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Gogglebox’s Tom Malone Jr responds to rumours about why he left the show

He’s now left the show

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Tom Malone Jr confirmed yesterday that he’s leaving Gogglebox, after becoming a firm favourite on the show alongside his very Mancunian family.

Tom took to Twitter to announce that he is leaving Gogglebox for good, thanking Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for his time on the popular show.

The 26-year-old is part of the much-loved Malone family from Manchester, who joined Gogglebox back in 2014, with dad Tom Senior and mum Julie starring alongside Tom Jr and Shaun.

Tom Sr and Julie have two more children, Lee and Vanessa, although the older siblings have never appeared on the show.

While Tom Jr has officially departed the show, he confirmed that his family will remain on Gogglebox for future seasons – much to everyone’s delight.

He announced the news on Twitter, saying: “So after six years it’s finally time to put down the remote and say goodbye to Gogglebox.

“I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for allowing me to be a part of the show. But new opportunities are knocking on the door and it’s time to explore them.

“I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about having said something stupid! P.S. Don’t worry my parents and my brother will still be on the show to keep you guys entertained every Friday.”

He later returned to Twitter to respond to rumours about why he left the show, tweeting: “Just to clear a few things up: I didn’t ‘Quit’ the show… I left on good terms.

“My girlfriend never even wanted to be on the show and had nothing to do with me leaving. I wasn’t scared to say something stupid.

“Anyone spouting these narratives are spreading fabrications.”

While Tom has yet to reveal what new opportunities he’ll be exploring, his dance career is on the up so there’s likely a very bright future ahead of him, and we wish him all the best.

Gogglebox is returning to our screens for a new series tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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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

Did anyone catch it last night?

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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

Who’s up for it?

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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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