A Longer Time Than Forever
In January Lyn Paul and her family leave Spain and return to Britain. The move allows Lyn to spend more time with her parents. In a message to the website Lyn writes: "My mum is battling on and my dad is incredible the way he looks after her; he is my hero."
In February Lyn returns to the touring production of Blood Brothers. Her son Ryan is now also a member of the company, newly employed as a lighting technician:
The tour starts in Scotland, opening with a two-week run at the King's Theatre, Glasgow (1st-13th February), followed by a week at Eden Court, Inverness (15th-20th February). Lyn joins the tour for the shows at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells (23rd-27th February), followed by Malvern (1st-13th March) and Bradford (15th-20th March).
While in Bradford Lyn contracts a chest infection, which prevents her from appearing at the show's next stop in Richmond. Vivienne Carlyle, who had played Mrs. Johnstone on the first three weeks of the 2010 tour, temporarily takes over the role again while Lyn recovers.
Lyn re-joins the tour in Nottingham and is welcomed back with some great reviews:.
"Back comes incomparable Lyn Paul, surely the definitive Mrs. Johnstone." (Andy Smart, Nottingham Evening Post, 31st March 2010)
"Lyn Paul is unbearably brilliant as Mrs. Johnstone, the long-suffering Liverpudlian single-mother-of-nine. Her singing pitch-perfect, her passionate portrayal of the storys flawed heroine an object lesson in the genre, her eyes heartbreakingly emotive at every turn." (Andy Afford, Left Lion)
Two weeks later Blood Brothers arrives in its home town of Liverpool.
"Lyn Paul... offers thrilling vocal form as a working-class mother who gives away one of her twin baby sons... Pauls musical experience has, like the production, spanned the decades and it shows...
With her strong voice, she can sing in a whisper and the audience hangs on every word. As the final tragedy unfolds, her resilience finally broken, she delivers the famous closing song 'Tell Me It's Not True' with raw, heart-rending intensity." (Ian Moore, Liverpool Confidential)
"Lyn Paul... was the backbone of the show..." (Emma Pinch, Daily Post, 14th April 2010)
"The former New Seeker proves a commanding linchpin at the centre of a talented team." (Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo, 14th April 2010)
From there the tour moves to Bristol, where Lyn gives an interview which appears on YouTube. Again, Lyn gets great reviews.
"Former 'New Seeker' Lyn Paul has been associated with the role of Mrs. Johnstone for over 10 years but she still vividly brings the anguish of this impoverished mother forced to give away one of her twin boys..." (Gerry Parker, Crackerjack)
"Lyn Paul has retuned to the role of Mrs. Johnstone again and again and you can see why. She brings an emotional depth and a singing voice that cuts through her apron strings and tugs at our heartstrings." (Nowt2Do.com)
"Lyn Paul... vividly brings to life the anguish of this impoverished mother." (Gerry Parker, Bristol Evening Post, 28th April 2010)
"Lyn Paul was superb... the performance was so full of emotion she cried real tears in Tell Me It's Not True." (Rachel Howells, South Wales Argus, 28th April 2010)
The glowing reviews continue as the tour reaches Wolverhampton:
"...a wonderful performance from former New Seekers star Lyn Paul as the warm-hearted Mrs. Johnstone." (Paul Marston, Birmingham Mail, 15th May 2010)
Between Wolverhampton and the show's next stop in Southend, Lyn and her husband Alan snatch a five-day break in Spain. After Southend, it's on to Buxton, where Lyn again get the critics' seal of approval:
"Lyn Pauls return she first played the role in 1997 is a welcome one. She captures the emotional rollercoaster of the part and sings with feeling." (Philip Radcliffe, City Life, 7th June 2010)
Buxton Opera House.
Then it's Cardiff - and another great review:
"In this touring production, New Seeker Lyn Paul puts in a gutsy turn as the down-on-her-luck Liverpudlian housewife. She particularly showcases her powerful voice in recurring track Marilyn Monroe, in which she shares her dreams with the audience." (Karen Price, Western Mail / Wales Online, 23rd June 2010)
The last two stops on the tour are Cheltenham and Hastings, where Lyn ends the tour on a high:
"Lyn Paul (of New Seekers fame) gives a powerhouse performance as Mrs. Johnstone... she is note perfect, and brings a pathos and humour to the role that fills the theatre." (Rob Alderson, Hastings & St. Leonard's Observer, 21st July 2010)
White Rock Theatre, Hastings.
