The Walking Dead boss lifts lid on Negan’s ‘complicated’ future as Lydia breaks down after Alpha’s murder – The Sun

NEGAN’s assassination of Alpha hasn’t won The Walking Dead’s allied communities over as he expected.

The former leader of The Saviors, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, lured the former leader of The Whisperers into a clearing before brutally cutting her head off.

It emerged that he’d entered into a deal with Carol (Melissa McBride), who set him free from his cell in Alexandria with the mission of infiltrating The Whisperers and murdering Alpha.

However, upon learning he’d done as asked, Carol wasn’t exactly overjoyed, criticizing Negan for taking too long to complete the hit.

She refused to take him back to Alexandria and sing his praises to the town, leaving him unsure how to proceed, until running into Daryl (Norman Reedus) while freeing Lydia (Cassady McClincy) from the shack he’d left her tied up in while he dealt with Alpha.

In the latest episode, as Negan checked in with Lydia after losing her mother she brutally shot back: "Most of us wish you had died too.”


Clearly Negan faces a difficult road ahead when it comes to winning round his former incarcerators.

Now show boss Angela Kang has opened up about the conflicts that Negan is set to encounter.

“Look, he killed Alpha. That's great,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

“But he was also standing outside of Hilltop and shot fire arrows at their walls and now an entire community of people, combined community of people, since the kingdom folded into the Hilltop has no home.”


She continued: “And I think it's complicated and I think he has a good argument of ‘This is what I had to do to get it done.’ And other people are going to feel like, ‘Well, if you're right next to her with a fire arrow, why not shoot it into her head instead of at our house?”

Kang concluded: “Negan is always complicated, and he has been on this interesting road where he's trying to fold into our group and they clearly didn't kick him out of the group, but I think depending on the person, they're going to have a very different interpretation of events and how they feel about him. But, for now, they're all just trying to make it through.”

The comments come after Kang teased Maggie Rhee’s return as Beta (Ryan Hurst) takes control of The Whisperers.

Meanwhile, Carol actress Melissa McBride explained why Carol doesn’t fear Negan like everyone else.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays in the US on AMC and Mondays in the UK on FOX and NOW TV.


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This is what the hidden episode of Tiger King will contain

Hey, all you cool cats and kittens! Netflix’s Tiger King docu-series may be returning for a brand new episode, according to one star of the show. Considering how big of a hit the original seven-episode series was, the news has fans practically roaring with excitement.

Tiger King launched on the streaming platform on March 20, 2020, and it quickly became the most popular show on television, per Variety. The series takes viewers on a truly wild ride of tiger breeding, polygamy and murder — a ride with so many twists and turns that it’s hard not to watch all seven episodes at once, leaving many fans thirsty for new content. Sure, Carole Baskin’s blog is full of hidden gems, but a new episode would be even better! And, according to one cast member, one could be on the way as early as April 10, 2020.

At the time of this writing, Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed the “bonus” episode, so some fans are skeptical of the announcement. That being said, there is some promising evidence that a new Tiger King episode could, indeed, be on the way. Let’s take a look.

A 'Tiger King' cast member revealed the news

Tiger King star Jeff Lowe, who viewers will remember as the swinger who took over Joe Exotic’s private zoo, leaked the news about a new episode in a video on the Cameo app. Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner posted the video to Twitter on April 4, 2020. “Netflix is adding one more episode,” Lowe said. “It will be on next week. They’re filming here tomorrow.” 

Netflix didn’t respond to multiple outlets’ requests for comment, including Variety and Vanity Fair, so it’s unclear what exactly will be in the new episode. It could be a follow-up episode that depicts more recent events, or it could be a reunion episode.

However, there are some obstacles to either possibility. First of all, the coronavirus pandemic forced Netflix to shut down production on all scripted film and TV shows, according to Deadline. Tiger King isn’t a scripted series, so it may not have been included in that shutdown. Still, the crew may not be able to safely pull off filming an entire new episode right now.

Then, there’s the timing factor. Lowe said the episode is coming “next week,” which would mean it’d likely drop by April 10, 2020, but the original Tiger King was filmed over the course of five years, per Bustle, so putting together an episode in just over a week would seemingly be kind of difficult.

However, a new Tiger King episode is definitely still a possibility based on previous comments from the docu-series’ showrunners.

