Fiona Phillips recalls ‘nasty’ comments after battle on ‘death’s door’ with coronavirus

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Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips, 59, has looked back on the time where she was faced with “nasty” comments on Twitter while she was fighting coronavirus. The TV star admitted she felt she was on “death’s door” at the time.

They think you’re on death’s door.

Fiona Phillips

Fiona previously described the symptoms she had experienced, including being covered in a “whole-body-sized cloak of sweat”.

Now the star has discussed the difficult time she had online and recalled how she had to remove herself from the hate she was receiving while fighting for her life.

The presenter reflected in an interview with The Mirror: “I came off Twitter altogether because even when they think you’re on death’s door, there are still people making nasty comments about you.”

It comes after the TV star wrote about her first symptoms of the virus which kept her awake all night in her column for The Mirror.


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The journalist detailed: “Having come bearing gifts such as a fiery sore throat, high temperature/fever, shortness of breath, annoying dry cough, aches, pains, lethargy and a whole-body-sized cloak of sweat – nice – I’ll be doing my best to make sure [COVID-19] doesn’t stay too long either.”

Fiona went on to reveal what the “first sign” was when she had contracted the bug.

The star continued: “The first sign of the nasty bug’s generosity was about a week ago, in the form of a horrible, sort of scratchy gut pain that made me feel full, from my throat, right down through my whole digestive system.

“It kept me awake all night – it was as if a witch had shoved her twiggy broom up into my alimentary canal and on into my throat, left it there and had then intermittently twisted it.”

Meanwhile, the former Loose Women presenter first announced she was “in bed” with coronavirus on March 20 on her Twitter page.

Fiona informed her 36,000 Twitter followers earlier this year by revealing: “I am in bed with #coronvirusuk.

“It’s not a very pleasant bedfellow, but nothing more than a sore throat, dry cough, headache & tiredness,” she shared.

“As long as it stays that way….DON’T panic!,” to which This Morning star Eamonn Holmes tweeted: “Get well soon Miss Fiona.”

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“Keep us posted,” he told the TV favourite.

Elsewhere, the GMTV sensation, who has now recovered from COVID-19, recently expressed her thoughts over social distancing and claimed it has brought out the worst in people.

Fiona claimed: “We’re seeing the very best in human nature, but also the worst.

“I’m social distancing but some people make a real thing out of it – all holier than thou, tutting and barking ‘two metres’ if you’re both crossing a narrow bridge,” she added.


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“And as for those selfish people [stockpiling] at the start of the supermarkets? That was depressing.”

Fiona is best known for working with GMTV from 1993 until presenting her final show in 2008.

The ITV favourite was also a regular panellist on Loose Women in 2002 and returned as a guest anchor in 2009 and 2010.

Fiona currently writes her opinion column for The Mirror and is New! Magazine’s agony aunt.

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Mike Bushell: ‘Not the first time’ BBC Breakfast star reacts to ‘previous life’ remark

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After one Twitter user revealed how their son compared the BBC Breakfast host Mike Bushell, 54, to President John F. Kennedy, while watching NASA’s SpaceX launch last night, the presenter revealed how it hasn’t been “the first time” it has happened. The Strictly Come Dancing star spoke out about his “previous life” on Twitter.

Ha ha not the first time.

Mike Bushell

History was made last night after NASA launched from Kennedy Space Centre on the SpaceX for the first time in nine years.

While the nation was watching the launch online, one of Mike’s followers told him how their son compared him to President John F. Kennedy.

This comes after one person wrote to the BBC host: “@mikebreakfast we are watching the @nasa Launch, where it showed a clip of President Kennedy…

“My 8 year old son just said, ‘I didn’t know Mike Bushell off BBC news and strictly used to be President.'”


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Once Mike noticed the remark, the star opened up today about how the same comparison has happened many times before.

The journalist wrote in response: “Ha ha in my previous life.

“Ha ha not the first time and hi to your 8 year old.”

This comes shortly after the Strictly star opened up today on his wedding anniversary with wife Emily Bushell sharing how “very lucky” he is to have her by his side.

It came after one of his friends shared a picture of himself, Mike and Emily today and penned: “Happy anniversary to @mikebreakfast and @emilybushell80 – two of the nicest people on the planet! Have a great day!”

