SHANE WAT­SON PEO­PLE OF THE YEAR

From Meghan to Harry (Red­knapp), 2018 was full of un­miss­able in­di­vid­u­als. Here’s my list of win­ners and losers…

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ho made us watch them the most, gave us the most plea­sure and gen­er­ally de­serves to be in­cluded in our Peo­ple Watch­ing round-up of 2018? It’s been tough to whit­tle down, but here goes.

THE LOVED-UP COU­PLE

Harry Red­knapp and San­dra. Even peo­ple who’ve never watched I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! fell for Harry, be­cause he was an old-school geezer, who couldn’t stop telling ev­ery­one about the love of his life and wife of 51 years. It’s “Saaarn” this and “Saaarn” that, he said, and “Saaarn” is al­ways there to sort it. We got it.

THE MOST SPARKLY

Meghan Markle, of course! It’s been a very busy year for Meghan, who has be­come a Bri­tish cit­i­zen, a wife, a Duchess, an in­ter­na­tional fash­ion icon, an ex­pec­tant mother, etc, and still she’s get­ting up at 4.30am to do yoga. Mean­while she has “lost” two aides, and you know… just say­ing. We’ll def­i­nitely be watch­ing next year.

THE POWER PLAYER

Michelle Obama. Now a best­selling au­thor, work-life bal­ancer to make Sh­eryl Sand­berg look be­hind the curve, and still… fun! With great arms! So many rea­sons to gawp, but her “be smart first” mes­sage to girls was an en­cour­ag­ing coun­ter­point to Love Is­land.

THE HIMBO OF THE YEAR

Dr Alex! The posh doc­tor on the said Love Is­land, who swapped the sex­i­est job on Earth (mend­ing peo­ple) for preen­ing by a pool with a bunch of lobotomised dolls. Re­spect points nil.

THE HAP­PI­EST END­ING

Hugh Den­nis and Claire Skin­ner (bet­ter known as the par­ents in Out­num­bered) got to­gether in real life! Which al­most com­pen­sates for the adorable Karen hav­ing grown up.

THE BEST YEAR

Hugh Grant, who was gen­er­ally agreed to have found his life­time-best form play­ing the vil­lain in Padding­ton 2 and then an­other sort of cad, Jeremy Thorpe, in A Very English Scan­dal.

THE LIFE­TIME ACHIEVE­MENT

It’s got to be El­ton – all the El­tons – play­ing Your Song in the John Lewis Christ­mas ad. Well, it makes us cry every sin­gle time (his lit­tle lonely back, seated at the pi­ano! All the good times… and the bad hair).

THE GUILTY PLEA­SURE

Body­guard. By which we mean Richard Mad­den be­ing firm with the Home Sec­re­tary and, although we loy­ally watched un­til the fi­nal cred­its rolled, we were all think­ing, come on, what is the point with­out Kee­ley Hawes! But then we of­ten think that.

THE CON­STANT GENTLE­MAN

What­ever your pol­i­tics, it’s Ja­cob Rees-Mogg. Whether on the doorstep with Nanny Cook, be­ing heck­led by Class War, or spar­ring with

Emily Maitlis, Moggy is now of­fi­cially our most con­sis­tently cour­te­ous politi­cian.

THE MOST CHEER­ING EVENT

The re­turn of cheesy Ab­batas­tic jol­lies in Mamma Mia 2. There was Cher! There was Andy Gar­cia (can you hear the drums, Fer­nando)! It was lovely to be back in our happy place (the mid-Sev­en­ties on a Greek is­land… even if it was Croa­tia).

THE VIL­LAIN

There was Seann on Strictly (who kissed his mar­ried dance part­ner), Ray Kelvin (huggy boss of the year), and so many more to choose from…

THE MOST STRIK­ING COU­PLE

Had to be Liz Hur­ley and her son Damian. Liz won prizes for her age-de­fy­ing bikini­tas­tic body and Damian won prizes for look­ing like Liz in a suit, only with bet­ter eye­brows. Im­pres­sive, if weird.

THE BEST DRAMA

Not con­firmed, but it has to be the Fab Four, or rather the Fab Two (Haz and Wills) try­ing to keep their two lady wives from hand­bags at dawn.

THE COME­BACK OF THE YEAR

There was David the chimp on Dy­nas­ties and then there was Sir Paul McCart­ney. This year Sir Paul has of­fi­cially got back his groove, at 76, and, cru­cially, let his hair go a bit sil­very. Amaz­ing the dif­fer­ence that ditch­ing the hair dye has made.

THE BEST IN SHOW

The fi­nal episode of Pe­ter Kay’s Car Share, back by de­mand (view­ers ac­tu­ally pe­ti­tioned for a de­ci­sive end­ing to John and Kayleigh’s story) and 6.4mil­lion watched on the night.

THE MOST MEM­O­RABLE IM­AGE

There were a lot to choose from, but the one we will take away is Meghan in the one shoul­der dress at the Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards, bump cradling, which is now a thing.

Un­til next year…

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