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11th February 2017.


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Bill Kenwright’s production of Blood Brothers first toured the UK in 1987; Lyn Paul joined the cast in 1997. Twenty years later Lyn returns for the 30th anniversary tour, which begins at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

"Then of course, there’s the marvellous Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone. This is a performance that is brimming with truth, knowing and just pure talent. Paul manages to exude buckets of motherly love that you can feel right out into a massive auditorium. By the end, you really can see the pallid face of a bereft mother. Perfection." **** Douglas Mayo,

"There is not a weak moment nor a weak member of the cast in this current production and there are several outstanding performances, not least Lyn Paul who is utterly convincing as Mrs. Johnstone, the tough, unsentimental and ever-loving mother forced by poverty to give up one of her twins... " Surrey & Hants News

"Lyn Paul as protagonist Mrs. Johnstone, was just fantastic. She's in her late 60s and she first played Mrs. Johnstone in 1997. 20 years later, she's still amazing and what a voice. A brilliant actress too, she was perfect." **** Beth Duffell, getSURREY

Lyn and the rest of the cast then spend two weeks at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield followed by a week at the Lighthouse, Poole.

"Mrs. Johnstone, achingly portrayed by Lyn Paul, is a woman torn by circumstances, witty, resilient, mixing superstition with religion, doing her best, despite making poor decisions under the stresses of poverty." Alan Payne, Derbyshire Times

"Lyn’s heartfelt emotion is raw and sincere, with her ending up in genuine tears when tragedy strikes in the final scene." Claire Lewis, The Star

"Stand-out performances came from Lyn Paul (Mrs. Johnstone) and Sarah Jane Buckley (Mrs. Lyons)." Jade Grassby, Daily Echo

"Few superlatives are adequate for Lyn Paul's performance as the twins' mother." Marilyn Barber, Blackmore Vale Magazine

Lyn Paul with Laura Harrison, Josh Capper and Henry Regan.

Lyn Paul with Laura Harrison (Donna Marie / Miss Jones),
Josh Capper (Neighbour) and Henry Regan (Perkins)
at the Lighthouse Theatre, Poole.

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On Sunday, 12th February Lyn Paul appears at the Smile! charity concert at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford to help raise funds for seven-year-old Nathan Box, of Hornchurch. who has a rare condition known as hypothalamic hamartoma. An anonymous donor pledges to match the sum raised from ticket sales by up to £20,000.

The money raised on the night enables Nathan to travel to Texas on 7th July for the treatment denied to him in the UK by the National Health Service. He has a week of observations, scans and tests, followed by surgery on the 21st July..

Smile: a concert for Nathan (poster).

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On 13th February the Blood Brothers tour moves on to the Southport Theatre. From there it travels to the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon; the Theatre Royal, Windsor; the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; the Theatre Royal, Newcastle; and His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen.

"Here she is again... bringing compassion, dignity and a commanding echo chamber voice to the mother who has to bear the consequences of giving away one of her babies at birth." Jeremy Brien, The Stage

"Lyn Paul, of New Seekers fame, played the part of Mrs. Johnstone and her voice was breathtakingly beautiful and clear. She’s a truly stunning lady who commands your full attention with her mesmerising stage presence." Kelly Jobanputra, swindonweb

At the end of March the tour crosses the Irish Sea for two weeks in Dublin, where Rebecca Storm takes over the role of Mrs. Johnstone. Then it's back to Britain for a final fortnight at the Bristol Hippodrome, where Lyn Paul returns as Mrs. J.

"Audiences at the Hippodrome were treated to Lyn Paul in the maternal role, voted the definitive Mrs. Johnstone and a veteran in the role. With a voice that offers effortless power, she offers the emotional depth required for the role." Anna Kilcooley,, Visit Bristol

"With such a terrific cast it’s nigh on impossible to single out a performer but Lyn Paul and Sean Jones performances as Mrs. Johnston and her son, Micky, will stay with me for a long time." Terry Adlam, Maidenhead Advertiser

"The cast is fantastic... Jones is brilliant, playing Mickey as a bundle of energy and frustration - idolising his older, wayward brother Sammy (Adam Search); while Paul is wonderful as the downtrodden, yet feisty, Mrs. Johnstone and has a beautifully, clear singing voice used so well in the show’s many songs from Tell Me It’s Not True to Marilyn Monroe." Pip Larkin, Western Daily Press

"Lyn Paul is simply remarkable. Playing Mrs. Johnstone from a carefree girl, full of dreams, through to the mother of grown up children, burdened with the sadness and regret of her earlier choices, is done to perfection. She lights the stage with her presence and effortless appeal. " Siobhan Bridgwater, What's good to do

"Mrs. Johnstone (Lyn Paul) has previously been voted the definitive Mrs J - it's easy to see why she was superb, emotionally drained at the end as she sang the spine tingling Tell Me Its Not True, she had given her all." Nigel Wilson, Worcester News

On Thursday, 4th May Lyn Paul and Dean Chisnall (The Narrator in Blood Brothers) take part in Magic at the Musicals at the Royal Albert Hall. The show is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Ruthie Henshall and features performances by stars from the West End's most popular musicals, including Disney’s Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Evita, Kinky Boots, La Cage Aux Folles, Mamma Mia!, School Of Rock and Wicked. It is broadcast on Mellow Magic on Sunday, 7th May.

In July Lyn and her husband Alan have a holiday in Malta with friends Martin Kain and Neil Hitchcock. They fly home on 15th July.

On 18th July - co-incidentally the date of the twins' birthday in Blood Brothers - Lyn Paul joins Joe McElderry on stage at the Liverpool Empire to sing Tell Me It's Not True. Two days later Lyn tweets: "On Tuesday I sang in Liverpool with @joemcelderry91. What an amazing experience and I was made to feel so welcome by everyone! Thank you!!!" (20th July 2017, 10.05am)

On 22nd July Lyn and her family celebrate her dad's 90th birthday.

Lyn pictured with her dad Dennis (left) and her son Ryan (right).

Three generations:
Lyn Paul pictured with her father Dennis and her son Ryan
on 23rd July 2017.

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On 2nd August Lyn attends the press night of Bill Kenwright's and Bob Tomson's production of Evita at the Phoenix Theatre. The show gets mixed reviews but Lyn tweets: "Fantastic night @OfficialEvita... @emmahatton1 is magnificent." (3rd August 2017, 1:54am)

Before the end of August Lyn is back in rehearsals for Blood Brothers. On 26th August she tweets: "Rehearsals finished... on the road from Tuesday. Welcome to Amy and Andy @bloodbrothers" (26th August, 10:38pm)

The Autumn tour opens at the G Live in Guildford before heading north for two weeks at the Kings Theatre, Glasgow. At the beginning of the second week in Glasgow, Lyn is interviewed on STV's Live at Five. Speaking about the role of Mrs. Johnstone, Lyn says: "Personally, I can relate to a lot that goes on in the show. I mean, I am that northern mother. I don’t have seven children but I am that northern mother." When asked about the audience reaction to the show, Lyn says: "Oh, the audiences have been incredible…There are standing ovations every night. They’re such a warm audience. From the moment that you walk on they’re actually totally involved."

