Viewers were left appalled after ITV’s This Morning unveiled a new type of prize during today’s game of Spin to Win.
While competition prizes traditionally consist of bundles of cash, flash cars and tropical holidays abroad, the ongoing cost of living crisis has evidently changed what people consider to be a treat or a necessity.
And as energy bills soar to unprecedented costs, This Morning are now giving Spin to Win players the chance to have their energy bills paid for four months, as opposed to the usual cash prizes ranging from £1,000 – £3,000.
Announcing the controversial new prize during today’s episode, host Phillip Schofield said: “This week, we’ve got our usual cash prizes but you can also win some extra cash to pay your energy bills until the end of the year.
“That’s four months of energy bills totally taken care of.”
Today’s winner, a caller called Alex, told the hosts that the ongoing energy crisis is a ‘major’ concern for him, adding that he has ‘one of those pre-payment meters and it’s just absolute murder’.
Alex went on to spin the wheel and secured himself the energy prize, meaning his bills are covered for the next four months.
Yet while Alex was delighted by the prize and thanked the hosts profusely, viewers at home weren’t too impressed, with many slamming the addition to the once light-hearted game as ‘dystopian’ and ‘depressing’.
One social media user wrote: “This Morning having ‘energy bills’ as a prize on their Spin To Win is the most dystopian and sad reflection on society right now… How did we get to this point? Madness.”
Another commented: “The fact @thismorning @itv are doing a prize of ‘energy bills paid’ has left me feeling very awkward. Luring the most needy to gamble in the most desperate of times.”
A third accused ITV of ‘using people’s fear and misery for light entertainment’, while also slamming hosts Phillip and Holly for patronising viewers who can’t afford to pay their own energy bills.
Other users also slammed ITV of mocking the crisis, with another user writing: “We don’t need game shows to give one person a morning the chance to win their bill paid. We need our government to act, and make everyone able to afford their energy bills as a basic human right.”
Proper Manchester has approached ITV for comment.
Jeremy Kyle returning to TV next month three years after show was axed
The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled from the air following the death of a contestant in 2019
Jeremy Kyle is set to make his television come-back for the first time since his original show was pulled from the air.
The Jeremy Kyle Show made its debut in 2005 and enjoyed a seventeen-season run until it was axed in 2019 following the death of a contestant.
Steve Dymond was found dead from a suspected morphine overdose just days after appearing on the show, where he allegedly ‘failed’ one of the infamous lie detector tests.
Filming and broadcasting for The Jeremy Kyle Show was immediately suspended following the tragedy, with Kyle himself disappearing from screens.
The host has stayed relatively under the radar and out of the spotlight only until recently, with him presenting various slots for TalkRadio and TalkTV since September last year.
But over three years on from the demise of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the host is now set to return to screens with his very own ‘straight-talking’ live television show.
Jeremy Kyle Live will make its debut on TalkTV next month on October 10th, and will see the ‘straight-talking voice of the people take on the issues that really matter’.
In a statement, the fifty-seven-year-old said: “I’m so excited to be going back to live television from October 10th. Sitting in for Piers [Morgan] over the summer has given me a taste for what the new show will be.
“Jeremy Kyle Live will be making sense of the stories that matter; speaking the language of the British people and providing practical help as we all try and navigate our way through current times.
“I can’t wait to be a part of TalkTV’s amazing new primetime lineup.”
A spokesperson for TalkTV previously said in a statement: “TalkTV’s primetime schedule will also be simulcast on TalkRadio, and TalkRadio’s roster of daytime talent, including Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham, Ian Collins and Jeremy Kyle, will be broadcast on talkTV.
“TalkRadio has seen fast growth in recent years across all platforms and has been broadcasting successfully on talkRadio TV since last year.”
Jeremy Kyle Live will air daily on TalkTV from October 10th.
Ant and Dec confirm new I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here show in South Africa
The new version of the series will air next year
Ant and Dec have announced that there will be a new version of I’m A Celebrity held in South Africa.
Sharing the exciting news onto Twitter, the Geordie duo said the new series would feature a selection of ‘favourite celebrities from the last twenty years’ brought together in a brand new setting.
In their announcement video posted onto social media, Dec said: “It’s probably the worst kept secret in television, but we can confirm we’re doing a very special series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in South Africa!”
Showing off the South African scenery behind him, Dec added: “We’re here, it’s going to be your favourite celebrities from the last twenty years who are going back in to do it one more time.”
Ant and Dec said in their caption that the series would be ‘coming to your tellies’ at some point in 2023.
No specific names from the past twenty years of I’m A Celebrity have been confirmed for the special show, though announcements are expected in the coming months.
Their announcement comes after it was confirmed that the show, which sees celebrities camp out and take part in notorious ‘bush tucker trials’, will be returning to the Australian jungle for its 2022 series.
The series has been set in Gwrych Castle in Wales for the last two years as a result of Australia’s strict Covid-19 travel restrictions, but now Australia’s borders are open the show will be heading back down under, ITV announced earlier this year.
ITV’s director of content Rosemary Newell confirmed the news to The Mirror, saying in a statement: “We expect I’m A Celebrity to return in Australia in November, when it will generate audience over 11 million.”
Ant and Dec had previously expressed their own hopes for the series to return to its original Australian location, with Dec telling The One Show: “We love Wales but you know, Australia is its home and we’d like to get back there if we can.”
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here first aired in 2002, where it was filmed in Tully, Queensland. It then moved to Murwillumbah, New South Wales, where it remained until the Covid pandemic.
First look at ‘terrifying’ new Netflix horror series from Haunting of Hill House creator
The ten-part series will follow a group of young people living in a hospice as they search for signs of life after death
Netflix has released the trailer for its brand new horror series courtesy of the creator of Haunting of Hill House.
The Midnight Club is based on the 1994 novel of the same title by Christopher Pike, and will tell the chilling tale of a gang of young adults all living together in a hospice.
The group meet up every night in the library to tell each other sinister stories, as well as look out for signs of life after death.
One night, the friends make a pact to make contact from beyond the grave once they’ve passed away from their terminal illnesses – but when one of the group does die, strange happenings begin to occur within the hospice.
Netflix’s official synopsis for the ten-part series reads: “At a hospice for terminally ill young adults, eight patients come together every night at midnight to tell each other stories – and make a pact that the next of them to die will give the group a sign from the beyond.”
The series has been produced, directed and written by The Haunting of Hill House writer Mike Flanagan and The Haunting of Bly Manor writer Leah Fong.
Actors include Adia, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Aya Furukawa, Annarah Shephard, William Chris Sumpter and Sauriyan Sapkota, with Heather Langenkamp as the enigmatic doctor presiding over Rotterdam Home.
Flanagan said at the start of the year that he had ‘been dreaming of this project’ since he was a teenager.
He tweeted back in February: “I’ve been dreaming of this project since I was a teenager, and I cannot wait to embark on yet another adventure with my @intrepid partner in crime (and television) Trevor Macy, as well as the fantastic crew we’ve been cultivating.”
As well as his work on The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Flanagan is also celebrated for his adaptations of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep, the chilling sequel to The Shining.
The Midnight Club will be released on Netflix next month on October 7th.