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Sir David Attenborough warns of another pandemic if we don’t tackle the climate crisis

This is terrifying…

Alex Watson

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The nation’s favourite TV host has issued his starkest warning ever to the drastic effects that could happen if we don’t tackle climate change as an eighth of the planet’s species risk dying out.

The nature expert has made a desperate plea for people to change their ways or the effects of global warming and climate change will be dire. 

His latest BBC programme, Extinction: The Facts, is slightly different from the usual euphoric and beautiful scenes found in his previous programmes. This one depicts imagery of monkeys escaping forest fires, corpses of killer whales and a lost baby bear stuck in a smoking landscape.

It highlights the threat of extinction of one million different species through coronavirus, explaining that ‘our destructive relationship with nature’ is linked to the emergence of Covid-19′ which both blames and threatens humans. 

In a final speech on a new BBC programme, Sir David said: “One thing we do know, if nature is given the chance it can bounce back.

He took us back to 1992 where he met a group of mountain gorillas, one named Poppy. Thanks to conservation efforts the family is still thriving, offering a glimmer of hope. 

He added: “To see Poppy’s daughter and granddaughter thriving is thrilling. It just shows what we can achieve when we put our minds to it.

“I do truly believe that together we can create a better future.”

Pausing for a moment, Sir David landed a statement that has shaken viewers to their core. 

He said: “I might not be here to see it but if we make the right decision at this critical moment we can save our planet’s ecosystem, it’s extraordinary biodiversity and all its inhabitance.”

“What happens next is up to every one of us” he explained. 

From then, Twitter was full of very teary-eyed watchers who explained how important the programme is. 

One user wrote: “I can’t imagine a world without Sir David Attenborough in it. Such an important programme once again. We can all do more. #ExtinctionTheFacts #Extinction”.

The programme also explains that deadly viruses such as Sars, Ebola and Aides have effected us via wildlife and through the intrusion of humans into natural habitats to rear cattle, grow soya, or produce palm oil.

It goes on to point out that there is no reason why a new virus that is deadlier than coronavirus could easily appear, and possibly even ‘wipe out’ humans. 

In his new book, A Life on Our Planet, Sir David explained that we could face a lifetime of floods, drought and an acidic ocean if we don’t act now to save our planet. 

He added that by 2030, just ten years from now, the world’s biggest rainforest could be reduced by 75% due to illegal burning and deforestation.

“Reduced rainfall would cause water shortages in cities and droughts in the farmlands created by the deforestation. Food production would be radically affected,” he writes.

“The biodiversity loss would be catastrophic. Species that may have given us drugs, new foodstuffs and industrial applications may be gone.”

Sir David also explained that the polar bear may also begin to die off, writing: “As the ice-free period lengthened, scientists detected a worrying trend.

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“Pregnant females, drained of their reserves, were now giving birth to smaller cubs.

“It is quite possible that one year, the summer would be just that little bit longer, and the cubs born that year will be so small that they cannot survive their first polar winter. That whole population of polar bears would then crash.”

He also further explained that by 2080 another pandemic might hit due to a vast crop failure and that food production will hit a point of crisis worsening the effects of a pandemic. 

Attenborough does explain that solutions are ‘within our grasp’, adding that there are ‘steps we can take and goals we must achieve to avert the coming catastrophe’.

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Matt Lucas’ hilarious Boris Johnson impression has been hailed the ‘best Bake Off opening ever’

Last night’s episode was hilarious!

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Last night saw the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, and fans are calling new presenter Matt Lucas’ opening ‘genuis’. 

The debut of the show kicked off with the Little Britain star mimicking Boris Johnson’s coronavirus briefings that we’ve all come to know (but definitely not love) very well. 

Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as co-presenter for the Channel 4 show, alongside Noel Fielding.

Kicking off with the first scene, Lucas is shown wearing a blonde wig and standing at a podium with the slogan: “Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves.”

Fans were worried earlier on on Tuesday as they would have to decide between Boris or Bake Off, as Boris’ briefing was scheduled for the exact same time.

Luckily, Bake Off was postponed for 15 minutes.

Lucas began, stumbling over his words, saying ‘Good evening, let’s get straight to it.’

He continued: “We are now approaching phase 46 which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are saying, with regards to baking, that if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent…”

Lucas added: “We are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of the hundreds and thousands.”

The clip then panned to Noel, video-linked in to ask a very important and pressing question, ‘is it scone or scone?’

