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Yet again, there has been so much for Char­lie Pick­er­ing and his team on his ABC show The Weekly to pick over this year.

“I thought last year was full on and weird, but this year some­how topped it which makes my job harder and eas­ier,” Pick­er­ing said.

That “job” is his an­nual look back at ev­ery­thing that hap­pened, along with his team from The Weekly, for The Yearly.

The hard­est part is whit­tling down what to put in to the show af­ter a fairly er­ratic and event­ful year in cur­rent af­fairs.

“There’s a lot of ma­te­rial, so the chal­lenge is choos­ing which sto­ries to tell. We have some amaz­ing sto­ries this year, like the Aus­tralian cricket team cheat­ing by rub­bing sand­pa­per on the ball. That was only in March,” he said.

It’s hard to be­lieve when re­minded of sto­ries like this that they did hap­pen mere months ago. But Pick­er­ing and his team are go­ing to re­mind us of ev­ery ma­jor news story go­ing right back to the start of 2018.

“The first big news story of the year was when ev­ery­one in Hawaii got sent a mes­sage say­ing a nu­clear bomb was com­ing from North Ko­rea. Re­ally, that level of in­ep­ti­tude set the tone for the rest of the year,” he said.

Of course, the year isn’t over yet, which Pick­er­ing is keenly aware of.

“I hope there isn’t an­other lead­er­ship chal­lenge be­fore we film The Yearly. I’d like to think one is enough for this year, but I can’t guar­an­tee it and we have a back-up plan if some­one chal­lenges again,” he said.

But he’s pretty sure he’s got a han­dle on US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s out­put for 2018.

“I feel like the Trump story of the year has played out by now,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s go­ing to do some­thing in- sen­si­tive and stupid ev­ery sin­gle day, but we’ve learnt to ig­nore a lot of it which is good.”

The an­tics of the US Pres­i­dent, though, have been ripe for the pick­ing.

“Trump’s high points of the year, I think, were hav­ing a sum­mit with Kim Jongun where he played a movie trailer about the fu­ture of the world and got Kim to sign a non-bind­ing agree­ment that he hasn’t stuck to, I think that was pretty magic,” he said.

“And then he had a sum­mit straight af­ter that with Vladimir Putin where he did a very good im­pres­sion of a dog who rolls on his back and asks some­one to tickle their tummy. He took a nice sub­mis­sive po­si­tion so ev­ery­one knew who the most pow­er­ful per­son was.”

How­ever, it hasn’t been all prat­falls and doom m and gloom; Pick­er­ing has al­ready ready de­cided on his top good-news news story of the year.

“The best story of the e year and the one that gave me the most hope was the Thai i soc­cer team stuck in the cave and the fact that the world pulled to­gether, and pro­fes­ro­fes­sion­als made good de­ci­sions, sions, and they got the kids out,” t,” he said.

Along­side the news sto­ries, ories, Pick­er­ing is also joined d by a team of pop­u­lar pro­fess­sion­als with many Weekly favourites mak­ing an ap­pear­ance for the end- of-year round-up.

“Ev­ery year we add d more and more of our fa­mous friends to the show. Kitty (Flana­gan) will be back for her fi­nal episode. Tom (Glee­son) will be back,” he said.

This is our fourth year and I feel like word is out that it’s a good thing to come by and kiss good­bye to a weird old year.”

Char­lie Pick­er­ing is fast ap­proach­ing his favourite time of year, where he gets to pick apart 12 months of ma­jor news sto­ries on his an­nual show, The Yearly. He re­minds DANIELLE MCGRANE about some of the year’s big­gest and most in­ter­est­ing sto­ries.

The Yearly Wednes­day, 8pm on ABC

That time of the year:TheWeekly host Char­lie Pick­er­ing is ready for his an­nual show TheYearly.

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