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Chris Packham on being diagnosed with Asperger's in his forties: 'There are problems and benefits to the condition'


We love it when a guest brings they dog to the studio so there was a warm welcome waiting for wildlife presenter and environmentalist Chris and his beloved dog Scratchy.

On Scratchy...
'He's my best friend. He's nearly 15 and still going strong. Itchy was his brother and we lost him about 14 months ago. It was a loss to both of us. They are a massive part of my life. I feel much better when I'm with Stratchy. I worry about his health. He never lets me down and it totally trust worthy. It's a different relationship that you have with humans.'

On having Asperger's...
'I was quirky and some of them were directly evolved from the condition. I have a duty to use my voice to try and make things better for other people. It's difficult for some members of the Asperger's community to articulate the way they feel and the problems them have and the benefits. I had a duty to stand up for all those people'

On growing up with Asperger's...
'I grew up in the sixties and seventies so it was avery different world then. As a young child it wasn't to bad but then I got to my teens and went to university. It was really tough. It was extremely isolating. There is a lot of self doubt. You do retreat to your bedroom, draw your curtains and make the whole thing worse. By the time I went to university, I blanked my peers. I didn't engage with them at all. By the end of the third year I'd made contact with about three of them.'

On the benefits of having Asperger's...
'I used to make lists of things I need to do to make my role functional and I could work alongside people. By the time I was diagnosed in my forties it was working. One of the benefits of the condition is we have good retentive memory and good pattern forming skills so see connections. I remember things I read when I was about six years old. It's a trait which is quite common in the autistic community. Another one of the traits is there is no grey, only black or white. We love it we hate it, it's right or wrong. There's no ambiguity. And often I don't care what people think.'

Watch the video for the full interview with Chris about living with Asperger's.

Nigel Farage on President Trump, the Windrush scandal and attending the royal wedding


Nigel Farage joined Loose Women and was quizzed on the Windrush scandal, upcoming royal wedding and his friendship with President Trump.

On freedom of speech...
'We’ve got a bit of a problem in this country, and in America, with free speech. Anybody that’s got a sort of vaguely conservative, right of centre view, is treated by many as being the complete devil. Yours truly is right near the top of that list. I think it’s worrying for our younger generations. They should be brought up to understand there are different people with different points of view. They’re equally valid points of view and you make your own mind up.'
'[My children have] all got different points of view to me, believe me. Of course [there’s freedom of speech in the Farage household]. University should be all about young people being exposed to different ideas and making their own minds up. We’ve kind of got a bit of censorship going on out there.'

On the new royal baby...
'I was at the Queen’s birthday concert – someone invited me. When I was growing up, the royal family was something we treated with reverence. For a lot of the younger generation they view the young royals as being really, really cool, really with it. I can’t think the Royal family’s been more popular than it’s ever been right now.
'I think [Prince] Charles is a good man, I don’t agree with him very much.

On the royal wedding...
'I won’t be at the royal wedding as a guest. But I will be at the royal wedding, in a journalistic capacity. I think they’re going to become just the coolest, trendiest couple in the world. I think it’s absolutely great. Anything that brings us closer to America is a good thing.'

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Helen Flanagan on leaving Corrie and having a surprise baby number two: 'It wasn't planned but is a blessing'


We caught up with Helen, who plays Rosie Webster in Corrie, to find out about her soap exit and all the baby news with boyfriend Scott Sinclair....

On finding out she was pregnant for a second time...
'I knew I was pregnant and I remember doing the test and telling my mum. But I really wanted to tell him [Scott] to his face, as I knew he would be really pleased - which he was. I remember when he was away he was like, "You're being a bit quiet". But then when I told him... I was glad that I waited and didn't tell him over the phone.'

On the baby not being planned...
'It was a surprise as I'd just gone back to Coronation Street and I was really enjoying that but obviously it's a blessing and I feel really lucky to be expecting another baby. But no it wasn't in the plan, Matilda was planned but this baby was a surprise.'

On not having a c-section...
'I thought, "I'll go for a Cesarean" because I do feel quite scared but actually it can be quite painful afterwards and I'll have a three year old and a newborn and I want to breastfeed, so I wasn't sure how that was going to work.'

On leaving Corrie...
'I was really emotional as I've really loved it so much going back. I'm going out in very much a Rosie style, so it is hilarious the storyline, it is really, really funny.'

Watch the video to see the full chat with Helen.

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Helen Flanagan with daughter Matilda in July 2016

The royal baby is here! The Duchess of Cambridge Kate and Prince William have had a baby boy!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess of Cambridge as they leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London in 2015.


Kensington Palace said in a statement:

'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am.

The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.'

Congratulations to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte on the new arrival!

Watch the moment we broke the news live on the show in the video above!