David Walliams and Nicola Adams join Matt Baker and Alex Jones. There is music from Erasure and we meet 'Battling' Barbara Buttrick, the first women's boxing world champion.
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Hello and welcome to The One Show with Alex Jones.
Tonight's guests have both 'Got Talent' in bucket loads.
One is the current Olympic, World and Commonwealth women's
The other is a comedy heavyweight, making millions laugh
But Matt, I wonder what it would be like if their worlds collided?
So do I. . OK, we're ready to see what you're going to do. You're
right to counter that. Is COMMENTATOR: Great left hand. Do you
work out at all. Telling punches. There is real potential for you to
do really well. COMMENTATOR: Good left hooks there.
A lot of showing off your muscle. COMMENTATOR: Nicola Adams gets the
win that she wants. Please welcome Nicola Adams
and David Walliams! Fresh from the win. How are you?
Welcome, welcome. How are you, I've missed you. Are you well? I'm great.
You heard music you are not the only guest tonight. Singing live we have
music from Erasure. Keep it going team. Here we go.
# # I hear you calling
# Oh, baby, please # Give a little respect to me... #
Love it. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
That's perfect. Are you a big fan? I'm very excited.
I met them in the corridor. I am a genuine, huge fan. Me, too. I'm a
pet shop fan. There is rivalry. Some people say you correspondent be a
Erasure and a Pet Shop Boys fan. Yes, the Pet Shop Boys say that. Do
Erasure say that? Andy, what is the answer to that question. Is it OK to
like Erasure and the pep shot boys? I think it's fine to like both. I
really like them. I'm big fan of theirs. We've met them a couple of
times and we get on really well with them.
APPLAUSE Yes. Boring. We wanted to know if
they hate each other. Were you not in a Pet Shop Boys video in 2006.
Ufr' done your research. I was with Matt Lucas in I'm With Stupid. What
are your memories? Strange little theatre. It was fun. I was a fan
from childhood. I was a teenager in the 80s when they started out. To
come full circle, get to meet them, get to know them and be in one of
their videos was amazing. Pinch yourself moments. Now you have met
Erasure we will see if we can get you in one of their videos. Thank
you. Erasure will be performing their new song at the end of the
show. Nicola, you are fresh from your win at the weekend?
APPLAUSE Your fight against Maryan Salazar.
Fighting in your hometown as well, Nicola? Yeah, the crowd was
unbelievable. I bet. Couldn't believe. It better than I dreamed.
It was the noise, the chants. I loved every minute of it. How badly
did she duff you up in relation to how badly you duffed her up. How
were you feeling a few days after that fight? I don't look too bad.
Yeah, I'm all right. We will talk about David's new book, World's
Worst Children. On that note, we were wondering. We love the
character names. We were wondering whether you have some nicknames for
your children, maybe after something they've done today. For example,
right, Matt used to be. I was Spiller Baker. Every time a glass
was put on my table it was split everywhere. I was Ally Bongo. Let us
know their neighbouring names we will show them later on. What! Cries
of "what" from the One Show team. In 2014, a One Show investigation
found that some taxi companies were charging wheelchair users up
to four times as much as other The law changed last month
to try to put a stop to this overcharging,
but has it made a difference? Enema of us have to rely on taxis to
get around from time to time. It can be an expensive business. Surely,
the fares should be the same whether you are in a wheelchair or not.
Wheelchair users have long campaigned for an end to
discrimination on public transport, and it seems they've finally been
heard. A major change in the Equality Act, brought in last month
if a driver of an accessible taxi refuses to take someone in a
wheelchair anywhere or charge them more they could be find up to
?1,000. Is it making a difference? I have come to Nottingham toll see if
the cabbies are happy to take me around the city and whether they
will charge the same as my able bodies One Show colleague. There we
go. No problems getting a ride at the taxi rank. All the city's
Hackney carriages are accessible to wheelchair users. Because they are
on a meter charges should be the same. How much was yours? ?4.60. So
was mine, bang on. Perfect. So far so good. What about much uber. That
is not an option in Nottingham. They don't have wheelchair accessible
cars. They are working to expand their cars across the UK. We will
pre-book a private hire company through a local term. Good morning,
I was hoping I could get a car please, I'm in a wheelchair I will
need an accessible cab. We haven't got one available straightaway. You
are being looking at half an hour. How much ?12. How much is that? ?3.
