09/01/2017 The One Show


Shane Richie joins Matt Baker and Michelle Ackerlely to talk about life after Albert Square. Plus can a hi-tech gadget really combat loneliness? Iwan Thomas has been to find out.

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Well, hello everyone and welcome to The One Show with me, Matt Baker,


and lead us say hello to Michelle Ackerley will be here while Alex is


away. You all right? Feeling good, a lovely welcome I will be here at the


start of the week and the lovely Angela Scanlon will be here at the


end of the week. Want me to do this one? Let me give it a go. If you are


an east Enders fan stated as we have a special surprise for one woman who


used to live in the real life Albert Square. It is no coincidence because


our guest used to be the landlord of the Queen Vic and now he's back on


the stage and only finished in panto yesterday. Oh no, I didn't! Are you


still wearing the green tights, Shane? It's Shane Richie! Funny you


should say that, underneath these tight jeans I am still wearing green


tights. Goodlad. What a strange experience, of course I wore green


tights but they were more like Belvedere. They looked quite good.


Any ladders? Liverpool am still shaping a bit. Was sentimental


parting with them? Who had a good season. We were there for three


weeks, if anyone familiar with the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton


Jessie and I played Robin Hood and Marion. It was a musical


extravaganza, we played 2/60 5000 people the weeks. We were talking


about how panto is getting bigger and bigger every year. The success


of Cinderella at the Palladium, I think panto is bigger every year and


it is great fun. I finished last night. You are a trooper. Later on


we will talk about the fact that even though you're finished


yesterday you are rejoicing today for a new play, and your new leading


lady is from Strictly, Laura Whitmore. We will talk about this


new play. Today Prime Minister Theresa May


made a speech laying out her plans to tackle the stigma


of mental health - with a particular emphasis


on helping children and young people Amongst her proposals


she said that by 2021, no child will be sent away


from their local area to receive treatment for mental health issues -


a promise which has come too late Adele Hanlon and her family have


made the journey from Bristol to Newcastle to see her 17-year-old


son, Eddie. Because Eddie has severe mental health issues. Two years ago


he was sent to live in a specialist hospital here. So every month


without fail Adele and her family couch planes trains and automobiles


to make the 600 mile round trip to see Eddie. Today I am joining them.


Nice to meet you, how are you doing? How was your journey? Looking


forward to seeing Eddie? Yeah. According to figures obtained by


Community Does zine every month one seriously ill child is sent 200


miles from home to get the care they need, Adele expected Eddie to be


away for nine months but three and a half years later he is still here.


What do you feel you have missed out on, with himself are away? Silly


things like he had his first shave. Everything. I came away from the


visit sobbing because I had missed such a rite of passage, as a young


man. It tears you apart. Eddie has lived in the medium secure unit at


Saint Nicholas Hospital since it was 13. He has a range of complex


difficulties including autism, dyspraxia and a learning disability.


Growing up, he went to a couple of different schools because they could


not meet his needs. He was regularly asked to stay home because he was


not coping. He felt a lot of rejection to constantly move from


school to school, it was quite unsettling and the more he was at


home the more he became unsettled, became really violent could not


control himself and we were told, we need to section him. Being so far


from home is a massive barrier. If he had a bad day and we went to see


him, if he was in Bristol we could go back the next day. Logistically


it is hard. Eddie's commission has since greatly improved and Adele is


determined to bring him closer hum, she's launched a campaign to get


better NHS facilities in her area that can accommodate Eddie and other


children like him. Her online petition has already amassed almost


66,000 signatures. How much does that petition mean to you and what


your mum is doing for you and other families? Near him and it means a


lot. It is important. It made me happy when I first heard it, mum


phoned the water to tell me and it made me happy. We are going to get


you closer to home. - Mum phoned the ward. I can't wait, thank you for


this. He knows we desperately trying to get him home, he knows that the


lack of provision... The lack of provision for children like him in


the south-west, there is nothing and we need to find out why and how we


can change that. In Bristol, Adele is moving further campaign forward,


she is meeting the clinical commissioning group and local


authority to see if they can create a plan to get Eddie cared for closer


to home. She hopes he could become a model for other youngsters in the


south-west. Carol Watson oversees mental-health care for young people


for Bristol health Council. What we want is to develop something


personalised for eddies we are bringing together all the different


people who need to support him and make sure there's plenty of time for


whoever provides that service to get know Eddie really well so that we


can carefully bring him back to Bristol at the right point for him.


