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Confessions of the Paparazzi review – Jack-the-lad chancer, or heartless opportunist?

George Bamby can’t resist revealing the elaborate tricks of his trade – even when they descend into farce

George Bamby’s daily grind is “a twilight world where nothing is quite as it seems”, according to Confessions of the Paparazzi (Channel 4), a lively and sometimes troubling look at the world of taking candid photos of celebrities for a living. Imagine a caricature of a British paparazzo, and Bamby ticks every box. He can potentially earn thousands from the picture desks of tabloids and celebrity mags, if he captures the right image of a famous person looking bad, doing something wrong, or both. However, in a time of cameraphones and social media, a picture alone isn’t worth much any more. “I don’t just take pictures, I make stories,” he boasts, having figured out, nefariously, that there’s more to the job than simply capturing a moment as it happens,
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Richard and Judy: ‘We asked Tony Blair where the WMDs were. He said: “They’re there!”’

Eight years after they left the TV screen, Madeley and Finnigan are still one of Britain’s most adored public couples. They discuss his gaffes, social media storms and what the Blairs told them at Chequers

So here we all are, Richard Madeley, Judy Finnigan and I, sitting in a dressing room in ITV studios on a sunny morning, trying to figure out the answer to the big question: is Richard actually Alan Partridge in the body of Nigel Havers?

Madeley and Finnigan – better known, of course, as the double-headed TV behemoth Richard and Judy – have pretty much been off the air for almost eight years, which amazes me as it feels like they are a part of the British atmosphere, like drizzle and Marks & Spencer. Nonetheless, they live on strongly in the public’s affections for many reasons.

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Ruth Langsford won't leave Loose Women until she's 'thrown out'

Ruth Langsford is adamant she won't leave 'Loose Women' until she's ''thrown out'' by producers. The 55-year-old TV presenter is determined to grow old and crippled before she'll willingly give up her seat on the panel, which also includes Janet Street-Porter and Judy Finnigan, because she believes they represent ''mature'' ladies. Speaking to Bang Showbiz at the red carpet of the ITV Gala at the London Palladium on Thursday (19.11.15), she said: ''I do believe 'Loose Women' is flying the flag for the more mature woman on television and long may it continue. ''You shouldn't be set out to grass when
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Jorgie Porter's cockroach fear

Ruth Langsford is adamant she won't leave 'Loose Women' until she's ''thrown out'' by producers. The 55-year-old TV presenter is determined to grow old and crippled before she'll willingly give up her seat on the panel, which also includes Janet Street-Porter and Judy Finnigan, because she believes they represent ''mature'' ladies. Speaking to Bang Showbiz at the red carpet of the ITV Gala at the London Palladium on Thursday (19.11.15), she said: ''I do believe 'Loose Women' is flying the flag for the more mature woman on television and long may it continue. ''You shouldn't be set out to grass when
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Chloe Madeley: Judy Finnigan is 'stubborn'

Chloe Madeley claims Judy Finnigan is ''the most stubborn person in the world''. The 28-year-old fitness trainer revealed her mum - who is one half of presenting duo Richard & Judy along with her father, Richard Madeley, 59 - will never accept any help or advice, which meant it was very difficult when she recently tried to nurse her back to health after she sustained a stress fracture in her foot. Asked if her mother took exercise advice following the injury, she said: ''No - she doesn't listen to me. She doesn't listen to anyone. She's the most stubborn person in the
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Nick Grimshaw brands Rita Ora clueless

Chloe Madeley claims Judy Finnigan is ''the most stubborn person in the world''. The 28-year-old fitness trainer revealed her mum - who is one half of presenting duo Richard & Judy along with her father, Richard Madeley, 59 - will never accept any help or advice, which meant it was very difficult when she recently tried to nurse her back to health after she sustained a stress fracture in her foot. Asked if her mother took exercise advice following the injury, she said: ''No - she doesn't listen to me. She doesn't listen to anyone. She's the most stubborn person in the
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Chloe Madeley slams body shamers

