Mental health charities are calling for ITV and Simon Cowell to re-examine urgently how they select contestants for their talent shows, warning that a tragedy is "inevitable".
It comes after a 60-year-old man with a history of severe mental health problems, who was placed in a secure psychiatric unit after being judged a suicide risk, told the Observer that he believes he was selected by the producers of Britain's Got Talent specifically because they expected he would be jeered and ridiculed.
Alyn James, a retired dentist from Neath, South Wales, appeared on the talent show two weeks ago but was buzzed off before he could finish his song, to shouts and boos from the audience.
James told the producers of the show that on seven occasions he had been judged to be a serious risk of suicide,
• Lyn Gardner's piece about envying people who are seeing a play for the first time (Critic's notebook, 11 November) reminded me of a recent visit to see Jude Law play Hamlet at Wyndham's Theatre. When Gertrude reached to drink from the poisoned cup there was an audible and heartfelt gasp of, "Oh no!" from a large number of audience members. I envied all of them.
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