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Hello this is Breakfast,

with Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.

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A baby girl born with her heart

outside her body has survives -

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in what's thought to

be a first in the UK.

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Doctors carry out three operations

on Venellope Wilkins to correct

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the rare condition

that is usually fatal -

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her parents say she's

a real fighter.

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If you short -- saw now from where

she first is, to what I done, it is

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a miracle. -- what they've done.

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Good morning, it's

Wednesday 13th December.

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Also this morning, a shock defeat

for Donald Trump's favoured

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candidate in a senatorial election -

as the Democrats claim victory

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in Alabama for the first

time in 25 years.

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Energy bills and the price of fuel

look set to rise this Christmas

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because of problems

with the supply of oil and gas.

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I'll be taking a closer look later.

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Good morning.

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Burnley enter the Champions League

spots as they go fourth with a late

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win at home to Stoke City.

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Is this the droid

they're looking for?

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The princes join big names and fans

for the premier of the latest

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Star Wars film.

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I think it is just a cracking good

story. Swashbuckling, goodies versus

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baddies, that is what makes it so

great.

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And Matt has the weather.

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Good morning.

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First, our main story.

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A baby girl, born with her heart

outside her body, has survived

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in what's thought to

be a first in the UK.

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Vanellope Hope Wilkins,

who is three weeks old,

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has undergone three operations

at Glenfield Hospital,

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in Leicester, to place her heart

back within her chest.

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Our medical correspondent

Fergus Walsh spoke exclusively

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to Vanellope's parents

and the medical team involved.

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Good girl, yeah. Beautiful girl.

They are pride and joy. This is

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Venellope, astounding her parents

and doctors with her progress. After

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three operations in three weeks

heart is now back inside her chest.

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Venellope's parents say the moment

she was born they knew she was a

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fighter.

She came out kicking and

screaming. It was a beautiful

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moment. Absolutely beautiful. If you

saw her when she was first born, to

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where she is now, and what they've

done...

It's a miracle, isn't it?

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The family knew from the first

ultrasound that Venellope's heart

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was outside her chest. You can

clearly see its unusual position,

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which is due to the absence of a

stern or breastbone. Babies with

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this rare condition are usually

stillborn. But immediately as she

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emerged during the Caesarean

section, doctors could see

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Venellope's heart was beating

strongly. Three weeks on her heart

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is back where it should be, covered

with her own skin. Venellope is

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going to be here for some

considerable time. The next step

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will be getting her to breathe

without the help of a ventilator.

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Then, in years to come, she faces

more surgery to create a new sternum

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to protect her heart. She faces a

long road ahead. But has already

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confounded predictions.

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What a truly amazing story that is.

An incredible story. We were

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speaking to one of the dock was

involved as well, we will be talking

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to him again later. -- doctors.

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In a major political upset

in America, Doug Jones has become

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the first Democrat in 25 years

to win a US Senate seat for Alabama.

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But the Republican candidate,

Roy Moore, has so far refused

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to concede the result.

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Our correspondent David Willis has

been following the story

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from Washington.

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This has been a hard fight, hasn't

it? Give us a sense of what happened

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and why it happen?

Very much so. A

very hard fight indeed. This is a

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stunning victory for the Democrats,

Doug Jones. His Republican rival,

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Roy Moore, the former judge, had

enjoyed a lead in the polls even in

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most of those polls after the

allegations of sexual assault

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against several women had come to

light. Mr Moore dismissed the

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allegations as but it seems they

were enough to keep many mainstream

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conservatives in that deeply

conservative southern state away

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from the polls. -- dismissed the

allegations as fake news, but it

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seems. Donald Trump had backed Roy

Moore, so this result, his defeat,

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is being seen as a snub for the

President as well. It also narrows

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the Republican majority in the

senate, potentially making it much

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more difficult is for Mr Trump to

the violence his political agenda.

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Roy Moore has refused to concede

defeat. He said the counting process

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is still going on and the result is

very tight. He may decide to contest

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it, but there is very little doubt

that even if he does, tonight

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represents a remarkable victory for

the Democratic candidate here,

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though Jones. -- Doug Jones.

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There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

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to improve for years,

that's according to the Chief

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Inspector of Schools.

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Amanda Spielman says this includes

more than a 100 which for more

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than a decade have never been rated

as "good" by Ofsted.

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The government says it's targeting

additional help at areas

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that are struggling.

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Social media companies should face

fines or prosecution if they do not

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deal with online abuse.

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That's according to a report

from the ethics watchdog,

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the Committee on Standards

in Public Life.

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It examined online harrassement of

MPs during June's general election.

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Currently social media companies say

they cannot control the millions

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of messages that go up.

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Theresa May is facing a potential

backbench rebellion later when MPs

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vote on amendments to

the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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A group of Tory MPs, led by former

Attorney General Dominic Grieve,

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want to force ministers to give

Parliament a meaningful vote on any

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final Brexit deal.

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Our political correspondent

Ben Wright is in Westminster this

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morning.

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Good morning. And we have had some

rebellions in the past on this

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issue. Is this one different to what

we have seen before?

It is. There is

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a good chance the government might

lose this later on in the House of

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Commons, which is something that

hasn't happened so far. While this

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huge piece of legislation, the EU

Withdrawal Bill, crawls its place --

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crawls its way through Parliament.

The government have headed off any

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defeats in the Commons by making

concessions lately in the day, and

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pleasing rebels, or potential

rebels, on the Tory benches, enough

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to avoid defeat. This feels

different today. The issue we are

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talking about is the extent to which

there will be a legally binding

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guarantee, written into law now,

that at the end of the Brexit

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process, MPs and peers will get a

meaningful vote on the final Brexit

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deal. In other words, they will get

to scrutinise the deal, potentially

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send ministers back to try to

negotiate a better one, if MPs are

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unhappy with it, but that is the

guarantee that MPs are looking for

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from the government. We are talking

about Labour, opposition parties,

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potentially about 20 conservative

MPs joining forces to try to defeat

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the government on this later today.

All through the day we will see

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bargaining and concessions and the

government trying to win over those

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potential Tory rebels, but we will

not know until this evening whether

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they succeed or not. It matters,

because this could determine the

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endgame of Brexit, when we get to

Parliament in about a year 's time.

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The extent to which MP will be able

to say yes or no to the final deal.

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-- MPs. Thank you, then. Another big

Brexit ahead.

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The US Secretary of State,

Rex Tillerson, says America

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is willing to hold direct talks with

North Korea without pre-conditions.

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His statement appeared to be

a change from previous demands that

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Pyongyang must end its

nuclear programme first.

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However, Mr Tillerson did say

they would only hold talks

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if there is a period

without nuclear and missile tests.

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In North Korea, state media reported

that the country's leader,

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Kim Jong-un, had vowed

to make his nation "the strongest

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nuclear and military

power in the world".

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Instead of being open

for passengers, Euston station

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will welcome 200 homeless people

for lunch on Christmas Day.

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No trains will run from there

until after Boxing Day,

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instead the concourse will be filled

with volunteers from Network rail

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and charities St Mungo's

and Streets Kitchen.

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That is a great Christmas story.

Like something at the end of a

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Hollywood film which would never

really happened.

But it is going to

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happen, at Euston station. There you

go.

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For Star Wars fans

the wait is nearly over.

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The eighth episode in the franchise,

the Last Jedi, gets its cinema

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release on Thursday.

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But last night the film's stars,

including British actors

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Daisy Ridley and John Boyega,

were on the red carpet in London

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for its European premiere.

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Sinali, who is doing the Sport

Today, has never seen a single

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second of any Star Wars film.

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A warning, this report

from our entertainment

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correspondent, Lizo Mzimba,

contains flash photography.

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The stars of Star Wars,

cinema royalty, on the red carpet

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with actual royalty.

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Princes William and Harry,

such fans of the saga,

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during filming, they secretly played

cameos as stormtroopers,

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much to the excitement of the cast.

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It was great, fantastic.

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Fantastic.

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Phenomenal.

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And they've done an

official visit as well.

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They got in an X-wing

and all that kind of stuff.

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It was fun.

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and everything that goes

along with it are happy.

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We always start with that.

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The Last Jedi is the ninth Star Wars

film since the saga began

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40 years ago.

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It didn't scare me enough then.

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There's a huge degree

of expectation among fans.

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What is Star Wars to you?

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Star Wars is everything, really.

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Something I've always

obviously been interested in.

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It's almost a way of life, I think.

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I think it is just a cracking good

story, it is all swashbuckling, it

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is goodies versus that is, I think

that is what makes it so great.

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Fan power like this has driven

the franchise for 40 years

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and is also the reason why many

expect this film to make more

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in the final two weeks of 2017

than any other film makes

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Looks good, doesn't it? The reviews

look amazing as well. I am

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genuinely... It is one of my

ambitions, and life, I know that

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this is sad.

To be in Star Wars?

No,

just have a full storm trooper

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outfit.

LAUGHTER

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.

Well, if somebody hasn't brought

you a Christmas present yet...

They

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are ridiculously expensive.

Well,

quite a lot goes into it.

And I am

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6-foot six.

Well, I am sure...

Aren't you a little short phrase

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storm trooper? Sorry.

You know too

many lines.

I am trying to educate

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Sinali, she has never seen any of

them.

It has become like a challenge

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now, not to see it. I'm sorry.

Do

you know about the whole...

I was

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too busy watching things like the

fresh Prince of LA.

Fair enough. But

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you can watch uncle Phil and Darth

Vader at the same time.

I was too

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preoccupied. Sorry. I feel like I

need to apologise.

I don't feel like

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you need to apologise, I just feel

you are missing out. It may be not.

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We can give you the DVDs for

Christmas.

I have them on VHS. I can

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dig at a VHS player somewhere.

We

are not trying to shame you this

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morning. There is nothing wrong with

that.

It's fine.

I should be

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ashamed, shouldn't I? Let's talk

about the sport. Nothing in to be

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ashamed of you. Only in the top

four. In the Champions League spots

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now. Not a bad season at all.

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Ashley Barnes scored

the only goal of the game.

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Chelsea sit one place above them

after their victory at Huddersfield

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Town.

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Crystal Palace are out

of the bottom three for the first

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time this season.

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They scored twice late

on to beat a 10-man Watford.

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England captain Joe Root says it's

time for his team to stand up ahead

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of the crucial third

Ashes Test in Perth.

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Australia lead the series 2-0

and will regain the Ashes

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if they win this test.

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England haven't won in Perth

for nearly 40 years.

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And former heavyweight world

champion Tyson Fury says he has

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Anthony Joshua in his sights.

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Fury is free to box again

after accepting a retrospective

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two-year doping ban.

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He tested positive for a banned

steroid in 2015 and accepted

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a compromise from UK anti-doping

which means he can return

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to the sport.

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He does have to get his licence

back. Formalities there.

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Matt is out and about because

tonight is the peak night of... I'm

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not sure how you say this? Geminid

meatier shower. Hundreds of shooting

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stars, if they are clear.

And you

don't need one of these to see it.

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That morning, Matthew.

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don't need one of these to see it.

That morning, Matthew.

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Good morning. You certainly don't

need a telescope like this, it was

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built in 1893 and is still in use

today. Good morning from the royal

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observatory in Greenwich. Of course,

it is the peak of the Geminid

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meatier rush-hour tonight. -- meteor

shower. Unlike last year, will me

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have a full moon, they should be

good viewing tonight. Of course, you

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do need the weather to see well.

There could be quite a bit of cloud

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around at times and clear skies as

well. I will show the forecast as we

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go through tonight, especially

eastern areas. We will tell you more

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about the Geminid meteor shower this

morning. We could see 120 metres

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every single hour. -- 120 meteors.

Lots of ice still around this

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morning, not as cold as it has been.

Still chilly in some places. There

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is ice around. A few showers. A

cloudy and gloomy start to the day

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across the eastern half of England

in particular. We saw some overnight

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rain clearing away. More rain by the

end of the morning rush-hour once

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again. Further west after rain,

Amnesty and foggy start, things

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brightening up with showers pushing

in, some on the heavy side. More

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showers in the western parts of

Scotland at the moment. Eastern

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areas more dry and bright to begin

the day. What you will also note is

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across the country this morning is

that there is more of a breeze,

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especially the further west you are

across the country. For Northern

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Ireland, north-west England and

parts of Wales there will be heavy

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showers through the morning. They

will rather least, followed by sunny

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spells as well. Now, through the

morning we will see showers from

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west to east, heavy at times, some

sleet and snow mixed with the rain

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especially over the higher ground.

More on the way of snow in the hills

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with showers into the afternoon as

they become that it heavier at

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times. Dusty winds in the south-west

and the north. To pitches up on what

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we have seen in recent days. A bit

on the cooler side, where the snow

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is lying across central areas. Into

the evening, heavy showers to begin

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with, pushing it. A bit of cover

over the hills. Some clear skies

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into the night for those who are

trying to spot some meteors,

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especially in southern and eastern

parts of the country. Some gaps in

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the cloud in the west, but the

showers keep coming, turning

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increasingly wintry to sleet and

snow, especially over higher ground

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at times at lower levels as well.

With clear skies in between there is

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the risk of ice in the morning,

especially where the ground is wet.

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Summery it should be a brighter day

across eastern areas. Frequent

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showers in the west. Especially for

north-west England, Scotland and

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Northern Ireland and into the

south-west of England. Strong and

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gusty winds in the south and west of

the country as well. Some eastern

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areas, only a few showers around.

Many will be dry but it will be

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feeling colder again. Temperatures

will drop relative to today and they

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will drop further as we go into

Friday. When swinging towards a more

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northerly direction. That means the

north and east of Scotland and

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north-eastern and are most likely to

see showers. Some of those will be

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on the wintry side. To was the

south-west freak showers as well, as

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in Northern Ireland. In between many

places will have a dry and bright

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day on Friday but it will feel

chilly in the breeze. The breeze

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will strengthen throughout and it

all turns into a cold start to the

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weekend. Certainly after the clear

skies of recent nights, if you are

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hoping to spot 80 meteors, and there

is a good chance of doing so with

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the naked eye, you will have to just

bear with the weather a little bit.

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There will be cloud at times, but

clear spells as well. The best of

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those clear skies will be to the

east of high ground. We'll be

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finding out more about attempt to

make this morning, but for now, back

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to you.

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The front pages. This story is

amazing. She was born with her heart

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outside of her body. Doctors have

saved her and put her heart back

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inside her body. Extraordinary. One

of the few people to live with this

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operation. We will speak to one of

the doctors soon.

She was going to

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be born on Christmas Day, and she is

named Penelope.

The Times.

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Jean-Claude Junker brought into a

scandal over wiretapping. Facing a

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criminal enquiry. That is the main

story. This is Daisy Ridley who

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plays Rey in The Last Jedi. Those

are pictures from the London

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premiere taking place in London.

The

Daily Telegraph. Households and

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motorists being told gas prices

could rise. You will talk about this

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later.

Yes.

Thank you. I love this

picture. So many pictures from the

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Star Wars premiere. The princes

inspecting the troops.

Do any of you

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use frozen items as part of your

Christmas dinner?

Like peas?

Frozen

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parsnips, Yorkshire puddings,

stuffing...

No.

No.

"No, no, no."

I

0:19:280:19:42

cannot even heat up a pizza, to be

honest.

What is your role?

I get

0:19:420:19:50

hung over.

Bake Off. Igniting a

frozen stuffing debate. And ring the

0:19:500:20:03

web giants to heel. Facebook and

Twitter helped in this campaign. The

0:20:030:20:15

major official ethics watchdog said

they were the biggest factor in

0:20:150:20:21

harassment.

The Guardian. Talking

about big companies. British

0:20:210:20:26

Airways, the Royal Bank of Scotland,

Porsche, they paid corporate

0:20:260:20:32

intelligence firms to monitor

political groups challenging their

0:20:320:20:36

businesses. This is John Boyega who

was in Star Wars.

Lovely. What have

0:20:360:20:45

you got?

Not the best news in

business today. Prices going up, I

0:20:450:20:51

am afraid. The latest inflation

figures out yesterday. This tells

0:20:510:20:55

you how much the cost of living is

going up by. Yesterday it hit a

0:20:550:21:00

five-year high of 3.1% in November.

That is to do with food prices and

0:21:000:21:06

transport costs pushing up the price

of living. I will talk later about

0:21:060:21:11

the bills at home as well. Energy

bills and so on. They will go up.

0:21:110:21:16

Always typical at this time of year.

And also fuel for your car. But to

0:21:160:21:21

counter that with a bit of fun He

news. Do you know how you can get

0:21:210:21:31

money on YouTube? This six-year-old

boy has become one of the biggest

0:21:310:21:37

earners now, making $11 million in a

year from playing with toys on

0:21:370:21:43

YouTube. So, basically, he plays

with toys... This is Ryan. He

0:21:430:21:51

reviews them. He is earning $11

million a year.

Wow! Where did it

0:21:510:21:57

all go wrong?

Katie Taylor the boxer

will make history tonight, to become

0:21:570:22:04

the first woman from new gum Ireland

or the UK to headline in Bethnal

0:22:040:22:09

Green. -- the UK or Ireland.

0:22:090:22:16

In the Pep Guardiola and Jose

Mourinho issue, should they

0:22:220:22:29

celebrate, debate, the Japanese art

of sumo has been brought in. You

0:22:290:22:36

never know who won because they have

such respect for each other.

I love

0:22:360:22:44

that. Excellent.

That is an

excellent picture.

Talking about

0:22:440:22:49

Christmas. This story is

fascinating. The oldest Christmas

0:22:490:22:53

decoration you have. What is it?

We

put up a picture of me and Santa

0:22:530:23:03

when I was five. It is quite

embarrassing.

I have an

0:23:030:23:06

old-fashioned tree decoration. It is

like a bird. It could be from the

0:23:060:23:12

late 50s. I nearly got rid of it

yesterday.

I have a dancing Santa.

0:23:120:23:21

This family have Christmas tree

lights. They got them from 1969.

0:23:210:23:32

They are still working without

having to replace a single bulb.

0:23:320:23:35

They cost £3 at Woolworth's.

Good

old Woolies.

We all miss it.

0:23:350:23:45

Beautiful. Sorry...

Why don't you

send us pictures of your old

0:23:450:24:00

Christmas tree decorations?

Your

50-year-old bird.

I am not 50!

0:24:000:24:09

Fraudsters. We will talk about that.

0:24:090:24:13

Fraudsters target thousands

of Britons every year,

0:24:130:24:15

but banks say they have

prevented their customers

0:24:150:24:17

from losing around £9

million by working more

0:24:170:24:19

closely with local police.

0:24:190:24:20

That is just a small portion

of the total amount lost to fraud

0:24:200:24:24

every year but the new system

is helping many people to keep hold

0:24:240:24:27

of their cash.

0:24:270:24:28

Simon Gompertz has been

finding out how it works.

0:24:280:24:31

A Rolls-Royce.

0:24:310:24:36

Some people have their heart so set

on getting one that things like this

0:24:360:24:40

are prime bait used by criminals

to get hold of your cash.

0:24:400:24:44

When I came into this bit of

inheritance, I thought, right, I

0:24:440:24:48

always wanted a Rolls-Royce. It is a

dream car. They are so comfortable

0:24:480:24:54

and so easy to drive.

0:24:540:24:56

Barry Fox in Essex had a lucky

escape, thanks to swift action

0:24:560:24:59

from his bank when he went

to withdraw the money to buy another

0:24:590:25:03

fictional Rolls in an eBay scam.

0:25:030:25:04

The fraudsters tried to lure him

into bringing cash to a pickup

0:25:070:25:10

in the middle of the countryside.

0:25:100:25:14

What was the danger? You might have

gone bad...

I might have gone there

0:25:140:25:20

with £10,000 in my pocket and have

been knocked over the head with a

0:25:200:25:24

stick or something. No car there at

all.

0:25:240:25:29

When Barry popped into his local

bank and asked for £10,000 in cash,

0:25:290:25:33

there was immediate

concerned about it.

0:25:330:25:41

Now, banks often find it difficult

to explain to customers

0:25:410:25:43

that they might be being scammed,

but under the new arrangements,

0:25:430:25:46

they were able to call 999,

quote banking Protocol

0:25:460:25:49

and get a police officer around

here within half an hour.

0:25:490:25:54

While in the branch,

the police checked out the car.