Chloe Madeley has slammed critics for branding her body ''masculine''. The 28-year-old beauty - who is the daughter of TV presenters Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley - has insisted comments about her appearance don't bother her because she knows she can look after herself. She wrote on Instagram: ''Do I look like a man? To quote @rondarousey : I have this one term for the kinds of #woman that my mother raised me not to be. I call it a Do Nothin Bitch, a #Dnb . The kinda chick that just tries to be #pretty and taken care of by someone else.
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Robin Windsor moving in with Marcus Collins

Judy Finnigan has ''banned'' her husband Richard Madeley from appearing on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 'Loose Women' panellist - who has been married to Richard since 1986 - has revealed she and their children Chloe, 27, and Jack, 29, have forbidden him from taking part in the BBC One celebrity dance contest. She said: ''The idea of him doing 'Strictly' for me and the kids was just so spine-tinglingly embarrassing. We've banned him.'' The 67-year-old star - who presented ITV's 'This Morning' with Richard from 1988 to 2001 and their own daily chat show 'Richard & Judy' from 2001 to 2009 - revealed
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Chloe Madeley admits she is a horrible drunk

Chloe Madeley has admitted she is a ''horrible'' drunk. The 27-year-old beauty - who is the daughter of TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan - says when she drinks alcohol she either gets ''angry'' or ends up in tears, so she avoids it as much as possible. Speaking on ITV's 'Loose Women' - for which her mum is a panellist - she said: ''I rarely drink mainly for personal reasons. People will tell you I am a horrible drunk. I either get really angry or I cry.'' Chloe, who runs her own fitness business, also admitted she gets a lot of flack
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Calum Best rekindles romance with ex Made In Chelsea star

Chloe Madeley has admitted she is a ''horrible'' drunk. The 27-year-old beauty - who is the daughter of TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan - says when she drinks alcohol she either gets ''angry'' or ends up in tears, so she avoids it as much as possible. Speaking on ITV's 'Loose Women' - for which her mum is a panellist - she said: ''I rarely drink mainly for personal reasons. People will tell you I am a horrible drunk. I either get really angry or I cry.'' Chloe, who runs her own fitness business, also admitted she gets a lot of flack
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Judy Finnigan 'groped' by senior TV staff in her 20s

Judy Finnigan claims she was ''groped'' when she first started on TV. The 66-year-old presenter has admitted a ''very senior member of staff'' once made an unwelcome pass at her at the beginning of her career, but said it was considered normal at the time because it was such a ''promiscuous'' industry. She revealed: ''When I was in my 20s I was groped by a very senior member of staff but it happened to all of us. ''If you were a young woman in television in those days, you were seen as fair game. It was a very promiscuous atmosphere - everybody was
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Judy Finnigan "terrified" for daughter Chloe Madeley on The Jump

Judy Finnigan has admitted that she is "terrified" for her daughter Chloe Madeley on The Jump.

She told her fellow Loose Women panelists that her daughter is a "total novice" when it comes to winter sports, and has never even "been on a pair of skis before".

She said: "She's had just four weeks to train up. I'm terrified."

Finnigan and her husband Richard Madeley will travel to Innsbruck, Austria over the weekend to support their daughter as the competition begins.

"We're going out to Austria on Sunday just to give her some moral support," she explained. "As long as she gets back in one piece, that's all I want."

When asked who Madeley's biggest competition will be, Finnigan predicted that Heather Mills and Mike Tindall could be the ones to watch.

The Jump returns on Sunday (February 1) at 7pm on Channel 4.
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X Factor Live Shows - 1980s Week results show as it happened: Live blog

Welcome to the second X Factor results show of the year, part two of John-Lennon-in-1971 1980s Week.

It's another Double Elimination, which means that you the viewer is 100% responsible for the first act we lose tonight. I'm still blaming you lot for Blonde Electra going.

Join us from 8pm to find out who will stay and who will go, and do please join the conversation in the comments box below.

21:00And, as a final comment before we switch over to The Xtra Factor. Simon predicted that Stevi Ritchie would outlast some of Cheryl's girls. He was, annoyingly, right again.

We hope you enjoyed that. Please continue to rant and rave in the comments, and join us next week for more live blog fun.

20:59Well, that's that... four down and still 12 to go. We're pretty much where we should have started a fortnight ago, aren't we?

20:58Chloe
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Judy Finnigan apologises for rape comments on Loose Women

Judy Finnigan has apologised over comments she made about convicted rapist Ched Evans on Loose Women yesterday (October 13).

