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19/05/2019 09:29:31  

The actor on playing a factory owner in Rutherford and Son, shyness, and Peter Mannion’s take on Brexit

Roger Allam is a distinguished English actor whose stage work has ranged from Inspector Javert in the original London production of Les Misérables to Adolf Hitler in David Edgar’s Albert Speer. His TV roles include Peter Mannion MP in The Thick of It and DCI Thursday in ITV’s Endeavour. He is now starring in the National Theatre’s production of Githa Sowerby’s overlooked 1912 classic, Rutherford and Son.

Is director Polly Findlay right to say that Githa Sowerby merits a place alongside Ibsen and Shaw?
Yes, I think she is. I can’t think of another play as good from that period. It takes a very cold, hard stare at the patriarchy, capitalism, industrialisation and the relations between men and women, families. It’s extremely challenging and very strong stuff. It was a huge hit in its time but then languished for almost a century. It is certainly time that it was done again.

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18/05/2019 16:29:20  

Gambits like BritBox may not save the broadcaster in a market dominated by Netflix and other tech interlopers

As ITV became embroiled in the scandal over the death of a Jeremy Kyle Show participant last week, its top brass moved quickly to purchase £200,000 of stock in the troubled broadcaster. The move by chief executive Carolyn McCall, chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette and finance chief Chris Kennedy came as ITV faces a battle to regain the faith of investors after shares fell to a six-year low.

But despite the potential severity of the scandal – following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon – investors are still most concerned about fundamental commercial off-screen issues. Blame has been laid on advertisers pulling out of TV campaigns citing Brexit uncertainty. However, by the referendum in June 2016, ITV’s stock market value had already almost halved – to £6.5bn, from more than £11bn the previous year.

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16/05/2019 12:24:52  

ITV's decision to axe the show comes after 14 years of big ratings and controversial moments.
16/05/2019 11:29:12  

People like us rarely get to see ourselves on TV. At least Kyle’s guests were real, even if the setting was awful

When news broke that The Jeremy Kyle show had been indefinitely suspended following the death of a guest, I would have loved to have felt righteous joy. Indeed, the overwhelming response I saw went along the lines of “good, it was only ever a means for normal people to laugh at poor people”. While the announcement of the cancellation of ITV’s daytime staple no doubt marks the end of an unsavoury 14-year chapter in British television history, I feel somewhat conflicted.

Related: ITV axes Jeremy Kyle Show after death of participant

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16/05/2019 09:24:49  

The presenter is 'devastated' following the death of a guest on his ITV show, which has now been cancelled.
16/05/2019 07:29:40  

If this abuse were aimed at any other section of the community it would be classed as hate crime, says Dr Mick Wilkinson. And Joyce Hawthorn asks what of the children who appear

The death of a “guest” on the Jeremy Kyle Show (Jeremy Kyle Show suspended for its own protection, says boss of ITV, 15 May) should be seen in the context of an increasing tendency towards nastiness and vilification in public and media discourse aimed against working-class communities. Eight years on from the publication of Owen Jones’s Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, poverty porn continues apace across a mainstream media dominated by public school elites. Benefits Britain, Benefits By the Sea, Saints and Scroungers, a ubiquitous Sun Bingo advert, a privately educated “comedian” portraying Vicky Pollard – “your common-or-garden teenage delinquent, the sort you can see hanging around any number of off-licences in Britain” as the BBC’s website presents her. It is not accidental that this tidal wave of negative caricature and stereotype dovetails with tabloid campaigns against “benefit cheats” and “bogus claimants”, and a government onslaught on welfare rights. If this abuse were aimed at any other section of the community it would be classed as hate crime.
Dr Mick Wilkinson
Lecturer in social justice, University of Hull

• As part of ITV’s review of the impact of the Jeremy Kyle Show on those participating, it is to be hoped that the effect on the children involved is also considered. It is a breach of any child’s basic human right to anonymity to have their personal details shared with the million viewers who watched the programme daily. While usually babies, the detail of their circumstances will undoubtedly be well remembered within their own communities. It is appalling that this level of public shaming has been allowed for as long as it has by ITV in the name of entertainment.
Joyce Hawthorn
Kendal, Cumbria

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15/05/2019 20:28:59  

Questions over broadcasters’ responsibilities towards those who appear on shows

The cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show has left ITV in the middle of one of the biggest British broadcasting scandals in recent years, with the company facing a parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of reality TV guests and the risk of the issue damaging next month’s return of the highly-profitable Love Island franchise.

It also raises questions about the extent to which a broadcaster can be held responsible for the actions of individuals who voluntarily chose to appear on programmes. ITV insiders and those at other production companies are now pondering whether it is possible to create the drama necessary for compelling reality TV without damaging the individuals who provide the raw material.

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15/05/2019 18:28:50  

Boundaries of taste change over time, but that doesn’t excuse broadcasters from a duty of care to people who appear on screen

The availability of an audience is not, in itself, justification for putting on a spectacle. There are things people would be quite prepared to watch that are illegal to display. There are many more things that the law does not prohibit, but that broadcasters choose not to show. The Jeremy Kyle Show has now joined that number, cancelled by ITV after the death of a participant in the programme. It is the right decision, taken tragically too late.

The 14-year-old show has attracted controversy before. In 2007, a judge described it as “human bear-baiting” in the trial of a man convicted of assault on set. The programme’s producers have subsequently faced many accusations of neglect, manipulation and dereliction of duty towards the people invited to share the most intimate aspects of their private lives with a million-strong daytime audience. Repeats and viral YouTube segments significantly increase the exposure. A vulnerable person can have their life defined – some say ruined – by a single moment of bad behaviour.

