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Fiona Phillips is raising awareness of loneliness this Christmas

I was completely taken aback by know it affected me - there was nothing to get up for

– Fiona Phillips

It’s no surprise that the festive season can make people living alone feel all the more isolated. According to a leading charity, Britain is in the grip of a loneliness epidemic, and it’s sadly not set to go away.

This morning we were joined by TV presenter Fiona Phillips who took part in an experiment where she spent five days on her own. The aim was to see how it would impact her life.

Fiona explained to Good Morning Britain how quickly the sense of isolation brought her mood down.

“I’ve always liked my own company. But I was completely taken aback how it affected me,'' she said. "I felt severed from my family, and it was physically painful.”

Showbuzz: Jack Maynard says sorry for offensive tweets

In the last Showbuzz for the week, Richard takes a look at last night's I'm A Celebrity. MSP and former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale and radio host Iain Lee have been added to the jungle line-up. Former campmate Jack Maynard has also apologised for his offensive tweets that he posted back in 2012.

Plus, Tom Baker is set to reprise his role as Dr Who!

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned that workers are facing two "lost decades" without earnings growth. The thinktank predicted that by 2021, average earnings look set to be a disappointing £1,400 lower than the forecast in March 2016. According to predictions, Britain's national debt may not return to pre-financial crisis levels until "well past the 2060s".

  2. Theresa May has said she wants to "reignite the dream of home ownership" in light of the Government's move to abolish stamp duty for first-time buyers. Concerns were raised about the cut pushing up house prices. The prime minister said: "We want to ensure that the young generation - that today perhaps worries about never getting their foot on the housing ladder - will have that extra bit of help to do so".

  3. It is hoped that a new immune therapy developed from “miraculous” cases of cancer recovery, could begin testing on human patients next year. The treatment uses cancer-killing immune cells taken from donor blood, which are then multiplied in the lab. According to experts, the neutrophil cells are part of the body's first line of defence against foreign invaders. Scientists from King's College London partnered with a biotech company to prepare early trials of the treatment.

  4. Condolences have been offered from Gavin Williamson, amid fears that all 44 crew members on a missing Argentine submarine have died. The defence secretary offered sympathies after the Argentine navy announced that a sound thought to be an explosion had been detected by US and specialist agencies who have been leading the search. The "hydro-acoustic anomaly" came about just hours after the navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan on November 15, according a spokesman for the Argentine navy.

  5. Robinho, a former Manchester City football star has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison for rape by a court in Milan. According to Italian news reports, the Brazilian player was found guilty of taking part in a gang rape in 2013. It has been reported he attacked a 22-year-old Albanian woman, along with five other men. Local news reports claimed Robinho, has protested his innocence of the charge and that he was not in court for the hearing, entering a not guilty plea through his lawyer.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. An Army sergeant is to face a retrial on charges of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute after the first jury failed to reach verdicts. Emile Cilliers, 37, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, denied throughout a seven-week trial at Winchester Crown Court two charges of attempted murder and a third count of damaging a gas fitting.

  2. Workers are facing two 'lost decades' without earnings growth, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned. The respected economic think-tank said by 2021 average earnings look set to be nearly £1,400 lower than forecast in March 2016. This would be lower in real terms than at the time of the 2008 financial crash.

  3. Experts are to begin exploring whether playing football increases the risk of dementia, in "one of the most comprehensive studies ever commissioned" on the subject. The study, which starts in January, will explore whether dementia is more common in ex-professional footballers than in the normal population.

  4. Argentina's navy is investigating reports of a loud noise detected a few hours after a submarine went missing. The ARA San Juan disappeared last Wednesday with 44 people on board. The operation is entering a 'critical phase' because the crew's oxygen supply could be running low.

  5. Former East 17 band member Brian Harvey has been arrested over claims he sent malicious tweets. The 43-year-old singer, who made his name in the 90s boy band, is being questioned by police in north London.

Should vaping be banned in public spaces?

It is a toxic, addictive drug, you are still smoking

– Nilufer Atik on why she thinks the UK should follow New York's example and ban vaping

As of yesterday vaping and the use of e-cigarettes was officially banned from workplaces and outdoor areas in New York - with many residents we asked reacting positively to the decision.

So, should the same ban be implemented over here in the UK?

Simon Clark, who's director of pro-smoking organisation Forest doesn't think so, telling us where people have been anti-vaping in America 'for some time', people in the UK feel more 'liberated' by it and find it a good way to give up smoking.

However ex smoker Nilufer Atik doesn't trust that vaping isn't as harmful as smoking and doesn't like people using e-cigarettes around her child.

Showbuzz: Which star needs to go easy on the cologne?

Thursday's Showbuzz looks at the latest I'm a Celeb gossip, including Toff's worst dinner date ever... plus which popstar was left a cringeworthy note telling him he smells?!