Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.
Jessie Burton's debut novel The Miniaturist comes top of a public vote to be named Specsavers Book of the Year.
Big Brother is the most complained about TV show of the year, with X Factor, EastEnders, Coronation Street and X Factor all in the top 10.
Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.
Amstrad founder Lord Sugar names his latest business partner at the climax of BBC One's The Apprentice.
X Factor winner Ben Haenow wins the race for the Christmas number one single, with his song Something I Need.
North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks.
Singer Sting is "a huge presence" in the Broadway musical he wrote and now appears in, according to one review.
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage - with the musician documenting the day on the Instagram website.
Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw reveals that the multiple myeloma he was diagnosed with last year is in remission.
The third and final instalment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies, tops the US box office.
The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail.
Photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of the Queen, the Beatles and Samuel Beckett among many others, dies aged 89.
An artist creates a 4ft (1.2m) elephant using old jigsaw puzzles, as part of a scheme to donate new ones to five hospitals in England and Scotland.
American singer Jimmy Osmond posts a video of himself being breathalysed by police officers in Llandudno.
A controversial garden bridge is to be built across the River Thames as the Mayor of London approves the scheme.
The musical version of the hit 2003 film School of Rock is to open on Broadway next year.
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by King George III during his period of "madness" is discovered at the British Library.
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.
The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are among 25 new additions to the US National Film Registry.
Udo Juergens, one of the best-known pop stars in the German-speaking world and winner of Eurovision in 1966, dies at the age of 80.
The families of the victims of a fatal car crash at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas are suing its organisers.
The singer surprises fans by releasing six tracks from her new album early after songs were leaked online.
A total of 11.5 million people watch as TV presenter Caroline Flack wins this year's series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.
The diplomat and journalist John Freeman, best known for his interviews for BBC television series Face to Face, dies at the age of 99.
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.
York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.
Mark Wright, the winner of this year's Apprentice said he was "very confident" of success for his new business plans.