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Channel 4’s George Clarke slams Tories amid ‘insane’ house prices ‘The market is screwed!’
Channel 4’s George Clarke has blasted the Tory party in a new interview, claiming the housing market is “screwed”.The Home Show presenter has claimed house prices are “insane”.George, 48, gave his honest opinion when asked if he had any hope the UK property market could be turned around.The Restoration Man star explained: “None at all, while the Government remains obsessed by ownership. “The market has been screwed ever since Margaret Thatcher sold off council housing stock. “The only prime minister I’ve ever heard speak honestly about it was Theresa May, who said she wanted to ‘fix our broken housing market’. “This Government don’t know how to do anything about it,” he added.“It’s categorically insane that the average house now costs seven to eight times one’s salary, when banks won’t usually lend more than five times. “If food prices had risen at the same rates, a typical supermarket chicken would cost £60 – there’d be riots on the street.”Asked if he was resigned to his teenage children hanging around the home for a while yet, George spoke candidly once more. “Young people can only get their first property if they move somewhere really cheap, dip into the ‘bank of Mum and Dad’ or wait till they inherit money,” he reflected.“It’s ridiculous that I’ll have to raise deposits for my kids to get them to move out,” he told Radio Times. The Amazing Spaces presenter is a regular face on TV, but prefers to keep out of the spotlight when it comes to his personal life.The artichect has three children and has been married twice. George was married to his ex-wife Catriona for a number of years before they called it quits in 2013.Their marriage reportedly broke down after their busy work schedules.In a statement released at the
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Fred Sirieix unveils 'dream 1st date' as Gogglebox debut with fiancée Fruitcake wows fans
Strictly might already be aware, and he'd love to step into the Tango scene in a city he promises readers is the sexiest in the world - Paris.The worldwide foodie, who debuted on Celebrity Gogglebox with his fiancée Fruitcake last week, much to the excitement of the Channel 4 show's fans, also cited the French capital as the perfect place to enjoy a meal."For a first date, I would go to Paris because it's the sexiest city in the world."I'd go and stroll on the Seine, maybe go and dance the Tango on the steps of the Opera House," he revealed."People dance all sorts of dances around Paris, they set up these sort of guerilla balls where anybody can go and dance."Just a week before speaking to Express.co.uk, Fred had been in the midst of the Opera House action.Oh my God, it was beautiful," he enthused, "and they were taking it so seriously"."People were just following the music and the beat and they were just well into it. It's quite something to watch!"Although Fred gained a substantial following when he took part in Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special in 2021, he wouldn't necessarily always be keen to join in with the action.The last time he saw the Tango being performed on the streets of Paris, he was merely an observer.He is modest when the topic of his dancing skills comes up, exclaiming: "You either have it, or you don't, and I don't have it!"In fact, he admitted that the intensity of his first day of rehearsals made him physically sick, causing him to rush home from the BBC studios to vomit."It was just a hardcore training session and I had a hard, long day...
