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CHERYL PL LA TO RAIS Pals say the star is determined to enjoy her pregnancy away from the spotlight – and ex Liam will join her as she moves Stateside

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he was notoriously private during her pregnancy with Bear, and was seen out in public on just a handful of occasions after “hibernating” at the Surrey mansion she shared with then-boyfriend Liam Payne. But after confirming she’s ready to have her second child – and is looking for a sperm donor – insiders reveal Cheryl, 36, is preparing to follow suit by going into hiding for her next pregnancy – only this time she is considering doing it in LA, where pals recently told Closer she’s in contact with California

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Cheryl – here with Bear – has admitted wanting “at least another two children”

Cryobank, which boasts to be the “cream of the crop” for donors. A source says, “Cheryl’s made no secret of her battle with anxiety, and she’s keen to lay low again when she gets pregnant to ensure she puts her wellbeing first. She’s wanted another baby for so long and, naturally, she’s apprehensive, so she’s made a decision to step out of the limelight.” LOW PROFILE

Cheryl suffered a huge backlash for “alienating fans” with her secrecy during her first pregnancy, with even morning TV host Lorraine Kelly saying it was “weird”, as she couldn’t hide it forever. She later told friends she was worried she had made herself “less relatable to fans” due to her cover-up and it became a catalyst for her dwindling fame – with her waxwork being removed from Madame Tussauds as she was deemed “no longer relevant”, as well as parting ways with L’Oréal Paris after nine years, and her two comeback singles flopping in the charts. But while Cheryl is still keen to remain hidden during her second pregnancy, she has vowed to give her fans more of an insight this time around – as long as it’s on her terms. The source explains, “She is conscious of what happened


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ANS SECRET LIFE IN E HERSECOND BABY Her Greatest Dancer co-host Matthew has reportedly offered to help her settle into her new life

I thought, ‘Right, I just don’t need this stress,’ so I relaxed.” Despite splitting last year, the exes have remained close, with Liam – who is dating US model Maya Henry, 19 – saying earlier this month that while he misses Bear when he’s working away

She’s on good terms with the Kardashians

protect her, there’s a big part of her that wants to protect me”. And before he started dating Maya, Liam even joked that he and Cheryl could still get back together “if she plays her cards right”. Meanwhile Cheryl has said, “We love and care about each other a lot and we share a child. It’s really important that we’re able to have a very healthy, good relationship.” And it’s believed Liam has given his ex his blessing – with the former couple even speaking about moving Stateside together. A source says, “Liam does most of his recording in California and can go for weeks without seeing his son, which he hates. Maya used to live in LA so is keen to move back. When Cheryl told him of her plans, they talked it through and came to the conclusion it could be a good option to base themselves there so they can co-parent Bear. “Liam adores his son, and Cheryl wants him to continue to play a big a role in his life, so it makes sense to do that

❛SHE’S RELATIVELY UNKNOWN IN THE STATES SO CAN GO ABOUT HER LIFE ALMOST UNNOTICED❜ from home, he knows Cheryl is a brilliant mum. He said, “It’s hard being out on the road and missing him, working away as much as I do. His mum’s super understanding with me, she takes great care of him. I always know he’s really well looked after.” LIAM’S BLESSING

He also recently described Cheryl as “the most important person in my life”, adding “I’m lucky I have someone who understands what I’m going through…While I want to

in a city where he can work and see his son as much as possible, while she has the privacy she craves. Liam has been supportive of her plans to expand her family, so she knows having him there will also be a blessing because he can look after Bear too. She’s been saying that having such a hands-on dad nearby will be a massive help to get her through her pregnancy.” The singer has also mentioned her plans to her Greatest Dancer co-star Matthew Morrison, 41 – to whom she’s grown close. He recently revealed he and Cheryl had arranged a play date with their sons – and he’s offered to help her make a fresh start.

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The source adds, “Matthew has said he and his wife, Renee, will help her get settled and make sure she has a good support network in the area. Cheryl’s already friendly with the Kardashians, especially Khloé.” In a candid interview earlier this month, Cheryl revealed how she’s looking into fertility treatments to complete her family with “at least another two” children. The star – who also insisted she was happy being single – confessed, “If time was on my side and I was in my twenties, yeah, I would wait and consider more options or wait for somebody I felt was right… but there is never a guarantee, because there are so many variables that can happen.” By Daisy McLure CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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last time and how having a bit of time out seriously knocked her career. But she has already been more open this time and she likes the fact she’s been praised for speaking out honestly. She says she’s even more likely to share pictures of her growing bump, as long as it’s pictures she chooses.” The singer reportedly kept her pregnancy with Bear, who turns three in March, a secret as she was so nervous about “jinxing her happiness” after years of bad luck. And sources say that, this time around, she’s also set on making sure nothing spoils her joy. The source adds, “She’s looking for a temporary home in LA during her pregnancy because she’s relatively unknown in the States, so can go about her life almost unnoticed. When she was pregnant with Bear, she knew all eyes were on her, so she basically just confined herself to her home.” Opening up after giving birth in March 2017, the former Girls Aloud star admitted, “I hated being pregnant. A lot of stuff went on and I didn’t enjoy it.” As a result, she ended up “hibernating” and spending evenings at home rather than going to industry events. Revealing why she retreated from the spotlight, she said, “I didn’t stop for 14 years – literally on the roller coaster. And when I got pregnant


AREBRAD&JENABOU THEIR REUNION OFFICI ● Brad Pitt is snapped tenderly holding ex-wife Jennifer Aniston’s hand at a Hollywood awards show ● Their friendship has been growing since Brad attended Jen’s 50th birthday party in February last year ● Pals say they’re ‘incredibly close’ again and believe a renewed romance is on the cards

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hey drove fans wild when they were caught holding hands backstage at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles last week. And speculation that the exes are on the brink of a reunion was intensified after a thrilled-looking Brad Pitt was spotted cheering “Oh wow,” when ex-wife Jennifer Aniston won her award. The photographer who took the hand-holding picture later revealed, “The moment was really touching, and you could sense the respect between two people who have known each other 20-plus years and are both outstanding in their field.” Many believe their suspicions were confirmed by Jen’s BFF Courteney Cox, who “liked” several images of the couple from the SAG Awards, including one that she cryptically captioned, “It goddam look like it”, leading fans to believe they are back on. After Jen posted a picture of her white satin gown and shoes next

to her bath the next day, followers turned up the temperature by asking if Brad had undressed her that night. One wrote, “Hope Brad took that dress off”, while another posted, “You and Brad have fun last night? I hope so!” Their public display of affection comes just two weeks after Jen, 50, was seen looking lovingly at Brad, 56, at the Golden Globe Awards, where he called her a “good friend”, prompting fans to question whether they would get together following his divorce from Angelina Jolie, from whom he split in September 2016 after 11 years together. And sources tell Closer that Hollywood’s former golden couple – who divorced in 2005 after five years of marriage – have even got their mutual pals excited about a romantic reunion with their newfound friendship. PAST ACRIMONY

Despite Brad being linked to a string of women over the past few years, including actress Alia Shawkat, and Jen recently being

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linked to Hollywood director Will Speck, within their close circle of friends there is a growing belief that the pair could still reconcile. A source tells Closer, “The signs are there that they’ve rekindled their feelings and the relationship is back on. They’ve gone through a lot of acrimony in the past but have come out the other side with great admiration for one another. “Ever since he turned up to Jen’s birthday last year, their bond has been growing and their inner circles say they are ‘acting like a couple’. They’re incredibly close. “They’ve been speaking on the phone almost every week in the run-up to awards season. It’s such a nerve-wracking time for actors, and Brad and Jen find they can really put each other at ease. The more time they spend together, the more it feels as though they never lost touch. Their friends wouldn’t be surprised if an announcement came soon, but they expect it to be low-key.” Brad and Jen’s 11-year romance was the stuff of Hollywood legend. The pair were set up

Jen has helped Brad manage the hurt of missing out on spending time with his kids since divorcing Angelina

by their agents in 1998, when she was the golden girl of TV with Friends and he was one of the world’s hottest actors. “We both [knew] on our first date. It was weird… That was a really easy evening,” Jen later said in 2004. By 1999, the couple revealed their engagement and the pair were known for their romantic gestures – on Valentine’s Day in 2001, Brad reportedly filled Jen’s Friends dressing room with 1,500 roses spelling out “I love my wife”. Still, in an interview that year, Jen confessed that when her friends first found they were dating, they thought Brad might have been a “conceited f**k”. RECONCILIATION

Jen was left heartbroken when Brad met and fell in love with Angelina, 44, on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005. When asked about the alleged affair at the time, an interviewer described how Jen looked like she had been “stabbed in the heart,” and “cried silently” for several minutes, before shaking her head to say she was too hurt to answer. And after Brad was pictured with Angelina in 2005, after their split, Jen said, “Am I lonely? Yes. Am I upset? Yes. Am I confused? Yes. Do I have my days when I’ve thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely.” Jen eventually found love again with actor Justin Theroux, with whom she was together for six years (and married for two) before announcing their separation in February 2018.


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And pals say it was splitting with Justin, 48, that opened the door for reconciliation with Brad. Our source adds, “It took years for the wounds to heal for Jen, but after they both went through painful divorces, they were able to form a friendship again. Brad was the first to extend an olive branch to Jen back in 2018, although they had exchanged well wishes before then. DIVORCE STRUGGLES

“Jen’s best friend Courten put in a lot of mediating w between the two – but it was clear that after both becoming single again, there was an interest to reunite as close friends. “Jen threw caution to the wind and invited Brad to her 50th, and was bowled over when he turned up. That was the start of the beautiful connection that they’ve n rediscovered. They’ve ha much fun recounting the early years together, but m importantly, how much l they had for one another.” And pals add that Jen h been especially attentive to Brad, after he publicly admitted that he’s struggl his divorce, particularly over missing out on spending time with his children Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 13, and 11-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. “Jen’s been a rock for Brad this past year, and he’s been telling friends he couldn’t have got to where he is without her. He’s had rave reviews and awards for his performance in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, but it’s Jen who has given him the encouragement to

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get back up on the world stage. “She’s been reassuring Brad that he will always have her love and support. She’s one of the few people who really knows him and he loves that. He’s also told her how proud he is of her, producing award-winning shows and giving some of her best performances yet. They feel as though they’re at the peak of their careers, and they’re so happy they’ve come back together to share it all.” By Daisy McLure

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t’s been three weeks since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dropped the bombshell – dubbed “Megxit” – that they’d be stepping back from the royal family, with Harry saying he hopes they can now have “a more peaceful life”. But since their statement and subsequent relocation to Canada, the couple have been plagued with more controversy than ever. Last week, Meghan’s hostile relationship with her father was once again thrust into the spotlight as Channel 5 aired the documentary Thomas Markle: My Story, in which her 75-year-old dad accused the couple of “destroying the royal family”, as well as vowing to continue giving interviews. LEGAL COMPLAINT

Meghan, 38, is set to face her dad in court later this year, with Thomas Markle reportedly preparing to testify against his daughter in a case brought by her against a national newspaper that published a private letter between the pair. And as Harry, 35, flew to Canada to reunite with Meghan, speculation mounted over who would be paying for their security – with 80,000 Canadians signing a petition demanding the couple pay for their own while they are in the country. Meghan was last week pictured smiling while out 8

walking her dogs with eightmonth-old Archie, flanked by two security guards – then later put out a legal complaint over the photos, accusing them of being an invasion of her privacy. The complaint raised eyebrows, as the couple are continuing to post images of Meghan carrying out charity work, despite the ongoing drama. Last week, the couple shared two-week-old pictures of her visiting animal shelter The Mayhew on the same day her sister-in-law Kate Middleton launched a national children’s campaign and visited female prison HMP Send – sparking speculation this had been done strategically. So, it seems that despite the Queen saying in her recent statement that she hopes the couple can escape the “intense scrutiny” and now “start building a happy and peaceful new life”, the public’s interest in the Sussexes is only increasing. Royal expert Duncan

Harry jetted out to be with his wife and son in Canada last week

Larcombe says that if the couple were expecting a quieter life, they were wrong – and that, just like Diana, Meghan will continue to remain under the spotlight whether she likes it or not. Duncan says, “Megxit has brought about utter confusion and endless questions. The decision the couple made just seems to be a complete contradiction – they say they’re striving for a ‘more peaceful’ life but will have anything but that. INTENSE ATTENTION

“There are so many questions – like the issue of security, or how the couple will make their money without cashing in on their royal status – that have

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stirred up debate. And this will no doubt garner public interest – and fuel a demand for photographs of them. On top of Megxit, there’s their legal case against the national newspaper, and [the issues with] Thomas Markle, who doesn’t seem to be planning to stop talking any time soon. So the media attention will be more intense than ever. HORNET’S NEST

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“It’s a similar situation to Diana’s when she parted ways with the royals and was at the centre of a media storm in 1996. She quickly became the most photographed woman in the world. But since her death, the UK press struck a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with the royals that no paparazzi photos of them could be published, which is why there haven’t been any ‘pap’ pictures since their wedding in May 2018. But in Canada, it’s a free-for-all, and they can be photographed anywhere –

as Meghan was last week. “They have effectively and inadvertently kicked a hornet’s nest. They wanted to stifle the criticism and stay out of the headlines, but their decision has just ignited so much more scrutiny and raised so many more questions. They now face months of battles – legal ones and figurative ones – to fight for their privacy and this new life they hope to make. “Ideally, they want a public profile, to continue supporting causes close to their hearts, and to have positive things written about them. They want to be public private individuals, but that’s just not possible. Why they didn’t decide to take a couple of years’ sabbatical, and completely step out of the limelight, is a puzzle to me. Meghan seems to naively think she can control the media storm around her – we’ll have to wait to see whether she can.” By Lily Smith CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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A source says, “Katie’s been on a mission to meet a rich bachelor who can get her out of the mess she’s in and keep her in the lavish style she’s accustomed to – which is why she chose to stay at a luxury hotel at the ski

Toyboy ex Kris Boyson has reportedly begged her to take him back

❛SHE’S ADAMANT SHE WILL MARRY A MAN WHO CAN SPOIL HER FOR A CHANGE❜ She loved the attention from male fans on the slopes

resort. When she met someone in the hotel bar who fitted those criteria, she pounced on him! “She says they had instant chemistry, and he later joined her in her room as she rehearsed for her appearance at a garage music festival. He watched her performance before they spent the rest of the night together back at the hotel. He’s from England too, so they’re already planning their next date in the UK.” The 41-year-old wannabe pop star reportedly left fellow guests at the four-star Fahrenheit Seven Hotel fuming after keeping them awake by loudly rehearsing in her room ahead of her set at the Klub Summit UK Garage Festival, with one guest describing the noise as “like someone getting murdered”. Jordan’s skiing holiday in the Alps came just weeks after her ex-husband, Peter Andre, 46, took his wife, doctor Emily, 30, their kids, Amelia, six, and

Theo, three, plus Junior, 14, and Princess, 12 – who he shares with Jordan – to a nearby resort over the New Year. The source says, “Katie is more used to exotic breaks in the sun and sees skiing as the ultimate ‘posh’ holiday. Usually she wouldn’t be interested in that sort of thing, but she saw this as an opportunity to meet some wealthy guys – as well as showing Pete and Emily that she can be just as ‘classy’ as them.” FOURTH HUSBAND

While the insider reveals thricemarried Jordan’s most recent ex, personal trainer Kris, 30, has been begging for a reunion, the mum of five refused because he didn’t meet the new requirements she’s looking for in her fourth husband. After her bankruptcy in December, she blamed first husband Peter for losing her millions after they became embroiled in legal disputes, calling him “the worst person

ever”. And when bailiffs turned up at her house demanding £3k, she blamed the debt on her third husband, ex-stripper Kieran Hayler, 32, saying, “I’ve had to bail him out AGAIN.” Last year, during a break from Kris, she was overheard telling a friend at a party she would “marry rich” next time. The source adds, “After spending the last seven years with younger men who she largely supported and spent huge amounts of money on, Katie’s adamant her next marriage will be to a man who can spoil her for a change. “Her new fella is so completely different from her usual type, because he’s self-made and he owns a second home in Spain – which would mean free holidays. She’s convinced he’s the key to helping her getting back on her feet and also to give the kids the stability they need, as not only is he rich, but he’s also older and wiser than her exes.” By Daisy McLure CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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he lapped up some male attention during a ski trip to France last week, and was seen beaming as five male fans lifted her up for a photo opportunity on the slopes, following her split from on/off toyboy Kris Boyson in December. And insiders say Jordan – real name Katie Price – has already broken her New Year “man ban” resolution after telling friends she’s fallen for an older, divorced businessman – who she’s secretly hoping will help her following news that she was declared bankrupt in December after blowing her £45m fortune.




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After a mystery illness, pals worry Lauren Goodger is drinking again to hide the agony of her new bum

doesn’t help. Drinking briefly takes away the pain.” While Lauren, 33, insists her larger bum is due to exercise and has denied having implants or fat injections, she was seen carrying an orthopaedic cushion, often used after Brazilian bum lifts, in 2018, causing fans to speculate she was lying about surgery. One said, “How can she deny it when we have all seen the before and after pictures?!” DESPERATE

Cosmetic practitioner Amar Suchde, of AMS Aesthetics, says, “To me, it seems Lauren has had either injections or implants in her bottom. When someone alters their bum so it is out of proportion to their frame, the extra weight and structure puts pressure on the lower spine, causing pain and discomfort.” Fans also worry that Lauren –

❛SHE’S BEEN FEELING SO LOW ABOUT STARTING YET ANOTHER YEAR SINGLE❜ who has previously confessed to a nose job, boob job, and fillers – is looking bloated due to drinking. A source explains, “When she goes out partying and has lots of late nights on the booze, she tends to wear the effects on her face. On top of the added filler, it makes her look puffy. Everyone’s telling her to get more rest and quit alcohol for good. “Her pals also worry she may try to surgically change her body again to boost her confidence.” Lauren admitted she was in a “dark place” last year, and sought help for anxiety and panic attacks. But as she posed for a nude photo last week, trolls again

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branded her “desperate”. Her new, curvier look is in stark contrast to 2016, when she dropped from a size 16 to an 8 after quitting booze in favour of clean eating and regular exercise. Opening up to Closer then, she said, “I used to love going to clubs, getting plastered and eating junk food. I’ll never be trapped in that vicious cycle again. I hardly touch booze now.” SLIPPERY SLOPE

After falling off the wagon three weeks into her latest health kick, friends fear the single star – who’s spoken about her “toxic” relationships with Mark Wright and jailbirds Jake McLean and Joey Morrisson – is using alcohol to numb her emotional hurt. The source adds, “Lauren’s been feeling so low about starting yet another year single, while everyone else gets married and has babies. She craves being loved and having a family. She seems to be back in a vicious cycle of drinking, feeling bad, and drinking again. She may be on a slippery slope.” By Daisy McLure 14

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he vowed to “never drink again” after telling fans, “I feel like I’m dying” in the midst of a crippling hangover – hours before being hospitalised. But it seems Lauren Goodger’s pledge was short-lived. As she downed Champagne in a swanky London hotel last week, she informed her Instagram followers, “Haven’t had a drop to drink since Christmas Day... Hmmm, maybe it’s deserved.” And friends reveal the former TOWIE star – who has worried fans with her extreme use of fillers in the past – is suffering from crippling back pain caused by her enlarged bottom and is using alcohol to cope. A source says, “Lauren’s been in constant agony with her lower back, as her bum is putting pressure on it. She sometimes sits awkwardly as a result, which




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MICHELLE WARNS MARK TO PUT THEIR MARRIAGE FIRST Just days after Michelle Keegan quit BBC drama Our Girl to be with Mark Wright, she’s angry to discover they could be torn apart again

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But just hours later, the club’s statement was removed – with friends saying Michelle, also 32, was put out that her husband would add to his already heavy workload, particularly after she left the popular drama, for which she won Best Actress She won an award for playing Georgie on BBC drama Our Girl

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at the TV Choice Awards, to make it easier for them to see each other. A source says, “Michelle loved working on the show, so to give it up was a big deal. She did it for Mark, so she was angry the statement was made without her knowing about it in advance. She warned Mark to put their marriage first and to spend more time at home than at work, so he called the club owner and asked him to remove it while they discussed it.” Michelle’s surprise announcement to quit her “life-changing role” – which came a year after her husband of four years left his Hollywood presenting job – sparked rumours the pair would soon start a family. They have both admitted to feeling broody, and our source continues, “Michelle sees this year as their chance to

finally spend more quality time together, doing the things she loves, such as cosy nights in, rather than him being out loads, training and running a club.” CONTROVERSY

It’s also believed Michelle was uneasy about the controversial club owner’s reputation. Multimillionaire Glenn Tamplin, who bought Romford FC in November, has already made a name for himself as “madcap” in the sporting world and has been open about his previous cocaine and alcohol abuse. Football-loving Mark, who went semi-pro before finding fame on TOWIE, had

played under Glenn at his previously-owned club, Billericay. But the source adds, “Glenn has made national headlines because of his off-the-pitch antics, so Michelle wasn’t pleased about Mark being involved with him. Even though Mark was once seen as a Jack-thelad, he’s kept his nose clean since being with Michelle and she wants that to continue.” Closer has approached Mark’s representative for comment. Mark has also been seeing more of his old friends since returning home from the US, including Jade Goody’s widower Jack Tweed, with whom he used to enjoy wild nights out. The source says, “Obviously, Michelle’s pleased he’s still loyal to his old mates, but she is also wary. She’s told Mark that she wants them to spend lots of time together and less time apart.” By Daisy McLure CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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he made the shock decision to leave Our Girl to concentrate on their marriage – sparking rumours they’re about to start a family – but now Michelle Keegan is said to be annoyed that her husband Mark Wright has taken on a new project that will see him spend more time away from home. It was announced last week that Mark, 32, would play for and co-own Essex football club Romford FC – alongside his raft of other jobs, including radio DJing and presenting Channel 5 dating show The Bachelor, as well as owning a property portfolio.


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WHY IS VIOLENCESPIRAL IN OUR CLASSROOMS? Aggression in our schools is soaring, with attacks on teachers happening at least once a week. Here a former teacher reveals what it’s really like – and how things have to change...

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uring Clare Smith’s* career as a teacher, she has been spat at in the face and regularly felt intimidated and threatened by pupils. According to a survey by the teacher’s union NASUWT (The National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers), she’s one of 89 per cent of teachers who have been verbally or physically abused at work. A recent survey revealed that an attack on a teacher happens at least once a week – and four per cent of teachers admitted to being attacked on a daily basis. STRUGGLING

Eventually, after six years working in struggling state secondary schools, Clare, who lives near Birmingham, decided she couldn’t cope with the strain any longer. She quit in 2016, and now tutors students

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from her home – and looks back on her time in the classroom with horror. Clare, 34, who wishes to remain anonymous, says, “I’m worried about our education system. One of the students who I tutor admitted to me recently that drugs are rife in schools. He told me that pupils carry around ready-rolled joints in their pencil cases, which they smoke on the school grounds. KNIFE PROBLEM

“Another told me he had carried a knife into school, which he did to keep up with the ‘cool kids’. He thought it would be a form of self-protection. “He no longer carries it, but the other day, one of the other children showed him a machete which was strapped to his inside leg. What I found most chilling is that my pupil wasn’t that shocked. He was very matter of fact about it, and told me that seeing knives was far from unusual.” Terrifying reports show more than 1,000 children were caught carrying knives in schools last year, with the youngest aged just four. Weapons seized by police included machetes, hunting knives, a samurai sword and even a highlighter pen which had its nib changed to a blade. Some schools have now

installed metal detectors at the entrances in a bid to stamp out knife crime on school premises. But the problem is far from new. In December 1995, Philip Lawrence, the headmaster at St George’s Roman Catholic School in north London, was stabbed outside the gates of his school when he went to the aid of a pupil who was being attacked. More recently, in 2014, a Spanish teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed seven times by 15-year-

police. We know schools are being asked to do more than ever before on a wide range of issues extending beyond the school gates. If figures continue to grow, that’s a problem that schools cannot tackle alone.” While violence is clearly a problem, Clare, who’s tutored full-time for the last four years, is also concerned about more low-level issues that stop children from learning. Figures released by the Department for Education last year suggested 382 state-funded mainstream schools are underperforming. It’s thought that 200,000 children are currently being educated in schools that have never been rated as good by OFSTED.