50. That will be here straightaway. I have to wait half an hour and pay
four times the prif ledge. The cab arrives and, to be fair, the driver
can't do enough for me. -- privilege. My taxi ride was full of
extras. He made sure I was safe. It was four times the effort. It was
four times the price for me. It's not my fault. Overcharging isn't
just a problem here in Nottingham. We called 40 different private hire
firms across the UK and nearly half quoted a higher fare for a
wheelchair user, sometimes three times as much. That's despite the
changes to the law brought in last month specifically to prevent this.
Why are they not being enforced? This law only works if the councils
involved produce a form al list of wheelchair accessible vehicles. If
they don't produce a list, then the law doesn't come into effect in
their area at all. A substantial proportion of councils have said
they don't have any intention of creating such a list. It's bonkers,
really. One of those councils that doesn't have a list of wheelchair
accessible taxis is, you guessed it, here in Nottingham. I wanted to ask
the council why they are not doing what they need to make sure this law
is enforced. They couldn't provide anyone to talk to me. A spokesperson
told us that the council takes discrimination seriously. It's
developed a strategy to drive up standards and is intending to create
a list to prosecute drivers in the future. It seems that list can't
come soon enough. Is despite our earlier positive experience, as we
tried to take a Hackney carriage back to the station we encounter a
problem. The driver wants to charge us ?10 fixed fee for taking a
wheelchair. When challenged, he reluctantly agrees to put on the
meter and struggles to get the ramp out of the back of the vehicle. On
arrival at the station, he almost doubles the meter fare he claims
it's standard policy to charge extra for a wheelchair. The wheelchair...
OK. Thank you. Twice the price because you made him take me. Isn't
it a shame the wheelchair was an inconvenience for him. It's a joke.
We asked the local taxi drivers association for it is thoughts on
the sdpint. They failed to provide a response. I'm fortunate, I can get
out of my wheelchair, a lot of people can't. Until these laws are
enforced properly, there is still a long way to go.
Steve is here with us now to talk about this a little bit more.
Shocking. What happened to you there at the end, Steve? The whole
situation... Being in a wheelchair isn't my fault. It isn't the fault
of anybody in a wheelchair. To be charged four times as much as you
saw there, it's unreal. You have to remember this isn't always the case.
It's the same as anything, you get good people and bad people, people
who take advantage of situations. I was in a cab the other day on the
way to a charity dinner they said, don't worry about the fare, give it
to the charity. It isn't to say that everybody does this. It's the shame
there is the opportunity to do it. In your general every day are you
ringing up to get the best price are you getting quotes as opposed to
jumping in a cab? IPhone around and get the best price I can. You know
that you're being charged more than other people. It's just unfair. Tell
us then about this loophole that means that cab companies can get
away with charging you more? So, there was a new law brought in last
month that says for - from the Government, saying, please, can
local councils put together a list of taxi companies that have got
accessible cabs when their fleet. Right. Now, there is no law to say
that this list has to be enforced. The thing, is once you are put on
that list, you then have to charge the same for an able-bodied
passenger and a wheelchair passenger. Once you are on the list
you have to charge the same. There is no law to be put on this list in
the first place. Is it mandatory or mandatory to be on this list as far
as local councils are concerned. You have a reply? I have a reply here.
We asked the Local Government Association about this. They
represent 371 councils. We asked them to give us their findings. They
told us they encourage all their members to draw up a list of
designated vehicles. Encourage means it's not mandatory of course. They
told us the councils require drivers to undertake disability awareness
training when there has been complaints or when wheelchair users
have been refused entry to the taxi. We will keep an eye on this. Are you
getting a taxi home? Hopefully! Good luck. We will talk about Britain's
Got Talent. Are you watching? I love the show. Wonderful. Job done.
Here's the highlights from this year so far.
Place the dog on the top of your thighs.
APPLAUSE Feelgood, feelgood, feelgood all the
way, David. I mean, it never disapoints this show, does it? It's
really fun to do. We have genuine chemistry as judges together, we
have Ant and Dec the idea that anyone can come on the show and do
absolutely anything. Most people have something. You have an uncle
who can play the spoons. You don't have to be talented to do well on
it. We saw the man who did the hula hoops. These are my favourite acts.
The talented people bore me. I like people with no talent. What about
harpy Gardner. I was in school and asked about one of the children, who
is the untalented person you have on Britain's Got Talent. I said Simon
Cowell. He judges other people's talent. He has no talent.