0:25:540:25:58

The situation just did not seem

right...

It wasn't where it should

0:25:580:26:03

have been.

It was registered in

Bristol. They check the business

0:26:030:26:10

details against eBay. It was the

correct business name, but the

0:26:100:26:13

contact details did not match.

0:26:130:26:14

Banks say they've stopped customers

being defrauded of £9 million

0:26:140:26:17

in a year.

0:26:170:26:20

However, that is just the ones

going into branches.

0:26:200:26:23

£100 million has been lost in just

six months by people unwittingly

0:26:230:26:26

paying fraudsters online.

0:26:260:26:33

This is good news for those who use

their branch. Anything the banks can

0:26:330:26:37

do to help them is good news. More

and more of us bank on line and

0:26:370:26:43

certainly have to bank on line

because bank branches are closing.

0:26:430:26:47

So we want to see more done

to protect consumers

0:26:470:26:50

from being scammed online.

0:26:500:26:53

Automatic, preowned.

But with the

Internet still playing a big part,

0:26:530:26:57

it is worth being wary if asked to

pay in cash.

0:26:570:27:01

I would tell people,

if they want cash, don't buy.

0:27:010:27:04

The bank-police tie-up which meant

Barry did get his dream car

0:27:040:27:07

will soon be in place

across the country.

0:27:070:27:09

Simon Gompertz, BBC News comic --

News, in Essex.

0:27:090:30:38

Simon Gompertz, BBC News comic --

sunshine. Staying cold during the

0:30:380:30:39

day and frosty at night for the

weekend.

0:30:390:30:41

I'm back with the latest

from the BBC London Newsroom

0:30:410:30:44

in half an hour.

0:30:440:30:45

Now, though, it's back

to BBC Breakfast.

0:30:450:30:45

Hello, this is Breakfast,

with Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.

0:30:500:30:53

It's 7.30.

0:30:530:30:53

We'll bring you all the latest news

and sport in a moment,

0:30:530:30:57

but also on Breakfast this morning,

we'll hear the amazing story

0:30:570:31:00

of three week old Vanellope Hope

Wilkins, who is thought to be

0:31:000:31:03

the first British baby to survive

after being born with her heart

0:31:030:31:06

on the outside of her body.

0:31:060:31:09

Also, why this week's freezing

temperatures pose a lethal risk

0:31:090:31:11

for those who are suffering

from loneliness and what we can do

0:31:110:31:15

to help vulnerable people

through the winter.

0:31:150:31:28

Ebenezer Scrooge! Come in, man!

0:31:280:31:32

A Christmas Carol as

read by Simon Callow -

0:31:320:31:35

he'll be here to explain why

Charles Dickens' classic story

0:31:350:31:37

still resonates today.

0:31:370:31:40

Good morning.

0:31:400:31:41

Here's a summary of this morning's

main stories from BBC News.

0:31:410:31:50

A baby girl, born with her heart

outside her body, has survived

0:31:500:31:53

in what's thought to

be a first in the UK.

0:31:530:31:56

Vanellope Hope Wilkins,

who is three weeks old,

0:31:560:31:58

has undergone three operations

at Glenfield Hospital,

0:31:580:32:00

in Leicester, to place her heart

back within her chest.

0:32:000:32:03

The condition, ectopia cordis,

is extremely rare, with only a few

0:32:030:32:06

cases per million births.

0:32:060:32:07

Her parents have described

her as a fighter.

0:32:070:32:17

Doug Jones has become the first

Democrat in 25 years to wind a U.S.

0:32:170:32:21

Senate seat for Alabama. It follows

a to campaign against Republican Roy

0:32:210:32:26

Moore, who has so far refused to

concede the result. -- eight bit

0:32:260:32:29

campaign. President Trump

congratulated Jones on a hardfought

0:32:290:32:34

victory.

0:32:340:32:35

There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

0:32:370:32:40

to improve for years,

that's according to the Chief

0:32:400:32:42

Inspector of Schools.

0:32:420:32:43

Amanda Spielman says this includes

more than a 100 which for more

0:32:430:32:46

than a decade have never been rated

as "good" by Ofsted.

0:32:460:32:49

The government says it's targeting

additional help at areas that

0:32:490:32:52

are struggling.

0:32:520:32:52

Theresa May is facing a potential

backbench rebellion later when MPs

0:32:520:32:56

vote on amendments to

the EU Withdrawal Bill.

0:32:560:32:58

A group of Tory MPs, led by former

Attorney General Dominic Grieve,

0:32:580:33:01

want to force ministers to give

Parliament a meaningful vote on any

0:33:010:33:04

final Brexit deal.

0:33:040:33:05

The Prime Minister has said that

ministers are listening

0:33:050:33:07

to the concerns

of Conservative MPs.

0:33:070:33:12

Thousands of children

in the Democratic Republic of Congo

0:33:120:33:14

are severly malnourished

and could die within a year

0:33:140:33:17

without emergency support.

0:33:170:33:17

That's according to the United

Nations, which has declared

0:33:170:33:20

the crisis as the highest

state of emergency.

0:33:200:33:22

Nearly one and a half million people

have been displaced from their homes

0:33:220:33:25

following violent clashes

that began last year.

0:33:250:33:36

Social media companies should face

fines or prosecution if they do not

0:33:360:33:40

deal with online abuse, according to

a report from the ethics watchdog.

0:33:400:33:43

The committee on standards in public

life. It examined online harassment

0:33:430:33:49

following June's general election.

Currently, social media companies

0:33:490:33:54

say they cannot control the millions

of messages that go up.

0:33:540:33:57

Take a listen to this.

0:33:570:33:58

PIANO MUSIC.

0:33:580:33:59

It's a world record.

0:33:590:34:06

It's the most number of people

playing a piano piece

0:34:060:34:09

at the same time.

0:34:090:34:14

20 Bosnian youngsters

have set the record

0:34:140:34:16

with the performance in Sarajevo.

0:34:160:34:17

The previous record was 18 people

playing the same piece

0:34:170:34:20

simultaneously in Italy in 2014.

0:34:200:34:32

You just do not have the space, so

they have to lie on top of the

0:34:320:34:36

piano. Excellent. It on them.

You

couldn't really do it with adults,

0:34:360:34:40

could you? You need those little

hands.

And they were taken to much

0:34:400:34:44

space.

That is how you play the

piano, in case you're wondering.

You

0:34:440:34:48

couldn't do it with 20 Dan Walkers,

could you? Although you are more

0:34:480:34:52

than fully grown. I'm five foot one.

That is unfair.

You are both

0:34:520:34:58

perfect, all right?

Thank you. Some

people are blessed with looks and

0:34:580:35:03

height, you know what I mean.

Send

us some pictures of people that are.

0:35:030:35:10

What have you got us this morning?

Are we talking about me?

They are in

0:35:100:35:16

the top four after a victory at

home. The first time since 1975,

0:35:160:35:20

apart from the beginning of the

season when they played Chelsea. So

0:35:200:35:24

it is brilliant. Champions League

spots.

0:35:240:35:26

The Burnley manager Sean Dyche says

football is about dreams as his side

0:35:260:35:30

move into the top four

of the Premier League after a 1-0

0:35:300:35:33

win over Stoke City.

0:35:330:35:34

A late goal by substitute

Ashley Barnes put them

0:35:340:35:36

into the Champions League places.

0:35:360:35:38

They climb above Liverpool

and Arsenal who play this evening.

0:35:380:35:45

The reality is, we've got another

tough game on Saturday. We are

0:35:450:35:49

enjoying this, of course. The

players have earned the right to

0:35:490:35:52

enjoy this. But the next game comes

quickly on Saturday and that's my

0:35:520:35:56

focus. I'm really pleased with the

lads tonight, a different way of

0:35:560:35:59

finding results and we had to work

hard for a tonight, grinding it out.

0:35:590:36:03

But Thursday, we will look to

recover, and we look to the next

0:36:030:36:07

one.

0:36:070:36:08

Reigning champions Chelsea

are the side above Burnley.

0:36:080:36:12

Their manager Antonio Conte thinks

they've got no chance

0:36:120:36:14

of retaining their title

but they easily beat Huddersfield

0:36:140:36:17

3-1 last night.

0:36:170:36:18

Pedro scored their third.

0:36:180:36:19

And Crystal Palace are out

of the bottom three for the first

0:36:190:36:22

time this season after they scored

twice in the final few minutes

0:36:220:36:25

to beat Watford.

0:36:250:36:26

Palace were a goal down

but Wilfried Zaha and James McCarthy

0:36:260:36:29

turned it around after Watford

had a man sent off.

0:36:290:36:34

There are seven games

in the Premier League tonight

0:36:340:36:36

including Swansea against league

leaders Manchester City,

0:36:360:36:38

and second place Manchester United

versus Bournemouth.

0:36:380:36:44

But United manager Jose Mourinho

spent much of his press conference

0:36:440:36:47

yesterday discussing the row

after Sunday's derby against City,

0:36:470:36:49

rather than tonight's opponents -

something he said was

0:36:490:36:52

disrespectful.

0:36:520:36:58

You don't respect them? You don't

think they are a team capable, to do

0:36:580:37:03

well? You have no respect for the

players?

0:37:030:37:09

We haven't heard the end of it, have

we?

0:37:090:37:13

England captain Joe Root says it's

time for his team to "stand up"

0:37:130:37:17

ahead of the crucial third

Ashes Test in Perth.

0:37:170:37:19

Australia lead the series 2-0

and will regain the Ashes

0:37:190:37:22

if they win at the WACA,

where England haven't won

0:37:220:37:25

for nearly 40 years.

0:37:250:37:26

With problems on and off the field

Root says the pressure

0:37:260:37:29

is on the senior players.

0:37:290:37:32

Whenever you get the chance to play

for England you want to stand up and

0:37:320:37:36

be counted and put in those big

promises. When it is as big a game

0:37:360:37:41

as this can senior players probably

are under more pressure than the

0:37:410:37:45

other guys. It is important that we

go out there and, I suppose, try not

0:37:450:37:51

to put too much pressure on

ourselves. But know that that

0:37:510:37:55

responsibility is there.

0:37:550:37:56

Tyson Fury is free to carry

on his boxing career after accepting

0:37:560:38:00

a backdated two-year ban for doping

He has not fought since he became

0:38:000:38:02

the world heavyweight champion

in 2015 but lost the title

0:38:040:38:07

He says he wants to

0:38:070:38:08

when he tested postive

for a banned substance,

0:38:080:38:10

something that he blamed

on eating wild boar.

0:38:100:38:12

He can fight again once

he regains his boxing license.

0:38:120:38:15

Johanna Konta has been speaking

for the first time since parting

0:38:150:38:18

with Wim Fisette, the coach that

oversaw the most successful period

0:38:180:38:21

in her career.

0:38:210:38:22

She'll now work with

the American Michael Joyce

0:38:220:38:24

and is excited about

the partnership.

0:38:240:38:28

Obviously it is still early days.

We

will see how things go. We'll see

0:38:280:38:34

how things go, here's not only

bringing a great amount of coaching

0:38:340:38:40

experience, he was also a great

player. He brings a lot of

0:38:400:38:43

experience from his playing days

which are definitely looking forward

0:38:430:38:46

to learning from.

0:38:460:38:47

The former Bath and Toulon boss

Mike Ford has emerged as an early

0:38:470:38:50

contender to replace Jim Mallinder

after Northampton Saints sacked him

0:38:500:38:53

as their director of rugby.

0:38:530:38:54

Mallinder was in charge for over ten

years making him the longest serving

0:38:540:38:58

top flight boss, a period which saw

them win the Premiership

0:38:580:39:01

and European double in 2014.

0:39:010:39:02

But the board decided to make

a change after Saints' loss

0:39:020:39:05

to Ospreys last weekend.

0:39:050:39:11

A few of you might have had to get

the spades out to deal

0:39:110:39:15

with the snow.

0:39:150:39:16

Well, down at non-league Hereford

they've been using them to make

0:39:160:39:19

sure their FA Cup replay

against Fleetwood Town goes

0:39:190:39:21

ahead tomorrow night.

0:39:210:39:22

The winners play Premier League

Leicester so it's a big game

0:39:220:39:25

and fans have been taking

on the elements to keep it on.

0:39:250:39:28

Here are the results.

0:39:280:39:32

Doug Jones has become the first

Democrat in 25 years to win a US

0:39:320:39:36

Senate seat for Alabama

after a bitter campaign

0:39:360:39:38

against Republican Roy Moore.

0:39:380:39:39

The 63-year-old former prosecutor's

victory is a major political upset

0:39:390:39:42

for President Trump.

0:39:420:39:43

Joining us from Washington now

is the American political analyst

0:39:430:39:46

Eric Ham.

0:39:460:39:52

Always great to have you on the

programme. Thank you for coming on.

0:39:520:39:57

How is this victory for Mr Jones,

how has it gone down?

This is

0:39:570:40:02

actually a seismic sea change that

we are seeing. We are looking at one

0:40:020:40:06

of the most red states in the United

dates. Alabama is a deep red state

0:40:060:40:10

in the south. Actually, we have not

seen a Democrat wind at the national

0:40:100:40:15

level in more than 25 years. -- seen

a Democrat win. So it looks like we

0:40:150:40:22

are seeing a chink in the armour of

President Trump. We know that he is

0:40:220:40:26

always talking about his base being

a loyal base, that he could go out

0:40:260:40:31

and shoot somebody on the streets of

New York. And they would still be

0:40:310:40:35

with him. But tonight, it seems as

though his base just simply was not

0:40:350:40:41

there, and we actually got a

Democrat who was elected. So it is

0:40:410:40:46

almost like David slaying Goliath.

This was something that many people

0:40:460:40:49

didn't think would happen. Even the

Democratic Party was in shambles in

0:40:490:40:53

the state. They didn't have the

infrastructure. Doug Jones was able

0:40:530:40:57

to actually build this and actually

build the infrastructure. We saw a

0:40:570:41:02

turnout greater than even what

President Barack Obama got from the

0:41:020:41:06

black vote. This was a seismic sea

change for the Democrats. A major

0:41:060:41:11

loss and a huge embarrassment, but

the Donald Trump, but also for Steve

0:41:110:41:16

Bannon, his former adviser.

Was it a

nasty campaign? Quite a fuse blows

0:41:160:41:21

being thrown around, would there? --

quite a few slurs.

It was nasty in

0:41:210:41:32

the sense that the allegations being

thrown around about Roy what the

0:41:320:41:37

bad, but don't Jones ran a campaign

where he focused on the issues. In

0:41:370:41:41

fact, if you listen to his victory

speech tonight, he didn't mention

0:41:410:41:47

Roy Moore at all and he didn't even

mention Donald Trump. He actually

0:41:470:41:50

focused on bread-and-butter issues,

issues that would be of importance

0:41:500:41:55

to the African-American community,

and largely to women, two major

0:41:550:42:00

constituent groups which actually

catapulted him to the tree. I think

0:42:000:42:04

what you are going to see as a

blueprint for how Democrats will

0:42:040:42:08

look to compete going into 2010.

Do

you think, Eric, given what you have

0:42:080:42:14

said about how Doug Jones won this

talking about local issues, for

0:42:140:42:18

those in Alabama, do you think many

people would say, hang on, this was

0:42:180:42:22

a national vote, and might do that

in correctly?

I do believe that

0:42:220:42:29

while this was a local race, I do

think it became nationalised. I

0:42:290:42:33

think it is because of the Donald

Trump effect. Donald Trump is a

0:42:330:42:39

larger-than-life personality and I

think many will who would have

0:42:390:42:43

perhaps voted for Doug Jones were

voting as a sort of rebuke to Donald

0:42:430:42:49

Trump. And of course there were

those, especially if you look at the

0:42:490:42:54

rioting -- the write-in candidate,

that was an unusually high number.

0:42:540:43:04

It was more than a marginal victory

for Doug Jones. I do believe there

0:43:040:43:09

were those who are simply not

comfortable with the accusations of

0:43:090:43:12

paedophilia with Roy Moore, but

also, I think, with those who

0:43:120:43:17

supported Doug Jones, they were

actually in support of the Democrats

0:43:170:43:21

and were looking to send a message

both to Washington and more

0:43:210:43:26

importantly to Donald Trump.

Eric,

great to talk to you. That was about

0:43:260:43:32

how Doug Jones has become the first

Democrat in a quarter of a century

0:43:320:43:38

to be nominated as these senator in

Alabama.

Now, stargazers, if it is

0:43:380:43:46

clear tonight, should be able to see

hundreds of shooting stars in the

0:43:460:43:49

sky is tonight, in the Geminid

meteor shower, which will be

0:43:490:43:53

reaching its peak. Matthew is that

the royal observatory in Greenwich

0:43:530:43:56

this morning to tell us about it.

Good morning.

0:43:560:43:59

We are in the telescope dome. If you

want to see the meteor showers, you

0:44:060:44:15

will not need this. You would just

need clear skies. What are the

0:44:150:44:34

Geminid Meteors? They are debris

from a passing asteroid, which

0:44:340:44:37

passes the Earth every 1.4 years. As

they vaporise, they light up the

0:44:370:44:40

sky. You could see anything between

50 - 100 meteors every hour. Be just

0:44:400:44:47

need clear skies.

0:44:470:44:48

50 - 100 meteors every hour. Be just

need clear skies. I cannot promise

0:44:480:44:49

that for everyone. The best chance

is in eastern areas. Today's

0:44:490:44:56

weather. And icy start. Not as cold

as it has been in recent days. If we

0:44:560:45:07

take a look at what is happening

this morning, many parts of the east

0:45:070:45:11

will be dry, quite messy and murky

in a few spots. Showers pushing in.

0:45:110:45:20

Showers more frequent in north-west

England this morning. Heading across

0:45:200:45:24

the Pennines by nine o'clock. Many

showers in central and western parts

0:45:240:45:28

of Scotland. Some of them on the

wintry side. Rain and showers in

0:45:280:45:32

western areas this morning for most

of you rather than snow.

0:45:320:45:37

Temperatures lifting. Breezy in

northern and western areas this

0:45:370:45:40

morning. Making things chilly.

Temperatures in the south-west, 11

0:45:400:45:48

degrees. A bit of patchy rain in the

Midlands in central and southern

0:45:480:45:52

England. Temperatures only a few

degrees above freezing this morning

0:45:520:45:55

compared to the double digits we

have seen further west. To go

0:45:550:45:58

through the rest of the day, showers

pushing from west to east. Some

0:45:580:46:03

heavy. Sunshine in between. Lively

downpours and squally winds. Pushing

0:46:030:46:11

towards the south-east for the

evening rush-hour. With that, snow

0:46:110:46:15

on the higher ground. Showers north

and west getting wintry. For most,

0:46:150:46:21

temperatures more high than

recently. Tonight, eastern areas

0:46:210:46:29

best favoured for the clear skies.

Evening showers. Showers continuing

0:46:290:46:34

for western areas through the night.

Turning to sleet and snow. Not just

0:46:340:46:40

on the hills, but lower levels as

well. The air, Thursday, a touch of

0:46:400:46:48

frost. Eastern areas tomorrow, dry

and bright. More sunshine around.

0:46:480:46:55

Showers most frequently in the west.

Windy asked towards Wales in

0:46:550:46:59

south-west England as well as the

English Channel. -- winds heaviest.

0:46:590:47:05

Going back towards a northerly

direction on Friday. Today is a

0:47:050:47:11

slightly less cold day, but cold

weather is not far away. A mixture

0:47:110:47:16

of rain and sleet and hail and snow.

On Friday, most will have a dry day.

0:47:160:47:24

A frosty night will follow. The

weekend starts cold but bright for

0:47:240:47:29

many. That is how the weather is

looking. A quick fact. The dome here

0:47:290:47:36

is actually made from aluminium now,

but originally was instructed

0:47:360:47:42

believe it or not from papier-mache.

What a fact!

See you later. Please

0:47:420:47:59

address all facts to Louise.

0:47:590:48:02

All this week we've been finding out

why singing is good for the soul

0:48:020:48:05

and asking why we all love

a sing-a-long for our BBC

0:48:050:48:08

Breakfast Sings series,

and now the spotlight is on us.

0:48:080:48:09

Breakfast Sings series,

and now the spotlight is on us.

0:48:090:48:11

Dan, Lou, Naga, Charlie, Steph,

Mike, and me will take centre stage

0:48:110:48:14

at Manchester's Bridgewater Hotel

tonight to sing a Christmas classic.

