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she wanted a stronger Britain, in charge of its own laws


A childhood friend of George Michael tells the BBC he believes


the star's death may have been linked to hard drugs.


He had stopped all the hard drugs, you know.


He was trying to lead a normal life again.


I just believe he was dragged back in,


In an exclusive interview he speaks for the first time


Also this evening: What could the Prime Minister's Brexit plan


We get reaction from two London markets.


People need to grow up and get on with it and then we would still be


trading with each other. There was nothing in this for finance. If we


can't sell those products to those people, we take an economic hit and


potentially it is a big hit. Calls for the Mayor to take urgent


action after fresh questions are raised over the safety


of the Notting Hill carnival. And, the West End's celebrity


hotspot, as The Ivy Restaurant celebrates a centenary


of serving the stars. Good evening. Welcome to the


programme. First tonight, in an exclusive


interview with the BBC, a childhood friend of George Michael


says he believes a cocktail of hard drugs and anti-depressants may


have been responsible for the singer-songwriter's


death on Christmas Day. Andros Georgiou, who grew up


with the star, was in the process of reconciling with him


after a falling-out. He says he still can't comprehend


what's happened as George was one It has been more than three weeks


since George Michael passed away. Leaving his friends, family and fans


bereft. Now, a close friend, Andros Georgiou, has spoken for the first


time. The George I know was a very private person, and incredibly


generous person, and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.


The singer's death came as a shock. First of all I did not believe it, I


still needed confirmation, so I was trying to call people and


everything. I could not get hold of anybody until late that night, 11pm.


And then, you know, it was all confirmed to me and everything.


George Michael was found dead at his home on Christmas Day. On the 29th


of December, a postmortem examination proved inconclusive.


Further tests are being carried out. But, Andros Georgiou believes drugs


played a part in George Michael's death. I just think that he took too


much of something, mixed with the antidepressants and other drugs he


was on with alcohol. I think his heart just stopped beating. The


former music producer says this is despite the singer being in rehab.


He was actually in a Swiss clinic for three years. Before he came out.


But he had stopped all the hard drugs, you know, he was trying to


lead a normal life again. I just believe he was dragged back in.


This interview raises more questions than answers, and here, at George


Michael's home in Highgate, fans have continued to pay their respects


But, more than three weeks after his death,


Now to news that a three-day strike on Southern rail,


scheduled for next week, has been suspended.


Both sides in the ongoing bitter dispute over "driver only operated"


Our Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards is here.


Some relief for commuters, but what do you make of this?


I think in the short term it is very good news for Southern commuters,


and I have not said that for a very long time, over a year this has been


going on. The train drivers union has suspended the strikes next week,


Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. They would have brought the Southern


