2016 Highlights Part One Victoria Derbyshire


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2016 Highlights Part One

Victoria Derbyshire takes a look back at the exclusive interviews and films which have featured on her programme in 2016.


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interviews and films which have featured on her programme in 2016.

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Hello and welcome to the programme. We will bring you some of the

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exclusive interviews and original stories we have brought to you over

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the last year. First, the conversation that left

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Lily Allen in tears. She had never visited a refugee camp ref. She met

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unaccompanied child migrants in Calais and it overwhelmed her.

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Apologies to refugees became front-page news. This is some of

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what she saw. Calais's makeshift refugee camp, the

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Jungle, home to around 10,000 people including children. This place has

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been partially demolished and reappeared. The French government

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wanted gun again. Starting to knock it down within weeks. (MUSIC

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PLAYING). . World away from the squalor, Lily Allen is working on

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her new album in a studio in North London. What you think you can

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achieve going there? Save everyone. No... I hope that... On a personal

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level, to see things for myself so I know and can talk openly about it,

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having experienced it even if for a short amount of time. Humanise the

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people that are there because at the moment what I've read, all these

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articles which are very dehumanising about people and children. You know,

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I am other. I have two little girls is something was to happen in this

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country, to me all their dad, I would really hope that other parts

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of the world would really be more helpful. It would seem to me that

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there are people who have been driven very far away from what they

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know and love, stability and comfort. No one would choose to live

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in the Jungle. Josie Norton is with. They are old

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friends. She gave up the music industry to start up a charity.

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Right next to this massive warehouse shows the scale of the charity work

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that has emerged providing help to those in the Jungle. An army of

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volunteers. Today, Lily is one of them.

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This is just kids stuff. My kids said that you could have. Shoes,

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jackets. Jumpers. A costume which might come in handy! It is actually

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really sweet. And then it is time to enter the Jungle. She has never been

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to a refugee camp of any kind so this is her first experience and it

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is on her doorstep. This is a bus for women and children in the camp.

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Volunteers tell the leak one of the things they are constantly doing is

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telling young people, like this young Afghan teenager, to apply for

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asylum in France rather than constantly risking their lives

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jumping on trucks for the UK. They are risking their lives every time

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they go way out, going to major highways. You hear about people

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killed, you are not hearing about the people who were severely

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injured. There are number of children that have been severely

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injured. One of the reasons she is here is to meet for herself children

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and teenagers who call this place of their home. 1022 unaccompanied

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children in this camp. With the imminent closure, massive risk of

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trafficking and getting lost in the system. A huge proportion have a

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right to be there because they have families or because of legislation

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passed in May and still there is not one child brought to the UK under

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the amendment. It was an agreement by the UK government to take in

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unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. At this gives centre in the,

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there is a sense of urgency today. Volunteers are recoding details of

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teenagers so they can keep track of them when it becomes demolished and

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continued to help those who have the right to be in the UK. What I want

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is anybody who has family in England that has not started the process.

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Lily meet this 13-year-old from Afghanistan who says his father is

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in Birmingham. He has been in the camp for two months. Why did you

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leave Afghanistan? The camp is closing in a couple of

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weeks, what are you going to do? Say you have been trying to jump on

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lorries to get over to the UK, that must be terrifying?

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I know you are trying to get onto the lorries every night but from

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what I hearing from the refugee volunteers here in the is that you

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have a right to be here in the UK. It is started that process?

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It just seems that at three different intervals in his life, the

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English have put you in danger. Bombed your country, put you in the

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hands of the Taliban and now putting you at risk, risking your life, to

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get you into our country. I apologise on behalf of our country.

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I am sorry for what we put you through. Sorry.

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And now I am making you do this in to view! -- interview! It is just

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desperate, isn't it? Am shocked really that this is happening in

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such close proximity to where we live. It feels like it is people are

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just managing to cope. Something has to be done because it is inhumane.

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Life is easier for me if I put this stuff out of mind, you know? And

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that is not really a bright and correct response to a humanitarian

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crisis. This is that these people's lives. This is just a day out of my

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life but this isn't their existence -- this is their existence and not

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knowing the uncertainty of what comes next. No one has chosen to be

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here and it is not fair. You know, it is a lottery. It is a

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geographical lottery. Ever you are born in the world... I now I would

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not like to end up here, though. I certainly would not want my children

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to end up here. Over the last two years we have been following to

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transgender children aged seven and nine. Girls who were born as boys.

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How are people at school? Well, at school,...

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That is rather is and sisters for you. I bet she says the same thing

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about you. One, two, three. Can I ask you about

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skirt day? They have an assembly went they talked about difference.

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But you were not in the assembly. How has it been at school since that

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day? Really good. After skirt day, how many more girls

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wanted to play with you? What was that like? That's lovely. And that

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meant that from that date onwards you could use the girls toilets?

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I mean, everybody treated like a girl now. Calls you a girls name.

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People at school, family. Can you even remember being a bully? -- boy.

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Does it seem like a long time ago? Does it really? And what to you

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think about when you grow up, do you know what you want to be?