❛I ASKED A BOY TO LEAVE MY CLASS FOR BEING DISRUPTIVE – HE SPAT IN MY FACE❜ old William Cornick in an unprovoked attack. And the situation is getting worse. The number of offences of children carrying a weapon in schools has more than doubled over the past five years. Steven George, from the National Association of Headteachers, has admitted it’s a problem that’s hard to solve. He said, “Their family, circumstances, neighbourhood, and the people they hang around with are all going to be factors, and those aren’t solved with a phone call to the

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Clare has witnessed the effects of this first-hand. She says, “One of my students was 15 when he came to me and said he didn’t know his times tables. He’d slipped through the net without the most basic level of maths. There is little excuse for that, but I can also see how it happens. “As a teacher, you are constantly fighting disruption. It can feel like a war in the classroom. I once worked in


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a school that was later shut down. I estimate up to 90 per cent of my time was spent carrying out ‘crowd control’ of teens who were misbehaving. The only names I knew reliably were those of the ‘naughty’ kids, because I had to constantly call out to ask them to behave. “One pupil once spat at me. He’d been messing around, refusing to concentrate, and disrupting my lesson. I asked him to leave my classroom and he came up to me and spat in my face. It was humiliating and

intimidating. Afterwards, I felt very unsupported, as his only punishment was to be put in isolation for the rest of the day. DISCIPLINE

“In my view, that’s a big problem in UK schools. Children aren’t disciplined enough. I’ve worked in the US as a teacher too, and there, kids have respect for their teachers. Punishments are doled out that are commensurate with what they’ve done wrong. Here, pupils don’t seem to worry about consequences

Education reformer Katharine Birbalsingh is the founder of the Michaela Community School in Wembley – dubbed Britain’s strictest school. She says, “Any school can be turned around and have high-achieving pupils with no violence, though it will take four or five years. “The key is to pay attention to small details . Pupils need to be accountable from the smallest level, such as wearing the correct uniform, no make-up, and a blanket ban on gadgets and mobile phones. It gives children a rigid structure and order to work within and makes them feel secure. When small details are adhered to, the big issues never come up. We are a very strict school, but the children are happy here. “You also need to have excellent teachers, and they need to care – if they set a pupil a detention, they have to make absolutely sure it is followed up. Pupils should also feel they’re getting something out of education and feel invested in their future. “You also have to hope parents want to be involved in their child being a success. Children need to feel they are loved and looked after at home – even 15-year-old boys still need that.”

and it’s not surprising. I had one student who was caught with a knife. His punishment was to be excluded from school for a week. He had to go in every day and collect work to do at home. His homework would take him a couple of hours at most. His parents were both at work and he spent the rest of his time on his Xbox. That isn’t a deterrent.” Clare admits she doesn’t have all the answers, but she’s clear the solution is not entirely with already-overstretched teachers, with one in five suffering from work-related stress. She says, “I had to stop and turn to tutoring, because being in a classroom was making me

ill. Most nights, I’d go home close to tears, dreading going back in the next day. “Equally, I didn’t feel I was able to do what I love doing, which is imparting knowledge to children, as I was too busy fire-fighting crisis after crisis in the classroom. “This situation can’t continue. Schools need more help and resources. They also need parents who are supportive of education. I’ve sat in parents’ evenings when parents turn up stinking of booze. If that’s how little they think of what we’re doing, what hope is there for their children?” By Mel Fallowfield CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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Jacqueline Jossa and Dan Osborne are embroiled in yet more drama as she weighs up a temporary move overseas for work without her husband and their children

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And pals say Jacqueline – who has Ella, four, and Mia, one – with Dan, 28, is conflicted about the role of a lifetime on the hit BBC show because of its gruelling filming schedule, which has previously seen the cast based in Malaysia and South Africa for more than three months at a time. A source says, “Dubai was just what they needed to reconnect after a rocky

They’ve both questioned how Jac would cope being away from their young daughters

couple of months, but when Jac got the call inviting her to audition for Our Girl, it created some tension. “It’s Jac’s dream job since leaving EastEnders, and she’s so excited, but she’s torn, because she won’t want to be away from her kids for that long. Also, she’s worried about the pressure that working away would put on her and Dan. It would force her into a double life – one of a working actress filming overseas and the other as the loving wife and mother back in the UK.” Jacqueline and Dan have weathered numerous storms throughout their two-and-a-

half-year marriage, including claims Dan cheated with Love Island stars Gabby Allen, 26, and Alexandra Cane, 28 – which he’s denied – and they are said to be aware of the pressure the new role would put on their relationship. INFIDELITY CLAIMS

The source says, “They’ve only just got back to a good place and Jac doesn’t want trust issues resurfacing, or infidelity claims to crop up again. And with her being away, she knows that will only

make the rumours worse. Of course it’s still early days and the role is by no means certain, but it’s made her think about things. “Dan has expressed his concern about how the family would cope without her and worries it could mess up what they’ve worked so hard for. He wants to be supportive of Jac, but they’re both aware she’d struggle to cope away from the girls, so she says she’ll carefully weigh up all the options.” By Daisy McLure CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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hey put on a loved-up display during their recent romantic break in Dubai, proving they’re sticking to their vow to make a fresh start. It came after Dan Osborne denied claims he’d had a threesome with his former CBB co-stars, Chloe Ayling and Natalie Nunn – allegations that overshadowed wife Jacqueline Jossa’s I’m A Celeb! win in December. But more trouble could be on the horizon for the couple, as insiders tell Closer how Jacqueline, 27, has been approached to replace Michelle Keegan as Lance Corporal Georgie Lane in Our Girl after the former Corrie star announced earlier this month she was stepping down to “spend more time at home.”


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‘I won’t be shamed over my wealth’ Kim Kardashian goes on the defensive after she and husband Kanye West are blasted for bragging about their lavish lifestyles

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The reality star recently bragged about a vintage Cartier gold necklace her husband, rapper Kanye West, 42, gave to her, then soon after sharing a snap of the pair wearing matching Louis Vuitton “millionaire” sunglasses worth around £10,000 each.

❛HER INNER CIRCLE HAVE TOLD HER TO THINK ABOUT HOW FANS PERCEIVE HER BRAND❜ She broke down while recounting her heist ordeal on KUWTK

The mum-of-four’s followers slammed her for being “tacky”, with one writing, “Glad to see she’s kept to her word of being understated,” while another added, “Just advertise your latest jewels to the next line of robbers, why don’t you.” Kim’s flashy posts, including one of her with sisters Kourtney and Khloé dripping in diamonds to advertise their perfume, were further blasted by trolls, who criticised her for not publicly

Wearing the vintage Cartier necklace Kanye gave her

Showing off her engagement ring online – before she was robbed of it

donating to the Australian bushfire relief efforts – a move she defended by insisting she didn’t need to publicise everything she does. But insiders tell Closer that Kim, 39 – who has North, six, Saint, four, Chicago, two, and eightmonth-old Psalm with Kanye – has been urged to stop parading her millionaire lifestyle amid fears she’s falling back into old habits. BIGGER ISSUES

A source says, “Kim’s inner circle have told her to be wary of what she posts and to think more carefully about how her brand will be perceived by fans, especially when so many are becoming more switched on about the big issues facing society, which could turn them against her. They’re also concerned that if she slips back into old habits, it could make her and her family a target for criminals again. They’re advising her to be more discreet about her wealth.”

After taking a three-month break from social media and going into hiding after the robbery, Kim revealed how her attackers had been following her glamorous lifestyle on social media for two years before they struck. Afterwards, she insisted, “I really don’t care about that stuff [material possessions] any more.” And after focusing on becoming a lawyer with special interest in prison reform – which she’s documented for a two-part TV series Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project – while Kanye plans to run for President of the US, insiders say Kim’s been warned not to destroy the new image they’ve been cultivating. The source adds, “Kim’s gone to great lengths over the last few years to carve out a more meaningful path, so the latest criticism has been a wake-up call. She says she won’t be made to feel ashamed of her success, but agreed to be more sensitive.” By Daisy McLure CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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he vowed to stop showing off her riches, after being left traumatised when she was held at gunpoint by armed robbers in Paris in October 2016 – insisting, “I’m such a different person now”, and claiming she’d never wear expensive jewellery again. But fast-forward just over three years and it seems Kim Kardashian – who’s worth an estimated £285m – appears to have forgotten that promise, as she’s been sharing images of her latest bling to her 157 million Instagram followers.


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have been amazing with their outpouring of love for my husband, and I thank you.” The couple have been married for 40 years, after meeting in 1970 when Sharon’s dad was Ozzy’s manager, and marrying 12 years later in an idyllic wedding in Hawaii. They went on to have children Aimee, 36, Kelly, 35, and Jack, 34, who, with the exception of Aimee, all featured on their own reality show The Osbournes. Last week Sharon, 67, once again expressed her devotion to the Black Sabbath frontman, 71 – who was diagnosed in Feburary with the Sharon held back condition, which tears as they opened up about Ozzy’s health causes parts of the brain to become progressively damaged,

he thanked fans for their support last week following her husband Ozzy’s revelation that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. During a TV appearance in America, Sharon Osborne said, “Ozzy will be just over the moon. He will be taken aback. I’m good. I feel very good. I feel very strong. People

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CHARLOTTECLAIMSNEW FLAME IS MARRIAGEMATERIAL She only split from Joshua Ritchie in November after two years together, but Charlotte Crosby seems to have wasted no time in moving on, and has embarked on a jungle romance with Australian reality star Ryan Gallagher. The ex-Geordie Shore star – who was still in the jungle as Closer went to press – and her I’m A Celeb! campmate Ryan, 31, have grown close since meeting on the show, sneaking into each other’s beds, sharing kisses and watching each other in the shower. Speaking of her feelings about him, Charlotte, 29 – who had been spotted kissing DJ Chris Wright just weeks after

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her split from Josh, and has had romances with reality stars Stephen Bear and Gary Beadle – said, “I’ve been searching for someone like Ryan [my] whole life, who would literally just idolise you... I’ve never felt loved. Ryan shows love. He’s so thoughtful and he remembers everything. And those are the qualities I want in a husband.” Ryan rose to fame on TV show Married At First Sight in 2018, where he was coupled up with Instagram star Davina Rankin, before splitting weeks later, and has been single ever since. Meanwhile, Josh, 25 – from whom Charlotte split in

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November after he reportedly “didn’t want to settle down” – has joined the new series of Celebs Go Dating. Last week, he threatened to reveal the “real reason” for their break-up and called her fans “idiots” on Twitter, after he suffered trolling from them since their split.

Charlotte dated ex Joshua for two years


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Amy Willerton showed off her post baby body with true confidence last week, posing in her underwear on Instagram just a week after giving birth to daughter Demelza Eira. She captioned the post, “How does the body do this?! I love you body, you are the best.” The model, 27, welcomed her first child with fiancé Daniel Day in early January – and speaking of her new arrival, she said, “We’ve been on lockdown, just lapping her up and taking it all in.” Amy rose to fame when she won Jordan’s model talent show Signed By Katie in 2011,

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and went She’s mum on to star to Demelza on I’m A Celeb! in 2013 where she struck up a romance with campmate Joey Essex. She started dating entrepreneur Daniel in 2016 and the pair got engaged while on a skiing holiday last March.

PAMWEDSHUBBYNO5-35 YEARSAFTERTHEYFIRSTDATED She’s already notched up four failed marriages, but it’s a case of fifth time lucky for Pamela Anderson, who’s taken another shot at a happyever-after after marrying in a secret ceremony last week. The former Baywatch star, 52, tied the knot with her ex, 74-year-old film producer Jon Peters – best known for the films A Star Is Born and Flashdance – more than 30 years after they first dated in the ’80s. The pair reportedly married in a small Malibu wedding ceremony, with their children from previous relationships in attendance. Speaking of his love for Pamela, Jon reportedly said, “There are beautiful girls everywhere. I could have my pick, but – for 35 years – I’ve only wanted Pamela. She makes me wild – in a good way.” The couple met in the mid’80s at the Playboy Mansion in LA and struck up a brief romance. He even proposed, but Pamela turned him down. She went on to marry rock star Tommy Lee in 1995, and had sons Brandon, 23, and Dylan, 21, with him before they split in 1998. She then had a year-long marriage to Kid Rock, from 2006 until

2007, before marrying Rick Salomon twice – between 2007 and 2008 and 2014 and 2015. More recently, Pamela was dating French footballer Adil Rami until they broke up in June last year, amid claims he had been unfaithful. She was also linked to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and regularly visited him while he took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London – before reportedly reconnecting with Jon. The Hollywood mogul has also been married four times before, with his ex-wives including actress Lesley Ann Warren and producer Christine Forsyth-Peters, with whom he has daughters Caleigh, 30, and Skye, 28. Speaking about her marriages, Pamela has said, “I’ve been married a couple of times and I survived!”

They briefly dated in the ’80s

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she added, “We’re going to go wherever we can go to find answers.” Their marriage has previously been rocked by Ozzy’s wild partying, alleged affairs, With their three children drinking and drug abuse. And after he admitted to having an resulting in involuntary shaking affair with his hair stylist, the and slow movement. She couple split in May 2016, before promised they’d seek every bit reuniting less than a year later. of medical help they could. Speaking about their reunion, She said, “We’re not going Sharon has said, “Everything’s to stop until Ozzy is back out good. You know what, my there, on that stage – it was hubby …he might be a dirty what he was born to do.” dog, but he’s my dirty dog.” Breaking down in tears,


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he’s proudly been showing off the results of her diet and lifestyle overhaul with bikini pictures, and has been posting photos of her yogahoned physique on social media – revealing that her new image has helped her feel the best she’s ever felt about her body. And Kerry Katona – who’s endured a very public battle with her weight, yo-yoing between a size 16 and an 8 – tells Closer that her personal-trainer boyfriend is loving the results of her new approach. The 5ft 2 ex-Atomic Kitten singer, who now weighs 9st and is a toned size 8 thanks to daily workouts with toyboy Ryan Mahoney, 31, says, “I’ve lost more weight – a further 8lbs – since Christmas, from being in panto [Sleeping Beauty], training with Ryan, doing yoga every morning, and continuing with the SkinnyJab injections, which completely curb your appetite. “I feel better than ever and I think I look

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Working out with boyfriend Ryan

so hot right now! I’m so proud of my figure – I’ve posted shots online that show me in gorgeous underwear which Ryan bought me for Christmas... He thinks I look great in it.” The mum of five previously revamped her eating and exercise regime following the end of her third marriage with George Kay in the summer of 2017 – shedding 2st and slimming to a size 8 in the process. Recently, the star, 39, has embarked on another body blitz after relaxing her diet. She’s defended her use of weight-loss alternative SkinnyJab injections, which work by suppressing appetite and reducing sugar cravings, saying, “If this pen [which injects drugs into the body] is going to help me lose weight and help me feel good about myself, then what’s the problem?” KICKING SMOKING

And Kerry – who’s mum to Molly, 18, and Lilly-Sue, 16, with ex-husband Brian McFadden, as well as Heidi, 13, and Max, 11, with ex Mark Croft, and Dylan-Jorge, five, with George – says she owes her healthier complexion to kicking her 10-a-day smoking habit at the start of the year. She reveals, “I feel really proud of myself as I’d been smoking since the age of 16. On New Year’s Eve, me and Molly were driving back from panto and I had four cigarettes in my packet. “I woke up on New Year’s Day and smoked my last cigarette. I’ve not had one since. I feel much better

for it and my skin is glowing.” And while she’s resorted to two liposuction procedures in the past in an attempt to lose weight – and admits to having regular Botox and fillers – Kerry says she draws the line at having significant work done to her face. Referencing her long history of drug addiction, which started at just 14, she says, “I don’t think I’d ever do anything to my face. Touch wood, with the amount of s**t that I’ve shoved up my nose over the years, I could have messed up my face – but luckily, I pulled myself together. I’ve always had a baby

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face and really good skin, so I’m blessed in that department.” She credits boyfriend Ryan, a fitness and nutrition expert, for helping her turn her life around – but Kerry reveals the pair have no current plans to tie the knot. She says, “I won’t get married to Ryan this year and we are fine with the way we are. It’s something I’ve now learned – you don’t always have to get married to complete your relationship.” Now drug and alcohol-free, Kerry – who is honest about her mental health issues, openly discussing her experience of bipolar disorder and revealing she sometimes struggles with low mood – has thrown herself into self-help classes and attends a regular church service to help her mental state. She says she’d advise her troubled pal Jordan to do the same. STRONG Showing off her new weight loss

‘I couldn’t love anyone else until I loved me’

The former glamour girl, real name Katie Price, was declared bankrupt last month, following a turbulent few years – which included the breakdown of her third marriage and her mum’s terminal illness diagnosis, culminating in her confession that she self-medicated with cocaine. Kerry says, “Katie needs to be on her own, to learn to love herself and to not rush into anything. I couldn’t love anybody else until I learned to love me – that’s when I met Ryan. “After my third marriage to George [who died following a drugs overdose in July last year], I got into self-help massively – motivational speaking, exercise, eating healthily and going to church. It really helped me and made me who I am today, and I’d advise Katie to do the same. “She will get through it. She’s really strong and is surrounded by good people who’ve got her best interests at heart.” By Olivia Buxton ● Closer spoke to Kerry at the launch of the SkinnyJab shop in Liverpool

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‘Mysugardaddies are paying for me to become a woman’ Emily Alexander has earned over £100,000 in gifts and cash from rich admirers, which she plans to use to fully transition

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orn a boy, Emily Alexander, 30, is finally able to become the woman she’s always wanted to be. She can now pay to physically change her gender, as she earns up to £5,000 a month in cash and gifts from sugar daddies she has met online – many of whom are married. Former male model, Emily – who is single and runs a PR firm in London – says, “I want to use the money I’ve been gifted for a boob job, facial feminisation surgery, and a Brazilian butt lift. “I’m starting hormone treatment, but I haven’t had any surgery yet. I know surgery can be painful, and obviously has risks, so it’s a daunting thought, but I think I’m ready now. She has received expensive gifts, including this £3,300 Ralph Lauren bag

“My daddies know that I’m trans, and they’re all really supportive of my surgery plans. They want me to look my best. “Most of the sugar daddies I chat to are doctors, lawyers, and high-flying businessmen, so I don’t feel bad taking their money. In return, they can talk to me and go on dates with me to fancy restaurants and hotels. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. “I don’t think about the fact they have wives – it’s rare that the relationship actually becomes sexual, anyway.” Emily knew that she was born in the wrong body from early childhood. As a teenager, living as a boy, she had relationships with women as she felt it was what she was supposed to do, but wondered if she was gay. Then, when she was 18, she got drunk one night and posted on Facebook, stating she had always wanted to be a girl and was ready to start her transition.

Since then, Emily has only had relationships with men. She says, “The idea of fully becoming a woman makes me feel so sexy – it gave me the confidence to decide to be a sugar baby.” Emily was first introduced to the sugar baby lifestyle – where people receive cash, gifts or other rewards in return for company, and sometimes sex and intimacy – in 2014, when her friend entered the scene. After watching her receive expensive gifts every day, Emily decided to give it a try, and set up a profile on the website Seeking Arrangements. DANGEROUS

She says, “It looked like such an easy way to make money. I set up my profile and included that I was transgender – I thought it was better to be upfront than meet someone who was transphobic and get myself in a dangerous situation. “I said I was looking for a sugar daddy to shower me with cash, presents, good food, and travel – after a few hours, I already had a full inbox with loads of messages.”

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Emily spoke to a few sugar daddies, before agreeing to meet one of the rich, older men. She says, “I was absolutely terrified. He picked me up in a fancy car at Gatwick Airport and drove us to his second home in London. I did think it was a bit risky, as no one knew where I was – but I went along with it. When we got there, he took off all my clothes, then ran me a bath and washed me.” Emily says the pair then engaged in a sexual act, the details of which she wants to remain private. She says,


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“Afterwards, he told me to get dressed, handed me £700 and dropped me at the station. I was shaking, but I couldn’t stop smiling. I had made a month’s rent in just 40 minutes.” SCARED

But Emily’s experiences haven’t always been so easy. She explains, “One man I met in London started to follow me and wouldn’t leave me alone. “I got scared and jumped into a black cab. He then spent weeks trying to track me down. He said I’d stolen his money, even though it was all agreed.” Five years on, and Emily says

she’s earned £100,000 in cash and gifts. She says, “I was once paid £2,000 to meet a doctor for lunch at Pizza Hut. I’ve been treated to all-expenses-paid trips to Dubai and Mexico. “I don’t always meet the daddies. Sometimes, they just want to talk online and send me gifts. A high-profile footballer once paid me more than £1,000, and one guy bought me an iPad for a photo of my feet!” And Emily admits she doesn’t care about their relationship status or their sexuality. She

says, “The daddies are never gay, they’re always straight. I think meeting a trans woman is a bit of a thrill for them. The majority of the time they’re married, and they’re always older. They tell me I’m prettier than their wives, and they wish they were with me. Mostly nothing happens sexually, so it doesn’t bother me that they’re married. We’re just having coffee or dinner – our personal lives are separate.” Emily admits she’s sometimes attracted to her sugar daddies, and they can also develop feelings for her. She once had a two-year emotional relationship

with a widower in his sixties, but it didn’t get physical. She says, “He kitted out my new flat with expensive gadgets, and paid me lots of money just to talk on the phone about what he’d been doing that day. Sometimes, the chat would turn sexual – but not often. He was a gentleman. I would see him a lot, too – he would pick me up after I’d finished work and take me shopping all the time. LIFE-CHANGING

“He eventually asked me to marry him, but I said no. Sadly, a few months later, he died of a medical issue. He’d promised to leave me his savings and his house, which was worth £500,000, but he didn’t sign his will in time – so everything was given to charity. “He was really sweet, but I wasn’t in love with him.” Now, Emily is looking forward to further surgery. She says, “I can’t wait for my body to feel more feminine. “After I’ve fully transitioned, I’m so excited to find my Mr Right and have children. I’m so broody – I would love to adopt a child. This surgery will change my life, and it’s all thanks to being a sugar baby.” By Carol Driver & Kristina Beanland CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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‘I wasn’t good at relationships until I met George’ Lisa Snowdon opens up about her painful past, what she’s learnt about love and why she rejected fertility treatment

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he’s been happily settled with fiancé George Smart for four years and plans to marry him in 2020 – hopefully in Japan. But model and TV presenter Lisa Snowdon, 48, is the first to admit she’s had her share of heartache along the way. She reveals, “There’s no doubt George is the right guy for me, but after having previous destructive relationships, marriage isn’t something I’ve been in a rush to do. I’m not sure if my parents’ divorce and the fact they weren’t happily married has affected my decision, too.” Lisa began her career as a model aged 19 in 1990, a year after she started her first serious romance, which lasted five years. She later revealed in 2005 she’d been a victim of domestic violence in that relationship. Although she refused to name her ex-boyfriend, she stated he was an older man who worked in the music business and that he had once left her with a black eye. She said at the time, “At the beginning [the abuse] was more mental. Then it was just physical. Just abusive. Afterwards I was looking into it, and they do say that stronger or more successful women often get picked on and manipulated – it’s very odd.”

