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ITV and National TV Awards agree new deal at the 02, hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

ITV is pleased to announce that it has agreed a new deal with Indigo Television which secures the National Television Awards on ITV1 until 2011.

As part of the new deal the much-anticipated television awards ceremony will move in its 15th anniversary year to the 20,000 capacity O2 arena in Greenwich, London and will also move from its traditional autumn slot and be broadcast live in January 2010 on ITV1.

After hosting the prestigious awards ceremony since 1996, Sir Trevor McDonald has decided to relinquish his role as presenter and Dermot O’Leary can today be confirmed as the National Television Awards’ new host.

ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Elaine Bedell said: “I’m delighted to announce this new deal which secures the NTAs – the most popular television awards, as chosen by viewers – on ITV1 until 2011 at a fantastic new home in the O2 arena.

“I’m also very pleased  to be announcing Dermot as the new host of the awards, and I have no doubt that he’s the right man to continue the excellent job that Sir Trevor has done over the last 13 years.”

Executive Producer of the National Television Awards, Kim Turberville, said: “The bedrock of the NTAs is the massive nationwide poll in which the public choose all the winners with millions of votes cast each year.  The exciting move to the much larger O2 arena means we can strengthen our bond with viewers still further by accommodating even more members of the public, and staging the NTAs biggest event ever!”

“Sir Trevor McDonald has been a sure hand on the tiller over the past years and coped magnificently with a live and unpredictable show.  Now we go in to our fifteenth year in a new venue with a great new host at the rostrum who we are confident can build on Sir Trevor’s success and contribute to the NTA’s position as Britain’s favourite awards ceremony.”

Dermot O’Leary said: “The NTA’s have always been one of the biggest nights in British Television and what makes it extra special is the fact that all the winners are 100% voted for by the viewers. Taking over from Sir Trevor is a daunting prospect but it’s a genuine honour and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m especially looking forward to compering the EastEnders/Coronation Street blood feud. May the best soap win!”

Sir Trevor McDonald said: “I’ve had great fun hosting the National Television Awards, but after 13 years I think it is the right time to relinquish my role as presenter.”

The National Television Awards are the only television awards to be 100 percent voted for by the UK public in a huge nationwide poll. The voting for the 15th NTA will open in September 2009.

To be sure of joining the stars on their big night out at the NTAs, simply call Ticketmaster on 0844 8472536 when lines open from 9am on Friday 17th July. Or you can visit the website at www.theo2.co.uk/nta.

Timothy Spall plays The Fattest Man in Britain and Bobby Ball is his agent and sidekick in a new comedy drama written by Caroline Aherne and Jeff Pope for ITV1.

Timothy (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd, Oliver Twist) and Bobby (Cannon and Ball, Last of the Summer Wine) and are joined by Frances Barber (The Street, Law and Order UK)  who plays Janice, a kindly neighbour who tends to Georgie’s needs in the one off comedy drama which is set in Rochdale and inspired by real events.

Morris Morrissey (Bobby Ball) is in charge of making sure Georgie Godwin (Timothy Spall) retains his title and cashes in on his size by feeding him up and then bringing taxi loads of tourists to gawp at the “eighth wonder of the world.”

It’s 23 years since Georgie left his house and he relies on Morris and Janice to survive. A new addition to his ‘family’ arrives when social services send problem teenager Amy, played by Aisling Loftus (also starring in Dominic Savage’s forthcoming Dive), to tend to his overgrown garden. When the pregnant teen rows with her drug addict boyfriend, Georgie offers her a safe place to stay.

Amy worries about Georgie’s health and wants him to lose weight but Morris thinks their futures depend on Georgie staying fat. Finally, Georgie gets a shot at the big time, when he is asked to take part in a live weigh off with his rival Big Brian on the local TV news.

Will Georgie reign triumphant or will Big Brian take his title?