The bonus episode might consist of cut footage

Rather than consisting of brand new content, it’s possible that the new Tiger King episode will be crafted mostly from material that was left on the cutting room floor. Tiger King showrunners previously told Entertainment Weekly that they have a ton of unused material — enough to potentially create an entire second season.

“To be continued,” showrunner Rebecca Chaiklin told EW on March 23, 2020. “I mean, yes we have a crazy amount of footage and it’s a story that’s still unfolding.”

She added, “We’re not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there’s a lot that’s still unfolding in it, and it’ll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years.”

Given just how much wild material made it into the first seven episodes of Tiger King, we can only imagine what got cut, or what’s “still unfolding.” Joe Exotic is still locked up as of this writing, but he’s somehow still a captivating character from behind bars. Plus, there’s Doc Antle with his harem of wives, Jeff Lowe’s new zoo, and Carole Baskin’s continuing crusade against cub petting.

While we wait for confirmation of the new episode, we still have the confirmed scripted spin-off series featuring Kate McKinnon to look forward to!

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Trump Attacks NY Times and Washington Post for Advertising Being 'Way Down'

Trump blamed the papers’ coverage for low advertising numbers, but advertising is suffering everywhere as businesses close

Since most U.S. movie theaters have shuttered in response to the coronavirus pandemic, studios are rushing out VOD home releases of movies that were only just in theaters.

  • “Trolls World Tour” 

    The sequel to the 2017 animated hit announced it would be available for digital download on April 10 — the same day it was supposed to land in theaters. Now it’s a VOD exclusive.

    Universal Pictures

  • “Birds of Prey” 

    The Margot Robbie spinoff of 2017’s “Suicide Squad” debuted on demand on March 24. The film grossed $84 million since opening on Feb. 4.

    Warner Bros.

  • “The Hunt”  

    The Universal/Blumhouse horror film was first delayed from release last fall due to controversy over its violent content — and then sidelined after its March 13 opening by the coronavirus. It’s available to stream now.

    Universal Pictures

  • “The Invisible Man” 

    The Universal horror film starring Elisabeth Moss grossed nearly $65 million since its Feb. 26 release in theaters. It’s available to stream now.

    Universal Pictures

  • “Emma.” 

    Focus Features’ adaptation of the Jane Austen novel opened in limited release Feb. 21 — and picked up $10 million in ticket sales until the pandemic shut down theaters. It’s available to stream now.

    Focus Features

  • “Bloodshot” 

    The Vin Diesel comic-book movie opened March 6 and grossed $10 million before theaters shut down. It’s available on VOD now.

    Sony Pictures

  • “I Still Believe” 

    Lionsgate’s biopic starring K.J. Apa as Christian music star Jeremy Camp hit VOD on March 27 — just two weeks after it opened in theaters.

    Lionsgate

  • “The Way Back” 

    Warner Bros. released the Ben Affleck drama “The Way Back” — which grossed $13 million in theaters since its March 6 opening — on VOD less than three weeks later, on March 24.

    Warner Bros.

  • “Onward”

    Disney and Pixar’s animated feature was made available for purchase on Friday, March 20, and the film hit Disney+ on April 3. 

    Disney/Pixar

  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”

    Paramount Pictures’ “Sonic the Hedgehog” set a new record for video game adaptations with a $58 million domestic opening weekend on Feb. 14 and has grossed $306 million worldwide theatrically. It’s available on demand now.

    Paramount Pictures

  • “The Call of the Wild”

    20th Century Studios’ feel-good film starring Harrison Ford and a giant CGI dog is available on demand now.

    20th Century

  • “Downhill”

    Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation, a married couple (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell) is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. It’s available on demand now.

    Fox Searchlight

  • “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”

    “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is the story of two teenage cousins from rural Pennsylvania who journey to New York City to seek an abortion. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and walked away with a Special Jury award. It will be available for VOD on April 3.