0:48:140:48:17

Right now we have no idea what we'll

be singing and won't find out

0:48:170:48:21

until after today's

programme has finished.

0:48:210:48:29

No, sorry, Bridgewater Hall. I'll go

to the hotel, you have the hall.

0:48:290:48:32

We've been attemtping to hit those

high notes with the help

0:48:320:48:35

of the Choirmaster himself,

Wayne Ellington from

0:48:350:48:37

Manchester Inspirational Voices.

0:48:370:48:38

This is your BBC Breakfast

choir group in action.

0:48:380:48:40

I am very nervous. We have been

attempting very hard.

0:48:400:48:50

Sing...

Good.

If anyone can help us,

this is the man.

OK...

Is a little

0:48:540:49:04

bit nervous...

La, la, la. I am

enthusiastic but nervous.

Ahh.

0:49:040:49:22

The challenge is to sing with the

choir.

I will be hiding at the back.

0:49:290:49:36

He will be right at the front with

everyone looking at you.

I will sing

0:49:360:49:42

and you follow me.

Ding, dong,

merrily on high...

Away in a manger.

0:49:420:50:01

..And angels singing. Have yourself

a merry little Christmas. The wrong

0:50:010:50:12

note!

Oh, OK. Little donkey, little

donkey...

Mary, did you know that

0:50:120:50:28

your baby boy... I am worried. You

will be fine. You will be fine.

Baby

0:50:280:50:34

boy...

I cannot sing unless I am

denting. So I am like "On a dusty

0:50:340:50:44

road!"

Take a deep breath in for

me... And breathe out. Yes! One line

0:50:440:51:00

down!

No crib for a bed. Perfect.

You'll be fine, absolutely fine.

0:51:000:51:10

Yeah!

Perfect! Perfect! You will be

great.

Thank you.

Wonderful!

I can

0:51:100:51:19

sit down and relax the pillock

Cheers. See you on the big night.

0:51:190:51:25

I knew it would be bad. My worst

fears were confirmed. Mike. He is

0:51:340:51:43

brilliant! You were also good.

Small

steps. Anyway, little donkey, what

0:51:430:51:55

have you got for us? I have been

practising that so much.

Had are

0:51:550:51:59

you?

Only because I feel like the

challenge is on. -- have you.

You

0:51:590:52:05

need to sing and dance at the same

time?

I have a terrible cough just

0:52:050:52:13

about to happen.

You and I both.

And

now, the energy crisis.

0:52:130:52:20

It's all to do with supply.

0:52:200:52:22

Let's take petrol and diesel first.

0:52:220:52:24

The issue is that a crucial pipeline

in Scotland is going to have

0:52:240:52:27

to close for up to three

weeks for repairs.

0:52:270:52:30

That's longer than was originally

expected and caused an immediate

0:52:300:52:32

spike in the oil price.

0:52:320:52:46

It is expected to go up another 2p

at Christmas. This was yesterday. A

0:52:460:52:56

processing industry in Austria

suffered a catastrophic explosion.

0:52:560:53:00

Tragically, one person was killed in

that explosion and dozens injured.

0:53:000:53:05

That facility is one of the main

entry points for Russian gas into

0:53:050:53:10

Europe. The supply of gas has now

been affected by this. What does

0:53:100:53:14

this mean?

0:53:140:53:15

Steve Irwin is from

the Portland Fuel Consultancy.

0:53:150:53:17

Good morning.

Good morning.

Let's go

back to the beginning of the first

0:53:170:53:22

graph we saw. Petrol prices. A bit

of a drop at the beginning. It is

0:53:220:53:29

going up now. Why is that?

The end

of November, they decided to

0:53:290:53:34

continue with the output production

cuts through to the end of 2018,

0:53:340:53:39

next year. That started pushing up

prices. 30- 40%.

Just explained,

0:53:390:53:54

OPEC, the oil-producing exporters.

They produce the Daugherty.

Yes. --

0:53:540:54:01

the majority. The market was

oversupplied. But it has pushed up

0:54:010:54:06

prices. This issue with the pipeline

means supply is limited from the

0:54:060:54:11

North Sea which is where we get the

Brent Crude prices. That determines

0:54:110:54:18

prices.

When we see that price go

up, it means inevitably it will feed

0:54:180:54:23

into what we are paying at the

pumps.

Inevitably, yes. We already

0:54:230:54:29

saw a rise because of OPEC in

November. That will filter through

0:54:290:54:33

over the next few weeks. The

pipeline issue will add around

0:54:330:54:37

another penny.

On that point about

OPEC and why they limit supply, this

0:54:370:54:44

is because they want the price to go

up.

Yes. They are producing it, so

0:54:440:54:49

the more money they get, the more

money they make. The US has started

0:54:490:54:54

producing a lot of oil through shale

fracking wells they have dug, which

0:54:540:55:00

brought that supply onto the market.

OPEC were taking some production off

0:55:000:55:04

to balance that which led to the

prices rising this year quite

0:55:040:55:08

substantially, over 20%.

That is

what is going on with oil what about

0:55:080:55:13

gas and what is happening? A rise in

wholesale gas and how much the

0:55:130:55:19

energy companies are paying for it.

Yeah. This will not affect

0:55:190:55:22

electricity prices. Not immediately

in the retail market, at least.

0:55:220:55:31

Hopefully, this will be a short-term

event. A gas facility had an

0:55:310:55:39

explosion, as you mentioned. That

provides a lot of gas to Italy. It

0:55:390:55:43

is affecting the Italian market more

than the UK, but it will temporarily

0:55:430:55:47

affect utilities and little bit

until it is up and running again.

0:55:470:55:53

--A little bit.

At this time of year

it feels everything goes up.

It

0:55:530:55:58

certainly. It is bad news right

before Christmas. Oil price rises

0:55:580:56:04

will feed into the pumps around

Christmas with people having other

0:56:040:56:08

events going on.

Thank you. Can you

sing, by the way?

No.

Don't worry, I

0:56:080:56:15

will not make you sing little

donkey.

Thank you.

My cough is back.

0:56:150:56:27

She is definitely thinking of

pulling out. The nation does not

0:56:270:56:32

need to have me singing.

You cannot

be good at everything, Lou!

I don't

0:56:320:56:38

want to! People are saying they are

laughing on their sofas this

0:56:380:56:46

morning. Perhaps I have to take

that... I would rather swim with

0:56:460:56:50

jellyfish!

We will be fine! We will

laugh it out.

You cannot pull out.

0:56:500:57:02

You told everyone you will be there!

No fake coughing! We were talking

0:57:020:57:09

about man flu yesterday. And now for

the

0:57:091:00:34

I'm back with the latest

from the BBC London Newsroom

1:00:341:00:37

in half an hour.

1:00:371:00:39

Hello this is Breakfast,

with Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.

1:00:391:00:41

A baby girl born with her heart

outside her body has survived -

1:00:411:00:45

in what's thought to

be a first in the UK.

1:00:451:00:48

Doctors carry out three operations

on Venellope Wilkins to correct

1:00:481:00:50

the rare condition

that is usually fatal -

1:00:501:00:53

her parents say she's

a real fighter.

1:00:531:01:01

If you saw her when she was first

born to where showers now and what

1:01:011:01:05

they have done...

Beyond a miracle,

isn't it?

1:01:051:01:10

Good morning, it's

Wednesday 13th December.

1:01:171:01:20

Also this morning, a shock defeat

for Donald Trump's favoured

1:01:201:01:23

candidate in a senatorial election -

as the Democrats claim victory

1:01:231:01:26

in Alabama for the first time

1:01:261:01:27

in 25 years.

1:01:271:01:28

The water regulator Ofwat

is about to reveal how

1:01:281:01:31

much our water bills can

go up by after 2020 -

1:01:311:01:34

and it's going to say they'll rise

below the rate of inflation.

1:01:341:01:41

I'll have all the details later.

1:01:411:01:45

Good morning.

1:01:451:01:51

Burnley move up to fourth place in

the Premier League after a late win

1:01:511:01:55

at home to Stoke City.

1:01:551:01:57

Is this the droid they're looking

for - the Princes join big names

1:01:571:02:01

and fans for the premier

of the latest Star Wars Film

1:02:011:02:04

I think it's just

a cracking good story.

1:02:041:02:06

It's swashbuckling, it's

goodies versus baddies,

1:02:061:02:07

that's what makes it so great.

1:02:071:02:12

And Matt has the weather.

1:02:121:02:16

Good morning. I am talking about

stars as well, at shooting stars.

1:02:161:02:24

The Geminid meteors are peaking in

the skies above us. Will you be able

1:02:241:02:29

to see them? And I have the forecast

for today, the warmest day of the

1:02:291:02:33

week. Plenty of showers around but a

bit of sleet and snow later.

1:02:331:02:37

Good morning.

1:02:371:02:37

First, our main story.

1:02:371:02:38

In what's thought to be a first

for doctors in the UK,

1:02:381:02:42

a baby girl has survived

after being born with her heart

1:02:421:02:45

outside her body.

Vanellope Hope Wilkins,

1:02:451:02:46

who has no breastbone,

was delivered three weeks ago

1:02:461:02:49

by Caesarean section.

1:02:491:02:56

She has had three operations

to place her heart back in her chest

1:02:561:03:00

at Glenfield Hospital, in Leicester.

1:03:001:03:02

Our medical correspondent,

Fergus Walsh, spoke exclusively

1:03:021:03:04

to Vanellope's parents

and the medical team involved.

1:03:041:03:06

Good girl, yeah.

1:03:061:03:07

Beautiful girl.

1:03:071:03:08

Their pride and joy.

1:03:081:03:09

This is Venellope, astounding

her parents and doctors

1:03:091:03:11

with her progress.

1:03:111:03:12

After three operations in three

weeks, her heart is now back

1:03:121:03:18

inside her chest.

1:03:181:03:23

Venellope's parents say the moment

she was born they knew

1:03:231:03:25

she was a fighter.

1:03:251:03:29

She came out kicking and screaming.

1:03:291:03:31

It was a beautiful moment.

1:03:311:03:32

Absolutely beautiful.

1:03:321:03:33

If you saw her when she was first

born, to where she is now,

1:03:331:03:37

and what they've done...

1:03:371:03:38

It's a miracle, isn't it?

1:03:381:03:43

The family knew from the first

ultrasound that Venellope's heart

1:03:431:03:46

was outside her chest.

1:03:461:03:47

You can clearly see its unusual

position, which is due

1:03:471:03:49

to the absence of a

sternum or breastbone.

1:03:491:03:52

Babies with this rare condition

are usually stillborn.

1:03:521:03:54

But immediately as she emerged

during the Caesarean section,

1:03:541:04:02

doctors could see Venellope's heart

was beating strongly.

1:04:021:04:05

Three weeks on, her heart

is back where it should be,

1:04:051:04:08

covered with her own skin.

1:04:081:04:09

Venellope is going to be

here for some considerable time.

1:04:091:04:18

The next step will be

getting her to breathe

1:04:181:04:21

without the help of a ventilator.

1:04:211:04:22

Then, in years to come,

she faces more surgery to create

1:04:221:04:25

a new sternum to protect her heart.

1:04:251:04:27

She faces a long road ahead.

1:04:271:04:29

But has already

confounded predictions.

1:04:291:04:45

An amazing story.

1:04:451:04:46

We'll speak to one of the

consultants from Glenfield Hospital

1:04:461:04:49

who has been treating

Vanellope at just after 7:30.

1:04:491:04:57

In a major political upset

in America, Doug Jones has become

1:04:571:05:00

the first Democrat in 25 years

to win a US Senate seat for Alabama.

1:05:001:05:04

It follows a bitter campaign

against Republican Roy Moore,

1:05:041:05:06

who has so far refused

to concede the result.

1:05:061:05:09

President Donald Trump congratulated

Doug Jones on a hard fought

1:05:091:05:11

victory.

1:05:111:05:14

There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

1:05:141:05:15

A stunning victory for the Democrat

Doug Jones. His Republican rival,

1:05:181:05:23

Roy Moore, a former judge, enjoyed a

lead in the polls, even after the

1:05:231:05:30

allegations of sexual assault

against several women had come to

1:05:301:05:32

light. Roy Moore dismissed those

allegations as fake news, but it

1:05:321:05:41

seems they were enough to keep many

mainstream conservatives there in

1:05:411:05:49

the deeply conservative southern

state away from the polls. Donald

1:05:491:05:51

Trump had himself back Roy Moore, so

this result, the defeat of Roy

1:05:511:05:56

Moore, is being seen as a snub for

the President as well. It also

1:05:561:06:03

narrows the Republican majority in

the senate. Potentially making it

1:06:031:06:06

much more difficult for Mr Trump to

advance his political agenda. Roy

1:06:061:06:14

Moore, I might add, has refused to

concede defeat. He said the counting

1:06:141:06:20

process is still going on and the

result is very tight. He may decide

1:06:201:06:24

to contest it but there is very

little doubt that even if he does,

1:06:241:06:28

tonight represents a remarkable

victory for the Democratic candidate

1:06:281:06:32

here, Doug Jones.

1:06:321:06:34

There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

1:06:341:06:37

to improve for years,

that's according to the Chief

1:06:371:06:40

Inspector of Schools.

1:06:401:06:48

The government says it's targeting

additional help at areas

1:06:481:06:49

that are struggling.

1:06:491:06:54

Good afternoon. So this is English?

Children at St. Peter's secondary

1:06:541:07:00

school in Huntington in

Cambridgeshire. In 2016, said judged

1:07:001:07:05

the school in adequate in some areas

and it was put on special measures

1:07:051:07:09

after years of problems. 18 months

on, it has been turned around and is

1:07:091:07:15

now ranked as good in most fields.

Amanda Spratt Edelman, Ofsted's

1:07:151:07:20

Chief inspector of schools in

England, visited St Peters this

1:07:201:07:24

month and is full of praise for what

has been achieved. -- Amanda

1:07:241:07:27

Spiegelman. But not all schools do

so well. Ofsted says there are 50

1:07:271:07:31

second schools and 80 prime whistles

in inward which have not been judged

1:07:311:07:37

to be good at any point since 2005.

-- primary schools in inward.

For 12

1:07:371:07:43

years they have not been good at any

point in that. A child typically

1:07:431:07:47

spends five years in secondary

school. So we are onto a third

1:07:471:07:51

generation in those schools who have

never experienced being good school,

1:07:511:07:54

we shouldn't be happy with that.

But

the teachers unions say that the

1:07:541:07:58

stigma of about Ofsted report can

often push as -- a school into a

1:07:581:08:03

negative spiral, where parents do

not want to send their children

1:08:031:08:06

there and the recruitment of

teachers becomes hard. They also say

1:08:061:08:09

many schools are underfunded. The

government says it is spending £280

1:08:091:08:13

million to get extra help to schools

in designated extra opportunity

1:08:131:08:20

areas, including providing extra

training for teachers.

1:08:201:08:24

Theresa May is facing a potential

backbench rebellion later when MPs

1:08:241:08:27

vote on amendments to

the EU Withdrawal Bill.

1:08:271:08:30

A group of Tory MPs, led by former

Attorney General Dominic Grieve,

1:08:301:08:33

want to force ministers to give

Parliament a meaningful vote on any

1:08:331:08:36

final Brexit deal.

1:08:361:08:37

Our political correspondent

Ben Wright is in Westminster this

1:08:371:08:39

morning.

1:08:391:08:45

It seems that when we talk about

rebellions, and we have done that

1:08:451:08:49

lots, this is a significant one.

Potentially, yes. It is all about

1:08:491:08:53

the numbers. The Tories do not have

a majority in the house of common so

1:08:531:08:58

it only takes a few Conservative MPs

to join labour in a vote for the

1:08:581:09:02

government to be defeated. So far

that has not happened to Theresa May

1:09:021:09:06

because ministers have been good at

offering concessions at dicey

1:09:061:09:08

moments and swerving away from

trouble and potential rebellions and

1:09:081:09:12

defeat. But today might be

different. The issue, of course, is

1:09:121:09:17

Brexit. The fundamental question of

what role Parliament should have,

1:09:171:09:24

once the negotiations are done in

about a year's time, in shaping the

1:09:241:09:28

final Brexit deal. Labour,

opposition parties, and crucially,

1:09:281:09:33

about 20 Tory MPs, are insisting

that they now want a legally binding

1:09:331:09:37

guarantee that Parliament will have

a meaningful vote at the end of that

1:09:371:09:41

whole process, and be able to shape

and approve the terms of the final

1:09:411:09:45

Brexit deal. That is what is at

stake today and throughout the day

1:09:451:09:50

the government will be trying hard

to persuade Tory MPs not to rebel,

1:09:501:09:54

not to vote with Labour, and already

David Davis, the Brexit secretary,

1:09:541:09:58

has written to all Tory MPs this

morning insisting they have already

1:09:581:10:01

promised there will be a vote on the

final deal as soon as negotiations

1:10:011:10:05

are over. Will it be enough? We'll

find out this evening. A defeat for

1:10:051:10:11

the government would be absolutely

massive, a very big blow.

1:10:111:10:19

Social media companies should face

fines or prosecution if they do not

1:10:191:10:23

deal with online abuse. This is

according to a report from the

1:10:231:10:26

ethics watchdog, the committee on

standards in Public life. It

1:10:261:10:29

examined online harassment of MPs

during June's general election.

1:10:291:10:34

Currently, social media companies

say they cannot control the millions

1:10:341:10:36

of messages that are going up.

1:10:361:10:41

Instead of being open

for passengers, Euston station

1:10:411:10:43

will welcome 200 homeless people

for lunch on Christmas Day.

1:10:431:10:45

No trains will run from there

until after Boxing Day,

1:10:451:10:48

instead the concourse will be filled

with volunteers from Network rail

1:10:481:10:51

and charities St Mungo's

and Streets Kitchen.

1:10:511:10:59

Quite a change from the normal

atmosphere, when everybody is

1:10:591:11:03

waiting anxiously from the train,

staring at those screens. The

1:11:031:11:06

platform goes up and everybody makes

a dash for it. It will be completely

1:11:061:11:10

different.

Didn't stay a film that

scene from Born? Or is that at

1:11:101:11:16

Waterloo? I will have to check.

1:11:161:11:17

For Star Wars fans

the wait is nearly over.

1:11:171:11:20

The eighth episode in the franchise,

the Last Jedi, gets its cinema

1:11:201:11:23

release at midnight tonight.

1:11:231:11:24

But last night the film's stars,

including British actors

1:11:241:11:27

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega,

were on the red carpet in London

1:11:271:11:30

for its European premiere.

1:11:301:11:37

A warning, this report

from our entertainment

1:11:371:11:39

correspondent, Lizo Mzimba,

contains flash photography.

1:11:391:11:41

The stars of Star Wars,

cinema royalty, on the red carpet

1:11:411:11:43

with actual royalty.

1:11:431:11:45

Princes William and Harry,

such fans of the saga,

1:11:451:11:49

during filming, they secretly played

cameos as stormtroopers,

1:11:491:11:51

much to the excitement of the cast.

1:11:511:11:58

It was great, fantastic.

1:11:581:11:59

Fantastic.

1:11:591:12:00

Phenomenal.

1:12:001:12:00

And they've done an

official visit as well.

1:12:001:12:02

They got in an X-wing

and all that kind of stuff.

1:12:021:12:05

It was fun.

1:12:051:12:08

and everything that goes

along with it are happy.

1:12:081:12:10

We always start with that.

1:12:101:12:14

The Last Jedi is the ninth Star Wars

film since the saga began

1:12:141:12:18

40 years ago.

1:12:181:12:18

It didn't scare me enough then.

1:12:181:12:20

There's a huge degree

of expectation among fans.

1:12:201:12:22

What is Star Wars to you?

1:12:221:12:24

Star Wars is everything, really.

1:12:241:12:25

Something I've always

obviously been interested in.

1:12:251:12:27

It's almost a way of life, I think.

1:12:271:12:29

I think it is just a cracking good

story. It is also a buck in, goodies

1:12:291:12:35

versus baddies, I think that is what

makes it so great. -- it is all

1:12:351:12:39

swashbuckling.

1:12:391:12:39

Fan power like this has driven

the franchise for 40 years

1:12:391:12:42

and is also the reason why many

expect this film to make more

1:12:421:12:46

in the final two weeks of 2017

than any other film makes

1:12:461:12:49

in the entirety of this year.

