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Gordon's alive! It's BRIAN BLESSED!

He's attempted to climb Everest three times, survived a plane crash and has starred in countless films such as Flash Gordon... and this morning Brian Blessed joined us to talk about meeting Agatha Christie, the Queen and more!

Known for his distinctively booming voice, Brian, 80, told us Her Majesty once even asked him to bellow his famous catchphrase for her!

"She did say 'Me and the children, we watch Flash Gordon all the time, would you mind saying 'Gordon's alive'?," the larger than life actor revealed.

Brian is directing Agatha Christie's 1954 play Spiders Web from 6 July

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Hillsborough verdict: Dad's dying words were 'never give up'

The very last words out of his mouth was, 'please bab, please promise me you'll never give up until you get truth and justice'

– Louise Brookes on her dad's last words

A woman who lost her brother in the Hillsborough disaster has told Good Morning Britain of how her father told her to "never give up" her fight for justice on his death bed.

Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died in the 1989 football stadium crush in Sheffield when she was 18, opened up about how the loss affected her and her parents as well as the subsequent years of waiting to find out why the tragedy happened.

"It's something I've really struggled with a lot," she told GMB. "I feel I have added pressure on me as well. My dad only died three weeks before the inquests began and the very last words out of his mouth was, "please bab, please promise me you'll never give up until you get truth and justice" and then he squeezed my hands three times and he literally died.

"I feel very angry that the last thoughts going through his mind and the last words out of his mouth were to do with Hillsborough."

Martin's masterclass in cutting the cost of expensive debt

Urgently cut the cost of expensive debts, Railcard trick, free £125 bank switch bonus and foodie freebies. These are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.

Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Retired judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick will lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster. Once sat in the Court of Appeal (the second most senior court in England and Wales) he will head the investigation into the fire which killed at least 80 people, it is expected to be announced today.

  2. Doctors and dentists want cigarette-style warnings on sweet packets to help wean children off sugar. It could mean photos of rotten teeth and obese children alongside a message such as: "Sugar can contribute to obesity and the need for fillings." Warnings on cigarette packets have been compulsory since 2008. The proportion of adults who smoke has fallen from 21 per cent to 16 per cent in that time.

  3. Labour is set to call on MPs to put their support behind a "jobs first" Brexit as the party looks to influence what kind of deal the UK agrees with the European Union. In the final round of voting on the Queen's Speech - outlining the upcoming legislative programme - Labour will challenge MPs to support a Brexit which delivers the "exact same benefits" of the European single market and customs union.

  4. Over the past few months Bank of England figures have shown that consumer borrowing has risen to a record amount - and we can expect many people to be struggling with personal borrowing in the future, according to new figures out today. Martin Lewis joins us today here to talk us through cutting the cost of debt.

  5. Negotiations to salvage power-sharing in Northern Ireland are set to continue as parties mount a last-ditch effort to strike a deal ahead of today's deadline. Talks at Stormont adjourned on Tuesday night with little sign of the DUP and Sinn Fein reaching an agreement.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. The Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond has died aged 91 after a short illness. Mr Bond published his first book of the marmalade-loving bear in 1958, which brought joy to millions of people around the world. On social media the tributes came flooding in from celebrities such as David Walliams and Stephen Fry.

  2. Six senior figures have been charged over the Hillsborough tragedy which killed 96 people in 1989. David Duckenfield, who was the commander in charge on the match day, has been charged with manslaughter.

  3. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clashed over the Grenfell fire in the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the general elections. Corbyn blamed the Grenfell disaster on the 40% of government cuts to the local authorities budget. However, May responded by claiming that the cladding of tower blocks started under Tony Blair’s government.

  4. Police have said it could be the end of the year before they can issue a final death toll for the Grenfell fire disaster. The current death toll is believed to be around 80 people.

  5. Police have found that one of the London Bridge terrorists entered the UK under a false name. The terrorist originally told the Immigration Services he was named Rachid Elkhdar and also claimed to be five years younger than his actual age. The DNA and fingerprints results matched him to the name of Khuram Butt aged 27.

Grenfell Tower: Two weeks on

It's been two weeks since we woke up to horrific images of Grenfell Tower burning with victims as young as five perishing in the fire.

Many are still missing or in hospital and for those who escaped, the battle to be rehomed is still ongoing.

We spoke to Tiago Alvez, who escaped the blaze with his younger sister, who went on to take a school exam the next day, Gordon Bonifacio, whose father was filmed calling for help from the tower before being rescued hours later and Eartha Pond, who has been volunteering to help residents.

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Is trophy hunting really a method of conservation?

Scientists face a race against time as they try to find a mate for the world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, with the rest of the species wiped out by poachers.

Sudan, who has lived most of his life in captivity alongside two females, is the species' last hope - but hasn't yet reproduced.

Big game hunter Diggory Hadoke joined us in the studio to tell us why he supports trophy hunting as a form of conservation. "Poaching and hunting have nothing to do with one another," he told Piers and Susanna, before explaining how the sport can raise funds to put into protecting endangered animals.