Despite only entering the Love Island villa mere days ago, Wigan contestant Danny Bibby has caused quite the stir already.
The antics of Danny, a twenty-five-year old plumber and clothing brand owner from the Greater Manchester town, is already ruffling feathers among both the contestants on the ITV reality show and the viewers watching from home.
And this week, Ofcom revealed it had been hit with more than 1,500 complaints regarding his behaviour in the villa.
The regulator confirmed that precisely 1,507 complaints were made in regards to the casting, after it was revealed Danny used a racial slur on social media in 2019.
Viewers of the show have been calling for Danny to be axed after finding a racially-motivated comment on his Instagram, which has since been deleted.
The plumber quickly issued an apology on Friday, via ITV. His statement said: “I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark.
“I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant.
“I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again.
“I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.”
There were red flags surrounding Danny before he entered the Villa, however, when he gave his thoughts on the current dynamic among contestants, saying: “The guys need an alpha male and I feel like that’s me.”
Love Island airs tonight on ITV2 at 9pm.
Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer tipped for Bafta wins after ‘powerful’ Help performances
‘Yeah so Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham need to win every award going for these performances’
Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer have been tipped for Bafta wins following their ‘powerful’ performances in Channel 4’s film Help.
Help, written by Jack Thorne, tells the tale of Sarah, played by Comer, a newly appointed carer who strives to protect her patients in a fictional Liverpool care home throughout the 2020 lockdowns. Graham plays one of the care home’s residents who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s.
However, when the pandemic hits and staff members fall ill from the virus, Sarah finds herself running the care home alone during a night shift, dangerously low on PPE and desperate to save the lives of her residents, many of whom are struggling from the symptoms of Covid.
Since airing last night, both Comer and Graham have received acclaim among viewers for the roles they played in the story, with many hailing them as worthy of winning ‘all the awards’.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Jodie Comer & Stephen Graham are literally national treasures. Their level of acting is second to none.”
Another commented: “Yeah so Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham need to win every award going for these performances.”
Writer Jack Thorne came up with the idea for the film when he ‘saw care homes getting squashed and battered by the government’ throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said, as per Metro: “Hearing the stories of those at the frontline, having people break down in tears on Zoom in front of us has been incredibly moving and galling.
“Getting the story right will be incredibly important, we are aware of the pressure upon us, this has to be written and made with anger and precision. We hope we do it justice.”
Help is now available to watch on Channel 4.
Gogglebox’s Marina pays emotional tribute to her ‘dearest friend’ Mary Cook
Mary sadly passed away last month
Gogglebox star Marina Wingrove pulled on the heartstrings of fans far and wide this week with an emotional tribute to her friend Mary Cook.
Mary, who sadly passed away last month at the age of ninety-two, became a staple part of the reality series with Marina, whom she befriended in a retirement home ten years prior.
A statement issued by Channel 4 and Studio Lambert on behalf of Mary’s family confirmed the news, saying in a statement: “We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend at the age of 92 with her family by her side.
“Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to many, Mary, who worked in the hospitality trade, had been married and widowed twice.”
And now, ahead of the return of the new season tonight, Marina has issued her own message via Gogglebox’s Twitter account.
Writing alongside a clip of the pair attempting to take a selfie together on a flip phone, her statement read: “A tribute from Marina to Mary. ‘My dearest friend Mary, treasured memories will last forever.
“Our laughs and giggles and our ups and downs will forever be in my heart. Deepest sympathies to Mary’s family. Love Marina.”
Fans of the show were quick to flood the post with messages of love and support, with one person writing: “Aww Marina what a beautiful and touching tribute to our dear Mary. Hope you can find the courage to come back into our lounge Marina.”
Another commented: “I absolutely adored these two together. Constantly showing that you can have fun at any age. Such lovely ladies. May Mary rest peacefully.”
Gogglebox is back on tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.
Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek to air later this month, ITV confirms
The boys are back on what could be their biggest adventure yet
Everyone’s favourite cooking trio are making a much-needed comeback later this month with an epic road trip across Greece, ITV has announced.
The unlikely pals have travelled across various parts of the globe together as a part of their hugely successful ITV show – America, France and Italy, to name a few – and have experienced many weird and wonderful customs along the way and, now, they are set to add the beautiful country of Greece to their growing list.
Yesterday, ITV announced that the new series will be airing this month, with the broadcaster writing on Twitter: “Confirmed: Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek! Starts Monday 27 September at 9pm on ITV.”
In Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek, the stars will be first heading out to the country’s capital city of Athens and its many stunning islands – including the largest, Crete, which is where their journey will begin.
The trio will then move on in their trademark RV to other must-see Greek locations such as Santorini, Mykonos and Meteora, breaking up the driving with jet ski racing, shipwreck diving and fresh lobster hunting along the way.
ITV announced the show as part of its autumn programming back in July, saying: “This time their RV is hitting the beautiful Greek islands and historical city of Athens, for a big fat Greek adventure, together again behind the wheel on an epic odyssey like no other. From island hopping on a catamaran, to jet ski racing and shipwreck diving, there will be bromance and bickering in equal measure.
“Thanks to an abundance of fantastic food, including the freshest lobster, chefs Gordon and Gino will be looking to prove that Greece’s culinary credentials are up there with the very best of Europe.
“The guys will begin their adventure in Crete, Greece’s largest island, before navigating their way to stunning Santorini, making their way to the party island of Mykonos and finishing their trip in the Greek capital Athens and the monasteries of Meteora.
“Travelling together in the birthplace of civilisation, what could possibly go wrong?”
Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek starts on ITV at 9pm on Monday 27 September.