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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.