After a Summer break the Blood Brothers tour resumes at Venue Cymru in Llandudno (30th August - 4th September). Former X Factor contestant Niki Evans takes over from Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone and cites Lyn as an inspiration: "The first person I saw in the role was Lyn Paul and I think she's the best even at 62. She is wonderful." (Northern Echo, 9th September 2010).
Lyn's son, Ryan, continues to travel with the tour as a lighting technician. Meanwhile on Tuesday, 31st August Lyn returns to the West End production of Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre. Originally booked until Saturday, 23rd October, Lyn is asked to stay on until Saturday, 20th November. On 19th November, however, Lyn gets the news that her mother, who had been seriously ill for some time, is in a critical condition. Lyn is given compassionate leave to be at her mum's bedside and misses both the matinée and evening performances on what would have been her last day in the show.
Photos of Lyn Paul and other members of the Blood Brothers cast
outside the Phoenix Theatre.
On 24th November Lyn sends a message to the website sharing the sad news of her mother's death two days earlier. Mrs. Belcher's funeral is first arranged for Thursday, 2nd December at Slough Crematorium but, due to the terrible Winter weather, the service has to be postponed to the following Tuesday. The ceremony is led by a long-time family friend, Father Phil Hughes, who reads the lyrics of How Long Will I Love You, a song written by Mrs. Belcher and recorded by Lyn as the B-side of her 1975 single Here Comes That Wonderful Feeling. Lyn describes the occasion in a Christmas message to the website.
On 9th December the UK's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Lyn Paul, who had appeared in 'Corrie' as an 11-year-old child 'extra', is interviewed on Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments (ITV, 7th December - interview pre-recorded on Tuesday, 7th September) and on Daybreak (ITV, Thursday, 9th December).
pictured on a poster at the Phoenix Theatre.
On Sunday, 25th July 2010 between 2.00pm - 4.00pm DJ Angus Martin paid tribute to the life and music of former New Seeker Peter Doyle in a special edition of his Maverick's Music Box show on UCA Radio. The two-hour special featured tracks from Peter's solo, Virgil Brothers and New Seekers days and included a telephone interview with Lyn Paul. UCA radio is a university-based radio station broadcasting on 87.7 FM from Ayrshire in Scotland.
|In the News - 2010
The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is officially opened on 4th January.
On 6th January Iris Robinson, the wife of Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson, reveals that she attempted suicide after having an affair with a 19-year old man, Kirk McCambley.
The Togolese national football team withdraws from the African Nations Cup, following a terrorist attack on the team bus on Friday, 8th January, which killed the bus driver and two members of Togo's national soccer delegation.
An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hits Haiti on 12th January.
Teddy Pendergrass, who sang the lead vocals on the hits of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, dies on 13th January, aged 59.
Erich Segal, the Classics professor who found fame as the author of worldwide bestseller Love Story, dies on 17th January, aged 72.
On 19th January a leading Hamas militant, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, is assassinated in his hotel room at the Al-Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai.
On the same day Karren Brady is appointed vice-chairman of West Ham United.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, bound for Addis Ababa, crashes in a thunderstorm off the coast of Lebanon on 25th January, minutes after take-off from Beirut. The 90 people on board are all killed.
The captain of the England football team, John Terry, is sacked on 5th February, following newspaper reports of an extra-marital affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former girlfriend of his team-mate Wayne Bridge.
The jazz composer, bandleader and saxophonist Sir John Dankworth dies on 6th February, aged 82.
Britain's highest-ranking Asian police officer, Commander Ali Dizaei, is jailed for four years on 8th February for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and misconduct.
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen is found dead at his flat in Mayfair on 11th February after committing suicide on the eve of his mother's funeral.
A member of the Georgian team competing at the Winter Olympics, Nodar Kumaritashvili, is killed on 12th February after losing control of his sled during a luge training run.
The champion jockey turned thriller-writer Dick Francis dies on 14th February, aged 89.
Two rush-hour trains crash head-on outside Brussels on 15th February. At least 18 people are killed.