Photo of the G Live, Guilford featuring advertising for 'Blood Brothers'..

Blood Brothers,
G Live, Guildford.

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After Glasgow the tour moves on to the Theatre Royal, Norwich and then to New Theatre in Cardiff.

"The relationship between Mickey (Sean Jones) an errant schoolboy, turned jealous former convict, Eddie (Mark Hutchinson), his privileged brother and their mother (Lyn Paul) is beautifully portrayed." Peter Walsh, Eastern Daily Press

"The audience takes away a more powerful message about nurture over nature, and the heartbreaking injustice of the class system... as relevant today as it was when the show debuted three decades ago, and a message faultlessly delivered by a talented cast – notably New Seekers singer Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone..." Andrew Weltch, Rhiwbina.Info

"Lyn Paul instantly steals each scene as single mother, Mrs. Johnstone. Vocally strong, her voice fills the room, and it is guaranteed that goosebumps will be setting up camp on your arm in seconds." Georgina Aindow, Cardiff Times

"Mrs. Johnstone, Lyn Paul, played an outstanding role as the twins’ mother, where you really sympathise with her feelings. There were many tears in the audience with her last performance of the iconic song Tell Me It’s Not True. " Samantha Newman, South Wales Argus

"The standing ovation at the end is definitely for Lyn Paul's Mrs. Johnstone. Her voice contains so much emotion and if her performance of Tell Me It's Not True doesn't move you, you must be stone. Paul's performance makes me want to see nobody else play Mrs. Johnstone." Chris Williams, Western Mail

Lyn enjoys the week in Cardiff but is glad to be back home at the end of the week. "Lovely week @New_Theatre Cardiff. Now sitting on my own sofa, drinking out of my own cup, watching my own television... Bliss!!!!" (1st October 2017 12:17pm). The next day she's back on the road, this time to Milton Keynes.

"Lyn Paul takes a convincing lead role as the twins’ mother Mrs. Johnstone... and brings a real power to her performance." Chris Gregg, AboutMiltonKeynes

"Mrs. Johnstone is played by Lyn Paul and she is outstanding in the role.  Her portrayal of a mother standing by her children reached every parent in the audience.  Her voice is exceptional and this role feels perfect for her and is the glue that holds this show together.” Jasmine Storm

"Lyn Paul was superb as Mrs. Johnstone. Her voice is still amazing and her acting was spellbinding." Hannah Richardson. Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser

By the end of the week Lyn is beginning to come down with a cough. When she gets home after the last show on Saturday she tweets: "Thank you to everyone @miltonkeynestheatre. Glad to be home. Now to get rid of this cough before Monday!!!" (7th October 2017 11:50pm). When Monday morning comes Lyn travels to the new Story House theatre in Chester. Despite her cough, she gets a great review:

“Lyn Paul is simply superb as Mrs. J - her acting and singing faultless.” Peter Grant, Wirral Globe

After the shows in Chester Lyn is forced to take a break from the Blood Brothers tour, her cough having become a bad chest infection. On 15th October she tweets: "Lovely week in Chester, apologies to everyone for all the coughing! Off to the doctor tomorrow!" (15th October, 1.50pm). A few days later she tweets: "Thank you so much for all the get well wishes. Finding it really hard to shake this off. #bloodbrothers" (18th October 2017, 10:27pm). Lyn misses the shows in Leicester and Dunfermline but returns when the tour reaches the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, her voice clearly back to its best.

"With a singing voice like velvet (she had me at Easy Terms), Lyn Paul gave a moving performance reprising her role as Mrs. J." Emma Clayton, Bradford Telegraph and Argus

"Blood Brothers is a bit like a timeworn gag, you know what's coming but you still keep going back for more... Lyn Paul is Mrs. Johnstone, the cleaner who makes a pact with her boss to give away one of her twins at birth, so that her childless employer can become a mum for the first time. But her decision has dire consequences. Paul has had a love affair with the part for over a decade and it shows." Alan Kee, Yorkshire Post

"WOW what a show! Every one of the actors require a mention, but a few stood out to me including Mrs. Johnstone (Lyn Paul) the backbone of the show as the single parent to a number of children. She sang each and every song beautifully." Laura Harness, Keighley News

The week in Bradford is followed by another at the Derngate Theatre, Northampton, after which the cast and crew get a week off. Lyn takes the opportunity to enjoy time with her family. "Perfect day... shopping with my husband, visit to my dad, watched a film, had Indian takeaway and wine with hubby and son and now to bed." (12th November 2017, 11:08pm). On 15th November a previously unreleased recording by Lyn Paul, Wonderful Lover, is released on a 'download only' album Let's Go To The Disco. The news comes as much of a surprise to Lyn as it does to everyone else: "I don’t even remember recording it!"

On Tuesday, 21st November the Blood Brothers tour resumes at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.

“The touring cast... is headed by Lyn Paul in the key role of Mrs. Johnstone and she captures the fun, the deep emotion and the tragedy to perfection.” Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser

"The ex-New Seekers songstress wrings every ounce of emotion from the part she first played 20 years ago and she continues to defy the passing years. Inevitably, at some point producer Bill Kenwright is going to have to find a new Mrs. Johnstone, but they will be mighty big shoes to fill." Andy Smart, Nottingham Post

The Blood Brothers stage set, Empire Theatre, Sunderland.

Blood Brothers,
Empire Theatre, Sunderland.

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The tour comes to an end with a "stellar performance" at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland.

"Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone... is able to metamorphose through the years with her physical portrayal of a woman who starts out with hopes, dreams and aspirations and sees them torn apart as her life unfolds." Matt Westcott, Northern Echo

"And entertainer-in-chief was the matriarchal figure of Lyn Paul, a member of the chart-topping pop group the New Seekers in the early 1970s, and now 68, still with a pure, note-perfect voice." Paul Larkin, Northumberland Gazette

"Hailed as ‘the definitive Mrs. Johnstone’, she’s returned to the role 20 years after her debut to mark the production’s 30th anniversary and boy did she live up to her star billing." Katy Wheeler, Sunderland Echo

After the Friday evening performance on 1st December, Lyn tweets: "Two more shows left #BloodBrothers before we have a break and I must say my voice and chest are in desperate need of a rest!" (2nd December 2017, 12:31am). Two days later: "It’s 4.30 in the morning... I am home with my boys and it’s Christmas!!!" (Facebook, 3rd December 2017)

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In May ex-New Seeker Eve Graham comes out of retirement to take part in the three-day Vamos! music festival in Perth. Billed as "the voice of Coca-Cola's 'Hillside Advert'," Eve performs a one-off live show at Perth Racecourse on Friday, 12th May. Paul Young closes the festival on Sunday, 14th May with his new Tex-mex band.

