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Duke of York

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The Duke of York has answered questions about his links to Jeffrey Epstein for the first time, in a BBC interview. 

He spoke to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis in an interview recorded at Buckingham Palace yesterday. 

Maitlis said it was a "no holds barred interview", which will be broadcast on BBC Two at 21:00 on Saturday. 

The duke faces serious claims over his ties to the 66-year-old US financier, who took his own life while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. 

In 2015, Prince Andrew was named in court papers as part of a US civil case against Epstein.

One of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Roberts - now Virginia Giuffre - said she was forced to have sex with the duke three times between 1999 and 2002, in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein. 

At the time she was under-age according to Florida state's law. 

15 November 2019

Iain Lee – I’m A Celebrity 

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Former I’m A Celebrity… contestant Iain Lee says the aftercare for celebrities who have been on the TV show is “inadequate”. 

The DJ appeared on the 2017 series of the show, which begins again on Sunday night, and has spoken about his depression. 

His comments come after shows like Love Island increased the mental health care they offer contestants. 

Lee told the Press Association: “The mental health care that you get before you go in is probably inadequate (and) when you come out it is definitely inadequate."

The broadcaster, 46, said not getting enough sleep, along with I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’s gruelling challenges and lack of food, was “torture”. 

Lee, who has spoken of his own depression, wants the Government to recognise sleep as a fundamental human right. 

He said of appearing on the show: “Sleep there was a nightmare. I’m a 6ft 4in man and for the most of it they put me in a hammock…. 

“You’d get to bed late at night if you were doing a midnight challenge… and then they’d wake you up ridiculously early to do the live show with Ant and Dec. You’d always have to look busy.” 

He said a lack of sleep made the celebrities “ratty, miserable and upset”.

Lee, who is working with Eve Sleep on a campaign to highlight social and environmental factors which impact on sleep, said: “I get that that’s part of the show… but not having sleep is dangerous. It’s a form of torture… 

“I’m not complaining about the jungle. I had a great time. It turned my career around, I loved it but let (this year’s contestants) Kate Garraway and Ian Wright have a decent night’s sleep.” 

The DJ said of the show’s aftercare: “There certainly could have been more help.” 

“I think they paid for a couple of sessions to see my psychiatrist which I would have seen anyway and I had a phone call asking if I’d like to come in and I said I didn’t want to go in and that was that… 

“Meanwhile I’m going off the rails and going nuts. Not as a direct result of the jungle but immediately after the jungle I went a little bit nuts.”

15 November 2019

Summer Wine Actress Dies

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Jean Fergusson, who played Marina in Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 74.

Fergusson played the opinionated Marina in 216 episodes of the show from 1985.

She also appeared several times in ITV soap Coronation Street, most recently playing the part of Dorothy Hoyle until 2011.

She also had a theatre career and was nominated for an Olivier award in 1998 for playing British comic, actress and music hall performer Hylda Baker.

The actress's death comes after that of her former Last of the Summer Wine colleague Juliette Kaplan in October.

Jean Fergusson was born on 30 December 1944, and grew up in the village of Woolley near Wakefield.

15 November 2019 


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