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15/05/2019 16:24:49  

Some former guests on The Jeremy Kyle Show, which has been axed by ITV, talk about what it was like.
15/05/2019 15:29:29  

ITV faces particular scrutiny over treatment of Love Island and Jeremy Kyle participants

ITV’s treatment of reality show contestants will be scrutinised by parliament following the death of former guests on The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island, a decision that could have major commercial implications for the broadcaster.

Damian Collins MP said the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, which he chairs, would launch a formal inquiry into the British reality TV programme industry. ITV executives are expected to be called to parliament to give evidence in public hearings on the level of aftercare and mental health support offered to participants.

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15/05/2019 11:29:15  

I hated my job, scouring deprived areas for guests and whipping up their anger, and handed in my notice. It shouldn’t have taken a death for the show to get axed.

I ended up working on Trisha by accident. The show’s producers contacted my university looking for graduates, and I was offered an interview. It was an amazing opportunity to break into television – I couldn’t believe my luck. My wide-eyed enthusiasm clouded my vision from the awful reality of what was to come. (I worked on the show after it switched from ITV to Channel 5, from 2005 to 2006).

Alarm bells should have rung during “training week”, when I was paired up with a colleague for some role play. I had to imagine she was 23st, and persuade her to wear a bikini on the show. A few months later, I put this training to practical use when I succeeded in convincing a real-life plus-sized woman to do this. She walked on stage to ridicule. I was told I was great at my job.

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15/05/2019 09:28:42  

Broadcaster decides to ditch programme permanently after death of guest Steve Dymond

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed permanently by ITV after a participant died following an appearance on the show.

Steve Dymond was found dead last week after failing a lie-detector test on the long-running daytime programme, prompting the show to be taken off air on Monday.

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15/05/2019 09:25:29  
15/05/2019 09:24:42  

The programme has been permanently cancelled after the death of a guest who took part in the show.
15/05/2019 06:24:45  

Steven Dymond was found dead after appearing on the ITV programme and taking a lie detector test.
14/05/2019 14:24:36  

The actor has been dropped as a patron of Born Free after riding a captive elephant for an ITV show.
14/05/2019 09:29:36  

Broadcaster under pressure to drop show after death of guest who failed lie-detector test

ITV has been urged to permanently pull the Jeremy Kyle Show after a guest who failed a lie-detector test on the programme killed himself.

The talkshow was suspended indefinitely by the broadcaster after a guest, named by the Sun as 63-year-old Steve Dymond, died a week after filming.

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14/05/2019 09:24:33  

Charles Walker says the death of a guest on the show is "a watershed moment".
13/05/2019 13:29:01  

He was a pioneer of the combative interview – and he will be remembered as the man who helped topple Thatcher

Brian Walden was as pioneering and influential a figure in political broadcasting as David Attenborough in natural history television.

That Walden was less treasured by and familiar to the general public is due to there being less popular interest in Westminster than wildlife. His profile was also further lowered by the decision, very unusual among big TV beasts, to voluntarily walk away from his ITV political talk show Weekend World, in 1986, aged just 54.

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13/05/2019 10:29:31  

ITV says filming halted after participant dies a week after recording episode

ITV has suspended filming and broadcasts of The Jeremy Kyle Show after the death of a guest who appeared on the programme.

The broadcaster said it would not screen the episode in which the person took part.

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13/05/2019 10:24:23  

ITV is conducting a review into the episode and everyone at the show is "shocked and saddened".
12/05/2019 14:28:54  

Presenter of ITV’s Weekend World was known for his robust political interviews

Brian Walden, the former Labour MP who became best known for presenting the ITV programme Weekend World, has died aged 86, his family and friends have announced.

Walden died on Thursday at his home in Guernsey from complications connected to emphysema, according to an announcement made by former broadcasting colleagues on behalf of his widow, Hazel.

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11/05/2019 17:28:29  

Demonstrators say Brexit and austerity have increased support for leaving the UK

Thousands have demonstrated in Cardiff to call for an independent Wales in what organisers said was the first such march in Welsh history.

Some protesters said they had been lifelong supporters of independence, while others said they were converted by Brexit and austerity. A recent poll for ITV Wales showed that 12% of people support self-government.

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08/05/2019 15:28:53  

International arm of China’s state-run CCTV allegedly aired confession forced from Briton

The UK broadcasting regulator has launched a formal investigation into an allegation that China Global Television Network (CGTN), the international news channel of China Central Television (CCTV), aired a confession forced from a British private investigator while imprisoned in China.

Ofcom said it would investigate whether CGTN, which was launched as CCTV’s new international brand in 2016, had broken the UK broadcasting code. In the UK, CGTN airs on platforms including Sky and Freesat, the free-to-air satellite joint venture run by ITV and the BBC. If found in breach of the code, Ofcom has the power to deliver sanctions ranging from on-air apologies to substantial fines and, in the most serious cases, revoking UK broadcast licences.

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06/05/2019 14:27:27  

The London Resort gains Thunderbirds but loses Star Trek as partners walk away

Last week it was a case of Thunderbirds are go for Britain’s answer to Disneyland, as ITV struck a deal for the famous kids’ show to be turned into an attraction at a £5bn theme park. But the backers of the London Resort, planned for a peninsula in north Kent, are struggling with film and TV partners walking away and increasing disillusioned locals.

In signing the ITV deal Steve Norris, the former transport minister who chairs the park’s developer London Resort Company Holdings, promised the broadcaster it was going on an “epic journey”. It already has been.

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