'I was married to alcohol, I loved alcohol, alcohol was my friend'

There were no bright lights, there was just a voice - and it was my voice - saying 'you are going to die'

– Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy played one of Coronation Street's most iconic characters, Curly Watts, for almost 20 years. But Kevin’s happy-go-lucky public persona was masking a secret addiction to alcohol.

After his marriages were left in tatters and his career put in jeopardy, Kevin eventually sought help. He’s now been sober for over 18 years - but admits the road to recovery has never been easy.

Kevin joins us today to open up about his experiences battling booze, how he now helps others and why he’d love to head back to the cobbles.

Alcohol addiction helplines

Help me find my missing son #FindCorrie

I can only hope that if somebody does have him, they won't be able to keep this up for much longer - they'll crack

– Nicola Urquhart

For Nicola Urquhart, Christmas passed with little celebration. No matter how the family tried to enjoy themselves, there was no escaping the absence of Nicola's middle son. RAF Gunner Corrie McKeague, 23, was last seen exactly three months earlier after a night out with friends.

I will not stop looking for him

– Nicola Urquhart

Despite desperate attempts to find him, even crowdfunding to hire help with the investigation, there have been no sightings.

Nicola joins us today, to tell us why she is convinced her son is still alive.

If you have any information about Corrie, please call Suffolk Police Incident Room on 01473 782019

Missing people helplines

Help - I haven't slept for SEVEN years

In February 2007, Stephen Day was subjected to an unprovoked attack, when he was pulled out of his car and beaten up by a group of men. The attack changed his life forever. Left with crippling PTSD, Stephen developed uncontrollable jerking movements which left him unable to eat, sleep or even hold a cup of tea. Things reached crisis point this summer when Stephen tried to take his own life.

Desperate for help, Stephen's path led him to the Speakmans. Can they work with him get his life back together?

A little hero - and a warning to parents

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes - including extra small, as a two-year-old Utah boy discovered when his twin brother rescued him from underneath a fallen set of drawers. Toddler Brock Shoff was playing in his bedroom when a heavy chest of drawers tipped on top of him. What followed was an impressive feat of strength from his brother Bowdy, who lifted the drawers to free his brother.

We are joined by the little boy's parents live from the USA while consumer expert Alice Beer joins us in the studio to show us what you can do to keep your children safe around heavy furniture.

How to keep your kids safe around heavy furniture

Please note: The entire incident was caught on CCTV, below, but please be aware that some viewers may find the footage distressing.

I want to thank taxpayers for my benefit-funded Christmas!

When Deborah Hodge's four children woke up on Christmas Day, they were in for a real treat. They were inundated with lavish gifts like laptops, iPads and even two brand new husky puppies - all totalling a hefty £2800.

You might assume that Deborah has a highly paid job to fund these luxurious presents - but you'd be wrong. They were all paid for by the thousands of pounds worth of benefits that she claims each year - and, in her own words, she'd very much like to thank the taxpayer for giving her such a wonderful Christmas!

Schofe goes diving with sharks

Last year we did an item on This Morning about bucket lists. After the item Holly innocently asked what was on my bucket list?

Next thing I knew, agents had been contacted, flights had been booked (oh, and sun cream purchased) and I was jetting off to South Africa with my wife Steph for the adventure of a lifetime. I had always wanted to visit this beautiful country, so this trip gave me the perfect opportunity to mix business with a lot of pleasure and bring home some incredible memories.