His own, has he? We haven't seen you press the golden buzzer. You said it
yourself, you are not necessarily looking for talent. No. What are you
looking for? I've liked using the golden buzzer, the buzzer we press
to get someone through to the live semi-finals, to give someone a
chance who won't otherwise get through. The other judges have made
it very competitive because they think - if my golden buzzer wins
somehow that reflects well on me. This year it's quite an interesting
story. You will see it unfold on Saturday night at 8.00pm on ITV.
Don't know what's on the BBC. No-one will be watching because they are
watching ITV. It's quite an interesting story and quite
different golden buzzer for me. Someone coming back on the show to
prove me wrong. Is this person as good as Lorraine who was singing
while ironing. She was amazing. I loved Lorraine. Everywhere I go
people sing the Crumble show to me. Are you in touch? We are in touch
she did warm-up for me on my sketch show. I really like her. She's a
really, really funny lady. I really like Izzy Simpson, the magician. She
produced one of your books, didn't she? That was great. A free bit of
advertising. It moves us nicely on to the new children's book. It's
World's Worst Children 2 it follows number one. This is the line-up. The
ten here. Which one of those is your favourite?
Well, I tried to you know, have terrible traits for children, I
think Spoiled brat fun one, his parents are
billionaires -- spoilt Brad, he wants more presents every day but he
ends up drowning in chocolate cake at the end of the story. They are
cautionary tales about naughty children and what happens to them.
And this is your 17th Burke, including the picture books. You
must cough them out, David? Well, you know what? I met Michael
alacrity who wrote What Was, he taught me to get going! It too is
about whether I've got the time to write the books, I am working on new
books for the autumn, I love it. I bring out a book, and I get a tweet
on that date from a child saying, I just finished your new book, when is
the new one coming out? And its birds you on? It is a real thrill, I
never thought it would happen during my career. You have written for a
long time, you wrote for Ant and Dec? Yes, I would write on their
sketch show in 1995. And how different is it too when you started
on the children's books? I suppose that you trust your instincts a bit
more, when you have had a bit of success with something. And I
realise that you can take the story anywhere. The only limit is your
imagination. I have had to learn that. I was used to writing for
television where they turn up and say, we cannot do this, it is too
expensive... I've began to make the bug is epic. There are no limits.
Where you a big reader as a child? A little bit... Who was your
favourite? My favourite character in... No, when you were younger.
Have you read this one? It would probably be Competitive Colin! We
know another one of those, don't we? We do! We do! We wanted to find out
how you can purchase of the characters in the book, David, maybe
you would qualify as one of the World's Worst Children? The thing
is, to find out, we obviously needed to get someone on who knew David as
a boy... Please welcome David's mum, Cathleen! APPLAUSE
It is lovely to see you, are you all right? Come on in. Cathleen, how are
you? Don't be nervous. She is never off our screens! How do we think the
series of Britain's Got Talent is going? Umm... It is OK. I am dying
to see what his golden buzzer is. Yes, aren't we all? I think it is
Berry good. My mum was on last year. -- very good. She stood in for Simon
Cowell. And why didn't you have her back? He was quite angry, my mum got
a great response. People on Twitter said that she needed to come on
every week. He did not like it. He is insecure? Let's move on to your
son... As a young lad. Fussy Frankie is one of the characters, he does
not like fruit or vegetables. Is that something like David when he
was younger? David was not good with fruit or vegetables when he was
younger. And in fact, I remember picking him up from school one day,
and he had a large swelling in his cheek. And I thought, my goodness,
has he hurt himself? No, they had had apple crumble for pudding which
he did not like. He had got a piece of Apple which he kept in there all
afternoon... All afternoon? Cause he was too frightened to spit it out! I
was going to spit it out between the cafeteria and the classroom but I
did not get the chance! It was there for three hours. It must be a world
record for how long someone can keep Apple in their mouths! We mentioned
Competitive Colin, the most competitive child, was David a
competitive boy by nature? Yes, I think so. He has an older sister.
She was very much into performing. She liked to recite poetry, so we
had a little puff in the living room. She would stand on it and
recite a poem but David decided he did not like that, so he pushed her
off! David! He stood on it himself and did not know any poems, so he
just won't pa pa pa pa pa pa! What was he like doing his homework, was
he into his writing as a little boy? As additional boy, I don't think so.