Pru and Paul then both answer, with completely different pronunciations, leaving everyone just as confused as ever. 

Fans have been howling over the skit ever since. One user wrote: “I could watch Matt Lucas doing Boris Johnson impersonations for the rest of 2020. In fact, it may be the only thing that gets me through 2020.”

Another added: “I can’t listen to Boris Johnson now without visualising Matt Lucas”

That’s not the only part of the show that has had viewers in stitches.

In what is being hailed the ‘silliest showstopper’ yet fans had to immortalise their heroes in sponge cake.

The tent quickly became a budget Madame Tussauds, complete with a mouthless Bob Marley, a neckless Freddie Mercury plus an inflated David Bowie. 

One Twitter user wrote: “I didn’t think 2020 could get any worse until someone baked a Louis Theroux cake”

Another, speaking of Freddie’s head, said: “Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed”.

I already can’t wait for next week! 

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ITV’s new series ‘Des’ hit with Ofcom complaints due to ‘horrifying’ scenes

Have you watched it yet?

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Des, a new three-part series on ITV, has been hit with Ofcom complaints as viewers were left ‘horrified’ from the scenes detailing gruesome murders.

Des features the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 men in the space of five years, between 1978 and 1983 in London.

Played by David Tennant, Des’s talk of boiled heads, dismemberment and necrophilia, plus extensive chain-smoking on the series, has prompted viewers to complain to Ofcom.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Oh it’s time to scare myself silly again watching @itv #Des I’m hoping @TwiningsUK is going to help this evening #scared #itv #itvdes #tea #twinings #sleep.”

Another tweeted David’s co-star, Daniel Mays, who plays DCI Jay, the detective in charge of the case: “@DanielMays9 Just watched Des, scared to go to sleep now!”

The killer was found out when a workman found chunks of human remains in the drain of Nilsen’s home in Muswell Hill. More remains were found before Des confessed to the murders.

There are chilling scenes which sees Nilsen defend carrying out despicable acts on the corpses.

Nilsen’s biographer, Brian Masters, asked him about having sex with the victims to which Nilsen replied ‘it wasn’t about sex’, adding that Brian was trying to find ‘simple answers.

Brian replies: “I’m not trying to simplify anything but you did have sex with these young men after they died.”

Nilsen creepily replied: “No, I did not. Did I enjoy them? Yes.

“Did I gain some sort of satisfaction from looking at their naked bodies next to mine in the mirror? I didn’t penetrate them.

“The only thing I did was squeeze the life out of a human being, that was wrong, that was unforgivable. I’ll be properly punished for it.”

He continued: “What I did with a corpse was neither here nor there. If you’re more disgusted by what I did to a corpse than what I did to a living man, then your moral system is upside down.”

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TV Channel that plays Christmas films 24/7 is launching this month

The saviour of 2020.

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For everyone who’s ready to put this year behind them and look forward to Christmas, you need to know about this TV Channel. 

Sony Movies Christmas is a new pop-up channel that will be playing Christmas films all day for the next three months right up until the big day.

The channel is set to launch this month and will be showing films 24 hours of the day so you can get in the festive spirit whenever you want. 

Viewers will be treated to the likes of A Beauty and the Beast Christmas, Marrying Father Christmas, and The Christmas Cabin.

Other new films on the channel include A Christmas Eve Miracle, Christmas Cruise, Lucky Christmas, The Christmas Contract, and Magic Stocking.

The channels states they will be airing Christmas classics as well as ‘indulgent treats to get you in the holiday mood from September to January’.

Adding: “Santa and his elves aren’t the only people working its stockings off to ensure there’s enough Christmas content to keep you in a seasonal mood right until the big day and beyond.”

“Because really, when isn’t a good time to give yourself a little festive cheer?”

Not only will there be exclusive new Christmas films as well as old favourites, there is also set to be special weekend themes including ‘Christmas comedies’, ‘Naughty vs nice’, ‘Wicked Christmas’ and even a ‘Singing for Christmas’ for the ultimate binge-watching weekend. 

Personally we can’t wait!! 

Sony Movies Christmas will be available from 24th September all day, every day. You can find the channel on Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 or Freesat 303.

If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, a radio station has launched that is playing 100% Christmas bangers all day every day. Find out more here

Some people are already in the spirit but it’s okay because studies show you’re probably happier… 

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