On 17th February a Haitian judge orders the release of eight of ten missionaries from a Baptist church in Idaho, all of whom had been charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without proper documentation.
BBC One soap EastEnders celebrates its 25th anniversary with a live episode on 19th February.
Mud slides and flooding caused by days of torrential rain bring chaos to the island of Madeira. At least 42 people are reported dead.
On 27th February Chile is hit by an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale.
A fierce storm named Xynthia batters the western coasts of France, Portugal and Spain on Sunday, 28th February, prompting the French Prime Minister François Fillon to declare a national emergency.
The former leader of the Labour party, Michael Foot, dies on 3rd March, aged 96.
The parliamentary elections held in Iraq on 7th March are disrupted by bomb and mortar attacks. 38 people are killed and 89 wounded.
At the Academy Awards ceremony held on the same day Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director, taking the honour for her film about a bomb disposal team in Iraq, The Hurt Locker. The day after picking up a worst actress Razzle for All About Steve, Sandra Bullock wins the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side.
On 9th March the upper house of India's parliament votes by 186-1 to reserve one in three seats for women.
On 11th March at the High Court in London the four members of Pink Floyd win a legal battle against EMI to prevent the band's albums being broken up into their individual tracks and sold separately on internet sites such as iTunes.
Sahil Saeed, a five-year-old boy from Oldham who had been kidnapped in Pakistan, is discovered in the early hours of 16th March wandering alone in a field in the Punjabi village of Kharian.
On the same day it is announced that a record-breaking seven-year deal worth $200 million has been signed between Sony and Michael Jackson's estate to release 10 new albums, DVDs and video games.
Fess Parker, famous for his role in the 1950s television adventure series Davy Crockett, dies on 18th March, aged 85.
Harry Carpenter, the British television sports commentator known as 'The Voice of Boxing', dies on 20th March, aged 84.
On Sunday, 21st March, by a vote of 219 to 212, the US House of Representatives passes a landmark healthcare reform bill extending health insurance to an extra 32 million US citizens.
On 23rd March the Foreign Secretary David Miliband announces that Britain is to expel an unnamed Mossad official over the use of forged British passports in the murder plot against Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
39 people are killed and many more injured on Monday, 29th March, when two suicide bombers detonate bombs on the Moscow metro at the height of the morning rush hour.
John Forsythe, the actor who played Blake Carrington in Dynasty, dies on 1st April, aged 92.
Eugene Terreblanche, the leader of the far-right AWB party who led to the resistance to majority rule in South Africa, is bludgeoned to death on 3rd April.
On 5th April 115 miners who had been trapped in a flooded coal mine for eight days are rescued from the Wangjialing colliery in China.
The actor Corin Redgrave dies on 6th April, aged 70.
Malcolm McLaren, the "Godfather of punk" and manager of the Sex Pistols, dies of cancer on 8th April, aged 64.
On the same day the US President Barack Obama and the Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, sign a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start) in Prague.
Kenneth McKellar, the popular Scottish lyric tenor who represented the UK in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, dies on 9th April, aged 72.
The Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, dies in a plane crash on Saturday, 10th April, along with a party of senior religious, military and political figures. The passengers aboard the Tupolev-154M had all been on their way to events marking the anniversary of the Katyn massacre, where in 1940 22,000 captured Polish officers were slaughtered by Soviet secret police.
Over 2,000 people are killed and thousands more injured on 14th April when the Qinghai province of China is struck by a series of earthquakes. The remote mountain town of Jiegu is destroyed.
Ash being blown from the erupting Mount Eyjafjallajoekul volcano in Iceland forces almost all airline flights in and out of the UK to be cancelled on Thursday, 15th April. Air space is closed in countries across Europe as the ash cloud spreads. UK airports re-open at 10pm on 20th April.
An explosion and fire at an oil rig off the Louisiana coast on 20th April kills eleven workers and causes a massive oil spill. The rig sinks 36 hours after the explosion. A state of emergency is declared in Louisiana, Florida and Alabama.
On Saturday, 1st May a car bomb is discovered and safely defused in Times Square, New York.
Lynn Redgrave, who won an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe Award and a Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics for her role in the 1966 film Georgy Girl, dies of breast cancer on 2nd May, aged 67.