1:12:491:12:51

Lizo Mzimba, BBC News.

1:12:511:12:52

That is great. You are right about

Born, I checked. It was Waterloo.

I

1:12:521:12:59

can see it in my memory.

Good film

knowledge.

1:12:591:13:03

England's top nurse is warning

that the freezing temperatures we've

1:13:031:13:05

seen this week pose

a lethal risk for people

1:13:051:13:08

who are suffering loneliness.

1:13:081:13:09

Professor Jane Cummings

is the Chief Nursing Officer for

1:13:091:13:11

England.

1:13:111:13:15

She says we can all help to keep

vulnerable people safe this winter

1:13:151:13:18

and joins us now.

1:13:181:13:23

We are talking about the cold and

also loneliness. Tell us about cold

1:13:231:13:27

temperatures. Just recently we have

a cold snap and that can have an

1:13:271:13:32

impact on people's health?

Yes, it

can have a city the content packed.

1:13:321:13:36

We found that heart attacks increase

very quickly after a cold snap.

1:13:361:13:41

About five days later people are

often admitted with strokes, and 12

1:13:411:13:45

days later they get significant

respiratory illness. So heart

1:13:451:13:49

attacks can account for something

like 40% of the additional deaths we

1:13:491:13:54

see over the winter. Stay in warm

during this cold weather is

1:13:541:13:58

important.

That is interesting. We

are also talking about loneliness.

1:13:581:14:01

We talk about it a lot here on

Breakfast. Tellers are the impact

1:14:011:14:05

you think it has on people's health?

Social isolation and feeling only

1:14:051:14:11

has an impact not just on people's

physical health but also their

1:14:111:14:14

mental health and well-being. About

9 million people across England say

1:14:141:14:19

they are lonely for most of the

time. That is more than the

1:14:191:14:25

population of London. The

commendation of feeling lonely, may

1:14:251:14:30

be becoming depressed, not taking

action earlier if you are feeling

1:14:301:14:34

unwell, that can have a massive

impact on how you feel. Really,

1:14:341:14:39

really important that we give people

an opportunity to pop in and go and

1:14:391:14:44

say hello to neighbours or loved

ones, get a cup of tea, check

1:14:441:14:48

whether they have got their house or

their flat to warm. See if they need

1:14:481:14:52

any help to have food or a hot

drink. Those simple Acts of kindness

1:14:521:14:57

can have a massive impact on

people's physical health and

1:14:571:15:00

well-being.

It is a very sad figure,

this. Three quarters of GPs say they

1:15:001:15:07

see up to five people per day who

have come in mainly because they are

1:15:071:15:11

lonely?

1:15:111:15:12

Only last night I was talking to

three GPs from London. They said it

1:15:171:15:21

happened to them. People want social

interaction and many go to their

1:15:211:15:26

local GP. Simple things like making

sure they know who they can get in

1:15:261:15:33

contact with, if they have friends

or family who can pop in and see

1:15:331:15:37

them, give them a ring, it makes a

huge impact on lives.

What about if

1:15:371:15:42

you are one of those who genuinely

feels the pain of loneliness? It can

1:15:421:15:49

make you feel more vulnerable and

unable to go out. What is your

1:15:491:15:53

advice?

For people that feel

vulnerable, it is about knowing

1:15:531:15:57

there is help available, knowing

they can speak to their neighbours,

1:15:571:16:01

friends, family. And, actually, if

they are able to go out, if they

1:16:011:16:08

start to feel unwell, go to the

local pharmacist, go and make sure

1:16:081:16:11

if they start to get a cold, a

cough, they take some action and get

1:16:111:16:17

some help and seek out advice from

people like the pharmacist that can

1:16:171:16:23

really help them. There are also

different helplines, there is AIDUK,

1:16:231:16:28

and there people available that can

provide support. This call to action

1:16:281:16:36

is for family, friends, those who

can take the time to think about

1:16:361:16:40

someone who may not even be old,

quite young, just feeling lonely and

1:16:401:16:46

needing a bit of attention over the

next few months.

We know there has

1:16:461:16:50

been more funding announced in the

budget to help the NHS through

1:16:501:16:53

winter. Will that help? Will that be

enough? How do you feel we are

1:16:531:16:59

placed to cope with this this

winter?

We started planning for this

1:16:591:17:04

winter much, much earlier than we

have ever done before. There has

1:17:041:17:07

been a significant amount of work

that has gone into getting ready for

1:17:071:17:12

winter. We have extended the ability

for people to see their general

1:17:121:17:18

practice, GP, we are extending that

from eight in the morning to eight

1:17:181:17:22

in the evening across England over

the next few months. In London, for

1:17:221:17:29

example, it is already available,

every day, from eight to eight. We

1:17:291:17:36

have opened additional beds. We have

looked at hotlines. People can ring

1:17:361:17:44

up and get access to a clinical call

handler, nurse, advanced paramedic,

1:17:441:17:51

who can give them better advice. We

have increased that to 36% getting

1:17:511:17:58

access to those clinicians. We have

a lot of wraparound to make sure

1:17:581:18:02

people can get the best advice as

quickly as possible to keep them

1:18:021:18:07

well and enable organisations to

cope over the winter months.

Thank

1:18:071:18:12

you.

Thank you.

If you have just

turned on, if Wednesday is your

1:18:121:18:21

first day watching, we are singing

tonight.

1:18:211:18:28

All this week we've been finding out

why singing is good for the soul

1:18:281:18:31

and asking why we all love

a sing-a-long for our BBC

1:18:311:18:34

Breakfast Sings series,

and now the spotlight is on us.

1:18:341:18:37

Dan, Lou, Naga, Charlie, Steph,

Mike, and me will take centre stage

1:18:371:18:41

at Manchester's Bridgewater Hotel

tonight to sing a Christmas classic.

1:18:411:18:43

She is getting a bit nervous. Sue

says this. OK, it is not perfect,

1:18:431:18:47

but it made me smile. More than

that, it was inspirational, because

1:18:471:18:50

I am a rubbish singer. Seeing how it

does not matter, it has made me want

1:18:501:18:55

to start singing, regardless of if I

am in June or not. Well done to all

1:18:551:18:59

of you showing us that the main

thing is having fun, whether you are

1:18:591:19:07

in tune or not.

If I have the

courage to sing tonight, it will be

1:19:071:19:14

because of you.

1:19:141:19:16

Tonight is the peak night

of the Geminid Meteor Showerm

1:19:161:19:19

where hundreds of shooting stars can

be seen flying through our skies.

1:19:191:19:22

And to tell us how well we might be

able to see them is Matt,

1:19:221:19:26

bringing us the weather

from the Greenwich Royal

1:19:261:19:28

Observatory.

1:19:281:19:28

Good morning. Yes, they certainly

can. This is considered to be the

1:19:281:19:32

peak meteor event of the year. You

can see them just about anywhere.

1:19:321:19:42

They are bits of debris and dust on

the back of a passing asteroid which

1:19:421:19:46

goes past Earth every 1.4 years. You

just have to look to the sky to see

1:19:461:19:53

them. Best to look towards the

south-east. They originate from the

1:19:531:19:58

consolation of Gemini. You could see

anything from 120 meteors every

1:19:581:20:07

single hour, one or two a minute.

You have a good chance, in theory.

1:20:071:20:11

The bad news, you will need some

clear skies, of course. You will get

1:20:111:20:16

times through the night in eastern

areas. In the West, there will

1:20:161:20:21

always be more cloud and the threat

of showers. The forecast. Icy this

1:20:211:20:28

morning, especially with snow. Today

is the warmest day of the week,

1:20:281:20:34

believe it or not. A lot of cloud.

Dry at the moment. Bits of rain in

1:20:341:20:41

the rush-hour. Parts of north-west

England may have heavy showers going

1:20:411:20:51

away. In Scotland, they will

continue to be fast and frequent in

1:20:511:20:55

central and western areas. Some will

be wintry. Mainly over the hills.

1:20:551:21:00

Showers today mainly of rain. Snowy

cannot be ruled out. Rain is likely

1:21:001:21:07

this morning. 10- 11 in the

south-west of England. A breeze

1:21:071:21:11

today. The seam in many parts of the

country compared to what we have had

1:21:111:21:16

in the past 24 hours. -- the same.

Heavy showers in the west of the UK

1:21:161:21:23

to start with. The afternoon, lively

showers. Gusty winds attached to

1:21:231:21:29

them pushing across the southern

half of the country in particular.

1:21:291:21:32

Even with those, sleet and snow on

the higher ground. Showers in the

1:21:321:21:39

north-west of the UK becoming wintry

as well. The past few days have been

1:21:391:21:43

more cold. It will get warmer. Heavy

showers in East Anglia and the

1:21:431:21:51

south-east corner. They will clear.

The east brings the best chance of

1:21:511:21:54

seeing the meteors. Gaps between the

showers, clearer skies, that will

1:21:541:22:09

lead to chilly conditions. Ice

around and do tomorrow morning.

1:22:091:22:13

Tomorrow, largely dry conditions in

the east of the UK. The wind and the

1:22:131:22:17

east of Scotland will be lighter.

Sleet and snow could be mixed in

1:22:171:22:25

with those. Windy us towards the

south-west of the UK, especially

1:22:251:22:28

Wales and the south-west.

Temperatures dropping again further

1:22:281:22:31

into Friday. The wind is going more

north. That will bring showers to

1:22:311:22:36

the north and east of Scotland and

the north-east of England. Sleet and

1:22:361:22:40

snow and hail. Showers for Northern

Ireland, far south Wales, and the

1:22:401:22:46

far south-west of England. For many,

Friday, a dry and bright day. Chilly

1:22:461:22:50

moments. Part of the giant. A cold

and frosty night will be back to

1:22:501:22:58

take us to the start of the weekend.

If you want to see the meteors, good

1:22:581:23:12

luck. The best chance in the

south-east.

1:23:121:23:15

Do you remember Car Phone Warehouse

and Dicksons? They have merged. Not

1:23:151:23:27

great news. They say profits are

down 60%. They are still making

1:23:271:23:31

money, over £40 million. But it is

done a lot compared to last year.

1:23:311:23:37

That is for a few reasons. Just

talking to the boss, he was saying

1:23:371:23:41

it is a lot of one-off things, the

change in the EU roaming charges,

1:23:411:23:53

that cost them money. But digging in

deep, it is to do with how we are

1:23:531:23:57

spending money at the moment. In the

past with mobile phones, every year

1:23:571:24:01

we would upgrade. We don't do that

has often. Also, phones are more

1:24:011:24:05

expensive as well for them so the

cost of them has gone up. That has

1:24:051:24:11

put pressure on profit margins. And

also in terms with how we spend, we

1:24:111:24:21

don't spend much on big-ticket items

any more. The cost of living has

1:24:211:24:24

gone up more fast than wages. In

real terms, people do not have as

1:24:241:24:30

much money to spend on things like

big electrical items. That is

1:24:301:24:33

hitting them quite hard.

It is

interesting how it all comes

1:24:331:24:38

together. Thank you.

Breaking news

on a story we were talking about

1:24:381:24:43

yesterday. The fire in Salford. Two

people have been arrested on murder

1:24:431:24:51

with the fire caused through people

to die. They died in Greater

1:24:511:24:59

Manchester on Monday. Police have

said today a man and a woman have

1:24:591:25:04

been charged.

They will appear at

the magistrates court later today.

1:25:041:25:07

We will bring you that news as we

get it.

725.

1:25:071:25:15

There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

1:25:151:25:18

to improve for years

and include over a 100 which,

1:25:181:25:21

for more than a decade,

have never been rated

1:25:211:25:23

as "good" by OFSTED.

1:25:231:25:24

That's the verdict of

England's Chief Inspector

1:25:241:25:26

of Schools, Amanda Spielman,

who says many are in the most

1:25:261:25:29

deprived areas with more children

from poor white families,

1:25:291:25:32

or who have special needs.

1:25:321:25:33

Let's get some reaction

from Tarun Kapoor, Chief Executive

1:25:331:25:35

of the Dean Trust,

which runs several schools

1:25:351:25:38

in the north-west of England.

1:25:381:25:39

Good morning. It is good to speak to

you again. How many schools are you

1:25:391:25:44

running?

I am running nine schools.

People come to you specifically

1:25:441:25:48

because they want to improve their

schools. What can you do to make a

1:25:481:25:53

difference?

To invest in the capital

of people. Many of these schools

1:25:531:25:59

have been battered and bruised for

many years. They do lots of hard

1:25:591:26:03

work, they think they are doing the

right thing. Sometimes it is about

1:26:031:26:09

showing you are working alongside

them and getting them to realise

1:26:091:26:13

children are children and will do as

we ask. They are proud of doing

1:26:131:26:17

well. We do things which you could

say that is a grammar school

1:26:171:26:22

education. By children stand up to

ask questions. They cannot come to

1:26:221:26:28

school without the right equipment.

You can waste 15 minutes of a lesson

1:26:281:26:33

sometimes. That does not happen with

us. You start the lesson without

1:26:331:26:39

that.

So, primary and secondary

schools are underperforming. Why is

1:26:391:26:47

it they are struggling to improve?

Are they stuck in a rut?

There are

1:26:471:26:55

many pressures on head teachers.

They are like football managers. If

1:26:551:27:00

they lose a job, they do not get

another one. Some are good they just

1:27:001:27:05

need support. What should we do to

help them rather than hurt them? We

1:27:051:27:16

go to schools and some people say it

is terrible. But it isn't. They have

1:27:161:27:20

just lost direction. The children

are running the school. It has to be

1:27:201:27:26

the other way around. The staff have

to take back the school and the

1:27:261:27:31

corridors and the community. We had

a school which was the 10th worst in

1:27:311:27:36

the country, to be honest. It is

oversubscribed, it has record

1:27:361:27:40

results. You cannot get in. That is

because the community are doing

1:27:401:27:48

things which are right for their

children. We talk about communities

1:27:481:27:51

and jobs and aspiration.

One last

question. Many of these schools are

1:27:511:27:57

in the most deprived areas. Do you

see a link between that? Does do not

1:27:571:28:03

have to be a link?

We have to

acknowledge that once they get into

1:28:031:28:11

the red line, they are not deprived.

If they do not have a uniform, we

1:28:111:28:16

make sure they have the equipment.

It cannot be an excuse. We have to

1:28:161:28:21

do something different.

You talk

about wasting 15 minutes at the

1:28:211:28:27

start of each lesson. What if

children do not have the equipment?

1:28:271:28:31

Can you give it to them?

There is a

shop at the start of every school

1:28:311:28:39

that gives them for 5p. This

business of going to the top and

1:28:391:28:46

dropping, it is no good. We need

steady change which is sustainable.

1:28:461:28:54

Thank you for coming in in. I know

you have a busy day of the national

1:28:541:28:58

headlines at 730. First, let's

1:28:581:32:19

So, we're seeing the

return of sunshine.

1:32:191:32:21

Staying cold during the day

and frosty at night for the weekend.

1:32:211:32:30

Hello, this is Breakfast,

with Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.

1:32:301:32:32

It's 7.30.

1:32:321:32:33

A summary of the day's main news:

1:32:331:32:38

A baby girl, born with her heart

outside her body, has survived

1:32:381:32:41

in what's thought to

be a first in the UK.

1:32:411:32:44

Vanellope Hope Wilkins,

who is three weeks old,

1:32:441:32:46

has undergone three operations

at Glenfield Hospital,

1:32:461:32:48

in Leicester, to place her heart

back within her chest.

1:32:481:32:51

The condition, ectopia cordis,

is extremely rare, with only a few

1:32:511:32:54

cases per million births.

1:32:541:32:55

Her parents have described

her as a fighter.

1:32:551:33:02

In a major political upset

in America, Doug Jones has become

1:33:021:33:04

the first Democrat in 25 years

to win a US Senate seat for Alabama.

1:33:041:33:08

It follows a bitter campaign

against Republican Roy Moore,

1:33:081:33:11

who has so far refused

to concede the result.

1:33:111:33:13

President Donald Trump congratulated

Doug Jones on a hard fought victory.

1:33:131:33:27

Two people have been charged with

murder over the deaths of three

1:33:271:33:30

children in a house fire in Salford

in Greater Manchester on Monday.

1:33:301:33:34

23-year-old Zac Volland and

24-year-old Courtney Brearley argued

1:33:341:33:38

in court later. The children's

mother and their three-year-old

1:33:381:33:41

sister remain in hospital this

morning.

1:33:411:33:43

There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

1:33:431:33:46

to improve for years,

that's according to the Chief

1:33:461:33:49

Inspector of Schools.

1:33:491:33:49

Amanda Spielman says this includes

more than a 100 which for more

1:33:491:33:53

than a decade have never been rated

as "good" by Ofsted.

1:33:531:33:56

The government says it's targeting

additional help at areas that

1:33:561:33:58

are struggling.

1:33:581:34:00

Theresa May is facing a potential

backbench rebellion later when MPs

1:34:001:34:04

vote on amendments to

the EU Withdrawal Bill.

1:34:041:34:06

A group of Tory MPs, led by former

Attorney General Dominic Grieve,

1:34:061:34:09

want to force ministers to give

Parliament a meaningful vote on any

1:34:091:34:12

final Brexit deal.

1:34:121:34:13

The Prime Minister has said that

ministers are listening

1:34:131:34:16

to the concerns

of Conservative MPs.

1:34:161:34:27

Thousands of children

in the Democratic Republic of Congo

1:34:271:34:30

are severly malnourished

and could die within a year

1:34:301:34:32

without emergency support.

1:34:321:34:33

That's according to the United

Nations, which has declared

1:34:331:34:36

the crisis as the highest

state of emergency.

1:34:361:34:38

Nearly one and a half million people

have been displaced from their homes

1:34:381:34:42

following violent clashes that began

last year. Social media companies

1:34:421:34:45

should face fines or prosecution

if they do not deal with online

1:34:451:34:48

abuse, according to a report

from the ethics watchdog.

1:34:481:34:50

The committee on standards

in public life.

1:34:501:34:52

It examined online harassment

following June's general election.

1:34:521:34:54

Currently, social media companies

say they cannot control the millions

1:34:541:34:57

of messages that go up.

1:34:571:35:11

Would you like to see a world record

attempt? Look at this.

1:35:111:35:15

PIANO MUSIC.

1:35:151:35:27

It's the most number of people

playing a piano piece

1:35:271:35:30

at the same time.

1:35:301:35:34

20 Bosnian youngsters

have set the record

1:35:341:35:36

with the performance in Sarajevo.

1:35:361:35:38

The previous record was 18 people

playing the same piece

1:35:381:35:40

simultaneously in Italy in 2014.

1:35:401:35:48

Well done to them. Our world record

holders.

And a very tuneful. Matt

1:35:481:35:52

Lauer baldly whether coming up, and

we might play again, much to my

1:35:521:35:58

shame, our training and singing.

It

is going to be OK. Remember what Su

1:35:581:36:02

said. You're inspired her to sing,

even though she watched a singing

1:36:021:36:06

earlier, because we were performing

tonight as part of BBC Breakfast

1:36:061:36:10

Sing at the Bridgewater Hall, six of

us will be on stage, singing too

1:36:101:36:14

much, just one line, but Louise is

nervous. Sue said that even though

1:36:141:36:18

we are not the best singers in the

world, we inspired her this morning

1:36:181:36:21

to get singing.

Thank you.

It is the

gift that keeps on giving. You see,

1:36:211:36:27

that's why!

No, in a positive way.

You keep laughing and it makes me

1:36:271:36:31

embarrassed.

It isn't just people,

you know, Mariah Carey singers who

1:36:311:36:35

should be singing. We should all be

allowed to sing.

Let's talk about

1:36:351:36:39

Chris Froome.

Yes, breaking news

about Chris Froome. It has emerged

1:36:391:36:47

this morning that he failed a drug

test during his Vuleta victory in

1:36:471:36:52

September. -- Vuelta. The cycling

governing body has requested more

1:36:521:37:00

details after the results from his

you're in sample. Team sky said his

1:37:001:37:05

dosage was increased within

permissible limits on doctor 's

1:37:051:37:07

advice to treat asthma symptoms he

suffered from, since he was a child.

1:37:071:37:11

We will give you more details as we

get them.