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Lisa met George in 1996 when she was a presenter on MTV and he was working as head of events, but they split because of their age gap – at 40, he’s eight years her junior – and she went on to date British model Paul Sculfor until 1998. Two years later, she met George Clooney after they filmed a Martini ad together, enjoying a five-year on/off relationship with the Hollywood star. 30

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Following an eight-month romance with England footballer Jay Bothroyd, she dated actor Adereti Monney in 2014, but a month into the relationship a police officer witnessed him attack her in the street and Monney admitted to “assault by beating”. However, Lisa didn’t press charges and they stayed together for 13 months. Looking back, Lisa admits her relationships weren’t stable enough to start a family. Having fertility assessments before she turned 40 showed her chances of conceiving naturally were very low. “I had tests when I was 39, which showed I couldn’t have kids naturally,” she reveals. “I even considered freezing my eggs, but I decided not to.” By 2015, Lisa had become so disillusioned with the hunt for Mr Right that she stopped dating for a year and, suffering from depression, started CBT, a talking therapy in which people identify unhelpful thought patterns that can lead to negative emotions. “I was suffering from poor mental health because of some of the unhealthy relationships I’d been in. I was burned out from doing my radio breakfast show, which I’d been doing for seven years, and having to get up in the dark,” she reveals. “For the whole of 2015, I had CBT, I went on a dating detox, started meditating and took antidepressants for a while. I needed to rebalance myself and I started to send out positive stuff to the universe and imagining what I wanted from my life. “Then, towards the end of the year, George [Smart] appeared after a make-up artist friend of mine reintroduced us. It was almost fate that we would end up together.” She adds, laughing, “I said to [my pal], ‘Let me have a look at Facebook, because I was being shallow and I wanted to see if the years

With her fiancé George

had been kind to him. Only I couldn’t find him on there or on Instagram. “My friend said he was so funny and handsome and I was like, ‘OK, give him my number,’ and he called me and we went out for an amazing date.” FREAK-OUTS

But Lisa found it hard to settle into a steady relationship with George, an entrepreneur from Yorkshire. She reveals, “A few weeks in I said, ‘I don’t know if I can do this – I’m not very good at relationships. I had the occasional freak-out as my hormones were coming into play as well [her roller-coaster moods were linked to being perimenopausal]. I didn’t know what I wanted and I’d get angry too. George had to be very patient and had to nurture me. He said, ‘We can take this really slowly.’ It took a while, but I realised what a kind and understanding person he was and I felt I could be myself with him. It all worked out brilliantly and I feel really lucky.”

Lisa and George Clooney in 2004


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My tips to beating depression Having previously struggled with her mental health, Lisa is taking part in Japanuary – a month-long initiative encouraging people to adopt positive elements of the Japanese lifestyle. GET OUTSIDE “I need to exercise every day. I’m lucky that I live near Epping Forest and can listen to the birds and be in nature. It goes without saying that exercise boosts your mood. I’ve also taken up weight lifting, which helps me to get those feel-good endorphins.” MEDITATE “We could all take a little bit of the way they [the Japanese] live. Just having some quiet time or meditating before you start your day – I do that every day. You are so much more able to deal with any stress. You are in a better, calmer headspace.”

In January 2017, the couple got engaged when George proposed just five weeks after Lisa exited the I’m A Celeb! jungle – and talk soon turned to starting a family. HAPPIER THAN EVER

Getting her daily exercise fix

‘Getting married is the next step’

“I said to George, ‘Do you want to have kids? It’s tricky but we can give it a go,’” confesses Lisa. “I told him I’d had tests, which showed I couldn’t have kids naturally. We discussed alternative ways to do it [with fertility treatment] and he said, ‘Do you know what? I want to be with you. It’s about me and you.’ I also knew I was well into my 40s, that it would be a tough process and I very much enjoyed the freedom our lifestyles gave us. “Although I have moments when I feel sad seeing Instagram pages with pictures of other people’s kids, I’m a realist. But I feel so blessed that I’ve met George and I really couldn’t be happier with how things are. Getting married is the next step and I’d love for it to be in Japan. We’ve got lots of friends in Tokyo and I used to live near Yoyogi Park when I worked there as a model. “It would be beautiful to get married in the spring when the cherry blossom and wisteria is out. It’s a really magical place – and I know George would love it too.” By Olivia Buxton ● Take part in ‘JAPANUARY’ to kick off your new year in Japanese style. Visit youglow-girl. com/2020/01/07/japanuary

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‘I agree with Laurence – young people are too “woke”’ Lewis actor Laurence Fox has had a backlash recently for various comments he’s made, after dismissing claims that Meghan Markle has faced racism. Another thing that hit the has x o F e c n re u headlines was him stating he La ed been criticis no longer dates women under 35, as he thinks the younger generation is “too woke”. Some people criticised him for it, but I agree with him. Firstly, for those who don’t know, “woke” means being aware of anything that could be seen as offensive or rude to other people in society. I reckon the world has gone a bit mad, and we’re

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MY TYPICAL DAY: ‘I adore Preston – we’re still really close’ I GET UP AT 6AM, and do some stretches – it was my New Year’s resolution to do that more! I’ll make breakfast, which is avocado spread on some rice crackers, before the school run. I WORK OUT THREE TIMES A WEEK. With ex-husband I’ll go to the gym for yoga or Pilates. Preston back in 2006 I tried a ‘gong class’ the other day, where you lay on your back and relax while the leader strikes a huge gong! The vibrations are meant to relieve stress – I just slept the whole time. MY DAYS VARY. They’ll be spent having meetings, photoshoots or doing admin. My work is varied. I sometimes forget to have lunch, but if I do have it, it’ll be a vegan, on-the-go meal. I’VE BEEN VEGAN FOR FIVE YEARS, and vegetarian since I was 11. As a child, I remember it being hard to have veggie food when eating out, and it was awkward to explain it to waiters. Nowadays, it’s so easy – it’s brilliant! There are so many incredible options. It’s cool to be vegan now. I STILL SPEAK TO PRESTON [Chantelle’s ex-husband, who she met on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007] a lot. We’re still really close and I adore him. We have such fond memories together – only the other day, I was doing a clear-out, and I told him I still have my wedding dress. He told me to keep anything that has good memories. IN THE EVENINGS, I’ll use my slow cooker to make something healthy. I love a vegan bean chilli – it’s so delicious. I’ll watch a bit of Netflix, then go to bed around 10pm. ● Check out Chantelle’s YouTube channel on YouTube.com.

all a bit too offended by everything. I believe it’s OTT – some people are telling off builders for wolfwhistling at women, but I personally take it as a compliment. Soon, everyone will be too scared to do anything for fear of offending someone. It’s ridiculous – I believe people need to use their common sense and stop looking for injustice or offence in everything. Secondly, I think it’s fair enough if you want to rule out dating someone due to their age. I’d never date anyone younger than 35, as I think the men of today are immature enough as it is – I don’t need a partner younger than me! It’s good to be fussy. I think Laurence is gorgeous. I’m 36 and not at all “woke” – so, Laurence, give me a call!

‘MOTHERHOOD MADE ME BODY CONFIDENT’ I recently read a survey that found 84 per cent of mums are self-critical about their weight. For me, motherhood made me more accepting of my body. When I was younger, I tried every fad diet. I starved myself, and once, only drank lemon water with cayenne pepper. Becoming a parent changes your priorities. Now, all I want is to be healthy for my daughter. How I look doesn’t matter, as long as I’m healthy and able to care for her. I’m not as body confident as I was and I’ll alway have a tummy – but if I die at 100, rather than at 80 due to unhealthy habits, then I’ll take that!

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COULD A NEW LAW END STALKING FOR GOOD? Trimaan Dhillon will serve at least 22 years

Alice Ruggles was murdered in 2016

Recent legislation could see stalkers facing up to five years in jail if they breach Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs), which came into power last week. These orders will ban them from contacting or approaching their victim for two years, and may even force stalkers to receive professional help. The order can be made before the severity of stalking has escalated to a criminal offence, so police can intervene earlier. While some campaigners have voiced concern that the powers could be used as an alternative to prosecutions, placing victims at greater risk, the new measure will be a relief for the one in five women and one in ten men who have been

stalked. The Alice Ruggles Trust, which campaigns for legislation against the crime, welcomed the move. The Trust was set up in 2017, in memory of Alice, 24, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend, Trimaan Dhillon. Alice had contacted the police about Trimaan’s behaviour just days before she was killed. Her father, Clive Ruggles, said, “Stalking Protection Orders represent a powerful new tool to help the police respond in the right way. It is critical that there is no delay in arresting perpetrators who breach them. Any other response may well escalate the risk to the victim.” Here, Closer speaks to a stalking victim who wishes the law was in place sooner...

‘Myexsecretlyfilmed meformonths’ hloe Smith*, 31, was stalked by her ex-partner Neil Riley in a chilling campaign, which included him bugging her house and car to spy on her. Chloe says, “I’m pleased stalking is finally being taken more seriously – I wish SPOs had been an option when I reported my ex for stalking me, as I’d have felt so much more secure.

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“I met Neil in 2008 and, at first, we were happy. In May 2011, I gave birth to our daughter Lauren, followed by Dannii in November 2014. “But then our relationship deteriorated. Neil became controlling and he’d regularly check my phone and accuse me of sleeping with other men. We argued constantly and so, in 2015, I ended the relationship. “He still saw the girls but he’d turn up unannounced and leave me feeling on edge. “Then, one night, Neil said he

knew some of my friends were dating, and said if I met anyone else, he’d kill them. “I was so frightened that I stopped the girls from seeing him, but then Neil began following me. “In the mornings, he would sit outside my house in his car, and one day, I noticed him in my front garden wearing a pair of headphones. “I couldn’t take any more and so I reported his behaviour to the police. In October 2016, he was served a harassment order, and warned that, unless he stopped, there would be criminal sanctions – but it didn’t have any effect on him. “Days after, he appeared at my work and stared at me through the window before sending more than 60 abusive messages. He called me horrible names and asked why I wouldn’t speak to him. I felt so scared and helpless. “Weeks later, I noticed a black wire behind Dannii’s car seat. I felt chills when I saw a

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small camera and battery power pack were attached to it. I found footage of me driving and singing along to the radio. “Back home, I ransacked the house. I found devices hidden in air fresheners and smoke alarms. I realised the headphones I’d seen him wearing had let him listen in to what we were getting up to. DAMAGE

“I called the police. Neil was arrested and he admitted to stalking me. “In December 2016, Liverpool Magistrates Court sentenced him to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and he was given an indefinite restraining order to

stop all contact with me. “I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and still feel weary now. This new order is a great step. The threat of consequences would have stopped Riley stalking me much earlier and prevented months of harassment, but there also needs to be a register of stalkers, so people can find out if they’re in any way involved with someone who’s had stalking convictions. I also think the SPO power to order a psychological assessment is a good idea and needs to be imposed, as it could help stalkers understand the damage they’re doing. “This news shows that victims like me are finally being heard. We shouldn’t be scared into silence.” By Alexandra Meyer CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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JOANNA:

‘Jamesis exactlythe same he’s lovely!’ With her “little brother”, James

After the success of the festive special, Gavin & Stacey star Joanna Page reveals she’s ready for a full series comeback – and lifts the lid on her friendship with co-star James Corden the US, hosting The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as landing parts in high-profile movies Cats and Ocean’s Eight. And Joanna says that despite his A-lister status, the star is as down-to-earth as ever. She says, “He’s exactly the same; he’s so lovely! Only now he’s a husband and a dad [James has three children with TV producer wife Julia Carey: Max, nine, Carey, five, and Charlotte, two]. He’s working hard and he’s matured but, aside from that, he’s the same. “When I walked in for the read-through, I just saw his face... and I hadn’t seen him for so long. So I got his face between

ROMANTIC CLIFFHANGER

Over the course of three years, the Bafta-winning BBC sitcom followed the relationship of a boy from Billericay, Essex, and a Welsh lass from Barry, bringing together their friends and family. The Christmas special, watched by a record 17.1 million viewers, ended on a romantic cliffhanger with Stacey’s best friend Nessa proposing to Gavin’s pal Smithy, played by co-writers Ruth Jones and James Corden. Since the series finale in 2010, actor and scriptwriter James, 41, has gained fame in

She tied the knot with actor James in 2003

The special broke the record for the mostwatched Christmas show of the decade

my hands and I said, ‘Oh, it’s you. Look at your little face!’ It was like seeing my little brother. I just love him.” GOOD GENES

In the intervening decade, Joanna has become a mum of three – just like her character Stacey – welcoming Eva, six, Noah, four, and Kit, three, with actor husband James Thornton. After the festive episode aired, fans marvelled at how well the actress – who was 30 when she made her debut as Stacey – had aged. In the flesh, Joanna looks a good decade younger than she is, though she jokes her anti-ageing secret is down to a combination of motherhood, good genes and gin! She laughs, “I would like to say now that I haven’t had anything done – it’s just good genes! My dad looks so young. It’s also down to having three children in the space of four years, then taking off six years to look after them! Then, before filming, I was drinking gin in Cardiff for three weeks – so that must be why I look young and happy!” By Lily Smith ● Closer spoke to Joanna at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil Luzia. Visit Cirquedusoleil.com

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ts eagerly anticipated return after a decade away from our screens didn’t disappoint – with ecstatic fans calling for another series. And Gavin & Stacey’s leading lady, Joanna Page, says she’s open to returning to Barry Island sooner rather than later. Joanna, 42, who plays Stacey Shipman in the smash-hit comedy says, “The reaction [to the one-off special] has been phenomenal – it’s so lovely and heartwarming. And coming together again to film over the summer was just the same. Within ten minutes, it was as if we’d only been filming the day before. “I’d love them to do more episodes. I get asked for more all the time – and people are just going to keep on asking. But they better do it soon, or we’ll all look too old!”



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‘I’m shaping up for a baby’ Ex-Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison opens up about slimming down sensibly, feeling confident in her 30s and her plans for starting a family with reality star boyfriend Ercan Ramadan

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he dropped from a size 16 to a size 6 in 2013, and Vicky Pattison admits she spent most of her twenties on a roller coaster of yo-yo dieting. But this month, Vicky has sworn off fad diets and is losing her extra Christmas pounds the sensible way. “For a spell, I turned into someone who was so fixated on calorie counting and the number on the scale that I made myself miserable,” the former Geordie Shore star, 32, tells Closer. “So many times January came around and I thought, ‘That’s it, no carbs’ or ‘Gym every day’. When I was really thin, I was counting how many blueberries I was putting on my porridge in the morning. I never want to be that woman again, it’s so detrimental to your wellbeing.” But Vicky says that hitting 30 two years ago changed everything, and this year she’s turned to healthy, home-cooked food and the WW [formerly Weight Watchers] plan to drop a few pounds. “In your twenties,

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you’re wrapped up in self-doubt and comparing yourself to others. I was so scared of turning 30, but now I’m here I’ve realised it’s a nice age to be,” she admits. “I want to be healthy, so I’ve got back in the kitchen and am cooking from scratch. But I also enjoy a glass of wine with friends, and popcorn in the cinema – WW is a great plan for not affecting your social life. “Over Christmas I drank Baileys every day and ate too much cheese, but I’m going to Thailand and Barbados this year and I want some nice bikini snaps for Instagram, so I’m enjoying eating well again.” BACK IN A GOOD PLACE

She went through a painful split with fiancé John Noble in 2018 amid claims he’d cheated, but Vicky says she is finally back in a good place after finding love with former TOWIE star Ercan Ramadan a year ago. “The last couple of years haven’t been easy but I’ve had an amazing support network: my mum, my sister, my friends and now Ercan. He’s so lovely, I’m really lucky,” she says. “He totally loves me for me. He’s also a big boobs and bum man, which works in my favour as I have plenty of both!” But Vicky says her forthcoming holiday isn’t the only reason for wanting to shape up. After years of partying on Geordie Shore, she admits she’s worried about her fertility, and wants to get her body in great condition for a baby. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to have children and that I don’t worry that some of the life choices I’ve made have set me on a path where that might not be possible. I always thought that by 30 I’d have a husband and kids, but sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you planned. I’m now striving to

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Though Vicky says she doesn’t want to put pressure on her relationship by rushing things, she is considering her options. “I’m not leaving too much up to chance so I am looking into freezing my eggs. I’m in a brand new relationship and it’s super exciting, but I want to do it when the time is right. I’m eating well and making sure I’m in the best of health if I do decide to have a little Vicky or a little Ercan. I want to bring a baby into the world where I’m in a great place, have a lovely partner and we’re both ready for it.” By Annabelle Lee ● Vicky’s a WW brand ambassador & follows the new my WW programme. Visit ww.com


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TAKE YOUR TIME Change one small thing at a time. It might be that one week you start to eat better, the next you go back to the gym. Don’t think it has to be all or nothing. It’s a marathon not a sprint, and going hell for leather will just make you miserable.

TRY SOMETHING NEW I’ve just started zero gravity Pilates and have already noticed a difference. It’s nice to keep your body on its toes and make sure things don’t get mundane, because otherwise it gets boring.

DO IT WITH A FRIEND I’m following WW with my mum and it helps us both keep on track. If I’m having a bit of a wobble and want to order a 24-inch Domino’s pizza with all the sides I’ll give my mum a ring and she’ll say, ‘Hang on, you’re doing really well, why don’t you order this instead?’ It just helps to have that support and encouragement.

‘I always thought I’d be married with kids by 30’

Vicky’s following the WW diet with her mum Caroll (pictured)

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Good

SIMPLE SUPPER LINGUINE WITH BROCCOLI, PANCETTA AND PINE NUTS serves 2 200g linguine 100g Tenderstem

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finely chopped 150ml alcohol-free Chardonnay 50g low-fat cream cheese Few sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1tsp lemon zest

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co-host Chris says, “If we’re in a rush we use shop-bought flatbreads and let the kids add the toppings.”

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STEP 1 For the flatbreads, sift the flour into a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Create a well in the middle of the flour and add 2 tbsps of the oil, then start to add the water and mix until you have a thick, but not too sticky, dough. STEP 2 Knead the dough on a floured surface for 1 min or until smooth, then put in an oiled bowl, cover and leave for 10 mins. STEP 3 For the pizza sauce, heat the remaining oil and cook the garlic for 1 min. Add the tomatoes and heat for 3-4 mins then squash with a potato masher. Leave on a gentle heat for 10 mins until thick enough to spread on to your flatbread. STEP 4 Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas mark 7. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. STEP 5 Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each one out into a thin base. Place on the baking trays and cook for 2 mins. Remove from the oven and turn the flatbreads over. STEP 6 Spread the sauce on the topside of the pizzas, sprinkle over the cheese and top with the veggies. Return to the oven for 7-8 mins or until the cheese has melted. Recipe from Fakeaway: Healthy Home-cooked Takeaway Meals by Chris Bavin (DK, £14.99)

STEP 1 Cook the linguine according to the pack instructions, adding the broccoli for the last 2 mins of cooking. Drain and set aside. STEP 2 While the pasta is cooking, toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over a medium heat for 1-2 mins until golden. Set aside. STEP 3 Fry the pancetta in the same dry pan. Remove and keep warm. STEP 4 Heat the oil in the pan and fry the garlic for 1 min. Pour in the Chardonnay and bubble for a few seconds. Stir in the GATO COOKIES cream cheese and parsley and (Boots, £1.49) season with black pepper. Add These creamy, crunchy the drained pasta and broccoli cookies make a delicious and stir to coat in the sauce. sweet treat. They’re plantSTEP 5 Serve the pasta topped based and packed with with the pancetta, pine nuts, gluten-free oats, nut butters lemon zest and a grind of black and coconut oil, plus they’re pepper. For more recipes only 99 cals per cookie. from alcohol-free wine makers Eisberg, visit Eisberg.co.uk

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GEORDIE SHORE STAR SOPHIE KASAEI, 30, ON WHAT’S INSIDE HER FRIDGE

About £100, and that’s just for me. It is a lot, but I’d rather pay more for quality stuff. I’m not one for checking the prices of everything.

Describe your daily diet... Breakfast is two chicken sausages with scrambled or poached eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and a slice of gluten-free bread. I’m a sucker for a Starbucks sugarfree caramel latte with coconut milk. For lunch, I’ll always have some sort of seafood – maybe prawns. If I’m out, I’ll get a protein box of chicken, broccoli and eggs, or a soup. I’ll usually end up eating dinner late, around 9pm, which isn’t great as it’ll just sit on my stomach. I’ll have fish, roast vegetables and microwaveable rice. I snack on chicken Fridge Raiders, Quavers, Wotsits or popcorn. I really prefer savoury foods – I think most Northerners do, which is why there’s a Greggs on every corner in Newcastle!

“Half a bagel makes a perfect snack”

“When I’m at home I don’t drink alcohol, so I have squash with ice”

“I buy almond milk to avoid dairy”

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? My dad’s Persian and I’ve been brought up with some weird stuff. I have salt on pomegranates. We eat this dried Persian fruit roll called lavashak, which is really sour.

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Eggs Dairy-free sunflower spread ● Sweetcorn ● Chicken pieces ● Pomegranate seeds ● Gherkins ● Apples ● Chicken gravy ● Prawns ● Mediterranean vegetables ● Cod fillets ● Chopped onions ● Watermelon ● Gluten-free bagels ● Lemon ● Chicken sausages ● Salmon fillets ● Broccoli ● Potatoes ● Robinsons peach squash ● Celery ● Peppers ● Gluten-free bread ● Almond drink ● Cucumber ● Carrots ● Leeks

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What’s your food hangover cure after a night out? A Berocca, a litre of water, a banana milkshake and a stuffed-crust pizza. ● Sophie has launched her health, beauty and lifestyle brand SK-in

NUTRITIONIST JULIETTE KELLOW SAYS, “ Sophie seems to follow the Mediterranean diet, with lots of veg, fruit, fish and grains, and less red meat and dairy. This is great for the heart, and studies show it can help people stay a healthier weight. But she should watch her salt intake, as lots of her snacks are salty. Snacking on unsalted nuts and seeds would be better, and would also increase her calcium and iron intake.”

FRIDGE HEALTH RATING 8/10

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HEALTH

WORK OUT WHY SO KNACKERED!

Feeling tired is one of the most common complaints doctors hear about– and it’s spoiling our enjoyment of life. Dr C explains how to identify the root of the issue and sort it

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eing constantly exhausted is a very common problem. Some typical causes include having too many late nights, working long hours or funny shift patterns, and having a baby that wakes you up through the night. So if you’re getting up at 7am, going to bed at midnight, maintaining a busy job and three

kids, it will take its toll, even if you’re young, fit and healthy.

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You may feel like you should be fine, but if you take a step back, you often realise you’re cramming in too much, creating the perfect storm for not getting proper rest – ever. On top of that, when we have a busy lifestyle we’re more likely to turn to caffeine, sugary foods or alcohol, all of which have a 58

negative effect on sleep. A glass of wine in the evening stops you being able to have recovery sleep, sugar sends your energy levels soaring and dipping, and caffeine does similar – it can keep you alert for hours if you’re sensitive to it. SPOT MEDICAL CAUSES

Anaemia is a fairly common problem that can result in you feeling tired all the time – and having very heavy periods puts you at risk. Sufferers can also get light-headed and be quite pale. An underactive thyroid is another possible cause, where accompanying symptoms include putting on weight, aching muscles and dry skin. You also could be pregnant, as women feel exhausted in the first 12 weeks. Another possible culprit is sleep apnoea, which is more common in overweight middle-aged men but can affect women. The classic symptom is falling asleep during the day all the time. If you have a partner, they would probably have heard you making loud snorts during the night – but not necessarily. So if you’re sleepy in the daytime and you’re a bit overweight, this is a likely cause. If, on the other hand, you’ve lost weight unexpectedly and you’re going to the loo a lot, feeling tired all the time may be a sign of diabetes. Of course, there may be nothing medically wrong with you, it’s just a case of bad sleeping habits. If so, be stricter

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with yourself to ensure you get a good night’s kip. It may sound obvious but if you’re sleepy, go to bed. It’s so easy to think, “I’ll just watch the end of Love Island,’ but by doing that you miss an opportunity to get to sleep easily, and it could take another couple of hours before you feel that sleepy again. Make sure the room where you sleep is dark, quiet, clean and tidy – and don’t have your phone by the bed, otherwise you might be tempted to look at it. If you have a voucher leftover from Christmas, buy some lovely new bedding to help make going to sleep more enjoyable. Get as much light as you can in the day, so that your body releases the hormones that help you get sleepy at night. Also, keep to a routine. Parents give their kids sleep routines – adults need them too! KEEP YOUR IRON UP

It’s often claimed that supplements of iron and B vitamins are needed to treat tiredness, but I would only urge people to take iron if they’ve been told they’re deficient – otherwise just eat well and you should get plenty. It’s in foods like red meat, beans, nuts and dried apricots. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, pay close attention to the variety of foods you eat and take a vitamin B12 supplement. When I do blood tests on people who are tired all the time, it’s usually either iron or vitamin D that they’re

low in. Pretty much the whole of the UK is low in vitamin D, so it’s worth taking a supplement from October through to March every year. CHECK YOUR MOOD

It’s important to think about mood, because it could be depression lethargy rather than clinical tiredness you’re suffering from. If you’ve been made redundant, had a bereavement or been through a relationship break-up, it wouldn’t be surprising if your sleep was affected, but depression isn’t always caused by a life event. You often just don’t want to get out of bed and face the world. You may not be able to sleep, or the reverse – you sleep all day and still feel tired. There’s a mood selfassessment test on nhs.uk that can help you work out if you need help. TRY SOME CHANGES

The key to tackling your tiredness is working out possible causes, but that isn’t always easy. When it’s really unclear what the root is, I usually give patients ideas for things to try out, then come back to tell me how it went. I might ask someone to try a week without alcohol and see how their sleep improves, or suggest they cut back on coffee, only drinking them in the morning. If you’ve tried all that and you’re still struggling or have other symptoms, go to see your doctor.