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Self Esteem and Bimini to appear on ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’
Self Esteem and Bimini Bon Boulash will appear on this week’s episode of Celebrity Gogglebox, it’s been announced.The fourth season of the TV commentary show’s celebrity edition is currently airing on Channel 4, with Melanie C, Shaun Ryder and Bez, and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder among those to have appeared so far.Today (June 30), it’s been confirmed that Self Esteem (aka Rebecca Lucy Taylor) will share the sofa with RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Bimini on tomorrow’s episode of the programme (July 1).“I’m on telly watching telly with my spirit animal [Self Esteem] tomorrow night on gogglebox!” the latter wrote on Twitter alongside an official promo image.Retweeting the post, Taylor wrote: “Quite honestly the pinnacle of my personal and professional life.”Self Esteem later shared a polaroid picture of herself and her fellow Goggleboxer, writing: “I knew one day me and [Bimini] would collab on something and I am so glad that the collective internet brain breaking our power combined would have has ended up being saved for us doing [Celebrity Gogglebox].”Check out those posts below.quite honestly the pinnacle of my personal and professional life https://t.co/QpBe2A02nT— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) June 30, 2022I knew one day me and @biminibabes would collab on something and I am so glad that the collective internet brain breaking our power combined would have has ended up being saved for us doing @C4Gogglebox pic.twitter.com/tioG0DQENu— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) June 30, 2022You can tune into episode four of Celebrity Gogglebox season four on Channel 4 at 9pm BST tomorrow, or catch up on-demand via All4.Last weekend saw Self Esteem perform a set on Glastonbury’s John Peel Stage while donning an outfit
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‘I’m drugged up to the eyebrows!’ Sheila Hancock on health woes amid painful flare-ups
Radio Times.She added: "I have occasional flare-ups of pain but I force myself to rise above it.”In spite of her age and tendency to suffer bouts of pain, Sheila still enjoys regular gym visits, which are often twice a week.She has become the poster woman for those who want to remain extra fit in older age, with the 2017 film Edie having introduced the nation to a fiercely determined octogenarian widow with the ambition of climbing a mountain.It was for that role that she felt motivated to get into tip-top shape - and she hasn't looked back since.Continuing on her adventuring theme, she has also presented the Channel 4 series Great Canal Journeys.The role saw herself and co-host Gyles Brandreth team up to explore the best of Britain and Europe's waterways.Sheila has explained that she feels many people in older age are only "half-living" - and that, in contrast, she wants to enjoy each day to the full.With the help of a gluten-free vegan diet, she is trying to achieve good health and longevity.She has been described by those who speak to her as "sprightly".However, she is channelling some of that age-defying energy into challenging the wrongs of the world, as her book Old Rage demonstrates.Slamming politics as "sleazy", she has declared that the British government has "failed" its people.Other issues at the top of her grievances list include Brexit, the environment and the NHS.Meanwhile she is also working to help establish a support network for Ukrainian refugees, proving that making a positive impact on the world is still possible at any age.The full interview with Dame Sheila Hancock ran in last week's Radio Times.
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Celeb Gogglebox's Black to Front episode slammed by star Tayce 'Should all be integrated!'
Celebrity Gogglebox she partook in back in September of last year.The star explained that she didn’t agree with the ‘Black to Front’ concept the show opted for as part of a wider project across Channel 4, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.Tayce, 28, recently attended the launch of ABSOLUT’S Born to Mix fashion collaboration in London two weeks ago, where she teamed up with celebrity favourite London designer, Chet Lo, and the team from the next gen collection Institute of Digital Fashion for a cutting-edge runway show. Before Tayce took to the catwalk, however, she opened up about her time on Celebrity Gogglebox. Last year, Celebrity Gogglebox announced a brand new roster for its Black to Front episode, which included stars such as model Jourdan Dunn, EastEnders legend Rudolph Walker and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars Tayce and Tia Kofi.The episode came as part of Channel 4's wider Black to Front day of programming, which aimed to amplify "black talent, voices and stories", as part of an "ongoing commitment to improve Black representation on- and off-screen".However, Tayce had her own take on the Black to Front episode, as she spoke about the importance of consistent inclusivity.“It was an appreciation of POC culture and it was just amazing to see everything in one section,” she began.“If I’m being a bit controversial, though, I don’t really care about it that much because I think everything should just be spread around everywhere every single day. “There should not be a day for white people, a day for black people, a day for Asian people.“It should be all integrated, all multicultural.That’s how it should be. Day dot.