1:37:111:37:17

The Burnley manager Sean Dyche says

football is about dreams as his side

1:37:171:37:21

move into the top four

of the Premier League after a 1-0

1:37:211:37:24

win over Stoke City.

1:37:241:37:25

A late goal by substitute

Ashley Barnes put them

1:37:251:37:28

into the Champions League places.

1:37:281:37:29

They climb above Liverpool

and Arsenal who play this evening.

1:37:291:37:32

The reality is, we've got another

tough game on Saturday.

1:37:321:37:34

We are enjoying this, of course.

1:37:341:37:36

The players have earned

the right to enjoy this.

1:37:361:37:44

But the next game comes quickly

on Saturday and that's my focus.

1:37:441:37:48

I'm really pleased with the lads

tonight, a different way of finding

1:37:481:37:51

results and we had to work

hard for oit tonight,

1:37:511:37:54

grinding it out.

1:37:541:37:54

But Thursday, we will look

to recover, and we look

1:37:541:37:57

to the next one.

1:37:571:37:58

Reigning champions Chelsea

are the side above Burnley.

1:37:581:38:00

Their manager Antonio Conte thinks

they've got no chance

1:38:001:38:03

of retaining their title

but they easily beat Huddersfield

1:38:031:38:05

3-1 last night.

1:38:051:38:06

Pedro scored their third.

1:38:061:38:12

And Crystal Palace are out

of the bottom three for the first

1:38:121:38:15

time this season after they scored

twice in the final few minutes

1:38:151:38:18

to beat Watford.

1:38:181:38:19

Palace were a goal down

but Wilfried Zaha and James McCarthy

1:38:191:38:22

turned it around after Watford

had a man sent off.

1:38:221:38:25

England captain Joe Root says it's

time for his team to "stand up"

1:38:251:38:29

ahead of the crucial third

Ashes Test in Perth.

1:38:291:38:31

Australia lead the series 2-0

and will regain the Ashes

1:38:311:38:34

if they win at the WACA,

where England haven't won

1:38:341:38:36

for nearly 40 years.

1:38:361:38:38

With problems on and off the field

Root says the pressure

1:38:381:38:41

is on the senior players.

1:38:411:38:46

Whenever you get the chance to play

for England you want to stand up

1:38:461:38:50

and be counted and put

in those big promises.

1:38:501:38:53

When it is as big a game as this,

senior players probably are under

1:38:531:38:56

more pressure than the other guys.

1:38:561:38:58

It's important that we go out

there and, I suppose,

1:38:581:39:01

try not to put too much

pressure on ourselves.

1:39:011:39:03

But know that that

responsibility is there.

1:39:031:39:05

Tyson Fury says he wants to fight

Anthony Joshua after he was given

1:39:051:39:09

the green light to carry

on his boxing career.

1:39:091:39:11

The former world heavyweight

champion has accepted a backdated

1:39:111:39:14

two-year ban for doping something

that he blamed on eating wild boar.

1:39:141:39:17

He can fight again once

he regains his boxing license.

1:39:171:39:33

We haven't heard the

end of it, have we?

1:39:331:39:35

Johanna Konta has been speaking

for the first time since parting

1:39:361:39:39

with Wim Fisette, the coach that

oversaw the most successful period

1:39:391:39:42

in her career.

1:39:421:39:43

She'll now work with

the American Michael Joyce

1:39:431:39:45

and is excited about

the partnership.

1:39:451:39:50

Obviously it is still early days.

1:39:501:39:51

We will see how things go.

1:39:511:40:12

He's not only bringing a great

amount of coaching experience,

1:40:121:40:15

he was also a great player.

1:40:151:40:17

He brings a lot of experience

from his playing days which I'm

1:40:171:40:20

definitely looking

forward to learning from.

1:40:201:40:22

Well, down at non-league Hereford

they've been using them to make

1:40:221:40:24

sure their FA Cup replay

against Fleetwood Town goes

1:40:241:40:27

ahead tomorrow night.

1:40:271:40:28

Volunteers getting stuck in with the

shovels. The winners will play

1:40:281:40:31

Premier League lest in the third

round, so it is a big game. Lots of

1:40:311:40:35

money in the next round.

And you'll

be talking more about that Chris

1:40:351:40:38

Froome story later.

Yes, big news

about Chris Froome.

We were looking

1:40:381:40:42

at the papers today and talking

about the fact that there is a

1:40:421:40:45

family in Devon, I think, who have a

set of Christmas lights which have

1:40:451:40:50

always worked and they bought them

50 years ago.

I've got a little

1:40:501:40:54

bird, a cloth bird, it has been

about 40 or 50 years old. I nearly

1:40:541:40:59

threw it away. I won't now. I feel

bad.

Send us your pictures in. Lots

1:40:591:41:04

of people have been sending them in.

John Wood says his dad Bobby 's

1:41:041:41:09

father christmas models in 1958.

They are made of cardboard. This is

1:41:091:41:13

the little worse for wherever a

year, but they look very good to me.

1:41:131:41:17

This is a Christmas tree brought by

Sarah Heron's great-grandmother in

1:41:171:41:23

Sheffield in 1929.

Still going

strong. That is fantastic.

Slightly

1:41:231:41:29

lopsided, but still going strong.

Elizabeth Hogarth with this native

1:41:291:41:34

tea set out every year. Look at

that. She says the Ox has lost his

1:41:341:41:39

ears. And Joseph has stubbed his

toe. But it still reminds us family

1:41:391:41:44

of the true meaning of Christmas,

and I'm sure our young

1:41:441:41:47

granddaughters will enjoy playing

with it when they come to visit.

1:41:471:41:50

Here we have Mr and Mrs Claus.

Knitted by the lender, and John

1:41:501:41:55

Wilson's daughter Sarah, when she

was eight years old. That was 35

1:41:551:41:59

years ago.

This is a 50-year-old

Santa Claus. Sandra says her husband

1:41:591:42:08

insists on putting it up every year

in their home in Malvern despite the

1:42:081:42:12

fact that it freaks out the kids.

Last but by no means least, this is

1:42:121:42:16

a masterpiece by a young girl called

Stephanie, aged five, from

1:42:161:42:19

Middlesbrough. Her dad puts it up on

the wall every year, even though she

1:42:191:42:25

has now made it to the BBC Breakfast

sofa. It'll Stephanie Anderson that

1:42:251:42:30

is just lovely!

Can you see what it

is?

Of course.

And your dad has kept

1:42:301:42:36

it all this time?

He has framed it

now because it is worse for wear. He

1:42:361:42:41

is a proud father. There you go. An

embarrassed daughter.

We are talking

1:42:411:42:45

about energy bills this morning?

Yes, we were talking about energy

1:42:451:42:49

and now we are going to talk about

water bills because the boss of the

1:42:491:42:53

regulator is here.

The water regulator sets the level

1:42:531:42:56

that companies in England and Wales

can charge their customers for

1:42:561:42:59

water. They make that decision every

five years. This morning we can find

1:42:591:43:03

out more about what goes into

deciding that. Katherine Ross joins

1:43:031:43:08

us, the chief executive of Ofwat.

Tell us about how you work this out

1:43:081:43:15

every five years?

As most people

will know, people in England and

1:43:151:43:19

Wales cannot choose their water and

waste water supplier, so it is

1:43:191:43:22

important we limit the prices

companies can charge their customers

1:43:221:43:25

and also challenge the company to

deliver more in terms of service.

1:43:251:43:29

Now, there are three different

elements to what we do when we do

1:43:291:43:32

our price review. The first is to

look at the cost of financing the

1:43:321:43:36

company 's face. When are these

companies do lots of investment,

1:43:361:43:39

they go to the financial markets to

raise money for that. We challenge

1:43:391:43:42

those costs. We'll sue challenge

than actual costs of service. What

1:43:421:43:45

does it cost to transport water

through a pipe, or treated? If the

1:43:451:43:50

thing is that we challenge them to

do more for the customers in terms

1:43:501:43:53

of the service package. That first

element, that financing cost

1:43:531:43:57

element, the single biggest driver

of bills, one third of the average

1:43:571:44:00

build, we think that will come down

by between 15 and £35 in the next

1:44:001:44:04

control period. We think bills will

come down by between 15 and £25 in

1:44:041:44:09

that period.

We don't often talk

about bills going down. How much of

1:44:091:44:15

a difference will it make to

customers?

The average bill is £400.

1:44:151:44:19

We have lots more work to do on the

other elements of the price control,

1:44:191:44:23

the efficiency challenge and the

service package. Just the decision

1:44:231:44:26

we have put out today means those

£400 bills will come down by between

1:44:261:44:30

15 and £35. We also think what

customers get for their money will

1:44:301:44:35

go up as well. We are looking at 14

common commitments across all the

1:44:351:44:39

water companies, the things that

really matter to customers like

1:44:391:44:42

reducing sewer flooding, reducing

supply interruptions, reducing

1:44:421:44:45

drought restrictions and stuff like

that stop it is really a package

1:44:451:44:48

about more for less. In January last

year a committee of MPs accuse you

1:44:481:44:52

of allowing water companies to make

excessive profits.

Do you think that

1:44:521:44:56

has changed now?

You can see from

the decision we have put out today

1:44:561:45:01

that we are bringing a tougher

challenge than ever to companies. We

1:45:011:45:04

are reducing the money that they

make, but we are action holding out

1:45:041:45:10

the prospect that they can earn more

money if they do the things that

1:45:101:45:14

really matter to customers. There

will be rewards for service delivery

1:45:141:45:17

on the things that matter most, like

reducing flooding, drought

1:45:171:45:21

interruptions, supply interruptions,

and improving customer service. Just

1:45:211:45:25

sitting there and being a water

company, you will make less money in

1:45:251:45:29

the future.

Do you think they were

making excessive profits?

1:45:291:45:34

Back in 2009, the cost was lower.

That is why MPs are criticising us.

1:45:381:45:45

We took that on board. That is why

we are taking a tougher line on it.

1:45:451:45:50

Complaints. Calls are on the up. Why

is that?

That is to do with the

1:45:501:46:00

business customer competition. In

April, the government released

1:46:001:46:04

competition in England. You can now

choose your supplier. With that,

1:46:041:46:09

customers engage more with their

company and try to do different

1:46:091:46:12

things. Some customers have found it

is not working well for them. We are

1:46:121:46:17

challenging companies to improve on

that. We think it will be temporary

1:46:171:46:21

and they will get on top of it.

Thank you for coming in. We

1:46:211:46:25

appreciate it. That is it for now.

Thank you for sending in your centre

1:46:251:46:33

pictures.

-- Santa.

1:46:331:46:37

Stargazers should be able to see

hundreds of shooting stars

1:46:371:46:40

in the skies this evening

as the Geminid Meteor Shower

1:46:401:46:43

reaches its peak.

1:46:431:46:43

Matt's got the weather

at the Royal Observatory

1:46:431:46:46

in Greenwich this morning.

1:46:461:46:47

He can tell us where the best place

is to see it and the rest of the

1:46:471:46:51

He can tell us where the best place

is to see it and the rest of the

1:46:511:46:51

weather.

Definitely.

Good morning.

You will not need a telescope like

1:46:511:46:56

this to see it. This telescope was

made in 1893.

1:46:561:46:59

It is still used for regular

viewings of the sky in Greenwich.

1:47:021:47:07

But if you want to see the meteor

shower tonight, the peak event of

1:47:071:47:13

the year, you could see as many as

120 meteors every hour. The problem

1:47:131:47:20

is we have clout at times. The best

view in the east of the UK. --

1:47:201:47:25

cloud. You could chance it further

west. Clear periods. Showers will

1:47:251:47:32

ruin it every now and again. That is

the story weatherwise today. It is

1:47:321:47:35

also said to be the warmest day of

the week, believe it or not. It has

1:47:351:47:43

been cold recently. Today could be

warm. Most of us should be

1:47:431:47:50

frost-free. A scattering of showers

across the country. Not many in

1:47:501:47:58

eastern areas at the moment. A great

diet. Spots of rain through becoming

1:47:581:48:02

hours. -- grey start. Eastern

Scotland will stay largely dry but a

1:48:021:48:11

few showers. Showers to the north

and west of Scotland. You can see

1:48:111:48:15

the chart. Sleet and snow, mainly on

the hills. Heavier showers could

1:48:151:48:22

come down to lower levels. Wales in

the south-west, showers mainly of

1:48:221:48:27

rain rather than light snow we have

seen in recent days. Sleet and snow

1:48:271:48:33

in higher ground areas. The west, 8-

11. Chilly in the Midlands. A few

1:48:331:48:41

degrees above freezing. We will

continue to see showers move across

1:48:411:48:47

the country for the west and eastern

at times to be more sunshine

1:48:471:48:51

developing in between those showers.

-- at times. The Midlands, southern

1:48:511:48:57

England, a spell of heavy rain and

gusty winds. That could also turn to

1:48:571:49:02

snow at times over the high ground.

Temperatures UK wide, higher than it

1:49:021:49:09

has been. The forecast if you want

to see meteor showers. More cloud

1:49:091:49:20

towards the west. Easiest to in the

east. Sleet and snow. Lower levels

1:49:201:49:25

as well. -- to see. Frost and ice

around until tomorrow morning.

1:49:251:49:33

Thursday could be a more cold start

them this morning. Frost and ice

1:49:331:49:36

around. The east of the country, dry

and bright. Fewer showers in the

1:49:361:49:41

forecast. Showers in the west. Sleet

and snow. Gusty winds in the

1:49:411:49:46

south-west of the UK, as we will see

today. Temperatures dropping

1:49:461:49:50

relative to today to be cold areas

back. Northerly wind blowing across

1:49:501:49:56

the country. Showers to the north

and east of Scotland this time and

1:49:561:50:02

eventually into north-east England.

Wintry showers at that. Showers for

1:50:021:50:07

Northern Ireland, south-west Wales,

and the south-west of England. Most

1:50:071:50:10

of you on Friday will be dry and

unclear. That will take us to a

1:50:101:50:16

frosty start to the weekend. You

will have to chance your luck to see

1:50:161:50:26

the meteor showers. The best luck in

the east. You will need lengthy

1:50:261:50:32

clearer skies if you are in the west

which I cannot promise. One more

1:50:321:50:37

fact. I mentioned the dome was made

from papier-mache. This one is not

1:50:371:50:46

even attached to the building. It is

floating on top. A really strong

1:50:461:50:51

wind could take it away.

Interesting! We will look east

1:50:511:50:57

first! Thanks!

1:50:571:51:00

All this week we've been finding out

why singing is good for the soul

1:51:001:51:04

and asking why we all love

a sing-a-long for our BBC

1:51:041:51:07

Breakfast Sings series,

and now the spotlight is on us.

1:51:071:51:11

I love that a good sing-a-long, I

just don't think I am the one who

1:51:111:51:25

should be doing it.

1:51:251:51:26

Dan, Lou, Naga, Charlie, Steph,

Mike, and me will take centre stage

1:51:261:51:29

at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall

tonight to sing a Christmas classic.

1:51:291:51:32

Right now we have no idea what we'll

be singing and won't find out

1:51:321:51:36

until after today's

programme has finished.

1:51:361:51:38

We've been attemtping to hit those

high notes with the help

1:51:381:51:41

of the Choirmaster himself,

Wayne Ellington from

1:51:411:51:43

Manchester Inspirational Voices.

1:51:431:51:43

This is your BBC Breakfast

choir group in action.

1:51:431:51:46

Sing...

1:51:461:51:46

Good.

1:51:461:51:52

If anyone can help

us, this is the man.

1:51:521:51:54

OK...

1:51:541:51:55

I'm excited, if a little

bit nervous...

1:51:551:52:02

La, la, la.

1:52:021:52:03

I am enthusiastic but nervous.

1:52:031:52:10

Ahh.

1:52:101:52:18

The challenge is to

sing with the choir.

1:52:211:52:23

I will be hiding at the back.

1:52:231:52:32

He will be right at the front

with everyone looking at you.

1:52:321:52:35

I will sing and you follow me.

1:52:351:52:37

Ding, dong, verrily on high...

1:52:371:52:44

Away in a manger...

1:52:441:52:45

..And angels singing.

1:52:451:52:46

Have yourself a Merry

Little Christmas.

1:52:461:52:48

The wrong note!

1:52:481:52:51

Oh, OK.

1:52:511:52:52

Little donkey, little donkey...

1:52:521:52:53

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy...

1:52:531:52:55

I am worried.

1:52:551:52:56

You will be fine.

1:52:561:52:57

You will be fine.

1:52:571:52:58

Baby boy...

1:52:581:53:11

I cannot sing unless I am dancing.

1:53:171:53:28

So I am like "On a dusty road!"

1:53:281:53:30

Take a deep breath in for me...

1:53:301:53:44

And breathe out.

1:53:441:53:44

Yes!

1:53:441:53:45

One line down!

1:53:451:53:51

No crib for a bed.

1:53:521:53:56

Perfect.

1:53:561:53:57

You'll be fine, absolutely fine.

1:53:571:54:04

Yeah!

1:54:041:54:04

Perfect!

1:54:041:54:05

Perfect!

1:54:061:54:07

You will be great.

1:54:071:54:08

Thank you.

1:54:081:54:09

Wonderful!

1:54:091:54:19

I can sit down and relax.

1:54:191:54:21

Cheers.

1:54:211:54:21

See you on the big night.

1:54:211:54:27

#BBCSING.

You can join in. That big

night is tonight. Next week... I am

1:54:271:54:38

just trying to ignore it now. Next

week, we want you to join in.

1:54:381:54:43

just trying to ignore it now. Next

week, we want you to join in.

That

1:54:431:54:44

is at nine o'clock. We have choirs

around the UK singing "O come all ye

1:54:441:55:01

faithful." The lyrics are on the

website. We would like to join at

1:55:011:55:05

home.

The results of the night, you

will be able to see them over the

1:55:051:55:09

Christmas period. I can fill your

concern.

You have never seen me

1:55:091:55:15

before a triathlon. You do not

understand the level of nerves I can

1:55:151:55:22

get to.

If you pulled out at this

stage it would be bad for your

1:55:221:55:27

family.

I can get very nervous.

You

can get in triathlon made. You can

1:55:271:55:37

get there and deliver the goods!

See? Pressure! It will be fine. You

1:55:371:55:42

will enjoy it. I am sure.

1:55:421:55:50

Still to come on Breakfast:

1:55:501:55:52

He's taken pictures of everyone

from the Queen to David Beckham

1:55:521:55:55

but photographer David Katz has only

recently revealed that he's been

1:55:551:55:58

legally blind since birth.

1:55:581:55:59

He'll be here to tell us what it's

like to snap some of the world's

1:55:591:56:03

most famous people.

1:56:031:56:07

He is in a very emotional

documentary.

1:56:071:59:34

I'm back with the latest

from the BBC London Newsroom

1:59:341:59:37

in half an hour.

1:59:371:59:38

Plenty more on our website

at the usual address.

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Hello.

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This is Breakfast with Dan Walker

and Louise Minchin.

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A baby girl born with her heart

outside her body has survived

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in what's thought to be a first

in the UK.

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Doctors carried out three operations

on Vanellope Wilkins to correct

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the rare condition

that is usually fatal.

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Her parents say

she's a real fighter.

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If you saw her when she was first

born, to where she is now,

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what they've done is...

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It's beyond a miracle, isn't it?

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Good morning. It's 8am. Wints, 13th

December.

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A shock defeat for Donald Trump's

favoured candidate as the Democrats

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claim victory in Alabama for the

first time in 25 years.

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Profits at the electrical and mobile

phone retailer Dixons Carphone

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have dropped by 60%.

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I'll have all the details later.

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Good morning.

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It's emerged four-time Tour de

France champion Chris Froome failed

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a drug test in September.

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He had double

the allowed level of legal asthma

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drug in his system.

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And the latest Star Wars film.

It is

fun. It is go goodies versus baddies

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and that's what makes it so great.

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And Matt has the weather.

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I'm talking shooting stars. We will

be talking about meteor showers. The

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forecast for today, you will need

your umbrella. There is plenty of

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rain around. I've got the full

forecast coming up later.

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Good morning.

First, our main story.

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In what's thought to be a first

for doctors in the UK,

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a baby girl has survived

after being born with her

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heart outside her body.

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Vanellope Hope Wilkins,

who has no breastbone,

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was delivered three weeks ago

by Caesarean section.

