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A new investigative reporter is born as Richard Madeley tries to get to grips with squatting

'I have to confess, as someone lucky enough to own more than one home, I know almost nothing about squatters." Richard Madeley was not the only one wondering whether ITV had got the casting quite right for its investigation into Britain's squats, Madeley Meets the Squatters (ITV1). Just the thought of it filled him with "repulsion", admitted Richard, as he pulled shut the shiny front door of just one of his beautiful homes. "I want to find out what makes some people actually choose to live like this."

And yet, like a goodly proportion of the nation, I have always rather liked Madeley, and the encounter was at least intriguing. He can out-Partridge Alan for bons mots, sure, but there's a lack of cynicism about his goofiness that is refreshing and rather charming in »

- Esther Addley

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