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A Place In The Sun star Scarlette's brother Stuart admits 'jumping on her coattails' in TV
Scarlette Douglas, 32, is known for her role on A Place in the Sun, helping couples find their dream home.The presenter has now continued her love for property on her latest venture, this time with her brother, Stuart Douglas, as he admits that he "jumped on her coattails" for his TV career.Scarlette takes part on Flipping Fast alongside her brother and Amazing Spaces George Clarke.Express.co.uk asked Stuart how he started his career in TV and if his sister has offered him any help.He replied: "Scarlette has always been a presenter and it just goes on and you learn and develop from there."She transitioned from being a performer in the West End in musicals to presenting.So I’ve really jumped on my sister’s coattails."I have been extremely fortunate that I can learn from my sister, I can learn a hell of a lot from George Clarke."The production teams I’ve worked with have been so supportive.So yeah, I’m just riding this wave and I am really enjoying it."Stuart also revealed that he actually started out in property development before his sister, when he was a professional footballer.He revealed: "I used to be a professional football player.So I bought my first house in St Albans when I was playing for Leeds Town and then whenever I moved clubs I tried to buy a house in a similar location or vicinity to the club I was playing."I just thought that was better than renting.Scarlette at the time was in West End musicals and being self employed I said that she needed to invest her money for the best return."And it was at that point I said put it into property, I have bought a few myself and I think you should try and do something similar.
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‘Taskmaster Champion Of Champions 2’ special is coming this month
Channel 4 has announced a second Taskmaster Champion Of Champions special will air later this month.Following the first edition back in 2020, the comedy show will invite back winners of series six to ten to compete in a Champions Of Champions tournament.The former champions include Richard Herring, Liza Tarbuck, Kerry Godliman, Lou Sanders and Ed Gamble, with Greg Davies and Alex Horne back as hosts.You can check out a trailer below.Who will take home the ultimate trophy?The best of the best face off in #Taskmaster Champion of Champions 2.Thursday 23rd June at 9pm on @Channel4. pic.twitter.com/D1uNo8Q1vA— Taskmaster (@taskmaster) June 8, 2022A synopsis reads: “Returning to the scene of the greatest triumph of their lives to try and become the next Champion of Champions, Greg’s expectations will be sky high as he watches previous Taskmaster champions Ed Gamble destroy a bath toy, Kerry Godliman rolling a bobbin, Liza Tarbuck avoiding low-flying bananas, Lou Sanders painting on skates and Richard Herring revealing his bare feet.“Who will emerge as the ultimate victor and bask in the glory of the greatest triumph in television?”Taskmaster Champion Of Champions 2 will air on Channel 4 on Thursday June 23 at 9pm.The main show is currently airing its 13th series, featuring Chris Ramsey, Bridget Christie, Sophie Duker, Ardal O’Hanlon and Judi Love.
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Laura Hamilton announces mysterious new project for ITV during A Place in the Sun break
Laura Hamilton, 40, is best known for helping clients find their perfect property in sunny locations. However she has now posted on Instagram to announce she'll be taking a break from the enormously popular Channel 4 show A Place in the Sun and joining ITV.Laura has shared behind the scenes snaps from filming on the show, fronted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby."Excited to be filming something new over the next few weeks and joining @thismorning," she captioned her slides.She has been releasing cryptic clues on her page alongside sneak peeks of where she is.One photo depicted her in boots and overalls walking in front of a farm building.Meanwhile another snap showed her standing beside a donkey, while she joked: "Just a couple of asses! First day filming with This Morning."Finally, she added: "So excited to be part of the team."The snap was also posted by an Instagram account called @my_farmcottage, which brands itself as a company "growing the newest hop varieties for the brewing industry".It also advertises "luxury holiday home rental" - and according to the account's latest post, ITV had just been filming there with Laura.A post shared by LAURA HAMILTON (@laurahamiltontv)A post shared by LAURA HAMILTON (@laurahamiltontv)"Lovely to meet you, thank you for making our day so special xx" the account commented on Laura's page.@nickmason669 wrote underneath: "Hope you enjoyed yourself in the shire and sampled some of the local ciders? It’s the place I get to call home.
