Overcoming a stammer

I'd rather have someone cut off a limb than lose my speech

– Vicky Croft, who has suffered with a stutter since regaining her speech after a stroke

Many of us take speaking for granted. But what if the words in your head just won't come out? For over half a million people in Britain, a stutter affects their lives every single day.

Stammer School follows a cast of struggling stammerers as they enrol on an intensive four day course called the McGuire Programme.

The programme features Vicky Croft, who was a fluent speaker until she suffered a minor stroke last December, and Debbie Rasaki, a nursery nurse who has stammered since the age of 4. Vicky and Debbie are here today, along with Rich Whincup who was himself a chronic stammerer but is now a course leader on the McGuire Programme.

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Behind-the-scenes on The X Factor

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are back on the UK X Factor

As The X Factor returns this weekend, Jeff Brazier takes his access all areas pass behind the scenes for an exclusive gossip with the judges.

Cheryl and Simon talk us through the auditioning process for this series.

Simon also discusses his sweet tooth and Mel B explains her machine gun approach critiquing!

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The search for Allan goes on

On Saturday November 2 2013, Allan Bryant Jr. went missing after leaving a nightclub in Fife, Scotland.

Allan's family immediately started a massive internet campaign ('Find Allan Bryant Jnr.') to track down their son.

The Facebook page has over 10,000 followers, getting significant attention in the local and national press. However, in April this year internet trolls took advantage of the page to send graphic messages to the Bryant family, falsely claiming he had been tortured and murdered.

Allan's mum, Marie Degan and sister Amy Bryant are here to talk about their search for Allan and how the trolling has affected them.

Missing People - Help find Allan

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Not so cuddly creatures!

When you think of Meerkats you think; cute, cuddly and Russian? Well no! They are actually destructive little savages if not in the right environment.

Their demand as domestic pets has boomed since the 'Compare The Meerkat' advert campaign launched, causing a 191% rise in calls made to the RSPCA regarding cruelty towards them.

In the studio we have Kimmy Rudland, a Zoology graduate who owns two Meerkats to explain the pros and cons.

Plus vet Zara Boland who will gives her view on the surge in exotic pet ownership with the help of some not so cuddly creatures.

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Eamonn and Ruth's first show

As it's their last show before handing over to Phillip & Holly we felt it only fitting to relive the first time Eamonn and Ruth co presented the show in 2002 for today's Throwback Thursday.

Whilst it might be slightly testing to work with your partner, our golden couple took to their duty like ducks to water, however Ruth remark about crayons certainly ruffled Eamonn's feathers!

12 years later, and they're still going strong. With a few minor arguments along the way!

Relive the moment Richard, Judy, Eamonn and Ruth swapped partners!

Peter Kay leaves Ruth in stitches in this classic clip!

Matt Johnson the pole dancer?!

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Coming up on Thursday's show

Living on the breadline
Are you cutting back on your food shop to keep a roof over your head? We meet Ricky Willis who knows the harsh reality of bringing up a family on the breadline.

Groomed and gang raped
After yesterday's extraordinary phone call from 'Donna' - she joins us with her daughter 'Lisa' to share the story of how their lives have been destroyed by the same level of abuse we're now seeing emerge from Rotherham.

Weird pets
Vet Zara Boland gives her view on the surge in exotic pet ownership, with the help of some not so cuddly creatures!