Shaun Williamson, who starred alongside Lyn Paul in the musical Rhinestone Mondays, signs up as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother. He is the eighth person to be evicted from the Big Brother house after receiving the fewest votes from the public in the vote on 24th August. On the day that the contestants for the show are revealed, Lyn Tweets: "#cbb2017 WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? It would seem you don't have to do too much to be a celebrity!" (1st August 2017, 10:34pm)

On 21st August Debbie McGee is announced as one of the contestants in the forthcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing. On Saturday, 4th November Debbie and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice become the first couple of the series to get top marks from all four of the judges. They make it all the way to the final but lose in the public vote to Joe McFadden and his partner Katya Jones, who end the series by lifting the 2017 glitter ball trophy. All a far cry from 2001 when Debbie and her husband, the magician Paul Daniels, had starred with Lyn Paul in Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.

23rd August is Willy Russell's 70th birthday. Lyn Tweets: "Happy 70th birthday to Mr. Willy Russell, one of two men who changed my life! THANK YOU!!! xxxxx" (23rd August, 9:35pm)


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In the News - 2017

39 people are killed in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on 1st January.
Matilda The Musical closes on Broadway on 1st January after 1,554 performances.
On Friday, 6th January five people are killed and six injured when an Iraq war veteran, Esteban Santiago, opens fire in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale Airport, Florida.
Peter Sarstedt, best known for his 1969 number one hit Where Do You Go To (My Lovely), dies on 8th January, aged 75.
On 9th January Martin McGuinness resigns as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister.
Rockabilly guitarist Tommy Allsup, who lost a coin toss for a seat on the plane that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, dies on 11th January, aged 85.
The society photographer Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret's former husband, dies on Friday, 13th January, aged 86.
The Broadway production of Jersey Boys closes on 15th January; the London production closes on 26th March.
On Wednesday, 18th January, after several earthquakes and heavy snowfall, an avalanche engulfs the Hotel Rigopiano in the province of Pescara, in Southern Italy's Abruzzo region, killing 29 people and injuring 11 others.
Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the USA on 20th January.
On the same day 16 people are killed when a bus full of secondary school students and their teachers, who were returning to Budapest from a skiing trip in France, crashes into a highway barrier near Verona and bursts into flames.
Gorden Kaye, who starred as café owner Rene Artois in the classic 1980s BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, dies on Monday, 23rd January, aged 75.
Mary Tyler Moore, who rose to fame in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, dies on Wednesday, 25th January, aged 80.
Sir John Hurt, known for his many film roles (Midnight Express, Alien, The Elephant Man and Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films), dies on the same day, aged 77.
On 27th January US President Donald Trump issues a directive suspending all refugee admissions to the USA for 120 days and suspending entry for refugees from Syria indefinitely. The executive order also halts the issuing of visas to visitors from six other mainly Muslim countries. On 30th January he dismisses Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who questioned the legality of his immigration directive.
Six people are shot dead and eight wounded on Sunday, 29th January when a gunmen opens fire on people attending evening prayers at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City.


On 3rd February a soldier guarding the Louvre Museum shoots and injures Abdullah Hamamy, a 29-year-old Egyptian wielding two machetes.
On the same day Judge James Robart, a federal judge in Washington state, grants a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump's executive order on travel and immigration.
On 8th February Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is found guilty of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence. The verdict prevents him from standing against Vladimir Putin in the 2018 presidential election.
North Korea test-fires a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, 12th February. The missile test coincides with a visit to the United States by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is poisoned on 13th February as he waits to board a flight in Kuala Lumpur.
Michael Flynn, the US National Security Adviser appointed by Donald Trump, resigns on the same day over allegations that he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office.
Following a referendum held on 20th February the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh adopts a new constitution and a new name - the Republic of Artsakh.
Elor Azaria, an Israeli soldier who on 24th March 2016 killed a disarmed and wounded Palestinian, Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, is sentenced to 18 months in jail by a military court on Tuesday, 21st February.
On 22nd February Ian Stewart is sentenced at St. Albans Crown Court to 34 years in jail for the murder of his partner, the children's author Helen Bailey.
Moonlight wins the Oscar for Best Film at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, 26th February - but only after the award had been presented by mistake to the producers of La La Land. Instead of being handed the envelope containing the results for best film, presenter Warren Beatty was given the back-up envelope for actress in a leading role. Confused by the envelope's contents co-presenter Faye Dunaway then announced the wrong winner.


In the UK penalties for drivers using a phone at the wheel double from 1st March to six points and a £200 fine.
On 2nd March Sweden's Defence Minister, Peter Hultqvist, announces that Sweden will re-introduce military conscription from 1st January 2018.
On Monday, 6th March North Korea test-launches four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan.
The next day the USA begins to deploy its controversial Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), a system designed to protect South Korea, and US troops based there, from North Korean missile attacks.
Four Islamic State terrorists dressed as doctors storm a military hospital in Kabul on 8th March, killing more than 30 people and wounding more than 70 others.
The abstract painter and printmaker Sir Howard Hodgkin dies on Thursday, 9th March, aged 84.
John Surtees, the four-time 500cc motorcycle World Champion, who also won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship in 1964, dies on 10th March, aged 83.
On the same day South Korea's President Park Geun-hye becomes the country’s first democratically elected president to be forced from office, after judges in the constitutional court uphold a parliamentary vote to impeach her. Two people die in protests after the ruling.
On 11th March, following similar action by Austria and Germany, Dutch authorities withdraw the Turkish Foreign Minister's permission to visit. Another Turkish minister is prevented from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam and a Turkish referendum rally is banned. Turkish President Recep Erdogan responds by labeling the Dutch government "Nazi remnants and fascists".
In the general elections held in the Netherlands on Wednesday, 15th March the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte retains its position as largest party. The anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV) led by Geert Wilders finishes in second place on 20 seats, a gain of five.
On the same day Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block US President Donald Trump's second executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries. The new travel ban had been due to come into effect on Thursday,16th March at 12.01am EST.
On 16th March the UK Electoral Commission announces that the Conservative Party had been fined £70,000 following an investigation into election campaign expenses. The investigation found that the party had failed to declare a total of £275,813 in campaign spending.
Chuck Berry, whose hits included Sweet Little Sixteen, Memphis Tennessee and No Particular Place To Go, dies on Saturday, 18th March, aged 90.
The former IRA leader Martin McGuinness, who had resigned as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in January, dies on 21st March, aged 66.
On 22nd March a man (Khalid Masood) drives into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, then stabs to death a policeman (PC Keith Palmer) outside Parliament, before being shot dead himself. Two pedestrians are killed in the attack with at least 50 injured. A 75-year-old man, Leslie Rhodes from Clapham, dies from his injuries the next day. A Romanian woman, Andreea Cristea, who fell from Westminster Bridge into the River Thames, dies more than two weeks later.
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May gives official notification that the UK is leaving the European Union, triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in a letter signed on Tuesday, 28th March. The letter is handed to the European Council's president Donald Tusk the following day.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday, 26th March. He is also fined 20,000 roubles ($350) for organising the banned protests.