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WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK GREEN TEA Having the brew three times a week could help you to live longer and be healthier It may be time to swap your beverage of choice. Looking at more than 100,000 people, researchers found that those who drank green tea three or more times a week had a longer life expectancy and less chance of getting heart disease and strokes compared with those who rarely or never sipped the healthy cuppa. It’s all thanks to the protective polyphenols found in the infusion, and you benefit most by drinking it often throughout you life. Not keen on the taste? Try a version with lemon or mint.

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Gentle bubble bath for babies and kids Our three-year-old tester loved Zog Dragon Fruit & Orange Bubble Bath (£3.99, goodbubble.co.uk). It’s bright orange, smells zingy and makes loads of foam to play with, but is gentle on skin.

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Life balance YOUR GUIDE TO EMOTIONAL ISSUES AND FAMILY LIFE WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIST EMMA KENNY

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YOU CAN MAKE LOVE LAST THE DISTANCE

Apparently our biggest goal in life is to have a long and loving relationship. Emma explains what makes partnerships thrive

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t can be easy to put your relationship last on your list of priorities, despite the fact that being in a good one has a powerful impact on your overall happiness. The key to any connection is communication, so you need time together as a couple if you’re to grow and develop as partners. Commit to scheduling times where you

debrief each other about your week. Also, take turns to cook for each other, as this expresses gratitude and promotes bonding, which strengthens relationships. Having space to pursue interests independently is healthy, but a shared hobby can inject fun into your free time,

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reminding you of your early days. Try not to sweat the small stuff – because doing so can eventually corrode even the strongest relationships. His socks being left on the bedroom floor may make your blood boil, but is it worth fighting over? Letting go of minor irritations changes the dynamic of the relationship. Reflect on all the good things your partner does to create gratitude and harmony. Share the burden of cleaning, cooking and kids, approaching your family life as a team so nobody feels taken for granted. Plan who does what each week. Intimacy is needed to sustain close bonds, so make sure you have time and space for physical connection, and switching up the type of sex you have. Inject some fun and fantasy. These foundations will help you through tough times, and give you a strong and loving partnership for many years to come.

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Closer’s dating expert, Rebecca Twomey, looks at when it’s time to come off the apps, hit refresh and start looking for romance in the real world

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ating apps can be amazing in so many ways, but I usually find they have an expiry date, and it’s wise to know when that is and when you need to take a breather. Right now, the likes of Tinder, Hinge and Bumble are having more action than ever before, with sign-ups booming at the start of the year. I’ve had all manner of stats arrive in my inbox showing that the sexiest tradesmen on apps

are apparently electricians (no idea how they measured that), while 33 per cent of women think intelligence is important when seeking out a match – I’ll just pray for the remaining 67 per cent. But there’s also some good news. New research from Match has found that a third of single Brits want to change their approach to dating in 2020 – and I’m with them. I’ve been back on apps for five months now and


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HOW TO GET YOUR NEW GOALS BACK ON TRACK Apparently, most of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. But if you were determined to make a change and lost your way, Emma can help you find your resolve again

STOP RUSHING Taking an all-or-nothing approach is the biggest reason why people give up. When you convince yourself that to succeed you have to commit to significant changes, and stick to them, however big the impact on your life, you end up overwhelmed. Then, the moment you hit a stumbling block, you throw in the towel. Research suggests that a habit takes 21 days to form, so change won’t come straight away. But this figure should spur you on, because it suggests that

if you persevere just a little, your new behaviours will soon feel natural. Go back to your goal, check it’s specific (lose 10lb by August), not vague (slim down) and break it down into achievable milestones. That way, you feel you’re constantly achieving, not overburdened by the bigger picture. For weight loss, decide on a realistic weekly amount that you intend to shift, then create a meal plan to get you there.

DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP If you have a bad day, see it as just that, and vow to do better tomorrow. If you promised to make going to the gym a habit but missed it thanks to a mad work week, don’t beat yourself up. The important thing is not to let one slip-up derail your entire

year. Find a friend who’s taking the same journey as you and agree to tell each other every time you “fail” – that way you’ll be less likely to do it again. But more importantly, when you have people invested in you, you’re far more inclined to succeed.

USE TECHNOLOGY If fitness is your goal, get a tracking app to log how many steps you do each day and set weekly targets (try Runkeeper). If you want to eat less meat, download a vegetarian recipe app like Kitchen Stories, or if being better with money is the aim, use a budgeting app such as Plum. Life’s better when you feel you’re in the driving seat, so re-establish your goal, really plan it and get moving towards an even better version of yourself!

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CELEB LIFE MANTRA have lost all enthusiasm and interest because it gets so formulaic. The only time it seems to work is when I match with someone and we start messaging instantly before going on a date within a week. But then striking while the iron’s hot also seems to leave me getting burned when it fades as quickly as it ignited. Otherwise, things seem

to fizzle out and a lot of the approaches I make go unanswered – but then again, I probably ignore as many messages I get as I send (and I reckon it’s the same for you too). Essentially, dating apps are a revolving door of swiping and rejecting. When dating starts to feel like a chore and when you stop being excited to message a new man, I think it’s time to delete your profile and take a break. That doesn’t mean you stop dating, it simply means you focus on yourself and try to be open to new experiences, romantic or otherwise. Let fate play a hand at things for once.

REAL HOUSEWIVES STAR SEEMA MALHOTRA, 48, REVEALS HER EMOTIONAL SECRETS I’M MOST PROUD OF... my family. My sons Neil, 23, and Aaron, 20, are at that age now where they’re achieving things for themselves. My husband Sandeep is so supportive and has given us confidence. I WISH... I was more like my husband. In business, sometimes you’ll fail, or things won’t go to plan, but he’s that one person who always picks himself back up. He is so positive about everything in life. I REGRET... nothing. Many things have gone wrong in my life, but I’ve learnt not to view these as failures. They’re life lessons and are not a problem. Why beat yourself up? None of us are perfect. I’VE LEARNT... not to worry about what other people are thinking. Sandeep always says, “Stop comparing yourself to others”. Just be yourself – you’re unique, and when you have your own vision in life, then you’ll go far. ● Follow Seema on Instagram @seemaforeverunique

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BUY IN BULK Certain products cost much less when you shop big. “Shampoo, coffee and household goods can be bought cheaper when you buy a lot in one go,” says money expert Jasmine Birtles of MoneyMagpie.com. “Foodwise, it’s best to stock up on things that won’t go off, like tins, pasta and rice.” And check out cash-and-carry stores Costco and Makro. “You can save up to half your food bill, but you need a business to sign up to Makro (anybody can use the website) and Costco costs £28+ VAT annually, or £15 for website access.” To give you an idea of savings, you can get 5 litres of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil for £24.99 at Costco. co.uk; the equivalent in a supermarket costs £42.50. TK Maxx offers bumper bottles of toiletries, so 1-litre shampoos and conditioners

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are up to 60 per cent cheaper than their smaller equivalents. Jasmine adds, “Boots also do 3-for-2 deals, and Holland & Barrett regularly run a ‘penny sale’, where one item is full price and the second is 1p.” For household goods like washing-up liquid, detergent and dried pet food, head to pound shops. “They have great deals,” says Jasmine. “And if you’re buying a huge amount, ask the manager if they’ll cut you a deal.” Just remember a few things: “Only buy what you’ll use,” says Iona Bain, author of Spare Change: Better Ways To Manage Money. “There’s no point having 150 cans of sweetcorn if you only eat it occasionally. Check sell-by dates to ensure that what you’re buying doesn’t need to be used up too soon, and sign up to sites like Hotdeals.co.uk for the latest discounts.”

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Two-thirds of us rarely or never haggle, but an impressive 57 per cent of people who do end up with a better deal. If you think haggling should only be an option when looking for rugs, shoes and spices at market stalls, think again! “The best place to get bargain grub is outdoor food markets, where traders want to get rid of stock each day,” says Hannah Maundrell, Editor In Chief of comparison site Money.co.uk. She also recommends trying for a lower price when clothes shopping: “Be charming – nobody is under any obligation to give you a discount, so use the carrot rather than the stick approach,” she says. You’re better off in smaller independent shops, where staff have more flexibility. “Point out flaws – ex-display items are often discounted if you ask. Offer to pay cash, too (it saves

the shop card fees).” And make sure you’re talking to the right person, as some employees won’t have the authority to make that call. Hannah adds, “Try eBay or community marketplace Depop, where sellers might be open to offers. And if you do bag a bargain, check whether it affects your returns policy.” If you’re updating your home, whether you’re buying tiles, fencing panels or plates, always ask a manager whether it’s “the best they can do”. Many stores offer a discretionary 10 per cent no-questions-asked discount if you ask nicely, and even if they won’t, you can still ask if they can chuck in something for free – like an HDMI cable with a new TV. And if the whole thing makes you feel too awkward, check if they have an online chat function to test your bartering skills and haggle from your sofa!


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“With the myWaitrose card you choose your own offers, so pick ten of your favourite items and you’ll get 20 per cent off them in store, plus you can get a free hot drink every day if you make a purchase,” says ‘Coupon Kid’ Jordon Cox. “There’s no minimum spend, so even if you just buy a banana for 10p, you can walk out with a free coffee.” If shopping trips leave you hungry, turn to your Tesco Clubcard: “You can double, triple or even quadruple the value of your vouchers at popular restaurants such as Pizza Express and Café Rouge,” says Megan French, senior news writer at MoneySavingExpert.com. If you’re shopping for the home, don’t forget your IKEA FAMILY card. “It gives you discounts on items in-store, as well as a free hot drink on weekdays ” says Jordon

“The card will also get you a fish-andchip dinner on Fridays for £1, and an extra 10 per cent off sale prices on furniture.” To get the best out of your Nectar card, download the app. “You can bag hundreds of extra points by taking part in surveys, linking to other accounts such as train websites or shopping sites, or by loading offers from the app on to your Nectar card. Sometimes you can receive up to ten times the number of points on your next spend,” says Megan. The Boots Advantage Card also has extra benefits on its app: “Look for offers such as double points or bonuses on certain items,” says Megan. “If you’re making larger purchases, keep an eye out for the ‘Mega Points’ events, where you can get an extra £10 of points when you spend £50 ”

MAKE SMART DECISIONS It’s oh-so-easy to overspend with impulse purchases, so try life coach Juliet Landau-Pope’s trick: “Spend three seconds repeating, ‘I have enough’, before you go into a store. This simple exercise will encourage you to be more mindful about what you buy, and less likely to purchase stuff you don’t need.” When you find yourself umming and ahh-ing over a purchase, imagine a stranger holding the item you want to buy in one hand, and the cash it would take to pay for it in the other, and decide which you would rather have. If you’d plump for the cash, put it back on the shelf! Set yourself a £100 rule, so always make yourself wait an extra day for purchases over £100 if they’re non-essential. Jasmine Birtles says,

“Not buying there and then often means the desperate urge to have something goes away.” You can also interrupt the impulse-buying urge by making a note of what you didn’t buy each time you resist. After a couple of weeks you’ll be able to see how long the list is, how fleeting the desire for the stuff was – and how well you’ve coped without. Finally, according to research, when you’re confident and feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to save money than when you’re feeling a bit down, so check your mood before handing over your credit card. If you’re feeling positive and in control, go ahead. If you’ve had a terrible day at work, wait.

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earn hundreds from a clear out If you fancy de-cluttering your house, you might be surprised by how much money you could make from selling dated junk. From cutlery to clothes, plates to perfume, there’s profit to be made in every room. Here’s what to look for, where to sell it and how much it could fetch... sell granny’s plates

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If you’ve inherited old cutlery or plates, it’s easy to find out which items are actually worth some cash. “The bottom of an item tells you more about it than the top,” explains antiques expert and BBC’s Bargain Hunt presenter David Harper. “Turn china cups or plates over to read the factory marks. Search the maker online and see if you’ve hit the jackpot,” he says. Makers such as Denby, Wedgwood and Portmeirion are usually in high demand on eBay. There’s a different trick for cutlery. “If there are hallmarks stamped on to the cutlery, look online for a ‘Silver Hallmark Guide’, then use a magnifying glass to work out whether what you have is silver or silver plate,” says David. “If it’s real silver, you could be in the money. It’ll be worth at least its scrap silver value, but if it’s a rare, or early, then the value can be surprisingly high.” If you’re clutching an old tea set thinking it might be worth a fortune, unfortunately that’s not often the case. “People believe that, because their tea set is old and has been passed down through the generations, it must be worth a lot of money – but you can buy a 100-year-old teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl and full set of plates and cups for £20. A lot of them were made at the time, so their value isn’t as high as a rare item,” David reveals.

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spot sought-after furniture Desperate to swap dated furniture that your parents gave you for a bright, modern set? Check what they’re worth before taking them to the dump. An old dining table can be worth from £200 to £2,000, depending on how old and what style it is, and what condition it’s in. “Look out for mid-to-late 20th century pieces,” says David. “Items that have been in the family, probably from new, which you thought were just oldfashioned, might now be worth good money. A ’50s dining table and chairs may have been thrown straight into the skip 20 years ago, but now they’re often worth more than 18th century pieces.” If you think you’re sitting on a gem and you’re not sure how to sell it, search online for a specialist – you can learn a lot about what’s for sale from their websites. “Your local auction house will always give you a free valuation, but they may not be the best place to sell. It’ll cost you about 25 per cent of the sale price going through an auction. Alternatively, specialist dealers will offer to buy your items without commission, so may be a better choice,” says David.


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In the age of streaming, we’ve probably all got a drawer or shelf crammed full of old DVDs and CDs. If you’ve watched the films and no longer listen to the CDs, you could make a pretty penny from them, thanks to the sheer volume you may have. “Both tend to make between 50p and £2.50 each, and there may be some special editions of CDs that make them worth more,” explains Matt Moreson, founder of Compareandrecycle.co.uk. Vinyl records have come back into fashion recently, so prices have gone up as demand increases. On eBay, they usually fetch around £15 each, and the rarer the record, the higher the price. You can also consider selling vinyl to a local second-hand record shop. Rarer albums by mega-bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin could earn you a three-figure sum, depending on their condition. If you think you’ve got some collectable records sitting around collecting dust, send them to a loving home!

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dust off ’90s classics! Got old tech gathering dust? An original Sony Walkman in working condition can fetch from £50 to £150 on eBay. “You can also recycle old mobile phones online for money, even if not fully working. For iPhones, do it in August – as the release of a new model approaches, recyclers have more demand for old ones,” explains David. Return iPhones as soon as possible, wiping off personal data first. “For rare, first-edition iPhones, McLarens or OnePlus 6Ts, find a private collector online or use an auction site,” says Matt. On eBay, a first-edition iPhone can sell for over £1,000. You can also sell old digital cameras, including non-working or damaged cameras. For old toys from the ’90s, such as original Furbies, Beanie Babies, Polly Pockets, or even a first-edition Harry Potter book, investigate prices. Search online to find which toys are most sought after, and, if you can part with the memories, sell them. An old Polly Pocket could sell for £40, Furbies upwards of £75, and rare Beanie Babies with tags fetch hundreds on eBay.

cash in on clothes The average woman has 13 items of clothing in her wardrobe she never wears. If you need motivation to have a clearout, extra cash might be just the thing! “Facebook Marketplace can be great for a job lot of clothes that you want to get rid of,” says Kirsty Holden, money expert at TheMoneySavingMum.com. “For individual clothing items, eBay is a better place to start. You might be surprised to know you can sell clothes in any condition, as long as you’re honest about damage or stains and take photos that represent the true condition,” says Kirsty. “Any designer items will sell well on eBay, as will children’s fancy dress costumes. The only thing I find doesn’t sell well is T-shirts – except genuine, band T-shirts from tours, which can fetch hundreds, if not thousands, online.”

“Vintage perfume bottles are very desirable, especially those from the ’20s and ’30s Art Deco period,” says David. “These are worth much more than earlier bottles from the 19th century. Keep an eye out for angular, modernist shapes, and if the glass has a silver-coloured collar, then look for silver hallmarks. The silver itself isn’t worth much, but it’s a great sign of high quality,” David explains. You could make anything from £5 to over £150 for an antique perfume bottle – check out eBay and Preloved if you have one to sell.

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NIFTY WAYS TO MA You don’t need to make huge life changes to end the year thousands of pounds better off BE MINDFUL WITH ENERGY

“It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to your energy bills,” says Clare Francis, Director of Savings and Investments at Barclays. “Turning down your heating by just 1˚ and doing your washing at 30˚ over a period of time can end up saving you £200 a year.”

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“Use cut-up old tea towels instead of kitchen roll and disposable wipes – you can wash them in the machine when they get dirty, so it saves on waste, too,” says Rhiannon Llewellyn, money expert @TheVicarsWifesFrugalLife. “There are plenty of tutorials online with instructions on how to make your own domestic products.” You can save up to £60 a year if you spend £5 a month on supplies.

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“A lot of people don’t think about paying their line rental in advance, but you get a discount for doing so, which is around £30,” says Rosie, money expert @moneysavingrosie.

PLAN YOUR MEALS

“Planning ahead and only buying what you actually need for your meals will save you money and reduce waste,” says Clare. A report by Waste and Resources Action Programme showed that the average family throws away £60 worth of food every month – that’s £720 a year! For more inspiration, Feed Your Family For £20 A Week by Lorna Cooper (£11.99) includes easy-to-make, budget-friendly recipes and eight-week meal planners.

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GET YOUR CUT AND COLOUR FOR LESS

Trainee hairdressers are always looking for models and will cut or colour your hair for a very small fee, and sometimes even for free, to build up their experience. Most salons will have a trainee, and you could save up to £500 if you get your hair cut eight times in a year. 68

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DOWNLOAD CHIP

The Chip app (available on the App Store) connects to your bank account and automatically moves small amounts of money, based on your data and spending, to a savings account every few days. The average person saves £1,839 per year.

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“If you’ve been with your energy provider for more than three years, you’re most likely on their standard rate – and that’s definitely not the cheapest,” says Clare. “Go on a comparison site, like Money Supermarket, and switch providers.” If you need more guidance, Hoppy.co.uk – who estimate you can save £458 per year on utilities by switching – allows you to compare providers for bills such as energy, broadband, TV and mobile deals, and switch all in one place.

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for 40 washes with Persil, which saves £65 a year if you do one to two loads a day. They can be used on all materials at low temperatures and have a built-in stain remover.

If you haven’t recently reviewed your mortgage, chances are you’re on a standard variable rate – which can mean you’re overpaying in interest by thousands. “Use a mortgage calculator online – but don’t just look at the lender offering the lowest interest rates, the figure you need to be looking at is the total amount repayable,” advises Clare. Someone with a £175,000 mortgage paying 5 per cent over 20 years could save £1,728 a year by switching to a 3 per cent deal. You will need to pay a redemption fee to move your mortgage from your existing lender, so check the cost first.

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Buying a coffee every working day of the week adds up to £650 per year, while grabbing lunch on the go can dent our purses by around £1,300 a year. “The cost adds up to staggering amounts over time,” says Clare. “When you do an online shop, buy the ingredients for your lunches and make them all in advance. Also make your coffee at home and carry it with you to work in a reusable cup.”

It’s estimated that over 400,000 people in the UK are in the wrong council tax band and therefore overpaying. It takes just ten minutes to check, and dropping a band can save you £200 a year. For more information, visit Moneysavingexpert.com/reclaim/ council-tax-bands-change.

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shopping, dog walking – anything and everything!” says Francesca, money blogger at Themoneyfox.com. The earning potential is limitless, but even trying out a few of these ideas could net you an extra £1,000 a year.

SWITCH TO ENERGYEFFICIENT BULBS

While they may cost a little more to begin with, energy-efficient bulbs do pay off in the long run. Replacing just five bulbs in your house with energyefficient ones could save you £58 a year.

USE THE LOCAL LIBRARY If you need to get some work or life admin done, head to your local library rather than a Costa. Not only will you save on a pricey latte, but you can also borrow books and films using your library card at the same time. Save £60 a year if you use it once a month.

COMPARE PRICES

Use MySupermarket.co.uk to compare the value of your online basket when shopping from the biggest supermarkets in the country. Buying at the cheapest place can save you around 30 per cent – or more than £1,500 a year – on your grocery bills.

USE A MONEY CHECKER APP

The Bean app (available on the App Store and Google Play) or website (Usebean.com) tracks all your regular outgoings, like your bills and subscriptions to services such as Netflix and Spotify, and lets you know where you can get a better deal. The makers of the free app reckon it has saved users around £672 a year.

GET A PRESCRIPTION PAYMENT CERTIFICATE FOR MEDICATION If you’re on long-term medication, it’s worth buying a Prescription Payment Certificate (PPC) for a yearly payment of £104 or £29 every three months. It will save you £110 or more a year if you’re purchasing two or more prescriptions a month. CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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‘We’ve turned our lives around’

These inspiring readers reveal the smart money moves that transformed their finances…

‘My husband’s romantic gesture is earning us a fortune’ K ate Greenhalgh, 38, lives with her husband John, 39, and their daughter, Phoebe, four, in Bolton. She was inspired to turn a thoughtful gift into a successful business idea. She says, “For Christmas 2014, my husband gave me a jar with 72 sealed envelopes inside, each containing a proposal for a date together over the following year. He told me he’d thought of the idea himself, and originally wanted to do an idea a week but activities kept coming to him. “Every Monday, I opened an envelope and we did whatever the card instructed. The activities ranged from watching the sunset together to going out for a nice meal. “Though some ideas weren’t what I’d choose to do – like making John breakfast in bed! – it was fun. And most importantly, we made time in our busy lives for each other – something we’d often forgotten to do. “A few weeks after John gave me the jar, I fell pregnant with our daughter Phoebe, who was born in October 2015. When I returned to work after maternity leave, I took a part-time position as an account manager at a design company, but I really wanted to work at home. “In July 2016, I told a friend about the date jar and she said she wished she could have one – but that she didn’t have the time to make it, or the ideas for different dates. I realised then that there could be a market for it, so I went home and discussed it with John. He thought it was a great idea and we decided to go for it. I had good contacts with printers 70

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through my previous job, so we got 100 sets of cards printed and bought some jars. In total we spent £1,500 of our savings. It was nerve-wracking, but we told ourselves we would get the money back eventually, as we only needed to sell 100 jars at £15 each. “Our plan initially was to go to craft fairs. But, as luck would have it, the online gift retailer NotOnTheHighStreet were inviting pitches for ideas at an open day they were hosting. We went along and they loved the idea and asked to stock it. We sold 100 in the first eight weeks. Then we set up our own website and managed to get stocked in a few gift shops and garden centres too. “In our first year, our turnover was £64,000, in the second it was £120,000, and last year it was £280,000. In the run-up to Christmas we were selling around 150 a day! “We’re doing so well that we’ve moved from doing it all at home to new premise and expanded our range, too. Now we produce things like 50 things to do in yo fifties and Valentine’s Day box ideas, wh are a hit. “I can’t believe what we’ve managed to achieve. Of course it isn’t always plain sailing – sometimes we have weeks whe we hardly take any orders at all and we have to hold our nerve. And other times we don’t have enough stock, which can b e stressful. But every mistake we make, we learn from. “Our lives have changed beyond recognition and we couldn’t be happier.” ● For more information about Kate’s business, visit Ayearofdates.co.uk

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eanne Wall, 37, lives in Liverpool with her three children – Sienna, eight, Lennon, six, and Arianna, one. She came up with the idea of cooking healthy meals for busy people so she could work around her children’s needs. She says, “Until I had Sienna, I’d worked as an administrator for a gym for 12 years. I loved my job, but it took a long time to have my daughter, so once I had her I decided to quit work so I could spend more time with her.