He was into his writing, -- as a little boy. He wrote for the school
magazine. Was he a goody two shoes? No. Was he naughty? No, not
particularly. The Miller in the middle? No, he was not a bad sign.
Not one of the worlds worst? Definitely not! We are going to talk
about your new autobiography shortly, Nicola.
And the worlds worst children is out next Friday. We will be inundated
with tweet saying, keep Cathleen on! APPLAUSE
From one chapter in life to another...
For elderly people who have to make the move into a care home,
the last thing they want is to be split up from their partner
Just last week, Britain's most senior family judge said more should
be done to keep couples together, and in this next film Esther hears
two stories that show exactly why this is so important.
The marriage fell promises that a loving couple will stay together in
sickness and in health, until death do us part. But when a loving couple
is forced to separate towards the end of their lives it is
heartbreaking for them and their families. Our story is of two older
couples, each linked by love, yet faced with the prospect of being
forced apart. Two couples, two very different outcomes. John and
Marjorie Smith from Blackburn had been inseparable since they married
in 1950. But after nearly 65 years together they could no longer care
for themselves at home. So their daughter, Gill, was delighted when
they were both admitted to the Ravens wing man are
-- wing care home in 2014. They were given a front bedroom and a double
room, and they were allowed to live together as a married couple. I
looked after myself in that time and John. Did you? Even here when you
were together? Yes. In January 2016, John suffered a major stroke and was
hospitalised. Because of his medical needs, the local clinical
commissioning group said that he could only be discharged to a
nursing home. They agreed to find one where both he and his wife could
live together. But there was a problem. Of the two nursing homes
they found, one could not take couples with different care needs
and the other did not have nurses trained to deal with John's medical
needs. So nowhere, it seemed, had the facilities for John and Marjorie
to stay together. I spoke to the owner of the care home here. He
suggested that we put forward to them that maybe my father came back
here and we brought the nursing to him. It sounds sensible? It seemed
to tick all of the boxes. But when the local NHS body met to cost the
proposal, they made their final decision. They said when my dad left
the hospital it would be to a nursing home and nowhere else. John
had to stay in hospital for ten weeks while they were waiting for a
home that could look after both him and his wife. When he was ready for
discharge, if he could have been somewhere together, he would have
lasted an awful lot longer I think. He spent his last hours with me
holding my hand all the time. She sat by his bedside from Easter
Saturday to the following Wednesday when he died. There's nothing you
can do. He's not going to get better. So there. But I believe to
word, because I loved him. -- believed that he would. He didn't.
We asked the clinical commissioning group why they could not find
somewhere where John and Marjorie could stay together. They gave this
reply... But is it really so difficult to
accommodate a couple with different needs in the same home? Eric and Joe
Gregory from Worthing met 33 years ago. They had both been married
previously and felt incredibly lucky when they found each other through a
dating agency. Within a matter of a week or two... We were driving down
to Central Brighton to book a slot at the registry office! No! It was
settled within the month! Fabulous! Sadly, at 74, Jo developed dementia
and Eric became her full-time carer. Suddenly I felt everything was on
top of me. And I just can't cope. Jo was admitted to the local care home,
while Eric stayed alone at home. What was it like, being separated?
Lonely. And I'm on my own. So, after 16 months apart, Eric joined his
wife at Linfield house care home. Because of Jo's severe dementia, she
has to stay in a secure unit while Eric sleeps in a separate section of
the home. The important thing for Eric is that in the day, they are
together. After Eric has had his breakfast he will come to the sweet
word Jo is living. He can spend a whole day with her. They don't need
to ask permission. And it makes a difference? Definitely. Is it
important to have her with you all day so you can hold her hand and
kissed her good night? Yes. It is heartbreaking. Eric and Jo are
watching, we know because they sent this picture earlier today and they
wanted to say thank you. They wanted to say thank you to everyone who has
done a great job of looking after us. Nicola's new autobiography
explains how she went from this... We have a cute picture! To this! We
will chat about it in a moment but first, let's remind ourselves of
your historic victories in London and Rio...
What a stunning right cross from Nicola Adams, a driving red cancan.
An amazing shot! If that did not catch the eye of the judges, I don't
know what will! An amazing backhand! A straight shot from Nicola Adams...
Hitting the opponents as she comes...
