Today on This Morning Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford covered the subject of domestic abuse – something that’s even more important to talk about since lockdown.
They were joined by Deirdre Sanders, who was there to help people with any problems they are experiencing during the coronavirus pandemic.
At one point a caller named Louise got in touch to say that her ex had been tormenting her, adding that she ‘was at her wit’s end’.
Louise – which isn’t her real name – told Deirdre: “I escaped severe domestic violence a few years back. However, my ex makes us suffer and said he wouldn’t give up until I was dead, etc.
“He no longer hurts us physically, thankfully. However he continues his threats by holding the purse strings, withholding money. I’m on very limited benefits with two children, one who’s disabled.
“I have a court order which he’d refused to pay. I’ve spoken to the police over mental abuse but they won’t entertain it. I’ve tried to get legal aid, I can’t get legal aid. I have been supported by a couple of domestic abuse people in the area.
“I’m at my wits’ end to get somebody to help me to stop this man and I can’t get anyone to do it.”
Deirde replied by saying: “I think we are having to go back to his and get on to the police. He’s breaking the law, he’s breaking a court order. It’s totally wrong what he’s doing.
“It’s a question of enforcement. Do try again with the police, it’s just so clear-cut that they should be helping you.”
Ruth then stepped in, informing Louise the This Morning team would call the police, saying: “Our team, I’m just being told, our team will get onto the police, with Deirdre as well. We will be helping you.
“These are very difficult calls – you can’t always call people back. By calling in to the programme you’ve made the first step and we will try to help you.”
We hope Louise gets the help she needs. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you can call Refuge’s freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Remember, you’re not on your own.
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’
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’.
Line of Duty fans will love ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close
Did anyone catch it last night?
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.
Tipping Point is looking for Mancunians for the new series
Who’s up for it?
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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for postal entries.