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And in this week's Film Review we'll

take a look at The Shape of Water,

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in which Sally Hawkins falls in love

with an unusual creature.

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We have got a lot to fit in.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Nigel Nelson, political

editor of the Sunday Mirror

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and political commentator,

Jo Phillips.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Observer investigates

Britain's prison system,

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claiming two-thirds of prisons

are providing inadequate conditions

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or unacceptable

treatment for inmates.

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The Sunday Express says Theresa May

has declared there will be "no

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going back" on Brexit.

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The Telegraph leads

on claims prominent members

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of the Labour Party met eastern bloc

agents during the Cold War.

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The Mail on Sunday has

an interview with Brendan Cox,

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the widower of murdered MP Jo Cox,

who has stepped down from his role

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in two charities after admitting

inappropriate behaviour

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with a colleague.

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The Sunday Times says

the Education Secretary is looking

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at a number of university reforms,

including cheaper tuition fees

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for some courses.

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And the Sun on Sunday reports

on alleged marriage difficulties

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between pop stars

Cheryl and Liam Payne.

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So a variety of stories

on the front pages.

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We won't be looking at all of them.

Let us start with the Mail on

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Sunday. Brendan Cox. We have to take

issue, straightaway, with the

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headline. Yes, I was a sex pest,

confesses Jo Cox's husband.

He does

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not say that anywhere in the

interview at all. He certainly

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admits to inappropriate behaviour.

He apologises profusely for

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behaviour that may have made

colleagues feel uncomfortable. And

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he completely denies an allegation

about, I think it was in the Mail on

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Sunday last week, that he sexually

assaulted a woman in America. He has

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continued to deny that. And he says

that one of the descriptions of an

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incident in 2015 is massively

exaggerated. The headline, as is so

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often the case, belies the story

inside. There is no doubt it is yet

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another story of somebody who

perhaps now, with hindsight,

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realises that their behaviour, and

he does say I did not think it was

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predatory, I thought it was playful,

was inappropriate and caused deep

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distress.

Even though he is saying

it is a massive exaggeration,

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clearly some of the women involved

there are some to complain about.

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That right. Obviously he feels they

did have something to complain

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about, because he has resigned from

the two charities that he founded,

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the Jo Cox Foundation and More in

Common. And he says he will, for the

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time being, withdraw from public

life. We must not conflict this with

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what is going on with Oxfam and

other charities. We are in the same

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territory, but it is not the same.

It says all the way through that

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while he disputes are some of the

allegations made against him, that

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he is sorry that he made people feel

uncomfortable.

Letters move onto the

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Sunday Telegraph. Check agent claims

15 MPs met spies, not just Jeremy

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Corbyn.

John McDonnell and Ken

Livingstone. A total of 15 MPs. They

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see that this is ridiculous will

stop Ken Livingstone calls it a

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tissue of lies. Labour is describing

the allegations as absurd, which is

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what they have been saying all week.

The point about this is that we are

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going back to the 1980s. We are

going back to a different time.

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Gorbachev was then that changing the

whole nature of Russia and Eastern

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Europe...

Perestroika and glasnost.

Those great was we had at the time.

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MPs were meeting a lot of Eastern

Europeans at the time. The only

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thing you could actually say that

they were guilty of was not to

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imagine that some of them might have

been spies.

We don't know what on

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earth they could have passed to

these agents.

Ken Livingstone was

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not an MP. He was coming to the end

of this time of leading the DLC.

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John McDonnell probably was an MP

then, or was he at the DLC? Jeremy

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Corbyn was in the same constituency.

And the Czechoslovakian diplomat or

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spy talks about three meetings with

Jeremy Corbyn. Three meetings over

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the course of a couple of years,

three years, in fact, does not sound

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like a lot to me.

Presence in the

Observer. The dire state of our

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failing jails.

If we can find the

shock figures. They are quite

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worrying. It is an analysis of 118

different prisons. 68% are providing

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unsatisfactory standards with two

inside jails unacceptably unsafe.

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What we have to do is either build

more prisons or reduce the prison

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population dramatically. There are

84,000 prisoners behind bars at the

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moment. The jails are just not able

to accommodate them. They are no

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longer fit for purpose. That is the

next stage, really, to start

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debasing the whole business of

criminal justice and how we do

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without.

How do you upgrade the

present stock?

Exactly. You have

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Victorian buildings that are unfit

for purpose. Prison officers with

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low morale and a high turnover of

staff. You have cuts to funding and

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rehabilitation. We have had this

conversation for as long as I can

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remember.

