Dancing On Ice’s Hamish Gaman quits latest show as he admits he’s ‘struggling’ amid Caprice drama 


Dancing On Ice star Hamish Gaman has pulled out of the latest show after admitting he’s ‘struggling’ in the wake of his drama with Caprice Bourret.

The professional skater, 36, was due to take part in Sunday’s show alongside his fellow pros, but he took to social media on Sunday afternoon to declare that he ‘couldn’t face it’.

The heartfelt post saw him blame an unknown source for leaking ‘untrue stories’  about him and trying to ‘destroy his reputation’ after he ‘parted ways’ with the American model, 48, amid ‘bullying claims. 

No show: Dancing On Ice star Hamish Gaman has pulled out of the latest show after admitting he's 'struggling' in the wake of his drama with Caprice Bourret

No show: Dancing On Ice star Hamish Gaman has pulled out of the latest show after admitting he’s ‘struggling’ in the wake of his drama with Caprice Bourret

He wrote: ‘I’m sad to say that I’ve pulled out of appearing on Dancing On Ice tonight.

‘The past three-and-a-half months have been the worst of my life, and I’m struggling. It might look like things have been calming down, but they aren’t.

‘Numerous defamatory articles have been stopped from running in the press over the past few weeks. These untrue stories are continually being fed to the press by a ‘source’.

‘I’ve been told by various people where these articles and source quotes are coming from, and it’s clear that they’re trying to destroy my reputation. It’s become relentless and I feel extremely vulnerable. I’m asking them to stop.’

Speaking out: The heartfelt post saw him blame an unknown source for leaking 'untrue stories' about him and trying to 'destroy his reputation' after he 'parted ways' with the American model, 48, amid 'bullying claims

Speaking out: The heartfelt post saw him blame an unknown source for leaking 'untrue stories' about him and trying to 'destroy his reputation' after he 'parted ways' with the American model, 48, amid 'bullying claims

Speaking out: The heartfelt post saw him blame an unknown source for leaking ‘untrue stories’ about him and trying to ‘destroy his reputation’ after he ‘parted ways’ with the American model, 48, amid ‘bullying claims

The sportsman continued: ‘I desperately want to move on from all of this and focus on the skating. I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong, and was told by the team who reviewed all the rehearsal footage that I was an ‘exemplary pro’

‘I can only hope that this will all be over soon. I’m so sorry to not be on the ice tonight, but I couldn’t face it. Thank you for your support and kind messages.’

So sad: The professional skater, 36, was due to take part in Sunday's show alongside his fellow pros, but he took to social media on Sunday afternoon to declare that he 'couldn't face it'

So sad: The professional skater, 36, was due to take part in Sunday's show alongside his fellow pros, but he took to social media on Sunday afternoon to declare that he 'couldn't face it'

So sad: The professional skater, 36, was due to take part in Sunday’s show alongside his fellow pros, but he took to social media on Sunday afternoon to declare that he ‘couldn’t face it’

MailOnline have contacted representatives of Hamish and Caprice for comment.  

It comes just a week after Hamish delighted fans as he made a sensational return to the show after his recent drama with Caprice.

The skater took to the rink for a stunning performance with Vanessa Bauer after he and Caprice sensationally ‘parted ways’, leading her to quit the show a week later.

Despite accusations from both sides that Caprice and Hamish were ‘bullying’ each other, fans threw their support behind the male skater as they praised his performance. 

Comeback: It comes just a week after Hamish delighted fans as he made a sensational return to the show after his recent drama with Caprice

Comeback: It comes just a week after Hamish delighted fans as he made a sensational return to the show after his recent drama with Caprice

Comeback: It comes just a week after Hamish delighted fans as he made a sensational return to the show after his recent drama with Caprice 

Hamish and Vanessa took to the rink for a stunning performance to Ludovico Einaudi’s Primavera which left the entire audience and viewers utterly spellbound.

The end of the skate saw the pro share a sweet embrace with his female partner, and host Holly Willoughby described their dance as ‘beautiful and mind-blowing.’

Viewers also rushed to Twitter to praise Hamish’s jaw-dropping performance, with others saying they were thrilled to see he had remained on the show despite his recent drama with Caprice.

Drama: It comes after he and Caprice 'parted ways,' and just week later she sensationally quit the show. Accusations of bullying have since come from both sides

Drama: It comes after he and Caprice 'parted ways,' and just week later she sensationally quit the show. Accusations of bullying have since come from both sides

Drama: It comes after he and Caprice ‘parted ways,’ and just week later she sensationally quit the show. Accusations of bullying have since come from both sides

Jaw-dropping: Hamish took to the rink for a stunning performance with Vanessa Bauer in a performance that was branded 'mind-blowing and beautiful' by host Holly Willoughby

Jaw-dropping: Hamish took to the rink for a stunning performance with Vanessa Bauer in a performance that was branded 'mind-blowing and beautiful' by host Holly Willoughby

Jaw-dropping: Hamish took to the rink for a stunning performance with Vanessa Bauer in a performance that was branded ‘mind-blowing and beautiful’ by host Holly Willoughby

One penned: ‘Such a beautiful dance routine from @HamishGaman and Vanessa. I loved it. It’s lovely to see Hamish on the ice again tonight and I hope he’ll get a much better celebrity partner next year.’

Another wrote: ‘Such a beautiful ‘half time’ skate @dancingonice by @HamishGaman & @TheVanessaBauer, Hamish always seemed a lovely person & find choreographer & it was a shame he was taken out of #DancingOnIce so I’m relieved they’ve stood by him & still use him.’

A third also tweeted: ‘@dancingonice Vanessa and Hamish have me chills! Absolutely stunning performance! #DancingOnIce.’

Amazing: Fans rushed to throw their support behind Hamish as they celebrated his return to the ice, a week after Caprice quit the show

Amazing: Fans rushed to throw their support behind Hamish as they celebrated his return to the ice, a week after Caprice quit the show

Amazing: Fans rushed to throw their support behind Hamish as they celebrated his return to the ice, a week after Caprice quit the show

Elated: Many viewers rushed to Twitter to praise Hamish's incredible performance

Elated: Many viewers rushed to Twitter to praise Hamish's incredible performance

Elated: Many viewers rushed to Twitter to praise Hamish’s incredible performance

One viewer also tweeted: ‘Glad to see #Hamish given his time in the #spotlight again in #DancingOnIce.’

Another penned: ‘@HamishGaman just catching up on DOI and am in awe at Hamish’s skating, he is simple beautiful at it. I’m sorry his partner didn’t work out, he could have taken them far!! Stunning Hamish, just stunning!!’  

