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Jeremy Kyle Show guest told researcher ‘I wish I was dead’

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Steve Dymond had been “growing concerned about the repercussions of the show”, a previous hearing was told

A man who was found dead after taking a lie-detector test on the Jeremy Kyle Show had told a researcher “I wish I was dead”, an inquest has heard.

Steven Dymond, 63, was discovered at his home in Portsmouth on 9 May about a week after recording the ITV programme.

Police have previously told the coroner the death was a suspected suicide.

A lawyer representing Mr Dymond’s family told a pre-inquest review he had stopped taking anti-depressants in order to take the show’s polygraph.

The court was told Mr Dymond was asked questions on the show, which has never been broadcast, about his relationship with on-off fiancee Jane Callaghan.

Barrister Caoilfhionn Gallagher said the construction worker was “exceptionally vulnerable” when he took part in the recording on 2 May.

“After his cruel shaming he did not get the appropriate support from the aftercare team,” she told the court.

Ms Gallagher said there was a “very short” 72-hour period between it being suggested Mr Dymond appeared on the show and the actual filming

She said: “For a decision so potentially life-changing, there is no equivalent. There is no cooling off. You are jumped on very quickly.”

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The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled in May following Mr Dymond’s death

Ms Gallagher said that following the recording, Mr Dymond was “put in a homeward-bound taxi within two hours of telling a researcher that he was really upset and that ‘life was nothing without Jane’ and said ‘I wish I was dead’, or words to that effect”.

There was no evidence that Mr Dymond was given welfare checks by any qualified mental health staff, she added.

“We presume this was left to a medically unqualified researcher,” she said.

She added that the family has now requested internal ITV interview notes from Jeremy Kyle, the assistant producer, a researcher and the aftercare and polygraph teams.

Simon Antrobus, representing ITV, told the inquest that Mr Dymond had seen the aftercare team.

He said the unedited recording of the show would be provided, after the court heard earlier that ITV had not let the family see any material from the show.

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Mr Dymond had been asked on the programme about his relationship with on-off fiancee Jane Callaghan

It was also heard the family have been denied legal aid towards his inquest.

Merry Varney, a solicitor from law firm Leigh Day, which is acting for the family unpaid, said the Legal Aid Agency had wrongly asserted that a parliamentary inquiry into reality TV would look at the death of Mr Dymond.

Mr Dymond’s family have appealed against the Legal Aid Agency’s decision and are awaiting a response, despite a request for a quick reply, it was heard.

The MP leading the inquiry into reality TV had claimed the Jeremy Kyle Show producers treated guests like criminal suspects. The programme was permanently axed after Mr Dymond’s death.

A previous hearing at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court was told empty morphine packets were found next to Mr Dymond’s body after he had been “growing concerned about the repercussions of the show”.

The full inquest is scheduled to begin on 27 April 2020.



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Beverly Hills Cop 4 moves to Netflix with Eddie Murphy

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Murphy has played Axel Foley three times for three different directors

Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as wisecracking detective Axel Foley in a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film, to be produced by Netflix.

Paramount had planned to produce Beverly Hills Cop 4, but the studio dropped the project in 2016 and has now sold the rights to the streaming giant.

Murphy first played Foley in 1984 and played him again in 1987 and 1994.

The 58-year-old received rave reviews this year for his role in the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name.

The original Beverly Hills Cop saw maverick Detroit detective Foley travel to Los Angeles to investigate a friend’s murder.

Harold Faltermeyer’s theme for the film was a top 10 hit in 1985 and became a hit again 20 years later when it was covered by Crazy Frog.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first two films, will also be in charge of the new project, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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YouTube star Nikki Lilly to be given BAFTA Special Award

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YouTube star and charity campaigner, Nikki Lilly, 15, will soon become the youngest ever recipient of the BAFTA Special Award.

Nikki will be honoured for her work in raising awareness of social isues, and being a positive influence on young people through her honest vlog posts about life, music and make-up.

Nikki Lilly has AVM – or arteriovenous malformation. It is a very rare medical condition which causes arteries and veins in her face to swell, sometimes causing life-threatening nose bleeds.



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Emilia Clarke and Emma Thompson on Last Christmas and reading reviews

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Clarke with a less controversial coffee cup than the one she appeared with in Game of Thrones

One thing we definitely aren’t going to do in this article is give away any spoilers about Last Christmas. Apart from anything else, we’re quite scared of Dame Emma Thompson.

“The correct spoiler etiquette is: don’t spoil it!” the actress and writer tells BBC News after a week of critics’ reviews that have revealed the ending.

“It’s easy isn’t it? It’s like ‘don’t punch strangers’. Just don’t spoil it. Easy. Easy rule. Not complex.”

Luckily, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who plays the lead character Kate in the movie, has plenty of experience in keeping plot lines secret.

“I’ve never done a job that didn’t involve a spoiler,” she points out. “Literally, there is no job I’ve done. And some of them are bigger than others. But with this particular twist, there are ways about talking about our characters and the premise without going anywhere near it.”

One thing that definitely isn’t a secret is that the movie is based on the music of George Michael. His (and Wham’s) best-known songs make up the soundtrack, and in a few cases are sung by the characters.

Arguably, the most recent Christmas-themed movie to have become an annual audience favourite is 2003’s Love Actually – which also starred Dame Emma. But she says trying to make the next great festive film “wasn’t her prime motivation” for co-writing Last Christmas.

