Part of a podcast series

The Wheeler Centre

View all episodes in this series

The Show of the Year 2016, Part One

Listen to The Show of the Year 2016, Part One

The horror, the glory, the sublime and the ridiculous – 2016 served it all up in enormous doses. Join us for part one of the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year – celebrating a year’s worth of highlights and lowlights.

What happened in 2016? Well, the Panama Papers dropped. The Louvre flooded. A woman in New Jersey got stuck up a tree while playing Pokémon Go in a cemetery. And Brangelina was reduced to its component parts. What else? England voted for Boaty McBoatface … then Brexit. Brazil impeached its president. Ceasefire attempts failed in Syria and we were rocked by attacks in Brussels, Paris, Orlando and Baghdad. This was the year the United States elected Donald Trump. It was also the year we said goodbye to David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Harper Lee, Leonard Cohen and Prince. 

Nkechi Anele

Nkechi Anele performs 'Purple Rain' — Photo: Emily Sexton

Closer to home, Turnbull was returned (only just) as Prime Minister. Our census was a mess, but Chloe Esposito triumphed in the modern pentathlon at Rio and the Western Bulldogs won the AFL Grand Final. We were the crowd favourites at Eurovision and we fell in love with Matilda all over again with Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical.

Your host for the Show of the Year is silver-tongued songbird Casey Bennetto. For the first half of the year, he's joined by Geraldine Quinn, Shireen Morris, Jennifer Byrne, Tom Ballard, Nkechi Anele, Osamah Sami and Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier. They tackle events including the deaths of Prince and Harper Lee, Boaty McBoatface and Brexit.

Sit back, relax and relive the best and worst as a bevy of Australia’s finest writers and entertainers farewell the year that was – in five-minute bursts of stories and song.

Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne pays tribute to Harper Lee — Photo: Emily Sexton

Tom Ballard

Tom Ballard on Boaty McBoatface — Photo: Jon Tjhia

Osamah Sami

Osamah Sami on the Logies, political correctness and Arab greetings — Photo: Jon Tjhia

The Wheeler Centre

Subscribe to the Wheeler Centre's podcast to hear full recordings of our talks – featuring the best in books, writing and ideas.