Alex Jones and Matt Baker are joined by Lady Wilnelia Forsyth to talk about what life was like with her beloved husband, Sir Bruce Forsyth.
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Hello and welcome to
The One Show with Alex Jones.
And Matt Baker.
Loads of guests on the show tonight.
Let's check they're all here.
Lady Wilnelia Forsyth is with us -
she'll be sharing some memories
of her beloved husband Sir Bruce
ahead of a huge tribute
to him on Sunday.
We've got four mums on a mission -
my team-mates Amal, Debbie,
Jodie and Leigh.
Stop You have run training.
Regents Park this afternoon.
Our guest tonight is not part of
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I ain't bovvered! . I
ain't bovvered! .
Slow down, I'm not
I ain't bovvered! .
you've got to. No, please.
Please welcome Catherine Tate.
It has. I'm
channelling that. Does that bear any
resemblance to Catherine Tate in
That's a lot better than
I can do. Thats with a stunt double.
NO! For goodness sake!
didn't do that speed at the end.
It's amazing the
power of my natural athleticism!
are not here to talk about your
documentary on the British bulldog
we will get to it very shortly
It's a dodgy time to be opening
a restaurant with so many big
names including Prezzo,
Byron and Jamie's Italian all
closing branches on the high street.
Kevin's been to meet the staff
behind a venture that is planning
to buck the trend with a very
different way of doing business.
19-year-old Keenan has been out of
work for the last three months.
opportunities are scarce around
here. There's not too many of them.
There's not many places opening up.
Sglm he lives in Solihull where the
unemployment rate is more than
double the national average and is
considered one of the most deprived
communities in the country. Right
now, I just want to get a job, save
up a good bit of money. Get myself a
This could be the moment. His
future is about to go in a very
different direction. In just one
week's time the country's first
community-run traditional chippie
will open its doors. It will not
only give employment for the people
who live here, but all the money
made will be ploughed back into the
local area. Keenan is one of the
nine new who all live locally. Today
he is being trained up in
preparation for the grand opening.
was born just down the road from
here. I went to the school across
the road here.
Managing the team is
newly appointed local lad and former
industrial cleaner, Michel. Mitchel?
Has it changed much?
An awful lot.
It was quite run down around here.
They've knocked all the old shops
down and they have rebuilt these
The area has been part of a
£523 million regeneration plan. What
does it mean to you to be working
It's turned my life around,
brilliantly. I mean, I'm so thankful
for the opportunity. My feet haven't
touched the ground.
I have to ask,
can I try one?
They're not bad.
They're not bad. They're lovely. The
chip shop was the brain child of
Reverend Neil Roberts and is one of
social enterprises in the UK.
Someone has to open a fish and chip
shop. You see a national chain will
come in. Set it up and the profits
will go off the area. We thought,
why don't we run it.
The great thing
is that the money goes back into the
community. So what does that money
get spent on?
Pay the staff and pay
them properly. Pay our taxes. And
the profits after that are maybe
community events, support for
families. Opening more businesses
like community own brewery and look
at some housing project as well.
the chip shop, the new manager the
job is extra special. He will be
working alongside Emma who is
returning to work after seven years.
It's really important. It's a bit of
a life saver. It's going to help
with my kids growing up. We will be
able to provide for them.
alongside your husband, how is that
going to be?
I don't know.
happens at home, stays at home.
Stays at home.
That's the answer.
Storm Emma meets the Beast from the
East and causes chaos across the UK.
The day of the grand opening and the
stormings have arrived.
Freezing today, isn't it?
the snow, Mitchel is optimistic.
Hopefully people will come.
have people come, there is already a
queue waiting outside.
I can't wait.
Feeling hungry already.
years of hard work, the doors can
With all the excitement, Mitchel has
for got one crucial thing.
chips. I'm getting stressed.
chips are ready eventually and the
customers who have queued for over
an hour in the snow can finally have
their chippie tea.
Would you like
salt and vinegar.
time something like this happened
around here, liven the place up a
bit and get everybody on board.
There is a a lot of people
interested in it. It's fantastic
It says a lot, doesn't it,
that we are queueing up in the snow
to get chips.
It really has opened
up a lot of doors for me. It's the
start of my employment life and
hopefully a good career. It's given
a few of my mates hope as well. If I
managed to get a job in this area,
All you need is some
curry sauce. Delicious.
be down with that, would you?
because it's curry. It's sauce.
Sauce has ingredients in it.