    Focus Features

  • “Endings, Beginnings”

    “Endings, Beginnings,” a romantic drama from Drake Doremus starring Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan and Jamie Dornan, will open early on digital on April 17 and on demand on May 1. It was meant to open theatrically on May 1.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films

  • “To the Stars”

    “To the Stars,” a period drama set in 1960s Oklahoma that stars Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Shea Whigham, Malin Akerman and  Tony Hale, was bumped up to a digital release on April 24 and an on demand release on June 1. Martha Stephens directed the film that premiered at Sundance in 2019 and was meant to be released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films

  • “Impractical Jokers: The Movie”

    truTV’s first-ever feature-length film is arrived early on digital on April 1. Follow James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, aka The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early ’90s.

    truTV

  • “Artemis Fowl”

    Disney’s adaptation of the Eoin Colfer fantasy novel “Artemis Fowl” was meant to debut in theaters on May 29 but will now premiere exclusively on Disney+. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Colin Farrell and Judi Dench.

    Disney

  • “The Infiltrators”

    The theatrical release of Oscilloscope’s docu-thriller “The Infiltrators” has been postponed, and the film will be released on both Cable On Demand and Digital Platforms starting June 2.

    Oscilloscope

  • “Working Man”

    The March 27th theatrical release of “Working Man” has been cancelled due to the theater closures, and the film will now premiere on May 5 via Video On Demand.

    Brainstorm Media

  • “Artemis Fowl” joins a list of big films heading to digital home entertainment platforms early

    Since most U.S. movie theaters have shuttered in response to the coronavirus pandemic, studios are rushing out VOD home releases of movies that were only just in theaters.

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    The Walking Dead’s Melissa McBride explains why Carol doesn’t fear Negan like everyone else

    THE Walking Dead’s Melissa McBride has explained why Carol doesn’t fear Negan like everyone else.

    The two characters finally shared a scene together in a recent season 10 episode when Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) delivered the severed head of Alpha – leader of the Whisperer's – to Carol.

    A flashback sequence then revealed it was Carol who had freed Negan from his cell to strike a deal about Alpha.

    Speaking about their dynamic after finally coming face to face, Melissa told Comicbook.com Carol isn't as afraid of Negan as the others as she didn't witness his brutal killing of Glenn and Abraham in season seven.

    She said: "I think she certainly knows and has heard stories, and he's a legend, but in a way of a bit of a mythical character because she wasn't here.

    "It's the first time we've ever seen them together and the first time they've seen one another, I believe.


    "So there is that separation factor and knowing what he could quite possibly be capable of, and he also has the most to gain if she's looking for a cohort, a cohort to help her catch or kill the Alpha."

    Carol was desperate to get revenge on Alpha (Samantha Morton) after her adopted son Henry was slaughtered by the Whisperer's leader at the end of season nine.

    Despite the grim nature of their scenes, Melissa loved having the chance to finally work with Jeffrey.

    She said: "It was so much fun, and I was so excited.

    "But it was great fun, and we did the scene several times and did it different ways.
    "He's a really fun actor to play with, trying different things, and I was just really happy, just excited, excited for that day.

    The latest episode saw Negan declared the new leader of the Whisperer's – much to Daryl's dismay – before Negan shot one of them in the head to reveal his true allegiance to the allies.

     

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    The Queen delivers message to 'stoic and resilient Australians'

    The Queen delivers a heartfelt message to the ‘stoic and resilient Australians’ suffering through the coronavirus crisis after bushfires and floods ravaged the nation

    • Queen addressed Australians in message delivered by Gov-Gen David Hurley
    • She called on Australia to ‘rise to the challenge’ amid the coronavirus crisis 
    • Her Majesty praised Australians for their resilience after devastating bushfires
    • Earlier, she delivered a rare televised address to the country and Commonwealth

    The Queen has commended Australians for their ‘stoic and resilient nature’ in a heartfelt message to the Commonwealth as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 93-year-old monarch delivered a rare televised address to Britain and the Commonwealth on Monday, urging the public to remain ‘united and resolute’ in the fight against COVID-19.    

    Her Majesty addressed Australians in a separate message delivered by Governor-General David Hurley, praising them for staying strong in the grip of the health crisis that has come on the heels of a devastating bushfire season. 

    ‘At a time when people across the Commonwealth are experiencing a profound and rapid change to their lives, the pain of lost loved ones, and an understandable concern about the future, my thoughts are with all Australians,’ she said. 

