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What Went On in 2001?


In this very special Birthday edition we’re celebrating 20 years of Fyne Associates. That means 20 years of Culture, Celebrities, Lifestlyle, Fashion, Literature, Music, Theatre, Film, and so much more. A lot has happened since then, so we’ve gone back to where it all began to remember what life was like in 2001…



  • The most popular TV show of 2001 was – of course – Friends.
  • Brian Dowling won series two of Big Brother. He went on to enjoy a successful career and his most recent work has been hosting the podast Death Becomes Him, a personal exploration of grief.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen won Best Comedy Performance at the British Academy Television Awards, with Da Ali G Show winning Best Comedy.


  • Labour was re-elected in the the  2001 United Kingdom General Election.
  • Tony Blair went on to become the first Labour Prime Minister to serve two consecutive full terms in office.
  • George W Bush was elected as the 43rd President of the United States.
  • Four coordinated terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda on September 11 of that year arguably changed the course of history


  • Apple introduced the first ever iPod, which sold for just under £300.
  • Wikipedia was launched, with the first ever edit being to the Homepage, its message reading, ‘This is the new WikiPedia!’
  • Pizza Hut Delivered a pizza to the International Space Station, at a reported cost of around a million dollars.
  • Windows XP and iTunes were released.

Celebrity Culture


2001’s Chart Toppers…

  1. Atomic Kitten Whole Again
  1. Shaggy featuring Rikrok It Wasn't Me
  1. Kylie Minogue Can't Get You Out Of My Head
  1. DJ Otzi Hey Baby
  1. S Club 7 Don't Stop Movin'
  1. Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag
  1. Shaggy featuring Rayvon Angel
  1. Hear'Say Pure And Simple
  1. Afroman Because I Got High
  1. Robbie Williams Eternity / The Road To Mandalay


Corinne Bailey Rae
Wed 1 May 2024

Corinne Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On snap-shotted the summer of 2006. Her most recent release, Black Rainbows came out 2023 and it is obvious to hear how much she is relishing the full range of her unique voice and, as I was to discover when we spoke, her extraordinarily lyrical vocabulary.

Paul Foot 3 wi4hf6
Tue 2 Apr 2024

Award-winning quirky and alternative comedian Paul Foot is returning to Oxford this month with his new show, Dissolve which is set to be his most vulnerable and honest yet. We got in touch to find out what we can expect from his performance at Oxford’s New Theatre, as well as – in very Paul Foot fashion – getting side-tracked by King  Tutankhamen, and what  Jesus might have  achieved if  he'd been a plumber...

Katie otb8tw
Fri 1 Mar 2024

This month, Katie Melua will be in Oxford, helping to launch the Oxford Literary Festival’s new Programme in Georgian Literature and Culture.

Namvula BBC Music nuyc98
Fri 1 Mar 2024

Described as having a diasporic upbringing, singer-songwriter Namvula is also a gifted photographer and was co-founder of Film Africa, a London-based celebration of African cinema and culture. She now lives in Oxford where she will be performing later this month at The North Wall.