Hamish’s return to the show came after his celebrity partner Caprice sensationally quit the show amid claims the pair had a fall-out.

At odds? Hamish's return to the show came after his celebrity partner Caprice sensationally quit the show amid claims the pair had a fall-out

At odds? Hamish's return to the show came after his celebrity partner Caprice sensationally quit the show amid claims the pair had a fall-out

At odds? Hamish’s return to the show came after his celebrity partner Caprice sensationally quit the show amid claims the pair had a fall-out

Caprice was reportedly left too scared to speak during Dancing on Ice training after Hamish enforced a ‘three strikes and you’re out rule’ if she didn’t do exactly what he said – making her feel like mistakes weren’t allowed.

The mother-of-two quit the show last week to ‘recover and look after herself and her family’ – days after she was assigned a new professional partner to perform with. 

Confirming reports, a spokeswoman for Caprice told MailOnline: ‘It’s true that Caprice is no longer participating in Dancing On Ice. It’s been a hard few months and she’s had to keep silent for contractual reasons.

‘Her mental wellbeing has been affected over the last two months and recent stories leaked to the press are not only salacious but extremely hurtful.

‘Now she’s taking some time to recover and look after herself and her family.’

Frosty: Caprice was reportedly left too scared to speak during Dancing on Ice training after Hamish enforced a ‘three strikes and you’re out rule’

'Not okay': Last week, Hamish addressed his fallout with Caprice, tweeting: 'Honestly, I'm not okay, but I'd like to thank Amelia, my pro family and ITV for doing all they can to support me'

'Not okay': Last week, Hamish addressed his fallout with Caprice, tweeting: 'Honestly, I'm not okay, but I'd like to thank Amelia, my pro family and ITV for doing all they can to support me'

‘Not okay’: Last week, Hamish addressed his fallout with Caprice, tweeting: ‘Honestly, I’m not okay, but I’d like to thank Amelia, my pro family and ITV for doing all they can to support me’

Last week Hamish addressed his fallout with Caprice in a statement on Twitter, where he thanked his followers and fans for their support and paid tribute to his longtime partner Amelia Humfress.

He wrote: ‘Hi Everyone. Thank you so much for your kind messages. I’ve been overwhelmed by your love and support, it’s brought me to tears at times. 

‘Honestly, I’m not okay, but I’d like to thank Amelia, my pro family and ITV for doing all that they can to support me.

‘I’m comforted knowing the truth always comes out in the end, and I hope we can focus on the skating again now.’ 

On Sunday’s show host Holly Willoughby failed to reveal the truth behind Caprice’s sensational exit.

The presenter, 38, simply told fans: ‘We wanted to let you know that unfortunately Caprice will not be taking any further part in the series and sadly Libby won’t be skating tonight because she is unwell but she’ll be back next week. 

‘We send them both our best wishes.’     

Not easy: Caprice was re-partnered with pro Oscar Peter (above) but after another week decided to quit the show

Not easy: Caprice was re-partnered with pro Oscar Peter (above) but after another week decided to quit the show

Not easy: Caprice was re-partnered with pro Oscar Peter (above) but after another week decided to quit the show

Pollen counts are soaring across the US – making allergy symptoms worse each year


Flowers are budding and temperatures are rising, which can only mean one thing: allergy season is upon us.

Several states including Illinois, North Carolina and Tennessee are already reporting increases in patients complaining of itching, watering eyes, sneezing and coughing.

Meteorologists are predicting that 2019 may be the worst year ever for allergies and the culprit is pollen.

Pollen counts have been rising across the country and, according to the National Allergy Map, half the country is experiencing high levels, much earlier than usual for this time of year.

Experts say climate change with milder winters and much more rain is why pollen season is beginning earlier – with some suggesting that it could lead to people suffering from even worse symptoms in the future.

Approximately eight percent of American adults aged 18 and over suffer from hay fever as a result of pollen allergies. Pictured: Yellow pollen haze tints the sky yellow in Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

Approximately eight percent of American adults aged 18 and over suffer from hay fever as a result of pollen allergies. Pictured: Yellow pollen haze tints the sky yellow in Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

About half of the US is experiencing high levels of pollen, the fine powder from flowering plants much earlier than usual for this time of year. Pictured: Pollen haze covers Durham, North Carolina in April 2019

About half of the US is experiencing high levels of pollen, the fine powder from flowering plants much earlier than usual for this time of year. Pictured: Pollen haze covers Durham, North Carolina in April 2019

About half of the US is experiencing high levels of pollen, the fine powder from flowering plants much earlier than usual for this time of year. Pictured: Pollen haze covers Durham, North Carolina in April 2019

Allergies occur when the body’s immune system views a substance as harmful and overreacts to it.  

Reactions may be mildly annoying from sneezing and watery eyes to life-threatening such as anaphylactic shock, which is when blood pressure suddenly drops and airways narrow, preventing someone from breathing normally.

Having a pollen allergy means you experience an allergic reaction to a powder found on flowering plants.

Because pollen is microscopic in size – less than 0.007 inches – it can travel far distances and is easily inhaled, getting deep into the lungs. 

Grass and tree pollen typically is released between April and May while pollen from weeds, like ragweed, comes in June and July.  

WHAT IS HAY FEVER? 

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, a fine powder which comes from plants. 

There is more pollen in the air in the spring and summer seasons, when plants are flowering.

The reaction usually happens when pollen comes into contact with someone’s eyes, nose, mouth or throat. 

Symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness

People suffering from the allergy can put take over-the-counter medication, wash clothes regularly, and vacuum and dust indoors.

Avoiding grass, cut flowers and smoke can help reduce symptoms, as can drying clothes indoors where pollen is less likely to stick to them.

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about eight percent of US adults aged 18 and over suffer from hay fever, which is the allergic reaction to pollen.

Most symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines like Zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin, but these cost the US between $3.4 billion and $11.2 billion annually in ‘direct medical expenses’, reported Vox.

In recent days, parts of the US – particularly the Southeast and Midwest – have had such high counts of pollen that a thick haze has been seen covering the sky. 

Experts say pollen from various plants has been appearing earlier every year, making the season last longer. 

According to a study from the Environmental Protection Agency, the ragweed pollen season increased by nearly 20 days in the last 10 years in states such as Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

By some estimates, pollen counts are expected to double – even triple – what they were in 2000.