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    The Queen delivered a heartfelt speech to members of the Commonwealth as it battles the coronavirus crisis 

    Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley passed down a message from the Queen on Monday, commending Australians for their resilience 

    ‘Whilst it can be difficult to remain hopeful in such challenging times, especially following the summer’s devastating bushfires and recent flooding, I am confident that the stoic and resilient nature of the Australian people will rise to the challenge.

    ‘I extend my sincere admiration to the many Australians who work tirelessly to help those affected, provide essential services for their fellow citizens, and continue to care for the most vulnerable. 

    ‘You will remain in my prayers in the coming months, with the resolute knowledge that with hard work, faith and unity, we will rise to the challenges ahead and ensure the health and vitality of all Australia’s communities.’  

    The rallying cry follows the Queen’s message to Australians in January in which she expressed her sympathy and support as bushfires tore their way through the country. 

    Earlier, the Queen spoke from Windsor Castle where she is in isolation with her husband Prince Philip, 98. 

    In an unprecedented move, a sole cameraman was permitted to enter the White Drawing Room in Windsor Castle wearing latex gloves and a surgical mask, standing more than the regulatory two metres away from the elderly monarch.

    She invoked the spirit of World War II as she spoke to the British public, saying they would overcome the outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation.

    Thousands of Britons tuned in to watch the rare and televised address on Sunday night  

    In California, customers were seen waiting for orders as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is seen during her address to the nation and the Commonwealth 

    The extraordinary intervention is only the fifth time she has addressed the nation during her 67-year reign and comes as the UK death toll from the pandemic neared 5,000, with 621 new deaths.   

    CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5,750

    New South Wales: 2,637

    Victoria: 1,135

    Queensland: 907

    Western Australia: 453

    South Australia: 409

    Australian Capital Territory: 96

    Tasmania: 86

    Northern Territory: 26

    TOTAL CASES:  5,750

    RECOVERED: 2,315 

    DEAD: 37

    Britons stuck at home amid the lockdown tuned in to the speech, sharing photos of their entire families huddled in front of the TV to watch Her Majesty.   

    Aides stressed that the address was ‘deeply personal’ and it was clear that she had been inspired by the speech her late father, George VI, made at the start of the Second World War when he warned of dark times ahead but said he hoped that the British spirit would prevail.

    She said: ‘I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.

    ‘I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future. ‘

    The Queen also highlighted government efforts to get people to stay at home in order to minimise the spread of COVID-19, stressing that it is only by pulling together and encouraging everyone to play their part that the country will win this new, insidious war.

    ‘I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones,’ she said.

    ‘Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.’  

    In Australia, COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of 37 people, including four new fatalities in NSW and one in Queensland, but a number of states have reported lower numbers of new infections.

    Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy has pleaded with Australians to forgo their usual Easter festivities next weekend to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

    ‘We’re asking you to stay with your family, in your residence, not travel where you might be unwittingly spreading the virus, not have parties where you might unwittingly be sharing the virus with people who don’t have it,’ he said.

    ‘We will meet again’: The Queen’s historic address to the nation in full as it battles against the coronavirus outbreak

    I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.

    I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.

    I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.

    I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.

    The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.

    Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.

    And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.

    It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.

    While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.

    We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.

    But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.

     

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    Spot the new trend! Fashion's favourite print this season

    Spot the new trend! FEMAIL picks out the best buys for embracing fashion’s favourite print this season

    • Carolina Herrera and Tory Burch featured speckled prints on their catwalks 
    • Emily Monckton picked out a selection of items for embracing the seasonal trend
    • British Style expert suggests the cute pink cardigan from M&S for video calls

    We all need some escapism right now, so thank goodness for this season’s most cheering trend — polka dots!

    The sites of High Street brands and online retailers, such as Farfetch and MatchesFashion, are overflowing with spotty clutch bags, dresses and frilly mules. We saw speckled tulle gowns on the Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer catwalk and jazzy bomber jackets at the Tory Burch show. Even if we can’t get away this summer, the Loeffler Randall sandals here can’t fail to put a spring in your step — get them now in the sale. Looking for the perfect video-call top? Try the cute pink cardigan from M&S.

    Emily Monckton took inspiration from Zoe Kravitz for embracing this season’s trend for spots. Pictured: Zoe Kravitz in Yves Saint Laurent 

    Faithfull the Brand at revolve.com

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    Charlotte Olympia at farfetch.com

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    Shrimps at matchesfashion.com

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    Mansur Gavriel at matchesfashion.com

    Loeffler Randall at farfetch.com

    Commes des Garcons at matchesfashion.com

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    The women who call the midwife, then bite her!