Mike shared the post onto his page and expressed his thoughts to his 57,000 Twitter followers by writing: “Thanks so much, Rob.

“I am very lucky. Can’t believe it was a year to the day,” he continued. “Sorry we missed your quiz today.”

Another also proceeded to send their best wishes to the couple on their special day by adding: “Happy anniversary to you & Mrs B.

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“I hope you spoiled & took her out for a slap up meal at Mrs Miggins Pie Shop, well rain check on that for after lockdown.”

Elsewhere, Mike, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2019 alongside professional dancer Katya Jones, 30, addressed one moment where the dancer came to his rescue.

The BBC sensation explained how Katya helped fix his posture through their intense training sessions while on the show.

Speaking about Strictly, Mike previously admitted: “Yes [Katya helped my posture].


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“People keep commenting on that or saying that their wives or partners have been on at them to try to improve their posture.”

He went on to confess: “It makes such a difference once you engage that muscle in the back and clench it.

“You feel taller and it has so many benefits.

“My mum has nagged me for years not to slouch and she can’t believe she no longer has to.”

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Outlander: ‘I really don’t want to’ Sam Heughan speaks on annoying co-star

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Sam and Caitriona have played opposite one another as lovers Claire and Jamie Fraser for five seasons with fans of the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon falling in love with the couple. Behind-the-scenes, the pair are good friends but Sam has admitted he sometimes “winds up” his co-star.

When asked about what gets Caitriona annoyed with him, Sam revealed: “She is amazing as you know.

“She is such a wonderful woman and intelligent and creative and I am very, very lucky to call her a good friend as well and actually more than anything, she is a good friend.”

However he added: “She forces me sometimes to socialse when I really don’t want to.

“She’s a social animal. It’s wonderful to be part of and always welcomed into her world as well.


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“We know how to wind each other up. We have a shorthand when working and we know just how each other is going to play things. I am sure I wind her up all the time.

“Probably I am quite relaxed sometimes and I let things go.

“She is very strong and likes to get things done. That probably winds her up.

“I shouldn’t say it, but I know when she is p**sed off. She has a little foot tap that she does.


“So if you see her tap her foot, I am like here we go. I can see it. It’s great.”

Sam went on to reveal to GMA News Online that he often leaves fans “disappointed” when he meets them as he doesn’t look exactly like his character.

He explained: “Actually it’s funny, people because of my accent as well, I don’t have a strong accent.

“People are slightly disappointed. I am not a ginger and yeah, I mean, it’s funny.

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“I still get recognised. People still do recognise you but yeah, I guess it’s just playing other characters as well. You get to change your image and that’s fun.

“But I probably will always have Jamie Fraser with me at some point, even when the show is over.”

Sam should currently be preparing to film the next season of the Starz drama however production has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fans of the series are now expecting a long Droughtlander ahead of them as they wait to find out what the future holds for their beloved Claire and Jamie.


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Ahead of the final episode of season five, Sam shared the devastating news with fans.

In a Q&A with W Network, he was asked: “@w_network @SamHeughan Any idea as to when season 6 will begin production?”

Sam replied: “We were supposed to start this week. We have scheduled for Fall. Will just have to see…”

Could fans expect to see a split season later in the year as the cast and crew try to get the show out as soon as possible?

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Piers Morgan: Ruth Langsford drops bombshell with confession about ITV colleague

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Piers Morgan, 55, is one of ITV’s biggest stars and although he has been taking a break from his usual role on GMB this week, it hasn’t stopped him becoming the centre of attention. On today’s edition of This Morning, the journalist became the focus of discussion as Ruth Langsford, 60, opened up about her thoughts on the broadcaster. Since the moment aired, the presenter has since taken to social media to respond to the admission and couldn’t help but tease Eamonn Holmes, 60, over the bombshell revelation.

Ruth and her husband were joined on the programme by comedian Alan Carr, 43, ahead of his Epic Gameshow starting tomorrow night on the same channel.

To get into the spirit of things, the hosting duo took part in one of the challenges which contestants will participate in during the series.

The Chatty Man told Eamonn and his wife they couldn’t answer his questions with “Yes” or “No” but could respond by any other means.

