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tv   Victoria Derbyshire  BBC News  December 29, 2016 10:30am-11:01am GMT

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hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 10.303m. singin‘ in the rain star debbie reynolds has died aged 84 after suffering a stroke, just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher. the head of the royal college of gps has warned that patients could be waiting more than a month to see a doctor this winter. nhs england says it's boosting funding for the sector. australian police say they have dismantled an international drugs ring responsible for importing one tonne of cocaine. 15 men have been arrested. two bodies have been found at a flat in st austell. devon and cornwall police are treating the deaths as "unexplained" a study into migrating birds has found that they are arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise. now on bbc news victoria derbyshire takes a look back at interviews and films which have featured on her programme in 2016. hello and welcome to the programme.
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over the next half an hour we'll bring you some of the exclusive interviews and original stories that we have brought to you over the last year. first, to the conversation that left lily allen in tears. the singer had never visited a refugee camp before. she met unaccompanied child migrants living in a makeshift camp, in calais, and it overwhelmed her. her apology to one refugee, on behalf of the uk, became front—page news. here is some of what she saw there. calais's makeshift refugee camp, thejungle, home to around 10,000 people, including children. this place has been partially demolished once already and reappeared. but the french government wants it gone again and will start knocking it
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down within weeks. music playing a world away from the squalor of the camp, lily allen is working on her new album, in a studio in north london. what do you think you can achieve by going there? save everyone. no... i hope that... on a personal level, to just see things for myself so i know and i can talk openly about it, having experienced it even for a short amount of time. and humanise the people that are there because at the moment what i read, all these articles which are very dehumanising about people and children. you know, i'm a mother. i've got two little girls and if something happened in this country, and something was to happen to me and their dad, and they were displaced and had
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to make a run for it, i would really hope that other parts of the world were a little bit more helpful than we seem to be. it would seem to me that there are people who have been driven very far away from what they know and love, and stability and comfort. i don't think anyone would choose to live in thejungle. no—one would choose that. with lily for this trip is josie naughton. these two are old friends. josie used to work the music industry before giving it up to start up a charity called help refugees, a year ago. right next to the camp, this massive warehouse shows the scale of the charity work that has quickly emerged to provide for those living in thejungle. an army of volunteers looks after a constantly
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expanding population. and today, lily is one of them. this is just kids' stuff. mine. my kids said that you could have it. shoes, jackets. um, jumpers. a snow white costume, which will come in really handy, i'm sure! it's actually really sweet. and then it's time to enter the jungle. lily allen has never been to a refugee camp of any kind so this is her first experience and it's on our doorstep. this is a bus for women and children in the camp. volunteers here tell lily that one of the things they're constantly
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doing is telling young people, like this afghan teenager, to apply for asylum in france rather than constantly risking their lives jumping on trucks to the uk. they are risking their lives every time they go way out try. they are going to get on truck on motorways. they try to stow away in the back of lorries. there's been numerous deaths. notjust the deaths, because you hear about people killed, you are not hearing about the people who were severely injured. there are number of children that have been severely injured. one of the main reasons lily is here is to meet for herself people like tim — children and teenagers calling this place their home. there are 1022 unaccompanied children in this camp. with the imminent closure
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of the camp, there is a massive risk of trafficking orjust getting lost in the system. a huge proportion of them have got the right to be in the uk because they have family there, and another huge proportion of them have the right to be in the uk because of the passing of the dubs' amendment in may, and still, right now, there is not one child being brought to the uk under that amendment. the dub‘s amendment was an agreement by the uk government to take in unaccompanied refugee children from europe. at this youth centre in the camp, there is a sense of urgency today. the volunteers are recording details of the teenagers here so they can try and keep track of them when the camp is demolished and continue trying to get those who have the right to be in the uk across the channel. so what i want is anybody who has family in england that has not started the process. lily meet 13—year—old shamsher, from afghanistan. he says his father is in birmingham. he has been in the camp for two months now. why did you leave afghanistan?
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the camp is closing in a couple of weeks, what are you going to do? so you've been trying to jump on lorries to get over into the uk, has that...that must be terrifying? is that scary? i know you are trying to get onto the lorries every night but from what i'm hearing from the refugee volunteers here in the camp, is that you have
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got a legal right to be in the uk. so i wonder, have you started that process? have you filled out the forms? what are your hopes for the future? it just seems that three different intervals in this young boy's life, the english, in particular, have put you in danger. we've, you know, bombed your country, put you in the hands of the taliban, and now putting you at risk, risking your life, to get you into our country. that seems... i apologise on behalf of my country. i'm sorry for what we put you through. sorry.