“When she was a bit older, I tried to go back to work, but most jobs I was qualified for didn’t pay enough to cover childcare. “I ended up trying to start my own business doing wedding make-up, but it wasn’t hugely successful – or family-friendly, as it was mostly at weekends. “Then, 15 months ago, I had a brainwave. I’d been cooking healthy meals for my busy mum and sister and they loved them. So, I decided to branch out and see if other people would be interested in me cooking for them. “I’d learnt about food hygiene while working in a café previously, so before I got started I did two refresher courses, and I had to apply for a licence from the council for using my home to cook commercially. “I called my business The Fit Kitchen and posted on Facebook, asking if anyone wanted healthy meals cooked for them, as well as starting an Instagram page. Four people reached out – and my business was launched! Now I have up to 120 clients,

on and off. At the moment I’m cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner for 35 regular clients three times a week. I prepare and cook on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, which means starting at 5am so I can deliver the meals that day, along with instructions on how to reheat. The rest of the time I’m doing the shopping and planning. “I make things such as chicken and sweet potato curry, butternut squash and carrot soup, and overnight oats with mixed berries and chia seeds. I charge £4 per meal and make around £300 a week profit. “My little business is growing all the time. But most importantly, I work around the children and don’t have to pay for childcare. “This time last year I wouldn’t have believed that I’d have my own business. Now I’m looking at taking on premises and hiring people to help me. It’s an incredible feeling.” ● Follow Leanne on Instagram @the_fit_kitchen_

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mma Lindley, 37, who works in facilities, has run up thousands of pounds worth of debt – twice. Emma, who lives with her parents in Sandhurst, Berkshire, says, “My overspending started when I was 18 and at university. I was offered an interest-free overdraft and a credit card, which I used for holidays and expensive beauty products. I worked as a waitress and would use my wages to make the minimum repayments. “I realised I needed help when I was 26. I was earning £900 a month and paying out £850 on my debts. I couldn’t even afford to buy tampons – I was working in a hotel and would steal sanitary products and toiletries. I confessed what had happened to my parents and they took out a loan to pay off my credit cards. I paid them back every month, but a few years after I’d repaid them I was spending £200 on clothes and make-up every week. “The turning point was nearly three years ago when a tyre burst on my car. I needed £50 to buy a new one and after having to buy it on

finance, I vowed to sort myself out. “By then I owed £15,000, so I set myself a strict weekly budget of £100 and put cash in separate envelopes for food, petrol and occasional treats. I didn’t deviate from that, and I still do it now. I pay using cash when possible, as it makes me more conscious of my spending than using a contactless card. I did overtime at my job at a facilities company and sold anything I didn’t need at car boot sales. “Within two years, I was out of debt, and I’ve got some savings for the first time. I realise I was an addict, but I don’t go shopping any more, and I make packed lunches. Now that I don’t have debts to pay, I’m more savvy with my cash. I pay my car insurance up front, which is cheaper, and I don’t buy the latest gadgets – when my phone was due for an upgrade, I moved to a sim-only deal. Crucially, I admitted to myself that I have a problem with money and will always need to be careful. I’ve cut up all my credit cards and promised myself I’ll never have one again.” CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUYING SECOND-HAND Shopping for pre-loved items is an eco-friendly and affordable way to treat yourself, so we asked the experts to share their tips to ensure you’re getting a brilliant deal, not a dodgy dud! GET TO GRIPS WITH GADGETS

“Don’t confuse terms like ‘refurbished’, ‘used’ and ‘second-hand’ for devices,” says Matthew Moreton, managing director at Compareandrecycle.co.uk. “A ‘used’ device can be anything from a completely destroyed phone to a device with general wear and tear, whereas refurbished devices pass rigorous software and hardware testing, have had data securely erased and have met quality standards. Mobile specialists such as major networks and mobile phone retailers, as well as Apple, can be trusted to supply you with a thoroughly wiped, quality tested refurbished handset with legitimate parts, however a private re-seller on eBay probably can’t.” Next, check it carefully. “Check the appearance of the device, the software version, the camera functionality,” adds Matthew. “See if you can access or register your cloud account without any problems. If not, retailers with a good returns policy will let you exchange the device or offer a refund.” CHECK JEWELLERY IS LEGITIMATE

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“When buying jewellery online, ask for close-up photographs of hallmarks and stone settings to help you identify the genuine from the imitation,” says Paul McFadyen, managing director at metals4U. “Many auction sites, such as eBay, offer ‘buyer protection’ and some basic money back assurances, but it’s difficult to know how effectively these schemes work until you need to claim.” Another killer tip? “Check the piece you’re buying is made from genuine precious metals by seeing if the jewellery is attracted to a strong magnet,” says Sarah Buck, Head of Retail at Est1897. “Real gold and silver aren’t magnetic, so they shouldn’t stick.” ONLY BUY DESIGNER BAGS THROUGH A TRUSTED WEBSITE

“There are several reliable companies selling second-hand designer products,” says Laura Arrowsmith, lecturer in

Fashion Business and Promotion at Birmingham City University. “Online companies Xupes, Vestiaire Collective and Designer Exchange ensure every purchase is the genuine article. But be wary of reselling sites such as eBay and Depop, as you can easily get burned by counterfeit goods. If you’ve done your research and believe it’s a true designer bag, pay via Paypal to ensure you have extra security in case it all goes wrong.” SEE FURNITURE IN PERSON

“Look for woodworm in old furniture,” says vintage expert Kate Beavis. “Small round holes in the wood are a telltale sign. Unless you’re willing to treat it, avoid. And check for bedbugs in upholstered pieces – they leave black spots and tend to be in clusters. Even a great-looking item may have them!”

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“Make sure you buy a car with a log book and ask for ID to prove they’re the registered keeper,” says Kate. “Peel back the carpets, look for welding marks and look under the body to make sure it’s not a cut and shut. Type the registration number into the DVLA website to ensure the mileage is correct and ask the owner to show you all the MOT history – this will reveal any advisory comments if work was needed and you can check if it’s been done. It’s also a good idea to carry out a vehicle history test (RAC do them from £9.99) to see whether anything bad has happened in the car's lifetime. Accidents happen, but you can at least check then with the owner to make sure they have all the documents showing that work was carried out properly.” CLOSERONLINE.CO.UK

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THE SHOWS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HOME BRILLIANT SITCOM ABOUT A SYRIAN ASYLUM SEEKER IN DORKING

BAFTAS 2020 GRAHAM NORTON HANDS OUT GONGS TO A-LISTERS

BARRYMORE: THE BODY IN THE POOL WITH ACCESS TO NEW MATERIAL, ALMOST 20 YEARS ON… THE L WORD: GENERATION Q REVIVAL OF BELOVED NOUGHTIES DRAMA GETS ITS UK AIR DATE

COLD FEET TRAGEDY STRIKES WITH ONE CAST MEMBER BOWING OUT

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CORONATION STREET Geoff puts on a magic act at the Rovers, with Yasmeen as the Debbie McGee to his Paul Daniels. Sadly, Yasmeen is claustrophobic, and it all goes wrong. Back at home, he’s absolutely livid, and to punish her for making him a so-called “laughing stock”, he makes Yasmeen get in the box again and locks her inside – then he goes to the pub! Meanwhile, Steve treats Tracy to a stay in a “posh” hotel (which is anything but) and Daniel tells Bethany he’s not ready for romance.

ARTHUR CONFESSES ALL EMMERDALE

“You can look, but don’t touch...”

Laurel is floored by an awful phone call informing her that Sandy (aka Ashley’s dad) has died. She tells Arthur, and he’s devastated. Later, he confesses to Laurel that it’s him who’s been hurting Archie – that’s one awkward conversation they’ll have with Jimmy… Elsewhere, David’s worried about whether baby Theo will be taken from him, and Vic allows Luke to look after her own bundle of joy for a bit – and tells him to apply for a job at the pub!

Anita knows how to power dress!

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Walter sets Mitchell up on a date with Abigail from the church, and Mitchell takes her to The Dog – where else? – where Anita Tinkle is performing (and Mitchell only has eyes for one lady…) Meanwhile, Toby and Celeste host a house-warming bash, purely to dig up dirt on the Deveraux lot. Lisa makes a pass at Toby, they go to her flat, but they’re interrupted… It’s not a total waste of time, however, as Toby plants incriminating evidence which could see Scott in hot water.

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Friday’s episode (7 Feb) is an hour-long special to mark the 10,000th episode of Corrie. Rita is surprised to receive a parcel containing the ashes of original bad boy – and her ex – Dennis Tanner, with a note asking her to scatter them in Blackpool. Jenny rounds up the troops and off they all go, but the trip isn’t without incident (of course). By the time the end credits roll, one resident will have made the decision to leave the cobbles for pastures new… Who will it be?! Blackpool is a dream ashscattering destination

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ack on the bottle, Linda has a run in with school-mum Shelley, then explodes at Chantelle – and leaves little Ollie in terrible danger when she nods off instead of looking after him. But enough is enough, and Shirley forces Linda to see she HAS to get help. She gives her information about an addiction support meeting, and Linda absolutely does not want to go – especially when she spots Stuart there. Go she does, afterwards breaking down, but later on she overhears Shirley telling Mick he has to put his boy first. A drunk Linda gives him what for – ruining Ollie’s drawings in the process. On Friday, something even worse happens involving this pair (all will be revealed on screen) but Linda wins, dropping an almighty bombshell on Mick… Elsewhere, Denise is back from Scotland and makes amends with Sheree. Patrick is suspicious of all the lies, and has some questions of his own about Isaac. There’s also more stuff with the ongoing Whitney/Leo dramz, with Whitney wracked with guilt about what happened with Kush (the balcony barney) and fretting as Leo has nicked her book logging his dastardly deeds. She takes matters into her own hands, but it all gets sooo much worse! We also find out Ian fancies Sharon but, well, DUH!

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“Please, I promise it’s fake fur!”

YEAR YET Memories... All alone in the moonlight...

Patrick is getting suspicious!

2019 was a huge year for Albert Square, what with the Queen Vic siege, Walford’s first-ever Pride march and the Christmas kidnapping of Keanu. That episode – with Martin dragging Keanu off to a warehouse after Phil found out he’d fathered Sharon’s baby – is EastEnders’ biggest episode on BBC iPlayer, with 2.14m requests. New figures show that, in 2019, the show was downloaded a record 234m times, up 10 per cent on 2018. Wow!

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The bittersweet comedy written by and starring Rufus Jones returns for a second series – and Syrian asylum seeker Sami (the brilliant Youssef Kerkour) is still waiting to hear from the Home Office. And yes, as his surrogate son John points out, he’s still wearing the same cardigan. Sami may not be living with Katy, Peter and John any more – he’s moved out to a hotel housing fellow refugees – but he’s as much a part of their family as ever. So, when Sami struggles to deal with being stuck in the system and ends up locking a hotel employee in a sauna, it’s Peter who comes to his rescue. As beautifully observed and written as the first series, Home is better than ever.

ONE FOR CREATIVE TYPES TUE 4 FEB, 8PM, BBC4

Josie d’Arby fronts this unique special – where artists will be guided by some of the country’s leading life drawing experts. The idea being that we at home can pick up tips, sketching along in real-time if we choose.

MUSICAL NUNS! SUN 2 FEB, 8PM, BBC1

own child’s birth. Gasp!

COMEDY GOLD WED 5 FEB, 10PM, C4

LIFE DRAWING LIVE!

CALL THE MIDWIFE The Sound Of Music has been turned into a “motion picture”. (Trixie: “A feast for the eyes!) Naturally, the nuns are all chomping at the bit to see it, but there’s a lot going on – such as Phyllis being aghast at the very idea of a man being present at their

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT TUE 4 FEB, 10PM, C4

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COLD FEET A HEARTBREAKING EPISODE MON 3 FEB, 9PM, ITV

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Jenny is appalled to realise it’s not Karen s mum who has been taken ill but Barbara, and tragedy strikes in a heartbreaking episode when one much-loved cast member shuffles off to that big cold foot in the sky. Karen

channels her sadness into bonding with Heather, while Adam hangs out with Laura some more (but is sidetracked somewhat when Matt confesses he’s taking steroids…)


ks INSIDE NO 9 FOOTBALL-RELATED FIRST EP MON 3 FEB, 10PM, BBC2

NEW SERIES

David Morrissey as the “w*nker” referee harbouring a major secret,

Reece Shearsmith sporting a delightfully dodgy hairstyle as one of the players – and Steve Pemberton as fellow ageing footballer Oggy who’s perhaps a bit heavily acquainted with the vending machine… The new series of the brilliant black comedy anthology series kicks off with an episode set entirely in a football changing room, and while it’s not the strongest episode we’ve ever seen, it’s great to have the boys back – and it’s got Ralf Little in it as well. Reece says, “You never know what you’re going to get.”

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Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s darkly twisted tales return to BBC2 for a star-studded new series… hat can we expect from series five? STEVE, 52: I’d say it’s the most varied season we’ve done. REECE, 50: I hope so, yeah. I was away when series four went out so I didn’t see it, but I think more people were watching it. Hopefully for series five we’ve managed to create an intriguing collection of stories that are enjoyable and surprising to watch. STEVE: We were blessed in having the 1-3 box-set go on BBC iPlayer and that was a huge wake-up call because people started recommending it, and word-of-mouth played a huge part. It became a bigger thing… Episode one is set in a referee’s changing room… STEVE: It’s a space that probably most of us don’t think about very often, but it just struck us as a really interesting idea to set an episode there. I’m amazed at how much we packed

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into 30 minutes. REECE: On paper, as a non-kind of football fan, that was the one I was least looking forward to but actually it’s a really rich episode with so much going for it. Where do the ideas come from? STEVE: We start with shuffling through the old books and seeing if there are any scraps that we talked about but didn’t necessarily go with. Sometimes, an idea is great – but if it’s too similar to one you’ve already written you’ll bank it for a future episode as you don’t want too much of the same flavour in one series. Looking good, Steve...

REECE: We always start with a lot of talking. There’s always a story lurking somewhere. Small ideas that we had ages ago can often return bearing fruit – but it gets harder because we’ve already done so much. You just have to have an endlessly inventive, fertile mind. Last year’s live episode was a huge hit – would you do another one? REECE: I don’t think we would, just because people would compare them or say we’ve run out of ideas. We try to stay unpredictable, which gets harder because people expect our funny little games. The biggest challenge with the Halloween Special was keeping what we were really going to do a secret. But we were very careful and no one who knew wanted to spoil it. Do your celeb pals approach you and ask to be in it? REECE: I mean, Dave Morrissey has been saying to us for

ages that he would love to be involved, and interestingly with his episode it’s one of only two we’ve done which are all-male casts. All the guest actors have been great. Some of them we know already; others we have just admired from afar. Acting has to be fun and people are entering a positive workplace. Everyone just wants to go the extra mile, and it helps when people recognise they’re working on something good. Do you have a favourite episode? REECE: It’s like choosing a favourite child! I can’t choose. I’m surprised that Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room took such a grip on people. We thought it was good but we didn’t think it was this amazing, heartfelt story… STEVE: There are loads I’m really proud of, but I’m very proud of it as a whole body of work. Each day I have a different favourite. By Lily Smith

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FUNNY GIRL WED 5 FEB, 10PM, W

When Joy starts working for Ireland’s top vlogger Flora (Laura Whitmore) her life goes bonkers. Great fun.

BARRYMORE: THE BODY IN THE POOL ALMOST 20 YEARS ON… THU 6 FEB, 9PM, C4

In the early hours of 31 March 2001, a phone call was made to Essex Emergency Services to say a body had been found in the swimming pool of television presenter, Michael Barrymore – who at the time was one of the most popular entertainers in Britain. This absorbing 90-minute documentary sets out to explore one of the most shocking and controversial unexplained stories of the last 20 years. 18-months in the making, and with access to never-before-seen material, it looks at what happened. Why did Stuart Lubbock drown? At the heart is a family still searching for the truth…

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BAGHDAD CENTRAL HARD-HITTING DRAMA MON 3 FEB, 10PM, C4

Doctor Foster’s Bertie Carvel stars as a former Metropolitan detective who’s tasked with rebuilding and retaining the Iraqi in this powerful new drama. ● All episodes are available to stream on All4 straight after episode one

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SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY – PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS HIT DAYTIME SHOW RETURNS MON-FRI 3-7 FEB, 2.15PM, BBC1

As the light-hearted series returns for a third run, we kick off with flashbacks to when Hathaway (Mark Benton – who reckons the series is a “joy” to film) was still in the police force – and his nemesis was a gun wielding Eddie played by a very hairy Vic Reeves.

NEW SERIES

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SEX AND THE CITY TUE 4 FEB, 10PM, SKY ATLANTIC / NOW TV Ten years after its final season ended, groundbreaking series The L Word is back. Original cast members Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey return, and Bette (Beals) is now NEW running for mayor of SERIES Los Angeles.

THEBRITISHACADEMY FILMAWARDS2020 ANNUAL AWARDS BASH SUN 2 FEB, 9PM, BBC1

Graham Norton presents the 73rd BAFTAs – and it’s all about box-office smash Joker this year (11 nominations no less). The A-Listers will be turning out in their hoards as the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Taron Egerton, Renée Zellweger , Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson hope to go home with a nice new shiny gong.

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SILENT WITNESS FORENSIC FAVOURITE MON 3/TUE 4 FEB, 9PM, BBC1

FINAL

The current series of the superior drama comes to an end with a gripping two-parter that sees the team investigate the death of soldier John Sealy during a military exercise. When the post-mortem reveals that he may have been exposed to nerve gas, the Home Office big cheeses are quick to close ranks. Naturally, that makes no difference to Nikki, who’s determined to find out the truth at all costs. But then Jack collapses and is rushed into hospital, and, with his life at risk, Nikki, Clarissa and Thomas are in a race against time to save him.

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LOCKE & KEY SPOOKY STUFF FRI FEB 7, NETFLIX

This new ten-part fantasy/mystery drama is based on a much-loved comicbook series written by Stephen King’s son Joe. When three siblings move with their mother to the family’s ancestral home in small-town Massachusetts, they discover a new world of magic…

5 MINUTES WITH... Actress Emilia Fox, 45, talks about her love for the popular pathology drama and how it gives her some very strange dreams… ow do you keep the passion for the show going? I love it with exactly the same excitement as the first day I arrived on it, but with the history of loving it now, too. It’s a really huge relationship that I’ve had with it as a show. I still feel excited by it and I still feel sad when it comes to these last weeks. As soon as we get into filming the last episode, I get like, “Oh, we’re going to be saying goodbye for a little bit!” Does working on Silent Witness ever give you funny dreams? Yes. Last night I dreamt we were all doing a scene together and there was a detective in it, who asked a question. Thomas Chamberlain answered it, but as the doctor in Tootsie. It was so funny. I’ve never had a dream which has made me laugh so much. I had to go back to sleep and finish off the dream because I was enjoying it so much.

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FACTFILE The reason Nikki’s hair is brown this series is because Emilia had to have it dyed to play Valerie Hobson in the BBC’s recent drama The Trial of Christine Keeler.

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DARK BOXING RING EP FRI 7 FEB, 9PM, ITV

Will drags Geordie to the boxing ring, and when a young man ends up hospitalised the fellas suspect foul play. Will then cottons on to the horrifying fact that Vic - the boxing coach - might be up to no good with the young lads in his

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charge and it all kicks off (though we can still only see him as Derek from Mum…). Meanwhile, Leonard’s got his hands full trying to get Mrs C talking to him indoors (by way of a quiche supper, or “unholy nonsense” which is what Mrs C calls the eggbased tartlet - ho ho.)

MIDSOMER MURDERS

SURVIVING R. KELLY: THE RECKONING

DOLLS HOUSE CONVENTION TUE 4 FEB, 8PM, ITV

FOLLOW-UP DOCUMENTARY MON 3-WED 5 FEB, 10PM, CRIME+INVESTIGATION

Katy Brand guest stars as children’s entertainer Jemima, in an episode all about dolls’ houses and miniatures. Joanna Page pops up this week too, and the drama gets going with a prolific real estate guy being bumped off in front of the crowd gathered at Midsomer Museum. Gasp!

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This follow-up to Surviving R. Kelly continues to tell stories from survivors. It covers recent developments in the case, new tapes surfacing, and a possible arrest.

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CELEBRITY COME DINE WITH ME Tattoo Fixer Jay Hutton is first to host, and his guests include Charlotte Crosby, Dawn Ward, and Keith from The Office (Ewan MacIntosh). Deffo worth a watch.

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RAGS TO RICHES STORY WED 5 FEB, 9PM, C4

CHARLOTTE CROSBY COOKING MON 3-FRI 7 FEB, 7.30PM, E4

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AUSTRALIA ON FIRE: CLIMATE EMERGENCY BATTLE TO SAVE OZ MON 3 FEB, 8PM, C4

The dramatic story of the battle to save Australia from the bushfires, with first-hand

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TV TALK

BRITAIN’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME: BUILDING FOR A BILLIONAIRE Self-made millionaire John Caudwell sold Phones 4u in 2006 for just under £1.5bn. Now he’s aiming to create one of the most lavish and expensive homes ever to be renovated in Britain in the heart of London’s Mayfair.

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accounts from firefighters who were there. It includes a report on the long-term impact of the blaze on the animal population.

Gary Kemp are making a spoof documentary about recording a new album. Ace. NEW CRIME DRAMA Luke Evans will play cop Steve Wilkins in new ITV drama The Pembrokeshire Murders – the true story of how a serial killer was caught.




Saturday 1 February BBC1 6am

6am Breakfast. 10.0 Saturday Kitchen Live. 11.30 Garden Rescue. 12.0 Football Focus. 1.0 BBC News. 1.15 Eddie Butler’s Six Nations. 1.40 Live Six Nations Rugby Union. 4.30 Final Score. 5.25 BBC News. 5.35 BBC Regional News; Weather. 5.45 The Hit List.

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BBC2 6.45am Wild & Weird. 7.0 Top Class. 7.30 The Dog Ate My Homework. 8.0 The Dengineers. 8.30 Blue Peter. 9.0 Deadly 60. 9.30 How Earth Made Us. 10.30 Robot Wars: Battle Of The Stars. 11.30 Best Home Cook. 12.30 The Best Dishes Ever. 1.0 Tennis: Australian Open Highlights. 2.30 The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. 3.30 Spy In The Wild. 4.30 Coast. 5.0 Pipers Of The Trenches.

6.30 The Greatest Dancer The final acts take to the stage for the live Challenge Shows. (S)

7pm

7.30 Dad’s Army The king’s train passes through Walmington-on-Sea. (S) (R)

8pm hosted by Jason Manford. (S)

9.15 Casualty Charlie is concerned when he cannot contact Duffy. (S)

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6am CITV. 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25 ITV News. 9.30 James Martin’s Saturday Morning. 11.40 Living On The Veg. 12.40 Save Money: Lose Weight. 1.10 ITV News; Weather. 1.20 Dancing On Ice. 3.25 ITV News; Weather. 3.45 ITV News London. 4.0 Live Six Nations Rugby Union.

6.20am Mike & Molly. 6.40 Cheers. 7.10 Cheers. 7.35 Frasier. 8.0 Frasier. 8.30 The Big Bang Theory. 9.0 The Big Bang Theory. 9.30 The Big Bang Theory. 9.55 The Simpsons. 10.25 The Simpsons. 10.55 The Simpsons. 11.25 The Simpsons. 11.55 The Simpsons. 12.25 The Simpsons. 12.55 The Simpsons. 1.25 Come Dine With Me. 1.55 Come Dine With Me. 2.25 Come Dine With Me. 2.55 Come Dine With Me. 3.30 Come Dine With Me. 4.0 Four In A Bed. 4.30 Four In A Bed. 5.0 Four In A Bed. 5.35 Four In A Bed.

6am Milkshake! 9.55 SpongeBob SquarePants. 10.05 The Loud House. 10.20 Access. 10.25 Friends. 10.55 Friends. 11.25 Friends. 11.55 Friends. 12.25 FILM: Alice In Wonderland (2010) ★★★ 2.35 FILM: Jesse Stone: Benefit Of The Doubt (2012) ★★★ 4.20 FILM: Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise (2015) ★★★

6.0 Four In A Bed The B&B

6.0 5 News Update (S) 6.05 Wallis: The American Who Stole A Prince Drama-

owners find out what they have been paid. (S) (R)

6.30 News (S) 7.0 The Masked Singer Sharon and Kelly Osbourne are today’s special guests on the panel, as two more singers are unmasked in a special double elimination show. (S)

8.0 Great American Railroad Journeys Michael 8.30 First & Last Game show,

9pm

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6.0 FILM: Whisky Galore!