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Gogglebox's Ellie Warner's beau pictured for first time after horror accident in headbrace
Ellie has been on the show alongside her sister Izzi since 2015.She recently broke her social media silence in the wake of Nat’s accident.She said on her Instagram this week: "For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to Headway - the brain injury association."I've chosen this charity because their mission means a lot to me.“I hope that you'll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me."She was told by Gogglebox producers to take as much time off as was necessary. Shortly ahead of her return two weeks ago, she said: “Looking forward to getting back on your screens tonight! “Thank you for all the well wishes, we are really grateful that things are getting back to normal."The car which struck Nat reportedly sustained a broken windscreen and dented roof.It kept moving for about 100 yards before stopping, according to reports.Speaking shortly after the incident, a source told The Sun: "Ellie is understandably in pieces and everyone is just hoping and praying Nat comes through this."Nat is Ellie's absolute world.She has been totally overwhelmed with messages of love and support."Continuing, the insider said: “She has barely left the hospital since this happened and Nat is getting brilliant care and treatment."At the moment they are living hour by hour and just praying that things get better."Ellie joined the show in 2015 after a friend approached her to join. She took some time off from filming Gogglebox to look after her boyfriend, but recently made a return.
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‘Derry Girls’ star Siobhán McSweeney criticises English education on Northern Ireland
Derry Girls actor Siobhán McSweeney has criticised the lack of education in English schools about Northern Ireland.The Channel 4 sitcom concluded its third and final season on Wednesday (May 18) with a 45-minute special where the characters voted on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement to bring an end to decades of violence.The subject has added relevance following Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol implemented in 2019, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said needs to be “fixed” following political instability.Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael, said it was an “absolute disgrace” that many English viewers had said they learned more from watching Derry Girls than in school about the issues in Northern Ireland."It breaks my heart"Actress Siobhan McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael in Derry Girls, says that it was 'incredibly poignant' that the characters are filled with hope for peace at the end of the sitcomFull Interview: https://t.co/OXuxtNOvNV#R4Today pic.twitter.com/Yw9W0HGauM— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) May 19, 2022“I’ve woken up this morning to, no word of a lie, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of messages, and at least three quarters of them are ‘Derry Girls has taught me more about the history of Northern Ireland and Britain than anything that I have been taught in school’,” McSweeney said.“I think if you put aside the absolute disgrace it is that there’s such a gap in the educational system here that they have to look to a comedy to find out about Northern Irish politics that still have an effect today, I think it shows how good the medium of comedy can be to spread a message.”Addressing the show’s relevance in light of the threat to the Good Friday
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Chelsea Clinton makes surprise cameo in ‘Derry Girls’ finale
Derry Girls.The Channel 4 sitcom concluded its third and final season on Wednesday (April 18) with a 45-minute special titled ‘The Agreement’.In the episode, the show returned to Derry one year later around the time of the Good Friday Agreement vote, where Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) and Orla (Louisa Harland) try to wrestle attention towards their joint 18th birthday party.After making a cameo as a police inspector in the first episode of season three, Liam Neeson’s character returned briefly in the finale – seen casting his vote on the agreement in silence.Incredible how Liam Neeson captured all those years on his face in this tiny scene, incredible no words, what a powerful finale #DerryGirls pic.twitter.com/fgrrki7Rrm— Callum (@c411xm) May 18, 2022The biggest surprise was saved for the credits, as Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, received a delayed letter from the gang in present-day New York.In season two episode ‘The President’ which covered the Clintons’ visit to Northern Ireland in 1995, the gang wrote a letter to Chelsea asking if she’d like to hang out.Chelsea finally received the letter in the finale’s closing sequence after it was “intercepted while on its way to the White House in the 1990s”. The episode concluded as she read aloud the letter in her New York home.
