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Gary Neville applauded as he calls out government’s ‘dangerous’ Universal Credit cut on GMB

‘I trust the population of this country, I work on the theory that people aren’t sitting there lazy, they really want a good job’

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Gary Neville has received wide-spread praise this morning after he ripped into government officials over their Universal Credit cut. 

The former Manchester United footballer appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to discuss the end of the £20 uplift universal credit users have received during the pandemic.

Neville was joined by former Tory politician Edwina Currie, who is in full support of the government’s plan to axe the uplift. Currie pointed out that there are ‘a million job vacancies being advertised across the country’, with ‘whole industries desperate for people to return to work.’

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She said: “It doesn’t make any kind of sense to pay people to stay at home. What we really want is for people to get out there and to get the jobs.”

And even when host Susanna Reid pointed out that 40% of universal credit claimants are actually in work, she remained firm on her stance by pointing out that ‘the majority of people on universal credit don’t have a job’, and even claiming that the government is helping them by ‘putting more money into supporting, tutoring and mentoring people to find work’.

However, Currie’s comments didn’t sit too well with Neville, who instantly hit back by offering a ‘translation’ of what the former politician had just said.

“Well, let me just translate what Edwina has just said. ‘I’m ok here, we’re ok here’, which is the first thing a Conservative person does. They look after themselves.”

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He went on to slam the Conservative’s language as ‘always divisive’ and ‘not helpful’, saying that it’s ‘really dangerous to remove Universal Credit payments at this moment in time, it’s brutal’.

He went on: “I trust the population of this country, I work on the theory that people aren’t sitting there lazy, they really want a good job. They want to get good pay, they want their mental health to be sorted. They’re not sitting there thinking, ‘I’m going to take the chancellors money and live off of their money for the next ten to fifteen years.”

Since Neville’s appearance on the show, GMB viewers have been applauding his strong stance on the matter and for showing Currie to be the ‘uncaring ex-politician she is’.

One person wrote: “Gary Neville and his destruction of Edwina Currie has made my day, his concern for vulnerable people was there for all to see, whilst Currie spoke of how good everything is in the Peak District, I’ve been there, its white, rich, Brexity and tory #GMB.”

Another commented: “Gary Neville on @GMB just now was fantastic. He made Edwina Curry look like the uncaring ex-politician she is. Her advice to become a kitchen porter, when you likely already have a full time job shows how out of touch Tories are. People are on their knees.”

This comes just weeks after Neville launched his university scheme, a plan that will be aimed at young people between the ages of seventeen and twenty who have been eligible for free school dinners and may never have thought they’d get the opportunity to go to university.

Speaking to ITV News at the time, Neville admitted that he is ‘ashamed’ to be in a country where families are still forced to choose between heating and eating, and described the government’s recent decision to cut Universal Credit by £20 as ‘ridiculous’.

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First look at new Channel 4 prison drama written by Killing Eve creator

The series will be based upon Williams’ real-life experience from working in prisons

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Channel 4 has given viewers the first glimpse at their upcoming new prison drama Screw, written by BAFTA nominated writer Rob Williams, one of the masterminds behind Killing Eve.

The new series will throw viewers into grisly mens prison Long Marsh, a place tinged with humour, emotional high stakes and an overwhelming danger for prisoners and officers alike.

Nina Sosanya will take on the role of Leigh, the head of the group of Long Marshes prison officers, who having devoted most of her adult life to the prison appears to have her fair share of dark secrets.

Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell will also play an integral part in the show as street-wise copper Rose.

Making up the team of ‘screws’, there will also be Line of Duty’s Faraz Ayub as Ali, I May Destroy You’s Stephen Wright as Gary, Game of Thrones’ Ron Donachie as Don and King Gary’s Laura Checkley as Jackie.

The series, which is said to have been inspired by writer Rob Williams’ real-life experience from working in prisons, will offer an insight into incarceration rarely seen before on British TV, according to producers.