The Fattest Man in Britain is an ITV Studios production for ITV1. It was commissioned by commissioning editor of comedy at ITV Michaela Hennessy-Vass. The executive producer is Saurabh Kakkar. It is directed by David Blair and produced by Jeff Pope.

Make a date with Corrie and Emmerdale

Soap babes Michelle Keegan and Sammy Winward are urging viewers to make a date with Corrie and Emmerdale when the schedules for the two top shows change on July 23rd.

Thursday nights on ITV1 take on a whole new look from that date – with Corrie’s Wednesday episode moving on a day and Emmerdale screening two episodes on a Thursday night.

And two of the soaps’ sexiest stars became calendar girls to let viewers know about the big changes.  Michelle who plays Tina Macintyre in Corrie and Sammy, Katie Sugden in Emmerdale joined forces for a special photoshoot to remind viewers to tune in on a Thursday.

To accommodate the two episodes being screened on a Thursday, Emmerdale’s Tuesday night hour long episode is replaced with a 30 minute episode. Whilst Coronation Street will move, from its previous 7.30pm slot on a Wednesday,  to 8.30pm on Thursdays.

The volume of both soaps will remain the same as the table below shows, with 180 minutes of Emmerdale stripped across the week and 150 minutes of Coronation Street

The exciting new look is topped off with the new 9pm screening of The Bill.

An ITV spokesman said: “Coronation Street will make a move from Wednesday to Thursday nights on ITV1 from July 23 as part of a change to the schedule to reflect ITV’s contracts for the Champions League, FA Cup and England internationals, which will see ITV1’s live football broadcast on Wednesday evenings.  In addition, two separate episodes of Emmerdale will be broadcast on Thursdays from the same date.   We’re delighted that Thursday evenings on ITV1 will be a great showcase for soap from Weatherfield and the Woolpack.”

The new Thursday night schedule means that Soap fans have an episode of Emmerdale at 7pm and a second one at 8pm, followed by Coronation Street at 8.30pm.

The table below explains the new soap pattern from July 23rd.

Monday
7.00pm Emmerdale 30’
7.30pm Coronation Street 30’
8.30pm Coronation Street 30’

Tuesday
7.00pm Emmerdale 30’

Wednesday
7.00pm Emmerdale 30’

Thursday
7.00pm Emmerdale 30’
8.00pm Emmerdale 30’
8.30pm Coronation Street 30’

Friday
7.00pm Emmerdale 30’
7.30pm Coronation Street 30’
8.30pm Coronation Street 30’

The Bill moves to new 9pm time slot with double-episode special

Top crime drama, The Bill, is to move to its new weekly 9pm time slot at the heart of the ITV1 schedule from Thursday 23rd July, as the BAFTA award-winning series is repositioned as a post-watershed drama for the first time in its 25 year history.  As a one-off special to herald the start of the ‘new’ show, a second episode will be screened at 9pm on Friday 24th July.

The new-look continuing series will be shot in high definition, with a musical score and new title credits and theme music.  Subtle echoes of the original theme music will remain, but the entire show has been given a new lease of life.

“We haven’t sought to totally reinvent The Bill,” commented executive producer Johnathan Young, “but we have wanted to create a more immersive experience for our viewers.  We’re digging deeper into characters to tell stronger and more challenging stories which really examine the true causes and effects of crime.  The later timeslot allows us to produce darker, grittier and more hard-hitting drama, through the eyes of our existing characters.  The heart of the show will remain the same, but it will look very fresh.”

Sergeant Callum Stone (Sam Callis) and P.C. Ben Gayle (Micah Balfour) will be the first characters to tread Sun Hill streets in the new timeslot, so leading the action into the first big storyline, ‘Live by the Sword’.  When a 15 year old boy is critically injured – ultimately, fatally – following a knife attack on an estate, investigations begin into identifying the killer.  Featuring guest actors Julia Ford and Andrew Tiernan, the episode kicks off with high-octane energy, and sets the pace for the series. The second-part of the storyline – ‘Die by the Sword’ – airs on the consecutive night.

