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Gogglebox will be covering Meghan Markle interview and Piers Morgan storming off GMB tonight

Will you be watching?

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It’s been a big week in the world of TV, what with the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview AND Piers Morgan storming off Good Morning Britain in the aftermath.

And what better way to reflect on this than with all your favourite Goggleboxers (if that’s even a word), as the show will be covering both incidents tonight.

Gogglebox will be on at its usual time on Channel 4 tonight, and Guardian TV critic Scott Bryan has confirmed that both of these big events will be covered.

The drama began at the start of the week, when Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in the US on Sunday, and then in the UK on Monday night.

In it Meghan revealed some bombshell claims, including that the Royal Family were concerned about her baby Archie’s skin colour prior to his birth.

She also revealed that she had experienced suicidal thoughts.

Piers Morgan, who had already taken it upon himself to call out everything Meghan did, wasn’t impressed with the interview, saying that he didn’t believe her on Good Morning Britain. 

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He said: “I’m angry to the point of boiling over today, I’m sickened by what I’ve just had to watch.

“This is a two-hour trashathon of our Royal Family, of the monarchy, of everything the Queen has worked so hard for, and it’s all being done as Prince Philip lies in hospital. They trash everybody.”

He continued: “They basically make out the entire Royal Family are a bunch of white supremacists, by dropping this race bombshell… They didn’t name which one it was, they just throw it out there, so it could be any member of the Royal Family.

“And Harry says, ‘I’ll never say who it was.’ Well, you better say it fast.”

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But it was Piers’ dismissal of Meghan’s suicidal thoughts that caused the biggest backlash, with viewers and mental health charities calling him out, as well as his colleague Alex Beresford.

Alex said: “This is absolutely diabolical behaviour.

“Piers spouts off on a regular basis and we all have to sit and listen. Six thirty to seven o’clock yesterday was incredibly hard to watch – incredibly hard to watch.”

After Alex called him out on his behaviour, Piers then chose to storm off set, and it was confirmed by ITV later in the day that the presenter would no longer be co-hosting GMB.

If you want to relive the drama, Gogglebox will air tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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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.”

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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.

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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 apply@rdftelevision.com for postal entries.

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