Scientists from Rutgers University calculated that average pollen counts in 2000 were around 8,500 grains per cubic meter of air. By 2040, it’s expected to reach nearly 22,000 grains per cubic meter of air.

Additionally, according to Climate Central, ragweed production had a concentration of 370 parts per million in 2000. By 2060, this is expected to rise to 600 parts per million. 

Dr Sandra Hong, a staff allergist at Cleveland Clinic, told DailyMail.com that climate change – including warmer and milder weather with heavy rains – is leading to more pollen being produced and for longer periods of time. 

She adds that as pollen counts, potentially increase, it could lead to worsening symptoms for sufferers.

Experts say that the reason for the early pollen season is climate change, including rising temperatures and lots of rain. Pictured: Clouds push pollen over Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

Experts say that the reason for the early pollen season is climate change, including rising temperatures and lots of rain. Pictured: Clouds push pollen over Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

Experts say that the reason for the early pollen season is climate change, including rising temperatures and lots of rain. Pictured: Clouds push pollen over Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

One allergist told DailyMail.com that as pollen counts rise, the severity of people's allergies will worsen in the future. Pictured: Rain falls over a pollen-affected area in Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

One allergist told DailyMail.com that as pollen counts rise, the severity of people's allergies will worsen in the future. Pictured: Rain falls over a pollen-affected area in Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

One allergist told DailyMail.com that as pollen counts rise, the severity of people’s allergies will worsen in the future. Pictured: Rain falls over a pollen-affected area in Durham, North Carolina, in April 2019

‘You won’t necessarily have more people suffering from allergies – because people are predisposed to that – but people’s symptoms will be significantly be worse,’ she said. 

So what can allergy sufferers do to limit their symptoms this season?

Dr Hong recommends whether you’re in your house or your car to keep the windows close and use air conditioning instead.  

‘I tell people to make sure that, if they have seasonal allergies, keep windows closed and the use the AC so that air is recirculated rather than bringing in pollen from outside,’ she said.

She also suggests taking a shower at bedtime to get rid of any pollen and advises against pets sleeping in the same bed.

‘Pets coming in from outside can bring pollen in with them, so people with allergies can have increase in symptoms because of that,’ Dr Hong said.

And while symptoms can often be controlled with over-the-counter nasal sprays and antihistamines, she advises seeing a doctor if the condition worsens.

‘If avoidance techniques and medications are not working, and they’re still doing worse, then they should go see a primary care physician or an allergist,’ Dr Hong said. 

Tearful Joe Swash pays tribute to his friend Caroline Flack


Joe Swash paid an emotional tribute to his friend Caroline Flack following her tragic death on Saturday, aged just 40.

The Dancing On Ice star, 38, worked with Caroline when they presented the I’m A Celebrity spin-off show together between 2009-2010. 

And taking to Instagram Story hours after her death, Joe fought back tears as he revealed that he’s going to ‘miss her so much’ and revealed his sadness that she didn’t reach out for help.

Devastated: 'Joe Swash paid an emotional tribute to his friend Caroline Flack following her tragic death on Saturday, aged just 40'

Devastated: ‘Joe Swash paid an emotional tribute to his friend Caroline Flack following her tragic death on Saturday, aged just 40’

Speaking into the camera, a clearly devastated Joe said: ‘I want to send a message to everyone and let everyone know that Caroline Flack was the most amazing person you could ever come across.

‘She was funny, super talented, and she had the most infectious laugh.’

As he struggled to contain his emotions, he continued: ‘I wish that she could have asked for help because there’s so many people that love her and I am going to miss her so much.

‘We can’t let this happen, we can’t let this happen to anyone else.’

'I'm going to miss her so much': The Dancing On Ice star, 38, worked with Caroline when they presented the I'm A Celebrity spin-off show together between 2009-2010

'I'm going to miss her so much': The Dancing On Ice star, 38, worked with Caroline when they presented the I'm A Celebrity spin-off show together between 2009-2010

‘I’m going to miss her so much’: The Dancing On Ice star, 38, worked with Caroline when they presented the I’m A Celebrity spin-off show together between 2009-2010

Meanwhile, his partner Stacey Solomon revealed that she was planning on taking some time away from social media following the sad news.

She penned on Instagram Story: ‘I’m going to come off of here for tonight.

‘I’m going to spend some time reflecting on how lucky I am to have my family and remind myself that you NEVER truly know what’s going on in someone’s life.

‘Kindness is EVERYTHING and it costs NOTHING. Sending so much love to you all, tonight and always.’

So sad: taking to Instagram Story hours after her death, Joe fought back tears as he revealed that he's going to 'miss her so much' and revealed his sadness that she didn't reach out for help

So sad: taking to Instagram Story hours after her death, Joe fought back tears as he revealed that he's going to 'miss her so much' and revealed his sadness that she didn't reach out for help

So sad: taking to Instagram Story hours after her death, Joe fought back tears as he revealed that he’s going to ‘miss her so much’ and revealed his sadness that she didn’t reach out for help

The Loose Women star also shared contact details for a series of helplines. 

Their words come after the former ITV presenter killed herself at her new flat in Islington, north London hours after finding out she would face trial over the alleged assault of boyfriend Lewis Burton last year – while the producer friend who was staying with her went to the shops.

When the friend was unable to get back in, she called Flack’s father Ian, who made his way into the property before discovering his daughter’s body.

The star’s management team had previously described her as ‘vulnerable’ and slammed the Crown Prosecution Service for pushing ahead with her ‘show trial’ despite Mr Burton saying he did not want to press charges.

Heartbreaking: 'I wish that she could have asked for help because there's so many people that love her and I am going to miss her so much'

Heartbreaking: 'I wish that she could have asked for help because there's so many people that love her and I am going to miss her so much'

Heartbreaking: ‘I wish that she could have asked for help because there’s so many people that love her and I am going to miss her so much’

In the wake of her death, legions of tributes poured in for the star from several well-known names who knew, loved and worked with her.

Tributes for Caroline included several former Love Island contestants, narrator Iain Stirling and Caroline’s pal and show replacement Laura Whitmore.

Following Caroline’s death, many fans have taken to social media to demand that Love Island be axed, after she became the third person associated with the show to take their own life.