Viewers will get the first taster of the new-look show through a national ITV marketing campaign – including billboard posters and on-air trails – in coming weeks.

Thursday, 9 July 2009, 7:30PM – 8:00PM

Paul Heiney and the team are in Northern Ireland, exploring the natural, industrial and cultural roots of Lough Erne. Paul visits a mystical island and goes bird-watching, while Bettany Hughes visits a local factory with a worldwide reputation.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Three girls Kristin, Skye and Nicole have survived to the final week and the climax of the journey – the graduation ball. But there’s no time to relax. There can be only one winner and the girls will come under greater scrutiny than ever.

Monday, 6 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

In March 2003, 17-year-old student Hannah Foster was brutally raped and murdered in a crime that caused shock and revulsion throughout the country. Her killer, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, immediately fled to India in a desperate attempt to evade the British justice system. Despite living life on the run for 16 months, he was eventually found after Hannah’s parents made the unprecedented move of travelling 4000 miles to appeal directly to the Indian public. Soon after their appeal, Kohli was arrested just minutes from the Nepalese border, where freedom beckoned in a country that has no extradition treaty with the UK. The family and the UK authorities then faced a 3-year battle to bring Hannah’s killer back to Britain to face justice. For the first time, ITV1 tells the definitive story of how one family battled to the bitter end to get justice for their beloved daughter. The programme uses CCTV and archive footage, including Kohli’s startling television confession and emotional words from Hannah’s parent’s and sister, along with brand new interviews from detectives on ‘Operation Springfield’, residents from Kohli’s village in India and the Indian police officers who assisted on the case.

Hannah Foster lived in Southampton with her parents and younger sister. She was a straight-A student who had harboured the dream of one day becoming a doctor.

“She was a perfect student. She’d have gone on to become a brilliant doctor and help lots of people in her life.” Mike Hadwin (Hannah’s Geology Teacher)

On Friday 14th March 2003, Hannah and a friend enjoyed a night out in Southampton. The man who would later abduct Hannah was drinking just 200 yards away.

An Indian national, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli had been in the UK for 8-years after travelling over for an arranged marriage with his British born wife, Shalinder. The couple had two children and Kohli worked for a firm delivering food in the local area. On the surface he appeared to be a normal family man but there was a darker side to his character. Kohli drank heavily, gambled and also used prostitutes.

As the girls night out came to an end, Hannah saw her friend safely onto a bus and then turned to walk home. But she had already been spotted by Kohli. As a very petite girl of just 17, Hannah didn’t stand a chance against heavily built Kohli.

By 5am the next morning she had failed to return home. Hannah’s parents began texting and calling her, desperately worried about their daughter’s safety.

“Whenever Hannah was out late or staying over she would telephone or text her mother. It was totally out of character not to tell her parents where she was.” DS Stephen Mardon (Case officer – Operation Springfield)

When Hannah’s father, Trevor, dialled 999 at 10.30am, the police swung into action and finding her became the top priority for Southampton’s major crime department. There were no leads and house-to-house enquiries threw up no clues. But Hannah’s mobile was still switched on and this would prove crucial to the case. Every time a mobile phone makes or receives a text or call, it transmits a signal to a phone mast which gives its approximate location. Using specialist phone data, the police plotted Hannah’s route and discovered the phone had travelled from Southampton to Portsmouth. Finally two pieces of information confirmed what they feared most. Hannah’s phone had stopped moving and was in Portsmouth. And at 11pm on the night she disappeared she had dialled 999.

During the desperate call she made to the emergency services, Hannah was unable to speak into the phone. The call was put though to an automated service when the operator became concerned the caller had unintentionally dialled the emergency number and it was eventually cut off.

The tape was just 58 seconds long but gave police several key leads. They were able to tell that Hannah was in a large vehicle, most likely a van. And that she was dealing with a male who did not have English as his first language and whose ethnicity was probably Asian. Police could tell the male was in control of the situation and he was heard telling Hannah to keep her head down.

