The mum who gave birth to her brother and sister

We used to call her Tummy Mummy but now we call her Ellen or mum!

– Ruth on her sister/mother Ellen

Prepare to be confused by this very complicated family. Ellen Bown agreed to become the surrogate mother for her own mother and stepfather. The twin children that she has are therefore both her children and her half brother and sister. For the children, their grandmother is also their mother, and their older half sister is also their niece.

The whole family is here to talk about their incredible journey and the problems they have overcome, keeping it in the family.

Tony: "We're just an ordinary family, we have disagreements like any other family."

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Do you have an alternative family?

On Friday's show, Denise Robertson is taking your calls on non-nuclear / alternative families.

Do you have an amazing alternative family? Have you taken in your friends' children or your own grandchildren? Do you want to tell us why your foster parents transformed your life? Or, perhaps you're struggling to bring your two families together, or there are family issues you just can't sort out? Whatever your alternative family question, Denise is here to take your calls.

Call us on 08000 30 40 44, or email us at thismorning@itv.com. Calls are free from BT Landlines. Calls from some mobiles and other networks may be charged. Terms and conditions at itv.com/terms. We need your calls by 11:30am today. Phone-in room lines staffed until 12.30pm. If you are under 18 you will need permission from your parent/guardian to take part.

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Friends and family relationships

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Have you come out as gay later in life?

Following reports Barry Manilow, aged 71, has married his gay partner, This Morning would like to interview a man on the show TOMORROW who has come out as gay later in life and found love.

We can pay a fee and arrange travel and a hotel in London tonight if required. Please get in touch by emailing thismorning@itv.com before 4pm if you're interested in sharing your story live on the show tomorrow morning.

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'There were no tongues involved!'

The discussion is about whether you use tongues and we decided…. there were no tongues involved at this stage!

– Denise Van Outen on her EastEnders debut

The original Essex girl is heading to the East End! After a reported 15 years of approaches and offers, Denise Van Outen has finally succumbed to the EastEnders bug, and makes her debut appearance in tonight's episode.

Chatting to Phillip and Christine, Denise explained how this year was the perfect time to join the cast. “Over the years [I’ve had conversations] dating back to the 90s when new characters have gone in, and it just hasn’t been the right time… So it was kind of put on hold, and then this opportunity came along and I just thought she’s a really fun character. And if you’re going to go into a soap, you want to go in and cause a little bit of trouble! Get tongues wagging… and she does!”

On her character Karin Smart, Denise admitted, “She’s got history with Phil Mitchell and looking for him to start with and meets Max… She’s a strong woman, knows exactly what she wants.”

Revealing that she had to kiss Max - actor Jake Wood - in her first scene, Denise said, “I looked at the script and said ‘what an ice breaker’!"

"And actors have a discussion about what you can or can’t do - the rules! Because some people like to really go for it. We were just acting but with passion. The discussion is about whether you use tongues and we decided…. there were no tongues involved at this stage!”

Talking about her real love life, Denise confessed, “Eddie is from the East End… and I practise with him! It was quite funny - and he slipped the tongue! But he’s allowed though".

Olivier Awards: Wicked is Defying Gravity

It's been called one of the greatest musicals of our time, a global phenomenon that's broken box office records the world over. Today we are in for an incredible spectacle, as the stars of Wicked take to our studio roof and perform the iconic song Defying Gravity.

Vote for your favourite show at the Oliver Awards

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