The series is also said to tackle contemporary stories ‘head-on with through a vibrant and multi layered cast of characters’.

Williams said on his new project: “Screw is a real passion for me; I’ve wanted to write about prisons ever since teaching in that environment in a former life.

“I’ve maintained close links since then and the idea has grown.  After the experience of working with Sarah Brown and her team at STV Studios on The Victim, I wouldn’t want to pursue a project that means so much to me with anybody else.

“I feel very lucky to be working with Channel 4 on the show and I can’t wait to introduce the world of Screw to as wide an audience as possible.”

Screw will air on Channel 4 and E4 in early 2022.

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Corrie teams up with Eastenders and Emmerdale for first ever soap crossover

For the first time ever, characters from Corrie, Emmerdale and Eastenders will be on the same screen…

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British soaps will be teaming up in a series of crossover episodes for the first time ever, it has been announced today.

Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Doctors, Holby City and Casualty will all be joining forces in a new week-long storyline that aims to tackle climate change.

The news, that is bound to ruffle the feathers of many die-hard soap fans, was revealed today by TV journalist Sharon Marshall, who appeared on ITV’s This Morning to discuss what the new episodes may look like.

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Talking to hosts Phil and Holly, Sharon explained that the soaps will be coming together to all tell the same story at the same time about climate change. Each soap will film a scene with a climate change reference and then nod to the other, and characters will start to pop up from one soap in another on screen.

For example; a social media video featuring two of Emmerdale’s residents will be shown to Coronation Street characters.Casualty will also be discussed in The Woolpack, and a social media clip from Weatherfield will be chatted about Eastender’s The Queen Vic.

Jane Hudson on behalf of Emmerdale and ITV Studios, said: “Never before have all five soaps and both continuing dramas come together and united in telling one story. And we certainly haven’t seen characters pop up in other shows before.

“This is a real treat for our audience, whilst also allowing us to get across a very important message.”

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Similarly, the head of continuing drama at BBC Studios Kate Oates added: “I’m thrilled that our soaps and serial dramas have all come together to help highlight the issue of climate change amongst our millions of viewers.

“We’re grateful to the teams that made this happen, and hugely look forward to seeing the talent from our own shows popping up in other iconic programmes.”

The new crossover storyline will begin on Monday November 1st.

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Peaky Blinders creator confirms season 6 will be released early next year

The sixth and final season will be returning to our screens very soon…

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The creators of Netflix smash hit Peaky Blinders has revealed when we can expect to see the sixth and final season back on our screens.

During a panel at the BFI London Film Festival, Steven Knight said he is hoping for a Spring-time release, which will be sometime between March and May next year.

Knight also teased some further information about the highly-anticipated Peaky Blinders film, saying as per Variety: “And then I am going to write the feature which will be set in and shot in Birmingham… And that will probably be the sort of the end of the road for Peaky Blinders as we know it.”

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Knight explained that the upcoming film and TV studio and academy in Birmingham he is backing will feature an initiative called ‘Second Unit’ which enables students to get practical and paid experience on productions.

He said: “For too long productions have taken very enthusiastic, very talented young people, and paid them nothing and had them making coffee and running around and doing nothing. It’s a real shame.”

The writer also said that there could be ‘shows related’ to the Peaky Blinders universe, preferring not to use the term spin-offs, something he ‘is not fond of’.

Knight added that production for the movie adaptation of the series is expected to begin in 2023, meaning we can expect a release date the following year.

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A couple of months ago, the series’ director Anthony Byrne announced that the sixth season was a wrap, sharing a picture from the set on Instagram stating that the cast and crew are ‘Done & Done & Done.’

Throughout the production of the final season, film crews were seen transforming Manchester’s Castlefield into a post-World War One era Birmingham, with several members of the cast – Cillian Murphy included – been seen around the city.

Several wooden scaffolds, market-style props, trader signs, sacks, barrels and more were seen dotted around the area, with the Shelby’s famous ‘The Garrison’ pub being the most notable sight to viewers.

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