As the segment commenced, one of the first questions put to the Loose Women panellist was whether she was married to Piers.

By replying, the presenter made a bombshell confession as she said sitting next to her husband: “I would like to be.”


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Graydon Carter: Who is Graydon Carter? Meet the former Vanity Fair editor

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Netflix has released its controversial new documentary series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich which sheds further light on the convicted sex offender. The programme comes nearly a year after Epstein was found dead in his cell in a New York prison. Along with testimony from Epstein’s accusers, Filthy Rich also analyses the allegations and rumours of child sex abuse and trafficking which dogged him during his life.

Episode one of Filthy Rich concentrated on how former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter published a piece in 2003 about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

However, this piece didn’t include any details of the allegations facing former Wall Street worker Epstein. It wasn’t until 2008 Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges involving a minor in Florida, which saw him broker a plea deal and serving out a 13-month work release programme.

The author of the article and investigative journalist Vicky Ward spoke to documentary-makers about how she was asked by the magazine to write a piece about the elusive Jeffrey Epstein. But the story Ward uncovered was unlike anything the profile she’d set out to write.

Carter wholly disputes writer Vicky Ward’s version of events.


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Ward said: “I’d heard about Jeffrey Epstein actually, long before I was asked to write about him because he was known as this sort of Gatsby-like figure of mystery in New York.

“He was this very wealthy guy, very good-looking and people knew that he had made a lot of money but they didn’t know how. It was supposed to be a society piece. It wasn’t supposed to be anything more than that.”

Ward said: “But right away there was a red flag. One of my sources said, ‘I know a woman who had a very unpleasant experience working with Jeffrey. And even worse, her younger sister was abused by him when she was underage. Maybe they will talk to you’.”

Ward went on to speak to Epstein’s accusers Maria Farmer and her younger sister Annie, who shared their story of abuse at the hands of late the banker.

Accuser Annie Farmer claimed Vanity Fair approached Epstein for comment with the businessman saying the story was a form of revenge over unrequited feelings they harboured for him.

Ward also recounted conversations she’d had with Epstein in which she claimed he threatened her and Carter.

She claimed: “He [Epstein] said, ‘Well, Vicky, if I don’t like this piece, it’s going to be bad for you and your family.’ And I was newly pregnant with twins.

“He said, ‘Where are you giving birth? He followed that up with, ‘I know all the doctors in all the hospitals, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t tell me, I’ll find out. If I don’t like this piece, I’m going to have a witch doctor place a curse on your unborn children.’

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“He was beginning to spook me out, and these were just conversations.”

In the documentary, she also claimed: “I got a phone call from Graydon, he was pretty spooked because he’d found a severed cat head in his garden. He also found a bullet on his doorstep and then suddenly, I was told by my editor that the girls were being taken out of the story.”

She went on to claim: “I’ll never forget Graydon Carter saying to me, ‘I believe Jeffrey Epstein.’”

Ward alleged: “I think that Vanity Fair basically got bought off by Jeffrey. The excuse was it was a business story. It was a business story, but just like life the story was more complicated, far more complicated.”

The Netflix documentary featured a robust statement from the ex-Editor-in-Chief Carter, which read: “During my 25 years at Vanity Fair, we were steadfast in our legal review on every story.

“Ms Ward’s reporting on this aspect of her story came in as we were going to press and simply did not meet our legal threshold.

“Furthermore, her recounting of the facts around the Epstein article is completely inaccurate.

“If we had had three people on the record willing to stand up for us in court if Epstein had chosen to sue, we would have run it.”


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Who is Graydon Carter?

Carter is a Canadian journalist who worked as Vanity Fair’s Editor-in-Chief from 1992 until 2017.

He also co-founded the satirical magazine Spy back in 1986.

After moving to America, Carter worked for Time and Life magazine, later going on to serve as editor at The New York Observer.

Later, he moved to Vanity Fair to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the publication, taking over from British journalist Tina Brown.

He’s also written several books including What We’ve Lost (2004), Tom Ford: Ten Years (2004), Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties (2004) and Spy: The Funny Years (2006).

The journalist has worked in television, co-producing HBO documentary Public Speaking and His Way.