On Saturday, 1st April landslides hit the town of Mocoa in south-west Colombia, killing at least 262 people.
On Monday, 3rd April 14 people are killed and 49 injured when a bomb explodes on an underground train traveling between two metro stations in the centre of St. Petersburg.
On 4th April chemical weapons are used in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun in north-west Syria. At least 89 people, including 33 children are killed. The USA responds by launching a missile strike against a Syrian air base from two US Navy ships in the Mediterranean. Syria's President Bashar-al Assad says the reports of a chemical weapons attack by his forces are "100% fabricated".
On Friday, 7th April a hijacked lorry is deliberately driven into the front window of the Ahlens department store in central Stockholm, killing at least four people.
The Basque separatist group ETA disarms on Saturday, 8th April, handing over an inventory of weapons and their locations at a ceremony in the southern French city of Bayonne.
Broadcaster Brian Matthew dies on 8th April, aged 88.
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announces a three-month state of emergency on 9th April (Palm Sunday), after attacks on two Coptic churches.
On 13th April the USA drops the "mother of all bombs" (a 9,800kg Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb) on IS tunnels in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, killing 36 IS militants and destroying their base.
In the referendum held in Turkey on 16th April the electorate votes by 51.36% to 48.64% to replace the parliamentary system with an executive presidency.
On 18th April the Prime Minister Theresa May announces plans to call a snap general election in the UK on 8th June.
On 20th April an armed man opens fire on a police van on the Champs-Elysees. One policeman is shot dead and two others wounded. Their attacker is killed by security forces as he flees the scene.


Emmanuel Macron wins the French presidential election held on 7th May, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by 65.5% to 34.5%.
On Tuesday, 9th May US President Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.
Moon Jae-in is sworn in President of South Korea on 10th May, following his victory in the presidential election held on the previous day.
On 12th May the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland is one of many organisations in 99 countries affected by a massive ransomware cyber-attack.
On 13th May Portugal, represented by Salvador Sobral singing the ballad Amar Pelos Dois, wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in the competition's history.
Ian Brady. who was jailed in 1966 for the notorious 'Moors Murders', dies on 15th May, aged 79.
Singer Chris Cornell commits suicide on Wednesday, 17th May, shortly after playing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit.
At a press briefing on Friday, 19th May Sweden's top prosecutor Marianne Ny announces that the rape investigation against Julian Assange is to be dropped.
Hassan Rouhani is re-elected President of Iran in the election held on 19th May, winning 57% of the votes cast.
Twenty-two people are killed and 116 injured in a suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, 22nd May, following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.
Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden dies on the same day, aged 35, five days after being involved in a crash while cycling in Italy.
Sir Roger Moore, best known for his starring role in seven James Bond films, dies of cancer on 23rd May, aged 89.
On 26th May gunmen open fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in the Minya province of Egypt, killing at least 26 people and wounding 25 others.
On Saturday, 27th May British Airways cancels all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports amid global problems with its IT systems.
Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, dies on 27th May, aged 69.
Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies on 28th May, aged 83.
Manuel Noriega, military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989, dies on 29th May, aged 83.


Roy Barraclough, who played Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street, dies on 1st June, aged 81.
On the same day US President Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Peter Sallis, who played Norman "Cleggy" Clegg in Last Of The Summer Wine and who was also the voice of Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit films, dies on 2nd June, aged 96.
On Saturday, 3rd June eight people are killed when three men wearing fake suicide vests and armed with knives drive a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stab people in Borough Market.
Several Arab countries (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives) cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, 5th June.
Thirteen people are killed on 7th June when gunmen and suicide bombers target Iran's parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
On 8th June the Scottish Episcopal Church votes to allow gay couples to marry in church.
The general election held in the UK on 8th June ends in a hung parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May forms a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.
Shortly before 1.00am on Wednesday, 14th June a fire breaks out in Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey apartment block in North Kensington. 71 people are killed in the blaze.
On Wednesday evening in New York David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association, announces that Yoko Ono is to be given a writing credit on John Lennon's Imagine, 48 years after its release.
On the same day Leo Varadkar becomes the the Republic of Ireland's youngest and first openly gay taoiseach.
Helmut Kohl, the Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998, dies on 16th June, aged 87.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists published on 16th June include a Knighthood for Billy Connolly and MBEs for Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran. Olivia de Havilland, Julie Walters and June Whitfield are all made dames. Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Terence Conran, Delia Smith and JK Rowling become companions of honour.
On 17th June Judge Steven O'Neill declares a mistrial in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby after the jury in Norristown, Pennsylvania is unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Fires break out in the forested region of Pedrógão Grande in central Portugal on 17th June.
On Monday, 19th January, just after midnight, a man dies and ten people are injured when a van is deliberately driven into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, north London.
On 25th June 148 people are killed when an overturned oil tanker bursts into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East.
On 26th June the US Supreme Court upholds the introduction of a temporary travel ban preventing people from six mainly Muslim nations, including refugees, from entering the USA unless they have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity" in the country. The ban comes into force on Thursday, 29th June.
On 27th June the European Commission fines Google 2.42bn euros for illegally favouring its own shopping service.
The best-selling children's author and creator of Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, dies at his home on 27th June after a short illness, aged 91.
On 30th June the lower house of the German Parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage.
Film critic Barry Norman dies on 30th June, aged 83.