CHEERING Nicola Adams! APPLAUSE
CHEERING Nicola, in your book you say that
after your first fight when you were only 13 years old, even though
women's boxing was not an Olympic sport, you knew that she wanted to
be an Olympic champion? I did. What was it about that fight that gave
you that belief? It was just seeing the reruns Earth Muhammad Ali, my
hero, seeing him when his Olympic medal, turning a pro and getting the
titles. In the ring myself I love the crowds and entertaining. When I
got a nice thought, this is for me and what I want to do. Weirdly,
wasn't it an exercise class that your mum did, which was the
beginning of your boxing? We have a lovely picture of your mum. She
won't thank us for this! This is your man... Here is Dee. One night,
she could not get a baby-sitter for me and my brother, they had an
after-school class at the same place, they took us down and we
loved it! And you said that Muhammad Ali was a big influence for you, as
was your mum. What were the similarities between your mum and
Muhammad Ali? They are both very confident and both went to the gym!
My mum is not a boxer but he was. She is very determined. She is
really strong minded. So was Muhammad Ali. I took that, and they
have both inspired me. You have really been pushing for women's
boxing to be recognised. What has been tougher, the struggle to do
that or winning in the ring? I think the struggle to do that! I can
imagine! I haven't done too badly on winning...! But we had to go through
all sorts to get women's boxing lifted. We did not have funding. To
the point where we would be sent away with kit and there would only
be a couple of bits. One goal would box and where the kit, and we would
have to go in next with it. It was bad. And sweaty!
You are renowned for your smile. When you go into a a fight, when do
you get focused, first thing in the morning or before you go in it. The
determination and you lose that smile? As soon as the bell goes,
that's it. I'm ready to go. Focused on my opponent. The competitiveness
comes out. I'm ready to - I want to win. How did you get into the zone,
David? Back to the swimming. You know, you have done some massivive
challenges in your time. How did you prepare yourself mentally then?
Well, I think actually it's something that people don't talk
about. I wonder if you will share this, Nicola. With athletes it's a
different class. You are an Olympic gold medal winner. It is a battle in
the mind as much as the body, right? Yeah it is. So many points you want
to give up. You have to think about winning and visualise the good
feeling if you get - for me, it was reach France. For you I guess it's
beating your opponent? Definitely. 50% mental and 50% physical. I can
get into the ring sometimes and look my opponent in the eye and I'll know
if they are up for it or if they've already lost. Raising the row file,
is it about you winning medals, you have done everything, or putting the
sport into a pedestal where people will notice it. What is your drive?
Yeah, I want to really raise the level of the women's professional
boxing. I want to get it up there so it's at the point where there will
be women headlining the big shows in Vegas or Wembley. I'd love to be
able to do that for women's boxing. There are so many great stories in
Nicola's autobiography. It's called Believe, out tomorrow.
Nicola isn't the only person who's been a trailblazer for women's
We'll find out how she transformed the sport in the 40s
First, here's Patrick Ayree on a British island where the
closest they get to rush hour is the regular periwinkle scramble.
Sounds like it has come out of one of your books, David.
At the mouth of the Dee Estuary, in the Wirral peninsula, lie the Hilbre
Islands. Over thousands of years crashing waves have skrupted and
shaped these islands into a beguiling wildlife haven. During the
summer months, pink carpets the island. Bees begin their busy work.
Swallows nest. The Hilbre Islands are surrounded by
one of the fastest tide al estuaries in Europe and it's the tides that
determine the rhythm of life here. -- tidal. At low tide, the islands
are connected to mainland Britain. The shallow water around Hilbre
becomes a foraging ground for oyster catchers. Muscle catchers would be a
more appropriate name. Their long bills are perfectly adapted to prize
them apart to provide a tasty treat. The birds search for food, flipping
over rocks to locate a meal. The exposed shore becomes a hive of
activity as thousands of periwinkles scramble to find the best place to
wait for the water to return. Barnacles close up to conserve
moisture, but a few still take their chance to filter feed as tiny
trickles of water pass by. Sea Slaters, large relatives of the wood
louse feed on seaweed and dead material that's been washed ashore.
Life may seem idyllic, but the serenity here can be deceiving.
Twice daily the tide rises and sea level can change by up to ten meters
in just a few hours. At high tide during the day the sky is filled
with flocks of birds, some looking for a safe place to land. Like many
British islands, summertime here provides a resting place for
feathered visitors. These birds will soon be on their way to the Arctic.