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She has had three operations

to place her heart back in her chest

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at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

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Our medical correspondent,

Fergus Walsh, spoke exclusively

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to Vanellope's parents

and the medical team involved.

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Good girl, yeah.

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She's a beautiful girl.

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Their pride and joy.

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This is Vanellope,

astounding her parents

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and doctors with her progress.

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After three operations in three

weeks, her heart is now

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back inside her chest.

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Vanellope's parents say

the moment she was born

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they knew she was a fighter.

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She came out kicking and screaming.

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And then she gave all

the surgeons aggro, didn't she?

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It was a beautiful moment.

Absolutely beautiful.

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If you saw her when she was first

born, to where she is now,

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and what they've done...

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It's beyond a miracle, isn't it?

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The family knew from the first

ultrasound that Vanellope's heart

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was outside her chest.

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You can clearly see its unusual

position which is due to the absence

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of a sternum or breastbone.

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Babies with this rare condition

are usually stillborn.

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But immediately as she emerged

during the Caesarean section,

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doctors could see that Vanellope's

heart was beating strongly.

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Three weeks on, her heart

is back where it should be,

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covered with her own skin.

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Vanellope is going to be

here for some considerable time.

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The next step will be

getting her to breathe

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without the help of a ventilator.

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Then, in years to come,

she faces more surgery to create

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a new sternum to protect her heart.

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She faces a long road ahead, but has

already confounded predictions.

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In a major political upset

in America, Doug Jones has become

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the first Democrat in 25 years

to win a US Senate seat for Alabama.

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But the Republican candidate,

Roy Moore, has so far refused

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to concede the result.

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Our correspondent David Willis has

been following the story

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from Washington and has

sent this report.

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It was a stunning political upset.

Doug Jones a federal prosecutor is

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the first Democrat to be elected to

the Senate in this Conservative

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southern state in a quarter of a

century. His victory reduces the

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already razor-thin Republican

majority in the Senate to just one

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seat.

I think I have been waiting

all my life and now I don't know

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what the hell to say!

This result speaks to the weaknesses

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of his opponent, Republican

candidate Roy Moore a firebrand, who

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believes homosexuality is immoral

and Muslims should not be allowed to

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serve in Con cress saw his sizeable

lead in the polls reduce. Roy Moore

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denies allegations. Despite calls

from senior members of his party for

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him to withdraw from the race, Mr

Moore continued to enjoy the support

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of President Trump who treated

tonight, "Congratulations to Doug

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Jones on a hard fought victory, the

write-in votes played a big factor,

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but a win is a win." It is a

reflection not only of the weakness

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of the Republican candidate, but a

major snub to the president who

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backed him.

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Two people have been charged

with murder over the deaths of three

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children in a house fire in Salford,

Greater Manchester, on Monday.

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23-year-old Zac Bolland

and 20-year-old Courtney Brierley

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are due in court later.

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The children's mother

and their three-year-old sister

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remain in hospital this morning.

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Profits at the parent

company of Currys, PC World

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and Carphone Warehouse

have dropped sharply.

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Steph's here with the details.

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There are a lot of numbers here. But

the key one is the fact that the

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profits are down. They are down 60%.

So it's a company that's making

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money, it's making over £40 million,

but it's the fact that it has fallen

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and there is lots of reasons for

this. One of the big reasons they

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say is somewhat they call one-off

events. Things like the fact the way

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we charge for when you use your

phone abroad. That's cheaper for us,

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but it means they don't make as much

money from it. They are saying the

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change in EU roaming charges made a

big difference, but it is because we

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are not buying mobiles as frequently

as we used to in terms of upgrading.

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A lot of analysts would say that

mobile phones are not that different

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now so when you get an upgrade, it

is not that much different compared

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to previous ones you might have had

so therefore they are saying people

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aren't willing to spend extra money

so that's putting pressure on them

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and it's the fact that at the

moment, things are getting a bit

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pricier, we saw yesterday with the

inflation figures that food and

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travel costs are going up for

people. So people don't have as much

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money to spend on electricals that

you would get in Currys or one of

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their stores with mobiles and

electrical items so that's been a

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pressure for them.

Steph, thank you

very much. You'll be back with us

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later. Thank you.

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There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

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to improve for years.

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That's according to the Chief

Inspector of Schools.

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Amanda Spielman says this includes

more than a hundred which for more

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than a decade have never been rated

as "good" by Ofsted.

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The Government says it's targeting

additional help at areas

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that are struggling.

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Jon Donnison reports.

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Good afternoon.

So this is English.

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Children's at St Peter's secondary

school in Huntington

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in Cambridgeshire.

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In 2016, Ofsted judged this school

inadequate in some areas

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and it was put on special measures

after years of problems.

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18 months on, it has been turned

around and is now ranked

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as good in most fields.

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Amanda Spielman, Ofsted's Chief

Inspector of Schools in England,

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visited St Peter's this month

and is full of praise

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for what's been achieved.

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But not all schools do so well.

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Ofsted says there are 50 secondary

schools and 80 primary schools

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in England that haven't been judged

to be good at any point since 2005.

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For 12 years now, they haven't

been managed to be good

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at any point in that.

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So, a child's time in a typical

secondary school is five years.

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That means we're on to a third

generation of children who have

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never experienced being in a good

school and we shouldn't

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be happy with that.

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But teachers unions say the stigma

of a bad Ofsted report can often

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push a school into a negative

spiral, where parents don't

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want to send their children

there and where recruitment

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of teachers becomes hard.

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They also say many schools are under

funded, but the Government says

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it's spending £280 million to give

extra help to schools this

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it's spending £280 million to give

extra help to schools in designated

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opportunity areas including

providing extra

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training for teachers.

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Theresa May is facing a potential

backbench rebellion later when MPs

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vote on amendments to the

EU Withdrawal Bill.

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A group of Tory MPs, led by former

Attorney-General Dominic Grieve,

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want to force ministers to give

Parliament a meaningful vote

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on any final Brexit deal.

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The Prime Minister has said that

ministers are listening to the

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concerns of Conservative

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London's Euston station will be

turned into a shelter

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for the homeless on Christmas Day.

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The station concourse will be filled

with decorations and tables set

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for a full festive dinner.

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Rail workers and charity staff

will serve food to 200 rough

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sleepers invited to the event.

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The eighth episode in the franchise,

the Last Jedi, gets its cinema

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release at midnight tonight.

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The fans were out.

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But last night the film's stars,

including British actors

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Daisy Ridley and John Boyega,

were on the red carpet in London

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for its European premiere.

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Do social media companies need to do

more to tackle what's

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being described as

"vile and threatening behaviour"

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aimed at politicians?

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The ethics watchdog, the Committee

on Standards in Public Life,

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says firms should be fined

if they fail to deal

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with abusive content.

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It comes after a raft

of MPs were targeted

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during the general election in June.

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Labour's Diane Abbott was one

high-profile victim.

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Many of the biggest companies say

they are already dealing

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with the problem.

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Twitter says it can

permanently suspend accounts

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that post abusive material.

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Facebook says it will remove

sensitive posts and comments that

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threaten others.

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YouTube has removed over 150,000

violent videos since June.

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Joining us from our Westminster

studio is the chair of the committee

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behind today's report,

Lord Bew.

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Good morning. Thank you very much

indeed for joining us.

Good morning.

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Just give us a sense of the kind of

things that MPs were getting. I mean

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found some of it quite disturbing?

The sheer relentless volume. I mean

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one thing that stays in my mind, you

mentioned Diane Abbott and talking

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to her staff, and how they just

spend their breakfast ritual is

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porridge in one hand and finger in

the other hand deleting the stuff

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that comes in and women particularly

do suffer. Amnesty International

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have said that all the women MPs who

have gone on Twitter have received

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this sort of intimidatory abuse so

it's a real problem, illegal

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content, intimidatory abuse. In

public life you have to take a

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certain amount of abuse. Our concern

is with the sort of abuse which

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might make people less likely to

appear in public life and that's

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what's driving our report here.

OK.

Of course, it is not just people in

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public life that can get abuse. So,

you're looking from an MP's point of

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view, what about for other people?

Well, I think, when we first started

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this inquiry, a lot of people wrote

to us and said, you're trying to

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protect a pampered elite, politics

has always been a rough trade. I

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think what we have to say here is

there, is in everybody's interests

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that the parties come together and

the party leaderships come together

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and agree a code of conduct to

protect our Parliamentary democracy.

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I think that's the core point here

that we have to have some kind of

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coming together to protect what is

really important, not just to MPs,

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they're just in many ways the

servants to the public, but

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important to the public as a whole.

This is not a report about

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protecting privileged members of

Parliament. Indeed, later on today,

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we are going to publish some figures

about how the public views the

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conduct of MPs. It's not about that.

It's about actually trying to

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protect what matters to everybody,

to all the millions of people who

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live in this country, the strength

of our democracy.

What will you do

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in a practical level? Will you go

after the social media companies and

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how will that happen?

We are in

position to do that. We have

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advanced an argument which we would

not have advanced if we thought the

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take down rates were not impressive.

We would not have gone down this

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route. We published our

conversations with the social media

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companies where the frustrations of

my committee actually lie. We should

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consider action here. Remember the

underlying legislative focus here

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comes from the EU's, ecommerce

directive of 2000. 17 years ago when

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the companies were really fledging

businesses, they are now

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multi-million dollar businesses

which have a huge impact on our

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public life and we have said that

Parliament should give consideration

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to this and that's the key thing

here and it is really, we hope that

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serious consideration is given to

movement. Conversation, it is

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getting some results, but not

enough.

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We have seen people prosecuted for

things they have said on social

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media, CDs think that is likely to

increase as well?

Yes, we do. There

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is a very good parliamentary liaison

team which works with MPs, and MPs

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should also work more closely with

that group, including the police.

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The resource recommendation to the

senior police officers in the

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country to realise social media

presents new problems. Our sense

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that not every police force in the

country was equally advanced in

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their understanding of how those

problems operate and affect the

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political life of the country.

Thank

you very much for talking to us.

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Baby Venellope Hope Wilkins has

defied the odds after being born

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with her heart outside of her body.

Fergus Walsh has been speaking to

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her parents.

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It was scary. We had been advised to

terminate.

We didn't see that as an

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option. Unless there was like loads

of different things wrong with her.

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Nobody believed she was going to

make it.

But the two of you did?

I

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think that's why we named her what

we did, Venellope Hope, we were

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watching a film with the kids,

called wreck-It Ralph, and it fit

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perfectly. She is a tough character

with a lot of attitude, and she

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shows it, as well.

She has got more

strength than you could ever

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imagine.

It is an amazing story. A consultant

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in fatal cardiology at Glenfield

Hospital where Venellope is being

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treated, joins us now. It has had a

huge reaction from viewers this

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morning. We can talk about the

detail and how you went through the

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various operations, but how is

Venellope doing now?

She's doing

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really well. I haven't seen her this

morning, but as of yesterday

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evening, she was wriggling around

and making her presence felt.

So

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eight in a million chance of

survival, as far as we know the

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first chance a baby born in this way

has survived. How difficult was that

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to go through, the making decisions

and with the family as well?

The

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medical discussion is always

difficult, because you've got to

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provide the family with information.

The likelihood when I first saw this

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couple at 16 weeks gestation, the

likelihood of his baby surviving was

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essentially zero. You have to go

through that with them. But you can

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never say never, and the choice is

theirs. They made the choice,

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informed by chromosome tests and

other information, that they wanted

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to continue, and we were prepared to

support that choice. We couldn't

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give them any guarantees. We

monitored things along with the

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Nottingham team through the

pregnancy. As things got closer

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towards her being viable, being old

enough to be born safely, we were

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then able to make some plans to try

and facilitate that. We had to get

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teams together, the obstetric teams,

the neonatal teams, the plastic

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surgery, bowel surgery teams

together, so it was quite a big team

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to assemble and get in place.

We can

see Naomi and Dean with a little

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Venellope on the screen now. Tell us

more about the operation. She was

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born with heart outside of her body.

Is the process then of trying,

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because there is no sternum, no rib

cage, how difficult is it to get

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that heart back inside and working?

I didn't have to do it. My skilled

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surgical colleagues did that. But it

is partly something that people do

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every day when we do open heart

surgery on babies, the heart often

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doesn't fit back in the chest

straightaway, so there is quite a

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lot of expertise in parts of that,

and in covering baby's heart was the

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chest is open. The big thing for her

is to make space, and the fact that

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she hasn't got a breastbone to close

over it, so we have had to

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manufacture a covering for the

heart, initially a temporary one,

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and now we are making one or

permanent to stretch the skin across

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the front and keep the heart sealed

and safe and covered.

It is amazing

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to hear you describe what little

Venellope has been going through,

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and her mum says she is a fighter.

At what point during that process,

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was there hope from that team and

from yourself? When did you think,

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do you know what, there is a chance

that Venellope is going to survive.

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The first step was getting her

safely out of the womb, anything

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could have gone wrong at that stage,

she might not have been able to

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breathe, the heart might not have

been able to beat outside the womb,

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so the longer she goes on without

major publications or infection, the

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more hope we have. There are lots of

things we can do to support babies

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as they grow, even if they have

problems with breathing, we can help

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with that long term. There are no

guarantees, there is a long way to

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go, but she is doing OK so far.

And

watches her future like? Watmore

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will she have to go through?

She

will need more surgeries, there is

2:21:352:21:39

no doubt about that. I can't predict

how many. She still has open wounds

2:21:392:21:43

on the side of her chest where we

had to move the skin forward to

2:21:432:21:46

cover the front of it, and those

need to heal. She has chest drains

2:21:462:21:50

in because she is leaking fluid

because it is like having a bad

2:21:502:21:54

burn. She has got to get off the

breathing machine. At some stage she

2:21:542:21:58

will need some hardware inside her

chest to stabilise it more, and she

2:21:582:22:03

is totally going to need some

external protection as she tries to

2:22:032:22:06

get up and about.

Amazing. And I

just wonder as well, having gone

2:22:062:22:12

through what they've gone through,

and you have been part of this

2:22:122:22:16

process, too. Do you think that what

has happened will give hope to other

2:22:162:22:20

parents who find themselves in this

situation going forward? Even though

2:22:202:22:23

this case is individual?

Each case

is very individual, and not many

2:22:232:22:29

babies born or developing with the

heart outside the chest are viable

2:22:292:22:33

for other reasons, they've often got

other serious things wrong with

2:22:332:22:37

them, and Venellope from that point

of view is fortunate. I think what

2:22:372:22:41

it does do is give people hope that

nothing is always impossible.

2:22:412:22:48

Sometimes things are too difficult

or not the right thing to do, but it

2:22:482:22:53

does mean that if parents are faced

with very difficult choices, they

2:22:532:22:56

still have the option of proceeding

expectantly and saying, let's see

2:22:562:23:01

how it goes. And I think that that's

not a bad thing.

Dr Frances Bu'lock,

2:23:012:23:07

thank you for talking to us, the

consultant who has been looking

2:23:072:23:10

after baby Venellope, the first baby

to survive with a heart outside the

2:23:102:23:15

body.

Wonderful to hear from her, and

2:23:152:23:20

Venellope is a little poppet. Makes

you love the NHS!

2:23:202:23:25

Tonight is the peak night

of the Geminid meteor shower,

2:23:252:23:28

where hundreds of shooting stars can

be seen flying through our skies.

2:23:282:23:30

And to tell us how well we might be

able to see them is Matt,

2:23:302:23:34

bringing us the weather

from the Greenwich

2:23:342:23:36

Royal Observatory.

2:23:362:23:38

I have been told of the Smalling for

saying, telling us about that and

2:23:382:23:44

the rest of the weather. We know

that meteors are not the weather.

2:23:442:23:53

There is definitely a link, you

won't see one without the other

2:23:532:23:55

Verhaegh -- behaving itself. There

will be clear skies particularly in

2:23:552:24:02

the east, but there will be showers

as well, so you will have to chance

2:24:022:24:08

your luck. Let's get straight on

into the forecast this morning. We

2:24:082:24:12

still have snow lying on the ground,

but it may not feel like it, it is

2:24:122:24:17

the warmest day of the weekend. It

is a fairly cloudy start across the

2:24:172:24:21

country, and we have outbreaks of

rain spreading from west to east at

2:24:212:24:24

the moment. Even if you are dry at

the moment across eastern counties,

2:24:242:24:29

we will start to see

2:24:292:24:30

the moment across eastern counties,

we will start to see rain pushing

2:24:302:24:31

through during the next hour or so.

Further north as well there will be

2:24:312:24:34

a few spots of rain to the east of

the Pennines, showers focused to the

2:24:342:24:39

West so far today. And in Scotland,

the showers will be fairly wintry

2:24:392:24:44

across the north and west, but

mainly over the hills this time. To

2:24:442:24:47

lower levels it will be largely

rain, and that is the story today,

2:24:472:24:51

with temperatures higher, the

showers are going to be largely of

2:24:512:24:55

rain, but they will gradually turned

to sleet and snow at times, mainly

2:24:552:24:59

on the hills, but some of the heavy

bursts could come down to lower

2:24:592:25:02

levels, and you can see why the

showers are mainly of rain,

2:25:022:25:06

temperatures around 8-11 degrees

rather than just hovering above

2:25:062:25:10

freezing. Temperatures in the

Midlands only a few degrees above

2:25:102:25:15

freezing at the moment. We will see

the showers move from West to East

2:25:152:25:19

on the strength of the breeze, the

air will get colder once again from

2:25:192:25:23

the north and west, and the showers

will turn more wintry. We see a band

2:25:232:25:27

of heavy showers and gusty winds

spreading across southern counties

2:25:272:25:30

of England and Wales, and even those

could contain snow on the higher

2:25:302:25:34

ground and give a light dusting of

snow for the evening rush hour.

2:25:342:25:38

Temperatures higher than eastern

days, up to double figures for some

2:25:382:25:48

in the South. If you are hoping to

see the meteors tonight, your best

2:25:482:25:51

chances going to be in the East.

Showers will keep on going in the

2:25:512:25:53

West, but you might want to chance

it because there will be some breaks

2:25:532:25:56

out there in between the showers,

but those showers will start to turn

2:25:562:25:59

increasingly to rain, hail, sleet

and snow, and with clearer skies

2:25:592:26:02

into tomorrow morning, frost and

eyes to watch out for once again.

2:26:022:26:06

So, a cold start to tomorrow

morning, dry and bright across many

2:26:062:26:10

eastern areas, only one or two

showers here. Still some gusty winds

2:26:102:26:14

in the south-west of the country,

but wherever you are the West,

2:26:142:26:18

heavier showers will come with that

little bit of sleet and snow mixed

2:26:182:26:21

in. Mainly over the hills, but

heavier ones on low ground, as well.

2:26:212:26:26

Colder still into Friday as winds go

northerly, that means north and east

2:26:262:26:31

of Scotland and North East England

more likely to see showers once

2:26:312:26:34

again, and showers for the far west

of Wales and also into Cornwall. But

2:26:342:26:38

mostly on Friday after a frosty and

icy start, and dry and clear day.

2:26:382:26:43

Join me again here at the royal

Observatory in Greenwich in around

2:26:432:26:47

half an hour, we will be speaking to

an astronomer who can tell us more

2:26:472:26:50

about what to expect from this

year's media shower.

2:26:502:26:54

I shall look forward to it, thank

you

2:26:542:26:57

I shall look forward to it, thank

you very much. We have Simon Callow,

2:26:572:26:59

and we are talking to a man, really

famous photographer, but he is

2:26:592:27:03

blind. And someone who can help us

with our singing! Time neither the

2:27:032:27:09

news,

2:27:092:30:25

I'm back with more in half an hour.

news,

2:30:252:30:27

Hello this is Breakfast,

with Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.

2:30:322:30:39

It is exactly 8:30am. Thank you for

being with us this morning, I remind

2:30:392:30:44

of our main stories.

2:30:442:30:45

A baby girl born with her heart

outside her body has survived

2:30:452:30:48

in what's thought to be a first

in the UK.

2:30:482:30:50

Vanellope Hope Wilkins,

who is three weeks old,

2:30:502:30:52

has undergone three operations

at Glenfield Hospital

2:30:522:30:54

in Leicester to place her heart

back within her chest.

2:30:542:31:00

The condition - ectopia cordis -

is extremely rare, with only a few

2:31:002:31:03

cases per million births.