The children’s television actor Carol Lee Scott, best known as Grotbags the witch, dies on 3rd July, aged 74.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrives in Mosul on Sunday, 9th July to congratulate Iraqi forces on their victory over IS.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is convicted of corruption charges on Wednesday, 12th July and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.
Thousands of people line the streets of Blackhall, County Durham, on 14th July for the funeral of Bradley Lowery, a six-year-old Sunderland fan whose battle against the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma captured hearts around the world.
General Pierre de Villiers, the head of the French armed forces, quits on Wednesday, 19th July after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts.
Sir Vince Cable, who was the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations closed, becomes the new leader of the Liberal Democrats on 20th July. At the age of 74 he is the oldest person to lead a British political party since Sir Winston Churchill.
The dead body of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington is discovered at a private home in LA County at 9.00am local time (5.00pm GMT) on 20th July.
On Friday, 21st July a 6.7-magnitude earthquake strikes in the Aegean Sea. At least two people are killed on the Greek island of Kos, both tourists, and 100 more injured.
The US actor and playwright Sam Shepherd dies on 27th July, aged 73.
On Friday, 28th July Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office following an investigation into corruption allegations arising from the 2015 Panama Papers leak.
Charlie Gard, the baby whose parents fought a lengthy legal battle with Great Ormond Street Hospital to allow him to be taken to the US for treatment, dies on 28th July.
Jeanne Moreau, whose film appearances included roles in Jules et Jim, Moderato Cantabile and Viva Maria!, dies on 31st July, aged 89.


The actor Robert Hardy, known for playing the senior veterinary surgeon Siegfried Farnon in the long-running TV series All Creatures Great And Small and for his role as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic in the Harry Potter films, dies on 3rd August, aged 91.
Glen Campbell, whose hits included Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights, dies on 8th August, aged 81.
Broadway star Barbara Cook dies on the same day, aged 89.
On 9th August 17 men and one woman are convicted of grooming and abusing vulnerable girls and young women across Newcastle.
A woman is killed and 19 people are injured in Charlottesville, Virginia on 12th August when a car rams a crowd of people opposing an "alt-right" rally. 15 are wounded in other violence and two police officers are killed when a Virginia State Police helicopter being used to monitor the unrest crashes in woodland south-west of the city.
On Monday, 14th August at least 400 people are killed in a mudslide near the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown.
On the same day Taylor Swift is awarded a symbolic $1 in damages after winning a civil case against former KYGO DJ David Mueller. A Jury in Denver upholds Swift's claim that he had groped her during a pre-concert photo opportunity in 2013.
Thirteen people are killed and more than 100 others injured when a rented van is driven at speed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas, Barcelona on Thursday, 17th August. Following a second vehicle attack in Cambrils early on Friday, police shoot and kill five suspected terrorists. Younes Abouyaaqoub, the driver of the van, is cornered and shot dead by police 25 miles (40km) west of Barcelona on Monday, 21st August.
Sir Bruce Forsyth, famous for hosting the television shows The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, The Price Is Right and Strictly Come Dancing, dies on Friday, 18th August, aged 89.
On the same day a Moroccan asylum seeker, Abderrahman Bouanane, stabs two women to death and injures six others in the Finnish city of Turku. Two men who try to protect the women are also injured.
Comedian Jerry Lewis dies at his home in Las Vegas on 20th August, aged 91.
Big Ben's chimes sound for the last time at midday on 21st August to allow maintenance work to take place on the clock and surrounding tower.
On Friday, 25th August Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a popular religious leader in north India, is convicted of raping two women at the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect in 2002. At least 30 people are killed during protests after the ruling.
Hurricane Harvey hits Texas north-east of the city of Corpus Christi late on Friday, 25th August.
On the same day Rohingya militants armed with knives and home-made bombs attack more than 30 police posts in northern Rakhine, killing 12 members of Myanmar's security forces. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya flee to Bangladesh, as violence erupts in Rakhine state.
On Tuesday, 29th August North Korea fires a missile over northern Japan, prompting unanimous condemnation from the members of the UN Security Council.


Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan with Donald Fagen, dies on 3rd September, aged 67.
On the same day North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test.
An 8.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off the southern coast of Mexico at 11.49pm on Thursday, 7th September, causing the deaths of at least 98 people. A second 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes south of the city of Puebla in central Mexico on 19th September. 370 people are killed and more than 6,000 injured.
Country singer Don Williams dies of emphysema on 8th September, aged 78.
Manchester Arena re-opens on 9th September with a fund-raising concert headlined by ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher.
Hurricane Irma hits Florida on Sunday, 10th September, knocking out the power supply to more than 6.5 million homes - two-thirds of the state. Irma had already caused widespread destruction on several Caribbean islands including Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands.
Sir Peter Hall, the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former director of the National Theatre, dies on 11th September, aged 86.
On Friday, 15th September at 8:20am a home-made bomb in a bucket partially detonates on a District Line tube from Wimbledon as it arrives at Parsons Green station during the morning rush hour. Thirty people are injured. In March 2018 the bomber, Ahmed Hassan, is convicted of attempted murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 34 years in jail.
Harry Dean Stanton dies on Friday, 15th October, aged 91. The Kentucky-born actor had more than 100 film credits, including Alien, Cool Hand Luke and Pretty In Pink.
On 22nd September Transport for London (TfL) rules that Uber is not a “fit and proper” private car-hire operator and announces that the company's licence would not be renewed when it expired on 30th September. On 13th October Uber files papers with Westminster magistrates court in an attempt to reverse the ruling.
The actress Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street for 34 years, dies on Monday, 25th September, aged 77.
The Christian Democrat Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) bloc led by Chancellor Angela Merkel wins 33% of the votes in the federal elections held in Germany on Sunday, 24 September but loses 65 seats in the Bundestag. The right-wing nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) wins seats in the Bundestag for the first time.
In a referendum held on Monday, 25th September in the Kurdish region of Iraq and areas "outside the region's administration" 2,861,000 people vote "yes" to independence and 224,000 vote "no".
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, dies on 27th September, aged 91.