    The women who call the midwife, then bite her! And other shocking truths about life on a manic maternity ward

    • Anonymous midwife blows the whistle on underfunded UK hospitals in memoir
    • She recounts being overwhelmed by a stillborn infant as a 17-year-old student 
    • In the 15 years since, she’s been bitten by women in pain and seen some smoking
    • Research shows half of maternity units in England experience staff shortages

    MEMOIR

    THE SECRET MIDWIFE 

    by Anonymous (John Blake £16.99, 320 pp)

    On her first day as a student on a labour ward, the Secret Midwife was directed to a quiet room. Inside, a woman was sitting on a bed, cradling a small, silent bundle.

    ‘Ah, thank goodness!’ the woman said. ‘I’ve been pressing the buzzer for ages! Can you please put my baby back in the fridge?’

    Still only 17 years old and totally unprepared for the situation, the student thought she must have misheard until she took in the pallor of the dead baby’s skin.

    ‘I shakily took the cool bundle from her,’ she recalls, ‘mumbled something incoherent and walked out with this stillborn infant in my arms. The coldness shocked me. “Erm, what do I do?” I asked the first person I saw.’

    An anonymous midwife blows the whistle on underfunded and poorly managed British hospitals in an eye-popping memoir (file image) 

    An experienced midwife calmly took over, leading the overwhelmed student to a side room with a long metal fridge containing shelves just big enough for small bodies. Underneath it were drawers labelled with hats, baby-grows and blankets for the babies who didn’t make it.

    ‘I ran,’ she recalls, ‘the sound of blood rushing in my ears, and hid in the toilets, sobbing. I’d never even held a baby before, and on top of that I’d never seen a dead person, but here I was on my first day and all before 9am. Could I cope with this?’

    That was 15 years ago and today the Secret Midwife is still looking after mothers and babies for the NHS.

    She has written her eye-popping memoir anonymously because she wants to blow the whistle on an increasingly underfunded and poorly managed British hospital culture which drops its youngest workers in at the deep end and throws its most vulnerable staff under the bus when mistakes, inevitably, occur. 

    According to the Royal College of Midwives, the profession is losing a midwife every day because of the mounting stresses of the job.

    In England alone, half the maternity units are forced to turn mothers away due to staff shortages. Our author reminds us that in her 15 years as a midwife: ‘The number of managers has doubled while the number of midwives has halved.’ Fans of TV show One Born Every Minute will relish the Secret Midwife’s tales of pool births, home births and C-sections. Expect a fresh cast of fainting fathers, bossy mothers, arrogant consultants, and bewildered teens who didn’t know they were pregnant.

    The midwife of more than 15-years revealed she’s learned to avoid getting pinched or grabbed by women in pain, however she was bitten on one occasion (file image) 

    We learn how midwives become social chameleons: relaxing their language around labouring women who like to swear and talking more professionally with more formal women. Meeting women at their most vulnerable, midwives hear our confessions then turn photographer to snap that magical first picture of parents with their newborn children.

    She tells us that while doctors don’t usually attend their patients’ funerals, midwives routinely pay their respects to the babies lost on the wards because they ‘might be one of the only people who has known or held that baby alive’.

    While they often love bumping into their ‘ladies’ on the street, they also learn to dodge us when necessary. ‘I became adept at avoiding getting pinched or grabbed by women in pain,’ says the Secret Midwife. ‘I even got bitten once. I can’t say I was all that impressed. “Ow! Bite your husband!” I ordered. “Then we can send him to A&E.”’

    Midwives also liaise with social workers in difficult situations. ‘Mothers don’t always know best,’ she sighs, listing the effects of drug and alcohol use on unborn babies.

    Anonymous author shares the stories of a woman who left her baby in a toilet and another who kept a baby conceived when she was raped (file image)

    She describes women wandering from the ward to smoke marijuana, which can affect the baby’s heart rate. Cocaine use is on the rise among pregnant women and this can cause the placenta to detach from the womb lining, depriving the foetus of blood and oxygen.