That's right. It feels

very familiar.

When he was just a

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secretary, he seemed to be

concentrating on prisons and trying

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to do something about it -- Justice

Secretary. How many recommendations

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have been in and nothing changes?

There has to be a fundamental change

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in criminality and what to do with

people.

Stay with the Observer.

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Jeremy Corbyn under pressure to

shift Brexit stance.

Have I got News

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EU? Who is this coming from? -- have

I got News for you.

Two women on the

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show for a change.

Two funny women.

I don't know about me...

This is

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20,000 members of the Labour Party.

I don't know about shifting his

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Brexit starts, it would be nice to

know what it is, let alone shifting

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it. They want to know whether he

wants to stay in the single market

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in the customs union or what he

wants. Neil Kinnock has now joined

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in and says these members in the

Labour Party... Neil Kinnock is

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backing stopping Britain's exes,

whether or not that is likely. Lots

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of people are thinking there should

be another referendum or there

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should be some way to stop

everything hurtling out of control.

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There is no prospect mechanism at

the moment for a second referendum.

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There is no mechanism for it at all.

There are a lot of campaign groups

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who are trying to get one. Eben

Britton being one of them. Best for

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Britain another. -- open Britain. It

won't happen unless there is a huge

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change in public attitudes. No sign

of that coming from the pulse at the

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moment. If anything the Brexiteers

have actually hardened up.

It is

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still exactly the same figures. The

Sunday Times. No screen sex please,

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we are actors. Equity is suggesting

there may have to be guidelines in

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place for performers who might be

asked to do saucy scenes.

We cannot

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go into it as such...

Why? Because

we are a bit Coric? -- coy?

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LAUGHTER.

Basically it is no serious kissing

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and covering yourself up.

LAUGHTER.

Which seems to me to make a nude

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scene work.

It is a bit of a passion

killer.

Liberty bodice is at the

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ready.

It is serious.

I was or is

under the impression, I am very

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naive, that on-screen kisses were a

bit like on screen punches in the

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face, that it was all sleight of

hand and things, I didn't realise

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that we did it.

It depends on which

film you are doing it.

They

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mentioned Roger Moore. It is not

known as a porn star.

What is this

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story? Carrey gets a job with air

miles. Still on the Sunday Times --

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Prince Harry.

After last week's

interesting discussion about the

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Commonwealth, I am sure am not in

thinking the Queen or the head of

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state was automatically...

Head of

the Commonwealth. I assumed that the

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head of state was ahead of the,.

Prince Harry is to come into a youth

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leadership role. There is a common

thugs of government conference in

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April -- Commonwealth heads of

government. The Commonwealth still

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has 53 members. It is extremely

young, as an organisation, in terms

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of its membership and the people

within the countries, they have

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predominantly younger demographics.

I don't understand the headline

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other than that he will travel

around a lot.

The key to this is

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that Prince Charles will probably

get the role anyway, he is 69, the

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idea is that you need a younger

royal to bridge the gap.

Back to The

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Telegraph. A little aside. Craig

Watts and says we have been

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wonderful, perfect for the news.

Is

he a producer?

I don't think he has

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anything to do with it. Sheep who

can grow human organs created in

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lab.

This is all a bit scary. It is

coming out of Stanford University.

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The idea is that you genetically

modified sheep, that you introduced

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human DNA and various different

things can grow from that,

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ultimately you can be growing organs

for human transplant. Just another

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step along the way of scientific

advancement. Let us have the NHS

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will be able to cope when it

arrives.

How close are we to

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achieving that?

Ten years.

You said

that without moving your lips.

Was

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that inappropriate behaviour? Yes,

it is meant talking of women, it

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happens all the time. -- men.

CROSSTALK Would you like to say

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stomach about the?

No, it is a solidified. -- it is

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fine.

In the Independent, golden

glory for Lizzy Yarnold. A fabulous

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picture of her become the first UK

athlete to successfully defend a

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title at the Winter Olympics.

I

should imagine if the so... Do we go

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into the weather forecast after

this?

No, we don't. The Film Review.

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If there is a snow there will be DJs

playing out of cupboards with

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children wanting to try this in the

snow -- tea trays.

I might have a go

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at the luge, you can go feet first.

How do you begin to start practising

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that?

You can't go slowly to see if

you like it.

You could not even go

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down the stairs on a tea tray.

Anyway, good for her. She is an

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absolute hero. That is a super

photo.

Thank you both.

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That's it for the Papers tonight.

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Thank you, Nigel and Jo.

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