Eurozone members and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agree a three-year bail-out package worth €110 billion (£95 billion) to rescue Greeces embattled economy. On 5th May Greek workers stage a general strike in protest at the huge spending cuts, wage freezes and higher taxes proposed by the government to deal with the debt crisis. Three people are killed in a fire-bomb attack in Athens after the protests on the streets turn violent.
Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust sells for a world record $106.5 million at an auction at Christie's in New York on 5th May.
The UK general election held on 6th May results in Britain's first hung parliament since 1974. After five days of negotiations the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats form a coalition government with David Cameron as Prime Minister and Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister. Gordon Brown resigns as Leader of the Labour party.
Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green party, wins the seat of Brighton Pavilion to become Britain's first Green MP.
Lena Horne, best known for the song Stormy Weather, dies on 9th May, aged 92.
A nine-year-old Dutch boy, Ruben van Assouw, is the sole survivor of an air crash on Wednesday, 12th May. The other 103 people on board Flight 771 all perish when the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 crashes on it's approach to Tripoli airport.
On 19th May, after six weeks of unrest in Bangkok, the Thai government sends in the army to force the surrender of thousands of Red Shirt protesters.
On 22nd May an Air India Express flight from Dubai crashes while landing near the southern Indian city of Mangalore. Eight people survive from among 166 passengers and crew on board.
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, hits the headlines on 23rd May after an undercover reporter from the News Of The World films her allegedly agreeing to sell access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, for £500,000.
Suicide bombers and men armed with grenades and AK-47s storm two mosques in Lahore on Friday, 28th May, killing at least 90 people.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Laws, resigns on 29th May, after admitting he had claimed £40,000 to rent a room in two houses owned by his partner, James Lundie.
On Monday, 31st May nine pro-Palestinian activists are killed and 30 wounded when Israeli troops storm the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara, part of a flotilla of six vessels carrying aid for Gaza.
On Wednesday, 2nd June a 52-year-old taxi driver, Derrick Bird, shoots and kills 12 people in Cumbria before shooting himself.
On Thursday, 3rd June Rue McClanahan, best known for her role as Blanche Devereaux in The Golden Girls, dies of a brain hemorrhage, aged 76, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Tony Peluso, who played the guitar solo on the Carpenters' hit Goodbye To Love, dies on 5th June, 60.
Restaurant critic Egon Ronay dies on Saturday, 12th June, aged 94.
On 15th June the Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "deeply sorry" as he announces the findings of the Saville enquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday: "There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong."
On 17th June Simon and Garfunkel's forthcoming tour of the USA is cancelled due to Art Garfunkel's vocal cord paresis.
Christopher "Dudus" Coke, wanted in the USA to answer drug trafficking charges, is arrested in Jamaica on Tuesday, 22nd June, nearly a month after police had first attempted to arrest him. 76 people had been killed during a four-day battle between the police and Coke's Shower Posse.
On 23rd June President Obama announces that General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of US troops in Afghanistan, is to be replaced by General David Petraeus, following McChrystal's criticism of several top US officials in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.
Julia Gillard becomes Australia's first woman Prime Minister after successfully challenging Kevin Rudd in a leadership ballot on 24th June.
Novelist Dame Beryl Bainbridge dies on 1st July, aged 75.
On 9th June, in the biggest 'spy swap' since the Cold War, the United States deports 10 alleged Russian spies in return for four Russians who had been serving long jail sentences for spying for Western intelligence agencies.
Raoul Moat, a 37-year-old former nightclub bouncer, on the run after shooting his ex-girlfriend, her new partner - who was killed - and a police officer, shoots himself dead on 10th June after a six-hour stand-off with armed police in Rothbury, Northumberland.
Reggae singer Sugar Minott, who had a hit in 1981 with a cover of a Michael Jackson B-side, Good Thing Going, dies on 10th July, aged 54.
74 people are killed in two bomb attacks in Kampala on Sunday, 11th July, while watching the World Cup final on television.
On 13th July three soldiers of the Royal Gurkha Rifles are killed at the army base in Helmand by a renegade Afghan soldier who the British army had been training.
On 15th July Take That announce that Robbie Williams had re-joined the band to record a new album with his four former bandmates, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen.
Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins, the world snooker champion in 1972 and 1982 and UK champion in 1978 and 1981, dies of throat cancer on Saturday, 24th July, aged 61.
On the same day 19 people are killed and more than 340 injured in a stampede at the Love Parade techno-music festival in Duisberg.
On 28th July Airblue Flight 202 from Karachi to Islamabad crashes into the Margalla Hills amid heavy rain and thick fog. The 146 passengers and six crew on board are all killed.
On the same day Catalonia's regional Parliament votes to outlaw bullfighting from 1st January 2012.
The worst monsoon floods in Pakistan's history leave more than 1,600 people dead and millions in need of humanitarian aid.
Bobby Hebb, who best-known song Sunny was recorded by over 500 hundred artists including José Feliciano and Boney M, dies on 3rd August, aged 72.
More than 1,100 people are killed in the early hours of Sunday, 8th August when massive landslides engulf the remote town of Zhouqu, in the Gansu province of north-west China.
The band leader and drummer Jack Parnell dies on 8th August, two days after his 87th birthday.
The word 'vuvuzela', the plastic horn which had been the predominant 'sound of the crowd' at every football match during the World Cup, is added to the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary published on the 19th August.
Tiger Woods finalises his divorce from Elin Nodegren on Monday, 23rd August, describing his marriage as "irretrievably broken".
The Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron, gives birth to a baby daughter, Florence, on Tuesday, 24th August during a family holiday in Cornwall.
On 29th August, after 37 years, the long-running sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine is aired on BBC One for the last time.
On 31st August, after 26 years, the long-running police drama The Bill is aired on ITV1 for the last time.
On the same day it is announced that J.K. Rowling had donated £10 million to fund the building of a new clinic at Edinburgh University, which will investigate the causes and treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and motor neurone disease.
Tony Blair's memoirs are published in his book A Journey on 1st September.
Sir Cyril Smith, the former MP for Rochdale (1972-1992) dies on 3rd September, aged 82.
A new ITV breakfast show, Daybreak, begins on 6th September, hosted by former The One Show presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.
On 7th September, two weeks after an inconclusive general election, the Prime Minister and leader of the Labor Party, Julia Gillard, wins the backing of two key independent MPs to form Australia's first minority government since World War II.
On 8th September David Cameron's father, Ian Cameron, dies on holiday in France after suffering a stroke. He was 77.
The film director Claude Chabrol dies on 12th September, aged 80.
On 14th September, by a vote of 246-1, the French parliament passes a law banning women from wearing the burka.
On the same day George Michael is given an eight-week sentence in jail for crashing his Range Rover into a shop while under the influence of canabis.
The singer and songwriter Arrow (born Alphonsus Cassell), best known for his 1984 hit Hot Hot Hot, dies on 15th September, aged 60.
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Edinburgh on Thursday, 16th September for a four-day visit to the United Kingdom.
Ed Miliband is elected leader of the Labour party on 25th September, narrowly defeating his older brother David by a majority of 50.65% to 49.35%.
Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz}, who had success in films such as Sweet Smell Of Success, Some Like It Hot, Spartacus and The Defiant Ones, dies on 29th September, aged 85.
Sir Norman Wisdom (born Norman Wisden), who had starred in 32 television sitcoms and 19 films and who co-wrote the lyrics for Vera Lynn's classic song (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover, dies on 4th October, aged 95.
On the same day four people are killed and more than 150 injured in an industrial accident at a chemical waste reservoir near the Hungarian village of Kolontar. Toxic waste from the accident reaches the River Danube three days later.
Solomon Burke, the self-proclaimed 'King of Rock and Soul' whose repertoire included songs such as Cry To Me, Stupidity (a hit in Australia for Peter Doyle) and Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (featured in the film The Blues Brothers), dies en route to a concert in Amsterdam on 10th October, aged 70.
Dame Joan Sutherland, the soprano known as 'La Stupenda', dies on 11th October, aged 83.
Britain's favourite agony aunt, Claire Rayner, dies on the same day, aged 79. Her parting words: "Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I'll come back and bloody haunt him."
Luis Urzua, the last of thirty-three miners who had been trapped underground for 69 days in the San Esteban gold and copper mine, Chile, is lifted to safety on Wednesday, 13th October. He is greeted at the head of the escape shaft at 21.55 (00.55 GMT on Thursday) by his family and the President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera.