    We hear of one awful case in which our author was caring for a 23-year-old heroin user who locked herself into a bathroom on the ward. Inside she finds: ‘A scene out of a Quentin Tarantino movie. She was passed out in the bath. Cigarette butts floated in the water next to her limp body and a razor blade dangled loosely from her fingers on the outside of the bath . . . She had been slashing at her belly in a bizarre attempt at a DIY caesarean.’

    We also read of a woman who left her baby in a toilet, another who refused the medical assistance that would have prevented her child’s brain damage and the brave girl who kept a baby conceived when she was raped.

    THE SECRET MIDWIFE by Anonymous (John Blake £16.99, 320 pp)

    The Secret Midwife is intensely alive to the mental wellbeing of her patients, believing: ‘giving birth is an assault on a woman’s identity and status . . . For some women the process is wonderful. But for others all their previous notions of personhood slip away and after all that you have to look after a baby who is 100 per cent dependent on you. It can be brutal.’

    Our author struggles with motherhood herself, working long, physically and emotionally draining shifts, then coming home to her own screaming baby.

    She writes that hospital management resented her taking short breaks to express milk from her aching breasts and failed to support her through extreme stress when she was falsely accused of negligence. She calls for an immediate cut in management and more investment in frontline services.

    But she still loves her job. ‘To my mind,’ she writes, ‘all babies are beautiful: tiny but perfect little human beings. If it was up to me, I’d take them all home.’

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    JACI STEPHEN: The Nest is a compelling show with a tight script

    JACI STEPHEN: Suspense. Pace. And, oh, to live in that house on the loch!

    The Nest

    Sunday, BBC1

    Rating:

    London Kills

    Monday-Friday, BBC1

    Rating:

    Friday Night Dinner

    Friday, Channel 4

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    Location, location, location. It’s as important to any TV drama now as characters and plot. Greenery, a cliff (if you’re lucky and need characters to get pushed off/contemplate jumping) but, most importantly, water. Yes, there must be water. During the opening scenes you need the audience to be hitting Google Maps, checking property prices and wondering if it’s time they gave up their semi in suburbia for a detached hideaway on the coast. Then they see how many millions a shed would cost in St Ives, decide that nothing short of selling their children on Amazon is going to help them afford it and settle down dejectedly to watch the rest of the show. 

    I was all set to move to Loch Long, where The Nest is filmed, but unless I could live in Cape Cove, home to Dan (Martin Compston) and Emily (Sophie Rundle), I’ll stay put (it’s a luxury rental, should you be interested, and, no, you can’t afford to buy it). With floor-to-ceiling windows and its own jetty, you can only wonder why the couple would want to mess it up by having a baby. One dirty nappy in that kitchen would be like hanging a dishcloth from the Sistine Chapel; it just doesn’t bear thinking about. 

    Sophie Rundle as Emily and Mirren Mack as Kaya in The Nest. Glasgow, where much of the action takes place, has never looked so good

    But after several unsuccessful attempts at conceiving and Dan’s sister Hilary (Fiona Bell) miscarrying following an attempt at surrogacy, there is only one embryo left. A chance meeting with the teenage Kaya (Mirren Mack), who offers to be a surrogate, might be the answer – at least to Emily. Dan is less sure and enlists the help of colleague/friend Souter (David Hayman) to discover more about Kaya’s background. 

    Was the accident in which Emily ran down Kaya really just that (it’s a criminal offence not to report an accident, by the way, Emily. You might have a lovely house but you’re very shaky on the law)? This week, after discovering the big secret in Kaya’s past (no spoilers for those waiting to view on iPlayer), Dan took decisive action, but complications arose when Kaya started dating Hilary’s son Jack (Samuel Small). 

    Jack ticks all the BBC diversity boxes essential to any BBC drama. He’s black (tick), a young male who is not a drug-user/serial killer (tick) and he’s very woke. Admiring Kaya’s decision to carry the couple’s baby, he tells her: ‘I’m a feminist. I think what you’re doing is awesome’ (big tick but accompanied by a big ‘Ugh, puh-lease’). It’s one of the less believable lines in what is otherwise a tight script in a compelling show that builds the thriller elements with a perfect balance of suspense and pace. 

    Glasgow, where much of the action takes place, has never looked so good and has clearly come a long way over the past couple of decades – think Taggart Lite. And Cape Cove is from £2,135 per week, by the way. Dodgy teenage girls not included. 