Moved: Meanwhile, his partner Stacey Solomon revealed that she was planning on taking some time away from social media following the sad news

Moved: Meanwhile, his partner Stacey Solomon revealed that she was planning on taking some time away from social media following the sad news

Moved: Meanwhile, his partner Stacey Solomon revealed that she was planning on taking some time away from social media following the sad news

Time out: 'I'm going to come off of here for tonight. I'm going to spend some time reflecting on how lucky I am to have my family and remind myself that you NEVER truly know what's going on in someone's life'

Time out: 'I'm going to come off of here for tonight. I'm going to spend some time reflecting on how lucky I am to have my family and remind myself that you NEVER truly know what's going on in someone's life'

Time out: ‘I’m going to come off of here for tonight. I’m going to spend some time reflecting on how lucky I am to have my family and remind myself that you NEVER truly know what’s going on in someone’s life’

Former contestants Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, took their own lives in March 2019 and June 2018.

Among fans calling the show out was This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes who paid tribute to Caroline while insisting there needs to be ‘repercussions.’

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Caroline Flack …. Dear God. Shocked beyond belief. May she have found peace. #Rip Has to be repercussions for Love Island now surely?’ which garnered more than 27K likes.

CAROLINE FLACK: A CALL FOR HELP?

 

Caroline Flack spoke often about her struggles, both in interviews and on social media. 

Caroline said, following her Strictly success: ‘Fame doesn’t make you happy’

STRICTLY CURSE? 

The Strictly Come Dancing 2014 winner has said that she felt depressed following her victory on the BBC show.

After she won the series along with professional partner Pasha Kovalev, she admitted that she felt like she was ‘being held together by a piece of string which could snap at any time’.

In an unearthed interview cited by the Daily Star following her death, Caroline claimed that, ‘It all started the day after I won Strictly. I woke up and felt like somebody had covered my body in clingfilm. I couldn’t get up and just couldn’t pick myself up at all that next year.’

She went on: ‘People see the celebrity lifestyle and assume everything is perfect, but we’re just like everyone else. Everyone is battling something emotional behind closed doors – that’s life.

Ignored? 'When I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining,' Caroline admitted in October 2019

Ignored? 'When I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining,' Caroline admitted in October 2019

Ignored? ‘When I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining,’ Caroline admitted in October 2019

‘Fame doesn’t make you happy.’

‘BEING A BURDEN IS MY BIGGEST FEAR’

In an Instagram post she uploaded on 14  October 2019 – to mark World Mental Health Day – Caroline captioned a photo of herself: ‘Some days it’s hard to write your feelings of your not in the right place.

‘The last few weeks I’ve been in a really weird place… I find it hard to talk about it… I guess it’s anxiety and pressure of life… and when I actually reached out to someone they said I was draining.

‘I feel like this is why some people keep their emotions to themselves. I certainly hate talking about my feelings. And being a burden is my biggest fear…

‘I’m lucky to be able to pick myself up when things feel s**t. But what happens if someone can’t. Be nice to people. You never know what’s going on. Ever.’ [sic] 

SOCIAL SILENCE

Signs of suicide? She liked tweets about calling The Samaritans over Christmas

Signs of suicide? She liked tweets about calling The Samaritans over Christmas

Signs of suicide? She liked tweets about calling The Samaritans over Christmas 

Caroline was told to stay off social media following her assault charge in December 2019.

However, she notably liked a string of tweets in the days afterwards, before Christmas, encouraging those feeling lonely over the holidays to seek help.

The tweets – posted by the likes of actress Sheridan Smith, journalist Stacey Dooley and comedian Luke Kempner – included the telephone number for The Samaritans’ suicide hotline.

She also posted to Instagram around the same time: ‘This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person to take on their own… I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with…

‘I’m taking some time out to get feeling better and learn some lessons from situations I’ve got myself into to. I have nothing but love to give and best wishes for everyone.’

SELF-HELP?

It was reported that Caroline had decided to write a book, during her recent time off.

‘Caroline has found the process incredibly cathartic,’ one of her friends told the Mail. ‘She wants it to be more than just a story about her. She wants to talk about the problems she’s encountered and how she’s overcome them.

‘She hopes to be able to help others who may be going through similar difficulties. Part self-help, part memoir is the style that Caroline is looking for.’

Eamonn later added: ‘Meaning out of respect, can the series continue?’ (sic)

A CPS spokesperson issued a statement, they said: ‘Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Caroline Flack.

‘Given the tragic circumstances, we will not comment on the specifics of this case at this stage.’

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Gone too soon: Caroline killed herself at her new flat in Islington, north London hours after finding out she would face trial over the alleged assault of boyfriend Lewis Burton last year (pictured in February 2019)

Gone too soon: Caroline killed herself at her new flat in Islington, north London hours after finding out she would face trial over the alleged assault of boyfriend Lewis Burton last year (pictured in February 2019)

Gone too soon: Caroline killed herself at her new flat in Islington, north London hours after finding out she would face trial over the alleged assault of boyfriend Lewis Burton last year (pictured in February 2019)

John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John reunite at Fire Fight Australia  


John Farnham reunites with Olivia Newton-John at Fire Fight Australia… and allows Mitch Tambo the honour of performing his hit You’re The Voice in his indigenous language

John Farnham reunited with Olivia Newton-John at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Sunday.

The 70-year-old performed three songs and a duet with the Grease star, before allowing Mitch Tambo the honour of joining him to deliver a rendition of his legendary hit You’re The Voice.

Mitch received a standing ovation as he sang the iconic lyrics in his indigenous Gamilaraay language.   

A show to remember: John Farnham, 70, reunited with Olivia Newton-John, 71, at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Sunday

A show to remember: John Farnham, 70, reunited with Olivia Newton-John, 71, at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Sunday 

Mitch, who starred on the 2019 season of Australia’s Got Talent, gave his all as John happily stepped back to allow him the honour of covering his beloved hit.  

Proving to be a song to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen’s guitarist Brian May, 72. 

John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That’s Freedom, Age Of Reason, as well as Two Strong Hearts with Olivia, 71. 

Incredible moment: John allowed Mitch Tambo (pictured) the honour of delivering a rendition of his hit You're The Voice in his indigenous Gamilaraay language

Incredible moment: John allowed Mitch Tambo (pictured) the honour of delivering a rendition of his hit You're The Voice in his indigenous Gamilaraay language

Incredible moment: John allowed Mitch Tambo (pictured) the honour of delivering a rendition of his hit You’re The Voice in his indigenous Gamilaraay language 

All the hits: John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That's Freedom and Age Of Reason

All the hits: John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That's Freedom and Age Of Reason

All the hits: John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That’s Freedom and Age Of Reason 

Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette.

In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were also ushered on stage, in order to be recognised for their efforts. 

The 10-hour charity event resulted in $9.5million raised for bushfire relief efforts. 