(2016) ★★★ Premiere. Scottish islanders try to get their hands on the shipload of whisky that washes up on their shores. Comedy, starring James Cosmo, Naomi Battrick and Sean Biggerstaff. (S)

Portillo meets scientists studying the Northern Lights as his Alaska trip continues. (S)

9.0 QI XL Sandi Toksvig calls for a bit of “Quiet” in this extended version of the panel show. (S) (R)

8.30 The Voice UK Emma Willis hosts the fifth week of blind auditions, as coaches will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, Meghan Trainor and Olly Murs continue their search for the next singing superstar. (S)

10.05 BBC News (S) 10.25 Match Of The Day

Highlights of Liverpool v and Leicester 11pm Southampton City v Chelsea. (S) 11.55 The NFL Show. 12.25 FILM: Keeping Rosy (2014) ★★★ 1.55 BBC News.

6.30pm The Greatest Dancer, BBC1

Taylor presents, with sets by Fin Taylor and Tez Ilyas. (S) (R)

10.30 Snowfall New series. Franklin has squared things with his family and his gang rule the streets. (S) 11.20 Snowfall. 12.0 FILM: Up In The Air (2009) ★★★★★ 1.40 This Is BBC Two.

10pm Shopping With Keith, ITV

10.0 Shopping With Keith Lemon With Matt Goss. (S) (R)

documentary about Wallis Simpson. (S) (R)

7.0 The Royal House Of Windsor The life of Prince Charles. Last in the series. (S) (R)

8.0 The Queen’s Lost Family

9.45 Live At The Apollo Ellie pm

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The story of the royal family over three decades from the 1920s. (S) (R)

8.0 Manhunt: Catching Britain’s Most Wanted The work of a tactical police unit hunting suspects on the run. (S)

9.0 FILM: Hidden Figures

(2016) ★★★★ Premiere. A trio of African-American women try to overcome prejudice as they work on the US space programme. Fact-based drama, starring Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer. (S)

9.55 Funniest Ever TV Cock Ups 2 A compilation of classic television mistakes. (S) (R)

10.25 ITV News; Weather (S) 10.40 FILM: American Sniper (2014) ★★★★ Biopic

about sniper Chris Kyle, starring Bradley Cooper. (S)

1.0 Ideal World. 3.0 Rebound. 3.50 ITV Nightscreen.

7pm The Masked Singer, ITV

11.25 FILM: X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) ★★★ 1.20 The Last Leg: Countdown To Brexit. 2.40 Hollyoaks. 4.50 The Great Hotel Escape. 5.45 Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free. 5.55 The King Of Queens.

8.30pm The Voice UK, ITV

11.50 Bargain-Loving Brits In The Sun. 12.45 Access. 1.0 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show. 3.0 Access. 3.10 Inside DHL: The World’s Biggest Delivery Company. 4.45 House Doctor. 5.10 Divine Designs. 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

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6pm Tipping Point. 7.0 Inside The Ambulance. 9.0 The Shift: Women On The Force. 10.0 999 Rescue Squad. 11.0 Louis Theroux: America’s Medicated Kids. 12midnight One Born Every Minute. 1.0 Dr Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street. 1.50 American Housewife. 2.35 Renovate My Home: Leave It To Bryan. 3.0 Teleshopping.

5.35pm FILM: Shrek (2001) ★★★★ 6.20 FILM: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (2017) ★★★★ 9.0 Love Island: Unseen Bits. 10.05 Family Guy. 11.30 American Dad! 12.30am The Cleveland Show. 1.0 Ibiza Weekender. 2.0 The Stand Up Sketch Show. 2.30 Release The Hounds: Famous & Freaked. 3.25 ITV2 Nightscreen.

6pm The Big Bang Theory. 7.0 The Big Bang Theory. 7.30 The Big Bang Theory. 8.0 The Big Bang Theory. 8.30 The Big Bang Theory. 9.0 FILM: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) ★★★★ 11.45 Gogglebox. 12.50am Gogglebox. 1.55 8 Out Of 10 Cats. 2.55 First Dates. 3.50 Wife Swap USA. 4.40 Don’t Tell The Bride.

6pm Sam And Billie Faiers: The Mummy Diaries. 7.0 Dinner Date. 9.0 Botched. 10.0 Botched By Nature. 11.0 Vanderpump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky. 11.30 Vanderpump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky. 12midnight Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. 12.50 ITVBe Nightscreen. 12.55 Teleshopping.

6pm Total Bellas. 7.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 8.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 9.0 Botched. 10.0 Very Cavallari. 11.0 True Hollywood Story. 12midnight Second Wives Club. 1.0 Botched. 2.0 Teleshopping. 2.30 Teleshopping. 3.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 4.0 Botched. 5.0 Teleshopping. 5.30 Teleshopping.

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6pm Catfish: Shadiest Characters 4. 7.0 Catfish: Shadiest Characters 3. 8.0 Catfish: The TV Show. 9.0 Catfish: Festive Fakers. 10.0 Celebrity Ex On The Beach. 12.30am MTV Cribs UK: Boxset. 2.0 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 2.20 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 2.45 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 3.10 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019.

6pm Say Yes To The Dress: UK. 7.0 Say Yes To The Dress America. 8.0 Curvy Brides Boutique. 9.0 My Baby Has Two Heads: Body Bizarre. 10.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 11.0 Say Yes To The Dress America. 12midnight Curvy Brides Boutique. 1.0 My Baby Has Two Heads: Body Bizarre. 2.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 3.0 Say Yes To The Dress.

6pm The Simpsons. 6.30 The Simpsons. 7.0 The Simpsons. 7.30 Modern Family. 8.0 A League Of Their Own: European Road Trip. 9.0 FILM: Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) ★★★ 11.20 The Road To Fast 9: Concert. 12.20am The Russell Howard Hour. 1.25 Magnum P.I. 2.25 NCIS: Los Angeles. 3.25 Motorway Patrol.

6pm Without A Trace. 7.0 Without A Trace. 8.0 Without A Trace. 9.0 FILM: Maria Full Of Grace (2004) ★★★★ Drama, starring Catalina Sandino Moreno and Virgina Ariza. 10.55 Band Of Brothers. 12.10am Band Of Brothers. 1.25 Nurse Jackie. 2.0 The New Pope. 3.10 The New Pope. 4.20 The British. 5.10 The British.

6pm Nothing To Declare. 7.0 Blue Bloods. 8.0 Blue Bloods. 9.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 10.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12midnight Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 1.0 Blue Bloods. 2.0 Blue Bloods. 3.0 9-1-1. 4.0 Madam Secretary. 5.0 Nothing To Declare.


Sunday 2 February BBC1 6am

6pm

6am Breakfast. 7.30 Match Of The Day. 9.0 The Andrew Marr Show. 10.0 Politics England. 10.30 The Big Questions. 11.30 Wanted Down Under. 12.15 Bargain Hunt. 1.0 BBC News. 1.15 Songs Of Praise. 1.55 Live Six Nations Rugby Union: France V England BuildUp. 2.30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union. 5.10 Sir David Jason At 80: A Lovely Jubbly Celebration. 5.45 BBC News.

6.0 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 6.10 Countryfile The team visits Dungeness in Kent. (S)

7pm

7.10 Doctor Who A series of

BBC2 6.05am The Farmers’ Country Showdown. 6.50 The Instant Gardener. 7.35 The Edible Garden. 8.05 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. 9.05 Countryfile. 10.0 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites. 11.30 Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets. 12.30 A Cook Abroad: Dave Myers’ Egypt. 1.30 Tennis: Australian Open Highlights. 3.0 Flog It! 3.50 FILM: The Train (1964)

★★★★

6.0 Undiscovered Worlds With Steve Backshall Exploring dangerous environments, beginning with the Arctic. (S) (R)

7.0 Ski Sunday Action from

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6am CITV. 7.30 Scrambled! 9.25 ITV News. 9.30 Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen. 10.30 Living On The Veg. 11.30 The Greek Islands With Julia Bradbury. 12.0 Countrywise: Guide To Britain. 12.30 ITV Lunchtime News. 12.35 The Voice UK. 2.05 The Masked Singer. 3.35 Tipping Point. 4.35 ITV News; Weather. 4.45 ITV News London. 5.0 The Chase Celebrity Special.

6.20am The King Of Queens. 6.45 Everybody Loves Raymond. 7.10 Everybody Loves Raymond. 7.35 The Big Bang Theory. 8.0 The Big Bang Theory. 8.25 Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. 9.30 Sunday Brunch. 12.30 The Simpsons. 1.0 The Simpsons. 1.30 FILM: The Adventures Of Tintin (2011) ★★★★ 3.40 A Place In The Sun. 4.40 FILM: Men In Black (1997) ★★★★

6.0 Dancing On Ice Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby present as the celebrities perform fairy-tale routines. Plus, a performance from Disney on Ice. (S)

Schladming in Austria. (S)

mysterious events occurs around the world. (S)

8pm ✱ 8.0 Call The Midwife

Sister Frances struggles to make a fiercely independent woman accept help. (S)

9pm ✱ 9.0 The British Academy

8.0 Top Gear Romesh

8.0 Vera A wealthy betting

Ranganathan joins the team in the studio. (S)

shop tycoon is murdered during a home invasion. Last in the series. (S)

9.0 Win The Wilderness: Alaska A navigation test pits

Norton hosts the ceremony from the Royal Albert Hall. (S)

men against women on a trek through the wilderness. (S)

10.0 Match Of The Day 2

9pm BAFTA Film Awards, BBC1

6am Milkshake! 9.50 SpongeBob SquarePants. 10.0 The Loud House. 10.10 Access. 10.15 WWE: RAW. 11.15 Friends. 11.45 Friends. 12.15 Friends. 12.45 FILM: Annie (2014) ★★ 3.10 Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly. 4.10 Wonderful World Of Baby Animals. 5.05 5 News Update. 5.10 The Motorway.

6.10 Inside Rolls-Royce: Dream Machines A look under the bonnet at the engineering company. (S) (R)

7.0 Royals In Wartime Part two of two. A look at the royals’ roles in Britain’s wars. (S)

11.0 Super Bowl LIV Build-Up. 11.30 The Women’s Football Show. 12.0 Women’s Six Nations Highlights. 12.30 Sign Zone: Question Time. 1.30 Sign Zone: Best House In Town. 2.15 Sign Zone: Holby City. 3.15 This Is BBC Two.

8pm Call The Midwife, BBC1

8.0 George Clarke’s Old House, New Home The host

8.0 Inside Iceland: Britain’s Budget Supermarket The

takes on a classic 1930s terraced home. Last in the series. (S)

retailer prepares for the most important time of year – Christmas. Last in the series. (S)

9.0 SAS: Who Dares Wins

9.0 The Wonderful World Of Chocolate A look at the

The 10 remaining recruits are sent on the run from a hunter force. (S)

10.0 ITV News; Weather (S) 10.15 Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad The actor and

10.0 When Award Shows Go Horribly Wrong Julian Clary

and Sophie Duker. (S) (R)

narrates a compilation of disastrous moments at awards show, including the infamous 1989 Brit awards. (S) (R)

10.40 Six Nations Highlights 11.40 Liar. 12.30 Liar. 1.20 Ideal World. 3.0 Teach My Pet To Do That. 3.25 ITV Nightscreen. 5.05 Judge Rinder.

11.0 FILM: Prisoners (2013) ★★★★ 1.45 Come Dine With Me. 2.40 Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency. 3.35 Grand Designs. 4.35 The Great Hotel Escape. 5.30 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems. 5.50 Countdown.

6pm Dancing On Ice, ITV

8pm Vera, ITV

history of rivalry between different brands of chocolate biscuits. (S)

10.0 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown With Miles Jupp

his son arrive in Ohio. (S) (R) England v France. (S)

11.0 BBC News. 11.15 BBC Regional News; Weather. 11.25 Super Bowl LIV – Live. 3.30 BBC News.

7.0 The Great Pottery Throw Down Sue Pryke sets a

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City and Burnley v Arsenal. (S)

11pm

6.30 News (S)

challenge to make two vases.

Film Awards 2020 Graham

10pm

✱ CLOSER PICKS

12.55 Access. 1.0 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show. 3.0 Access. 3.10 Inside DHL: The World’s Biggest Delivery Company. 4.0 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink. 4.45 House Doctor. 5.10 Divine Designs. 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

9pm World Of Chocolate, C5

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6pm Inside The Ambulance. 8.0 999 Rescue Squad. 9.0 Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends. 10.0 Stacey Dooley Investigates: Canada’s Lost Girls. 11.0 Amish: A Secret Life. 12midnight One Born Every Minute. 1.0 Dr Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street. 1.50 American Housewife. 2.35 Renovate My Home: Leave It To Bryan.

5pm FILM: Hotel Transylvania (2012) ★★★ 6.45 FILM: Pan (2015) ★★ 9.0 Love Island. 10.05 Ibiza Weekender. 11.05 Family Guy. 12.05am American Dad! 12.35 American Dad! 1.05 The Cleveland Show. 1.30 Don’t Hate The Playaz. 2.15 The Stand Up Sketch Show. 2.45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. 3.15 ITV2 Nightscreen.

6.15pm Celebrity Come Dine With Me. 6.45 FILM: Night At The Museum (2006) ★★★ 9.0 Star Trek: Discovery. 10.05 Gogglebox. 11.10 Gogglebox. 12.15am The Big Bang Theory. 12.45 The Big Bang Theory. 1.10 Tattoo Fixers: Extreme. 2.15 Star Trek: Discovery. 3.05 How I Met Your Mother. 3.30 Hollyoaks.

6.15pm The Bachelor USA. 8.0 Celebrity Dinner Date. Featuring rapper and reality TV star Romeo Dunn. 9.0 Botched. 10.0 The Real Housewives Of Potomac. 11.0 The Real Housewives Of Orange County. 11.55 Growing Up Chrisley. 12.25am Growing Up Chrisley. 12.50 ITVBe Nightscreen. 12.55 Teleshopping.

6pm Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 7.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 8.0 Botched. 9.0 Botched. 10.0 Very Cavallari. 11.0 True Hollywood Story. 12midnight Second Wives Club. 1.0 Botched. 2.0 Teleshopping. 2.30 Teleshopping. 3.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 4.0 Botched. 5.0 Teleshopping.

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6pm Catfish: Best Of 2019. 8.0 Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant. 9.0 Celebrity Ex On The Beach. 10.0 Just Tattoo Of Us. 11.0 MTV Cribs UK: Top 10 Cribs. 12midnight Ridiculousness. 12.30 Ridiculousness. 1.0 Ridiculousness. 1.30 Ridiculousness. 2.0 Ridiculousness. 2.20 Ridiculousness. 2.45 Ridiculousness.

6pm Unpolished. 7.0 Sister Wives. 8.0 Being Reuben. 8.30 Being Reuben. 9.0 90 Day Fiance. 11.0 90 Day Fiance. 12midnight Being Reuben. 12.30 Being Reuben. 1.0 90 Day Fiance. 3.0 90 Day Fiance. 4.0 Say Yes To The Dress. 4.30 Say Yes To The Dress. 5.0 Say Yes To The Dress. 5.30 Say Yes To The Dress.

6pm The Simpsons. 6.30 The Simpsons. 7.0 The Simpsons. 7.30 The Simpsons. 8.0 Magnum P.I. Thomas helps his girlfriend with a case. 9.0 Hawaii Five-0. 10.0 NCIS: Los Angeles. 11.0 COBRA. 12midnight S.W.A.T. 1.0 The Force: Manchester. 1.55 Jett. 3.05 Brit Cops: Rapid Response. 4.0 Road Wars. 5.0 Road Wars.

6pm Blue Bloods. 7.0 Blue Bloods. 8.0 Blue Bloods. Henry asks a former foe for help with an investigation. 9.0 The New Pope. The terrorist threat gets increasingly menacing. 10.10 The New Pope. 11.20 The Outsider. 12.30am Oz. 1.45 Life Itself: Special. 2.0 The Outsider. 3.05 Without A Trace. 4.0 Storm City. 5.0 Urban Secrets.

6pm Nothing To Declare. 7.0 Ghost Whisperer. 8.0 Ghost Whisperer. 9.0 The Rookie. 10.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12midnight Ghost Whisperer. 1.0 Ghost Whisperer. 2.0 Air Ambulance ER. 3.0 Nothing To Declare. 4.0 Nothing To Declare. 5.0 Nothing To Declare.


Monday 3 February BBC1 6am

6.30am Cheers. 6.55 Cheers. 7.20 The King Of Queens. 7.45 The King Of Queens. 8.10 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.40 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.10 Frasier. 9.40 Frasier. 10.10 Undercover Boss USA. 11.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 12.0 Channel 4 News Summary. 12.05 Sun, Sea And Selling Houses. 1.05 Escape To The Chateau: DIY. 2.10 Countdown. 3.0 A Place In The Sun. 4.0 A New Life In The Sun. 5.0 Couples Come Dine With Me.

6am Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine. 11.15 Paddington Station 24/7. 12.10 5 News At Lunchtime. 12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 1.10 Access. 1.15 Home And Away. 1.45 Neighbours. 2.15 FILM: Twin Sister’s Obsession (2018) ★★★ 4.0 Friends. 4.30 Friends. 5.0 5 News At 5. 5.30 Neighbours.

6.0 BBC News At Six; Weather (S)

6.0 Richard Osman’s House Of Games With Maggie

6.0 ITV News London (S)

6.0 The Simpsons Lisa gets

6.0 Home And Away Bella walks in on Willow and Alex in bed. (S) (R)

Aderin-Pocock. (S)

6.30 Great Asian Railway Journeys Michael travels from

her own TV show. (S) (R)

6.30 ITV Evening News (S)

visit of the week to the One Show studio. (S)

Bangkok to Hua Hin. (S) 7.0 The Twinstitute Three pairs of twins try to improve their cognitive function. (S) (R)

7.30 Inside Out Regional

7.30 Mastermind Specialist

7.30 Coronation Street

documentary. (S)

subjects include the Romanov dynasty and Harpo Marx. (S) 8.0 Only Connect The Eggchasers take on the Turophiles. (S)

Geoff is fuming when his trick does not work. (S)

The second of the quarter-final matches. (S)

7.0 The One Show The first

8.0 EastEnders A drunken Linda leaves Ollie in danger. (S)

8.30 Cashing In On The Housing Crisis – Panorama Temporary accommodation. (S) 9pm 9.0 Silent Witness Part one of two. Traces of a possible nerve agent are found in a post mortem. (S)

10pm

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6am Good Morning Britain. 9.0 Lorraine. 10.0 This Morning. 12.30 Loose Women. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News. 1.55 ITV News London. 2.0 Judge Rinder. 3.0 Tenable. 4.0 Tipping Point. 5.0 The Chase.

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6.30 BBC Regional News;

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6am Breakfast. 9.15 Fraud Squad: The Hunt. 10.0 Homes Under The Hammer. 11.0 Wanted Down Under. 11.45 Defenders UK. 12.15 Bargain Hunt. 1.0 BBC News At One; Weather. 1.30 BBC Regional News; Weather. 1.45 Doctors. 2.15 Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators. 3.0 Escape To The Country. 3.45 The Farmers’ Country Showdown. 4.30 Antiques Road Trip. 5.15 Pointless.

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10.0 BBC News At Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S)

10.35 Ladhood Liam

8.30 University Challenge

9.0 Mary Beard’s Shock Of The Nude Part one of two. The classicist examines the nude in western art. (S)

2.15pm Shakespeare &… BBC1

8.30 Coronation Street Tim’s

story of the battle to save Australia from the bushfires. (S)

dad cannot see the funny side over the botched trick. (S) 9.0 Cold Feet A chance encounter gives Pete a boost.

9.0 999: What’s Your Emergency? This edition

(S)

focuses on hate crime. (S)

10.30 ITV News London (S) 10.45 Inside The Crown: Secrets Of The Royals The

9pm Silent Witness, BBC1

royal family’s relationship with the press. (S) (R) 11.45 All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite. 12.35 Ideal World. 3.0 James Martin’s French Adventure. 3.50 ITV Nightscreen. 5.05 Judge Rinder.

10pm Inside No 9, BBC2

6.30 5 News Tonight (S)

7.0 Premiership Rugby Cup Highlights Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins. (S)

savings accounts. (S)

10.30 Newsnight (S)

11.15 NFL This Week. 12.05 Sign Zone: The Farmers’ Country Showdown. 12.50 Sign Zone: Countryfile. 1.45 This Is BBC Two.

7.0 News (S)

✱ 8.0 Australia On Fire:

10.0 ITV News (S)

series. The return of the comic anthology. (S)

Celeste decide to host a housewarming party. (S) (R)

8.0 The Martin Lewis Money Show A look at the best child

✱ 10.0 Inside No 9 New

examines his relationship with 11pm drugs. (S) 11.0 Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad. 12.0 The Graham Norton Show. 12.50 BBC News.

7.0 Emmerdale Rhona is determined to uncover the truth. (S)

6.30 Hollyoaks Toby and

Climate Emergency The

8.0 Traffic Cops An insight into the working life of officers patrolling Britain’s roads. (S)

9.0 The Motorway Lives are endangered when a truck illegally reverses down the M1. Last in the series. (S)

New series. Crime thriller, starring Waleed Zuaiter. (S)

✱ 10.0 Baghdad Central

10.0 Busted In Bangkok The most powerful storm in decades looks set to hit the region. (S)

11.0 Emergency Helicopter Medics. 12.0 Meet The Drug Lords: Inside The Real Narcos. 1.0 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 1.50 SAS: Who Dares Wins. 2.45 Come Dine With Me. 3.40 Grand Designs. 4.35 The Great Hotel Escape. 5.30 Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free. 5.50 Countdown.

11.05 The World’s Heaviest Child: Extraordinary People. 12.05 Bad Girls Behind Bars. 1.0 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show. 3.0 Access. 3.10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 4.0 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink. 4.45 House Doctor. 5.10 Divine Designs. 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

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6pm Tipping Point. 7.0 MasterChef USA. 8.0 Inside The Ambulance. 9.0 One Born Every Minute. 10.0 My Famous Babysitter. 11.0 Inside The Ambulance. 12midnight One Born Every Minute. 1.0 Dr Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street. 1.50 American Housewife. 2.35 Renovate My Home: Leave It To Bryan. 3.0 Teleshopping.

6pm You’ve Been Framed! Gold.8.0 Two And A Half Men. 9.0 Love Island. 10.0 Love Island: Aftersun. 11.05 Family Guy. 11.35 Family Guy. 12.05am American Dad! 12.30 American Dad! 1.0 Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility. 1.50 Two And A Half Men. 2.20 The Stand Up Sketch Show. 2.45 Plebs. 3.15 ITV2 Nightscreen. 3.30 Teleshopping.

6pm The Big Bang Theory. 7.0 7.30 Celebrity Come Hollyoaks. Dine With Me. 8.0 Junior Bake Off. 9.0 FILM: Men In Black 3 (2012) ★★★ 11.10 The Big Bang Theory. 12.10am Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 1.10 Gogglebox. 2.15 First Dates. 3.10 Don’t Tell The Bride. 4.05 The Big Bang Theory. 4.55 How I Met Your Mother.

6pm Masters Of Flip. 7.0 Buying And Selling. 8.0 Dinner Date. 9.0 The Real Housewives Of Orange County. Brauwnyn and Kelly watch Emily rehearse her anniversary dance number. 10.0 Botched. A woman hurt by a dog. 11.0 Botched. 12midnight The Only Way Is Essex. 12.45 ITVBe Nightscreen. 12.55 Teleshopping.

6pm Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 7.0 Very Cavallari. 8.0 Botched. 9.0 Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. 10.0 True Hollywood Story. 12midnight Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 1.0 Botched. 2.0 Teleshopping. 2.30 Teleshopping. 3.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 4.0 Wags: LA. 5.0 Teleshopping.

MTV 6pm Catfish: The TV Show. 7.0 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 7.30 Love Squad. 8.0 Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant. 9.0 Geordie OGs: Best Of 2019. 10.0 Just Tattoo Of Us. 10.55 Positive Inking. 11.0 Celebrity Ex On The Beach. 12midnight Ridiculousness. 1.0 Jackass. 1.30 Jackass. 2.0 Jackass. 2.20 Jackass.