A referendum on independence from Spain, which had been declared illegal by Spain's Constitutional Court, is held in Catalonia on 1st October. Hundreds are injured as Spanish police use force to prevent people from voting. There is a low turnout (only 43%) but 90% of those voting are in favour of independence.
On the same day a gunman (Stephen Paddock) opens fire on concert-goers attending the open-air Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. 58 people are killed and 546 injured.
Monarch Airlines - the UK's fifth biggest airline - ceases trading at 4.00am on 2nd October, after its final flight (Flight ZB3785 from Tel Aviv) had landed at Manchester Airport
Tom Petty, best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, dies of a heart attack on 2nd October, aged 66.
Baroness Hale is sworn in as the UK Supreme Court's first female president on the same day.
On Thursday, 5th October 26 people are killed and 20 others injured when 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opens fire on the congregation of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town Wilson County, Texas.
On the same day the New York Times publishes a story detailing allegations of sexual harassment against the film producer Harvey Weinstein. On Sunday, 8th October it is announced that Weinstein has been sacked by the board of his company, with immediate effect. He is expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on 14th October.
Between 8th October and the end of the month a series of wildfires spread through northern California, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 43 people.
A truck packed with explosives blows up in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu on 14th October, killing at least 358 people.
Comedian Sean Hughes, a team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), dies on Monday, 16th October, aged 51.
On the same day the investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia is killed close to her home in Malta when a bomb hidden under her car is detonated remotely.
Fats Domino (real name Antoine Domino Jr.), who was described by Elvis Presley as "the real king of rock 'n' roll", dies on 24th October, aged 89.
Uhuru Kenyatta is re-elected President of Kenya on 26th October. The result of a previous election held on 8th August had been annulled by Kenya's Supreme Court on grounds of irregularities.
The Catalan parliament votes for independence on 27th October, prompting the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to impose direct rule on Catalonia from Madrid.
On Tuesday, 29th October 8 people are killed and 11 seriously injured when 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov deliberately drives a pick-up truck through a cycle lane in Lower Manhattan.


Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon resigns on 1st November, saying his past personal behaviour is "not acceptable now".
At least 540 people are killed and more than 8,100 injured after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes near the border of Iran and Iraq on Sunday, 12th November.
Actor Keith Barron, best known for his role as David Pearce in the Yorkshire Television sitcom Duty Free (1984–86), dies on Wednesday, 15th November, aged 83.
On the same day the painting Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World), believed to have been painted sometime after 1505 by Leonardo da Vinci, is sold for a record $450,312,500 at Christie's in New York.
On Sunday, 19th November Robert Mugabe is removed as leader of Zimbabwe's ruling party, Zanu-PF, having been placed under house arrest by the military four days earlier. Ex-Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been sacked by Mugabe two weeks before, is appointed in his place. Mnangagwa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's President on 24th November.
The 1998 Wimbledon Ladies Singles Champion Jana Novotna, who was famously consoled by the Duchess of Kent after losing the 1993 final to Steffi Graf, dies from cancer on 19th November, aged 49.
The cult leader Charles Manson, who had been in custody for more than 40 years, dies on the same day, aged 83.
David Cassidy, the Partridge Family star who became one of the biggest teen idols of the 1970s, dies on 21st November, aged 67.
Rodney Bewes, best known for playing Bob Ferris in the BBC television sitcom The Likely Lads, dies on the same day, aged 79.
Ratko Mladic, the military commander of Bosnian Serb forces known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", is convicted for major atrocities in the Bosnian war in the 1990s and sentenced to life in jail on 22nd November.
At 1.50pm on 24th November, during Friday prayers, gunmen in four off-road vehicles bomb the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed in the Sinai region of Egypt, opening fire on the worshippers as they try to escape. At least 305 people are killed in the attack.
The engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is announced on 27th November.
After being told that his 20-year jail term had been upheld at an appeal hearing in The Hague on 29th November, the former commander of Bosnian Croat forces, Slobodan Praljak, drinks poison and dies shortly afterwards in hospital.


Thousands of people are forced to evacuate their homes in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, north of Los Angeles, after a wildfire breaks out on 4th December.
Christine Keeler, the model who made headlines after her affair with cabinet minister John Profumo, dies on 4th December, aged 75.
On Tuesday, 5th December the International Olympic Committee (IOC) bans Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Johnny Hallyday, nicknamed "the French Elvis Presley", dies of lung cancer on 6th December, aged 74.
On the same day US President Donald Trump announces that USA now officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. On 21st December the UN General Assembly passes a resolution rejecting “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem”.
Former celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies in hospital on 10th December, aged 74, after collapsing in prison.
TV presenter Keith Chegwin, who hosted the children's game show Cheggers Plays Pop (1978-86), dies on 11th December, aged 60.
Three people are killed in Washington County on 19th December when an Amtrak passenger train travelling at 80mph derails on a curve with a speed limit of 30mph.
The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, is sacked from the cabinet on 20th December after he is found to have made "inaccurate and misleading" statements relating to claims that pornography had been found on his office computer in 2008.
The Citizens party led by Inés Arrimadas wins the most seats (37) in the Catalan elections held on Thursday, 21st December. However, the three separatist parties - Together for Catalonia (JxCat), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and Popular Unity (CUP) - together take 70 seats, giving them a majority in the 135-seat Parliament.
On 22nd December the United Nations Security Council votes unanimously to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its ballistic missile tests.
The former Paris St-Germain (PSG) and AC Milan footballer George Weah is elected President of Liberia, winning more than 60% of the vote in the run off election held on Tuesday, 26th December.
Following anti-government protests over high prices and living standards in Mashhad on Thursday, 28th December, unrest spreads to several cities in Iran, including the capital Tehran.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts
  • Cardi B
  • Mabel
  • Marshmello
  • Liam Payne
  • Portugal The Man
  • Rak-Su
  • Harry Styles

UK Best-selling Singles

Artists for Grenfell (single cover).

  • Artists for Grenfell
    Bridge Over Troubled Water

  • Avicii featuring Rita Ora
    Lonely Together

  • Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

  • Captain SKA
    Liar Liar

  • Chainsmokers

  • Chainsmokers & Coldplay
    Something Just Like This

  • Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson

  • Craig David featuring Bastille
    I Know You

  • DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper
    I'm The One

  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna / Tiller
    Wild Thoughts

  • Drake

  • Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran

  • Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber

  • Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Pharrell and Big Sean

  • Jax Jones featuring Raye
    You Don't Know Me

  • Dua Lipa
    New Rules

  • Post Malone featuring 21 Savage

  • Marshmello featuring Khalid

  • Katie Melua
    Fields Of Gold

  • Shawn Mendes
    There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

  • French Montana featuring Swae Lee

  • Rita Ora

  • Liam Payne
    Strip That Down

  • Pink
    What About Us

  • Rag 'n' Bone Man

  • Rak-Su featuring Wyclef / Naughty Boy

  • Ed Sheeran
    Castle On The Hill

  • Ed Sheeran
    Galway Girl

  • Ed Sheeran
    How Would You Feel

  • Ed Sheeran

  • Ed Sheeran
    Shape Of You

  • Sam Smith
    Too Good At Goodbyes

  • Harry Styles
    Sign Of The Times

  • Taylor Swift
    Look What You Made Me Do

  • Zayn featuring Sia
    Dusk Till Dawn

Luis Fonsi, Despicato Remix (single cover).

Hit Albums

Younger Now (album cover).