Iconic duet: The veteran entertainer also sung his hit Two Strong Hearts with Olivia

Iconic duet: The veteran entertainer also sung his hit Two Strong Hearts with Olivia

Iconic duet: The veteran entertainer also sung his hit Two Strong Hearts with Olivia 

Beautiful: Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette

Beautiful: Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette

Beautiful: Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette 

Comedian Celeste Barber was chosen to host the televised event after she raised a staggering $52million for Australia’s rural firefighters through a campaign on Facebook.

The event featured other artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Michael Buble, Alice Cooper, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Illy, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods and k.d. lang.  

Australia’s bushfire season arrived early in October 2019, resulting in 28 deaths, and more than 2,000 homes destroyed.

It’s been estimated that over a billion animals have died across the country.  

All the stars: Proving to be a finale to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen's guitarist Brian May (far right), 72

All the stars: Proving to be a finale to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen's guitarist Brian May (far right), 72

All the stars: Proving to be a finale to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen’s guitarist Brian May (far right), 72

Heroes: In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were ushered on stage, recognised for their efforts

Heroes: In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were ushered on stage, recognised for their efforts

Heroes: In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were ushered on stage, recognised for their efforts 

Icehouse’s Iva Davies performs with son Evan, 24, at Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert


Runs in the family! Icehouse singer Iva Davies performs on stage with son Evan, 24, as the iconic Australian band rock the crowd at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert

One of Australia’s most iconic rock bands, Icehouse, took the stage at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday for the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert. 

And singer Iva Davies, 64, enjoyed a special moment as he shared the spotlight with his son, Evan Davies, 24. 

Iva introduced his son as a a ‘very special guest’ before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father’s side. 

Family time: Icehouse singer Iva Davies (left) performed on stage with son Evan, 24, (right) at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday

Family time: Icehouse singer Iva Davies (left) performed on stage with son Evan, 24, (right) at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday 

The dad and son duo looked delighted as they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue. 

The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land.  

Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white t-shirt, with floral bands around the cuffs and collar. 

Runs in the family: Iva introduced his son as a a 'very special guest' before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father's side

Runs in the family: Iva introduced his son as a a 'very special guest' before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father's side

Runs in the family: Iva introduced his son as a a ‘very special guest’ before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father’s side

Cool customers: The dad and son duo wore matching outfits they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue

Cool customers: The dad and son duo wore matching outfits they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue

Cool customers: The dad and son duo wore matching outfits they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue

A look: Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white t-shirt, with floral bands around the cuffs and collar

A look: Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white t-shirt, with floral bands around the cuffs and collar

A look: Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white t-shirt, with floral bands around the cuffs and collar

He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet. 

Evan matched his dad in a short-sleeved white shirt worn with jeans and also had his hair worn short.  

The singer and his band had the the crowd jumping up and down to their timeless hits. 

Grown up! He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet

Grown up! He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet

Grown up! He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet

Stars: The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land

Stars: The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land

Stars: The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land

The event featured artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Buble, Alice Cooper, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Illy, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods and k.d. lang. 

Less than 24 hours after they were released, promoters TEG Dainty confirmed that all 70,000 tickets, which cost between $70 and $100, were sold out.

Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires including fire services, Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, and the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal. 

Helping hand: Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires

Helping hand: Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires

Helping hand: Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires

 

5 Seconds of Summer co-ordinate in edgy ensembles as they play Fire Fight Australia concert


They look so perfect! Local lads 5 Seconds Of Summer rock out at Fire Fight Australia in Sydney

They’re the Sydney born rockers who split their time between living LA and touring the globe.

And on Sunday, 5 Seconds of Summer proved how far they’ve come performing some of their chart-topping hits alongside acts such as Queen and Alice Cooper.

The Australian pop rockers put on an energetic show for the 70,000 attendees, playing hits She Looks So Perfect, Valentine and Want You Back.

Aussie rockers! 5 Seconds of Summer rocked out at the Fire Fight Australia concert in Sydney on Sunday. Pictured: Singer Luke Hemmings

Aussie rockers! 5 Seconds of Summer rocked out at the Fire Fight Australia concert in Sydney on Sunday. Pictured: Singer Luke Hemmings

The foursome also treated crowds to their new single Shame, before completing their set playing hits Young Blood and Who Do You Love? 

Singer Luke Hemmings showed off his new tattoo on the side of his right wrist as he gripped onto his microphone. 

The 23-year-old opted for style in a brown tailored suit over a blue singlet top.

New ink: Singer Luke Hemmings (pictured) showed off his new tattoo on the side of his right wrist as he gripped onto his microphone

New ink: Singer Luke Hemmings (pictured) showed off his new tattoo on the side of his right wrist as he gripped onto his microphone

New ink: Singer Luke Hemmings (pictured) showed off his new tattoo on the side of his right wrist as he gripped onto his microphone

Fashion: Lead singer Luke stepped onto the stage in a brown tailored suit over a blue singlet

Fashion: Lead singer Luke stepped onto the stage in a brown tailored suit over a blue singlet

Style: He completed his look with an array of necklaces, and silver bracelets on both arms

Style: He completed his look with an array of necklaces, and silver bracelets on both arms

Lead singer Luke stepped onto the stage in a brown tailored suit over a blue singlet top. He completed his look with an array of necklaces, and silver bracelets on both arms

Star: Guitarist Michael Clifford, 24, (pictured) dressed up for the occasion, opting for a green coloured button-up shirt and black trousers

Star: Guitarist Michael Clifford, 24, (pictured) dressed up for the occasion, opting for a green coloured button-up shirt and black trousers

Star: Guitarist Michael Clifford, 24, (pictured) dressed up for the occasion, opting for a green coloured button-up shirt and black trousers

He completed his look with an array of necklaces, and silver bracelets on both arms.

Guitarist Michael Clifford, 24, dressed up for the occasion, opting for a green coloured button-up shirt and black trousers.

He kept his look casual, opting to hide his peroxide blonde do behind a black beanie.

Rocker: He kept his look casual, opting to hide his peroxide blonde do behind a black beanie

Rocker: He kept his look casual, opting to hide his peroxide blonde do behind a black beanie

Rocker: He kept his look casual, opting to hide his peroxide blonde do behind a black beanie

Rock on: Bass player Calum Hood (pictured) opted for a casual look which consisted of a blue Alexander Wang polo shirt and denim jeans

Rock on: Bass player Calum Hood (pictured) opted for a casual look which consisted of a blue Alexander Wang polo shirt and denim jeans

Rock on: Bass player Calum Hood (pictured) opted for a casual look which consisted of a blue Alexander Wang polo shirt and denim jeans

Bassist Calum Hood opted for a casual look which consisted of a blue Alexander Wang polo shirt and denim jeans.

