1987, including the Tony for Best Musical.
"Royaume Uni, nul points!" The UK's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, Cry Baby by Jemini, comes last and is the only song not to score any points. The Contest, held in Riga on 24th May, is won by the Turkish entry, Everyway That I Can by Sertab Erener.
Record producer Mickie Most (born Michael Peter Hayes) dies from cancer on 30th May, aged 64.
||Paul McCartney's world tour comes to an end on 1st June with an open-air concert at the King's Dock Arena in Liverpool.
On 2nd June Jonathan Ive, who designed the iMac and the iPod for Apple, wins the inaugural Designer of the Year award.
The stage version of Hairspray wins eight awards at the Tony awards ceremony in New York on 9th June, including the award for Best Musical.
The Health Secretary Alan Milburn resigns unexpectedly from the UK government on 12th June to spend more time with his family. On the same day the Prime Minister Tony Blair announces a Cabinet reshuffle in which he abolishes the 1,400-year-old office of Lord Chancellor.
Gregory Peck dies at his home in Los Angeles on 12th June, aged 87.
David Beckham is awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours, just a few days before he signs for Real Madrid.
Dennis Thatcher dies on 26th June, aged 88.
Katharine Hepburn dies at her home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut on 29th June, aged 96.
||Barry White dies in Los Angeles on 4th July, aged 58.
Dr. Jeffrey John, who would have become the first openly gay bishop in the Church of England, declines his appointment as the next Bishop of Reading.
On 19th July, whilst on an official visit to Japan, the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair announces that an official enquiry will be launched into the death of civil servant Dr. David Kelly, whose dead body had been discovered the day before in woodland near his home. Dr. Kelly was a scientific adviser who had become caught up in a dispute between the UK government and the BBC over claims that a government dossier on Iraq had been "sexed up" against the wishes of the intelligence services.
On 22nd July the sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay, are killed in Mosul in a four-hour gun battle with US armed forces.
Bob Hope dies on 28th July at the age of 100.
On the same day a bomb explodes on a bus in Mumbai, killing 4 people and injuring more than 40.
On 30th July the last Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the production line in Puebla, Mexico.
||Don Estelle, the actor and singer best-known as Lofty in It Ain't Half Hot Mum, dies in Rochdale on 2nd August, aged 70.
On 5th August leaders of the Episcopalian Church of the USA vote to confirm the election of a gay clergyman, Canon Gene Robinson, as the Bishop of New Hampshire.
Amrozi bin Nurhasyim is sentenced to death on 7th August for his part in the Bali bombings of October 2002.
On a sweltering Sunday afternoon on 10th August the temperature in Gravesend, Kent soars to 38.1 C (100.6 F). It is the hottest day in the UK since records began in 1659. In France 10,000 people die in the Summer heatwave, most of them over the age of 75.
On 11th August, following intensified fighting in the three-year-old civil war in Liberia, the President Charles Taylor steps down and flies into exile abroad.
On 14th August power cuts cause chaos in cities across the north east of Canada and the United States, including Ottawa, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland and New York.
Idi Amin, former President of Uganda (1971-79), dies in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 16th August.
On 19th August 17 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. 75 people are killed in another bomb attack ten days later in the Iraqi city of Najaf. Among the dead is the leading Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim.
Two bombs in taxis explode in Mumbai on 25th August, killing 52 people.
Tony Blair's Director of Communications and Strategy, Alastair Campbell, announces his resignation on 29th August.
Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh dies on 11th September after being repeatedly stabbed in the arms, chest and stomach at the Nordisja Komaniet department store in Stockholm.
Fifteen years after the Lockerbie disaster, the United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya.
"The man in black" Johnny Cash dies in Nashville on 12th September, aged 71. His wife, June Carter Cash, had died on 15th May, aged 73.
In a referendum on 14th September Swedish voters say no to joining the Euro.