  • Ryan Adams

  • Michael Ball & Alfie Boe
    Together Again

  • Chuck Berry

  • Blondie

  • James Blunt
    The Afterlove

  • Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVee
    Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVee

  • Glen Campbell

  • Kelly Clarkson
    Meaning Of Life

  • The Corrs
    Jupiter Calling

  • Miley Cyrus
    Younger Now

  • Ray Davies

  • Lana Del Rey
    Lust For Life

  • Depeche Mode

  • Drake
    More Life

  • Steve Earle & The Dukes
    So You Wanna Be An Outlaw

  • Elbow
    Little Fictions

  • Paloma Faith
    The Architect

  • The Fizz
    The F-Z Of Pop

  • Nelly Furtado
    The Ride

  • Liam Gallagher
    As You Were

  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
    Who Built The Moon?

  • Gorillaz

  • The Isley Brothers & Carlos Santana
    Power Of Peace

  • The Jesus & Mary Chain
    Damage And Joy

  • Kasabian
    For Crying Out Loud

  • The Killers
    Wonderful Wonderful

  • Diana Krall
    Turn Up The Quiet

  • Alison Krauss
    Windy City

  • Zara Larsson
    So Good

  • London Grammar
    Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

  • Lorde

  • Demi Lovato
    Tell Me You Love Me

  • Vera Lynn

  • Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
    Not Dark Yet

  • Amy MacDonald
    Under Stars

  • Hank Marvin
    Without A Word

  • Mike + The Mechanics
    Let Me Fly

  • Van Morrison
    Roll With The Punches

  • Alison Moyet

  • New Kids On The Block

  • Nickelback
    Feed The Machine

  • Roy Orbison
    A Love So Beautiful

  • Brad Paisley
    Love And War

  • Katy Perry

  • Pink
    Beautiful Trauma

  • Robert Plant
    Carry Fire

  • Queens Of The Stone Age

  • Rag 'n' Bone Man

  • Royal Blood
    How Did We Get So Dark

  • St. Vincent

  • Ed Sheeran

  • Sam Smith
    The Thrill Of It All

  • Steps
    Tears On The Dancefloor

  • Stereophonics
    Scream Above The Sounds

  • Stormzy
    Gang Signs & Prayer

  • Harry Styles
    Harry Styles

  • Taylor Swift

  • Take That

  • Texas
    Jump On Board

  • Shania Twain

  • Various Artists
    La La Land (Motion Picture Cast Recording)

  • Paul Weller
    A Kind Revolution

Divide (album cover).

At the Movies
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Baby Driver
  • Battle Of The Sexes
  • Baywatch
  • Beauty And The Beast
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Borg vs McEnroe
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Churchill
  • Coco
  • The Death Of Stalin
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Detroit
  • Dunkirk
  • Fences
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Free Fire
  • God Particle
  • God's Own Country
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Jackie
  • The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Logan
  • Logan Lucky
  • The Lost City Of Z
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Miss Sloane
  • Moonlight
  • Mother!
  • The Mummy
  • Murder On The Orient Express
  • My Cousin Rachel
  • Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer
  • Paddington 2
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • The Salesman
  • The Sense Of An Ending
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Stronger
  • T2 Trainspotting
  • The Time Of Their Lives
  • Tom Of Finland
  • Viceroy's House
  • Victoria & Abdul
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Whitney: Can I Be Me
  • Wonder Woman

On Stage

'Dear Evan Hansen' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:
Dear Evan Hansen

Olivier Award
for Best New Musical:
Groundhog Day

On Television
  • The Apprentice (Series 13)
  • Back
  • Benidorm (Series 9)
  • Better Call Saul (Season 3)
  • The Big Bang Theory (Season 11)
  • Big Little Lies
  • Blind Date (Paul O'Grady)
  • Blue Planet II
  • BoJack Horseman (Season 4)
  • Broadchurch (Series 3)
  • Broken
  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series
  • Catastrophe (Series 3)
  • Chewing Gum (Series 2)
  • The Crown (Season 2)
  • Detectorists
  • Doctor Foster (Series 2)
  • Doctor Who (Series 10)
  • Eastsiders (Season 3)
  • Fued: Bette And Joan
  • Game Of Thrones (Season 7)
  • GLOW (Season 1)
  • Gogglebox (Series 9 and 10)
  • The Good Fight (Season 1)
  • Grace And Frankie (Season 3)
  • The Great British Bake Off (Series 8 - Channel 4)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (Season 1)
  • I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! (Series 17)
  • Inside No. 9
  • Iron Fist
  • Let It Shine
  • Line Of Duty (Series 4)
  • Love Island (Series 3)
  • The Moorside
  • Motherland (Series 1)
  • Naked Attraction (Series 2)
  • The Nightly Show
  • Ozark (Season 1)
  • Peter Kay's Car Share (Series 2)
  • Pls Like
  • RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 9)
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events
  • Sounds Like Friday Night
  • The State
  • Strictly Come Dancing (Series 15)
  • Taboo
  • The Good Place (Season 2)
  • This Country (Series 1)
  • Three Girls
  • Top Gear (Series 24)
  • Top Of The Lake: China Girl
  • The Trip To Spain
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)
  • Unforgotten
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Voice UK (ITV1)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (Series 14)
  • The X Factor (Series 14)

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Mo Farah

Darts: Michael van Gerwen wins the PDC World Darts Championship, defeating defending champion Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final.
Glen Durrant wins the BDO World Darts Championship with a 7-3 victory in the final over Danny Noppert.

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan wins a record seventh Masters title with a 10-7 victory over Joe Perry in the final.
Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 in the final of the World Championships, becoming the fourth 'modern era' player after Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan to claim back-to-back titles.
Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Shaun Murphy 10-5 in the final of the UK Snooker Championship, equalling Steve Davis's record of six UK titles.

Tennis: Serena Williams beats her sister Venus in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) to win her seventh Australian Open and an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in five sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3) to win his fifth Australian Open men's singles title and his 18th Grand Slam trophy.
Rafael Nadal becomes the first man in the Open era to win an event 10 times when he beats Albert Ramos-Vinola (6-1 6-3) in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. A week later he wins the Barcelona Open for the 10th time, beating Dominic Thiem in the final 6-4 6-1. Nadal beats Thiem again in the semi-final of the men's singles at the French Open, which he also wins for a tenth time, beating Stan Wawrinka in the final, 6-2 6-3 6-1.
Jelena Ostapenko wins her first ever title at the French Open, beating Simona Halep in the women's singles final, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Garbine Muguruza wins her first Wimbledon title with a straight-sets win (7-5 6-0) over five-time champion Venus Williams.
Roger Federer becomes the first man to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon eight times and extends his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with a 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic in the men's singles final.
Sloane Stephens beats fellow American Madison Keys 6-3 6-0 to win the women's singles title at the US Open. Rafael Nadal wins his third US Open men's singles title and his 16th Grand Slam title with a one-sided win over Kevin Anderson, 6-3 6-3 6-4.
Team Europe captained by Bjorn Borg wins the inaugural Laver Cup with a 15-9 victory over Team World captained by John McEnroe.