Meanwhile, drummer Ashton Irwin sent fans into a frenzy when he decided to go shirtless for the set.

The 25-year-old Teeth hitmaker was seen putting on an animated display as he showed off his also growing collection of tattoos throughout the performance. 

The rock group are currently in Australia promoting their soon to be released fourth studio album CALM.

Fan frenzy!  Meanwhile, drummer Ashton Irwin turned heads when he decided to go shirtless for the set

Fan frenzy!  Meanwhile, drummer Ashton Irwin turned heads when he decided to go shirtless for the set

Fan frenzy!  Meanwhile, drummer Ashton Irwin turned heads when he decided to go shirtless for the set

Rock on: The Australian pop rockers put on an energetic show for the 70,000 attendees, playing classic hits She Looks So Perfect, Valentine and Want You Back

Rock on: The Australian pop rockers put on an energetic show for the 70,000 attendees, playing classic hits She Looks So Perfect, Valentine and Want You Back

Rock on: The Australian pop rockers put on an energetic show for the 70,000 attendees, playing classic hits She Looks So Perfect, Valentine and Want You Back

Hits: The foursome also treated crowds to their new single Shame, before completing their set playing hits Young Blood and Who Do You Love?

Hits: The foursome also treated crowds to their new single Shame, before completing their set playing hits Young Blood and Who Do You Love?

Hits: The foursome also treated crowds to their new single Shame, before completing their set playing hits Young Blood and Who Do You Love?

Miracle twin girls defy 5% survival odds after doctors perform life-saving surgery in the womb


Miracle twin girls defied five per cent survival odds when doctors performed life-saving surgery while they were in the womb.

Matilda and Felicity Harvey had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, where one twin receives more blood supply than the other. 

Keziah Harvey, 30, and her husband Jordan, 33, were told at 16 weeks pregnant that it was unlikely their girls would survive – with or without surgery. 

One of the girls suffered a stroke, a complication of the syndrome that can happen when a baby’s blood pressure drops. 

But the parents went ahead with the risky operation, and were over the moon when their ‘miracle’ girls were born – albeit five weeks premature – in July 2018.

The girls are now healthy eight-month-old babies, and doctors are happy with their development despite fears there would be severe brain damage.

Keziah Harvey, 30, and her husband Jordan, 33, were told it was unlikely their girls would survive twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome with or without surgery

Keziah Harvey, 30, and her husband Jordan, 33, were told it was unlikely their girls would survive twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome with or without surgery

There was a 17 per cent difference in size between Matilda and Felicity Harvey and one of them suffered a stroke due to a drop in blood pressure. Pictured, a scan of the twins

There was a 17 per cent difference in size between Matilda and Felicity Harvey and one of them suffered a stroke due to a drop in blood pressure. Pictured, a scan of the twins

There was a 17 per cent difference in size between Matilda and Felicity Harvey and one of them suffered a stroke due to a drop in blood pressure. Pictured, a scan of the twins

The twins were born five weeks premature in July 2018 but had to spend four weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit of Newcross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Pictured, Felicity in ICU

The twins were born five weeks premature in July 2018 but had to spend four weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit of Newcross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Pictured, Felicity in ICU

The twins were born five weeks premature in July 2018 but had to spend four weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit of Newcross Hospital in Wolverhampton. Pictured, Felicity in ICU

Mrs Harvey had the twins after 10 hours in labour and an emergency Caesarean section. Pictured, Matilda in neonatal ICU. Mrs Harvey said: It was lonely sitting next to their incubators all day not being able to help them'

Mrs Harvey had the twins after 10 hours in labour and an emergency Caesarean section. Pictured, Matilda in neonatal ICU. Mrs Harvey said: It was lonely sitting next to their incubators all day not being able to help them'

Mrs Harvey had the twins after 10 hours in labour and an emergency Caesarean section. Pictured, Matilda in neonatal ICU. Mrs Harvey said: It was lonely sitting next to their incubators all day not being able to help them’

Mrs Harvey, from Cannock, Staffordshire, suffered a miscarriage before the twins were conceived naturally.

She said: ‘Without the surgery my odds were around 95 per cent that I would have lost them and then with the surgery it was about 30 per cent they would both survive.

‘It was such a shock – I had only just found out I was having twins and then I might have lost them.’ 

The babies were diagnosed with TTTS at a 16 week scan, a condition occurring in around 15 per cent of monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twins – identical twins that share the placenta which account for around two thirds of identical twins, according to the NHS.  

It causes abnormal blood vessel connections to form in the placenta and prevent blood from flowing evenly between the babies. 

In most cases, one twin becomes dehydrated, which affects its growth, and the other develops high blood pressure which can lead to heart failure.   

Mrs Harvey, a formal dental practice manager, was referred to Birmingham Women’s Hospital where her doctor advised she undergo laser ablation surgery at 18 weeks pregnancy. 

The surgery, routine for TTTS babies on the NHS, involves finding the blood vessels connecting the twins and closing them off to help the blood flow evenly.

The babies were diagnosed with TTTS at a 16 week scan. Pictured, Mrs Harvey, who is formal dental practice manager, with scans from after the diagnosis

The babies were diagnosed with TTTS at a 16 week scan. Pictured, Mrs Harvey, who is formal dental practice manager, with scans from after the diagnosis

The babies were diagnosed with TTTS at a 16 week scan. Pictured, Mrs Harvey, who is formal dental practice manager, with scans from after the diagnosis

Mrs Harvey, who suffered a miscarriage before the twins were conceived naturally, had laser ablation surgery. The surgery involves finding the blood vessels connecting the twins and closing them off to help the blood flow evenly. Pictured, with their newborn babies

Mrs Harvey, who suffered a miscarriage before the twins were conceived naturally, had laser ablation surgery. The surgery involves finding the blood vessels connecting the twins and closing them off to help the blood flow evenly. Pictured, with their newborn babies

Mrs Harvey, who suffered a miscarriage before the twins were conceived naturally, had laser ablation surgery. The surgery involves finding the blood vessels connecting the twins and closing them off to help the blood flow evenly. Pictured, with their newborn babies

Mrs Harvey said: ‘I had the laser ablation and sedation while Jordan was able to hold my hand and got to watch it on the screen the whole time.