Robert Palmer dies of a heart attack in Paris on 26th September, aged 54.
At 3.00am on 28th September the lights go out on Rome's Notte Bianca celebrations as Italy falls victim to a national power cut.
The Independent newspaper is published in the Greater London area as a tabloid and as a broadsheet for the first time on 30th September.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wins the election held on 7th October to become governor of California.
Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim, two-year-old twins who had been joined at the head since before birth, are separated by doctors in 34 hours of surgery at the Dallas Children's Medical Centre.
On 16th October Simon and Garfunkel begin a two-month Old Friends tour of the USA and Canada, their first in twenty years.
On 19th October illusionist David Blaine completes a starvation stunt, having spent 44 days suspended over the river Thames in a perspex box, sustained only by water.
On the same day in Michigan Simon and Garfunkel begin their 40 date Old Friends tour of North America.
On 22nd October five British police officers resign and three are suspended following revelations of police racism in a BBC television documentary The Secret Policeman.
The last commercial Concorde flight lands at Heathrow on 24th October.
A state of emergency is declared in California as ferocious mountain wildfires form a deadly ring of flames around Los Angeles and San Diego.
M Joseph publish A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell, a book revealing details of the private life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Iain Duncan Smith loses a vote of confidence amongst Tory MPs on 29th October and is forced to stand down as leader of the Conservative Party.
Michael Howard replaces Iain Duncan Smith as leader of the Conservative Party.
On 15th November a gangplank collapses as visitors are boarding the Queen Mary II at a dry dock in Saint Nazaire. 13 people die at the scene, 2 die later from their injuries.
On the same day two car bombs explode outside synagogues in Istanbul, killing 24 people and wounding 146. Five days later, on 20th November, suicide bombers attack the British Consulate and the HSBC Headquarters in Istanbul. Hundreds of people are injured and at least 27 killed.
On 18th November police search Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch, north-west of Los Angeles. Two days later the singer is arrested on multiple counts of child sexual molestation.
The US President George Bush arrives in London on 18th November for a three-day state visit to the UK. On Thanksgiving Day he makes an unannounced visit to US troops in Baghdad.
Following revelations in the Daily Mirror that one of the newspaper's reporters was employed as a footman at Buckingham Palace, Prime Minister Tony Blair orders an investigation into Royal security.
The South African government releases funds for antiretroviral drugs to help the estimated 5.3 million of its citizens living with HIV / AIDS. On 29th November Cape Town plays host to the 46664 AIDS charity concert. Named after Nelson Mandela's prison number on Robben Island, the concert features performances by Beyoncé Knowles, Bono, Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox.
||On 6th December, at their summit in Abuja, Commonwealth leaders decide to continue the suspension of Zimbabwe. As a result Zimbabwe quits the Commonwealth.
Grayson Perry, a transvestite potter from Essex, wins the Turner Prize. He accepts his prize on 7th December dressed as his alter-ego, Claire.
Huge crowds gather in London on 8th December to cheer the England World Cup rugby team on their victory parade through the capital.
On Wednesday, 10th December the Court of Appeal quashes the conviction of Angela Canning for the murder of her two sons. The judges rule that not enough is known about cot deaths to rule out natural causes.
Saddam Hussein is captured by US troops on 13th December.
On 17th December Ian Huntley is jailed for life for the murders of two ten-year-old girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Colonel Gaddafi calls a halt to Libya's programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction.
Michelle McManus wins Pop Idol.
The first case of BSE is identified in the USA.
The President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, survives two assassination attempts.
More than 20,000 people are killed by an earthquake in Iran.
Actor Alan Bates dies on 27th December.