A really, really positive meeting. Everything has been put together


now. It's exciting. It is new for them and for us. Really positive.


Adele does not know when she will have things in place to bring Eddie


home although she hopes it might be by the end of June. Once this is in


place for Eddie this can help other people in the same position, so


knowing this help others it's really positive, it's brilliant. Until then


the 600 mile round trips will continue each and every month. In a


way you grieve for the child who is not uncommon you grieve for the


child you want to be, it's horrible. He amazes me. I don't know how he


lives how he lives and is still cheerful. He is just lovely. 600


mile round trip. Is shocking. We plan to revisit Adele in six


months for an update You filmed last year with Eddie and


Adele, what is the plan? And delighted to tell you that the


future is looking brighter. Eddie turns 18 in August and his family


are delighted with their local NHS services and authorities because


they are looking at housing options and they are on course for Eddie to


be back in his home area of Bristol by the middle of the year, in his


own house or a flat with a full time carer, it means that he will be


closer to the family be a proper family again and


give him the support and love he needs. They hope that in that more


relaxed environment he can have more access to education and maybe get a


job. His mum says they just want him happy, home and healthy and after


all those years of doing that 600 mile round trip once a month it


looks like it is on the cards. His mum says she's lost a big chunk of


his childhood because of this. We heard from Theresa May that she


wants to see the back of these at a very placements for young people,


what else has she said? She announced a few initiatives. One was


that about one in three secondary schools will get mental health first


aid training with a plan to roll that staff and teachers will be


trained to spot the signs of mental health issues, flag it up and


hopefully get the children the support and help they need. She also


announced an extra several million pounds for community projects and


she's redirecting some of NHS funding for online services so if


you feel you have a mental health issue and you are on a waiting list


to see your GP there will be more help available online. Some positive


initial steps. You spoke to Adele today. What are her thoughts? It was


Adele's first visit to Eddie today after Christmas so she was making


the 600 mile round trip as Theresa May was speaking. When she says it


is her dream but by 2021 no family has to go through what she does and


that people can be treated in their local area. Yet there are caveats.


What does the local area mean, the town, the county? Where will the


funding come from? And she says she really worries that the government


has underestimated how many children like Eddie there are, being treated


in different parts of the country. She welcomes the ?15 million yet


says you must bear in mind that it will be divided among 100 places, so


?50 million sounds a good headline figure but how much will it help?


She has welcomed the schools initiative yet says that long-term


she would like it rolled out in primary schools because Eddie was


only four when his problems started. In the main she was thrilled that


Theresa May is talking about taking the stigma away from mental health,


seems to be doing something and sparing other families from the


heartache that they have gone through. And that our Prime Minister


is talking about it. Thank you for that.


Now - it's time to visit a square to the East of London with some


colourful residents and a real sense of community.


Does this sound familiar, Shane? I haven't got a clue what you are on




EastEnders, a roller-coaster of plotlines from young love to arson


and even murder. OK, so that much drama in one small community cannot


be real. But what about Albert Square itself? Well, that is not


entirely fictional. In fact the inspiration for Albert Square came


from a real east End community in a real place right in the heart


factly. And this is it. Fasset Square. It does seem strangely


familiar. Not surprising. East Enders's first producer, Tony


Holland, lived nearby and drew inspiration from the places around


him. There is a local pub with a launderette next door. There is a


bustling street market. There are even businesses under the railway


arches, including Mitchell motors. And of course a square of Victorian


houses surrounding a garden complete with those famous iron railings. One


Show fewer who lived here as a child, after watching a feature we


did on the 30th birthday of Eastenders, had an idea. Could we


track down the real East and children that she grew up with that


hasn't seen for 60 years? It was a nice place to live because it was a


really friendly community. We all played together in the square. Along


here? Yes, we would play hopscotch. You sent me a wonderful photo that


I've had printed out with all the children. That was the street party


for the coronation. 1953. Where are you? That's me, I'd have been ten.


And that is Rosalind's brother, Charlie. And this boy was Freddie.


But those gardens behind the railings you could not access them.


They were completely overgrown and the gates were locked. We used to go


around collecting ladybirds of the leaves. Frannie is hopeful she can


meet her old pals again and reminisce about days gone by in


Fasset Square. So we put The One Show's people finding expert on the


case. Could this be her hardest challenge yet? Normally I am asked


to trace just one or to people. The photograph is a great place to stop


because it gives me the names of the children, they would not have been


old enough to vote but the electoral register provides the names of their


parents so I can begin to create family trees in the hope of finding


as many people as possible. After months of research Kat makes a


breakthrough. She has found Freddie, one of the old friends pictured in


that photograph. And he's back in the square with his wife after 25


years. We are back here, Carol, after a long time. At number 41 was


Ethel and Charlie. We were at number 28. That's right. The family tree of


Fasset Square is building up and Kat has found even more of the childhood


friends. Ross and Charlie Sykes lived at number 31. We were good


friends with Frances, it would be lovely to catch up with her again.