As summer hes comes to a close and autumn arrives the life here will
continue as time and tides wait for no man, barnacle or bird. Thank you,
Patrick. Lovely shots in that film. Very nice.s time Beautiful. Now to
welcome a woman who has a lot in common with Nicola. Real name,
Barbara Buttrick. In the ring she's known as...
COMMENTATOR: Please welcome Barbara The Mighty Atom. . Why are you
shouting. Welcome. Nice to see you. A legend. A hero of Nicola's as
well. Yes. You were the first woman to win a World Championship in
boxing in Texas, 1957. That is right. What do you remember about
that day? It was a great day because I won the fight. Of course! Yes. How
much fuss was made. This was the first time that that had happened,
wasn't it? Yes. We managed to get licences from the Texas Commission,
we had a promoter that wanted to put on the fight. So that was the main
thing. Who was your opponent and what do you remember about her?
Phyllis Kugler, she was bigger and heavier than I was. What are you
fighting in there? Bikinis. We were posing for publicity shots. We
didn't fight like that. We wore boxing trunks and a T-shirt. Women's
Bocking wasn't recognised to the mid to late 90s. How did you find
opponents to box in the UK? In the UK you couldn't get on shows and you
couldn't get in the gyms or anything so I went on the Bocking booths. I
wnt on a bootn in 1949,. Epsom Downs. All fairs. What does it sound
to work the circuit like that? It sounds like hard work. Very
controversial in the 50s and 60s? Yes. What would you come up against?
I challenged the crowd. If I got somebody to fight me, a woman to
come up andifying me, then I'd take her on. If I didn't, then I would do
an exhibition with one of the boxers on the shows. We'd maybe do three or
four shows a night. I did three seasons with the booth one in
Cornwall and Devon and one in Yorkshire I went over to France and
travelled in France for a season. I figure I must have done at least
1,000 exhibition boxing matches as well as... The reputation of women
boxers back then was very different to what it is today. How did you
cope with that? Well, I mean, it got a lot of criticism. The papers were
against us. The Board of Control wouldn't allow it. You just had to
be fighting it all the time. Eventually I went to the States
where it was more acceptable because there was quite a few girls training
in gyms throughout the States, the small promoters would put the fights
on. We heard, Nicola, one of your heroes is Muhammad Ali. You will
love this. Barbara said he was training in one of the same gyms as
you in Miami. Yes. All the great fighters trained in that gym. Chris
put fight on every two weeks. Angelo was his trainer. We were good friend
too right up to a couple of years ago when he died, you know. So it
was more action over there. You were there when Nicola won Olympic Gold,
weren't you, Barbara? I came over to London shech did erterrific in the
Olympics. This must be a dream come true for you to see what Nicola's
doing these days? Yes, it's developed to the point that it has.
I think it has to go a lot further. Yeah. We'd like to see more weight
classes for the girls in the Olympics because it's really not
fair that some of them can't go in the Olympics because they can't get
near the three weight classes they have. Do you follow that?
Definitely. I used to box bantamweight. When the free Olympic
weight classes came out I had to move down a weight division to go to
the Olympics. It's quite tough if you are in the middle and you are
too small to make the bigger weight and too big to make the smaller
weight. Hopefully it's a matter of time before they change that. We
have lovely footage of you Barbara training back in the day. Fantastic
footage here. I mean, I think we know the answer already, could you
still spar a bit? Well, a little bit. We've seen you. I've been out
of the ring for over 50 years. I could throw a few punches. I love
your earrings. Boxing gloves. I'll have to get some of them. Have a
chat. Thank you for popping in. Lovely to meet you.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Your story is being told in the City
of Culture in Hull? Hull is now the City of Culture, it's coming along
good. They have got a play that interacts with my day and the
present day, some women training in a gym they put on a show because the
pub that the gym was in was about to close. They wanted to keep it open.
So they put on a boxing show in it so it can raise money to keep the
pub open. There you are. You can see that in Hull during the festival.
Thank you. Maintaining an exact weight
is a vital part of a boxer's life - go over the limit at the weigh
in and you face disqualification. Miranda's met some more
competitors who share that same focus and determination -
but they aren't boxers. No, they are after the title
of Pet Fit Club slimmer of the year. Overweight dogs and fat cats.
Britain's pampered pets are piling on the pounds. Pet obesity is on the
rise, one in three dogs and one in four cats in Britain is overweight.