    With most of us living in self isolation, it’s a great time to have something decent to watch in the daytime, and London Kills delivered five afternoons of extraordinary drama that could easily settle in primetime. If you could get past the distraction of DS Vivienne Cole’s beehive (although I think a topiarist would have his/her work cut out), the daily dose of murder was a welcome distraction. 

    With Cole (Sharon Small) and DC Rob Brady (Bailey Patrick) suspicious of their boss, DI David Bradford (Hugo Speer), the sub-plot continued to revolve around whether or not he had killed his wife. Speer is never anything less than brilliant and he carried the did he/didn’t he? storyline with a believability that kept you guessing to the end. Again, no spoilers, except to say there’s a very funny moment when a body is found in a freezer, put there by someone who explained his actions as having been ‘like they do on the telly’. We’ve all been there. 

    Patrick and Tori Allen-Martin in London Kills. The daily dose of murder was a welcome distraction

    Should the title not be sufficient reminder that the show is set in London, you can play ‘Ooh, look, there’s another red bus!’ and ‘Ooh, look, there’s the Gherkin again!’, which will keep you well occupied over all five hours. 

    Having only just caught up with Friday Night Dinner, I had high hopes, not least because it stars the always formidable Tamsin Greig. I hoped that, not having laughed once during episode one, that two would deliver, but again it left me cold. 

    The premise – a Jewish family who have dinner together every Friday night – sounds promising, but apart from a challah loaf on the table there is none of the humour that normally characterises such events. This week’s story, in which Martin (Paul Ritter) obsessed about a plastic bag in a tree was potentially funny (and probably would have been with the cast of The Big Bang Theory), but it was about as witty as… well, a plastic bag in a tree. There’s a lot of silly slapstick hitting and, with the exception of Mark Heap’s faultless, quirky Jim, the show lacks energy. If only they’d set it on Loch Long. 

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    'The Bachelor': Hannah Ann Sluss Alluded Her Relationship With Madison Prewett Is Extremely Strained

    Peter Weber’s Bachelor season didn’t go down exactly as anyone planned. While he proposed to Hannah Ann Sluss at the end (much to the delight of his mother), their relationship didn’t last. Sluss was madly in love with Weber, but Weber had lingering feelings for one of the women who left the show on her own accord, Madison Prewett. And we know after Sluss and Weber ended things, Weber and Prewett attempted to give their romance another go.

    Sluss and Prewett were good friends, as they developed a close bond while both competing for Weber’s heart. But now, it seems the whole situation with Weber may have soured things. Sluss admitted to former Bachelor Nick Viall via The Viall Files podcast that her friendship with Prewett isn’t what it used to be.

    Hannah Ann Sluss told Peter Weber their relationship involved 3 different women

    Sluss and Weber broke off their engagement with the cameras rolling — and viewers got to see Sluss’ betrayal and hurt. It seemed Sluss had no idea that Weber was still stewing over losing Prewett. And Sluss also noted that he asked her if he could contact ex-Bachelorette star Hannah Brown for additional closure.

    This, of course, didn’t fly with Sluss. And she confronted him about how his uncertain feelings gravely hurt her during the After the Final Rose special.

    “So really, looking back at it, our engagement involved three women. Me. You still being in love with Madison and proposing to me. And you needing closure with Hannah Brown,” Sluss told Weber in front of a live audience. “That’s three women involved in our engagement I was completely blindsided to.”

    After Sluss had her words with Weber, it was revealed that Weber and Prewett reconnected. And they appeared to both desire to give their failed relationship another shot, though they called it off shortly after.

    There’s evidence on Instagram that Sluss and Madison Prewett get along

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    Despite everything that happened between Weber, Prewett, and Sluss, it seems Sluss and Prewett are on the same side. Now, Sluss is offering her life advice to others who may need a few kind words. And Prewett approves.

    “Forgiveness Moves You Forward – When we are hurting, it’s easy to believe the lie that holding resentment is our only and best option,” Sluss captioned her post from March 24. “Forgiveness is a choice, and most often times, a daily choice.”

    To that, Prewett commented with the hands-raised emoji. And Sluss replied back with an emoji of a kissing face and a heart.

