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Dr Hilary warns ‘Christmas will not happen’ unless people change what they’re doing

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Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary Jones warned that Christmas might not happen if we don’t change our ways. 

On the morning show, Dr Hilary said that the public has to take responsibility if they want to celebrate Christmas this year.

The update comes following Boris Johnson’s announcement last night, where he added he was ‘hopeful’ the festive season will still go head if testing can increase to 500,000 a day in the UK by the end of October.  

Hilary also spoke about Matt Hancock placing the blame on young people for the threat of the second wave. He said:  “When it comes to young people being blamed, I don’t think they should be blamed for the transmission of the virus.

“But, what they need to know is unless people behave responsibly there is a risk of jobs being lost and money being unavailable.”

He added: “The things that young people want to buy like their trainers, or their CDs, or their music, or go to venues – they’re not going to be able to do that unless everyone behaves in such a way that limits transmission and gets a handle on this.”

Continuing, Dr Hilary said: “If you look at what’s happening in France and especially in Spain, we have always been lagging behind what’s happening there – and it’s really worrying.

“9,000 cases were recorded in France last Friday and many more hospitalisations in Spain. We don’t want to be there. So, if we do our bit and just you know, do what we’re told for a bit actually then I think we will make some progress.”

Dr Hilary then spoke about the death rate, which has recently reached 30, an increase from two.

He said that the stats could rise despite the rate remaining small: “They were very small in January, they were very small in February and look what’s happened.

“41,000 people died so far plus, so we don’t want to be there again the virus hasn’t changed. Transmission is increasing, the R rate is going up, there will be an exponential rise so we need to make changes.”

He urged that if ‘everyone wants a nice Christmas’ we must ‘change what we’re doing’.

He said: “Whether we are going to get things back to normal at all by Christmas, I’m still hopeful, as I’ve said before, that in many ways we could be able to get some aspects of our lives back to normal by Christmas.”

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BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death receives more than 100,000 complaints

‘We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance’



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The BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death has received a ‘record number’ of complaints, according to reports.

It’s been reported that the broadcaster has been hit with more than 100,000 complaints in regards to its coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

This would be a record in British television history, with the BBC creating a dedicated form online for viewers to voice their dissatisfaction.

The broadcaster cleared its schedules to cover Prince Philip’s death on Friday, and according to The Sun it has now received more than 100,000 complaints.

This is a record breaking number, beating the previous high of 63,000, which was again from the BBC when they screened Jerry Springer: The Musical back in 2005.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance.”

The broadcaster wiped its schedules on both BBC One and BBC Two to run mirrored programmes about the Duke following his death, while BBC Four displayed a message urging people to switch over for a ‘major news report’.

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Line of Duty fans will love ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close

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If you’re not sure what to do with yourself while waiting for the next episode of Line of Duty, then ITV has got you covered.

The broadcaster’s new three-part drama series Too Close began last night, with episode two airing tonight.

Starring Emily Watson and Denise Gough, ITV’s gripping psychological thriller was written by author and actress Clara Salaman and directed by Sue Tully (Line of Duty).

The series was inspired by the novel of the same name, which was published under Clara’s pseudonym Natalie Daniels.

The mini-series premiered last night, Monday April 12th, and it focuses on the dangerous relationship between a forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson), and her patient.

Dr Robertson is assigned to work with Connie Mortenson (Denise Gough), a woman accused of an awful crime connected to the death of two young children – however, she claims she can’t remember a thing.

While the two women find themselves becoming dangerously close, it appears Dr Robertson might be ‘destroyed’ in the process of uncovering the truth.

Besides Watson and Gough, the series also stars Thalissa Teixeira, James Sives, Risteard Cooper, Chizzy Akudolu, Eileen Davies and Nina Wadia.

Too Close began last night on ITV, with the next episode airing tonight at 9pm and the following episode at the same time on Wednesday.

You can catch up on episode one here.

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Tipping Point is looking for Mancunians for the new series

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Tipping Point is on the hunt for Mancunians to star in the new series.

The ITV game show is looking for contestants for series 12, so if you know anyone who’d be perfect for it then let them know.

Hosted by Ben Shephard, Tipping Point gives people the chance to win thousands of pounds.

ITV says: “We are searching for fun, confident people who enjoy quizzing and would like the opportunity to win thousands of pounds using a combination of ​skill, judgement and chance.”


The hit show airs between 4pm and 5pm every weekday, and sees contestants answer questions on general knowledge, films, politics and other subjects before taking on the ‘tipping point’ machine.

Just like the coin pusher machines seen in the arcades of Blackpool and other seaside towns across the North West, contestants drop counters to win money.

People earn money from the silver counters which are worth £50, while ‘mystery counters’ and the £10,000 jackpot counter can also boost their cash pile.


Applicants must be 18 or over, and the deadline for applying is Friday May 7th – the last date for postal applications is Monday May 3rd.

To apply, either use ITV’s online application form here or email for postal entries.

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