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.


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


exclusive interviews and original stories we have brought to you over


the last year. First, the conversation that left


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


unaccompanied child migrants in Calais and it overwhelmed her.


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


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


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


been partially demolished and reappeared. The French government


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


volunteers. Today, Lily is one of them.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


asylum in France rather than constantly risking their lives


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


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


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


injured. There are number of children that have been severely


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


leave Afghanistan? The camp is closing in a couple of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sat down with our programme exclusively to give us a rare


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


newspaper article and that was mistake because the police seized on


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


incident of being attacked and sexually abused make me a drug


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


they make you sit through counselling sessions and they make


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


reminder of those two magic weeks in August.


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


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


Great Britain! Andy Murray is a double Olympic


gold-medallist. Thank you very much for watching.


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


films on our programme page: After the fairly windy spell


of weather that many saw over the festive period,


things are turning colder Here's the scene in


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


too across the Isle of Wight.