‘It was amazing he could watch them on a camera from inside my tummy and see all their teeny tiny features and little faces. 

‘I came around knowing we were having two little girls. I also had 2.5 litres of excess amniotic fluid removed from around the bigger baby.’

After Mrs Harvey woke up from the surgery, Mr Harvey, a window fitter, told her they were having girls after watching the op on an ultrasound screen.  

The next few weeks were full of apprehension as Mrs Harvey had scans every few days to check the babies were doing well. 

She said: ‘Making it a day at a time and scan by scan was all that kept me going. I just lived for my next scan waiting to know if my babies were okay.’

At 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Mr and Mrs Harvey waited to find out if the laser ablation surgery had caused any brain damage to the babies through an MRI scan.

They discovered one of the girls had suffered a stroke prior to the operation taking place.   

Mrs Harvey was told she was having girls after Mr Harvey watched the surgery on a screen. Pictured holding Felicity in hospital

Mrs Harvey was told she was having girls after Mr Harvey watched the surgery on a screen. Pictured holding Felicity in hospital

Mrs Harvey was told she was having girls after Mr Harvey watched the surgery on a screen. Pictured holding Felicity in hospital

Mrs Harvey was scanned every few days after the surgery to check that her babies were okay. Pictured, holding Felicity in hospital

Mrs Harvey was scanned every few days after the surgery to check that her babies were okay. Pictured, holding Felicity in hospital

Mrs Harvey was scanned every few days after the surgery to check that her babies were okay. Pictured, holding Felicity in hospital

Following doctors’ concerns, they were asked if they wished to terminate the pregnancy – which they didn’t think twice about saying no to.

Mrs Harvey said: ‘It was so nerve-wracking waiting to find out and we were concerned when we were told one of the girls has a stroke prior to the surgery taking place.

‘The doctor was able to discuss the parts of the brain that may have been damaged; but as a baby’s brain is still growing, a stroke isn’t as final for babies as adults and their brains learn to grow new pathways to replace some of the parts damaged. 

‘When we were offered a termination, the answer was always no, no matter the severity or the circumstances we would be faced with.

‘We wouldn’t really know the long term effects of the stroke until the baby grew and perhaps struggled with certain milestones.’

At 32 weeks pregnant, Mrs Harvey gave birth to the twins on 29 July, 2018, after 10 hours in labour and an emergency Caesarean section. 

Following doctors' concerns, the couple were asked if they wished to terminate the pregnancy - which they didn't think twice about saying no to

Following doctors' concerns, the couple were asked if they wished to terminate the pregnancy - which they didn't think twice about saying no to

Following doctors’ concerns, the couple were asked if they wished to terminate the pregnancy – which they didn’t think twice about saying no to

Ms Harvey said: 'We wouldn't really know the long term effects of the stroke until the baby grew and perhaps struggled with certain milestones'

Ms Harvey said: 'We wouldn't really know the long term effects of the stroke until the baby grew and perhaps struggled with certain milestones'

Ms Harvey said: ‘We wouldn’t really know the long term effects of the stroke until the baby grew and perhaps struggled with certain milestones’

The girls are now healthy eight-month-old babies, despite doctor's fears they could be brain damaged, but do need physiotherapy

The girls are now healthy eight-month-old babies, despite doctor's fears they could be brain damaged, but do need physiotherapy

The girls are now healthy eight-month-old babies, despite doctor’s fears they could be brain damaged, but do need physiotherapy

Matilda and Felicity then spent four weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit of Newcross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Mrs Harvey said: ‘It was lonely sitting next to their incubators all day not being able to help them – it is never how you imagined those first precious moments as a mummy.

‘We could only put our hands in the incubators to hold the girls hand for a very short time and we had to wait for their temperatures to stabilise before we could hold them.

‘Seeing them so tiny covered in wires and tubes, monitors and cannulas was hard to see.’

But eight months on, the girls are healthy and are developing well and don’t appear to have been left with any long term effects.  

Mrs Harvey said: ‘They are making great progress and the consultant is happy with their development so far; they’re having regular physio but so far all on track.

‘I’m so thankful to Professor Kilby and the amazing teams at Newcross and Birmingham Women’s Hospital.’

Mr Harvey added: ‘We felt so helpless throughout everything.

‘Being a family is the best thing in the world. I’m so grateful to the amazing team at New Cross and Birmingham Women’s Hospital.’

You can read more about the Harvey family’s story on Mrs Harvey’s blog.  

WHAT IS TWIN-TWIN TRANSFUSION SYNDROME?

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome is a rare but serious condition that can occur in identical pregnancies when twins share a placenta.

Abnormal blood vessel connections form in the placenta and prevent blood from flowing evenly between the babies.

One twin then becomes dehydrated, which affects its growth.

The other develops high blood pressure and produces too much urine.

This leads to an enlarged bladder and excessive amounts of amniotic fluid, which can put a strain on the twin’s heart, leading to heart failure.

Without treatment, TTTS can be fatal for both twins. 

The condition occurs in about around 15 per cent of identical twins who share a placenta, according to the charity Tamba. 

Around 300 twins die from the condition every year in the UK, while 6,000 babies are affected annually in the US.   

Draining excess amniotic fluid can help to improve blood flow.

If this is not enough, laser surgery is used to seal shut abnormal blood vessels and permanently disconnect them.

The surgeon then drains excess fluid.  

Even when treated successfully, most TTTS babies are born premature.

However, the majority go on to have long, healthy lives.

Source: Cincinnati Children’s hospital 

Two-Michelin-star chef Sat Bains reveals how to cook the perfect ragu


Do you panic when you’re cooking a ragu and the ingredients start sticking to the pan?

There’s no need to, says two-Michelin-star super-chef Sat Bains.

When MailOnline Travel had a chat with him at his Nottingham restaurant, he revealed the secret to cooking the perfect ragu – and said the ‘best bit’ is when the ingredients begin to stick.

'Remember – moisture is the enemy,' says Sat (pictured at his two-star Nottingham restaurant). 'It’s in mushrooms and shallots and veg… it’s all about eradicating the moisture to get the caramelisation, where the flavour is'

‘Remember – moisture is the enemy,’ says Sat (pictured at his two-star Nottingham restaurant). ‘It’s in mushrooms and shallots and veg… it’s all about eradicating the moisture to get the caramelisation, where the flavour is’

But before explaining why, he stressed that you need to allot a good dollop of time to preparing the classic Italian dish.

He said: ‘Making a proper ragu takes three or four hours. You can’t do it in 20 minutes.