“Hannah being in that terrible situation where she is being kept against her will, she’s either being restrained or hurt in some way she still had the forethought to raise the alarm and that to me is bravery beyond measure.” DS Stephen Mardon

Sadly Hannah’s battered body was soon discovered in Southampton by a passing motorist. She had been raped and murdered. Desperate to find her killer, Hannah’s parents made an emotional appeal for information.

“They told me that when they saw Hannah in the mortuary, they held her hand. And both made a silent promise to Hannah that as long as it would take, they would get justice for her. They would find the man and not rest until they did … behind bars.” Jamie Pyatt (Reporter –The Sun)

Hannah’s body and her clothes contained a wealth of DNA information. And although her coat revealed a full DNA profile for Kohli, he was not on the national database. However, knowing that she had been in a diesel van and using CCTV footage along with the locations of her phone, police were able to narrow down the hunt to seven possible vehicles.

After a nationwide appeal, Kohli’s employer called in and put his name forward. The registration number he gave for Kohli’s van matched one of those the police were chasing. Kohli had been caught at every CCTV location. When they seized the van the found evidence of both Hannah and Kohli’s DNA. The police had identified their man.

When they went to Kohli’s home to arrest him, they found it was completely empty and tracked his wife down at her parent’s house nearly. She explained that Kohli had rushed to India to see his sick mother before she passed away. Four days after killing Hannah he had gone on the run.

Back in the UK Kohli’s wife then made a startling admission. Kohli had returned from the pub and was very upset. He told her that somebody had opened his van up and put a body in it. And that he had driven home with the body in the back of the van.

Southampton’s detectives were now faced with the Herculean task of trying to find one man in a country with a population of 1.2 billion. Frustratingly, at first, they were refused entry into the Punjab. Immediately it was apparent that red tape, bureaucracy and a lack of available local manpower had given Kohli a crucial headstart.

“The thing is in India, this type of murder happens every single day. So when we went there and told them about Hannah, they were concerned and they could understand why we were there but they’ve still got all the investigations they’ve got to do. So she didn’t take priority.” WPC Kim Ghali

The longer Kohli was on the run, the more his confidence grew. He cut his hair, shaved his beard and set up a new life in the West Bengal city of Darjeeling as ‘Mike Dennis’, working for the Red Cross vaccinating local residents. And despite having a wife and two children in Britain he bigamously remarried again.

“He’s almost chameleon like. He’s just started a new life over again. There’s no thoughts of the Fosters back over in England, no thoughts of his wife, no thought or contact with his two sons. He’s just cut that off and he’s just decided to start again. He felt safe, he felt secure, he felt that he’d got away with it.” Jamie Pyatt (Reporter – The Sun)

Kohli almost literally got away with murder but in an unprecedented move Hilary and Trevor Foster then travelled 4000 miles to appeal directly to the Indian people for help. The media interest in the story was huge. Until this point, few people knew about the hunt for Kohli but the appeal from the Fosters hit even the most remote parts of the country.

“I saw his pictures on the television and it was a disguised photo with all the beards and the head scarf. But his eyes looked very familiar to me and I thought, ‘It’s Mike Dennis’. I phoned the helpline.” Roshan Gurung (Kalimpong resident – the villiage where Kohli set up his new life)

Kohli knew his time was up as people were looking for him, everywhere he turned. He took his new wife Bharti and fled in the direction of Nepal. If he could make it across the border he would disappear forever, as the country has no extradition treaty with the UK. The West Bengal police knew they had to act immediately. Kohli was apprehended at a bus station just 30 minutes from the border. He gave a false name but the local officer did not believe the story that he was ‘Mike Dennis’. Sixteen months after raping and murdering Hannah Foster, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli was finally caught.

The story then took an unbelievable turn when he confessed to the crime, live on Indian television.