Catherine doesn't like anything with
What are you
talking about? I like to look at
food and go that is a carrot I know
what is in that. A jug of sauce.
Could be anything!
Things that have
been mixed up and broken and poured.
Not for me!
That could be...
apple. I know what's in that.
You are here Catherine to
talk about saving the
BIG You have been
BIG You have been BROTHER:
BIG BROTHER: How much did you know
about the health issues before you
I didn't know. I am a
massive animal lover. I'm passionate
about animal welfare. I didn't know
the particular struggles and
challenges that some of the bulldogs
have. I didn't know. I was quite
shocked when I saw exactly what a
lot of them are going through.
Breathing difficulties, joint
difficulties we are talking about.
Yeah. I certainly didn't know. I
think a lot of people don't know.
Really we did the programme to just
raise awareness. Just about how you
can be more responsible about where
you get your dog. Yeah, they do, a
lot of them suffer. It's because
over the years because of human
intervention we have shortened the
muzzle. So they have that squashed
up face that we really love and
think is really cute. But a lot of
the dogs struggle with that. A lot
of the time bulldogs, it has got a
lot better in recent years, but
bulldogs used to say when they were
at Crufts or dog shows you could
hear the bulldogs before you saw
them because of the breathing
difficulties. That has been mainly
eliminated out now because people
are more aware and breeders are much
The awareness is a
The awareness is a lot
better. We are just trying to say
there is a long way to go.
long way to go. The lifespan of a
bulldog is about eight years whereas
average dogs it's about 12 in the
UK. People are spending a lot of
money trying it fix the problem? Are
they moving on. Is there a solution
to this in
There are things in
place, absolutely things in place to
help. One of them is to bring in...
To health test the dogs. It's not
compulsory, but it's really, really
useful because there are breeders
out there who health test the dogs.
The problem they have is the gene
pool is getting gradually so much
smaller to eliminate the problems.
It's such a tricky thing.
back to what the breed standard used
to be like when they were working
dogs. They had to be athletic. If
you think hundreds of years ago what
the dogs look like?
That is far
removed from the bulldog we know
Over the years we
have made them what we feel is
cuter. The physical attributes we
look for dogs that make them cute,
the bulldogs, in some dogs that can
cause them problems. It's a real eye
opener. You have professionals in
this documentary who are saying,
it's like a call to arms. A lot of
professionals saying if we are not
careful this breed will not be fit
for life. It's a hard thing to hear.
It's a tricky thing because you meet
bulldog owners and they are... I
mean, every animal owner is devoted
to their dog. Bulldog owners love
their dogs so much.
Nobody is saying
Never, this is not to
vilify. This is not to vilify people
in anyway. A lot of the time it's
admirable. A lot of the dog owners
they really have an undertaking to
take care of these dogs. They have
medicine cabinets. It's a ritual to
- for Bulger dog owners it's a
ritual to get them out-and-out in
the morning, like a baby.
You can see Catherine's programme
Saving the British Bulldog on 14th
of March at 9pm on BBC One
and at 10.45pm if you're
watching in Scotland.
How do you celebrate the life of one
of the UK's best loved entertainers?
With a spectacular
variety show, that's how.
Carrie was backstage the night
the stars came out to pay
tribute to our friend,
the great Sir Bruce Forsyth And
didn't they do well.
Tonight at the London Palladium on
the eve of what would have been his
90th birthday, we remember one of
our favourites -- Brucie.
Saturday night television. Watching
the rest of the family laughing and
watching him. So you are enjoying
his programmes and also enjoying the
atmosphere that he created.
truth of the matter is the British
public were his audience. When he
came out they went Our era was wild.
Real showbusiness and we we went
into it because we wanted to
perform, not to be famous. There's a
difference. That's what Bruce loved.
He was a good friend to he m. He was
so kind. I met him, he's a huge
legend of showbusiness, I'm nobody.
He took me under his wing and
generous with with his time,
knowledge and wisdom.
variety. A Jack of all trades,
master of all trades. He had a
remarkable ability to be very rude
to people and they didn't mind.
always loved that. We had a similar
jaw line. So you know.
You have the
For all I know he was relate
toed to me. Late -- related to me.
He was such a good friend.
miss him. It's his birthday
tomorrow. Happy birthday Brucie.
backstage where preparations are
under way for tonight's performance.
There are singers, actors,
entertainers. Everything Bruce would
have held dear. Michael are you in
the bathroom? Good luck. Break a
leg. That is what you say in
showbusiness, isn't it
up you go. No warm-up. These die
Guided to the
right place. It's here.
