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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


Candace Bushnell 3 ftvwye
Thu 1 Feb 2024

Candace Bushnell has become synonymous with her alter-ego, Carrie Bradshaw, and is widely known as the author and creator of Sex and the City.

Thu 1 Feb 2024

Nedum will be in Oxford next month as the invited guest of Oxford United Football Club, speaking at the world-famous Oxford Literary Festival. Offered the opportunity for an interview, I converted that chance into a goal.

Prue L
Thu 1 Jun 2023

We spoke to Prue Leith ahead of her appearance at Kite Festival in June.

Sara Pascoe
Wed 1 Feb 2023

We got in touch with Sara Pascoe ahead of her show at New Theatre Oxford in March.