“He sat down and I started asking him the most obvious questions. And I was really surprised he was actually quite forthcoming. And then he went on to tell me all these details about how he’d followed her and I remember even about the fact of how he strangled her.” Swati Maheshwari (Interviewed Kohli for the New Delhi Television Network)

But despite being in the custody of the Indian Police and admitting his guilt on television, the battle to bring him back to face British Justice would be arduous. Hampshire detectives now had to attempt something never achieved before – to extradite an Indian National to the UK. Kohli tried every trick in the book to delay the extradition.

“He feigned illness and members of his legal team just wouldn’t turn up. So the case was adjourned. It was cold, it was calculating. He knew he had killed but he didn’t want to face up to justice.” Jamie Pyatt (Reporter – The Sun)

Finally, after 100 court hearings over three years and 30 appeals, the High Court judge at Delhi gave the British Police permission to come and get him.

“So in 2007, myself and two colleagues went to New Delhi to bring Kohli back. I recall he made an off-the-cuff comment along the lines of, ‘You win some, you lose some’.” DC Neil Cutting

Four years after running from British Justice, Kohli was at last back in the UK and faced trial in October 2008, at Winchester Crown Court. He was sentenced to life in jail and ordered to serve a minimum of 24 years for the false imprisonment, kidnap, rape and murder of Hannah Foster. Hannah’s parents finally had the justice they deserved.

“I don’t think that their work and participation can be understated. Trevor and Hilary did absolutely everything they could as loving parents for Hannah. From the moment that they woke up on that Saturday morning and realised that their beloved daughter wasn’t in the house. I witnessed it first hand on one visit they made to India, the tireless work campaigning to ensure that everything was being done to make sure that this man came back to the UK to face trial.” DC Neil Cutting

Sunday, 5 July 2009, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Lyle’s mother appears with an allotment-sized plea for help, dragging Lyle back to Stockport with her. This is just as Peter is about to escape for a few quiet days fishing. But Lyle’s sudden departure leaves Peter cancelling his holiday in Scotland and having to hold the fort.

In Stockport, Lyle and his mum spring into action, trying to save the local allotments on which the council are about to build new houses. Lyle discovers the local gardeners have buried their collective head in the sand about the proposed development, and it’s now the eleventh hour for rescuing their treasured allotments.

Lyle has additional problems when his twin brothers are arrested. They’ve been caught, again, in the act of some green-fingered rebellion: Guerrilla gardening. Their Mum feels responsible, but laments to Lyle that she just doesn’t know what to do about the twins’ behaviour: it’s been so hard since their dad died.

Back at Kingdom HQ, Peter is somewhat distracted by the newly installed CCTV cameras which are following local residents’ every move. Also, Auriel enlists him to assist with interviewing for a new housekeeper at her place. It’s here that Peter finds himself in the garden with the rather charming Lisa, playing an enticing game of giant chess.

Meanwhile, Scott is caught in some surreptitious surveillance of his own relating to a female classmate – he’s webcamming the prettiest girl in his class – too scared to ask her out on a real date. This gets him suspended from school and leaves Gloria frazzled. Out and about, Scott notices the close attention the CCTV cameras are paying him. A creative protest at this lands him at the police station, where Scott tells Yelland he’s only being targeted because he’s wearing a hoodie and young people are being unfairly spied on.

When Lyle’s initial attempts to save the allotments prove fruitless, he puts in a call to Peter, who immediately heads to Stockport. His guidance gives Lyle some new ideas, and while he’s investigating those, Peter does some digging of his own. A little time with Lyle’s Mum in the family garden unearths some telling clues as to how the brothers have dealt with losing their dad. That’s not all Peter discovers – the rare orchids growing on site are about to save the day.

Back in Market Shipborough, Beatrice assists Nigel in his search for enlightenment about women – he’s got an exam coming up for his marriage guidance training and Beatrice is only too happy to school him in the mysteries of womankind.