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6pm Say Yes To The Dress. 8.0 Say Yes To The Dress America. 9.0 Say Yes To The Dress: UK. 10.0 Curvy Brides Boutique. 11.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 12midnight Say Yes To The Dress America. 1.0 Say Yes To The Dress: UK. 2.0 Curvy Brides Boutique. 3.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 4.0 Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta.

6pm Futurama. 6.30 The Simpsons. 7.0 The Simpsons. 7.30 The Simpsons. 8.0 SEAL Team. 9.0 FILM: Mission: Impossible III (2006) ★★★ 11.15 Avenue 5. 11.50 A League Of Their Own: European Road Trip. 12.50am Jett. 2.05 Brit Cops: Rapid Response. 3.0 NCIS: Los Angeles. 4.0 Futurama. 4.30 Futurama. 5.0 Stargate SG-1.

6pm Without A Trace. 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 8.0 Blue Bloods. 9.0 The Outsider. Holly searches for clues in several locations. 10.05 True Blood. 11.20 True Blood. 12.30am This Is Our Family. 1.30 1917: Special. 2.0 Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets. 3.10 Nurse Jackie. 3.45 Nurse Jackie. 4.20 The West Wing. 5.10 The West Wing.

6pm Nothing To Declare. 7.0 Nothing To Declare. 8.0 Ghost Whisperer. 9.0 Criminal Minds. 10.0 Criminal Minds. 11.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12midnight CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 1.0 Blue Bloods. 2.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 3.0 Ghost Whisperer. 4.0 Road Wars. 5.0 Brit Cops: Frontline Crime UK.


Tuesday 4 February BBC1 6am

6am Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine. 11.15 Paddington Station 24/7. 12.10 5 News At Lunchtime. 12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 1.10 Access. 1.15 Home And Away. 1.45 Neighbours. 2.20 FILM: Erasing His Past (2019) ★★★ 4.0 Friends. 4.30 Friends. 5.0 5 News At 5. 5.30 Neighbours.

6.30am Cheers. 6.55 Cheers. 7.20 The King Of Queens. 7.45 The King Of Queens. 8.10 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.40 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.10 Frasier. 9.40 Frasier. 10.10 Undercover Boss USA. 11.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 12.0 Channel 4 News Summary. 12.05 Sun, Sea And Selling Houses. 1.05 Escape To The Chateau: DIY. 2.10 Countdown. 3.0 A Place In The Sun. 4.0 A New Life In The Sun. 5.0 Couples Come Dine With Me.

6.0 BBC News At Six; Weather (S)

6.0 Richard Osman’s House Of Games With Stuart

6.0 ITV News London (S)

6.0 The Simpsons Homer

6.0 Home And Away

6.30 ITV Evening News (S)

returns from a convention a changed man. (S) (R) 6.30 Hollyoaks Mitchell has a proposition for Scott. (S) (R)

Mackenzie is devastated when Colby ends things. (S) (R)

7.0 News (S)

7.0 Canada: A Year In The Wild Documentary exploring

7.0 The One Show Alex Jones and Matt Baker present live chat and topical reports. (S) 7.30 EastEnders Whitney plans to put things right with Kush. (S)

8.0 Holby City Sacha prepares to perform a groundbreaking transplant operation. (S)

9pm ✱ 9.0 Silent Witness Part

10pm

CHANNEL 5

6am Good Morning Britain. 9.0 Lorraine. 10.0 This Morning. 12.30 Loose Women. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News. 1.55 ITV News London. 2.0 Judge Rinder. 3.0 Tenable. 4.0 Tipping Point. 5.0 The Chase.

Weather (S)

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6.30am Wanted Down Under. 7.15 Antiques Road Trip. 8.0 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals. 9.0 BBC News At 9. 10.0 Victoria Derbyshire. 11.0 BBC Newsroom Live. 12.15 Politics Live. 1.0 The Super League Show. 1.50 Get Away For Winter. 2.35 Coast. 3.05 Deborah Kerr: Talking Pictures. 3.35 FILM: Black Narcissus (1947) ★★★★★ 5.15 Flog It!

6.30 BBC Regional News;

7pm

ITV

6am Breakfast. 9.15 Fraud Squad: The Hunt. 10.0 Homes Under The Hammer. 11.0 Wanted Down Under. 11.45 Defenders UK. 12.15 Bargain Hunt. 1.0 BBC News At One; Weather. 1.30 BBC Regional News; Weather. 1.45 Doctors. 2.15 Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators. 3.0 Escape To The Country. 3.45 The Farmers’ Country Showdown. 4.30 Antiques Road Trip. 5.15 Pointless.

6pm

BBC2

✱ CLOSER PICKS

Maconie and Lou Sanders. (S)

6.30 Great Asian Railway Journeys A trip from Ho Chi

Minh City to Halong Bay. (S) 7.0 Top Gear Romesh Ranganathan joins the team in the studio. (S) (R)

8.0 Cornwall: This Fishing Life How small fishing boats are coming under threat from industrialisation. (S)

series. Documentary exploring Universal Credit. (S)

10.0 BBC News At Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News;

10.0 Better Things Sam feels the strain of her menopause. (S)

10.35 Plastic Surgery Undressed Vogue Williams

10.25 The Archiveologists (R) 10.30 Newsnight (S)

11.25 Easy Ways To Live Well. 12.30 BBC News.

8pm Life Drawing Live!, BBC4

tunnel near the Metro’s busiest station. (S)

✱ 8.0 Midsomer Murders A murder occurs during the opening of a dolls house exhibit at a museum. (S)

11.15 Body Clock: What Makes Us Tick? 12.15 Sign Zone: Monty Don’s American Gardens. 1.15 Sign Zone: Murder, Mystery And My Family. 2.0 Sign Zone: Island Medics. 2.45 This Is BBC Two.

8pm Midsomer Murders, ITV

8.0 Crazy Delicious Jayde Adams presents the culinary challenge. (S)

9.0 24 Hours In A&E Doctors investigate the medical conditions that may have caused a motorist to crash. (S)

10.0 ITV News (S) 10.30 ITV News London (S) 10.45 White House Farm Stan continues to search for answers. (S) (R)

Mobeen Azhar explain the 11pm and ins and outs of liposuction. (S)

the epic wilderness through all four seasons. (S) (R)

7.30 The Metro: A Rail Life Story A train breaks down in a

9.0 Universal Credit: Inside The Welfare State New

two of two. Jack is rushed to hospital after collapsing at the scene of a car crash. Last in the series. (S)

Weather (S)

7.0 Emmerdale A search gets underway, and Wendy is left surprised by Victoria. (S)

11.40 Tenable. 12.30 Ideal World. 3.0 The Home Game. 3.50 ITV Nightscreen. 5.05 Judge Rinder.

8pm Crazy Delicious, C4

6.30 5 News Tonight (S)

✱ 10.0 Losing It: Our

Mental Health Emergency The crisis team must decide if a boy who tried to kill himself is safe to be sent home. (S) 11.0 Holidays From Hell: Caught On Camera. 12.0 Australia On Fire: Climate Emergency. 1.0 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 1.50 FILM: Endless Love (2014) ★★ 3.35 Come Dine With Me. 4.30 The Great Hotel Escape. 5.25 Cooking Up A Fortune. 5.50 Countdown.

9pm New Lives In The Wild, C5

8.0 Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly Graeme Hall tries to tame an overly friendly Great Dane. (S)

9.0 Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild Ben meets a photographer living off the land in Oregon. Last in the series. (S)

10.0 Bad Girls Behind Bars The jail’s longest-serving inmate faces another 11 years in prison. (S) 11.05 Murdered By My Daughter. 12.05 Inside The World’s Greatest Hotels. 1.0 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show. 3.0 Access. 3.10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 4.0 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink. 4.45 House Doctor. 5.10 Divine Designs. 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

10pm The L Word, Sky Atlantic

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6pm Tipping Point. 7.0 MasterChef USA. 8.0 Inside The Ambulance. 10.0 Louis Theroux: Dark States – Murder In Milwaukee. 11.0 Inside The Ambulance. 12midnight One Born Every Minute. 1.0 Dr Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street. 1.50 American Housewife. 2.35 Renovate My Home: Leave It To Bryan. 3.0 Teleshopping.

6pm You’ve Been Framed! Gold. 8.0 Two And A Half Men. 9.0 Love Island. 10.05 Don’t Hate The Playaz. 10.50 Family Guy. 11.45 American Dad! 12.15am American Dad! 12.40 The Cleveland Show. 1.10 The Cleveland Show. 1.40 Ibiza Weekender. 2.40 Two And A Half Men. 3.20 ITV2 Nightscreen. 3.30 Teleshopping.

6pm The Big Bang Theory. 7.0 7.30 Celebrity Come Hollyoaks. Dine With Me. 8.0 Junior Bake Off. 9.0 8 Out Of 10 Cats. 10.0 Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican Live. 11.05 The Big Bang Theory. 12.05am Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 1.05 Gogglebox. 2.10 First Dates. 3.05 8 Out Of 10 Cats. 4.0 The Big Bang Theory.

MTV 6pm Catfish: The TV Show. 7.0 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 7.30 Love Squad. 8.0 Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant. 9.0 Just Tattoo Of Us. 10.0 Celebrity Ex On The Beach. 11.0 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 12midnight Ridiculousness. 1.0 Jackass. 1.30 Jackass. 2.0 Jackass. 2.20 Jackass. 2.45 Ridiculousness.

ITVBE 6pm Masters Of Flip. 7.0 Buying And Selling. 8.0 Dinner Date. 9.0 The Real Housewives Of Potomac. 10.0 The Real Housewives Of Orange County. Brauwnyn and Kelly watch Emily rehearse her anniversary dance number. 11.0 Bridezillas. 12midnight The Only Way Is Essex. 12.45 ITVBe Nightscreen. 12.55 Teleshopping.

E! 6pm Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 7.0 Botched. 8.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 9.0 Very Cavallari. 10.0 Botched. 11.0 Nightly Pop. 11.30 Ladygang. 12midnight Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 1.0 Botched. 2.0 Teleshopping. 3.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 4.0 Wags: LA. 5.0 Teleshopping.

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6pm Say Yes To The Dress. 7.0 My Big Fat Fabulous Life. 8.0 Love After Lock Up. 9.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 10.0 Unpolished. 11.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 12midnight Love After Lock Up. 1.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 2.0 Unpolished. 3.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 4.0 Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta. 4.30 Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta.

6pm Futurama. 6.30 The Simpsons. 7.0 The Simpsons. 7.30 The Simpsons. 8.0 A League Of Their Own: European Road Trip. 9.0 An Idiot Abroad. 10.0 The Force: North East. 11.0 Jett. 12.10am Avenue 5. 12.45 COBRA. 1.45 Brit Cops: Law & Disorder. 2.40 Road Wars. 3.35 Road Wars. 4.0 Futurama. 4.30 Futurama. 5.0 Stargate SG-1.

6pm Without A Trace. 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 8.0 Blue Bloods. 9.0 This Is Our Family. 10.0 The L Word: Generation Q. New series of the drama. 11.10 Oz. 12.25am FILM: Maria Full Of Grace (2004) ★★★★ 2.20 From The Earth To The Moon. 3.20 From The Earth To The Moon. 4.20 The West Wing. 5.10 The West Wing.

6pm Nothing To Declare. 7.0 Nothing To Declare. 8.0 Ghost Whisperer. 9.0 The Good Doctor. 10.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12midnight CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 1.0 9-1-1. 2.0 Elementary. A magician is killed. 3.0 Ghost Whisperer. 4.0 Station 19. 5.0 Brit Cops: Rapid Response.


Wednesday 5 February BBC1 6am

6.30am Cheers. 6.55 Cheers. 7.20 The King Of Queens. 7.45 The King Of Queens. 8.10 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.40 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.10 Frasier. 9.40 Frasier. 10.10 Undercover Boss USA. 11.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 12.0 Channel 4 News Summary. 12.05 Sun, Sea And Selling Houses. 1.05 Escape To The Chateau: DIY. 2.10 Countdown. 3.0 A Place In The Sun. 4.0 A New Life In The Sun. 5.0 Couples Come Dine With Me.

6am Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine. 11.15 Paddington Station 24/7. 12.10 5 News At Lunchtime. 12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 1.10 Access. 1.15 Home And Away. 1.45 Neighbours. 2.15 FILM: The Wrong Mother (2017) ★★★ 4.0 Friends. 4.30 Friends. 5.0 5 News At 5. 5.30 Neighbours.

6.0 BBC News At Six (S) 6.30 BBC Regional News;

6.0 Richard Osman’s House Of Games With Reverend

6.0 The Simpsons Another

Weather (S)

Richard Coles. (S)

6.0 ITV News London (S) 6.25 Party Political Broadcast By the

6.0 Home And Away Dean is pleased Ziggy is doing well but fears he may lose her. (S) (R)

Conservative Party. (S) (R) 7.0 The One Show Presented by Alex Jones and Matt Baker.

7.30 Match Of The Day Live: The FA Cup Coverage of a fourth-round replay, as the sides contest a place in the last 16 of the competition. (S)

6.30 Great Asian Railway Journeys Michael travels from

Da Nang to Hoi An. (S)

7.0 The Andrew Neil Show

Interviews, discussion and analysis from Westminster. (S)

9pm

10.0 BBC News At Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S)

10.35 Eating With My Ex

10pm Finding Joy , W

6.30 ITV Evening News (S)

7.0 Emmerdale Laurel receives shocking news. (S)

6.30 Hollyoaks Scott encourages Diane to organise a date night with Tony. (S) (R)

7.0 News (S)

6.30 5 News Tonight (S)

7.0 Canada: A Year In The Wild The wildlife of Canada through the harsh winter months. (S) (R)

7.30 Coronation Street Geoff leaves Yasmeen locked in a box. (S)

8.0 Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad Barney

8.0 Kirstie And Phil’s Love It Or List It Kirstie Allsopp and

8.0 Parking Hell: At War With The Law A driving

Resisting unhealthy treats. (S)

celebrates his birthday. (S)

Phil Spencer meet a couple in High Wycombe. (S)

instructor offers specialised courses in parking. (S)

Whether an extra hour a week in nature improves health. (S) 9.0 Good Omens Aziraphale and Crowley’s friendship is tested as their superiors catch up with them. (S)

Eileen questions Yasmeen’s supposed drink problem. (S) 9.0 White House Farm The testimony of a vital witness confirms some of Stan and Mick’s suspicions. (S)

✱ 9.0 Britain’s Most

9.0 Red Arrows Take America The team

10.0 Live At The Apollo Rob Beckett hosts, with Jen Brister and Darren Harriott. (S) (R)

10.0 ITV News (S)

8.0 Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge

10.30 Newsnight (S)

Casey wonders if she can ever 11pm trust Michael again. (S)

11.05 My Mate’s A Bad Date. 11.30 First & Last. 12.15 A Question Of Sport. 12.50 BBC News.

Conservative Party. (S)

trio of Halloween stories. (S) (R)

7.30 Yorkshire Walks Shanaz Gulzar travels from Runswick Bay to Whitby. (S) (R)

8.30 Trust Me, I’m A Doctor

10pm

CHANNEL 5

6am Good Morning Britain. 9.0 Lorraine. 10.0 This Morning. 12.30 Loose Women. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News. 1.55 ITV News London. 2.0 Judge Rinder. 3.0 Tenable. 4.0 Tipping Point. 5.0 The Chase.

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8pm

C4

6.30am Wanted Down Under. 7.15 Antiques Road Trip. 8.0 Sign Zone: See Hear. 8.30 Sign Zone: Fake Britain. 9.0 BBC News At 9. 10.0 Victoria Derbyshire. 11.0 BBC Newsroom Live. 11.15 Politics Live. 1.0 Get Away For Winter. 1.45 Coast. 2.25 Richard Harris: Talking Pictures. 3.0 FILM: Cromwell (1970) ★★★★ 5.15 Flog It!

6.55 Party Political Broadcast By the

7pm

ITV

6am Breakfast. 9.15 Fraud Squad: The Hunt. 10.0 Homes Under The Hammer. 11.0 Wanted Down Under. 11.45 Defenders UK. 12.15 Bargain Hunt. 1.0 BBC News At One; Weather. 1.30 BBC Regional News; Weather. 1.45 Doctors. 2.15 Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators. 3.0 Escape To The Country. 3.45 The Farmers’ Country Showdown. 4.30 Antiques Road Trip. 5.15 Pointless.

6pm

BBC2

✱ CLOSER PICKS

8.30 Coronation Street

10.30 ITV News London (S) 10.45 Peston Political magazine show presented by Robert Peston. (S)

11.15 Universal Credit: Inside The Welfare State. 12.15 Sign Zone: See Hear 12.45 Sign Zone: Travels In Euroland With Ed Balls. 1.45 Sign Zone: Madagascar: Earth’s Tropical Islands. 2.45 This Is BBC Two.

9pm Good Omens, BBC2

11.40 Tenable. 12.30 Ideal World. 3.0 Through The Keyhole. 3.50 ITV Nightscreen. 5.05 Judge Rinder.

8pm Lose Weight & Get Fit, BBC2

Expensive Home: Building For A Billionaire Following the complex build of an extraordinary, £65million home in Mayfair, London. (S)

10.0 Home New series. Comedy series about Syrian asylum-seeker Sami. (S) 10.30 999: What’s Your Emergency? This edition

participates in an iconic flypast over the Golden Gate Bridge. Last in the series. (S)

10.0 The Chernobyl Railway With Chris Tarrant Chris embarks on a trip across Ukraine. (S) (R)

focuses on hate crime. (S) (R) 11.35 24 Hours In A&E. 12.35 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 1.25 The Supervet. 2.20 Come Dine With Me. 3.15 Deadwater Fell. 4.10 The Great Hotel Escape. 5.05 Cooking Up A Fortune. 5.35 Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free. 5.50 Countdown.

9pm White House Farm, ITV

11.05 Me And My Sex Doll: The Sex Business. 12.05 Busted In Bangkok. 1.0 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show. 3.0 Access. 3.10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 4.0 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink. 4.45 House Doctor. 5.10 House Busters. 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

10pm Home, C4

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6pm Tipping Point. 7.0 MasterChef USA. 8.0 Inside The Ambulance. 9.0 Emma Willis: Delivering Babies. 10.0 Finding Joy. 10.35 Women On The Verge. 11.15 Inside The Ambulance. 12.15am One Born Every Minute. 1.15 Dr Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street. 2.00 American Housewife. 3.0 Teleshopping.

6pm You’ve Been Framed! Gold. 8.0 Two And A Half Men. 9.0 Love Island. 10.05 Celebrity Juice. 10.50 Family Guy. 11.20 Family Guy. 11.50 American Dad! 12.20am American Dad! 12.45 Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility. 1.30 Two And A Half Men. 1.55 Two And A Half Men. 2.25 Hell’s Kitchen. 3.15 ITV2 Nightscreen. 3.30 Teleshopping.

6pm The Big Bang Theory. 7.0 Hollyoaks. 7.30 Celebrity Come Dine With Me. 8.0 Junior Bake Off. 9.0 FILM: Bad Neighbours (2014) ★★★ 11.0 The Big Bang Theory. 12midnight Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 1.0 Gogglebox. 2.05 First Dates. 3.0 Don’t Tell The Bride. 3.55 The Big Bang Theory. 4.45 How I Met Your Mother.

6pm Masters Of Flip. 7.0 Buying And Selling. 8.0 Dinner Date. 9.0 Growing Up Chrisley. 9.30 Growing Up Chrisley. Savannah attempts to launch a beauty brand. 10.0 Botched By Nature. A man who is wary of facing the public. 11.0 Dating In The Dark. 12midnight The Only Way Is Essex. 12.45 ITVBe Nightscreen. 12.55 Teleshopping.

6pm Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 7.0 Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. 8.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 9.0 Botched. 10.0 Very Cavallari. 11.0 Nightly Pop. 11.30 Ladygang. 12midnight Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 1.0 Botched. 2.0 Teleshopping. 3.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 4.0 Wags: LA.

MTV 6pm Catfish: Best Of 2019. 7.0 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 7.30 Love Squad. 8.0 Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant. 9.0 Catfish: The TV Show. 10.0 Just Tattoo Of Us. 11.0 Celebrity Ex On The Beach. 12midnight Ridiculousness. 1.0 Jackass. 1.30 Ridiculousness Vs Jackass. 2.45 Ridiculousness. 4.0 Teleshopping.

TLC 6pm Say Yes To The Dress. 6.30 Say Yes To The Dress. 7.0 Say Yes To The Vegas Dress. 8.0 90 Day Fiance. 11.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 12midnight 90 Day Fiance. 2.0 90 Day Fiance. 3.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 4.0 Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta. 5.0 Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta. 5.30 Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta.

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6pm Futurama. 6.30 The Simpsons. 8.0 Hawaii Five-0. 9.0 SEAL Team. 10.0 Avenue 5. 10.30 A League Of Their Own: European Road Trip. 11.30 The Russell Howard Hour. 12.30am The Late Late Show With James Corden: Best Of The Week. 1.30 Road Wars. 2.0 Road Wars. 3.0 Road Wars. 4.0 Futurama. 5.0 Stargate SG-1.

6pm Without A Trace. 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 8.0 Blue Bloods. 9.0 From The Earth To The Moon. Alan Shepard gets another chance. 10.0 From The Earth To The Moon. The lunar geologists compete. 11.05 The Birdman. 11.15 Oz. 12.40am Oz. 1.50 John Adams. 3.15 The Deuce. 4.20 The West Wing. 5.10 The West Wing.

6pm Nothing To Declare. 6.30 Nothing To Declare. 7.0 Nothing To Declare. 7.30 Nothing To Declare. 8.0 Ghost Whisperer. 9.0 9-1-1. 10.0 Station 19. 11.0 Station 19. 12midnight CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 1.0 The Rookie. 2.0 Madam Secretary. 3.0 Ghost Whisperer. 4.0 Road Wars. 5.0 Brit Cops: Rapid Response.


Thursday 6 February BBC1 6am

6.0 BBC News At Six; Weather (S)

6.0 Richard Osman’s House Of Games With Maggie

6.0 ITV News London (S)

6.0 The Simpsons The death

6.0 Home And Away

6.30 ITV Evening News (S)

of a friend prompts four locals to address their regrets. (S) (R) 6.30 Hollyoaks Toby and Celeste focus their attention on Lisa. (S) (R)

Robbo’s parents, Ian and Wendy, pay a surprise visit. (S) (R)

Aderin-Pocock. (S)

6.30 Great Asian Railway Journeys Michael tours the

imperial city of Hue. (S)

7.0 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Broadcaster Mariella

7.0 Emmerdale Arthur makes a shocking confession. (S)

Frostrup and designer Pearl Lowe search for antiques in Somerset. (S) (R)

7.30 How Safe Is Your Vape? Tonight Jonathan Maitland

8.0 Best Home Cook The hopefuls bake their ultimate family in the quarter-final. (S)

8.0 Secrets Of The Museum

asks whether there are any health risks in vaping. (S) 8.0 Emmerdale Arthur has some explaining to do. (S)

9.0 Death In Paradise New

9.0 Travels In Euroland With Ed Balls Ed explores how

7.0 The One Show Presented by Matt Baker and Alex Jones.

7.30 EastEnders Linda struggles at the support session and breaks down. (S)

DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) is called in when a woman is found dead in a bathtub. (S)

10pm

6am Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine. 11.15 Paddington Station 24/7. 12.10 5 News At Lunchtime. 12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 1.10 Access. 1.15 Home And Away. 1.45 Neighbours. 2.15 FILM: A Murderer Upstairs (2017) ★★★ 4.0 Friends. 4.30 Friends. 5.0 5 News At 5. 5.30 Neighbours.

6.30am Cheers. 6.55 Cheers. 7.20 The King Of Queens. 7.45 The King Of Queens. 8.10 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.40 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.10 Frasier. 9.40 Frasier. 10.10 Undercover Boss USA. 11.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 12.0 Channel 4 News Summary. 12.05 Sun, Sea And Selling Houses. 1.05 Escape To The Chateau: DIY. 2.10 Countdown. 3.0 A Place In The Sun. 4.0 A New Life In The Sun. 5.0 Couples Come Dine With Me.

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9pm

C5

6am Good Morning Britain. 9.0 Lorraine. 10.0 This Morning. 12.30 Loose Women. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News. 1.55 ITV News London. 2.0 Judge Rinder. 3.0 Tenable. 4.0 Tipping Point. 5.0 The Chase.