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i'm so, so sorry. and now i'm making you do this interview! it's just desperate, isn't it? it's desperate. i'm shocked really that this is happening in such close proximity to where we live. it feels like it is just...people just managing to cope. something has to be done
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because it can't really... it's inhumane, isn't it? life is easierfor me if i put this stuff out of mind, you know? and that is not really right or correct or appropriate response to a humanitarian crisis. this is these people's lives. like, it's not...this isjust a day out of my life but this is their existence and i think it must be the not knowing, the uncertainty of what comes next. no one has chosen to be here and it's not fair. you know, we live in‘s a lottery, isn't it? it's a geographical lottery. wherever you're born in the world... i know that i wouldn't like to end up here, though. i certainly wouldn't
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want my children to end up here. over the last two years we have been following two transgender children aged seven and nine. girls who were born as boys. this is 7—year—old lily's story. how are people at school? do you miss having a brother? how proud are you of your sister?
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how much do you love her? hey, that's brothers and sisters for you! i bet she says the same thing about you some times. phew. one, two, three, ooh, straight up to number 30. can i ask you about "skirt day"? they'd had an assembly where they talked about how everybody‘s different. and you weren't in the assembly, though, were you, you and your brother?
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how has it been at school since that day? really good. and after skirt day, how many more girls wanted to play with you? did they? what was that like? oh, that's lovely. and that meant from that that day onwards you could use the girls toilets? i mean, everybody treats you like a girl now. calls you a girl's name. people at school, friends, family. can you even remember being a boy? does it seem like a long time ago?
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does it really? and what do you think about when you grow up — what do you... do you know what you want to be when you grow up? you can watch the full interview with lily and all our other stories on our programme page at: next, the remarkable story of a man who spent more than 20 years on death—row in america after being wrongly convicted.
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it was a dna test that eventually freed nick yarris. he sat down with our programme exclusively to give us a rare insight into what it's like to be on death row and survive. when you're faced with the hopelessness that you can't change the outcome, then what do you do? i knew i would be executed and no one would believe me. i didn't think dna would save me, i tried for 15 years with it, so i decided that if i had to die then to do it elegantly with the beautiful vernacular replacing the broken person that i was, with love and caring, so if i died i still cared enough about myself that if that was the outcome, i died with dignity, and that's something a lot of people are afraid of. we're so afraid to die in an ignominious way, we don't want to go out badly, i had my chance. really interesting. explain to our audience how the conviction happened, because it came as a result they lie you told the police because you thought that would help them. yeah.
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initially in december, 1981, i was driving a stolen car. i'm a 20—year—old kid, i get pulled over by an officer and an altercation starts when he starts choking me. it blows out of proportion, his gun discharged into the ground, he made up a story and said i tried to murder him. i was put into solitary confinement, i was out of my head on drugs, i went through withdrawals, was facing life imprisonment and i made up a stupid story from a newspaper article and that was such a huge mistake because the police seized on the fact they knew it couldn't have been me but they could close a very sensationalised case. i was then arrested for that murder based on another inmate saying i confessed to him. in a really weird set of circumstances i ended up being charged with the rape and murder of a woman i couldn't possibly have met, for my own desperation to get out of the initial charges. and that was just the beginning of what became a really crazy set of circumstances that you can never contrive. being put on trial for the initial
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charges, i was acquitted by a jury and that made the prosecutor insane. they went after me with the death penalty and they gave me a three—day murder trial at the age of 20 and i had no chance. i went through the prospect angrily. i was so bitter that at the age of 20 when i first got put into prison in solitary confinement, i used to beat my head against the wall in frustration because i hated myself. i hated who i'd been. i hated that i let a childhood incident of being attacked and sexually abused make me a drug addict. i ruined all my chances, victoria, and i felt so ashamed when i went to prison and ifelt, god, give me a reason to live. then an officer took pity on me and let me have some books in a cell that a man committed suicide in and i began educating myself. and 10,000 books later i felt like i'd mastered myself. is that how many you read in that time? more than that.