“Love Actually, of course, was made by one of my best mates,” she says, referring to writer-director Richard Curtis. “And I’m so happy that people are still fond of it. So we certainly weren’t thinking we were in competition with anything. I just wanted to try to make a good film, which has Christmas in it. And a bit of love, a bit of drama, and just everything we could throw at it.”

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George Michael died on Christmas Day 2016 at his home in Oxfordshire

Some reviews so far have been positive. The Mirror gave it five stars, while The Wrap said it “provides enough of a warm, fuzzy glow to light up a bleak midwinter”.

It’s fair to say, however, that many critics have been less enthusiastic.

“Last Christmas is the worst festive film I have ever seen,” wrote Dan Wootton in The Sun. “It’s a woke, remoaning, overly politically correct mess of a movie that manages to suck every inch of fun, joy and togetherness out of the season where we should be jolly.”

‘We couldn’t avoid Brexit’

His comments refer to the film’s Brexit references, along with fact the central family are immigrants. Dame Emma’s character (Kate’s mother) comments that the EU referendum result makes her feel unwelcome, while one scene on a London bus shows someone telling off passengers who aren’t speaking English.

But Dame Emma argues: “I think [the political references] are very lightly brushed in. Because our main character is the daughter of immigrants, it would be very difficult to tell this story without mentioning, at least, the fear that people have who are immigrants with Brexit.

“Because it’s set in a very particular time as well, it’s set in 2016, we couldn’t avoid it. Having it not there would’ve been slightly psychotic. And I think what’s more important about what’s under the fun of the movie is a message about kindness.”

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As well as co-writing the film, Dame Emma Thompson plays Kate’s mother

Clarke has her own policy when it comes to reading reviews. “I don’t look at them at all. It’s partly drama school training, and then you do a bit of theatre, and it’s just not helpful,” she says.

“The way I see it, right, is that I stopped Googling myself within a year of Game of Thrones happening. Because I was like, ‘I don’t need to know what people think about the size of my bottom, thank you so much.’

“And then when you stop Googling yourself, you then stop reading reviews. If someone says something really good, if you get a 15 million-star review, someone will tell you, and if you get a ‘one-star coal in the rectum’, someone’s going to tell you!” She laughs while glaring at her co-star Henry Golding.

(She’s referring to the rather graphic way Rolling Stone described the experience of watching the film, which Clarke says Golding drew to her attention “right before we stepped on live TV!”)

George Michael’s ‘poetry’

Last Christmas is the latest in a string of movies that have been based on the back catalogues of a particular musical act. Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John have all had the Hollywood treatment recently. “Maybe Mamma Mia put that idea on the map,” Dame Emma says.

Golding, who is best known for starring in Crazy Rich Asians, says the benefit of such films is that they “spark joy, memory, nostalgia”.

“Especially with Freddie Mercury and Elton John,” he continues. “It’s music we all grew up with, and to see what was actually happening, a glimpse of their biography, it kind of invigorates us, and makes us fall in love with that artist over and over again.

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Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding stars in Last Christmas alongside Clarke

“And hopefully that’s what happens with George, and a broader market gets to listen to George for the first time, which I think is going to happen.”

Dame Emma met Michael before his death in 2016. The singer gave the movie is blessing, and his family and management have been involved in the production since, even gifting a previously unheard recording to the soundtrack.

“The songs just kind of slid in naturally,” Dame Emma says. “I didn’t realise how his poetry describes so much of the acts of self-care and kindness that this film really speaks about.”

The fact that Dame Emma, along with husband Greg Wise, co-wrote the film’s screenplay meant she could personally monitor how the movie was taking shape.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who both wrote and starred in Fleabag, was known for rewriting scenes while shooting. Was that a luxury Dame Emma enjoyed as well?

“Deffo. Absolutely,” she says. “You go, ‘Oh I don’t think that’s quite right’. Or, ‘That could be funnier’. And then we make stuff up as we go. We riff a bit. So yes, it’s useful to be on set, because if someone says, ‘Oh that doesn’t really work’, you can think about something else.”

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A disposable coffee cup appeared on the table next to Clarke in Game of Thrones

This is our first interview with Dame Emma since she personally phoned the manager of Mayfair restaurant Brown’s to ask them to reinstate a waiter who was sacked for asking for a selfie with her. Has she heard whether he eventually got his job back?

“Oh yes, of course he did!” she replies. “Taking a selfie is not a sacking offence. I mean, well done Brown’s for bringing it up. But the selfie thing is something we all need to talk about and think about a little bit, face-to-face.”

Coffee cup culprit

We also have one final question for Clarke before we go, regarding the Game of Thrones coffee cup saga, which has been rumbling on for several months.

After the continuity error in the eighth season, Clarke revealed her co-star Conleth Hill had privately confessed he was the one responsible for leaving it in shot.

The day before our interview, however, he jokingly told Sunday Brunch that his guilt could not be proved.

“THAT LITTLE CHEEKY… NO!” Clarke explodes while we’re only a few words into the question. “STOP! I’m not having it!”

He has, we try to continue through the laughter, playfully threatened legal action against Clarke for dobbing him in. Has she heard from his lawyer?

“No I haven’t heard from his lawyer, he’s going to hear from mine in a minute though!” she laughs.

And with that, we wrap up, wishing Clarke and Golding well with that evening’s premiere.

“Thank you,” Clarke smiles, before adding: “Let us know if Rolling Stone are going to be there…”

Last Christmas is released on Friday.

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