Break a leg.
We are about to start. They are just
doing their last bit of tapping. I'm
off to watch from the wings.
STRICTLY THEME TUNE
As the night goes on the heart felt
tributes keep coming.
# You'll be there
# Between each line of pain and
Good for you.
# You make me feel so young
# You make me feel there are songs
to be sung
# As to be wrong and a wonderful
How was it?
What a lovely
What is it like out
You look down and seeing loads of
familiar faces out there. Everyone
coming to do the same thing. This is
the stage to do it, London
Palladium, Brucie's second home.
fact they are asleep takes the
pressure off a little bit.
grand finale, performing a song that
Brucie just loved, Dame Shirley
# Being in love
You'll be able to see the full
show on Sunday night.
Sir Bruce: A Celebration
is on at 9pm on BBC One.
We are joined by Sir Bruce's wife,
Lady Wilnelia Forsyth.
A warm welcome to the show.
That must have been
bittersweet in a way, a lovely
sensation to see all those people in
that room speaking so fondly about
It was an incredible
night and as you can imagine very
emotional for us as a family, but it
is something we will treasure for
ever. There was so much love and
affection there. We had not only the
family, but our closest friends and
a lot of fans. The atmosphere was
incredible and I hope if people
watch the show on Sunday they get
that kind of atmosphere as well.
What is it like for you when you
hear the stories of people saying
how he touched their lives and how
he made them feel?
I have always
been extremely proud of him. Not
only because of his professional
achievement, but personally he was
an incredible husband and father.
One example I can give you, we have
so many letters from so many people
and one of the letters was this lady
who mentioned she lost her mother at
the beginning of the year and then
her father had Alzheimer's. But
somehow he did not remember her, but
somehow he remembered Bruce. All the
time the doctors used to come into
his room he used to make them say,
nice to see you, to see you nice. It
shows you that somehow he made
people laugh, like you. So glad you
I have an amazing memory
of Bruce and I was due to do a show
with him that he could not be there
in the end. I was really nervous
because I was doing a tribute to
Victoria Wood and Bruce sent his own
personal pianist to my home to
practice with me.
We used to love it, it was
always a highlight. We ended up
going through his routine at one
point. He was showing us what he did
in bed before breakfast. You were
married 34 years. What are your
memories of when you first met Sarah
What was your first
impression? I met him in 1980. I was
living in Paris and I was invited to
be on the Miss world competition as
a judge five years before I was Miss
world. We met and he was one of the
judges as well. I thought it was
very kind of him. He was making the
girls so relaxed and at ease, and he
asked one of them, what do you eat
at Christmas? It was a silly
question, but then I could see he
was so wonderful. After the
competition finished they had the
gala and we danced and we danced all
night and it took a bit of time for
him to ask me to dance. I had a
friend of mine, he thought it was my
boyfriend, and then after that he
asked me for a dance and I never
went back. One of the things that
were special that he told me when
the evening was finished coming he
kissed my hand and said goodbye and
said, by the way, I have got five
daughters. I thought, why is he
telling me that? Maybe he does not
want to see me again. But these
girls have been amazing in my life
and I want to wish them a wonderful
mother's day and to all the mothers
in England. They have been
incredible and they have been my
rock. It has been a difficult time
for all of us. But somehow we are
strongly together and I am so glad
to have them as part of my life.
Thank you so much for coming in and
we will watch on Sunday night.
you, and can I say quickly for the
people who are donating, thank you
for the donations and for married
fury and you can go to the website
and Puerto Rico is still struggling
in many ways and I know Bruce will
thank you as well.
Thank you for
coming in. We look forward to the
Sunday night celebration.
We look forward to the Sunday
Just four days until Alex sets off
on The Mother Of All Challenges -
a week of swimming, climbing,
cycling, caving and running
all to raise awareness for maternal
health and much needed money
for Sport Relief.
Thankfully I'm not alone -
time to meet my next
two "mothers in arms",
Amal And Debbie.
The mothers and I are facing a
difficult week of challengers, but I
know that together we can do it.
There is something really nice about
a team of people doing something as
opposed to an individual. They have
been training hard for the past few
weeks and today it is time for me to
acclimatise myself and braved the
cold waters. The challenge certainly
feels real now and I think anxiety
Today is the first time
we get to take a look at Alex and
make sure she is in the right
condition and the right place to
take on this monumental challenge.