Tom Bosley, who played Howard Cunningham in the US sitcom Happy Days, dies on 19th October, aged 83.
Qantas grounds its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos following a mid-air engine failure on Flight QF32, just after it had taken off from Changi Airport in Singapore on 4th November. The plane makes an emergency landing without any of the passengers and crew on board being injured.
On 5th November members of the National Union of Journalists at the BBC begin a 48-hour strike in a dispute over proposed changes to the Corporation's pension scheme. BBC News operates a reduced service.
On the same day, in a landmark ruling at the High Court, the Labour MP Phil Woolas is found guilty of making false claims against Elwyn Watkins, his LibDem rival in the May general election. The judges order a re-run of the election contest for the Oldham East and Saddleworth seat; Mr. Woolas is banned from standing as a MP for three years.
The five billionth image - a shot of the Woodward's building in Vancouver by Aaron Yeo - is uploaded to the Flickr website on Wednesday, 10th November.
Paul and Rachel Chandler, the retired couple kidnapped from their yacht by Somali pirates, are freed on 14th November after a year in captivity.
On 19th November 29 miners are trapped by an explosion at the Pike River Coal Mine in Atarau, New Zealand. A second explosion on 24th November brings the attempts to rescue them to an end.
Two South Korean soldiers are killed and 16 other people injured on 23rd November when North Korea fires dozens of shells across the border during military drills by the South.
The Wikileaks website begins publishing thousands of secret cables from US embassies on 28th November.
On the same day EU finance ministers approve an €85 billion bailout of Ireland's economy.
On Tuesday, 7th December Sotheby's sell a copy of Birds Of America by John James Audubon for just over £7.3 million, a world record for a printed book sold at auction.
On Thursday, 9th December the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are confronted by tuition fee protesters as they travel through central London in a vintage Rolls Royce to watch the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium.
On the same day the ITV soap Coronation Street celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special live episode.
Two bombs explode in Stockholm on Saturday, 10th December, killing the bomber and injuring two people.
A peak of 19.4 million people tune in to ITV1 on Sunday, 12th December to watch Matt Cardle win The X Factor.
The film producer Blake Edwards, best known for Breakfast At Tiffany's, Victor/Victoria and the Pink Panther series, dies on 15th December, aged 88.
Heavy snow forces the closure of Heathrow airport to all but a handful of flights on Saturday, 18th December. The continuing severe Winter weather forces the closure of other airports in the UK and Europe and causes chaos on road and rail networks.
John Penrose, the Minister for Tourism and Heritage, announces on 22nd December that the pedestrian crossing in St. John's Wood featured on the front of The Beatles' album Abbey Road has been awarded a Grade II listing, guaranteeing its preservation as a "structure" of national importance.
Freezing weather followed by a sudden thaw causes water mains across Northern Ireland to burst, leaving tens of thousands of people without a water supply.
Floods in southern and central Queensland engulf an area the size of Germany and France combined.
Bobby Farrell (born Alfonso Farrell) dies, aged 61, in his hotel room in St. Petersburg on 30th December while touring Russia with 'Bobby Farrells Boney M'.
Among the many named in the New Year's Honours List are: Annie Lennox (OBE). Sheila Hancock (CBE) and David Suchet (CBE).