The old neighbours start gathering, Fran has no idea what is in store,


surprises and shocks from the real-life EastEnders later in the


show. It's a special treat, we are going to go in, have a surprise, and


a The good thing about the One Show,


you don't have to wait until tomorrow for the cliffhanger! That's


coming up. Did you know about Fassett Square? Watching your face


was brilliant! I was thinking, what's Albert Square, what's Fassett


Square? In 2002 when I started the show, I was shown a picture of what


Albert Square was based on, but seeing it come to live is


incredible. We have a picture of you as a child with your friends. You


haven't... With your colourful little top on. My tank top! Have you


thought about having a reunion with people in that photo? One of them's


my brother, so I see him... Was it the local crew? We look like the


cast of Fagin's gang. Look at us. A council house area, a winter 's


refuge where people would stay. I grew up surrounded by children at


the women'srefuge and I loved it. I still keep in touch with some of my


schoolmates, but it's a long time ago, isn't it? Great memories. You


are still looking good, Shane. Back off, I am married! You were off the


stage in Robin Hood, and now it's gone all dark. The play, Not Dead


Enough. Peter James Harris sold over 60 million copies of the book world


wide and it's a real dark story. -- has sold. I play detective Roy


Grace. There are three suspects and no proof. Myself and Jessie did a


play last year, A Perfect Murder, but this deals with a serial killer


in the Brighton area. Today I saw the stage for the first time, it was


all laid out. The cast around me is the cream of British theatre. And


Laura Whitmore plays my girlfriend. The lovely Laura. Your first day of


rehearsals today? The cast have been together a week, they are off the


book, I am going, what am I saying? But reading the story and getting


into character, I'm hoping people come and see it, but nothing like


this has been done on stage before. Really dark and at times quite


harrowing. I am scaring myself talking about it. Your character is


based on a real person. I met him last year, David. I will be spending


time with him. He is a detected in Brighton. I wanted to go out with


him one night on patrol and talk me through some of the procedures that


I need to know to play this character. Reading the script, guys,


I'm going, really? Are we going to get away with this onstage? We are,


and we will. How have you found the transition from the musical... Not


quite yet. Boys and girls! No, as soon as I finished last night, 12


shows on the bounce, we got the kids home and they were crying this


morning because it was the school run and I had to come to London to


start rehearsing. But that's finished now and my head is totally


into this play. I love a good whodunnit. Your chosen subject on


mastermind was Columbo. Was it really? You think you know who has


done it at the beginning. The whole audience is convinced you have got


the guy, but my character says, no, it might not be the right guy.


Brilliant. Write to the last page. It's gone all quiet now! You are off


on tour all over the country with it. Not Dead Enough, you start in


Dartford on January 25th. All around the country. Really excited. You are


into your high-tech gadgets. You got one of these at Christmas. Yes. It


replicates things you can do on the internet by voice command? It's the


most bizarre thing, it was bought for me by Father Christmas, by my


wife, and my kids talk to it. You have to call it Alexa. Is it


working? I don't know. You have to be careful. Have you heard what


happens if you say the sentence? Someone told me today! It happened


on telly in America. This girl went to order a Wendy house. $70. There


she is. So cute. And she ordered some cookies as well. She did it


without telling her parents, and the biscuits arrived. And it made the


local news, and the news Carter said the sentence that she said, and


everyone watching who had one of them, they then had a Wendy house


delivered to their house. You have to be so careful! Let's stop talking


about Wendy houses! My kids say, Alexa, can you play little mix? My


kids this morning, who is Shane Richie? Shane Richie is a stand-up


comedian, actor... It's the most bizarre thing, brilliant. You can


link it to the house and say, Alexa, can you put the telly on? Can we


watch the One Show? Careful! We wondered if devices like this could


have a more valuable role. There are so much we can be thankful


for when it comes to technology, making things quicker and easier,


and replacing jobs we used to do ourselves. How far can it go when


substituting that most precious things, human interaction? Bob lost


his wife five years ago and has found adjusting to life on his own


difficult. I do suffer from loneliness at times, particularly


weekends. Amazon Echo is the latest voice control technology to hit the


market. Alexa, tell me about the Amazon Echo. It is designed around


your voice and can provide music, information, weather and more. Can


this help Bob with his loneliness? I am alone now. I know it's true.