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Rachel Riley claims JK Rowling’s trans views attacked due to her defence of Jews
Rachel Riley made her controversial comments after JK Rowling caused a social media storm by arguing that those who are biologically female and who have periods should be referred to as "women" and not "people who menstruate".The latter term was adopted by some to be more gender-inclusive to those who are trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming.Rachel, who was recently involved in an explosive libel case against one of Jeremy Corbyn's former aides in court, has claimed opinions on anti-semitism are at the heart of the trans debate."I think a lot of the attacks on JK Rowling are really because she spoke out for Jews and against Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism," Rachel declared.Also discussing the Harry Potter author's philanthropic work, Riley defended: “She has made a real difference to the world.However, the Countdown star exclaimed: "[Just saying] this will get us both cancelled.”The trans debate has also focused on the use of the term "birthing people", which was introduced by a Brighton and Sussex Hospital Trust as an addition to "pregnant women" - something JK Rowling and fellow activists feel strongly about.Rachel had already experienced what she described as cancel culture when she sued a former aide of Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn for libel.Laura Murray had made a controversial tweet about her comments which Rachel claimed led to a campaign to have ousted from Countdown and cancelled.Rachel, who has been vocal in the past about troll attacks directed at her, says she received a barrage of "abuse" after commenting on eggs being thrown at Corbyn.The former leader of the Labour Party had been visiting a mosque in Finsbury Park, North London when he'd been pelted with eggs by a Brexit supporter back in
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Hollyoaks' Abi Phillips, 28, shares thyroid cancer battle: 'Not expecting to get the news'
Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.She took on the role of Liberty's character between 2010 and 2013.On Monday, the Hollyoaks star surprised fans when she posted a photo of herself wearing a hospital gown on Instagram.She posted an additional photo of herself with a bandage covering her throat, which had been placed there post-surgery.The actress captioned the images: “So, I took these pictures before my scans and after my biopsy having a good old laugh about how ridiculously dressed up I looked in the hospital before a gig, not expecting for one moment to get the news that I did two weeks later.”She added: “I'd previously been sent away from the doctors after having found two lumps in my neck, they'd passed it off and said I was 'young' and it wouldn't be anything and I was 'probably getting over a cold' or my body was 'fighting something off'.“As much as that's what I wanted to hear, I wanted to get everything checked for my own peace of mind.”Abi also revealed that it was Love Island star Demi Jones’ posts, where she raised awareness in terms of checking for lumps, which encouraged her to visit a specialist.Abi said: “I booked in with a specialist and immediately she told me she was very concerned due to where my lumps were located and referred me for an urgent biopsy and scans.”Abi encouraged her followers to check any unusual lumps they may have.She said: “Fast forward two weeks and just before Easter weekend I had an appointment to see a consultant at the QE hospital who sat me down and told me that I had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and that I would need surgery and radiotherapy treatment."I never thought I would be told that I have cancer at the age of 28, you never think it's going to happen to you."I wouldn't have
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Gogglebox star Marcus Luther is father to celebrity who does not appear on the show
Gogglebox couple have become fan favourites after leaving viewers in hysterics ever since they first joined the show in 2018. While the couple are a familiar sight, their children have largely been kept off-screen.Together, the pair have a son Yash, and Mica has two daughters, Sachelle and Shuggy, from a previous relationship, who have appeared on the Channel 4 show previously.Marcus also has a child from a previous relationship, 22-year-old son Shiloh Defreitas.But many viewers may not know that Marcus’s son Shiloh has his own fan base aside from his father's Gogglebox fame.Shiloh has pursued a successful career as a boxer, under the name Sugar Shy, and has appeared in fights at the O2 in London.The sports star has tens of thousands of followers on social media and has also posted videos of him training with dad Marcus.Marcus is a boxing coach and gym owner, having founded TM Boxing Gym in 2009 to work with disadvantaged young people in their local community.Marcus’s business website states: “The main focus of the gym was to work with disadvantaged youth from the local community.“We then went on to running sessions for the general public in the evenings as an interest quickly grew.He continued: “Shy told me that he'd never let me pull him out of a fight and would rather die in the ring - but he's my baby.“He doesn't want me to throw in the towel but am I going to sit there and watch my son potentially die in the ring?“We love the sport but I'll always choose my boy over boxing, any day of the week.”Shiloh said that he tried going on Gogglebox once after requests from the producers, but it didn't work out.Marcus told the BBC: “Gogglebox is not for everyone.“Not everyone can 'Goggle'.
