GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF, BRIDGET JONES AND BEYONCE WERE TOP ATTRACTIONS IN 2016

It has been a busy year in the worlds of celebrity, films, TV and music

 

News that Hollywood's golden couple were splitting up caused shockwaves around the world. Image: Justin Tallis/PA WireNews that Hollywood's golden couple were splitting up caused shockwaves around the world. Image: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

From the channel-hopping The Great British Bake Off to Kim Kardashian West's Paris robbery and a long-awaited Bridget Jones sequel movie, there has always been something to keep entertainment fans busy.

Here's a look back at the top entertainment stories of 2016.

TV

:: Great British Bake Off:

The final episode of the much-loved series - the last on the BBC - gave the show its highest viewing figures ever.

More than 14 million people watched Candice Brown - who has since quit her job as a PE and special needs teacher - crowned winner.

The drama played out off-screen as well as on-screen - with judge Mary Berry and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announcing they would be staying with the BBC, while judge Paul Hollywood opted to move with the show to its new home at Channel 4.

:: The Grand Tour

The return of trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond was one of TV's most keenly-awaited comebacks.

The debut episode of The Grand Tour set a new streaming record for Amazon Prime Video, although figures were not revealed.

But critics loved seeing Clarkson, Hammond and May back on form after Top Gear floundered, with Chris Evans quitting his presenting job on the BBC show after one series.

:: Victoria

While the lavish new period drama beat Poldark, both were highlights of the year. ITV offering Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, was a ratings success, averaging 7.7 million viewers. Poldark star Aidan Turner once again made the headlines for his shirtless scenes and for a tryst with ex-fiancee Elizabeth (Heida Reed).

:: Strictly Come Dancing

The winner is yet to emerge, but no-one will forget former shadow chancellor Ed Balls' salsa to Gangnam Style in a hurry.

Movies

:: Bridget Jones's Baby

The movie, based on the misadventures of the hapless singleton, is the biggest film so far this year at the UK box office, taking over £47.5 million following its release in September. Renee Zellweger returned 12 years after the second movie, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason.

Renee Zellweger attending the world premiere of Bridget Jones's Baby. The movie, based on the misadventures of the hapless singleton, is the biggest film so far this year at the UK box office, taking over £47.5 million. Image: Ian West/PA WireRenee Zellweger attending the world premiere of Bridget Jones's Baby. The movie, based on the misadventures of the hapless singleton, is the biggest film so far this year at the UK box office, taking over £47.5 million. Image: Ian West/PA Wire

:: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

The new Harry Potter prequel stars Eddie Redmayne as the young wizard Newt Scamander and marks the screenwriting debut of JK Rowling herself.

:: The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book - the Disney reboot of Rudyard Kipling's stories - was a box office smash and featured Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson among the voice cast.

:: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie, starring British actress Felicity Jones, will be released on December 15 and is expected to be a massive hit.

Music

:: Beyonce

Queen Bey dropped Lemonade, her surprise album, in April and it took the world by storm. It sparked frenzied excitement as fans rushed to work out the meaning behind the lyrics, especially the identity of "Becky with the good hair".

:: Adele

An emotional Adele wowed fans and critics at Glastonbury in June. "Glastonbury means the world to me, I'm not even lying," she said. "I've always wanted to do this my whole life but I've been too scared."

Adele performing at Glastonbury, in June, where she wowed fans and critics. Image: Yui Mok/PA WireAdele performing at Glastonbury, in June, where she wowed fans and critics. Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire

:: Spice Girls comeback

Three of the group - Mel B, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner - known collectively as GEM, are back together and new track Song For Her was leaked online last month.

:: Rolling Stones

The veteran rockers, whose last studio album was A Bigger Bang in 2005, returned to the charts with Blue & Lonesome, which was recorded in just three days.

:: One Dance, Drake Ft Wizkid & Kyla

This song recently topped the Official Charts Company's rundown of the biggest songs of the year. It took the Number One spot for 15 weeks over the summer.

Chart star Drake was also named the most streamed artist of 2016 by music service Spotify.