It is difficult to swim because you
are breathless before you start. You
know it will be called, but it is
The one thing I know
is psychologically she is tough,
which is a great thing on a
challenge like this. Alex is quite a
bit behind the others. They started
a bit before her and they have been
We are going
to keep it light and fun. I hope no
one falls off. My name is Amal, I am
31 and I live with my husband and my
baby boy. John and I wanted a baby,
so getting pregnant was not a
surprise. What was surprising was
the degree to which it affected me
physically and then later mentally.
I felt like a different person. I
really expected that to lift at some
point during the pregnancy. But it
Amal's mood was affected by
her lack of energy in the pregnancy
and due to the position of the baby
she had to have an emergency forceps
delivery and this caused a long-term
Household tasks were
difficult for me. I found it
difficult picking him up. I realised
he was not happy, what I did not
realise was I had postnatal
depression. I was irritable, I was
not enjoying being a mother, I was
just doing it.
With the help of her
husband and family, Amal began to
feel more like herself and was able
to bond with her son.
I started with
a personal trainer, I met with the
women's health physiotherapist and
together they helped guide me. I
focused on getting back to exercise
and I think that is when I started
turning a corner in my
Having lived with
that experience it inspired Amal to
volunteer herself for the challenge.
For me it marks that gap between a
relatively difficult period in my
life and a new hopeful, more able
That is brilliant. What about
you, Debbie, why did you think this
is for you?
I am menopausal, what
can I say? You do random. But for me
it is almost like the end to my
recovery. My first two pregnancies
were fine and with baby number three
I suffered a placenta eruption. I
was rushed to the hospital,
emergency Caesarean, and she came
out and she was basically dead.
There was no heartbeat, she was not
breathing and she was like that for
19 minutes. But they managed to get
her going. I asked if there would be
quality of life? I was told there
would be some quality of life. She
is absolutely perfect. She is so
I am so lucky. After a
difficult start with Ellie, a year
later Debbie had her fourth daughter
and it was a few months after this
birth that she found herself unable
Everything seemed very dark
and they did not seem to be an end
to the darkness. I had a meltdown
and I knew I had to go see someone.
I was able to realise that where I
had been so super strong when Ellie
was born, you cannot carry on being
that strong for ever. Part of the
reason I want to do this challenge
is to raise awareness. So many
mothers out there are struggling. It
is OK to say, I am struggling. It is
going to be fun. 50 for goodness'
I just want to relish the fact
I have a healthy body, a healthy
I think together we are a
strong team. We have given birth, so
this is going to be a walk in the
We are doing it!
She says. We will get to the team in
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Now, the team. Welcome back.
we start I have to say thank you so
much for sharing the story is so
honestly. It will resonate with so
many mothers out there which is the
point. You have already done a lot
in terms of that. But, yes, the
challenge still does lie ahead.
Let's recap. What are we doing? Open
water swimming in Loch Ness. We will
be cycling through the Lake
Earlier on you said when you first
heard about it you thought it was a
nice day out.
That is what
comes from not reading the small
print. How are we feeling? We missed
a week of training because of the
snow and, Amal, you are ill.
you now? I am fine now, but I would
not have been if I trained. I am
glad I had a few days off. I was hit
with a cold, it was bad.
You are not
taking your families with you and it
is tough because mother's day is
Yes, because we start on
mother's day. Physicality aside,
that is my biggest worry. Six days
is a long time to be away from
little Ted and your children as
well. Jodie, that is something that
Yes, mother's day is a
nice event. I wake up and have
pancakes and coffee.
They make you
Yes, it is so nice. It is
a big deal for me and it is the
longest time I have been away from
my youngest. The oldest one is old
enough to have a conversation with
and they know about it, but the
youngest one does not. It will be
mentally really challenging.
the swim on a Sunday. Your faces say
it all. Is that what you are most
worried about, Leigh?
Yes, it is
horrific for me. I have got out a
couple of times swimming in Loch
You are brave.
maybe a better word for it. Some
ladies do it for fun and swim in
their bathing costumes at this time
of the year. But I had the wet suit
on and it is still awful.
I will see
you on Saturday.
Sir Bruce: A Celebration
is on Sunday on BBC One and you can
see Catherine's programme Saving
the British Bulldog
on BBC One next Wednesday.
Tomorrow we'll be joined
by Hollywood star Susan Sarandon.
She is our third Oscar winner
Alex Jones and Matt Baker are joined by Lady Wilnelia Forsyth to talk about what life was like with her beloved husband, Sir Bruce Forsyth. Plus Catherine Tate is on the show to discuss her new documentary Saving the British Bulldog.