Comedian Bob Monkhouse dies on 29th December, aged 75.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Kelly Clarkson
- 50 Cent
- Franz Ferdinand
- David Guetta
- Beyoncé Knowles
- Katie Melua
- Sinead Quinn
- Mark Ronson
- David Sneddon
- Rachel Stevens
|UK Best-selling Singles
- Christina Aguilera
- Black Eyed Peas
Where Is The Love
- Emma Bunton
Crashed The Wedding
- Blu Cantrell
featuring Sean Paul
- Kelly Clarkson
- The Coral
Pass It On
- The Darkness
Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)
- The Darkness
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Bring Me To Life
- Fast Food Rockers
Fast Food Song
- Gareth Gates
with special guests The Kumars
Spirit In The Sky
- Macy Gray
When I See You
- Michael Jackson
One More Chance
- Elton John
Are You Ready For Love?
- R. Kelly
- Beyoncé Knowles
Crazy In Love
Dance (With U)
- Jennifer Lopez
featuring LL Cool J
All I Have
Never Leave You - Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh
- Katie Melua
The Closest Thing To Crazy
- Dannii Minogue
I Begin To Wonder
- Kylie Minogue
- The Mock Turtles
Can You Dig It? (2003 Remix)
- Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne
- Mark Owen
Four Minute Warning
- Elvis Presley
- Cliff Richard
- Shane Richie
I'm Your Man
- Room 5
featuring Oliver Cheatham
- Simply Red
- Simply Red
You Make Me Feel Brand New
- David Sneddon
Stop Living The Lie
- Rachel Stevens
Sweet Dreams My LA Ex
Send Your Love
Hole In The Head
All The Things She Said
- Justin Timberlake
Cry Me A River
- Shania Twain
Forever And For Always
- UB40 / United Colours Of Sound
- Robbie Williams
- Will Young
Leave Right Now
|One Hit Wonders
- Michael Andrews / Gary Jules
- The Beatles
Let It Be... Naked
- David Bowie
- Michael Bublé
A Present For Everyone
- Eva Cassidy
- The Darkness
Permission To Land
Life For Rent
Other People's Songs
- Fleetwood Mac
Say You Will
- Macy Gray
The Trouble With Being Myself
- Emmylou Harris
Stumble Into Grace
- Michael Jackson
- Annie Lennox
- Limp Bizkit
Results May Vary
- Katie Melua
Call Off The Search
- Bette Midler
Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook
- Damien Rice
- Simply Red
- Gillian Welch
- The White Stripes
- Robbie Williams
Live At Knebworth
- Will Young
- Warren Zevon
|At the Movies
- American Wedding
- Bad Boys II
- Bruce Almighty
- Calendar Girls
- Catch Me If You Can
- 8 Mile
- Finding Nemo
- Good Bye Lenin!
- The Italian Job
- Johnny English
- Kill Bill - Volume 1
- Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Love Actually
- Maid In Manhattan
- The Matrix Reloaded
- The Matrix Revolutions
- The Mother
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Terminator 3:
Rise Of The Machines
- X2: X-Men United
Tony Award for Best Musical:
Olivier Award for
Best New Musical:
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- Absolutely Fabulous
- All New Top Of The Pops
- Big Brother 4
- Bo' Selecta!
- Canterbury Tales
- Celebrity Mastermind
- The Clinic
- The Crouches
- Cutting It
- The Dinner Party Inspectors
- Early Doors
- Eyes Down
- Friday Night With Ross and Madonna
- Grumpy Old Men
- Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
- Holby City
- How Clean Is Your House?
- I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here (Series 2)
- 100 Worst Britons
- Living With Michael Jackson
- Louis and the Brothel
- Millionaire: A Major Fraud
- My Beautiful Son
- Peep Show
- Prime Suspect VI
- Reborn In The USA
- The Salon
- Spooks (Series 2)
- Teen Big Brother: the Experiment
of the Year:
Darts: John Part beats Phil Taylor in the final of the PDC World Championship.
Tennis: Serena Williams wins the women's singles title at the Australian Open, beating her sister Venus 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 in the final.
Andre Agassi wins his eighth Grand Slam singles title and his fourth Australian Open men's singles title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Rainer Schüttler.
