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Fred steps into Tim Peake's shoes - and takes a look at an astronaut's bedroom

Tomorrow Major Tim Peake will climb out of the International Space Station and become the first official British astronaut to walk in space. For the 43 year old from Chichester it will be the culmination of years of training - but it doesn't end there.

In the second of two special reports, Fred takes us behind the scenes of the European Space Agency in Cologne to show how Major Tim prepared for his mission, but just what is it like to live and work in space?

Fred finds out by asking Jules Grandsire and Dr Rudiger Seine of the ESA, as well as Tim himself.

Fred and Sangeeta meet Diane Keen

Diana Keen came into the studio to chat with Fred and Sangeeta. As well as her memories of programmes such as A Touch of Frost, Doctors and Emmerdale, she had some early recollections of Fred...


Fred Dinenage gets very wet on Bank Holiday Monday - and not just because of the rain

The awareness raising initiative also known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the USA - ALS standing for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The challenge dares those nominated to be filmed having cold water poured over them - they make a donation to help research - and they then challenge others to face a similar fate.

They then have twenty-four hours to comply or must, as a forfeit, make a donation to charitable organisation. Fred has nominated his co-presenter Sangeeta Bhabra and another colleague, Robin Britton, Head of News at ITV Meridian. He also nominated his friend and BBC South presenter, Sally Taylor.

For more information on the Motor Neurone Association and their fund raising objectives please go to the link here


Video shows Gosport MP scale Spinnaker for charity

A Gosport MP has abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise money for the MS Society.

MP Caroline Dinenage also took on the Tower with her husband MP Mark Lancaster on Saturday 24th May.

Caroline abseiled to raise money for her local constituencies in Gosport and the MS Society- a week after her dad abseiled the tower with 100-year-old Doris.

They did it! Fred and Doris back down to earth

Still smiling- Fred and Doris wave to the crowds

What a day to remember! Doris Long celebrated her 100th birthday by abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower, along with her personal assistant Fred Dinenage.

She's now a world record holder.

You can see the full drama on Meridian Tonight at 6.20pm, but here's a flavour of how it all unfolded.

BEFORE: Doris is unfazed, Fred tries to put on a brave face
The first bit's the worst- Fred goes over the edge
Look no hands! Doris shows off
On her way- Doris takes it all in her stride
Relief- back on firm soil
Many Happy Returns- 100 years young

One hour to go before Fred's Spinnaker ordeal...

Fred's still smiling- so far.....

There's just an hour to go before our very own Fred Dinenage joins birthday girl Doris Long to abseil down Portsmouth's Spinnaker tower.

He's currently having his headcam fitted and psyching himself up for the 500ft challenge.

Doris, who's 100 today, is taking it all in her stride.

It's a long way up- and down...
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