He executive produced CBS film 9/11 about the September 11th terrorist attacks, which earned him Emmy and Peabody Awards.

Carter has been married three times and has five children. has approached representatives for Graydon Carter for comment on this story.

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in June 2020

As the streaming wars rage on, consumers are reaping the benefits of having loads of new content to sift through every month on their various streaming services. We’re here to help, so we’ve highlighted five of the best shows and movies coming to Disney+ and Hulu in June 2020 below if you’re looking for a recommendation. But if you’re like me and you enjoy seeing all of the options available to you, we also have the full lists of new (and old) content coming to both services over the next month.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

We all know this movie’s famous Burj Khalifa sequence is worth the price of admission all by itself, and the film generated headlines around its release about Jeremy Renner potentially taking over as the lead, but don’t sleep on Paula Patton’s supporting role in this movie. She got a little lost in all of the hype around the movie, and even though the Mission: Impossible movies have cycled through their share of female characters, she’s one of the best actresses to suit up alongside Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. Of course, it’s impossible to beat Rebecca Ferguson…but I’d love to see Patton come back for a new Mission.

Wristcutters: A Love Story

What if I told you there was a film featuring a cast that included Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, John Hawkes, Leslie Bibb, Nick Offerman, Tom Waits, Amy Seimetz, and Will Arnett, and that most of you have never heard of it? This film has an undeniable hook: after a break-up, a guy takes his own life, only to find himself in a limbo full of other people who have died by suicide. When he hears his ex-girlfriend is also in the weird limbo, the guy goes on a trek across this oddly populated realm to try to find her. I was full-on obsessed with this movie in 2006-2007, and though I haven’t revisited it in a decade or so, my fond memories of it are enough for me to pass along a recommendation.

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I’m probably one of about ten people on Earth who did not enjoy season one of The Mandalorian, but Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson’s score was one of the few things I did really dig about the series. I personally find the making of The Mandalorian to be much more interesting than the final product, but I suspect anyone who cares about film and TV will appreciate the fact that there’s going to be an entire episode of this behind-the-scenes series dedicated to Göransson’s original, envelope-pushing music.


Tarzan isn’t talked about as much as many of the other Disney Renaissance movies – except here at /Film, of course – but with its gorgeous animation and absolutely bangin’ Phil Collins soundtrack (I 100% still rock out to “Two Worlds” and “Strangers Like Me”), it probably should be. If this movie slipped through the cracks for you in 1999 (admittedly, there were lots of much, much better movies coming out in that year), you can finally remedy that when it hits Disney+.

Out of Sight

Before George Clooney played a handsome, meticulous career criminal in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, the actor played a handsome, not-quite-as-meticulous career criminal in Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, probably the sexiest adaptation of an Elmore Leonard story ever committed to film. (Apologies to the one Be Cool fan out there.) Clooney is aces, as is the then-still-up-and-coming Jennifer Lopez as a U.S. Marshal who crosses his path. Fun fact: Michael Keaton plays Ray Nicolette in both this movie and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, another Leonard adaptation.

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Riverdale: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart ‘split’ ahead of season 5 premiere

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As fans await new episodes of the sexy high school thriller, Riverdale enthusiasts have also been following the on-and-off-screen relationship of CW co-stars Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart. As season four came to a close, sources have reported the Hollywood couple have split once again.

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Season four of the fan favourite teen series may have been cut short amid coronavirus lockdown restrictions, but there is still plenty of behind-the-scenes drama for Riverdale fans to keep up with.

Despite the premature season finale cementing Bughead as Riverdale High’s cutest couple for the foreseeable future, sources close to PEOPLE have reported co-stars Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have recently split.

Reps for both Sprouse and Reinhart have yet to comment, though the source confirmed that the Riverdale star’s real life relationship tends to be on and off and they have currently broken up.

Speculation of their break up was also spurred by Jughead Jones star Cole Sprouse, 27, when he posted an open letter on his Instagram profile regarding negative comments.


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In his Instagram stories he wrote: “I tolerate a lot of rumours and slander from people online claiming to be my fans. Fans who feel entitled to my privacy precisely because I never indulge them.

“But attacking my friends, baseless accusations, leaking my address and sending death threats are all qualities of insanity and fanaticism.”

