This year, yet again, has been very up and down for most people, but I am looking ahead to the new year and the things I am looking forward to. I would love to see any comments on things you are looking forward to in 2022!
Peaky Blinders – Series Six
The fantastic Birmingham-based series is back for its final series in 2022, this will be the 6th series and sadly won’t feature much of the late actor Helen McCrory (Aunt Polly) but I’m sure there will be a touching tribute to her. I can’t wait to see the latest developments in the Shelby clan – you can guarantee there will be swearing, fighting and sublime acting (if you can forgive a few dodgy Brummie accents!)
Film Release – Death on the Nile
The wonderful Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the second of his Agatha Christie adaptations, the first being the fabulous Murder on the Orient Express (2017). In Death on the Nile, famed detective Hercule Poirot is called to solve a murder on the S.S. Karnak, and the list of suspects is long and played by actors like Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand and Sophie Okonedo.
Art Gallery Opening – The Reel Store, Coventry
The opening of the UK’s first immersive digital art gallery, The Reel Store, in Coventry, continues their legacy as UK City of Culture in 2021. The gallery will be based in the basement of a post-war building that formerly housed the Coventry Evening Telegraph. The first exhibition will be Machine Memoirs: Space by artist Refik Anadol. The product of a long-term collaboration with NASA, the exhibition will use artificial intelligence to reimagine two million publicly available images of space taken by NASA satellites and telescopes, capturing the deepest regions of outer space.
Book Release – The Murders at Fleat House, Lucinda Riley
Author Lucinda Riley seems to be able to churn out a large and incredibly well-written novel every year and 2022 is no exception. Described as “A masterful, page-turning crime novel, with the sudden death of a pupil in a small private boarding school, a shocking event that local police rule as foul play, the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter to the force.” Riley has sold 40 million copies of her books world wide and her books have been translated into 37 languages if you haven’t read anything of hers yet – why not start with this?
5th – 7th June
In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952, when she was only 25 years old. That’s my age now – of course I can’t imagine the pressure of being crowned as queen at this age would feel! However you feel about the royal family, this fact is pretty impressive and having an extra bank holiday weekend can’t be a bad thing – I think we all deserve it.
Birmingham Commonwealth Games
28th July – 8th August
In the summer, the Commonwealth Games is being hosted in Birmingham, this is only the 3rd time England has held the games since it was established in 1930. Every 4 years (with a break during WWII) the Games have grown from featuring 11 countries and 400 athletes, to a global spectacle of 6,600 sports men and women from across 72 nations and territories. There are still some tickets left on general release – I have managed to get tickets for netball, hockey and rugby 7s – I can’t wait!
Peaky Blinders, Series 6 – https://www.stylist.co.uk/entertainment/tv/peaky-blinders-season-six-trailer-release-date-cast/601474
2022 Film Releases – https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g38502957/best-movies-2022/
The Reel Store, Coventry – https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/12/uks-first-digital-art-gallery-to-open-in-coventry/
The Murders at Fleat House, Lucinda Riley – https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/crime-thriller/new-crime-novel-lucinda-riley-murders-at-fleat-house
70th Jubilee – https://www.royal.uk/platinum-jubilee-central-weekend
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games -https://www.birmingham2022.com