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Hollyoaks star Sophie Porley apologises for social media absence amid ovarian cyst surgery
Instagram to share a health update with her 171,000 followers. The actress revealed that she had an ovarian cyst removed after undergoing some health checks during her egg freezing process.She uploaded a mirror selfie, which she clarified had nothing to do with her update.In a lengthy caption, Sophie thanked fans for their concern as she logged off social media for a day.She also explained that the doctors were not able to collect as many eggs as initially hoped for, due to issues with her hormones.Sophie penned: “Egg Freezing update (this photo literally has 0 to do with this caption but I don’t have anything more relevant to post).“Thank you for the lovely messages I got after being MIA for 24 hours, I honestly didn’t think anyone would notice.“I got my blood tests and scan back- my hormones are still not completely ideal but they have improved so after chatting to the doctor we decided to give it a try this month and hope for the best!“It may just mean that we don’t collect as many eggs as they would hope to.”The TV star went on to reveal that she underwent a successful procedure to remove a cyst on her ovary.However, Sophie admitted that she was scared of injecting herself and that it was something she had not been shown how to do.Sophie went on: “I also had a cyst on my ovary so they booked me in to have that operated on yesterday. It all went well, I was just pretty sleepy all day from the sedation.“Something that I didn’t enjoy is injecting myself for the first time.They don’t show you in clinic how to do this.“You get sent home with everything you need and a YouTube video.
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Will Young speaks out for the first time after the tragic death of his twin brother
BBC Breakfast, lamenting that the NHS was "woefully underfunded"."He left, and he killed himself - and I have heard this story so many times," he added sadly."Feeling suicidal is not deemed strong enough to be sectioned.That seems extraordinary to me."He added he "just didn't want my brother to die"."In the end, I didn't manage to keep him alive, and that is part of my grief process."Will also confessed that he "elbowed" his brother the last time he ever saw him alive, and that he has had to go through therapy to prevent the altercation being his last haunting memory of the brother he loved.The pair had been living together for the last four years of Rupert's life, but as his alcoholism and depression intensified, Will had found himself becoming his carer.A post shared by Will Young (@willyoungofficial)A post shared by Will Young (@willyoungofficial)He explained that he often found himself having to clean up urine, vomit and faeces.After he struck him, he recalled: " I remember thinking 'If this is the last time, I don't want it to be some sort of film moment and regret it'."However, he added: "Luckily I have done enough therapy to be strong enough to know that that will not be my everlasting memory of my brother."Paramedics spotted Rupert walking close to the edge of Westminster Bridge where he fell in August 2020.He revealed his brother had struggled with alcoholism since the age of 18.The singer's new documentary in remembrance of his brother, titled Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert, will be aired on Channel 4 next week.He admitted that, in spite of being a private family, he and his parents had been keen to share their story with the world to raise awareness.He has also added that this will be done in a
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Steph McGovern and partner forced to make change as daughter's habit 'doing our heads in!'
