It’s been a year of shake-ups for the British media. With the coveted Radio 1 Breakfast Show slot being up for grabs seeing as the legendary Nick Grimshaw has stepped down, to new stars rising across the media landscape, it seems that in the year ahead, anything could happen. Both behind the scenes and on the public stage, the wheels are in motion for some serious game-changing career shifts among some of the most recognised faces in British media. Let’s take a look at what we can expect in 2019.
First off let’s start with the radio. While some people might think that presenting a radio show hardly represents a rise to super-stardom, let’s not forget that the careers of some of the biggest household names in the country, the likes of Fearne Cotton, James Corden, Zane Lowe, Chris Evans and Zoe Ball, were all made on the airwaves. Grimshaw’s departure from the most popular radio slot in the UK represented a significant power vacuum that many ambitious celebs were eager to fill.
The recent announcement that his role will be taken over by relative unknown Greg James sent shockwaves through the industry. While his career up to this point is largely limited to smaller radio segments and minor roles in shows such as Doctor Who, this massive leap up for James means that we’ll be seeing (or hearing) a lot more from him in the year ahead.
Meanwhile, in the world of television, there’s an impressive roster of up-and-coming talent that look set to make history in 2019. One of the big questions of the moment is who will step up to become the next presenter of the hit TV show Top Gear, which has continued to enjoy record viewing figures since their big shake-up in 2016. With American actor Matt LeBlanc slated to leave shortly, the bets are on for who will fill the role for one of the most widely broadcast shows in the world. There are several top contenders, with Paddy Power’s BBC Specials betting putting the most favourable odds on either celebrity chef James Martin or fashion model Jodie Kidd to take the top spot. Whoever bags it, expect to see them appearing everywhere and anywhere in the year ahead.
Beyond presenting, some stellar performances by up and coming actors who have landed major roles look set to shake up the who’s who of Britain’s A-listers in 2019. The biggest one to watch out for will naturally be former Peep Show star Olivia Colman, who is set to take the lead role in the hit Netflix series The Crown, alongside the legendary Helena Bonham Carter. The Crown was one of the highest-rated and most widely viewed shows in the world last year, so expectations are sky-high, as viewers and critics will doubtless be comparing Colman to her stellar predecessor Claire Foy all the way through.
To say that 2019 looks set to be a significant year for British media would be an understatement. The replacements and shake-ups listed here represent some of the biggest career boosts and image revamps in celebrity history, and how they will play out is anyone’s guess.