Weather (S)

8pm

C4

6.30am Wanted Down Under. 7.15 Antiques Road Trip. 8.0 Sign Zone: Great British Railway Journeys. 8.30 Sign Zone: Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge. 9.0 BBC News At 9. 10.0 Victoria Derbyshire. 11.0 BBC Newsroom Live. 12.15 Politics Live. 1.0 Get Away For Winter. 1.45 Coast. 2.35 Shelley Winters: Talking Pictures. 3.05 FILM: Yentl (1983) ★★★ 5.15 Flog It!

6.30 BBC Regional News;

7pm

ITV

6am Breakfast. 9.15 Fraud Squad: The Hunt. 10.0 Homes Under The Hammer. 11.0 Wanted Down Under. 11.45 Defenders UK. 12.15 Bargain Hunt. 1.0 BBC News At One; Weather. 1.30 BBC Regional News; Weather. 1.45 Doctors. 2.15 Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators. 3.0 Escape To The Country. 3.45 The Farmers’ Country Showdown. 4.30 Antiques Road Trip. 5.15 Pointless.

6pm

BBC2

✱ CLOSER PICKS

10.0 BBC News At Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S)

10.35 Question Time Fiona

9pm Euroland With Ed, BBC2

7.0 Canada: A Year In The Wild The wildlife of Canada throughout spring. (S) (R)

8.0 The Supervet: Noel Fitzpatrick A dachshund is

8.0 Bargain-Loving Brits In The Sun A crown green

rushed in after being run over by a driver. (S)

bowling team in Saydo are determined to end their losing streak. (S)

9.0 Inside The Crown: Secrets Of The Royals The

✱ 9.0 Barrymore: The

9.0 Police Interceptors Extreme The work of a high-

politics is affecting everyday life in Italy and France. Last in the series. (S)

Queen’s response to personal tragedies and national disasters. (S)

unexplained death of Stuart Lubbock at Michael Barrymore’s home in 2001. (S)

speed police interception unit.

10.0 Mum Jason has

10.0 ITV News (S)

New series. Items kept behind closed doors at the V&A museum in London. (S)

something he needs to say to Cathy. (S) (R)

10.30 Newsnight (S)

Bruce hosts the debate from 11pm Harpenden, St Albans. (S) 11.35 Newscast. 12.10 BBC News.

7.0 News (S)

6.30 5 News Tonight (S)

8.30 Save Money: Lose Weight Ranj Singh explores the return of fibre. (S)

10.30 ITV News London (S) 10.45 The Late Debate News and events at Westminster. (S)

11.15 Win The Wilderness: Alaska. 12.15 Sign Zone: Dom Does America. 1.0 Sign Zone: Trust Me, I’m A Doctor. 1.30 This Is BBC Two.

8pm Secrets Of The Museum, BBC2

11.10 Grantchester. 12.05 Tenable. 12.55 Ideal World. 3.0 How Safe Is Your Vape? Tonight. 3.25 ITV Nightscreen. 5.05 Judge Rinder.

8.30pm Save Money, ITV

Body In The Pool The

10.50 Naked Attraction A model and a veterinary student choose dates. Last in the series. (S) 11.50 Sex Tape. 12.40 The Supervet. 1.40 Baghdad Central. 2.40 Home. 3.10 Come Dine With Me. 4.05 The Great Hotel Escape. 4.55 Grand Designs. 5.50 Countdown.

9pm Barrymore, C4

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10.20 FILM: Creed (2015) ★★★★ The son of a boxer hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. Boxing drama, starring Michael B Jordan. (S) 1.00 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show. 3.0 Access 3.10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 4.0 Get Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink. 4.45 House Doctor. 5.10 House Busters. 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

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6pm Tipping Point. 7.0 MasterChef USA. 8.0 Inside The Ambulance. 9.0 Inside The Ambulance. 10.0 One Born Every Minute. 11.0 Inside The Ambulance. 12midnight One Born Every Minute. 1.0 Dr Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street. 1.50 American Housewife. 2.35 Renovate My Home: Leave It To Bryan. 3.0 Teleshopping.

6pm You’ve Been Framed! Gold. 7.0 You’ve Been Framed! Gold: A-Z! 8.0 Two And A Half Men. 9.0 Love Island. 10.05 Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility. 10.50 Family Guy. 11.50 American Dad! 12.20am American Dad! 12.45 The Cleveland Show. 1.45 Two And A Half Men. 2.35 Hell’s Kitchen. 3.25 ITV2 Nightscreen. 3.30 Teleshopping.

6pm The Big Bang Theory. 7.0 Hollyoaks. 7.30 Celebrity Come Dine With Me. 8.0 Junior Bake Off. 9.0 FILM: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) ★★★★ 11.45 The Big Bang Theory. 12.45am Brooklyn NineNine. 1.45 Gogglebox. 2.50 First Dates. 3.45 The Big Bang Theory. 4.35 How I Met Your Mother.

ITVBE 6pm Masters Of Flip. 7.0 Buying And Selling. 8.0 Dinner Date. 9.0 Don’t Be Tardy. 9.30 Don’t Be Tardy. 10.0 Married To Medicine. Reality series following women connected to the world of medicine in Atlanta. 11.0 The Millionaire Matchmaker. 12midnight The Only Way Is Essex. 12.45 ITVBe Nightscreen. 12.55 Teleshopping.

E! 6pm Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 7.0 Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. 8.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 9.0 Hollywood Medium. 10.0 Botched. 11.0 Nightly Pop. 11.30 Ladygang. 12midnight Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 1.0 Botched. 2.0 Teleshopping. 3.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

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6pm Catfish: Best Of 2019. 7.0 MTV Cribs UK. 7.30 Love Squad. 8.0 Siesta Key. 9.0 Floribama Shore. 10.0 Catfish: The TV Show. 11.0 Just Tattoo Of Us. 12midnight Ridiculousness. 12.30 Ridiculousness. 1.0 Jackass. 1.30 Jackass. 2.0 Jackass. 2.20 Jackass. 2.45 Ridiculousness. 3.10 Ridiculousness. 4.0 Teleshopping.

6pm Say Yes To The Dress. 7.0 Say Yes To The Dress: UK. 8.0 Say Yes To The Dress. 9.0 My 600lb Life: Where Are They Now? 10.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 11.0 Dr Pimple Popper: Supersized. 12midnight Say Yes To The Dress. 1.0 My 600lb Life: Where Are They Now? 2.0 Dr Pimple Popper. 3.0 Dr Pimple Popper: Supersized.

6pm Futurama. 6.30 The Simpsons. 7.0 The Simpsons. 7.30 The Simpsons. 8.0 A League Of Their Own: European Road Trip. 9.0 The Heist. 10.0 The Russell Howard Hour. 11.0 COBRA. 12midnight An Idiot Abroad. 1.0 Brit Cops: Law & Disorder. 2.0 The Force: Manchester. 3.0 NCIS: Los Angeles. 4.0 Futurama. 5.0 Stargate SG-1.

6pm Without A Trace. 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 8.0 Blue Bloods. 9.0 John Adams. Thomas Jefferson and Adams are reunited in France. 10.25 The Deuce. 11.35 The Sopranos. 12.35am The Sopranos. 1.45 Life Itself: Special. 2.0 Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets. 3.10 Without A Trace. 4.0 The West Wing. 5.0 The West Wing.

6pm Nothing To Declare. 7.0 Nothing To Declare. 8.0 Ghost Whisperer. 9.0 The Rookie. 10.0 Madam Secretary. 11.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12midnight CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 1.0 Chicago Med. 2.0 Chicago Fire. 3.0 Chicago PD. 4.0 Road Wars. A high-speed pursuit. 5.0 Brit Cops: Rapid Response.


Friday 7 February BBC1 6am

CHANNEL 5

6am Good Morning Britain. 9.0 Lorraine. 10.0 This Morning. 12.30 Loose Women. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News. 1.55 ITV News London. 2.0 Judge Rinder. 3.0 Tenable. 4.0 Tipping Point. 5.0 The Chase.

6.30am Cheers. 6.55 Cheers. 7.20 The King Of Queens. 7.45 The King Of Queens. 8.10 Everybody Loves Raymond. 8.40 Everybody Loves Raymond. 9.10 Frasier. 9.40 Frasier. 10.10 Undercover Boss USA. 11.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. 12.0 Channel 4 News Summary. 12.05 Sun, Sea And Selling Houses. 1.05 Escape To The Chateau: DIY. 2.10 Countdown. 3.0 A Place In The Sun. 4.0 A New Life In The Sun. 5.0 Couples Come Dine With Me.

6am Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine. 11.15 Paddington Station 24/7. 12.10 5 News At Lunchtime. 12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 1.10 Access. 1.15 Home And Away. 1.45 Neighbours. 2.15 FILM: Love You To Death (2016) ★★★ 4.0 Friends. 4.30 Friends. 5.0 5 News At 5. 5.30 Neighbours.

6.0 BBC News At Six; Weather (S)

6.0 Richard Osman’s House Of Games With Stuart

6.0 ITV News London (S)

6.0 The Simpsons Homer

6.30 ITV Evening News (S)

gets in touch with an old penpal. (S) (R) 6.30 Hollyoaks Edward orders Tony to start working on his marriage. (S) (R)

6.0 Home And Away Justin agrees to a meeting with Tori’s doctors. (S) (R)

Weather (S)

7.0 The One Show Hosted by Alex Jones and Dev Griffin. (S)

7.30 Garden Rescue Charlie Dimmock and the Rich Brothers are in Stoke-on-Trent.

8pm

C4

6.30am Wanted Down Under. 7.15 Antiques Road Trip. 8.0 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals. 9.0 BBC News At 9. 10.0 Victoria Derbyshire. 11.0 BBC Newsroom Live. 12.15 Politics Live. 1.0 Get Away For Winter. 1.45 Coast. 2.50 Shirley MacLaine: Talking Pictures. 3.35 FILM: Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (1955) ★★ 5.15 Flog It!

6.30 BBC Regional News;

7pm

ITV

6am Breakfast. 9.15 Fraud Squad: The Hunt. 10.0 Homes Under The Hammer. 11.0 Wanted Down Under. 11.45 Defenders UK. 12.15 Bargain Hunt. 1.0 BBC News At One; Weather. 1.30 BBC Regional News; Weather. 1.45 Doctors. 2.15 Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators. 3.0 Escape To The Country. 3.45 The Farmers’ Country Showdown. 4.30 Antiques Road Trip. 5.15 Pointless.

6pm

BBC2

(S) (R)

8.0 EastEnders Linda

Maconie and Lou Sanders. (S)

6.30 Great Asian Railway Journeys Michael explores

Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. (S) 7.0 Saving Lives At Sea The work of the volunteers of the RNLI. (S)

7.30 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Adam Henson and Steve Brown compete in the Cotswolds. (S) (R)

8.30 A Question Of Sport With Christine Ohuruogu, Mark Wood and Billy Sharp. (S) 9pm 9.0 Would I Lie To You? With James Acaster, Dani Dyer, Oti Mabuse and Fred Sirieix. (S) 9.30 King Gary Gary organises a day at an indoor mini golf course for Big Gary’s pm 10 birthday. (S)

10.0 BBC News At Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News;

Weather (S)

10.35 The Graham Norton Show With Mark Ruffalo and

8.30 Our Coast New series. A look at four coastlines linked by the Irish Sea, beginning with the Merseyside coast. (S)

9.30 QI Bridget Christie, Joe Lycett and James Acaster tackle questions about “Quantity” and “Quality”. (S)

10.0 Frankie Boyle’s Tour Of Scotland New series. A trek from Aberdeen to Oban. (S)

10.30 Newsnight (S)

David Schwimmer. (S)

7.0 Canada: A Year In The Wild The wildlife of Canada

7.30 Coronation Street The

throughout summer. Last in the series. (S) (R)

7.0 Emmerdale Laurel makes

11.25 RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

10.35pm Graham Norton, BBC1

7.0 News (S)

residents head for Blackpool. (S)

8.30 The Greek Islands With Julia Bradbury Julia explores Rhodes and Symi. (S)

✱ 9.0 Grantchester An

unexpected twist lies in store at a charity boxing match at Vic’s gym. (S)

10.0 ITV News (S) 10.30 ITV News London (S) 10.45 Cold Feet A chance

8.0 Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast Actress

8.0 Secret Scotland With Susan Calman Comedian

Saoirse Ronan joins Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty. (S)

Susan Calman concludes her journey in Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran. Last in the series. (S)

9.0 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Sean Lock and

9.0 Holidaying With Jane McDonald & Friends The

Kevin Bridges take on Jon Richardson and Victoria Coren Mitchell. (S)

singer takes a trip to York. Last in the series. (S)

10.0 The Last Leg A comic review of the significant moments of the past seven days. (S)

10.0 Secrets Of The Ritz: World’s Poshest Hotel The

encounter boosts Pete. (S) (R) 11.05 Front Row Late. 11.45 FILM: Southside With You (2016) ★★★ 1.0 Sign Zone: Cashing In On The Housing Crisis – Panorama. 1.35 Sign Zone: Doctor Who. 2.25 This Is BBC Two.

7.30pm Celeb Come Dine, E4

6.30 5 News Tonight (S)

a decision. (S)

confides her fears to Sharon. (S)

11pm

✱ CLOSER PICKS

11.45 Dancing On Ice. 1.25 Ideal World. 3.0 Who’s Doing The Dishes? 3.50 ITV Nightscreen.

9pm Grantchester, ITV

history of the Ritz in London, and its long connection to the royal family. Last in the series. (S)

11.05 The Big Narstie Show. 12.10 FILM: Last Vegas (2013) ★★★ 2.0 The Simpsons. 2.25 The Simpsons. 2.50 The Simpsons. 3.20 The Simpsons. 3.45 Come Dine With Me. 4.10 Come Dine With Me. 4.35 Come Dine With Me. 5.05 Come Dine With Me. 5.30 Come Dine With Me.

8pm Friday Night Feast, C4

11.05 FILM: Sabotage (2014) ★★ 1.05 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show. 3.05 Access. 3.10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 4.0 GPs: Behind Closed Doors. 4.45 House Doctor. 5.10 House Busters. 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

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6pm Tipping Point. 7.0 MasterChef USA. 8.0 Inside The Ambulance. 9.0 999 Rescue Squad. 10.0 Never Seen A Doctor. 11.0 Inside The Ambulance. 12midnight One Born Every Minute. 1.0 Dr Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street. 1.50 American Housewife. 2.15 American Housewife. 2.35 Renovate My Home: Leave It To Bryan.

6pm You’ve Been Framed! Gold. 8.0 Two And A Half Men. 9.0 Love Island. 10.05 Family Guy. 11.30 American Dad! 12midnight American Dad! 12.30 The Cleveland Show. 12.55 The Cleveland Show. 1.25 Two And A Half Men. 1.55 Two And A Half Men. 2.25 Celebrity Juice: The Sweetest Bits. 3.15 ITV2 Nightscreen. 3.30 Teleshopping.

6pm The Big Bang Theory. 7.0 Hollyoaks. 7.30 Celebrity Come Dine With Me. 8.0 Junior Bake Off. 9.0 Celebrity Gogglebox. 10.0 Gogglebox: Celebrity Special For SU2C. 11.20 Rick And Morty. 11.50 Mr Pickles. 12.05am Robot Chicken. 12.20 Rick And Morty. 12.50 The Big Bang Theory. 1.50 Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 2.40 Gogglebox.

6pm Masters Of Flip. 7.0 Buying And Selling. 8.0 Dinner Date. 9.0 Botched. A woman seeks help to remedy her facial features. 10.0 Botched. A gambler with a serious case of man boobs seeks help. 11.0 Kendra On Top. 11.30 Kendra On Top. 11.55 The Only Way Is Essex. 12.40am ITVBe Nightscreen. 12.55 Teleshopping.

6pm Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 7.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 8.0 Very Cavallari. 9.0 Botched. 10.0 Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. 11.0 Nightly Pop. 11.30 Ladygang. 12midnight Keeping Up With The Kardashians. 1.0 Botched. 2.0 Teleshopping. 3.0 Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

MTV

TLC

SKY ONE

SKY ATLANTIC

SKY LIVING

6pm Catfish: The TV Show. 7.0 MTV Cribs UK: Boxset. 7.30 Love Squad. 8.0 Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant. 9.0 Celebrity Ex On The Beach. 10.0 Just Tattoo Of Us. 11.0 MTV Cribs UK: Boxset. 11.30 MTV Cribs UK: Best Of 2019. 12midnight Ridiculousness. 12.30 Ridiculousness. 1.0 Jackass. 2.45 Ridiculousness. 4.0 Teleshopping.

6pm Say Yes To The Dress. 7.0 Say Yes To The Dress: UK. 8.0 Say Yes To The Dress America. 9.0 Say Yes To The Dress. 10.0 Say Yes To The Dress: 10 Years Of Yes! 12midnight Say Yes To The Dress America. 1.0 Say Yes To The Dress. 2.0 Say Yes To The Dress: 10 Years Of Yes! 4.0 Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta.

6pm Futurama. 6.30 The Simpsons. 8.30 Modern Family. 9.0 COBRA. 10.0 The Late Late Show: Best Of The Week. 11.0 The Russell Howard Hour. 12midnight Avenue 5. 12.30 Micky Flanagan Thinking Aloud. 1.30 Brit Cops: Law & Disorder. 2.30 The Force: Manchester. 3.30 Road Wars. 4.0 Futurama. 5.0 Stargate SG-1.

6pm Without A Trace. 7.0 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 8.0 Blue Bloods. 9.0 Public Enemy. New series. The mystery-thriller returns. 10.10 Public Enemy. The mystery-thriller returns. 11.15 The Outsider. 12.20am Blue Bloods. 1.10 Blue Bloods. 2.0 The New Pope. 3.10 The New Pope. 4.20 The West Wing. 5.10 The West Wing.

6pm Nothing To Declare. 6.30 Nothing To Declare. 7.0 Nothing To Declare. 7.30 Nothing To Declare. 8.0 Chicago Med. 9.0 Chicago Fire. 10.0 Chicago PD. 11.0 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12midnight Criminal Minds. 1.0 Elementary. 2.0 Elementary. 3.0 Ghost Whisperer. 4.0 Road Wars. 5.0 Brit Cops: Rapid Response.


GREAT NIGHT IN ON-DEMAND TV & DVD

Out

this week!

Next In Fashion

AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX OUT JAN 29 We love the super-stylish Alexa Chung, and our favourite British ‘It Girl’ pairing up with Queer Eye’s resident-style-expert Tan France is a team of fashion dreams. The duo host a competition pitching aspiring designers against each other for a prize of $250,000 and the chance to launch a clothing line with Net-a-Porter. We expect sass, drama, tension, and top one-liners – and that’s just from the hosts. Catch us on the sofa, wine glass in hand, cheering on our new fave fashionistas!

The Knock

(JESSIE KEANE)

Pregnant teen Dora finds herself on the streets, then in the grip of a bent copper called Donny. When her daughter Angel is born, Dora is already under the influence of drink and drugs and is handed around to Donny’s mates. Growing up in the shadow of her mother’s abusive relationship, Angel is nothing like her mother – but then matters turn murderous… A brilliant, gritty read from one of our favourite authors.

BEST DAY OUT

Magic Goes Wrong

Downton Abbey – The Movie AVAILABLE ON DVD/BLU-RAY OUT NOW Julian Fellowes’ well-loved TV series, following the lives of British aristocrats and their servants, was a real Sunday-night staple. Last year, the Crawleys and their crew made the leap to the big screen, and the film follows the visit of no one important, really, just two monarchs... The whole cast returns, with Maggie Smith on majestic form and Harry Potter’s Imelda Staunton a brilliant addition, but honestly, our favourite characters are the labradors...

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Treat yourself to an evening of magic and mayhem with Mischief Theatre, the company behind The Play That Goes Wrong. Created with magical legends Penn and Teller, the hilarious Magic Goes Wrong is situated in the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. The production tells the story of a hapless group of magicians who put on a charity fundraiser show, but as the evening goes on, the tricks start to go awry... With guaranteed laughs, brilliant characters, and a heartwarming story, this show will certainly banish those winter blues. For tickets and more info, visit Magicgoeswrong.com

TUNE IN

Louis Tomlinson Walls

With three out of four of the last members of One Direction releasing solo albums, it’s about time we completed the set with Louis’ first solo offering. Our favourite tracks include We Made It and title track Walls. With Louis’ unique vocals, this makes for excellent listening. Out 31 Jan. MAGIC RADIO IS NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS THE UK ON YOUR DAB DIGITAL RADIO FOR MORE INFO VISIT: WWW.MAGIC.CO.UK


REVIEWS

DON’T MISS CINEMA THE CAST Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie TurnerSmith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny THE STORY A couple on a first date have a barney with a brutal police officer, leaving them with no choice but to go on the run. THE VERDICT Likeable leads (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya is fab), a killer soundtrack, gorgeous shots of American countryside, and above all, a hugely powerful message left us gripped by this stylish romance. Some WTF moments let the side down, but the emotional ending packs a real punch. CERT 15, 132 MINS, OPENS 31 JANUARY

Queen & Slim THE CAST Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson THE STORY A cynical journalist tries to dig up dirt on children’s TV presenter Mr Rogers, only to have his life changed by the star. THE VERDICT Beloved actor Tom Hanks plays another darling of American entertainment in this touching tale based on a true story. Don’t worry if you don’t know Mr Rogers, as this is no ordinary biopic, and Hanks’ Oscar-nominated performance will make you fall in love with him by the end. CERT PG, 108 MINS, OPENS 31 JANUARY

WORDS: CAITLIN BUTLER, CHRIS HOTINE, ALYS WEBB, AMY ROWLAND. PHOTOS: GETTY

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AQUARIUS 20 JAN-18 FEB

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On the one hand, now is a good time to get out with friends. One relationship which was in the doldrums might get a boost and feel more stable and secure, as though resentment has been cleared out. On the other hand, alone time will also appeal. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

ARIES 21 MAR-19 APR Don’t worry if you can’t see the wood for the trees at the start of the week. Overall, you’re in a long-term cycle. You should soon start to get a clearer overview of where your life needs to go. Now is the time to step up and be a boss. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

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TAURUS 20 APR-20 MAY It should be good week as your ruling planet Venus harmonises. Especially promising are holidays, adventure, study, friendship, dreams, networks, publishing, and The Great Cosmic Quest. Work hard towards your 2020 professional goals (or make some!) Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

GEMINI

21 MAY-20 JUN

Don’t get too excited, as serious and tedious Saturn is involved, but there could be an upturn in your finances this week – or at least, an idea which could make you your fortune or lead you to financial security. Hard work is still required, though! Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

CANCER

21 JUN-22 JUL

Hallelujah! This week brings great love juju. With your chaotic Love Zone right now, you don’t just need it – you deserve it. So this week, be nice to your love and even to your ex, plus any professional partners you need to keep things sweet with. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club moonmessages.com/moonlite

LEO

23 JUL-22 AUG

Hopefully you can already feel you’re in a whole new cycle when it comes to your love life, whether you’re happy single or if you’re making it nicer with your partner. This week, look at how your daily routines affect your love life. Sort them out! Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

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VIRGO 23 AUG-22 SEP How’s your love life? You’ve had pretty good stars in this area for a while. Are you making the most of them? This week, you have great romance vibes again, so put them to good use. Ask out someone you fancy, have a flirt, or get close with your significant other. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

LIBRA

23 SEP-22 OCT

This week should pan out well for you. Your ruling planet Venus has harmonious links with solid, secure Saturn and transformational Pluto. This cycle is all about healing your relationships, so move past hurts and start again. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

SCORPIO 23 OCT-21 NOV Your life may have been up and down lately, thanks to chaotic Uranus in your opposite sign. The good news? This week brings some steadier, down-to-Earth energies. Home, romance, creative projects and issues with kids should settle a bit. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

SAGITTARIUS 22 NOV-21 DEC If money is on your mind, you have excellent and supportive stars this week. Think about which bad money habits you need to change and what you can do to build a more secure financial future. Break it down into a proper plan. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

CAPRICORN

22 DEC-19 JAN

The skies are harmonious this week, and you’ll be pleased to hear a lot of it is hitting your sign. Best case scenario will see the coming seven days showing you how far you’ve come, and will help you to sort a toxic situation which has been festering for too long. Get your invitation to join the life-changing (free) Moon Lite Club at moonmessages.com/moonlite

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