Gloria has persuaded Scott’s teachers to let him back into school, and Scott has persuaded the object of his affection to go out with him. He has also put a community plan into action, and as Officer Yelland prepares to head home, he sees each CCTV camera view filling with an assembly of hooded locals. Not just the youngsters, everyone’s there, including Auriel and her elderly tenants, and Peter. The cameras spin furiously and helplessly. Mission accomplished.

Back at Auriel’s, she and Peter interview job candidates. All are hopeless… until Lisa arrives – the woman Peter has been playing chess with in the garden. Lisa gets the job – she’s perfect for it. As celebrations to welcome her get underway at the Startled Duck, Peter starts to feel unwell, and at the moment a toast is made, he collapses.

Sunday, 5 July 2009, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

In the second part of his journey, Sir Trevor discovers three parts of the Caribbean which all have one thing in common – they are all defined by money.

He visits Barbados, a luxury haven for the rich and famous, and the home of one man who is so wealthy he owns much of the island.

He travels to poverty-stricken Jamaica, a country blighted by violence and drugs, and meets the British girls who have been jailed for drug-smuggling and the local women trying to turn their lives around through music.

And his first stop in the second programme is the Bahamas – the wealthiest outpost of the Caribbean where many of the 700 islands have been bought by rich foreigners.

World famous magician David Copperfield owns Musha Cay, the most expensive resort in the Bahamas, where he charges guests $350,000 for a week’s stay.

Trevor is whisked across the crystal clear blue sea in a James Bond-style speed boat to meet David for a guided tour of the 11 islands which make up the resort. He also takes him to his very own sand bank – two miles of nothing but pure white sand in the middle of the ocean.

David says: “It’s one of the most magical places on earth. It’s pretty much like heaven probably is. It is an amazing, one of a kind, special place.”

Trevor leaves the Bahamian paradise behind to board a seaplane bound for Jamaica and a very different Caribbean experience. As the plane touches down Trevor admits to feeling anxious about exploring the country:

“Jamaica is the most vibrant but also the most violent island in the whole region. It has a dark side, and I arrived at Kingston airport full of anticipation but also trepidation as to what I would discover.”

The country has regions of extreme affluence, like the Beverly Hills district with its luxurious mansions, but in the valleys life is very different. Debts run up in the 1990s have spiralled out of control and the country is in economic ruin. Many areas have been plunged into poverty and are run by dangerous gangs, resulting in a soaring murder rate which is 30 times higher than it is in Britain.

Trevor is shocked to see men with sub-machine guns patrolling the streets when he visits a market run exclusively by gangs. Colin Smikle, an ex-gang member turned social worker, explains that the police are not welcome at the market which operates outside of the law – as well as selling fruit and veg, dealers are illegally selling marijuana.

Colin talks about Jamaica’s gang culture, which sees 1500 people a year murdered, and recalls his own brush with death – he was shot as he walked down the road. In Kingston Trevor visits a neighbourhood ruled by gangs, where straying on to the wrong side of the street could mean the difference between life and death.

Illiteracy is high in the city and 75 per cent of people are unemployed but Trevor meets two girls hoping to turn their lives around through the group Area Youth, a project aimed at uniting young people in the ghettos through music.

The group persuaded the gang leaders to let them run their project as an alternative to the devastation caused by gang warfare and now the gang’s ‘Godfathers’ are so supportive of this truce that they are prepared to punish anyone who breaks the peace.

Danille and Tisha invite Trevor to a special performance of a song they wrote which was inspired by the tragic shooting of a baby caught in crossfire. It stormed the charts in Jamaica last year. After listening to their performance Trevor visits the home of the founder of Island Records, where Bob Marley convalesced after being shot during gang violence.

Trevor says: “The inspirational Area Youth are the latest in a long line of artists who’ve tried to rise above the violence and poverty of Kingston. The most famous of all, of course, was Bob Marley. I wonder whether Danille and Tisha will ever be free of their area’s violence to carry forward Bob Marley’s legacy of preaching peace and one love.”