2:31:032:31:04

Her parents have described

her as a fighter.

2:31:042:31:08

In a major political upset

in America, Doug Jones has become

2:31:092:31:12

the first Democrat in 25 years

to win a US Senate seat for Alabama.

2:31:122:31:15

It follows a bitter campaign

against Republican Roy Moore,

2:31:152:31:18

who has so far refused

to concede the result.

2:31:182:31:22

President Donald Trump congratulated

Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory.

2:31:222:31:27

Two people have been charged

with murder over the deaths of three

2:31:272:31:32

children in a house fire in Salford,

Greater Manchester on Monday.

2:31:322:31:35

23-year-old Zac Bolland

and 20-year-old Courtney Brierley

2:31:352:31:37

are due in court later.

2:31:372:31:39

The children's mother

and their three-year-old sister

2:31:392:31:43

remain in hospital this morning.

2:31:432:31:45

There are more than 700 schools

in England that have been struggling

2:31:452:31:48

to improve for years,

that's according to the Chief

2:31:482:31:50

Inspector of Schools.

2:31:502:31:52

Amanda Spielman says this includes

more than a 100 which for more

2:31:522:31:56

than a decade have never been rated

as "good" by Ofsted.

2:31:562:31:59

The government says it's targeting

additional help at areas

2:31:592:32:01

that are struggling.

2:32:012:32:07

Theresa May is facing a potential

backbench rebellion later when MPs

2:32:072:32:09

vote on amendments to the EU

Withdrawal Bill.

2:32:092:32:11

A group of Tory MPs, led by former

Attorney General Dominic Grieve,

2:32:112:32:14

want to force ministers to give

Parliament a meaningful vote

2:32:142:32:16

on any final Brexit deal.

2:32:162:32:18

The Prime Minister has said that

ministers are listening

2:32:182:32:20

to the concerns of Conservative MPs.

2:32:202:32:27

Thousands of children

in the Democratic Republic of Congo

2:32:272:32:30

are severly malnourished

and could die within a year

2:32:302:32:32

without emergency support.

2:32:322:32:34

That's according to the United

Nations, which has declared

2:32:342:32:37

the crisis as the highest

state of emergency.

2:32:372:32:39

Nearly 1.5 million people have been

displaced from their homes

2:32:392:32:42

following violent clashes that

began last year.

2:32:422:32:45

Social media companies should face

fines or prosecution if they do not

2:32:452:32:48

deal with online abuse.

2:32:482:32:49

That's according to a report

from the ethics watchdog,

2:32:492:32:51

the Committee on Standards in Public

Life.

2:32:512:32:53

It examined online harrassement of

MPs during June's general election.

2:32:532:32:57

Currently social media companies say

they cannot control the millions

2:32:572:32:59

of messages that go up.

2:32:592:33:04

You know we haven't seen for a

while? 20 people playing a piano!

2:33:092:33:15

PIANO PLAYING.

2:33:162:33:20

It's a world record.

2:33:202:33:23

It's the most number

of people playing a piano

2:33:232:33:25

piece at the same time.

2:33:252:33:27

20 Bosnian youngsters

have set the record

2:33:272:33:28

with the performance in Sarajevo.

2:33:282:33:30

The previous record was 18 people

playing the same piece

2:33:302:33:32

simultaneously in Italy in 2014.

2:33:322:33:36

It is interesting how they divide up

the part, I would be happy with one

2:33:362:33:40

note!

2:33:402:33:47

And coming up here

on Breakfast this morning.

2:33:472:33:49

"Ebenezer Scrooge!

2:33:492:33:53

Come in, man!"

2:33:532:33:59

"A Christmas Carol" as read

by Simon Callow, he'll be

2:33:592:34:01

here to explain why Charles Dickens'

classic story still resonates today.

2:34:012:34:06

He's taken pictures of everyone

from the Queen to David Beckham

2:34:062:34:09

despite being legally

blind since birth.

2:34:092:34:10

We'll speak to

photographer David Katz.

2:34:102:34:18

VOCAL WARM-UPS.

2:34:182:34:25

# Little donkey #.

2:34:252:34:31

Looking forward to this! We will be

getting some last minute coaching

2:34:312:34:37

ahead of our big singing challenge

which is tonight.

2:34:372:34:42

You're still sweating about that!

You're going to be great. It is

2:34:422:34:48

tonight at Bridgewater Hall. A very

important story in the sport about

2:34:482:34:54

Chris Froome.

The four time Tour de

France winner won the Brother at

2:34:542:35:01

Espana in September -- the Vuelta.

He had about 20 tests during the

2:35:012:35:10

race but after stage 18 his you're

in test had double the amount of a

2:35:102:35:16

legal drug called salbutamol -- his

you're in test. It is in common use

2:35:162:35:27

for asthma. Double the amount was

found that was permitted by the UCI

2:35:272:35:36

and they want an explanation. Team

Sky are saying that he had suffered

2:35:362:35:41

from asthma since he was a child and

he took advice from a doctor to

2:35:412:35:48

increase his use but he inhaled no

more than the permitted dose. They

2:35:482:35:54

could have a reasonable explanation

and it could turn into nothing and

2:35:542:35:57

he has not been suspended at the

moment. This is not a doping

2:35:572:36:00

violation but there has been a urine

test and double the amount was found

2:36:002:36:05

in it. The UCI are asking for an

explanation.

And he has given a

2:36:052:36:10

statement.

They are calling it an

adverse analytical finding and Chris

2:36:102:36:15

Froome has said he feels it is right

that the UCI are asking these

2:36:152:36:21

questions so now there is a

discussion to be had.

He says, "It

2:36:212:36:25

is well known that I have asthma and

I know exactly what the rules are

2:36:252:36:29

and I use an inhaler to manage my

symptoms come always within the

2:36:292:36:34

permissible limits. I know for sure

that I will be tested every day I

2:36:342:36:39

wet the race leader's jersey. My

asthma got worse at the Vuelta so I

2:36:392:36:45

followed the team doctor's advice to

increase my dosage and as always I

2:36:452:36:49

took the greatest care to ensure I

did not use more than the

2:36:492:36:53

permissible dose."

The threshold is

1000 nanograms per millilitre in

2:36:532:37:02

your urine and his was 2000 so that

was what he had to explain. They are

2:37:022:37:07

insisting that he has inhaled the

right amount so it is the difference

2:37:072:37:11

between what is found in your urine

and how much is inhaled.

2:37:112:37:18

Let's go to the Premier League now.

2:37:192:37:21

The Burnley manager, Sean Dyche,

said football is about dreams

2:37:212:37:23

after their 1-0 over Stoke City

moved his side into the top four.

2:37:232:37:26

A late goal by substitute

Ashley Barnes put them

2:37:262:37:29

into the Champions League places.

2:37:292:37:31

They climb above Liverpool

and Arsenal, who play this evening.

2:37:312:37:35

The reality is, we've got another

tough game on Saturday.

2:37:352:37:37

We are enjoying this, of course.

2:37:372:37:38

The players have earned

the right to enjoy this.

2:37:382:37:41

But the next game comes quickly

on Saturday and that's my focus.

2:37:412:37:45

I'm really pleased with the lads

tonight, a different way of finding

2:37:452:37:48

results and we had to work hard

for it tonight, grinding it out.

2:37:482:37:53

But Thursday, we will

look to recover, and we

2:37:532:37:55

look to the next one.

2:37:552:37:58

Crystal Palace are out of the bottom

three for the first time this season

2:37:582:38:02

after they scored twice in the final

few minutes to beat Watford.

2:38:022:38:04

Palace were a goal down

but turned it around

2:38:042:38:06

after Watford had a man sent off.

2:38:062:38:08

Chelsea also beat Huddersfield.

2:38:082:38:13

And that's all we've got time for.

Thank you.

2:38:132:38:18

From royalty to rock stars,

he's captured some of the most

2:38:182:38:21

famous faces of our time.

2:38:212:38:22

Many will have seen his work

in the international

2:38:222:38:24

press over the years.

2:38:242:38:25

But few will know that David Katz,

the photographer behind

2:38:252:38:28

the striking images,

is legally blind.

2:38:282:38:33

Worried that his disability

could curtail his career,

2:38:332:38:35

David made a decision to keep it

hidden from most people, until now.

2:38:352:38:38

We'll speak to him in a moment,

but first let's take a look

2:38:382:38:41

at his new documentary.

2:38:412:38:43

He was and is an amazing

photographer.

2:38:442:38:46

I think he has an amazing eye.

2:38:462:38:51

By the time I was 16,

I was already working for the local

2:38:512:38:55

newspaper.

2:38:552:38:56

By the time I was 19,

I had turned professional and was

2:38:562:38:59

working at the Daily

Mail in Fleet Street.

2:38:592:39:02

David, by then, was already very

well known and they knew his

2:39:022:39:05

skill level.

2:39:052:39:07

If I knew the job, and I wanted it

done properly, I would

2:39:072:39:10

go to him and no one else.

2:39:102:39:12

I worked very hard to

develop my skill as a

2:39:122:39:15

professional photographer

and I was able to photograph royals,

2:39:152:39:17

politicians, celebrities.

2:39:172:39:21

He was more than just

a photographer, you

2:39:212:39:23

know, I worked with

photographers who came,

2:39:232:39:26

took their photos and went

but

2:39:262:39:28

David, he was passionate.

2:39:282:39:30

You can get lucky but

David was consistent.

2:39:302:39:33

David was consistent

in all his photography.

2:39:332:39:39

The one small problem with that

story is that from birth, I

2:39:392:39:42

have actually been legally blind.

2:39:422:39:48

David Katz joins us now.

2:39:482:39:52

It is an amazing story. Take us back

to when you were little because your

2:39:522:39:58

mum and dad knew when you were very

small that you had problems with

2:39:582:40:02

your site.

They did, from about

three months old, my grandmother

2:40:022:40:07

spotted some movement in my eyes and

they got to a specialist

2:40:072:40:13

straightaway at Great Ormond Street

Hospital stop so what can you see

2:40:132:40:16

and what can't you see?

2:40:162:40:19

It's always relative because I'm not

familiar with how other people see

2:40:212:40:25

but as an example to people that

would sit in the Doctor's surgery,

2:40:252:40:32

an optician, most people could read

down to the second from bottom row

2:40:322:40:37

with or without glasses. In my right

eye I would not be able to actually

2:40:372:40:44

see the box where the letters are

and with my left, on a very good day

2:40:442:40:49

I might be able to read the top

letter. That gives people an idea

2:40:492:40:53

but it is also to do with depth

perception and contrast and

2:40:532:41:00

photophobia which is bright lights.

And you found that looking through a

2:41:002:41:06

camera in some ways opened up a new

world?

Yes, I saw things in a

2:41:062:41:15

certain way in my head and when I

got my hands on a camera I was able

2:41:152:41:19

to see things the way, more like the

way I felt you would see them.

We

2:41:192:41:25

can see some of your pictures. Some

of the politicians. Looking back, I

2:41:252:41:31

can see you smiling looking at them,

does it take you back to the moment

2:41:312:41:36

and what was happening around it?

Every picture has its own personal

2:41:362:41:40

story.

Tony Blair playing the

guitar.

I was only one of two

2:41:402:41:47

photographers allowed into that

school to date the pictures and he

2:41:472:41:50

was more comfortable than he would

have been in front the mainstream

2:41:502:41:53

media. We know that he loves music

and the guitar and he started to

2:41:532:41:58

play. I don't think he was even

bothered about the pictures, he just

2:41:582:42:03

played and that was why it was so

natural.

And some pictures of

2:42:032:42:07

royalty including the Queen who you

have photographed over the years.

2:42:072:42:12

What do you want from a photograph?

I just want to be able to portray to

2:42:122:42:19

the person viewing it what I'm

seeing when I'm taking it.

And

2:42:192:42:24

wonderful images, you are also very

good at sport, what are you looking

2:42:242:42:28

for there?

I always loved action, I

had to watch football or sport with

2:42:282:42:35

binoculars and those used to looking

through lenses and from whenever I

2:42:352:42:39

can remember I just loved action and

capturing a moment. And the thing

2:42:392:42:45

you push yourself hardest as a

photographer, to capture that moment

2:42:452:42:51

and to do it with a vision

impairment was something I enjoyed

2:42:512:42:55

the challenge and being able to

prove I could do it. As it says in

2:42:552:42:59

the film, there is no such word as

can't.

And nobody you were working

2:42:592:43:05

with new about it! It was a personal

challenge.

That is correct, I was

2:43:052:43:13

not hiding it but it was something I

kept separate because I wanted to

2:43:132:43:17

get to this day where I could speak

publicly about it to help children

2:43:172:43:22

and their parents, children with

visual impairments, in a way my

2:43:222:43:30

parents did not help when I was

growing up because the information

2:43:302:43:35

and the accessibility to the

condition is actually not as good as

2:43:352:43:40

you would think. A lot of kids are

still being told you can't do this

2:43:402:43:47

like my parents were and that's not

acceptable to me and I'm doing

2:43:472:43:50

everything I can to make sure that,

through the film, kids can see there

2:43:502:43:57

is no such word as can't. If a

photographer can achieve

2:43:572:44:02

international acclaim with a visual

impairment and legal blindness,

2:44:022:44:08

anybody can do anything and that is

the message of the film.

It is a

2:44:082:44:13

very powerful message. When you are

sitting down with people like any

2:44:132:44:18

White House in the past, some of the

other celebrities, how much of your

2:44:182:44:22

job is putting them at ease and the

chat before you take the picture

2:44:222:44:28

that is tell the story?

It is as

important as your job is putting be

2:44:282:44:33

put at ease! It is very important

because if somebody is not at ease

2:44:332:44:37

as you know, they will not come

across naturally but if somebody is

2:44:372:44:42

comfortable they will come across a

lot more naturally. Amy was

2:44:422:44:48

particularly uncomfortable that

night and generally in front of

2:44:482:44:50

cameras. But it was just me and her

on the stage that night and she just

2:44:502:44:56

did her thing and when she did that,

her true talent and gift came

2:44:562:45:01

through the same way I feel mine

does behind the camera.

The

2:45:012:45:05

intensity of that photograph is

something. And as we mentioned, many

2:45:052:45:10

of your friends did not know and

people you worked with and in the

2:45:102:45:14

film you tell them. What did the big

thing for you, to think, I'm going

2:45:142:45:17

to tell them?

2:45:172:45:23

It was massive, what I'd geared up

to for a very long time and I had to

2:45:232:45:26

get myself ready with inside work

and physically to get to that stage

2:45:262:45:33

where I was ready to talk about it

and I first spoke to one of my

2:45:332:45:37

closest friends who is in the film,

Mark Silver, about it and my friend

2:45:372:45:42

Chris Morgan already knew, Sharon

and Danny didn't so it was a big

2:45:422:45:48

shock. We called that on camera.

Through this, I am working with Mark

2:45:482:45:54

in partnership to actually bring the

whole story about through his

2:45:542:45:57

company and this has led me to

meeting Wladimir Klitschko.

You're

2:45:572:46:06

working with you now? Ryder he's got

a wonderful organisation called

2:46:062:46:10

Challenge Cup eMac Management. That

is the picture of him.

We did that

2:46:102:46:14

recently, I had a lot of respect for

him and we were featured in the same

2:46:142:46:18

magazine in Germany recently. There

was the opportunity to meet him a

2:46:182:46:24

few weeks ago. Out of retirement, he

wants to be doing exactly this, to

2:46:242:46:30

help motivate people, to show what

can be achieved from adversity. He

2:46:302:46:34

came from adversity to be the

champion of the world and retired

2:46:342:46:38

with huge dignity. I love his story

and his background and he loves

2:46:382:46:42

mine. We are hopefully working

together, I have actually been

2:46:422:46:49

invited by him tonight to an event

which is something I am very much

2:46:492:46:54

looking forward to but it is so

important to me to be able through

2:46:542:46:57

the film, to be able to get the

message out there, that everything

2:46:572:47:03

is possible and there is no such

word as Kant.

It is a brilliant

2:47:032:47:06

message and lovely to speak to you.

Thank you for joining us.

2:47:062:47:10

David's film is called

"Through My Lenses" and

2:47:102:47:12

is available to watch online.

2:47:122:47:15

Thank you both.

It is a powerful

message.

2:47:152:47:19

Matt promised us earlier he was

going to speak to someone about

2:47:192:47:23

where to best get a picture of the

media shout the night. Now he's

2:47:232:47:27

outside the Royal Observatory. Good

morning.

2:47:272:47:29

outside the Royal Observatory. Good

morning. Good morning, Dan, and

2:47:292:47:34

everyone, I'm outside the Royal

Observatory in Greenwich and as

2:47:342:47:37

promised, to learn a bit more about

the Geminid media shower which peeks

2:47:372:47:40

through tonight, joining me is Tom,

one of the astronomers here at the

2:47:402:47:47

Royal Observatory. First, what is

the Geminid media shower?

And

2:47:472:47:52

astronomical

2:47:522:47:52

the Geminid media shower?

And

astronomical phenomenon, a bit

2:47:522:47:53

different to the one we're

experiencing now as

2:47:532:47:55

different to the one we're

experiencing now as we stand here.

2:47:552:47:57

The Geminid is an annual media

shower which occurs in December, one

2:47:572:48:02

of the calendar is not the strongest

and because it occurs on dark

2:48:022:48:05

nights, it is an opportunity to see

dozens of shooting stars as long as

2:48:052:48:08

long as the weather is clear where

you are, as these tiny fragments of

2:48:082:48:12

astroid with very strange orbital

behaviour, 3200 fight on, burn up in

2:48:122:48:19

the stratosphere and relatively slow

speeds so they tend to burn

2:48:192:48:22

relatively brightly for a relatively

long period of time, they can be

2:48:222:48:26

colourful and they often outshine

Venus and we call such meteors

2:48:262:48:29

fireballs, because they are so

spectacular and dramatic. It is

2:48:292:48:33

tonight, going through into the

early hours of tomorrow, it is a

2:48:332:48:36

really good opportunity if you are

out tonight or tomorrow morning to

2:48:362:48:39

spot a few shooting stars.

Where do

people look if they want to see

2:48:392:48:43

something were to mock

media 's

canopy anywhere in the

2:48:432:48:46

something were to mock

media 's

canopy anywhere in the sky but every

2:48:462:48:46

media shower is radiant, an area

where it appears to originate, and

2:48:462:48:50

the Geminid appear from Gemini, the

twin stars of Gemini, Karsten

2:48:502:48:55

Pollux, are rising in the East as

the sun goes down so that is where

2:48:552:48:58

the originating point seems to be.

-- Castor and Pollux. If you look

2:48:582:49:04

predominately towards the east in

the early part of the evening, you

2:49:042:49:07

improve your chances but after

midnight, the point where they

2:49:072:49:09

appear from will be high in the

south so they can appear anywhere so

2:49:092:49:12

I would start looking towards the

east at sunset but generally towards

2:49:122:49:16

the whole sky if you are out later.

Fantastic. Thank you for joining us.

2:49:162:49:20

This is the point where you play

good cop and I play bad cop and tell

2:49:202:49:24

you what you might or might not see

because as tormented, it is crucial

2:49:242:49:28

to have clear skies and the night it

will be a bit hit and miss, some

2:49:282:49:32

clear skies around in eastern areas

but with showers in the forecast,

2:49:322:49:35

especially in the West, there will

be a lot of cloudy times as well.

2:49:352:49:39

Annette's take a look at the

forecast because earlier this

2:49:392:49:42

morning, it has been cold in the

past

2:49:422:49:43

morning, it has been cold in the

past few days, still a bit chilly

2:49:432:49:45

but actually, it is the warmest

morning of the week for many.

2:49:452:49:48

Temperatures well above freezing

across the UK. We have got showers

2:49:482:49:53

spreading across eastern areas of

the country after a dry start to the

2:49:532:49:56

day. That will continue to happen

through the rest of the morning.