Cricket: Alastair Cook resigns as England Test captain after leading the side in a record 59 matches. Vice-captain Joe Root is appointed as his successor.
England beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth and final Test at Old Trafford to complete a 3-1 series win.
England win the Test series against the West Indies 2-1.
Australia win the third Test in Perth by an innings-and-41-runs to reclaim the Ashes from England. It is Australia's seventh win in eight Ashes series 'down under'. The fourth Test in Melbourne ends in a draw.

Rugby Union: England retain the Six Nations Championship with a 61-21 win over Scotland on 11th March and equal New Zealand's record of 18 straight Test wins.
The third and final match of the 2017 Test series between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks ends in a 15-15 draw, leaving the Test series tied at one win apiece.

Rowing: the 163rd University Boat Race goes ahead as planned, but only after a World War Two shell had been removed from the River Thames. the University of Oxford crew wins the men's race by just over a length; the Cambridge crew wins the women's race by 11 lengths in a course record of 18 minutes and 33 seconds.

Horse Racing: One For Arthur ridden by Derek Fox wins the Grand National.
Aidan O'Brien's 40-1 shot Wings of Eagles, ridden by little-known jockey Padraig Beggy,, beats favourites Cliffs of Moher and Cracksman to win the Epsom Derby.

Golf: at The Masters in Augusta the defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson withdraws on the first day of the tournament after suffering a back injury in a fall at his rental home. He is succeeded as champion by Sergio Garcia. who becomes the third Spaniard to win the Masters - after Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal.
Alexander Norén wins the PGA Championship at Wentworth by two strokes.
Brooks Koepka wins the US Open at Erin Hills, equalling the US Open's lowest winning score of 16 under.
Jordan Spieth wins The Open at Royal Birkdale by three strokes.
Justin Thomas, who had trailed Kevin Kisner by two shots going into the final round, hits a three-under-par to win the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

Athletics: Daniel Wanjiru wins the London marathon men's race; Mary Keitany wins the women's race for the third time, breaking Paula Radcliffe's women-only world record by finishing in a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes and one second.
Mo Farah wins his third consecutive world 10,000 metres gold at the World Championships but finishes second in the men's 5,000m.
In the final individual race of his career Usain Bolt finishes third in the men's 100m behind Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. He pulls up injured in his final team race - the men's 4x100m - which is won by the team from Great Britain (Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and CJ Ujah).

Boxing: Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of the WBA world heavyweight title fight at Wembley, adding the WBA belt to his IBF title to become the unified boxing heavyweight world champion.

Football: on 12th May Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 to win the Premier League title with two matches to spare.
Arsenal win the FA Cup for a record 13th time, beating Chelsea in the final, 2-1.
Real Madrid become champions of Europe for a record 12th time after beating Juventus in the final, 4-1.
Wayne Rooney scores his 200th Premier League goal on 21st August in a match that ends in a 1-1 draw between Everton and Manchester City. Two days later Rooney announces his retirement from international football, ending his career with the England team having scored 53 times in 119 internationals.

Cycling: Chris Froome
wins the Tour de France for the fourth time in five years.

Swimming: Tom Daley wins gold in the individual 10m platform final at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.
Adam Peaty breaks his own 50m breaststroke world record twice in the same day (in the heats and again in the semi-final) on his way to retaining his 50m title. He also retains the 100m breaststroke title.

Motor Racing: Lewis Hamilton wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the fourth time, making him the most successful British driver of all time. Mercedes win the Constructors' Championship.
Earlier in the season at the Belgian Grand Prix Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68 Formula 1 pole positions. He broke the record by taking the 69th of his career at the Italian Grand Prix.

Sailing: François Gabart cuts more than six days off the record for fastest solo sail around the globe, completing his voyage on Sunday, 17th December in a time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.


Man Booker Prize

George Saunders
Lincoln In The Bardo

Paul Auster

Emily Fridlund
History Of Wolves

Mohsin Hamid
Exit West

Fiona Mozley

Ali Smith

Baileys Women's Prize
for Fiction

Naomi Alderman
The Power

Ayobami Adebayo,
Stay With Me

Linda Grant,
The Dark Circle

CE Morgan,
The Sport Of Kings

Gwendoline Riley,
First Love

Madeleine Thien,
Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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Who said that?


The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind,
it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
James Cameron

You just do the best you can with what you've got...
and sometimes magic strikes.
Sally Field

When the audience enjoys your performance, you feel like a magician who is doing magic.
It's a great feeling!
Kailash Kehr

Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.
Tom Petty

Top Tweets

On 21st May Lyn Paul returned to Twitter: "Came back on here to support Jeremy Corbyn! Everything about Theresa May's manifesto makes me feel sick. Please think hard before voting!" (11:34pm)

Oscar Pistorius

24th November 2017 11:43am
So at last @reevasteenkamp gets justice!!

Sam Smith

6th October 2017, 1:58pm
I love Sam Smith’s voice, I love his songs, just can't understand a word he's singing...


5th October 2017, 5:15pm
Is there nothing that isn't going to give me Dementia? High blood pressure, stress, sitting down, too much sugar, too much wine. Everything!


1st October 2017 1:56pm
I know it may seem a small thing but I try and spell people's names correctly.
Mine is LYN. One N!!


1st October 2017, 12:20pm
No chance on agreeing about dinner... AGAIN! One wants Chinese, one wants steak - and I want sleep!!!!!

Victoria Beckham

11th September 2017, 11/09/2017 6:08pm
Would someone please tell me why Victoria Beckham wears trousers that are 3 ft. too long?

Duchess of Cambridge

4th September 2017, 10:39pm
So Kate's pregnant again... Brace yourselves for 6 months of headlines about her morning sickness! Nobody else has suffered, of course!!!

Chin up!

11th August 2017, 10:31pm
Now then... the 'chin up mask' doesn't work!!! As my son said, you might as well put a baby wipe under your chin with an elastic band!!


11th August 2017, 9:07pm
And so the football season begins!!!! Thank God I'm going on tour!!


30th May 2017, 9:38pm
Watching Diana: 7 Days That Shook The World [sic], and I'm as upset now as I was then... heartbreaking! One box of tissues gone already!

Manchester bombing

24th May 2017, 9:54am
I have never been more proud to be a Mancunian. Strong, united and courageous. True Northern grit. 'They' chose the wrong city to mess with!

Words of the Year

Fake news
American Dialect Society (ADS) and Collins English Dictionary
Word of the Year 2017

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017

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