Steph McGovern, 39, has spoken about her two-year-old daughter in a new interview.She and her girlfriend welcomed a baby girl in 2019.The TV presenter, who hosts her own show on Channel 4, said the family have had to make adjustments while her daughter is still young and has the odd annoying habit.The 39-year-old was asked about her experience when she was broadcasting her show Steph’s Packed Lunch from home during lockdown.Steph said: “Me and my partner have actually moved since then, although what we have now is similarly open plan.”She explained that the family have had to make certain changes as a result of their daughter’s behaviour.The presenter, who previously worked for the BBC as the main business presenter for BBC Breakfast said: “We’ve had to put the telly high up on the wall because my daughter, who’s two-and-a-half, is obsessed with pawing the screen.”Steph added: “It was doing our heads in – every time we sat down [in the] evening, we’d see her handprints all over the screen.“Underneath the telly is her little wooden kitchen and all her toys, so that’s our view.”In the interview, Steph also spoke about the types of TV shows she enjoys watching with her partner.She explained: “We love crime thrillers and read a lot of them, too.“So we love Money Heist, Lupin and Harlan Coben adaptations.“We’re watching Pieces of Her at the moment.”The couple try not to watch their favourite shows without each other as Stephs said it would “break relationship rules not to watch those together”.Steph indulges in watching Bridgerton, Downton Abbey and The Crown “on my own” because “she hates all that and I love it,” Steph said in the Radio Times interview.In April, the lunchtime show was taken off air for a fortnight as part of
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Carol Vorderman would be 'honoured' to return to Countdown after Anne Robinson exit
Express.co.uk headline which read: “Carol Vorderman breaks silence on Anne Robinson’s Countdown exit as fans beg her to return.” The message was tweeted in view of Carol’s 481,100 followers. She wrote: “Thank you to all of you saying such lovely things about a possibility of me returning to Countdown. “You're very kind & it would be an honour."“But I want to wish whoever is the lucky human to be the new host all the love and 9 letter words in the world.” “#CountWell #HappyDays.” Fans were quick to jump on to the post and share their excitement at the possibility of Carol’s return.@Rolf164 commented: “It would be so great to see you on there”.@PhilBayliss4 wrote: “Morning Vorders, although it would be lovely to see you back on Countdown, it's not usually a good idea to go backwards!”@_ShinySilvery said: “You’ve also seen guys come and go from Richard’s chair, and am so happy to hear you’d deem it an honour!  “They tried a woman in the chair and it was so obvious the ‘Queen of Mean’ was an unsuitable choice. “The management need to make good with you and have the laughter back too!” @Baberton33 wrote jokingly: “That would be something if you take the seat that was once occupied by the Mayor of Wetwang.” Anne had replaced former host Nick Hewer last year. She announced her departure from the show in a statement earlier this week in which she said she had stayed “longer than I signed up for.”The presenter continued, saying she hoped an older woman would replace her. She also took the opportunity to remind Countdown bosses that women in the later end of their 70’s are still capable of taking senior positions.Anne continued: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful show.
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‘Derry Girls’ star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell refuses to answer “misogynistic” age question on talk show
Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell refused to answer a question about her age on a recent talk show, calling it “misogynistic”.The actor, who plays Michelle in the beloved Channel 4 sitcom, appeared on Ireland’s The Late Late Show on Friday and refused to tell host Ryan Tubridy her age.Tubridy said it “might be a rude question” and “you don’t have to answer,” before adding: “Can I ask how old you are?”O’Donnell then replied jokingly that she was 17 years old, but was “very, very wise”.Tubridy then asked the question again, saying, “Would you consider telling me what age you are?” to which O’Donnell said: “This gets on my nerves a wee bit.“It’s always quite misogynistic even if it’s not intentionally misogynistic, because men don’t get the same scrutiny.”Tubridy said he “definitely” would ask a male actor the same question, adding that O’Donnell plays a teenager “so well” and there’s “a compliment in there”.Tubridy then said they could “move on to something else, because I can read a mood when I see it”, to which O’Donnell replied: “I was going to give you a hilarious anecdote, but go ahead.” In a five-star review of the first episode of Derry Girls season three, NME wrote: “Though Derry Girls will be greatly missed when it wraps up for good at the end of this season, the first episode at least proves that the funniest, sharpest sitcom on TV is also bowing out on a high.”Derry Girls now airs every Tuesday on Channel 4, with a catch-up option on All 4.
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