network to a standstill. Tomorrow, Southern and Aslef are going to


attend talks which will be jointly hosted by the TUC and the train


operator. They have issued a statement. They say they are


committed to finding a fair solution to the dispute and they are pleased


the parties have agreed to meet for meaningful talks. As you would


expect it is not straightforward. The RMT union represent guards and


they are still going to go out on strike on Monday. They are still


trying to get into tomorrow's talks and I have just been told in the


last five minutes by the TUC that is not going to happen, the talks are


only going to be between Aslef and Southern. It seems Aslef, the


drivers union, are going on there own, but there is definitely a


thawing here in this dispute. It has been a long time since you said


that, thank you. Serious questions have been raised


once again over the safety of the Notting Hill Carnival


after a report today claims the event is becoming increasingly


violent and dangerously overcrowded, and wants the Mayor


to take urgent action. Others argue though that


Europe's largest street festival is still much safer


than other big events. After 50 years, a new report says


it is at tipping point. Carnival might seem a long way away


on a cold January day, but it is already in the forefront


of some people's minds. A report out today says


they are worried about overcrowding, a rise in violent incidents,


and they say the trust that runs it One person who has experienced


the violence first-hand is Joe. He was stabbed in


the arm last Carnival. Initially I thought,


why did I get punched in the arm? As I looked at my arm,


there was blood spurting I just held on to the wound


and started to run. It could have happened to anybody,


so it can definitely be safer. I would like it to be so no-one else


experiences what I experienced. Crowd surges like this last year


made those who policed The Met say each year


they come close to major Overcrowding, yes it is dreadful


around Ladbroke Tube Station and further up all Saints


Road and so on. If there was an incident,


goodness knows how any help would be Violent crime is not


particular to Carnival, and there is some suggestion that


out of 1 million visitors, the 151 violent incidents means it


affects relatively few. We want it going on


for another 50 years. Another point out of the report


is that the festival is run by some great people,


some volunteers, but by their own admission,


the trust needs more support. Although it is easy to say it needs


to be safer, how do you do it? His team say they have


already commissioned It is still good and I enjoy it,


the music is great. But, I mean, there is


also a downside to it. This report builds pressure to make


this year's Carnival Let's pick up on this with our Home


Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake. We've heard some concerns


over Carnival before. How likely do you think


it is that we could see any changes? I think there is quite a strong


chance we will. Yes, these are not new concerns, but it is clear that


the Met is worried about this recent escalation in violence over the last


few years. Scotland Yard had previously threatened to scale back


the policing of the event because it is expensive for them, but the


reality is, in this climate, the way we have seen crowds targeted in


places like Berlin before Christmas, and also in Nice, they are not going


to want to do that. The question is, what would change its mark as


mentioned in the report, there is this review commissioned by Sadiq


Khan. It will try to come up with some solutions to some of the


problems that have been highlighted today. We know that under this mayor


the route will not be changed, and he has said that the whole event


will not be scrapped. They do want to reduce the numbers of people


going to it, so one thing they could do is introduce ticketing goes on --


said people had to pay to go to Carnival, a bit like we had to pay


if we want to see the New Year's Eve fireworks on the Thames. Carnival


purists may think that destroys the whole essence of the event, but


other people may think that this is a way of ensuring that it does have


a bright future. Thank you. I am at one of London's most famous


celebrity haunts, celebrating its 100th anniversary.


And, after a beautiful day across London, how cold will it get under


clear skies tonight? I will have the forecast later.


Next: Apparently we're ditching frothy pints of beer


That's according to new research about how our high streets have


It shows that traditional venues like pubs and clubs are making way


for more restaurants and coffee shops.


With more details, here's Marc Ashdown, and his report


Could I have a skinny dirty chai with honey


If you tried to order one of those five years ago,


Across London, coffee shops and trendy pop-ups are gradually


replacing more traditional entertainment venues like pubs,


Food, it seems, is now more central than ever to our social habits,


I give you the roast dinner burger with all the trimmings.


People are looking for something different,


and it also give them inspiration for what they are doing at home.


They eat out and they cook at home for their friends.


It's no surprise that as our love of food shows like the rate


Great British Bakeoff has grown, our leisure


But, while the UK is seeing overall growth in the number


of leisure businesses growing, London is the only region


This new research found overall there are now 71 fewer


leisure venues in London, compared to five years ago.


Traditional venues like pubs, bingo halls and comedy clubs have


seen the biggest decline, by 658, newly 40% of the drop


But cake makers, juice bars and party venues have grown


Professor Jonathan Morris studies how consumption habits change.


At the end of the day, we would go to the pub.


But we don't tend to at lunchtimes as we feel we shouldn't be drinking


That's why coffee shops have been successful,


because they have brought in all those customers who felt


in some way excluded from the kinds of things going on in


There is still an appetite for pastimes like bingo.


Venues just have to jazz things up a bit.


Here, bingo mixes with, well, dance music.


It began life in Liverpool but is to hit London next month.


It is essentially bingo but in between it is a rave,


there are dance-offs and things like that.


Why go to a pub when you can come here?


But traditional venues haven't quite had their day.


There are still more pubs across London than any other


So we haven't lost our love of a cold drink, it's just these


days we expect something a little bit different.


And if you want to find out a bit more about where you live


and how it's changed, head to the BBC London website


The athlete known as the weirwolf , six-time Paralympic


champion David Weir, has announced his


immediate retirement from international athletics.


The 37-year-old from Sutton posted a message on Twitter today


in which he said he had made the decision after being "let down


He added he will race at this year's London marathon but will never


Wimbledon and Sutton United are two names intrinsically linked


Tonight they face each other in the competition


The winners will be through to the fourth round and also land


Chris Slegg is pitchside at Kingsmeadow.