Although the young star didn’t confirm what he was referring to, many of his followers speculated his relationship with Lili Reinhart, 23, was currently on hold.

The Riverdale co-stars’ relationship has remained in the public eye since romance was first sparked in 2017, following the release of Riverdale’s first season.

Cole and Lili previously split last summer, however the Riverdale stars later mocked media coverage of their break up and insisted on social media they were still together.

At the time, an insider told PEOPLE: “Their personalities are very different and their lifestyles often clashed”, and added the Riverdale stars were “trying to be as amicable and friendly as possible.”

Following Cole Sprouse’s comments on Instagram, Lili Reinhart also posted similarly heated comments on her own page, speaking out against ‘toxic’ members of Riverdale’s fan community.

She said: “Dear everyone on social media, don’t put down people for the sake of putting them down. Don’t be a f****** a**hole. The world doesn’t need anymore of that s***.”

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The stars’ comments follow Cole and Lili’s trend of remaining private about their personal life, although they have appeared romantic together in public at events such as the 2018 MET Gala.

Lili Reinhart told Teen Vogue in 2018: “It’s not like I’m trying to dangle my relationship in front of people’s faces like, ‘You don’t know anything about us.’

“It’s just, you don’t need to know. People feel like they’re owed that, and you’re absolutely not owed anything by me.”

Rumours of their break up have also prompted speculation for how their characters on-screen relationship will be portrayed on Riverdale going forward.


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Although Bughead remained an item at the end of season four, Riverdale’s romantic subplots have become messy in recent episodes after Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa) confessed his feelings and stole a kiss from childhood crush Betty.

Now, with Archie and Veronica’s (Camila Mendes) relationship in jeopardy, season five is speculated to feature more lurid affairs and potential break-ups.

No release date for Riverdale’s continuation is confirmed after the coronavirus hiatus, but The CW has confirmed the remaining three episodes will be rolled over to the start of season five.

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The Walking Dead World Beyond: AMC finally reveals when spin-off could air

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Season 10 of The Walking Dead was set to conclude earlier this year, though post-production on the anticipated finale was put on hold amid the coronavirus lockdown. A key player for AMC has just revealed some exclusive info regarding the upcoming releases of the mainline series and its spin-offs.

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The highly anticipated finale of the latest season of The Walking Dead, A Certain Doom, was set to broadcast earlier this year following the previous 15 episodes.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak occurred in the middle of post-production for the season’s final episode so fans have been waiting some weeks to see how the battle between Hilltop and the Whisperers will conclude.

Additionally, production on season six of the current spin-off Fear the Walking Dead has been put on hold.

On top of the mainline series and TWD’s first spin-off, AMC also confirmed the world of Robert Kirkman’s original comic book run will further expand with another spin-off, The Walking Dead: World Beyond.



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The limited series is confirmed to run for two ten-episode seasons before concluding, and will follow a group of teenagers in the zombie apocalypse established in the original show.

AMC announced the spin-off in 2018 and filming began in July 2019 with a pilot directed by Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Originally set to be released on April 12th 2019, production of the series has been pushed back due to coronavirus restrictions.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC COO Ed Carroll confirmed the spin-off series is instead eying a release in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Mr Carroll confirmed: “We moved The Walking Dead: World Beyond … back into [the] fourth quarter, so we are finishing post[-production] on that.”

Although filming for both World Beyond and TWD’s season 10 finale had finished, there is still extensive editing and special effects work needed to fully complete each series.

AMC’s COO continued: “That will be set to go. We have a new show, which is quite a bit anticipated called Soulmates, that will be airing in the second half of the year.”

Upcoming romantic anthology series Soulmates is not related to TWD, though it is still one to watch as Black Mirror writer Will Bridges teams with Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Sarah Snook (Succession) and more.

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Meanwhile, COO Ed Carroll also confirmed Fear the Walking Dead is also hoped to return before the end of 2020.

He added: “We anticipate having some episodes of Fear [the Walking Dead] season six in the second half of the year as well.”

Hopefully the upcoming slate of TWD spin-offs will be enough TWD content to satiate fans who will likely miss out on season 11 of the mainline series for the time being.

