15 Reasons to be cheerful about the next few months

  1. Mars will get a new little inhabitant when NASA's Perseverance rover touches down this month. Like its charming rover predecessors in the Mars Exploration Program, Perseverance will no doubt have an entire Earth-bound fandom rooting it on. Is it because we like to anthropomorphize complex robotics, or because we secretly wish we, too, could be blasted off this Earth onto another planet?

  2. Line of Duty has been announced to hit the small screens of our living rooms in March, and we are so here for this. Of course we are, where else would we be?

  3. Adele’s promised a new album to drop in 2021 and after the past year, even that drum and bass album she threatened would be welcomed for a little bit of light relief!

  4. Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in our country’s history, will turn 95 on 21 April. She probably doesn't need gifts, so to celebrate we'll be watching "The Crown” (again).

  5. James Bond is planned to hit our screens late Spring, meaning Daniel Craig finally gets to hang up his Bond suit. But who will be the next Bond, James Bond? Our monies on Sam Heughan *swoon*.

  6. Whilst we’re on the subject of film, Mission Impossible 7 (we think, might need a recount) is coming. Worth watching, even just to see if everyone was socially distanced and catch a glimpse of that moment Tom Cruise was screaming on set

  7. To be honest, the idea of a village fete in full swing would be enough to lift our spirits right now, but there is hope that the great British festival scene may be coming back for summer 2021, with the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Pete Tong planned for Isle of White festival in June, and both Duran Duran and Pearl Jam announced to headline British Summer Time at Hyde Park in July.

  8. Now, we all know “they’ve been on a break” for a good 17 years now, but the long-awaited Friends reunion is planned to happen this year, celebrating the belated 25-year anniversary. That calls for a Joey special in our books, two pizzas.

  9. When theatres finally return, and the only issue we must decide is who’s grabbing the interval drinks (oh, simpler times) – the great Whoopi Goldberg is set to star in Sister Act: The Musical. Hallelujah!

  10. Any One Directioners reading this? (If not, skip to point 11). Bookies Ladbrokes currently have odds on them reforming this year. Up All Night has a slightly different meaning now that 3 of them are dads, eh.

  11. We’ve worked out how to see every European country this May, without waiting for Boris to grant us an airbridge or work out the vaccine passport plan. Eurovision, that’s how - planned for 22nd May. You’re welcome.

  12. Euro 2020 (yes, it’s still being called 2020) a European Championship like no other. Seeing 24 teams compete across a host of cities, including Rome, Baku, Dublin and Bilbao, with the semi-finals and final taking place at Wembley. From a domestic point of view, England’s clash with Scotland, at Wembley, on 18 June already filling us wit excitement.

  13. Wimbledon is set to go ahead after not taking place last year, for the first time since the Second World War. Where Novak Djokovic (hopefully he won’t be disqualified from this championship…) and Simona Halep, will be seeking to defend their respective men’s and women’s titles.

  14. The Tokyo Olympics are happening in July with Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson tipped to win gold for Great Britain. Running straight into the Paralympics in August where Great Britain are targeting gold in several events, including wheelchair rugby and shooting.

  15. Anthony Joshua is tipped to take on Tyson Fury, in what will be the biggest fight in British boxing History with four heavyweight titles are on the line. It would be historic, huge and, given the fighters involved, undoubtedly unforgettable.

Of course, for any of this exciting stuff to happen, we need to all do our bit to keep the virus under control while the government and our amazing National Health Service do everything they can to get us all vaccinated and our little corner of the world back to normal again. When normal life will resume, we don’t 100% know yet, but, oh, when it does, we’re SO ready for it.

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