Now that Christmas is over, the chocolates been scoffed and the limbo of life up until New Year’s has finally passed us by, many of us are starting to slowly ease into 2021. Not much has changed, really, we’re still trapped inside without any indication as to when we might stalk the dance floors of our glorious cities once more, but we wouldn’t be British if we didn’t resolve to just get on with things. And while the future may not seem that bright, by the time that summer sun hits there’ll be plenty of things to look forward to in the year ahead – so we’ve listed some of them…
From blockbuster pop comebacks to the newest season of Sex Education; here’s all we’re looking forward to in 2021.
Gogglebox returning to our telly screens
Straight in at number one, our Friday nights have been pretty lifeless without Channel 4’s couch potato antics. How would we watch TV without people showing us how to watch TV? Our obsession with watching the ordinary, or better yet, mundane, started when the first season of Big Brother hit our screens in the summer of 2000, and in the 21 years since, it’s hardly gone anywhere either. Let us cheers to all the gripping new programmes, iconic daytime talkshow moments and pending political bluffs that’ll make this season one to remember.
More Telfar bags!
When Britain’s international postage system eventually sorts itself out, what with all the drama a new strain of COVID entails, the country’s most fashionable residents should be poised to receive their wares from Telfar’s Bag Security Program. For the first time in the brand’s history, Telfar offered a chance to beat their weekly drops and secure as many bags, in as many gorgeous shades, as their heart so desired. With endeavours with Converse and UGG on the way too, this definitely won’t be all we’re seeing of the tenacious designer this year, we’re sure of it.
Nothing broke us like not being able to attend festivals last year, but the void left without everyone live-tweeting whichever musical icon was lighting up Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage? That stung more. With this year’s frozen line-up so explosive and starstudded, we don’t even care that we missed out on tickets. Please, fate, just let us see Dua Lipa and her disco-fused hits on the telly, a pick-me-up that would surely save the spirits of the entire nation, or at least my group chat anyway.
Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer and Joe Keery in Free Guy
God, we’d give anything to be chilling in a cinema right now, even if our Tango Ice Blasts had melted and we could only view the film by sitting on the steps that make up the aisle. Though it may be humbling, more than anything it’s a return to normality that we crave, and since that definitely won’t be happening any time soon, what better to distract us than a Ryan Reynolds feature film. Think Westworld meets Wreck-It Ralph, peppered with Jodie Comer’s take on an American accent – we’re sold!
The Musical Comeback (not the comeback of musicals)
2021 is Gwen Stefani’s comeback year, she’s made sure of it. Ticking off viral video and delicious pop smash off of her to-do list in one fail swoop, the singer’s “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” video takes us on a grand tour of career high’s and legendary fashion moments before she re-enters the musical fore. Will she return to Ska, or is domination of the world of Pop still on her agenda? Either way, we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s hoping the year will also be fruitful for comebacks from the likes of Rihanna and Sky Ferreira.
Sex Education Season 3
There’s not a soul alive (with good taste, anyway) who hasn’t been swept up in a Sex Education bingeing frenzy on Netflix over the last few years. This show has everything. Gays. Awkward encounters. Mean teens. An assault on what we consider ‘taboo’. A million different love triangles. Gillian Anderson. The list goes on and on. With shooting for the show’s latest series starting back in December, coronavirus might have us waiting a little longer than expected for resolutions in last year’s tense season finale. We hope it’s not too long though, another day without Ncuti Gatwa on our screens is not a day worth living for.
Sarah Harding’s autobiography
Reality TV icon, beloved hit-maker and even part-time St. Trinian, Sarah Harding has had an insane time of it these past few years. After gracefully bowing out of the spotlight following her Celebrity Big Brother win back in 2017, last summer Harding shared on Instagram that she was battling breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body. After a wave of support from bandmates and fans alike, she’s finally ready to lay her life bare in an autobiography, talking all things Girls Aloud, Corrie, and the dark side of fame. Pulitzer Prize = Pending!
Lubaina Himid at the Tate Modern
Bookending what we’re manifesting will be a fantastic year, multidisciplinary artist Lubaina Himid will be putting on the show of all shows at Southbank’s Tate Modern. Having worked as a painter, writer and curator for over 30 years, Himid’s art explores themes of race, cultural heritage and class. For her upcoming show, the Turner Prize-winner has circled back to her love of theatre, inviting visitors to take centre stage in a series of large scale installations, and you won’t want to miss any of it.