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Real Stories With Ranvir Singh - Episode 5

Real Stories With Ranvir Singh, ITV at 8pm Photo: ITV / Real Stories

In the penultimate episode of the series, Ranvir Singh and Michael Underwood report on 3 more remarkable stories - tonight at 8pm on ITV.

Our Son Jack

Jack Clayton has become a social media sensation after his Dad Lawrence began posting photos of the family online.

Jack Clayton has a following of 16,000 Credit: ITV / Real Stories

The 22 month old has enthusiasm for life and an infectious smile, meaning there’s never a dull moment when Jack’s around! His antics, along with his two sisters, have won the hearts of people across the world.

Jack with his sisters Credit: ITV / Real Stories

He’s always happy and now vocally you definitely know when Jack is in the room!”

– Jack's mum Nikki
Jack's parents, Lawrence and Nikki Credit: ITV / Real Stories

The family were dealt a devastating blow when they discovered their newborn had Downs Syndrome. Their initial reaction was to keep it from wider family members and friends as they didn’t want people to feel sorry for them.

We wanted people to see Jack as Jack… because we have been in an upbeat mood, your friends become more positive about it as well.”

– Jack's dad Lawrence
Jack, comfortable with the camera... Credit: ITV / Real Stories

As Jack’s care plan was unknown, Lawrence decided on becoming a stay-at-home dad to look after all three children and run the family home. This gave Lawrence the opportunity to document Jack’s life online, while raising awareness and trying to change people’s attitude towards disability.

The family’s reach online has surpassed their expectations; across different social media sites they have more than 16,000 followers, from as far afield as Canada and New Zealand.

“People just love him!” says proud mum, Nikki.

To follow Jack and his family use the links below:

7/7 Remembered

Two months ago saw a day of commemorations marking ten years since the London bombings of July 2005.

The terrorist attack claimed 52 lives and injured nearly 800 people.

But the father of one of those killed wasn’t able to be at the memorial event as he was in hospital being treated for a serious medical condition.

Graham Foulkes Credit: ITV / Real Stories

Real Stories caught up with Graham Foulkes as he reflected on life, loss and love from his hospital bed.

On the day of the 2005 attacks Graham’s son, David, had gone to London for a job interview. That was the last time his father would see the 22 year old alive…

David had been killed at Edgware Road. He had been stood next to Sadiq Khan, the leader of the four bombers.”

– Graham Foulkes

Over the past 10 years Graham has become involved with a charitable organisation called the Foundation For Peace, working with disaffected and disenfranchised youths who have been attracted to radicalism.

The charity engages with these young people on projects to try and overcome radicalisation that goes on online.

A few months ago Graham was out walking with his wife Janet when he suffered a heart attack. Graham had to have 5 Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts (CABG) and is now currently recovering.

Graham and his wife, Janet, are determined that their son’s death shouldn’t be in vain.

David Foulkes remembered Credit: ITV / Real Stories

Family is so important… We value the preciousness of the time we have here together… and make the most of every single second of that time.”

– Graham Foulkes

Meet the Saccone-Jolys

Jonathan and Anna Saccone-Joly could be any other professional couple with a young family, a pack of cute dogs and a lovely house in Surrey’s commuter belt… Only these guys are a 21st Century YouTube sensation!

The Saccone-Jolys in front of fans as Jonathan captures the scene for their video blog Credit: ITV / Real Stories

Every day - for the past five years - the Saccone-Jolys have posted a video blog online detailing their family life; everything from shopping trips, to holidays to the birth of their children. And they now have over one million subscribers.

The Saccone-Jolys with Real Stories reporter Michael Underwood Credit: ITV / Real Stories

The most common theme in letters that we receive or people that we meet is that they may have gone through conflict or bad times in their lives, but the one thing that has remained positive and constant is our videos. They are real, they are uplifting and they are entertaining.”

– Anna Saccone-Joly
Jonathan and Anna chatting to Real Stories Credit: ITV / Real Stories

And it’s extremely lucrative, so much so that this daily real-life show is now their job. Every morning Jonathan spends a couple of hours editing the previous day’s footage, then starts filming for the next day, finally posting an episode at 6pm.

Everyone wants to be like them and everyone wants their life to be like there’s and they watch their videos to improve their own life. If you are having a bad day, if you just watch their videos you can immediately be happy.”

– Eli Wilson, superfan

The Saccone-Joly journey has not been without its troubles, however.

Since their earliest days on YouTube they’ve received hate mail. It’s escalated to having their car keyed, abuse in the street and even internet trolls wishing their baby stillborn. But for the Saccone-Jolys the positives far outweigh the negatives, and they have no intention of giving up any time soon.

I have learnt to make plans, make plans for the future but know that they are forever changing. I never thought that I would be standing here today doing what we are doing five years ago.”

– Jonathan Saccone-Joly