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Minister walks out on Piers Morgan interview about UK death toll

This was awkward…

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Thérèse Coffey terminated a Zoom interview with GMB leaving Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid shocked.

The work and pensions secretary walked out of the television interview on Monday branding it ‘insulting’.

It came after the minister was in a back and forth with presenter Piers Morgan over the UK’s high coronavirus death toll.

Coffey told the presenter that the UK’s awful Covid-19 death rate was due to the country’s obesity problem and ageing population. Firstly Piers thanked the MP for finally pointing out some reasons why. 

He said: “None of your colleagues last week could give us any! You’ve given us two now – ageing population and obesity.

“So are you saying that the reason for us having the worst death rate in the world is because of the public? We’re too old and we’re too fat?”

When Piers suggested this, the minister replied: “I think that’s a very insulting thing that you’ve just said.”

“I’m conscious that there are a variety of factors that would have sadly led to being ill during this time, sadly that translating into deaths.

“I’m very conscious that this is a very serious impact that our prime minister was in hospital, in intensive care himself last April. I am conscious that we want to have a wrap-around response from people”

When Piers interjected with: “What did you find insulting, out of interest? What did you find insulting?”

She replied: “I also have to point out that you started this interview late. Unfortunately, I have to go to other broadcasters as well, and I wish we had more time.”

But Piers was quick to point out the government have had plenty of time while they were boycotting the programme.

The presenter responded: “I haven’t interviewed you since May, so you can come back any time.

“It was you that boycotted the programme. Please don’t play the ‘we haven’t given you enough time’ card, because we gave you eight months and you didn’t turn up.”

But Coffey had had enough of the interview, reaching to turn her camera off, her last words to Piers and Susanna were: “I’m sorry Piers, I’m going to have to go to another broadcasters. Piers, I’m sorry but I’m going to have to go. You’ve already had 20 minutes of my time, I appreciate your time as well.” 

As the screen switched off Piers fumed: She throws out two reasons why we have the worst death toll in the world, apparently – we have an ageing population – so we’re too old, and we have an obesity problem – we’re too fat.

“When I said, ‘So it’s the public’s fault, is it? We’re too fat and it’s nothing to do with the government.’ I was the one insulting?!”

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Married At First Sight is looking for single Mancunians for a brand new UK series

Fancy finding the one?

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Channel 4’s hit dating reality show Married At First Sight is on the look out for keen singletons from Manchester to take part in its next series.

The show sees contestants tie the knot with strangers who are deemed ‘compatible’ by a team of psychologists following personality tests. Following a full blown wedding ceremony, the couples are then tasked with giving married life a good go for six weeks, with them even enjoying a honeymoon and moving in together.

Throughout the six weeks, the married couples also meet up with the other paired-off contestants for weekly commitment ceremonies and dinner dates, which is where most of the drama kicks off – anyone who watched the latest season will know about this all too well. 

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For those out of the loop; Durham-born contestant Nikita Jasmine was booted off the show after an altercation with other contestants during one of the weekly dinner dates.

Channel 4 announced in a statement that Nikita’s ‘aggression’ had been ‘unacceptable and breached our agreed code of conduct on behaviour’, adding: “The wellbeing of cast and crew is our utmost priority at all times throughout production and beyond.”

But, putting all the drama to one side for a second, Channel 4 is officially on the hunt for singletons to take part in its next series.

Sharing a call-out on social media, Channel 4 appealed: “Married At First Sight UK Is Calling All Singles… Are you ready to find The One?”

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To be in with a chance of appearing on the show, you will have to tell producers a little bit about yourself, your ideal first date and how long you’ve been single, all alongside a video message.

The series is set to start filming in Spring 2022, so you have to be available then and must not have any current TV connections.

You can apply by clicking here, or emailing marriedatfirstsight@cplproductions.co.uk.

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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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