There was a time when we were two. Those were the days when we would


chat and do little jobs, like this and that. The rooms were empty.


There's not a sound. And I feel quite lost as I wander around, to


look for jobs that I can do. To bring back those days, when we were


two. Bob, in modern life, do you think there is a place for


technology to help with the loneliness? For the existing lonely


elderly people, in their 80s or 90s, I don't think technology has got a


lot for them. So you are a bit sceptical? I'm afraid I am. I bought


Bob this device to use for the weekend, but will it be smart enough


to change his get kisses? It is called Alexa. I will give you an


example. -- to change his scepticism? What is the weather? 60


degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Let me try. Alexa, can you play


Glenn Miller's Moonlight Serenade, please?


Moonlight Serenade Plays. Stop, Alexa. See what it does to me?


Sorry. What would make you smile? Tommy Cooper singing, Don't jump off


the roof. I have left Bob with Alexa to see how they get on. I am back to


see how Bob got on this weekend with his new toy. How much is the price


of petrol? I have come to the conclusion that the technical


capabilities are more aligned to the younger generation. It is far too


advanced, and it takes away from me the necessity of writing in a diary.


What did you find it good for? I asked it how to boil an egg. The


boil an egg, put a pinhole in the round end to avoid cracking, and


boil in water. OK, that's fine. I want to cook a pork chop. Sorry, I


didn't understand the question. As far as I am concerned, cooking


questions, I'm going to have a problem. What about people who have


no one to talk to? Would they like the interaction? I don't think so.


You can ask questions and get answers, but there is no warmth, the


tones of a real person. BAA Alexa, you will hurt her feelings! Well,


tough, she is making a good living. Good on you, Bob. That is just one


example of many devices that will be in our houses over the next few


years. The mind boggles. It is scary. We have the lovely Shane. You


left east Enders were good but you have not left the character of Alfie


behind totally, because you and Jessie Wallace are standing in a


stand-alone drama in Ireland called Redwater. Which we filmed in five


months, hopefully on the BBC around March or April, and hopefully me and


Jessie welcome here to talk about it. An exclusive trail. Bring on


with you! Six on ours for the BBC, very excited. -- one alleys. Time to


go back to the true inspiration of Albert Square. And as ever, there is


about to be a dramatic surprise. Fassett Square in Hackney is the


real-life location on which East Enders' Albert Square is based. One


Show viewer Fran Shepherd used to live here and she asked us to help


trace some of her old friends that she hasn't seen for almost 60 years.


I am about to take Fran into the square's central garden. She wasn't


allowed in here as a child. Today she thinks she is getting a tour.


What she doesn't realise is that her childhood friends will be waiting to


meet her. So, come on in. It's really lovely, isn't it? Gorgeous,


clearly been done up. Finally after all these years, here you are. We do


have another surprise for you. What's that? You showed me this


photograph. I think it might be time for a slightly updated version. It


is looking a bit old. It is, definitely. I wonder if there is a


few people you might recognise. Oh, wow!


This calls for a street party, just like on Coronation Day in 1953. The


friends are soon reminiscing about times gone by. There are so many


stories to tell about the real east end. There was a party down the road


so we used to really down the road and take it there. And Fassett


Square also had plenty of real-life drama. My older brother clambered


over that gate and got his leg in pale on the gate. My mum had to get


a chair at and lift him off. Just like the Queen Vic in East Enders,


the local boozer was a centre for wheeling and dealing. People from


Billingsgate, a box of fish left over from sales. You would buy them


a pint... There was a little of that going on, but it was all legal as


far as I recall! Nothing like Eastenders, the show! It was!


Whether it was or wasn't maybe open to debate, but one thing 's for


sure, Fran and her Fassett Square pals need that black and white photo


updating. Three, two, one, East Enders! You kept that secret!


It was so nice to see everybody. A big surprise for me, actually. I


wasn't expecting this. Thank you very much.


What a lovely image. Those devices all over Britain are going nuts


after the conversation we had! Alexa, turn off! Thank you for


joining us, Shane Richie! Not Dead Enough starts on January 25th. We


will be back tomorrow with musical impresario Cameron Mackintosh and a


performance from the cast of Half A Sixpence. Hope you enjoyed the show.