    This is far from the first public Instagram exchange between the ladies, too. Since both of them went their separate ways with Weber, it’s clear they’re supporting each other through the process even if that support is only shown through Instagram emojis.

    Sluss alluded her friendship with Prewett isn’t the same anymore

    Sluss spoke to Viall via The Viall Files about her breakup and how her life has changed since then. And she spoke out about her current status with Prewett.

    “I spoke with her right after her and Peter broke up,” Sluss explained. “We’re gonna plan to go get some coffee.”

    Sluss then noted that Prewett was the one to reach out first. “So, she reached out to me after the breakup. We were really good friends on the show. Really good friends, actually,” Sluss noted.

    “Are we good friends now? I’m definitely open to going to get coffee. I said, hey, let’s go get coffee or dinner next time you’re in L.A. and we’ll go from there. I think everyone involved just wants to move forward. And, me and Madison, we were really good friends on the show. And we’ll see where this coffee date brings us.”

    Judging from what Sluss said, it seems she and Prewett aren’t nearly as close as they once were. But we’re hopeful the ladies can reconcile their differences and come out with respect, love, and admiration for each other.

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    The real reason Joe Exotic got into the zoo business

    Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and Doc Antle.  These names are everywhere nowadays, along with the rest of the characters in Netflix’s hottest docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. While some stars are a little more villainous and eccentric than others, every cast member is captivating in their own right, especially where it concerns Joe. For instance, how did the Kansas native become the owner of Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park? And when did he first become entranced by exotic zoo animals? 

    As it turns out, Joe — who is serving a 22-year sentence for wildlife violations and a murder-for-hire plot — first became interested in animals thanks to his brother, Garold Schreibvogel, according to Texas Monthly. Garold once supposedly “confided in Joe that he hoped one day to live in the wild in Africa so he could see the beautiful beasts there running free.”

    After high school, Joe worked as a police officer and became the chief when he was just 19, per Texas Monthly. Around this time, one of Joe’s siblings informed their parents that he was gay and, in response, their father shook Joe’s hand and made him promise he wouldn’t attend his funeral. Understandably, this experience was devastating to Joe and he allegedly tried to drive his police cruiser off of a bridge. Joe was left with severe injuries and moved from the family’s home in Texas to West Palm Beach, Fla., to recover.

    What happened next? Stay with us to find out.

    It all started with Pet Safari

    While recovering in Florida, Joe Exotic became close to his neighbor, a man named Tim, who owned a pet store. Tim had a friend who worked at a drive-through zoo, and this friend would occasionally bring home baby animals, allowing Joe to play with baby monkeys and lions, according to New York Magazine. Joe said “he was broken and those little critters helped put him back together,” according to the outlet.

    A few years later, in Texas, Joe and his brother, Garold Schreibvogel, bought a pet store called Pet Safari. Joe and his brother started with “reptiles, birds, and small fish” but gradually got more unusual animals, like armadillos, according to Texas Monthly.

    Sadly, just as the store was gaining traction, Garold was hit by a drunk driver outside of Dallas and died in October 1997, according to Texas Monthly. Joe’s family won $140,000 in a lawsuit over Garold’s death, and Joe convinced his parents to spend the money on a memorial zoo. So Joe bought an old horse farm in Wynnewood, Okla. and dubbed it: The Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park.

    Joe Exotic finally gets his tigers

    Joe Exotic only had a deer and a buffalo, belonging to his brother, Garold Schreibvogel, to feature at the G.W. Zoo when it first opened, according to Texas Monthly. But when word spread that there was an exotic animal park, people started dropping off animals they could no longer take care of. First came a mountain lion, then a bear, followed in 2000 by two tigers who had been abandoned in a backyard. These two tigers bred, and Joe and his husband at the time, Brian Rhyne, raised the cubs in their living room, just like the zookeeper had done back in Texas. More and more people dropped off their exotic animals until Joe had a packed zoo.

    Amazingly, Joe wasn’t initially interested in breeding tigers, according to New York Magazine, because he knew that they were “mean” and expensive to feed when fully grown. However, he quickly realized that tiger cubs, and the fees involved with petting them, could offset the growing costs of the zoo. 

    So this became his financial plan until, as New York Magazine noted, Joe became “the largest breeder of tigers in the country.” But this financial solution soon proved tricky, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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