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i became very fluid in the study of serology and biology so i could understand dna. i wrote to sir alecjeffreys for many years, the inventor of science, i did all this so i could have a purposeful mind for fighting for myself. next, the man who claims to have fathered up to 800 children through unlicensed sperm donation. 41—year—old simon watson is an online sperm donor. private licensed clinics can cost up to £1000 for each cycle of treatment, but simon charges just £50. his services are legal but they're unlicensed. i would like to get the world record, make sure that no one is going to break it, get as many as possible. usually about one a week pops out. i reckon i've got about 800 or so so far. so in about four years i'd like to crack 1,000 if i can. ijust picked up the results
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from the hospital. i get tested every three months to show i've got no nasty things. i always post a copy on the internet so people can see it for themselves. my name's simon watson and i'm a sperm donor. if you go to a fertility clinic, there's loads of hurdles you have to go through, they make you sit through counselling sessions and they make you do huge amounts of tests and then they charge you absolute fortunes for the service but realistically, if you've got a private donor you can go and see them, meet them somewhere, get what you want,
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just go, that's it. i charge them £50, that's it, for the magic potion pot. then i give them a syringe with the pot and then leave them to it. most of the people i help out tend to be from facebook. when people join the site, i see their name and i send them a message explaining the service i provide. it's like artificial insemination only and they like the fact i do that, and i'm not going to get anything funny out of them. because i charge people for my service, there's a lot
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of people who would be happy to provide the service with no charge. but then they want a bit of fun out of the customers. i'm not knocking them, that's up to them, some ladies are looking for that too. some lady couples, like the ones today, they're booked into this hotel. i won't know who they are unless they wanted to contact me later on. i don't plan to stop. i'd like to get the world record ever, make sure no one is ever going to break it, get as many as possible. usually about one a week pops out, i think i've got about 800 or so so far. within about four years i'd like to crack 1,000. before we go, it was one of the most remarkable achievements of the year, team gb finished second in the medals table in rio. we beat china, and russia, and in the process became the first
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country ever to improve on a home medal haul at the next games, winning 67 gongs, two more than london 2012. here's a quick reminder of those two magic weeks in august. song: conrad sewell — remind me. # "remind me" — conrad sewell. commentator: mo farah is going to get gold for great britain again! will it be britain, will it be australia? it certainly will be great britain! as max whitlock has made history.
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andy murray is a double 0lympic gold—medallist. they've done it! thank you very much for watching.
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we're back on air on january the third. in the meantime watch our films on our programme page. good morning. it's still cold out there, there is still some fog around if you are travelling, in fa ct around if you are travelling, in fact in some areas under the stag na nt area of fact in some areas under the stagnant area of high pressure it will bring around. different story in the west of scotland where hill fog is more likely to be a concern than this fog rolling in across devon. that was sent in half an hour ago, beautiful picture. the patchy fog in the east midlands and up through the vale of york and parts of the midlands as well, it's still pretty cold as well, temperatures around freezing or below. there's a good deal of sunshine to be found
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across parts of england and wales. you saw we had some thicker cloud out towards the west but it's still dry. it's cold though, temperatures will struggle to reach four or five or six celsius, a little below par for this time of year but with the sunshine that is the payoff. it will remain... not wall—to—wall cloud in these areas but we could get 12 around the moray firth in that sunshine. the winds livening up to gale force in the north—west scotland. the weather front introduces more cloud further south which means the fog will be more limited and more likely the south—east quadrant of the uk, where the lowest temperatures will be. not as sharp a frost as the night we've just had. friday looks more settled than today. more rain in the
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highlands and central and northern scotland. again, the fog should lift but not in some places, always the ruler this time of year but it will bea ruler this time of year but it will be a cloudy day on the whole. it should be a bit milder as well. that milder weather and the rain is heading its way southwards as we heading its way southwards as we head into new year's eve, the rain gradually gathering force and getting heavier across parts of scotla nd getting heavier across parts of scotland and northern ireland as we head towards the midnight hour. behind that, cold arctic air follows on. by the time we get to midnight when my chart will stop here, some milder areas. behind that, the arctic air. still some uncertainty where that rain weather front will lie on new year's eve which can be problematical as loads of people have plans, but as ever we will keep you updated, with the warning is there on the website. see you later. this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00am. the hollywood actress debbie reynolds has died, just a day after the death of her daughter, carrie fisher.
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she's believed to have suffered a stroke. her daughter dying yesterday, and today it is unbelievable. what are the odds of this happening? it was incredible. sad. gps' leaders warn that patients could be forced to wait more than a month to see their doctor this winter. devon and cornwall police investigate the discovery of two bodies at a flat in st austell. detectives are treating the deaths as "unexplained". australian police say they've made the biggest cocaine seizure in the country's history — 15 men are arrested. also: the birds migrating earlier as global temperatures rise. a study finds some species are missing out on vital resources — like food and nesting places — as a result.
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