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Katy B
- Justin Bieber
- Matt Cardle
- Miley Cyrus
- Cee Lo Green
- Bruno Mars
- Owl City
- Plan B
- Professor Green
- Tinie Tempah
- Diana Vickers
- Yolanda Be Cool
|UK Best-selling Singles
- Black Eyed Peas
The Time (Dirty Bit)
- Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
- BoB featuring Bruno Mars
Nothin' On You
- BoB featuring Hayley Williams
- Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan
Start Without You
- Matt Cardle
When We Collide
- Cheryl Cole
- Taio Cruz
- Jason Derulo
In My Head
- Eminem featuring Rhianna
Love The Way You Lie
- Ellie Goulding
- Ellie Goulding
- Cee Lo Green
- David Guetta featuring Chris Willis
Gettin' Over You
- Helping Haiti
- Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull
I Like It
- Jedward featuring Vanilla Ice
Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)
Love You More
The Club Is Alive
- Lady Gaga
- Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé
- Bruno Mars
Just The Way You Are (Amazing)
- Kylie Minogue
All The Lovers
- Olly Murs
Please Don't Let Me Go
- Owl City
- Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
- Plan B
- Professor Green featuring Lily Allen
Just Be Good To Green
- Dizzee Rascal
- Flo Rida featuring David Guetta
Club Can't Handle Me
Only Girl (In The World)
- Rihanna featuring Drake
What's My Name
- Roll Deep
- Roll Deep
- Sidney Samson featuring Wizard Sleeve
Riverside (Let's Go)
- Scissor Sisters
Fire With Fire
- Scouting For Girls
This Ain't A Love Song
- Shout featuring Dizzee and James Corden
- Take That
- Tinie Tempah
- Tinie Tempah
Written In The Stars
- Usher featuring will.i.am
- Diana Vickers
All Time Low
- X Factor Finalists 2010
- Yolanda Be Cool vs. D Cup
We No Speak Americano
- Marc Almond
- Christina Aguilera
- Joan Armatrading
This Charming Life
- James Blunt
Some Kind Of Trouble
- Susan Boyle
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
The Age Of Miracles
- Johnny Cash
American VI: Ain't No Grave
- Eric Clapton
- Cheryl Cole
Messy Little Raindrops
- Edwyn Collins
- Phil Collins
- Court Yard Hounds
Court Yard Hounds
- Crowded House
- Neil Diamond
- Divine Comedy
Bang Goes The Knighthood
- Jakob Dylan
Women And Country
- Melissa Etheridge
- Peter Gabriel
Scratch My Back
- Glee Cast
Glee: The Music, Volume 1
- Glee Cast
Glee: The Music, Volume 2
- Glee Cast
Glee: The Music, The Power Of Madonna
- Glee Cast
Glee: The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers
- Glee Cast
Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals
- Ellie Goulding
- Michael Jackson
The Morning After
- Jack Johnson
To The Sea
- Norah Jones
...Featuring Norah Jones
- Tom Jones
Praise & Blame
- Barb Jungr
The Men I Love
- Carole King & James Taylor
Live At The Troubadour
- Annie Lennox
A Christmas Cornucopia
- Kings Of Leon
Come Around Sundown
- Love Never Dies
[Original London Cast]
- Amy MacDonald
A Curious Thing
- Don McLean
Addicted To Black
- Meat Loaf
Hang Cool Teddy Bear
- Katie Melua
- The Steve Miller Band
- Kylie Minogue
- Willie Nelson
- Katy Perry
- Plan B
The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
- Robert Plant
Band Of Joy
Soldier Of Love
- Scissor Sisters
- Harper Simon
- Bruce Springsteen
- Marty Stuart
- Take That
- Tinie Tempah
- Diana Vickers
Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree
- Jimmy Webb
Just Across The River
- Paul Weller
Wake Up The Nation
|At the Movies
- Alice In Wonderland
- The American
- Another Year
- The Arbor
- Bad Lieutenant
- Black Swan
- The Blind Side
- Brighton Rock
- Cats & Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore
- Cemetery Junction
- Clash Of The Titans
- The Eagle Of The Ninth
- Despicable Me
- Due Date
- Easy A
- From Time To Time
- Four Lions
- The Ghost Writer
- Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- I Am Love
- It's Complicated
- The Kids Are All Right
- The Killer Inside Me
- Let Me In
- Made In Dagenham
- Mary And Max
- Meet The Parents: Little Fockers
- Mr. Nice
- Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang
- Never Let Me Go
- Robin Hood
- Route Irish
- Sex And The City 2
- Shrek Forever After
- A Single Man
- The Social Network
- Tamara Drewe
- Up In The Air
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
- Whatever Works (Woody Allen)
- Winter's Bone
Tony Award for Best Musical:
Olivier Award for
Best New Musical:
- Bargain Hunt (10th anniversary)
- The Bill (final episode)
- Britain's Got Talent (Series 4)
- The Bubble
- Celebrity Big Brother (final series)
- The Chase (Series 2)
- DCI Banks: Aftermath
- Doctor Who (Series 5, Matt Smith)
- Downton Abbey
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (final show)
- The Great British Bake Off (Series 1)
- Heartbeat (final episode)
- Joe Maddison's War
- Last Of The Summer Wine (final episode)
- The Little House
- Miranda (Series 2)
- Nurse Jackie
- The Only Way Is Essex
- Over The Rainbow
- Pointless (Series 2 and 3)
- Popstar To Operastar
- The Road To Coronation Street
- The Rob Brydon Show
- Rock & Chips
- So You Think You Can Dance
- Strictly Come Dancing
- Ultimate Big Brother
- Worried About The Boy
- The X Factor (Series 7)
of the Year:
Darts: Phil Taylor wins the PDC World Championship for the 15th time, beating Simon Whitlock in the final 7-3.