Wimbledon try to make the fourth round for the first time since they


were founded in 2002 after the original Wimbledon defected to


Milton Keynes. Sutton United of the National League are trying to get to


the fourth round since the first time since 1999 when they beat


Coventry. ?70,000 in prize money is at stake tonight, and ?144,000 TV


money, because whoever wins at home to Leeds will be live on BT Sport.


Neal, what would it mean to be the first manager to take AFC bundled


into the FA Cup fourth round? Massive, there have been a lot of


firsts in my time at Wimbledon because we are such a new club. Of


course it would be great to take them to the fourth round, and it


keeps this season alive and it keeps a good buzz around the place. The


original bumbled and eat Liverpool in the 1988 final. How much


inspiration do you draw from that? They managed to beat one of the


greatest teams. I remember watching it, watching the build-up to it. It


is a big competition and we will be giving it our all. Good luck, I will


let you prepare the team. For one of Saturn's fans, they have even


released a song. Dash-macro Saturn. The man behind the microphone, Jeff


Martin, joins me now. What does it mean for fans to get to this stage?


It is brilliant to be here, what an incredible night for an FA Cup game.


You can smell the tension in the FO. We are not here to make up the


numbers. If you get through to play Leeds, that will bring back memories


for fans of your generation? Yes, Lily 50,000 people squeezed in and


it would be lovely to get to that again. We are focused, we will be


100% behind the boys today. What is your prediction? You are the


underdog. I am not making a prediction. This for us is going to


be an extra great atmosphere, and extort make experience. If we play


well we know we can wind this. Good luck. Kick-off here as at 7pm.


Dash-macro 7:45pm. Chris, thank you.


Following the referendum, the prime minster said


"Brexit means Brexit", and today Theresa May revealed


more on how she intends to make that happen.


So, what could that mean for the capital?


Tim Donovan has been looking at the detail


Londoners, as we know, were in favour over all of staying in the


EU, so it is more tricky than most areas for the Prime Minister,


Theresa May, to convince, when 60% were unhappy with the decision, too


convinced that this is not going to cause harm. Three main areas of


three main questions, the single market, those for killers, that


freedom of movement, of Labour, up goods and services, and capital,


coming out of the single market what would it do to that? What will the


cost be? The question of immigration, the issue of control on


EU workers. So important when we are up to 1 million from the EU


currently working here. And this question of transition, how long


will that be? She talked today of phased in the mentation, rather than


a cliff edge decision. I took the tension out in east London today.


Dash-macro temperature. So, should become out of the single market?


Word had reached many about the Prime Minister's speech. What you


think about coming out of the single market? It is about people growing


up and getting on with it and we will still be all trading with one


another. You are happy to come out? Yes, because I see the world is a


bigger place than just that, but I don't want to come out and not be


able to trade with Europe any more. But neither do they not want to be


able to trade with us. What do you think about coming out of the single


market, what could that do to the economy? The interest rates might go


up. Pension, cost of living, it is uncomfortable. Theresa May is saying


she thinks trade will be given a great boost because the opportunity


is now noble. How? I can't see that. This Turkish man voted to come out,


but now he thinks that will harm us economic. You voted to come out but


you have changed your mind? I changed my mind. If we voted again,


I would stay. The Prime Minister says the economy is getting better,


or has not been as bad as people says. We have not come out yet. In


the future it might be more difficult. Down the road in Canary


Wharf, you was one gloomy outlook. London makes and sells financial


products to the world. At least 20% of those go to people in Europe. If


we can't sell those products to those people, we take an economic


hit and potentially it is a big hit. But the Prime Minister said she


would get a good deal for the financial sector. The Prime Minister


can say what she likes, but what matters is the governments of the


country where our customers are. If they are not prepared to play ball,


there will be no deal. He was an overview in the city today. Now what


the negotiation stance of the government is going to be. That


gives the opportunity to people to have more certainty over the next


couple of years, and they can start to plan for the future. I think


there is going to be much more sense of optimism that the opportunities


are clearer and the downside is now limited. Back at the market, that


other issue,. The average person like myself once control of our


borders. Have a listen will stop Brexit must mean control of the


number of people who come to Britain from Europe. That is what we will


deliver. What did you think of that? To the ordinary, average person in


the street, that is the most important thing to us. If people are


coming and we have not got the jobs for them, what will they do question


up we have to have some control, no matter what. But aren't they coming


because there are jobs here? Where? It is what the EU has done for us,


or not done for us, which continues to divide opinion.


