TV host Anne Robinson has opened up about her abortion — and revealed how it pitched her into a “black doom”.
The ex-Weakest Link presenter, 73, said she could face the procedure in 1968 only by not thinking about it — and felt “ashamed” later.
The ex-Weakest Link presenter said she could face the procedure in 1968 only by not thinking about it[/caption]
Anne, from a Catholic family, tells a BBC2 documentary to mark 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act: “I was terrified, confused, very, very lonely. I didn’t think I could talk to anyone.
“It was a really isolated place. The only way I felt I could go through with an abortion is that if I didn’t think about it.”
Anne, then newly married, adds: “It was like someone who was shutting their eyes and jumping from a cliff.
“What I remember is unexpectedly the most terrible black doom came over me and it lasted for months. I was ashamed of what I’d done and I felt so depressed.”
Anne spoke after inviting nine people with differing views to her home to discuss abortion.
The mum of one and gran added: “It’d be unthinkable for me now.”
Abortion on Trial, BBC2 Monday (9pm).
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How old is Louis Theroux, what is his net worth, how many TV series has he presented and who’s his brother Marcel?
LOUIS Theroux has made a name for himself as a daredevil willing to travel to some of the most controversial corners of society to tell a story. But what is the documentary-maker’s net worth and what TV series has he done in his career? Here’s what you need to know… How old is Louis Theroux? […]
LOUIS Theroux has made a name for himself as a daredevil willing to travel to some of the most controversial corners of society to tell a story.
But what is the documentary-maker’s net worth and what TV series has he done in his career? Here’s what you need to know…
Louis Theroux is known for his documentaries on places such as jails, brothels and with[/caption]
How old is Louis Theroux?
Louis Theroux is an English documentary maker and presenter who is a household name thanks to his diverse BBC series.
He was born in Singapore on May 20, 1970, making him 47 this year.
His dad is the American travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, and his mum is Paul’s then-wife Anne Castle.
Louis was raised in London after his family moved to Britain when he was one, and he went to school at Westminster School.
He later read Modern History at Oxford University before working as a journalist in the United States, and later the BBC.
What’s Louis Theroux’s net worth?
Louis has made a name for himself with his hard-hitting documentaries and won numerous awards over the years, including two BAFTAs in 2001 and 2002.
As a result he is reported to be worth at around $4 million (£3.07 million).
Louis Theroux with two young inmates in one of the newer areas of the Miami Jail system[/caption]
As well as making his TV series, he has also been a guest writer for several publications such as Hip-Hop Connection and The Idler.
He also published a book called The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures in 2005, and starred in the 1997 pornographic film, Take a Peak, where he didn’t perform any sexual acts.
In 2005, Theroux published a book titled The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures.
Louis has won numerous awards over the years, including two BAFTAs in 2001 and 2002[/caption]
He was also known to have made a cameo in Take a Peak, in which he played a ranger seeking out a criminal.
Who is Louis Theroux’s brother Marcel?
Marcel Theroux, 49, is an English novelist and broadcaster and is the older brother of documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux.
Marcel was born in Kampala, Uganda but was brought up in Wandsworth, London.
Marcel Theroux, centre, is the older brother of documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux[/caption]
Marcel boarded at Westminster School and was best friends with MP Nick Clegg.
He is known for presenting a series of documentaries for Unreported Worlds as well as the Channel 4 climate change documentary The End Of The World As We Know It.
Louis and Marcel’s cousin is actor Justin Theroux, who is married to Jennifer Aniston.
Actor Justin Theroux, who is married to Jennifer Aniston, is the cousin of Louis Theroux[/caption]
How many series has Louis Theroux presented?
There were three seasons of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend, which took place on 1998, 1999 and 2000 and included him telling the stories of UFO-fanatics, swingers and Thai Brides.
His When Louis Met… documentaries were spread over two series, 2000-2001 and 2002.
Louis Theroux released his My Scientology Movie in 2016, which showed him attempting to lift the lid on the secretive organisation[/caption]
Included in this collection were his famous scenes with Jimmy Saville and Max Clifford.
Louis’ BBC Two Specials have been filmed over the years from 2003 to 2016 and saw him experience life in a Miami jail, a paedophile hospital and meet members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
His My Scientology Movie was released in October 2016 and involved actors replaying some incidents people claim they experienced as members of the secretive organisation.
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When is The Big Family Cooking Showdown on BBC Two and who are the judges alongside Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball?
THE BBC’s answer to Bake Off – which was poached by Channel 4 – The Big Family Cooking Showdown continues TONIGHT. Here is all you need to know about the show and its judges – which include a former Bake Off winner and a Strictly favourite… What is The Big Family Cooking Showdown and when […]
THE BBC’s answer to Bake Off – which was poached by Channel 4 – The Big Family Cooking Showdown continues TONIGHT.
