It’s been another busy, and pretty strange, year.
As we head into 2022, some people are looking back on 2021 with pride, others with sadness, and there will also be those thinking: “What was all that?”
With the start of the new year looking uncertain, what we won’t forget is some of the moments that got us talking, laughing, and crying from the world of showbiz and TV in the last year.
So we thought we’d round a few of those moments up as we look back at 2021.
It’s a Sin
Just all of it.
An eye-opening and incredibly emotional series that had us all crying into our sofas at the start of the year.
The Channel 4 series, which was created by Russell T Davies, became All 4’s “biggest ever instant box set and the most binged to date, contributing to record All 4 growth in 2021,” according to a statement in March.
The drama told the story of a group of young friends living in London through the HIV/Aids crisis in the 1980s and its impact on the LGBT community.
There was heartbreak when Colin, played by Callum Scott-Howells, tragically died and uproar when Jill was attacked by a group of policemen during an AIDS awareness demonstration.
There was then that ending that we won’t spoil if you haven’t seen it yet.
And we can’t end this section without a ‘La!’
Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah
“Were you silent, or silenced?” was ringing around TV viewers’ heads for ages in the lead up to Harry and Meghan’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with the American chat show host after their exit from the royal family.
They plunged the monarchy into crisis when they accused an unnamed royal of racism and claimed the institution failed to help the duchess when she was suicidal.
Meghan also said Duchess of Cambridge made her cry ahead of her wedding at a bridesmaid dress fitting – not the other way round as it was reported at the time.
In the aftermath, the Queen issued a statement saying “while some recollections may vary”, the issues would be taken “very seriously”, but dealt with privately as a family.
Piers Morgan storms off Good Morning Britain
And this leads us on to our next big TV moment.
Back in March, Piers Morgan stormed off Good Morning Britain and dramatically “lost his job” on the ITV news programme after refusing to apologise for comments he made about Meghan Markle.
The TV presenter stormed off the set of GMB after an on-air row with weather presenter Alex Beresford who criticised him for “continuing to trash” the duchess, and called his actions “diabolical.”
He said he did not believe claims made by Meghan during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, and his comments sparked more than 50,000 complaints to Ofcom – the most in the media watchdog’s history.
Piers has since announced he is joining News Corp and Fox News Media in a deal which will see him host a new global TV show.
Rufus Hound calls out the government on Dancing On Ice
Rufus Hound divided viewers when he made Dancing On Ice ‘political’ back in January 2021.
The actor and comedian pulled off a fun and uplifting performance and was fast-tracked to Musicals Week on the show after the judges awarded him the ‘Golden Ticket’ – a new element of the show which will saw a celeb straight through to the next week.
Visibly emotional, DOI host Phillip Schofield asked Rufus how he felt on winning the free pass and if he ever imagined being stood on ice, crying over a golden ticket.
The 41-year-old replied: “Mate, we live in a world where the people we elect don’t want to feed hungry children. This (routine) is the least crazy thing.”
Britney Spears is freed from her conservatorship
The Free Britney movement finally got what it wanted as Britney Spears regained control of her life and career for the first time in 13 years.
It came after a judge in Los Angeles terminated the pop star’s conservatorship after the then-39-year-old had been fighting to end the complex legal arrangement.
The controversial arrangement which allowed her father, Jamie Spears, to control her life was implemented in 2008 amid substance abuse and mental health issues.
Nicki Minaj taking on Boris Johnson and Professor Chris Whitty
One of the more bizarre moments of the year was when American rapper Nick Minaj hit back at the UK’s Prime Minister and chief medical officer.
Boris Johnson criticised the music star after she revealed she was not vaccinated ahead of the Met Gala, one of New York’s most glamour nights of the year the required attendees to be jabbed.
