January hasn’t been abundant with joy so far but at least we can expect a stellar year for TV, film, music and – hopefully – live events.
And whether you’re streaming from home or out dancing in a socially distanced field, there’s plenty to choose from.
There’s the return of music icons, hot new acts, British talent on the small screen, Hollywood’s finest in new roles… and maybe even a return to Worthy Farm.
Here’s our list of 22 things to look forward to in 2022.
1. Top Boy, series four : This thriller about London gangs is one of the UK’s best TV exports. Expect another star turn from BAFTA Rising Star winner Michael Ward, right. Netflix, TBC.
2. Conversations With Friends : Sally Rooney’s Normal People was one of the highlights of 2020, and fans are hoping this adaptation of her first novel will be just as good. BBC Three, TBC.
3. Pam & Tommy : Jaws dropped when pictures of Lily James as Pamela Anderson, below, were first released. This series – based around Pam and Tommy Lee’s 1995 stolen sex tape – looks set to be captivating. Disney Plus, February 2.
4. The Curse : This heist comedy is written by and stars some of the People Just Do Nothing crew. Channel 4, early 2022
5. Bridgerton, series two . Now that Lady Whistledown has been revealed to viewers, what further scandals will she reveal? Netflix, March 25
6. Peaky Blinders, series six. This final outing features the legendary Stephen Graham. BBC1, early 2022
7. RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World Drag queens from all series across the globe? Shantay you better believe we’re staying… glued to our TVs. BBC 3, February.
8. Don’t Worry Darling : Now mostly known for being the film that introduced Harry Styles to his girlfriend, Olivia Wilde, this psychological thriller set in the ’50s looks certain to bring the drama on screen as well as off. Out Sept 23
9. Nightmare Alley : It’s the stuff of nightmares for Stan (Bradley Cooper), who finds himself at the centre of a dark tale of abuse and murder at the fairground, when he is enchanted by the deceitful psychiatrist Dr Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett). January 21
10. The Batman : We’re all on tenterhooks to see if Robert Pattinson can carry off the caped crusader, as the story takes us back to the early days of Bruce Wayne’s vigilante superhero. March 4
11. Elvis : You’d think there wasn’t anything left to say about Elvis but then Baz Luhrmann entered the room. His unique biopic stars Austin Butler as ol’ swivel hips and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. June 24
12. Nope : Any ideas what to expect from this Jordan Peele horror? Nope, not yet. Other than the vague title, and the news it will star Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun, the only likely thing we can surmise is we’re going to be terrified. July 22
13. Wet Leg : Chaise Longue, the first single by this kooky Isle of Wight duo, was an anthemic hit last year. Their rise is set to be even more meteoric with the release of debut album, Wet Leg, out April 8.
14. Flohio : Bermondsey’s finest rapper has been a one-to-watch for a while, and this year, with an album in the pipeline, she looks set to launch into the stratosphere. Release date TBC.
15. The Weeknd : The Dawn is the long-awaited fifth album from this musical powerhouse, and following his epic Superbowl performance last year, he’ll have converted a new legion of fans onto his dark and twisted pop beats. Release date TBC.
16. Years & Years : Years & Years might have metamorphosed into a solo project featuring only Olly Alexander, but the act’s third album – Night Call – is sure to be laden with killer dance tracks. Out January 21.
17. Kendrick Lamar : If ever there was a time for a rapper to help us make sense of current events, that time is now, and Kendrick is the act to do it. He’s confirmed a new album, but all we have to go on is him saying: “see you soon”. Release date TBC.
18. Adele live : Hello from the other side… of the world as Adele finally gets back out onstage, performing in her Las Vegas residency, and, thankfully, a couple of shows back in Blighty at BST Hyde Park, July 1 and 2.
19. Stormzy tour : Good things come to those who wait – Stormzy finally gets to tour his excellent 2019 album, Heavy Is The Head, from March 13.
20. Abba Voyage : What’s the name of the game? A virtual-reality comeback and performances from Sweden’s most-loved four-piece. Music lovers can die happy they’ve reformed, and everyone catches ABBA fever once again. From May 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
21. Katherine Ryan tour : If music’s back on the road, then so is comedy and the lol-some Katherine Ryan steps out on stage with the funnies on her Missus tour, from January 20.
22. Glastonbury : Dare to dream: will Glasto’s delayed 50th celebrations burst into life this year? Here’s hoping. Billie Eilish and Diana Ross are already confirmed to get the party started on the farm, from June 22.