At the age of 46 years and 3 months Martina Navratilova becomes the oldest Grand Slam champion in history when she and her doubles partner Leander Paes win the Australian Open Mixed Doubles title.
At the French Open in June Justine Henin-Hardenne wins the all-Belgian women's singles final, beating her compatriot Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4.
In the men's singles final the 2002 runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero beats Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
On the opening day of the Wimbledon Championships Lleyton Hewitt becomes the first defending men's singles champion to be defeated in the first round. The men's singles final is won by Roger Federer who defeats Mark Philippoussis in straight sets (7-6, 6-2, 7-6).
Serena Williams retains her women's singles title, defeating her sister Venus in the final in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-2).
Martina Navratilova equals Billie Jean King's record of 20 Wimbledon titles by winning the Mixed Doubles title with Leander Paes.
At the US Open in September Justine Henin-Hardenne survives a marathon semi-final match against Jennifer Capriati to again defeat Kim Clijsters in the women's singles final (7-5, 6-1). Andy Roddick wins his first Grand Slam title, defeating the French Open Champion Juan Carlos Ferroro in the men's singles final (6-3, 7-6, 6-3).
Horse Racing: Best Mate wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the second year in a row.
Monty's Pass wins the Grand National.
Cricket: Australia win the World Cup, beating India in the final by 125 runs.
Rugby: England win the Six Nations Grand Slam with a 42:6 victory over Ireland in the final match of the series.
On 22nd November England win the world championship for the first time, beating the defending champions Australia 20-17 in the final at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney. Jonny Wilkinson wins the match with a last-minute drop goal and is later named as the International Rugby Board's player of the year.
Athletics: Paula Radcliffe wins the London Marathon women's race for the second year in a row, smashing her own world record to set a new fastest time of 2:15:25.
Golf: Tiger Woods fails to win one of the major golf trophies for the first time since 1998 but is nonetheless named US PGA Player of the Year for the fifth consecutive season. For the first time since 1969 the Champions at all four of the major men's tournaments are first-time winners.
Canadian Mike Weir wins the 67th US Masters in Augusta. He is the first left-hander to win a major since Bob Charles at the Open in 1963.
Jim Furyk wins the 103rd US Open.
Ben Curtis is the surprise winner of the 132nd Open Championship at Royal St. George's - the first player for 90 years to win in his first major.
Shaun Micheel, who had also never won a professional golf tournament before, wins the 85th US PGA Championship at Oak Hill, New York.
In the women's game, Annika Sorenstam continues her "dream season" with a last-hole victory at the British Women's Open in August. In May Sorenstam had gained a great deal of media attention by playing in a men's golf tournament in Texas.
Football: Manchester United win the FA Premiership for the 8th time in 11 years. On 17th June the club's star player David Beckham transfers to Real Madrid.
Arsenal retain the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Southampton.
Snooker: Mark Williams beats Ken Doherty 18:16 in the final of the World Snooker Championship.
Matthew Stevens wins the UK Championship with a 10-8 victory over Stephen Hendry.
Cycling: Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France for the fifth year in succession, beating Jan Ullrich of Germany by 61 seconds.
Swimming: James Gibson and Katy Sexton become the first Britons to win individual gold medals at the World Championships for 28 years. Gibson wins the men's 50 metres breaststroke final. Sexton wins the gold medal in the women's 200 metres backstroke.
Motor Sport: At the age of 22 the Spanish driver Fernando Alonso becomes the youngest man ever to win a F1 race when he secures his maiden victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on 24th August.
Michael Schumacher wins the F1 championship for a record-breaking sixth time.
Petter Solberg wins the Wales Rally GB to secure the World Rally Championship. He ends the season just one point ahead of Sebastien Loeb.
Man Booker Prize
Vernon God Little
Oryx And Crake
The Good Doctor
Notes On A Scandal
Astonishing Splashes Of Colour