She also shared an unsubstantiated story on social media about a man who allegedly became impotent after being vaccinated.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference in September, Mr Johnson said: “I’m not as familiar with the works of Nicki Minaj as I probably should be, but I’m familiar with Nikki Kanani, superstar GP of Bexley who has appeared many times before you, who will tell you that vaccines are wonderful and everybody should get them.
“So I prefer to listen to Nikki Kanani.”
Professor Chris Whitty also dismissed Nicki’s “untrue” claims.
Their comments then saw Nicki respond by sharing a voice note online which she recorded in a British accent.
And of course it went viral.
Patsy Palmer shuts down GMB interview
Another GMB moment to make the list was when ex-EastEnders star Patsy Palmer shut down her interview with a click of a Zoom button.
She dramatically ended her chat with Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard after taking offence to the interview strapline which appeared at the bottom of the screen.
It read: “‘Patsy Palmer: Addict to Wellness Guru.”
Realising what it said, Patsy said she was “doing a Piers Morgan” and abruptly left the interview.
Oh… My… God!
Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox and Matt Le Blanc all came together back in May to be in the same room for only the second time since Friends ended 17 years ago.
The highly-anticipated reunion show saw the popular cast reminisced at the set of the iconic sitcom, re-read some of the most memorable scenes and spoke to James Corden about their life on the American sitcom.
But there was one confession that has left fans reeling – and has changed the way they’ll watch the show ever again.
That’s because Ross Gellar and Rachel Green actors David and Jennifer admitted to “crushing hard” on each other while their on-screen characters had an on-off relationship.
Our very own Coronation Street should have changed its name back in October when sinkhole after sinkhole appeared on the cobbles.
ITV’s annual “Super Soap Week” saw Corrie bosses throw everything – and the kitchen sink – at a dramatic week of twists and turns.
From a fireball car crash to an escaped convict – and the rather large matter of a sinkhole – the residents of Weatherfield faced it all back in October.
The week ended in the heartbreaking death of Johnny Connor after he tried to save Jenny from the Platt’s sinkhole.
Then days later viewers, and poor Sam Blakeman, had to say goodbye to Natasha after she died from being shot by Harvey Gaskell in a case of mistaken identity.
Rose and Giovanni’s ‘silent’ dance
The list could not have been without the inclusion of Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.
The dancing couple lifted the Glitterball trophy after 13 weeks of competing in Strictly Come Dancing 2021.
But one of the stand-out moments of the series was Rose and Giovanni’s couple’s choice dance which left the judges and viewers in tears – and pretty speechless.
The actress, who is the first deaf contestant in the show’s history, and her professional partner paused the music and danced in silence as in honour of the deaf community.
And Strictly’s 10 seconds of silence during their contemporary dance performance was also named as Heat magazine’s TV moment of the year.
Ant and Dec joke about Boris – and get a mention in the Commons
Presenting duo Ant and Dec were back on screens before the year was out for another run of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
The pair were back in Wales for the filming of the show for a second year.
But it wasn’t just about when the stars were getting up to in the castle as Ant and Dec touched on a few political matters.
They had I’m A Celebrity viewers in stitches after they mocked the Prime Minister over an alleged Christmas party that was held during strict coronavirus restrictions last year.
Hours after, they were referenced in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions with opposition leader Sir Kier Starmer commenting: “It is obvious what happened. Ant and Dec are ahead of the Prime Minister on this.”
This led the TV stars to make another dig at Mr Johnson.
Then during the ITV reality show’s final, Ant and Dec announced the first name signed up for the 2022 series, before holding up a campmates shirt with ‘BORIS’ emblazoned on the back.
And let’s not forget each little dig came with the message: “Evening, Prime Minister.”
Emma Thompson during An Audience with Adele
All eyes were supposed to be on Adele as she marked her mega comeback to the music charts.
But when she performed her own An Audience with… on ITV, the show was stolen by none other than Dame Emma Thompson.
The actress was clearly happy to be in the star-studded audience and made the most of being one of the lucky ones to see the superstar singer up close, leading her to dance the night away.