2:49:562:50:00

Head further north and west, shower

was already on the go, some heavy at

2:50:002:50:03

times through the morning and whilst

over the past few days it has been

2:50:032:50:08

permanently sleet and snow, today is

primarily rain, some snow expected

2:50:082:50:11

over the higher ground of Scotland,

even modest hills could get a slight

2:50:112:50:16

coating of snow today but with

damages across the western half of

2:50:162:50:19

the UK already 8-11, understandably,

it is rain. Gusty winds towards the

2:50:192:50:24

south-west which will pick up and we

will see spots of rain across the

2:50:242:50:28

Midlands and central southern

England where temperatures are only

2:50:282:50:31

a few degrees above freezing but

will gradually lift for a time. The

2:50:312:50:35

story of the day is showers

spreading from west to east, some

2:50:352:50:38

more sunshine developing through the

showers and between them into the

2:50:382:50:42

afternoon but at the same time, as

it gets colder again, more sleet and

2:50:422:50:46

snow mixed in, especially some very

heavy showers working across

2:50:462:50:49

southern England and South Wales

this afternoon and early evening,

2:50:492:50:52

into the rush hour which could give

a slight covering of snow on the

2:50:522:50:59

hills. Temperatures well upon what

we've seen over the past few days.

2:50:592:51:01

Into the evening, the best of clear

skies after some early showers in

2:51:012:51:04

the far south-east corner.

Elsewhere, you will have to look for

2:51:042:51:07

clearer moments through the night,

showers will come and go in the

2:51:072:51:10

West, some will start to turn

increasingly wintry as the

2:51:102:51:13

temperatures drop and between the

showers, lengthy spells of clear

2:51:132:51:16

skies in central and eastern areas,

a greater chance of frost alight

2:51:162:51:19

with a risk of ice into tomorrow.

Colder start again tomorrow morning

2:51:192:51:23

but for many eastern areas, other

than one or two isolated showers, it

2:51:232:51:28

will be drier and brighter, lighter

winds in Scotland, windy towards the

2:51:282:51:32

west and south-west in particular

and the showers keep going in the

2:51:322:51:35

West and just about anywhere could

see some sleet or hail mixed in and

2:51:352:51:39

snow on the hills. Temperatures

dropping relative do today, dropping

2:51:392:51:42

further into Friday, northerly wind,

showers in the north and east of

2:51:422:51:46

Scotland and North East England, a

few showers in the far west for

2:51:462:51:53

many, Friday will be dry and sunny.

More details tomorrow morning. For

2:51:532:51:56

now, back

2:51:562:51:56

More details tomorrow morning. For

now, back to you. Let's out some of

2:51:562:52:00

us can see the media shower. London

looks very nice behind Matt.

2:52:002:52:06

Fraudsters target thousands

of Britons every year,

2:52:062:52:08

but banks say they have

prevented their customers from

2:52:082:52:10

losing around £9 million

by working more closely

2:52:102:52:11

with local police.

2:52:112:52:13

They've established a scheme

which intervenes when a customer

2:52:132:52:15

tries to make an irregular,

large withdrawal from

2:52:152:52:17

their account in branch.

2:52:172:52:21

The scheme is set to be rolled out

nationwide.

2:52:212:52:24

Of course, that money is just

a small portion of the total stolen

2:52:242:52:27

by fraudsters across the UK.

2:52:272:52:28

For more on how banks are working

to stop fraud and what more we can

2:52:282:52:32

do to protect ourselves,

we're joined by Hannah Maundrell,

2:52:322:52:34

editor of Money.co.uk.

2:52:342:52:35

She is a regular guest. It is a

really big issue. I suppose the key

2:52:352:52:40

is cooperation, how exactly does it

work?

Banks are working with local

2:52:402:52:44

police forces and post offices to

spot transactions which are not

2:52:442:52:48

usual. If somebody goes into their

bank branch and asks to withdraw a

2:52:482:52:52

large amount of money and it does

not seem usual for that person,

2:52:522:52:56

staff are trained to ask why they

want the money and what they are

2:52:562:52:58

intending to do with it and if they

are suspicious, they can contact the

2:52:582:53:01

police who will come within an hour

and speak to that person to get to

2:53:012:53:05

the bottom of why they are handing

over that money and whether the

2:53:052:53:09

person they are giving it too is in

fact genuine. Already this year, it

2:53:092:53:13

has only been rolled out across the

country since May but already, £9

2:53:132:53:17

million worth of fraud has been

stopped, over 1500 people have had

2:53:172:53:21

to transactions stopped but this is

only the tip of the iceberg. Online

2:53:212:53:24

card fraud, phishing scans, people

are losing money.

All of those would

2:53:242:53:34

have been fraudulent transactions?

Years, people trying to withdraw up

2:53:342:53:38

to £200,000 to give to a fraudster.

It is really taking advantage of

2:53:382:53:42

people's trust which is why you need

to be so cautious, if somebody

2:53:422:53:46

contacting out of the blue, whether

it is on the doorstep, e-mail, phone

2:53:462:53:50

or text, check who they are and not

by asking them, by putting the phone

2:53:502:53:55

down and going away and contacting

the company direct and making sure

2:53:552:53:58

they are legitimate. Don't give them

any details because they could be

2:53:582:54:02

used to commit fraud which is the

sad reality.

The trouble is, they

2:54:022:54:07

are regrettably clever. Some people

might put down the phone and then

2:54:072:54:10

they can stay on the phone. There

are lots of different ways. What

2:54:102:54:14

surprises me that banks don't in

some ways, I mean, I noticed your

2:54:142:54:19

money, etc, but that banks don't ask

the difficult questions, like where

2:54:192:54:22

is it going, how come you're

suddenly taking out thousands of

2:54:222:54:27

pounds?

Certainly, the industry is

doing more to address this because

2:54:272:54:29

the number of fraud cases are

growing and our new measures coming

2:54:292:54:32

in next year, certainly with online

banking, that will prompt you to

2:54:322:54:35

check who you are sending the money

to and make sure it is the right

2:54:352:54:39

person that is going to receive it.

The industry is also consulting on

2:54:392:54:43

creating this pot of money so if

somebody does lose out because they

2:54:432:54:47

have transferred money or given it

to the wrong person, they may be

2:54:472:54:50

able to make a claim to get it back

but that is all in the pipeline and

2:54:502:54:53

we don't know it will definitely

happen but something needs to be

2:54:532:54:56

done to help protect people but

awareness is the key. Really, don't

2:54:562:55:00

trust people unless proven

otherwise.

Have you got a quick tip

2:55:002:55:04

for people shopping online this

Christmas to protect yourself and

2:55:042:55:06

make sure the money they are

spending gets the gift they need or

2:55:062:55:11

the present for yourself?

If you are

shopping online this Christmas, make

2:55:112:55:15

sure that any website you will use

is legitimate. If it is a new

2:55:152:55:18

website you have not come across

before, if the deal seems too good

2:55:182:55:21

to be true, be very cautious. If the

website does not seem like a proper

2:55:212:55:26

website, it has got spelling

mistakes, you can't find contact

2:55:262:55:30

details, be suspicious. A simple

thing to do is go online, look in a

2:55:302:55:33

search engine for the name of the

website and reviews and often if it

2:55:332:55:41

is a scam, the tips will, and the

reviews will come up.

Really good

2:55:412:55:44

advice.

2:55:442:55:45

For Star Wars fans,

the wait is nearly over.

2:55:452:55:49

The eighth episode in the franchise,

the Last Jedi, gets its cinema

2:55:492:55:52

release on Thursday.

2:55:522:55:54

But last night, the film's stars,

including British actors

2:55:542:55:56

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega,

were on the red carpet in London

2:55:562:55:59

for its European premiere.

2:55:592:56:03

Alongside a couple of princes and

some storm troopers.

2:56:032:56:05

A warning, this report

from our entertainment

2:56:052:56:07

correspondent, Lizo Mzimba,

contains flash photography.

2:56:072:56:13

The stars of Star Wars,

cinema royalty, on the red carpet

2:56:142:56:19

with actual royalty.

2:56:192:56:23

Princes William and Harry,

such fans of the saga,

2:56:232:56:26

during filming, they secretly played

cameos as stormtroopers,

2:56:262:56:29

much to the excitement of the cast.

2:56:292:56:32

It was great, fantastic,

fantastic, phenomenal.

2:56:322:56:35

And they've done an

official visit as well.

2:56:352:56:37

They got in an X-wing

and all that kind of stuff.

2:56:372:56:39

It was fun.

2:56:392:56:41

The Last Jedi is the ninth

Star Wars film since the saga

2:56:412:56:44

began 40 years ago.

2:56:442:56:45

It didn't scare me enough then.

2:56:452:56:47

There's a huge degree

of expectation from fans.

2:56:472:56:51

I'm from the Czech Republic.

I'm from Brno.

2:56:512:56:54

And Star Wars is the great

fairy tale for adults,

2:56:542:56:59

so that's why it is special for me.

2:56:592:57:01

What is Star Wars to you?

2:57:012:57:04

Star Wars is everything, really.

2:57:042:57:06

Something I've always

obviously been interested in.

2:57:062:57:09

It's almost a way of life, I think.

2:57:092:57:12

I think it is just

a cracking good story.

2:57:122:57:15

It's all swashbuckling,

it's all fun, it's about goodies

2:57:152:57:18

versus baddies, and I think that's

what makes it so great.

2:57:182:57:21

Fan power like this has driven

the franchise for 40 years

2:57:212:57:24

and is also the reason why many

expect this film to make more

2:57:242:57:27

in the final two weeks of 2017

than any other film makes

2:57:272:57:30

in the entirety of this year.

2:57:302:57:34

It's basic escapism.

2:57:342:57:36

People need that when

reality is too harsh.

2:57:362:57:40

Whether they go to Hogwarts

or Middle Earth or the Land of Oz,

2:57:402:57:44

it's just comforting to go

to a galaxy far, far away, I guess.

2:57:442:57:50

So, escapism for fans

but for its stars like Daisy Ridley,

2:57:502:57:53

it's been life-changing.

2:57:532:57:56

She came from relative obscurity

to win the lead role in the series

2:57:562:58:00

when it returned in 2015.

2:58:002:58:03

Not sure exactly what to expect

when the movie with her

2:58:032:58:05

at the centre was finally released.

2:58:052:58:09

It was sort of like, "Ohhh!"

2:58:092:58:11

after it came out, and then,

you know, we went back to work.

2:58:112:58:15

I'm very lucky that I've got to meet

some brilliant people and got to do

2:58:152:58:18

some other jobs which definitely

wouldn't have happened without it.

2:58:182:58:21

But you know, just rolling with it.

2:58:212:58:26

Fans are delighted that filming

will start on the follow-up to this

2:58:262:58:30

movie next summer and that

after that, work will begin

2:58:302:58:33

on another, all-new trilogy.

2:58:332:58:36

So audiences will have

the opportunity to visit a galaxy

2:58:362:58:40

far, far away for many,

many years to come.

2:58:402:58:42

Lizo Mzimba, BBC News.

2:58:422:58:49

Looks very exciting and our next

guest was lucky enough to be

2:58:512:58:54

at the premiere last night.

2:58:542:58:55

Good morning to Simon Callow.

2:58:552:58:57

You're not here to talk particularly

about Star Wars but you have seen it

2:58:572:59:01

last night.

Yes, it was stupendous,

intergalactic li so, it was that

2:59:012:59:06

there were loud at all which is fast

in itself and the two princes were

2:59:062:59:09

there. It was... They said it was

much more exciting than the LA

2:59:092:59:14

premiere which I can believe. And my

friend, the great Brendan Christie,

2:59:142:59:19

is in it, splendid. It was great,

the audience were roaring as if they

2:59:192:59:26

were actually, as if it was like.

Did it get a big round of applause?

2:59:262:59:31

Oh, no, in the middle, endless round

of applause, great excitement.

How

2:59:312:59:35

exciting! Good morning, by the way!

2:59:352:59:39

You're really here to talk

to us about your new take

2:59:412:59:43

on the Dickens classic,

A Christmas Carol.

2:59:432:59:48

It is reading and music.

It is more

or less in Charles Dickens works,

2:59:482:59:55

and with a magnificent brass band

playing Christmas carols all the way

2:59:553:00:00

through which Dickens would have

adored. He was a great man of the

3:00:003:00:06

people and brass bands as the

essence of popular music in

3:00:063:00:09

Victorian times. We have tried to

deliver the whole story which is not

3:00:093:00:15

just about turkeys and dancing and

the rest of it but people in dire

3:00:153:00:22

poverty, people excluded from

society, that was what he was always

3:00:223:00:24

about.

It was written in 1843 and I

was reading about it and talking to

3:00:243:00:30

you about it, the story was he was

running out of money and he had a

3:00:303:00:36

lavish lifestyle of the story to

make sure he had enough cash to

3:00:363:00:40

continue the lifestyle.

Not really

true! He was worried about money

3:00:403:00:44

because Martin tussle with, the book

he was writing before, had not been

3:00:443:00:49

as successful at the big sellers

like Nicholas Nickleby but he was

3:00:493:00:57

always worried about money. Yet an

increasingly large family and you

3:00:573:01:03

must remember that writers were not

on royalties so you had to keep

3:01:033:01:08

churning stuff out and he saw the

possibilities of a Christmas story

3:01:083:01:11

but the main thing he wanted to

focus on and what inspired him was

3:01:113:01:15

that he had read the parliamentary

report of the condition of children

3:01:153:01:20

working in mines and factories and

he said wanted to deliver a

3:01:203:01:23

sledgehammer blow against such

outrages. And right in the middle of

3:01:233:01:28

Christmas Carol is when the ghost of

Christmas present opens his robe and

3:01:283:01:36

these two feral children come out,

one called Want and the other called

3:01:363:01:46

Ignorance and he says they are

man's, fear them both. Especially

3:01:463:01:53

Ignorance because this one will

destroy the world. Especially

3:01:533:01:58

powerful message.

Let's have a

listen.

3:01:583:02:02

Heaped upon the floor were turkeys,

game, great joints of meat, sucking

3:02:043:02:10

pigs, long wreaths of sausages, plum

puddings, barrels of oysters and

3:02:103:02:12

seething bowls of punch.

3:02:123:02:22

As Scrooge put his hand

on the door, he heard a

3:02:273:02:31

voice inside, saying,

"Ebenezer Scrooge!

3:02:313:02:36

Come in, man!"

3:02:363:02:43

It feels like Christmas! I'm going

to get an act of Parliament that

3:02:433:02:48

there should be no Dickens

adaptation that does not involve

3:02:483:02:51

you! You are also involved in the

film, The Man Who Invented

3:02:513:02:59

Christmas.

It is fantastically fun,

about the things that Dickens drew

3:02:593:03:03

on for Christmas Carol, the name of

the waiter, a strange encounter with

3:03:033:03:08

somebody, it is a burly and and that

is what Dickens was, his life was

3:03:083:03:14

was incredible.

Are you a fan of

Christmas?

I am now! I have become a

3:03:143:03:24

fan, I love the rituals. The tree

and all of that. And again, Dickens

3:03:243:03:32

was obsessed by all of this, he

wrote a long essay about a Christmas

3:03:323:03:36

tree and the little creatures

hanging from the tree and what it

3:03:363:03:41

evokes. When I was a kid we really

did Christmas well and I gave up on

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my thought it was a bit commercial

but in my extreme old age I have

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come back to it.

We have sent some

lovely pictures of decorations.

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Thank you. Your laugh is one of my

favourite ever!

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Simon's album is called

a Christmas Carol.

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And The Man Who Invented Christmas

is in cinemas now.

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Lovely to see you.

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Let's get a last, brief

look at the headlines

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where you are this morning.

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Welcome back and a warm welcome to

our wonderful week of singing on

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Breakfast! We are building up to

next week on Tuesday when we have

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six choirs all around the UK singing

together and as part of the build-up

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we are taking to the stage this

evening. We are be thrown right out

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of our comfort zone. Right now we

don't even know what we are singing.

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We have a few hours to rehearse when

we find out.

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We've been attemtping to hit those

high notes with the help

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of the choirmaster himself,

Wayne Ellington from

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Manchester Inspirational Voices.

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He has been trying to give us some

help beforehand!

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Siiiiiiiiiing.

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Good!

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If anyone can help

us, this is the man!

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I'm OK, if a little bit nervous.

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I would say I'm enthusiastic.

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And very likely to be

extremely nervous.

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Nice to see you!

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Aaaaaah.

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There we go.

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Aaaaaah.

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# If you get there before I do.

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# Coming for to carry me home #.

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You know the challenge is to sing

with my gospel choir.

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Yes.

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I'm going to be hiding

at the back, aren't I?

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No, you're going to be

right at the front where

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everyone can see you.

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I sing something and then

you sing after me.

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# In heaven the bells are ringing

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# Ding dong merrily on high

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# In heaven the bells are ringing #.

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# Away in a manger #.

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# Ding dong verily on high.

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# And riven with angels singing #.

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# No crib for a bed #.

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# Have yourself a merry

little Christmas #.

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I got the wrong notes!

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LAUGHTER

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OK.

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# Little donkey, little donkey #.

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In heaven, no, is riven

with angels, no.

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# Mary, did you know

that your baby boy #.

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I'm worried, Wayne.

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You'll be fine, you'll be fine.

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# That your baby boy...

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Let's do it again.

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OK.

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I can't sing unless I'm dancing.

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# On a dusty road #.

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So take a deep breath in for me.

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And breathe out.

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# Ding dong verily the sky is riven

with angels singing #.

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Yes!

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We're there!

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One line down!

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# No crib for a bed #.

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You're going to be perfect, you're

going to be fine, absolutely fine.

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# That your baby boy...

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# Yeeeaaah...

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That's just perfect, perfect.

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You're going to be great!

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We'll see!

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Come on, let's hug it out.

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Brilliant, wonderful.

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I'm going to sit down and relax now!

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Top man, thank you.

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See you on the big night!

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The big night!

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What could possibly go wrong?!

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Here to give us their top tips ahead

of tonight's big performance

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are Edward Price and Alice Gribbin

from the BBC Singers choir.

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You do this all the time and you

know what you're doing. Louise is

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nervous. Dealing with nerves, what

is the key?

It is getting relaxed.

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The first tip I was given by my

first ever singing teacher, talking

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about breathing, before you go on

take ten deep breaths. It gets you

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relaxed and it gets your breathing

going and in the mood.

Ten is quite

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a lot.

It is but you get that

moment, it takes some time.

You have

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got to leave yourself enough time.

I'm nervous already!

I was going to

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say, you have to find the time and I

often stand around with my friends

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having a gossip and I think it is

good to take yourself away from

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other people also sometimes I use

mindfulness for a couple of minutes

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to slow down my heart rate. Some

people like to think they are just

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singing to one person in the

audience. I prefer to think I'm not

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singing to anyone.

That and even

better tip!

I would be petrified if

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I was singing to people I know, to

my friends but if it is 3000 people

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I'd never met, they are just

anonymous faces.

So don't focus on

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anyone you know? I think Louise is

going to lock herself in the toilet

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so how do I get her out?!

You have

got to find the fun and the

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enjoyment. And demonstrate that you

love it and show it to the audience

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because they will respond to you and

be engaged with what you're doing

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and you will feel confident and the

whole dynamic between you will come

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to life.

I know that nerves can

affect people in different ways. I

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also have this and Steph has it,

giggles. What to do about that?

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Again I think the breathing thing is

crucial because when I'm nervous it

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goes and I can't sing full phrases

and things so try to keep a handle

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on nice, low, deep breaths that go

to the bottom of your lungs.

What

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about some warm up exercises?

I

think you got to get your body

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warmed up well as your voice. The

face muscles, your tongue.

Like

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that.

And the cheeks.

You talk about

big face and little face!

Cardboard

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box!

You do it like this with your

mouth really wide and then scrunch

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your face really tiny, big face,

little face!

You are waking up all

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of the facial resonating chambers.

And then just gentle humming to get

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it going. Shall we do it? Shall we

stand up? Is that allowed?

That's

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all right, take control. You have to

breeze nice and deep. -- breathing.

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And then you can hum any note.

And

feel like it's going somewhere. I

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feel like you're singing it down

there, imagine it's travelling over

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the top of the studio into Salford

Quays. Give it some direction.

I've

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sent it right out there!

And what

you did, you smiled, your eyes lit

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up and that is great because you are

waking up everything in your face

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and your sound will be more

exciting!

It is terror!

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I think you have solved it! We will

say goodbye standing up for the

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first time. Thank you for coming in,

that is it for this morning.

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Charlie and Naga will be here

tomorrow of our grand performance.

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Now it's time to head back

to Shetland for another

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installment of Island Medics.

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