The TV presenter received a backlash on Twitter from some viewers after she claimed that the former Sheffield United footballer's crime was "not violent".

"I apologise unreservedly for any offence that I may have caused as a result of the wording I used," she said in a statement.

Evans has completed half of a five-year sentence after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011.

The Loose Women panel discussed the case on the ITV show, after reports claimed that he may return to his former club.

"If he does go back, he will have to brave an awful lot of comments," Finnigan said on her debut appearance on the daytime show.

"But, having said that, he has served his time, he's served two years. The rape - and I am not,
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Loose Women plan nationwide tour

'Loose Women' are planning a nationwide tour. The hit ITV daytime series and its host of presenters - including regulars Ruth Langsford and Janet Street Porter and new stars Judy Finnigan and Gloria Hunniford - will travel the country's shopping centres to bring the panel show closer to viewers. The move is reported to be an attempt by channel bosses to improve the show's popularity following a recent dip in ratings. An insider told The Sun newspaper: ''Bosses are always looking at new ideas for the show and they love the idea of a nationwide tour. ''It would be
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Judy Finnigan didn't plan to join Loose Women

Judy Finnigan never planned to join 'Loose Women'. The former 'This Morning' host previously vowed that she would never return to broadcasting after her and husband Richard Madeley's talk show 'Richard & Judy' was axed but she is now set to be one of four new faces joining the ITV panel show and she's confessed she made the decision because she thought it'd be fun. Speaking to hosts Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan, Janet Street Porter and fellow new face Gloria Hunniford via video chat on today's (08.09.14) 'Loose Women' she said: ''It's really odd, I hadn't planned it or thought. It was
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Simon Cowell gives Sinitta's seat to Lauren

Judy Finnigan never planned to join 'Loose Women'. The former 'This Morning' host previously vowed that she would never return to broadcasting after her and husband Richard Madeley's talk show 'Richard & Judy' was axed but she is now set to be one of four new faces joining the ITV panel show and she's confessed she made the decision because she thought it'd be fun. Speaking to hosts Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan, Janet Street Porter and fellow new face Gloria Hunniford via video chat on today's (08.09.14) 'Loose Women' she said: ''It's really odd, I hadn't planned it or thought. It was
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Judy Finnigan returning to TV as Loose Women panellist

Judy Finnigan has joined the Loose Women panel.

The former This Morning presenter is returning to TV without her husband Richard Madeley, joining the ITV talk show as a regular panellist.

She said: "I know I said I wouldn't go back on the telly, but actually I'm looking forward to occasionally contributing to lively conversations between a group of outspoken and intelligent women."

The 66-year-old has been largely absent from TV in recent years, following the end of her chat show with Madeley on Watch five years ago.

Finnigan is joining a new panel on Loose Women, alongside Andrea McLean, Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan and Janet Street Porter.

Rod Stewart's ex-wife Penny Lancaster, veteran broadcaster Gloria Hunniford and former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne will act as guest panellists.

The 19th series of Loose Women begins next Monday (September 8) on ITV.
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'This Morning' celebrates 25th anniversary with Richard and Judy

ITV's This Morning returned to its original home in Liverpool today (October 3) to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, who launched the show in 1988, joined current hosts Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford for the two-hour programme live from the Albert Dock.

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Madeley said returning to the show he hosted for 13 years was "like a waking dream", while wife Finnigan called it "extraordinary".

Keith Lemon presented the weather from the famous floating map, with long-time agony aunt Denise Robertson and Dr Chris Steele also joining in the celebrations.

Asked what his most memorable moment from the show was, Madeley said: "Our live interview with Miss Piggy. Miss Piggy became real to us, she became a real person!"

Willoughby said one of her highlights is the recent debate with Katie Hopkins about children's names, which "caused
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This Morning presenters celebrate show's 25th anniversary

'This Morning' presenters past and present appeared on the show today (03.10.13) to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan - who hosted the first ever 'This Morning' on October 3, 1988 - sat on the iconic sofa to recall their favourite memories of the programme alongside regular presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. Speaking on the daytime show from its original studios at Albert Dock in Liverpool - where the programme first aired before relocating to London in 1996 - Richard said: ''There was no security when we started, nobody on the
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