Jamaica has a reputation as the drugs capital of the Caribbean – marijuana is a leading illegal export and cocaine is smuggled into the country from South America on its way to the west. Trevor goes to Fort Augusta, one of three maximum security prisons in Jamaica, to visit some of the 19 British women serving time for drug smuggling.

One 22-year-old, jailed for 12 months for smuggling 29lbs of marijuana, tells Trevor about the terrible conditions in the prison and how she lives in hope that when she is free she won’t fall foul of the law again and end up back in jail.

Trevor tells her: “You must more than hope, you must make sure.”

He adds: “Many of the women here are first time offenders, and very remorseful. It is sad seeing these young women wasting away precious years in a Jamaican prison four thousand miles from home.”

Before leaving Jamaica, Trevor takes a trip up a perilous road to the Blue Mountain coffee plantation where David Twynam and his family battle to run their business in the face of adversity due to the unforgiving terrain and hurricanes which put the crops under threat.

The 45 degree slopes make picking treacherous and nine major hurricanes in the last ten years have ruined crops.

David says: “You can see bare bits of hillside where the hurricane has literally ripped trees out of the ground. That is symptomatic of what has happened to mine and other farms. It’s decimating. It’s not just the crop you’re losing, the trees take four or five years before they’re back again. It’s destroying not just that crop but crops for years to come.”

The plantation manager shows Trevor around the site and outlines the process from growing, picking and roasting the crop before giving him a sample of the coffee which sells for $40 per pound.

Trevor’s final stop in the Caribbean is Barbados where he visits the most famous celebrity haunt on the island, the Sandy Lane Hotel, which boasts many famous guests including Elton John and the Queen.

And he meets wealthy property developer Sir Charles Williams who owns vast amounts of the island. Trevor visits him at his plantation mansion house where he lives with his wife and their pet pig, and he takes in a polo match where each and every horse on the field of play is owned by Sir Charles.

He shows Trevor his latest development, a £425m golf course with luxury villas, and his most prized creation – the appropriately named Port St Charles marina, haven for many high rollers, including Bill Gates who moors a yacht there.

Sir Charles built his empire from scratch, but his critics say with developments selling for $7m, the only people to benefit are the super-rich.

Charles says: “The Prime Minister made his message clear, he said, ‘Don’t do anymore.’ Because he said it was having an impact on the social structure, and I obeyed him, like a good boy.

“There were three ambitions I had, a pretty wife, a nice sports fisherman boat and a fast sports car, and all three cost me a fortune.”

Trevor says: “Charles is proof that if you have enough money the Caribbean can be a very accommodating place.”

Saturday, 4 July 2009, 7:30PM – 8:30PM

On this week’s All Star Mr & Mrs hosts Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton challenge more of the nation’s favourite celebrity couples to see if they really are made for one another.

Each episode see’s three celebrity couples compete for big cash prizes, for a charity of their choice, plus the all important classic Mr and Mrs carriage clock!

Tonight on the final show of the series, GMTV’s Andrew Castle and wife Sophia, Actress Angela Griffin and husband Jason Milligan and The Jackson’s Tito and partner Sonia Galindo will all compete for big cash prizes for a charity of their choice.

The show, will not only see hosts Phil and Fern question celebrities about their relationships, but will also get an insight into their home life as All Star Mr & Mrs takes a trip around the couple’s homes.

As each pair plays, one half will be sent off to a sound proofed booth whilst their other half will be quizzed on their relationship and life together. The other half of the couple will then return and be challenged to match their partner’s answers in a bid to win points.

After two rounds the couple with the most points will go on to play for big cash prize of £30,000 for a charity of their choice plus there will be a few more surprises along the way.

Viewers can join Phil and Fern in a celebration of relationships and will get a real insight into the world of celebrity couples as they reveal how similar, or different, they really are! Do even celebrities argue over leaving the toilet seat up, snoring, nagging, the remote control, being late and leaving wet towels on the floor?

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