But there's a national competition to find the animal Slimmer of the
Year. And, it's time for the annual weigh in. The This year, some of the
most obese animals in the UK will be taking part in a six month weight
loss programme before one of them is crowned winner of the Pet Fit Club.
Since its launch in 2005 more than 100 animals have lost 68 stone
between them. Pets like Mikey. They hail from all over the country, some
of them have gathered here today in Derby for a photo shot to kick-start
the competition. Competing in Pet Fit Club 2017, Diesel, the sta
Staffordshire bull terrier. He loves scraps and stealing food from his
owner's grandchildren. His weight: Lola eats too many carrots. Ideal
weight, 12 lb. Actual weight 1 stone 2. Alfie the Beagle loves chips from
the takeaway. Ideal weight 2 stone 12. Actual weight 4 stone 10. And
Barnaby the cat so big he broke his cat carrier. Ideal weight 11l. His
downfall are their owners, Deborah and Dave. He would sit next to the
cooker looking at the oven because he knew there was something in the
Oven. Beef joints. Chicken or anything. Looking at it. He would
just sit there, quite patiently thinking - well, if I wait a little
bit longer, mummy and daddy will give in and I will get my own way.
Spoilt. So a very, very spoilt cat. That's not Barnaby's fault. That's
the fault of us. That's true. When you are told that we're potentially
putting him at risk by overfeeding him, with illnesses such as diabetes
and heart problems, it struck a few heart strings with us, didn't it?
Basically, we were putting him at risk from certain illness. We want
him around for a lot longer. We want to enjoy him as much as he enjoys
us, basically. So, yeah. As the portly pets line-up for the
way in, how do you tell if your pet is overweight? Rather than worrying
about the exact weight of your pet, if your body condition score is done
instead, it sounds posh but is a simple way of looking at the shape
of your pet. You want to see a nice waistline. Also, feel the ropes but
don't see them. Any extra folds or fat rolls at the base of detail or
around the neck are signs that they are over what they should be. -- at
base of the tail. Human food can catch people out. You underestimate
the number of calories in those foods and how different it is for
our eating a biscuit compared to our pets. If we give our cat a tin of
tuna, even a couple of times a week, it is like a human eating 35 chicken
nuggets... You would not do it twice a week and expect to stay at a
normal weight. Each of our contestants will now be given a
tailored diet and exercise programme, and will go to a monthly
weigh in. We will be back to see how they have got on!
Alfie the Beagle joins us now with his owner, Emily. Emily, we are a
month on. As far as the diet regime is concerned, what is it and how is
he getting on? He is being fed a lot less than what I was feeding him. He
has a new low-calorie food which makes him feel fuller compared to
what I fed him before. He is on two small meals per day compared to one
big meal. I was doing one long walk a day with him. Apparently that is
just that he needs to be on six short bursts rather than long walks.
Everyone in the family is taking him every ten minutes? Six walks is a
lot but you are seeing results, is Alfie enjoying it and feeling better
for it? Yes, you is loving it. He has got a lot more energy and is a
lot more awake. He is a lot more alert. I really like him! He is
really well natured. What a good lad! To give Alfie a bit of
'thin-spiration', this is last year's winner Oscar before he went
into the competition... Look at that! Here he is now with his owner,
Karen. APPLAUSE My word! Award winner, Oscar by name
and Oscar by nature! He is hardly recognisable. He is. It's hard to
believe that he lost over a stone! Yes, 39% of his body weight. Go on,
what happened previously? What have you done differently? He does not
have a Sunday lunch any more... That is what dad used to do! But since
then he has gone and so has mum! We do regular walks... 20 minute walks
and he is down to ten minutes with that one. He walks for miles now...
Uphill, downhill... Stairs... Alfie is having a little cough down there,
he is all right. He is off his collar. If he wants to have a
wander, you can. I think he is being a little too friendly! He has taken
a shine to Oscar, he really likes him! Hydrotherapy was a big part?
Yes, we did that on a weekly basis with Simon. Local to where we are.
Apparently, for every minute that they are in the water is equivalent
in muscles of a ten mile walk. You know all about this committee have a
Pomeranian who likes a dip? -- you have a Pomeranian, Bailey? Yes. But
even cuter after he has had a blow-dry! Post-swim, there you go!