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You can watch the full interview with Lily and all our other stories

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on our programme page at: Next, the remarkable story of a man

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who spent more than 20 years on death-row in America after being

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wrongly convicted. It was a DNA test that eventually freed Nicky Aris. He

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sat down with our programme exclusively to give us a rare

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insight into what it's like to be on death row and survive. When you're

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faced with the hopelessness that you can't change the outcome, what do

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you do? I knew I would be executed and no one would believe me. I

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didn't think DNA would save me, I tried for 15 years with it, so I

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decided if I had to die them to do it elegantly with the beautiful

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vernacular replacing the broken person that I was, with love and

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caring so if I died I still cared enough about myself that if that was

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the outcome, I died with dignity, and that's something a lot of people

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are afraid of. We're so afraid to die in an Eton and must way we don't

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want to go out badly, I had my chance. Really interesting. Explain

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to our audience how the conviction happened, it came as a result they

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lie you told the police because you thought that would help them.

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Initially in December, 1981, I was driving a stolen car, I'm a 20 rock

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kid, I get pulled over by an officer and an altercation starts when he

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starts choking me. He blows out of proportion, his gun discharge into

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the ground, he made up a story of me murdering him, I was put into

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solitary confinement, I was out of my head on drugs, I went through

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withdrawals, was facing life and I made up a stupid story from a

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newspaper article and that was mistake because the police seized on

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the fact they knew it couldn't be me but they could close a very

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sensationalised case. I was then arrested for that murder based on

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another inmate saying I confessed to him. In a really weird set of

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circumstances I ended up being charged with the rape and murder of

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a woman I couldn't possibly have met for my own desperation to get out of

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the initial charges. And that was just the beginning of what became a

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really crazy set of circumstances that you can never contrive, being

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put on trial for the initial charges, I was acquitted by a jury

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and that's what made the prosecutor in Saint. They went after me with

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the death penalty and they gave me a three-day murder trial at the age of

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20 and I had no chance. I went through the prospect angrily. I was

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so bitter that at the age of 20 when I first got put into prison in

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solitary confinement, I used to beat my head against the wall in

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frustration because I hated myself. I hated that I let a childhood

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incident of being attacked and sexually abused make me a drug

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addict, I ruined all my chances, Victoria, and I felt so ashamed when

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I went to prison and I felt, God, give me a reason to live. Then an

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officer took pity on me and let me have some books in a cell that a man

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committed suicide in and I began educating myself. And 10,000 books

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later I felt like I had mastered myself. Is that how many you read in

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that time? More than that, I became very fluid in the study of serology

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and biology so I could understand DNA, I wrote to Sir Alex Jefferies

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for many years, the inventor of science, I did all this so I could

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have a purposeful mind for fighting for myself. Next, the man who claims

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to have fathered up to 800 children through unlicensed sperm donation.

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41-year-old Simon Watson is an online sperm donor. Private licensed

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clinics can. To ?1000 for each cycle of treatment, but Simon charges just

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?50. His circuses are legal but their unlicensed. -- services. I

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would like to get the world record, make sure that no one is going to

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break it, get as many as possible. Usually about one a week pops out. I

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reckon I've got about 800 or so so far. So in about four years I'd like

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to crack 1000 if I can. I just picked up the results from

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the hospital. I Get Tested every three months to show I've got no

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nasty things. I always post a copy on the Internet so people can see it

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for themselves. My name is Simon Watson and I'm a sperm donor.

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If you do it formerly there's loads of hurdles you have to go through,

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they make you sit through counselling sessions and they make

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you do huge amounts of tests and then they charge you huge amounts

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for the service but realistically if you've got a private donor you can

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go and see them, make them somewhere, get what you want, just

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go, that's it. Sorted. I charge them ?50, that's it, for

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the magic potion pot. Then I give them a syringe with the pot and then

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leave them to it. Most of the people I help out ten to

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be from Facebook. When people join the site, I see their name and I

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send them a message explaining the service I provide. It's like

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artificial insemination only and they like the fact I do that, and

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they're not going to get anything funny out of it.

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Because I charge people for my service, there's a lot of people who

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would be happy to provide the service with no charge. But then

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they want a bit of fun out of the customers. I'm not knocking them,

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it's up to them, some ladies are looking for that too. Some lady

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couples, like the ones today, they are booked into this hotel. I won't

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know who they are unless they wanted to contact me later on. I don't plan

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to stop. I would like to get the world record ever, make sure no one

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is ever going to break it, get as many as possible. Normally about one

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a week pops out, I think I've got about 800 or so so far. Within about

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four years I'd like to crack 1000. Before we go it was one of the most

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remarkable achievements of the year, Team GB finished second in the

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medals table in Rio. We beat China, and Russia, and in the process

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became the first country ever to improve on a home medal haul at the

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next games winning 67 gongs, to more than London 2012. Here's a quick

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reminder of those two magic weeks in August.

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COMMENTATOR: Mo Farah is going to get gold for Great Britain again!

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Will it be Britain, will it be Australia? It certainly will be

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Great Britain! Andy Murray is a double Olympic

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gold-medallist. Thank you very much for watching.

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We're back on air on January the third. In the meantime watch our

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films on our programme page: After the fairly windy spell

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of weather that many saw over the festive period,

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things are turning colder Here's the scene in

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Highland Scotland on Monday, Some sunshine to see out Boxing Day

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too across the Isle of Wight.

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