Relationships

:: Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie Split

News that Hollywood's golden couple were splitting up caused shockwaves around the world. The pair, who share six children, were together for 10 years.

News that Hollywood's golden couple were splitting up caused shockwaves around the world. Image: Justin Tallis/PA WireNews that Hollywood's golden couple were splitting up caused shockwaves around the world. Image: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

:: Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston

Pop star Swift, who had recently split from DJ Calvin Harris, and actor Hiddleston embarked on a whirlwind romance in the summer.

The Night Manager actor denied that the union was a publicity stunt, after the pair were pictured looking like love-struck teenagers, with Hiddleston even wearing an "I heart TS" t-shirt.

But the once loved-up couple split in September, with contradictory claims over who had called it a day.

Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, who embarked on a whirlwind romance in the summer. Image: PA WireTom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, who embarked on a whirlwind romance in the summer. Image: PA Wire

:: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

The couple announced in September they were separating after 11 years together, saying they'd "come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple".

:: Mariah Carey and James Packer

The wedding had already been postponed but the couple later called their nuptials off.

:: James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff

They were seen as one of the most solid couples in showbusiness, but Hollywood star James McAvoy and his actress wife Anne-Marie Duff - who he met on the set of Shameless - announced in May that they were divorcing after 10 years of marriage.

:: Billie Piper and Laurence Fox

The stars divorced after more than eight years of marriage in May.

:: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

The actress split from Depp in May after alleging he was "verbally and physically abusive" to her during their relationship.

She later released a joint statement with the actor saying there was "never any intent of physical or emotional harm".

Happier couples...

:: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid

It's not all doom and gloom - The former One Direction star finally admitted that he's more than "friends" with the supermodel in February, and they're still going strong.

:: Kylie Minogue and Joshua Sasse

After weeks of hints and speculation Kylie Minogue has announced her engagement to Joshua Sasse, a British actor nearly two decades her junior, in a newspaper. The couple have since said that they won't tie the knot until same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia.

:: Jamie and Jools Oliver

The couple welcomed their fifth child - baby son River Rocket Oliver.

:: Janet Jackson

The pop star confirmed she was pregnant, in October, at the age of 50.

:: Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher claimed she had an "intense" affair with Harrison Ford during the making of Star Wars.

The actress said she had a three-month romance with the Han Solo star - a married father-of-two at the time - which she kept secret for 40 years.

Carrie, who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, told People magazine: "It was so intense. It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

Other dramas

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have had a terrible year. Reality star Kardashian was tied up by armed robbers, who were dressed as police officers and are believed to have stolen jewellery worth 10 million US dollars, during Paris Fashion Week.

Last month, her rapper husband was taken to hospital suffering from "temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration", according to celebrity website TMZ.

West, 39, had abruptly pulled the plug on his Saint Pablo Tour following a series of on-stage outbursts, ranting about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

:: Kimye/Taylor Swift feud

Kardashian provoked controversy in the summer when she said that Taylor Swift "approved" the infamous lyric "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b*tch famous" on West's track Famous.

But Swift denied approving the line, saying "it never happened".

Kim Kardashian was tied up by armed robbers during Paris Fashion Week. Image: Ian West/PA WireKim Kardashian was tied up by armed robbers during Paris Fashion Week. Image: Ian West/PA Wire

Deaths

The number of significant deaths this year has been phenomenal and too many to list. Here are just some of the names we've lost in 2016.

:: Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who penned the classic song Hallelujah, died aged 82, just three weeks after releasing his last album, You Want It Darker.

:: Singer David Bowie died of cancer, aged 69 on January 10, just days after releasing his last album.

:: Superstar singer Prince died aged 57, on April 21, of an accidental painkiller overdose at his Paisley Park recording complex.

:: Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan died on January 31 aged 77.

:: Comedian Victoria Wood died aged 62 on April 20 after privately battling with cancer.

:: Comedian, Royle Family actress and writer Caroline Aherne died aged 52 on July 2.

:: Gene Wilder, best known for his role as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory's Willy Wonka, died aged 83 on August 28.

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