Cricket: South Africa win the fourth and final Test against England in Johannesburg to secure a 1-1 draw in the Winter Test series.
In May England win the World Twenty20 trophy, beating Australia in the final by seven wickets.
Tennis: Serena Williams wins the women's singles title at the Australian Open for the fifth time, beating Justine Henin in the final, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Roger Federer wins the men's title for the fourth time, beating Andy Murray in the final, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.
Francesca Schiavone becomes the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam tournament when she defeats Samantha Stosur 6-4,7-6 in the women's singles final at the French Open.
Rafael Nadal wins the men's singles title for the fifth time, beating Robin Soderling in the final 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
At Wimbledon John Isner beats Nicolas Mahut in a first-round match lasting 11 hours and five minutes (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68), the longest match in tennis history. During their epic encounter Isner serves 112 aces to Mahut's 103, smashing the previous record of 78 held by Ivo Karlovic.
Serena Williams wins the women's singles title for the fourth time, beating Vera Zvonareva in the final, 6-3, 6-2.
The men's final is won by Rafael Nadal, who defeats Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
Vera Zvonareva and Rafael Nadal both feature in the singles finals at the US Open: Zvonareva loses to the defending champion Kim Clijsters, 6-2, 6-1; Nadal beats Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Winter Olympics: Canada tops the medals table: a 3-2 victory over the USA in the men's ice hockey final brings the Canadians' total to 14 golds, a new Winter Olympics record. Amy Williams wins Britain's only medal of the Games - the first solo gold medal won by a British woman in 58 years - with victory in the skeleton.
Horse Racing: Imperial Commander, ridden by Paddy Brennan, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Don't Push It, ridden by Tony McCoy, wins the Grand National.
Rugby: France win the Six Nations championship.
Rowing: Cambridge win the 156th University Boat Race.
Golf: Phil Mickelson wins the US Masters for the third time.
The US Open is won by Graeme McDowell, the first man from Northern Ireland to win the championship.
Louis Oosthuizen is the surprise winner of the 139th Open Championship at St. Andrews, finishing with a 16-under total, seven strokes clear of Lee Westwood in second place.
Martin Kaymer triumphs at the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits, after a play-off with Bubba Watson. Dustin Johnson is denied a place in the play-off when two penalty strokes are added to his scorecard on the final hole.
Europe win the Ryder Cup, played at Celtic Manor in Wales, by one point (14.5 to 13.5).
Snooker: the six-times former champion Steve Davis upsets the form book when, at the age of 52, he beats the defending champion John Higgins in the second round of the World Championship. Davis is beaten in the next round by Neil Robertson, who goes on to triumph in the final, beating Graeme Dott 18-13.
John Higgins is suspended for six months for bringing the game into disrepute but is cleared of the frame-fixing allegations made against him by the News Of The World. In December he returns to triumph at the UK Championship, beating Mark Williams in the final 10-9.
Football: Chelsea beat Wigan 8-0 in the final game of the season to win the Premier League title by 1 point.
Chelsea also win the FA Cup, beating Portsmouth in the final, 1-0.
Serie A champions Internazionale win the Champions League, beating Bayern Munich in the final 2-0.
Spain best Holland 1-0 in the final of the World Cup in Johannesburg,.
Cycling: Alberto Contador wins the Tour de France for the third time.
Motor Racing: with his victory in the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi, Sebastian Vettel becomes the youngest world champion in Formula One history. Vettel's team, Red Bull, win the Constructors' Championship for the first time.
Man Booker Prize
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