Captain Tom Moore: The story of a lockdown star

Captain Sir Tom Moore (Credit: ITV)

In April, Haworth was the first TV journalist to interview Captain Tom Moore, the Second World War veteran who walked around his garden to raise money for the NHS.

“We were right at the beginning of the lockdown and there was really grim news coming out about the virus,” she recalled. “At Anglia, we were always trying to find good news stories to lift the audience’s spirits – [Captain Tom] was just perfect.

“It’s really draining reporting on the pandemic because you’re living and breathing it, so it was really nice to have [a positive story] to report.”

ITV commissions new documentary with Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom, a former British Army Officer, recently completed 100 laps of his garden using his walking frame in aid of pandemic relief, raising more than £28 million for NHS Charities Together.

As one of the million Allied troops that took part in the Burma campaign, Captain Tom will be sharing memories of his service to ensure his fellow forgotten heroes are remembered on the day.

Having undertaken officer training in 1940 at age 20, Captain Tom first served in India before reaching Burma to recapture the colony.

BBC commissions a series of new factual programmes

Ross Kemp (Credit: BBC)

Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army

These uncertain times have seen the nation come together to help one another, and this generosity and kindness is celebrated in Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army.

The five-part series goes up and down the country to meet those volunteering as part of large and small initiatives.

Ross meets the volunteers who are supporting the most vulnerable in society, even if it means putting their own personal safety at risk.

Midton Acrylics swaps awards for plastic visors to help protect NHS workers

As the coronavirus crisis deepens, Midton has swapped making trophies for glamorous awards nights to manufacturing plastic visors to help protect doctors and nurses treating local Covid-19 patients.

The company is producing up to 600 visors a day from its factory based in Lochgilphead, Argyll.

The visors have been sent to Oban’s Lorn and the Islands Hospital and Mid Argyll Community Hospital in Lochgilphead – and may soon be arriving at hospitals in Glasgow.

Channel 4 announces new Coronavirus factual slate

The slate will follow the scientists striving to tackle the virus and the human stories of those on the front line.


Pandemic: Can Science beat Coronavirus?

First up is a strictly scientific, one-off panel show, whereby leading experts will aim to answer the country’s most pressing questions.

Among those answering the nation's questions will be a virologist offering insight into the search for a vaccine, and an epidemiologist explaining inconsistencies in the data.

Free from politics, Pandemic will provide frank and factual discussions.

BBC commissions new documentary series Life and Birth

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Life and Birth will be told through the eyes of the parents and staff at three of Birmingham’s busiest and most diverse maternity units, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Unprecedented access unveils the cutting-edge medicine used across the antenatal clinics, Fetal Medicine Centres, delivery suites, emergency operating theatres and Birmingham Children’s hospital every day.