And David, we must mention your dog at this part, you been having
hydrotherapy as well, here you are with him and Rob Brydon. If you zoom
in you have a classic case of dogs looking like their owners! He's a
lovely dog... Isn't he gorgeous? How long have you had him? Five years. I
love him so much. The snorting made me think of him, he loves to snort.
Anyway tissues? I probably feed him a different too much... It is hard,
what they love more than anything is being fed! And Bielik human food...
Well, good luck to Alfie, -- and they liked human food. Thank you to
your wonderful children with nicknames that you have sent in,
inspired by David's book. Annabel's son, Ralph, is also known as
Ralph-asaurus, because his first proper sound was a raw, and he is
two and a half years old. This is Lewis, who is the skinniest little
thing but insists that he is called Muscles! Thank you for all of the
photos that you sent in, sorry that we cannot show them all.
In a moment Erasure will be performing a new song
And another Nicola with her eyes on the prize tonight...
Here's Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, explaining
We have five other party leaders the chance speaking in their own words
about their political roots and motivations. He is the leader of the
Scottish National Party... -- here is the leader. I grew up in a
working-class community in Ayrshire, I remember a childhood that was
secure and very happy. When I was at school I was quite shy. My mum tells
the story about my fifth birthday party when I sat under the table
reading a book while everyone else played Ring Ring of roses! It was
while I was at secondary school that I became interested in what was
happening around me, this was in the 1980s when unemployment was
sky-high. These were all things I could see having an effect on the
community I was living in. I had the interests that other teenage girls
would have had. I had posters on my wall of Wham and cadger. I had all
of that and it gave way to my interests in politics. I was 16
years old when I first joined the SNP. I campaigned for the local
candidate in my constituency at the time, a wonderful lady called Kate
all. I have wonderful memories of driving
with her with a cigarette in one of her hands and the loudspeaker in the
other! She has been a huge influence on my political life. At that stage
there was never any expectation in my mind I would become a politician.
At that point I was focused on passing my exams and getting to
university, and becoming a lawyer. I came to Glasgow University in 1988
to study law. I haven't been in the law school for a good few years. It
brings back a lot of memories. I was first in my family to go to
university, which was a big thing. To this day I have a great picture
of me in my graduation gown and I remember being very proud of that
day. Then, I worked in the community centre in Glasgow. It was social
welfare, work housing, really helping people with debt problems in
a community that had really high levels of poverty. The experience I
had other law centre there, I carry that over into life as an elected
politician. It wasn't until Scottish parliament was established that I
saw a career in politics as something that was realistic. It was
at that point I knew that I wanted to do that. I met Peter 20 years ago
or more. We worked very closely together in the election campaign.
That developed from there. He is the most calm and Zen like
unflappable person you would ever meet.
A bit more fiery, with the tendency to be hot-headed. Very good for me
in the sense that he calms me down! No doubt it is different for women
in politics. You are judged differently.
Most recently, I had that meeting with the Prime Minister and the
Daily Mail the next day is focusing on our legs! You can laugh at that,
but there is a serious point there. If we are constantly reducing women,
even a woman Prime Minister and First Minister, to their clothes,
shoes or their legs, what message do we send to young women about how
they are valued in society? Proud of what we have achieved but there is
still a lot of work to do... Nicola Sturgeon there in her own words.
Jeremy Corbyn will be here and made a 30th. -- on the 30th of May.
We'll be hearing from the co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley
on Friday followed by the leaders of all the main parties
A huge thank you to to David and Nicola for being with us tonight.
David's new book 'The World's Worst Children 2' is out next Thursday.
And Nicola's autobiography 'Believe' is out tomorrow.
But right now - here with their new song
'Love You to the Sky' from their brand new
album 'World Be Gone', which is out this Friday...
# And I want to climb inside your head
# I love you to the sky, sky, sky, sky
# You can be my summer romance lies, lies, lies
# Know that I miss you baby, ooh woah
# And you know that I'm laughing inside
# And I want to climb inside your head
# I love you to the sky, sky, sky, sky
# Baby say it's me you're holding lies, lies, lies
# I love you to the sky, sky, sky, sky
# You can be my summer romance lies, lies, lies
Hello, I'm Elaine Dunkley with your 90 second update.
The Lib Dems launch their election manifesto - in a nightclub -
Presented by Matt Baker and Alex Jones.
David Walliams and Nicola Adams join Matt and Alex. There is also music from Erasure and we meet 'Battling' Barbara Buttrick, the 87-year-old who became the first women's boxing world champion in 1957.