I think these two big issues this evening, the financial sector so


important to the capital, tens of thousands of jobs could be on the


line. And that question of immigration, maybe up to 60,000 new


EU workers coming here every year, 930,000 working here now. They are


putting pressure, some people say, on a range of Applix services, but


they are also fulfilling those jobs, in the health service and on


building sites. Overall, Theresa May will say this is just fulfilling the


voice of the people, how they voted, what they wanted. Thank you.


It's the celebrity haunt tucked away in a corner of the West End that


for 100 years has hosted the stars of stage and screen,


from the golden age of glamour to the A-listers of today.


Well, The Ivy's now been recognised with a green plaque


Frankie McCamley has been behind the scenes of the world famous venue


that started life as a small Italian cafe.


A familiar sight outside one of London's most popular wants for the


rich and famous. But today, they are not here just to catch a glimpse of


the celebrity a listed on the guest list. The Ivy is celebrating its


100th anniversary with a commemorative main plaque from


Westminster City Council. And, behind the iconic stained-glass


windows is one of the many famous regulars, not short of a story to


tell. Coming in here with some friends who will remain nameless, on


the same evening that Princess Margaret arrived, and my friend,


disappearing from the table at some point, and coming back extremely


giddily, said, I have just worn Princess Margaret's code. This is


one of the most sought-after tables in the restaurant, where the likes


of Kate Moss and Tom Cruise has sat. It is a million miles away from when


it first started. We are surrounded by famous artwork and dishes made by


some of the top chefs in the capital. The venue has had different


owners give beginners, and a major refurbishment in 2015, as it has


tried to adapt and keep up with accommodation in the city. It is


very difficult to stay at the top in an incredibly and increasingly


competitive restaurant world. People like new, people want to go to the


next hottest place, so for restaurants like The Ivy, which have


been around for 100 years, it is a job to stay relevant. And that it


has, with a host of celebrities caught on camera here over the


years, including the supermodel Kate Moss, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour,


posh and Becks, and the American film star Jack Black. One of the


people capturing those moments was Max. The IV was always important


because you get a good calibre of celebrity. It is just seeing the


lifestyles of the rich and famous, and in their more candid situations


sometimes, not always, just at official events. Along with its


infamous shepherds pie, this venue has been part of the city's


theatrical history. The hope is it will remain that way in the years to


come. Let's get a check on the weather


now with Wendy Hurrell. Hello, it was absolutely beautiful


today. The weather watchers have been out in force, inspired by the


beautiful blue skies. That goes for you as well, where we will have ten


which is quite low tonight. Down 2-4 is a possibility, but we could see


minus seven in a feud places tonight. It is cold out there this


evening because of the Lear skies, and that has been almost exclusively


for us today. We have been the sunny corner of the UK, as you can see. As


we zoom in, you can see the edge of this cloud, which could creep


further towards us through tomorrow, but certainly out there at the


moment it is staying at bay. As we go through the night, we will have


less guys continuing, and you can see the blue tinge on the map as the


temperatures falling and the frost forming because the wind is light.


It will get pretty cold, even in central London will reach freezing


or just below, and there will be another frost tomorrow morning. Wrap


up warm when you head off to work in the morning. There should be some


sunshine in the south-east. This cloud could creep a little bit


further in, and then temper just out of the sunshine under the cloud will


feel a good deal colder. More cloud as the week goes on. This is


Thursday's picture. Bright spells, settled and dry, but more cloud as


the week goes on. This could be a bit pessimistic, there could be a


bit of sunshine, but it remained settled and dry and cold.


Thank you. The day's headlines:


The Prime Minister has confirmed Britain will be leaving


the EU single market. Theresa May said Britain must be


able to control the number of people who come here from the EU


and British courts must have the final say in


interpreting British laws. The Supreme Court has ruled that


former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw can be sued by a Libyan man,


who claims British agents helped Jack Straw was responsible


for MI6 at the time, A three-day strike next week by


Southern rail has been suspended. We will be back later


during the Ten O'Clock News, That I will faithfully execute


the Office... And will to the best


of my ability... The Constitution


of the United States... TV: He's not your father.




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