Though the zombie wasteland saga is usually expected to premiere in Autumn, AMC higher ups have suggested production won’t be able to restart in time for a 2020 release.


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AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan said: “We have had to postpone production and post-production work on a number of shows, resulting in some scheduling shifts between now and the end of the year, which we are also managing through.”

Regarding season 10’s finale, The Walking Dead’s current showrunner Angela Kang confirmed: “By the time the world is safe for people to start venturing out, probably all of the effects will be done, and then it’s just a handful of processes and it can be turned around very, very quickly.”

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause major issues for the entertainment industry, though TWD fans still have plenty of new content to look forward to in the latter half of 2020.

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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Childrick of Mort’ Proves It’s More Fun When the Whole Family’s Involved

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 4, Episode 9, “Childrick of Mort.”]

The midseason, post-hiatus premiere of “Rick and Morty” was a pretty concise summation of the show’s strengths, a trip through some of the show’s proven story bait. If it was intended as a sign of things to come, “Childrick of Mort” might just be the kind of episode it foretold. Riffing on a few ideas in the greater “Rick and Morty” universe, this spring break series of misadventures reworks them in a more satisfying family framework.

One of the short stops on the string of train cars leading to Story Lord back in that midseason return hinted at Rick’s wide array of past lovers. “Childrick of Mort” sends the entire Smith family to Gaia, a planet that itself is on that expansive list of dalliances. The result is a font of beige, clay, Bart Simpson-looking beings that bear enough resemblance to Rick that Beth shames him into taking care of them. Together, the two construct a giant factory that analyzes each hybrid clay being and sorts them into a social tapestry of any number of different professions.

Meanwhile, incensed that this diversion has kept the family from the spring break camping trip he’d been so richly anticipating, Jerry huffs off toward the forested part of the planet. After a series of accidents lands him among a group of clay-being rejects deemed undesirable for Rick and Beth’s fledgling utopia, Jerry becomes their unwitting resistance leader.

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The Unproductives’ need for a hero grows when a great cloud descends from the sky to reveal that the clay children are not Rick’s offspring but his. This would-be Space Zeus casts a literal and figurative pall over what Beth and Rick have created, leading to a war between Beth and Jerry’s factions while Rick and the great bearded being in the sky duke it out in Gaia’s orbit.

If there’s a slight bummer in “Childrick of Mort,” it’s that it doesn’t have enough room for a bit more of the Morty and Summer thread. In search of something to appease their desire for video games and party drugs, they stumble on a contaminated crashed spaceship. Summer’s gravitational pull towards something to inhale leads her to a pink mist that she’s convinced will help unlock the ship’s secrets (and give Morty some video game controls in the process).

But all of those onboard steps lead to an unsuccessful takeoff. In turn, it makes for a satisfying convergence when their vehicle careens right through a suddenly enormous Space Zeus’ cerebral cortex, freeing Rick up to whisk the entire family away from a volcanically angry Gaia.

“Childrick of Mort” is a sharp reminder that the entire Smith family is a canvas that the show has made for itself whenever it wants to dig past the two characters in the show’s title. And it can do it without having to sacrifice what’s worked best in other episodes. Jerry can find his own version of the Sideshow Bob rakes by falling down a waterfall of rapids and thwacking up against every rock sticking above the surface. Beth can still feel resentful of her father’s behavior and exasperated with her husband’s interests.

Here, the space to follow those traits past a punchline toward the consequences of those recurring ideas leads to the episode’s most fertile storytelling ground. As the family heads back to Earth in the modified station wagon, there won’t be a clean reset here. As much as “The ABCs of Beth” gave the chance to deepen that relationship, Rick and Beth get to have a shared moment here that isn’t overshadowed by a giant episode-capping twist. “Rick and Morty” can find plenty of gags in the feebler side of Jerry, but flipping expectations and having him be of use to creatures outside of his family makes for the kind of tension it doesn’t explore as often. Even the acknowledgment that Summer’s increasingly hostile rebellious streak might be a side effect of living with Rick for too long is an acknowledgment that the spiky-haired scientist working in the garage is leaving a caustic trail on other worlds besides Gaia.