Here is all you need to know about the show and its judges – which include a former Bake Off winner and a Strictly favourite…
What is The Big Family Cooking Showdown and when can I watch it?
The sixth episode of the new series airs on Thursday, September 21 at 8pm on BBC Two.
It goes head-to-head with Without Limits: Vietnam on BBC One, Emmerdale on ITV, The Supervet on Channel 4 and Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Channel 5
The Big Family Cooking Showdown is the new BBC Two cooking contest which is replacing The Great British Bake Off, which moved to Channel 4.
In the 12-part series, 16 families will welcome cameramen into their own kitchens to whip up dishes using their favourite family recipes.
Challenges will be set in both the studio kitchen and homes up and down the country during the hour-long episodes.
For each task, two families with a passion for all things culinary will face off, with three cooks representing each.
What will the challenges be on The Big Family Cooking Showdown?
Three main rounds feature in the show, and they sound pretty tough.
- The £10 Challenge – Can the families outdo each other to create the best meal for four on a budget of £10, in just 1hr 15min?
- Home Visits Challenge – Both families are tasked with cooking a main course for the two judges in just 90 minutes.
- Impress The Neighbours Challenge – In the studio, both families battle it out to create a winning starter and main in 2h15min.
These challenges play out over eight heats, before there are three semi-finals and one grand final.
Who’s hosting The Big Family Cooking Showdown?
Speaking about her new job, Nadiya said: “Family and food have always gone hand in hand and I’m looking forward to getting to know the recipes and traditions of the different families taking part.
“Having been through a food competition as an amateur cook myself, I know exactly how tough it can get and so I’ll be there for them, alongside Zoe, as the pressure really builds!”
Zoe added: “I’m not the world’s best cook as my kids will vouch but I’m learning so much from these families and from Nadiya! New recipes, top tips and some definite dos and don’ts, I can’t wait to share this joyous celebration of family and cooking with everybody.”
BBC bosses reckon that pairing the show’s 2015 champ with TV favourite Zoe will prove a winning formula.
Unfortunately, however, grieving Zoe Ball has pulled out of filming the final after the death of lover Billy Yates.
A source said: “Everyone understands Zoe’s predicament and there’s real sympathy for her.
“But her absence in the final is a blow for the debut series.”
Who are the judges on The Big Family Cooking Showdown?
They will set challenges to find Britain’s best amateur home cook.
They will then judge who is the best, before crowning a winner.
Will Mary Berry be on The Big Family Cooking Showdown?
Veteran judge Mary Berry, 81, will not be involved.
The baking goddess is reportedly involved in other projects.
She made the decision to quit the Great British Bake Off after it moved to Channel 4.
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When is Harry Potter: A History Of Magic on BBC Two, is JK Rowling interviewed and what is the British Library exhibition?
HARRY Potter fans will be delighted to know that a documentary based on the world of wizardry will air next year. The JK Rowling-inspired programme, A History Of Magic, will be broadcast on BBC Two. Here’s everything you need to know about it… When is Harry Potter: A History Of Magic on BBC Two? In […]
HARRY Potter fans will be delighted to know that a documentary based on the world of wizardry will air next year.
The JK Rowling-inspired programme, A History Of Magic, will be broadcast on BBC Two. Here’s everything you need to know about it…
When is Harry Potter: A History Of Magic on BBC Two?
In celebration of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone’s 20th anniversary, the Beeb will be showing a magical documentary.
For one episode only, they are collaborating with the British Library for the exciting project.
There is no news yet about when the programme will be hitting our telly screens.
Despite speculation that we’ll see the show early next year, the only confirmed information is that it will air on BBC Two.
Will JK Rowling feature in the Harry Potter documentary?
Potterheads will be chuffed to hear that the much-loved author will be included in the making of Harry Potter: A History Of Magic.
Rowling will go through some of the objects she used for inspiration as she penned the popular series.
Rare manuscripts, drawings and notes are among the other items that viewers will be able to take a peek at.
As well as this, Harry Potter superfans will feature in the fun.
According to the BBC, they will “playfully recreate some of the best loved spells, potions and magical moments from the series, exploring the origins of the world of Hogwarts, from basilisks through to broomsticks”.
What is the British Library Harry Potter: A History Of Magic exhibition?
The British Library are hosting a Harry Potter exhibition in partnership with Bloomsbury.
Their official website states: “We unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.
“Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time.
“See the gargantuan 16th–century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create a Philosopher’s Stone.
“Gaze at Sirius in the night sky as imagined by medieval astronomers. Encounter hand-coloured pictures of dragons, unicorns and a phoenix rising from the flames.
“Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone with this extraordinary new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”
While many of the tickets of the event have already sold out, you can still bag some for £16.
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