It’s all an extension of one of the strongest ideas that runs through this season, much less the entire series. Whether it’s knowing your future, insisting that you don’t need any friends, or being five steps ahead of your heist nemesis, getting what you want rarely turns out cleanly. It’s underlined pretty explicitly in Morty and Summer’s post-crash/post-trip reaction and Jerry being forced to admit why he didn’t question becoming the leader of an evolving species. Still, watching each of them reckon with the differences between expectations and reality is exponentially more compelling than when this show created a whole society from scratch two weeks ago.

The elements of the episode that could either veer into throwaway territory or crowd out the interweaving developments of the Smiths make for some nice layering. The camping song is another catchy “Rick and Morty” ditty. The clay hybrids have just enough sentience to drive home the “Bad! Bad! Bad!” bit. And Rick ordering a choir of harmonies to toast the christening of their new simulated settlement is the perfect tiny touch to bookend their journey from trampoline-bouncing rock monsters.

So yes, “Rick and Morty” is also going back to the “destruction via giant object from the sky” well (this time, sans Pirates of the Pancreas). “Childrick of Mort” also has all the hallmarks of an ambitious, sweeping “Rick and Morty” adventure without having to sacrifice other tools at its disposal. It may not have the same degree of high-concept trickery as other chapters this season, but having the entire Smith family to fill in the gaps around the edges is a much more rewarding recipe.

Grade: B+

“Rick and Morty” airs Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim.

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The One Show cancelled: Alex Jones won’t host BBC show tonight in schedule shake-up

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The One Show has been hosted by Alex, 43, and an array of guest presenters since the country went into lockdown at the end of March. The television star has kept BBC viewers spirits high during this time and has offered some light relief from the events unfolding across the world. However, as today is a national bank holiday, regardless of the current climate, the broadcaster will not be airing the programme this evening.

As fans know, the popular magazine show airs in its regular slot of 7pm each weeknight, with Alex hosting proceedings for half an hour.

Monday nights usually see another programme following the conclusion of the latter, with EastEnders then being shown from 8pm onwards.

Tonight, because of the schedule change, the listings have undergone a review with some slots being pushed back until later in the evening.

With The One Show not broadcasting, viewers may be wondering when the programme will be back and it will be a lot sooner than you think.


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Following the Coronavirus Daily Update at 5pm, the news will take the reins from 6:30pm until 7pm, which is when Alex’s hosting duties would usually commence from.

Instead, hit blockbuster movie Paddington 2 will replace the magazine programme, broadcasting until 8:40pm.

For EastEnders fans, this means they will have to wait an extra 40 minutes before they can watch the latest instalment of the soap.

However, rest assured, The One Show will return to its regular time slot tomorrow evening when the Welsh presenter will be joined by guest presenter, Angellica Bell, 44.

I’ll be back next week from Tuesday

Alex Jones

After Friday’s edition of the programme, it was revealed Alex wouldn’t be back until Tuesday this week.

Joined on the sofa by guest presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, 31, the host said: “I’ll be back next week from Tuesday when we’ll be joined by Alison Steadman and we’ll be going behind the scenes at Springwatch.”

On the show’s official Twitter account, it was also announced astronaut Tim Peake, 48, would be making an appearance to answer some space-related questions.

It’s fair to say viewers have been enjoying seeing the presenting teams continuing to man the helm at this uncertain time.

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With Rylan helping Alex on Friday, those watching at home flocked to social media to congratulate the pair on providing some light relief to their evening.

One viewer posted on Twitter: “Fabulous show. The 4 male singers/artists were so honest, a really emotional approach to mental health issues. Well done, really good to see @Rylan on the show. X.”

Another added on the micro-blogging platform: “Fabulous show. Thanks for keeping us all going with a dose of normal.”

Whilst a third commented: “Love you Rylan please take the job 4ever #onerylanoneshow #Rylan.”


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As well as being joined by Angellica this week, Alex will also be talking to a host of famous faces and guests on the show.

The Welsh presenter has been joined by a plethora of guest presenters after she bid farewell to co-host Matt Baker, 42, back in March.

His departure from the programme was a little different to what had been planned, but emotions were running high as the pair had worked together for nearly 10 years.

It’s been announced no one will permanently take on the Countryfile star’s role for the foreseeable future.

The One Show returns tomorrow night at 7pm on BBC One.

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