‘The stages are layers, so when I make a Bolognese or a ragu, I caramelise the meat.

‘The enemy is water. Anything that’s got moisture in – that’s just no flavour.

‘So when we make a sauce, we extract moisture. You get your mince, you put it in a big pan, you sweat it off, it goes steamy, that’s all the moisture in the meat coming off, then it starts crisping, and that crisping means the fat is now being released and the water has gone.

Sat said: 'Making a proper ragu takes three or four hours. You can’t do it in 20 minutes'

Sat said: 'Making a proper ragu takes three or four hours. You can’t do it in 20 minutes'

Sat said: ‘Making a proper ragu takes three or four hours. You can’t do it in 20 minutes’

‘So you’ve got to listen to it.

‘Then it starts sticking to the bottom of the pan, which is the best bit. What’s sticking to the pan are all the tiny shards of meat.

‘Don’t catch it so it’s dark, it should be a toasty bronze colour. But don’t panic if there are dark bits.’

Next up, you add your veg – and you need to repeat the process, says Sat.

 Remember – moisture is the enemy

He continued: ‘You add your shallots, your mushrooms, your garlic, because that’s got moisture. Steam comes back. It de-glazes the pan. All the bottom is clean. And that starts sticking.

‘But you know you’ve extracted all the beautiful caramelisation back into the pan.

‘When they start going crackly and caramelising in the fat, you add your stock, your tomatoes and your herbs.

‘Then you simmer gently for three hours and you end up with this incredible deep-flavoured substance. You’ve layered it with caramelisation. And all the moisture is gone.

‘Remember – moisture is the enemy. It’s in mushrooms and shallots and veg… it’s all about eradicating the moisture to get the caramelisation, where the flavour is.

‘You’ll end up with a deep-flavoured ragu.’

Inside the restaurant that refuses to serve vegan food: From fried potato with caviar to duck-heart skewers, MailOnline tries the £120 tasting menu at two-Michelin-star Sat Bains (and stays the night)

By Ted Thornhill 

To say Restaurant Sat Bains is in an incongruous location is an understatement.

This Nottingham eaterie with rooms, named after the charismatic chef/patron, has a dazzling list of accolades – two Michelin stars, five AA rosettes, rated No1 restaurant in Britain in 2018 by TripAdvisor and named fourth in the 2019 Harden’s Top 100 Best UK Restaurants.

Yet it sits next to a dual carriageway flyover down a frankly dodgy-looking lane (we have to swerve around broken glass when we arrive) and underneath an electricity pylon.

Restaurant Sat Bains has a dazzling list of accolades – two Michelin stars, five AA rosettes, rated No1 restaurant in Britain in 2018 by TripAdvisor. Yet its surroundings are a tad drab

Restaurant Sat Bains has a dazzling list of accolades – two Michelin stars, five AA rosettes, rated No1 restaurant in Britain in 2018 by TripAdvisor. Yet its surroundings are a tad drab

Restaurant Sat Bains has a dazzling list of accolades – two Michelin stars, five AA rosettes, rated No1 restaurant in Britain in 2018 by TripAdvisor. Yet its surroundings are a tad drab 

However, once you pull into the gravel courtyard, the drab surroundings melt away as if Harry Potter-style sorcery is at work and you become lost in a mini realm of breathtakingly fine dining and world-class hospitality in exquisitely furnished renovated Victorian farm buildings nestled next to an urban garden. With beehives.

So yes, spoiler alert – it lives up to the hype.

Though vegans note this caveat – Great British Menu winner Mr Bains won’t cater for you as his business model is based around seven (£105) and 10-course (£120) non-vegan tasting menus. And that’s not something he’ll ever change, partly because he believes that serving vegan food in his restaurant would be ‘a rip-off’, that the cost of the ingredients would not be the same and he feels that it would be wrong to charge a vegan guest £120 on that basis.

Anyway, we arrive at 3pm to check-in – we’re staying the night – and our table isn’t until 7.30. However, we don’t have to wait until then for a demonstration of the kitchen team’s prowess because the receptionist gives us two ‘welcome’ homemade chocolate brownies – and they are utterly heavenly.

‘That’s proper chocolate for sure,’ proclaims my foodie French other half.

Ted enjoys a 10-course tasting menu that he describes as 'a roller coaster of highly technical culinary delights'. Pictured is the main restaurant

Ted enjoys a 10-course tasting menu that he describes as 'a roller coaster of highly technical culinary delights'. Pictured is the main restaurant

Ted enjoys a 10-course tasting menu that he describes as ‘a roller coaster of highly technical culinary delights’. Pictured is the main restaurant

SAT’S STUNNING CAREER 

Sat Bains has been at the forefront of the British food scene for 20 years.

In 1999, he won the prestigious Roux Scholarship and, in 2002, launched Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms. The following year, Restaurant Sat Bains became the first restaurant in Nottingham to be awarded a Michelin star.

Since then, Sat has gone on to receive the AA’s ultimate award of five rosettes, two Michelin stars and 9 out of 10 in the Good Food Guide. He has also been the recipient of two Catey Awards – Menu of the Year (in 2003) and the coveted Chef Award (in 2015).

In 2017, Sat was the only British chef to be named in the 100 Best Chefs of the World, a list produced by French magazine Le Chef and compiled from the votes of two and three-Michelin-starred chefs. He has been awarded four honorary degrees and remains committed to training young chefs and improving the working environments for them. His book – Too Many Chiefs, Only One Indian – has won nine international awards.

There are seven recently refurbished individually styled double en-suite rooms in total. We’re in Room Three, in a separate building from the main block.

And it’s rather super – spacious, and an impressive and thoughtful blend of modern, glamorous and luxurious, boutique-y elements in greys and whites, with furniture whittled from rich dark woods. And it’s all so clean I half wonder if we’re the first-ever guests.

There is a clawfoot bath; Aesop toiletries; a super-sized wall clock, a comfy L-shaped sofa; a vast, beautifully thick blanket to snuggle under and a smart TV with Netflix and Apple TV that extends out so you can watch it from the plush bed.

Ted stays in Room 3 at Sat Bains, pictured. It features a smart TV with Netflix and Apple TV that extends out so you can watch it from the plush bed. And it's 'an impressive and thoughtful blend of modern, glamorous and luxurious, boutique-y elements in greys and whites'

Ted stays in Room 3 at Sat Bains, pictured. It features a smart TV with Netflix and Apple TV that extends out so you can watch it from the plush bed. And it's 'an impressive and thoughtful blend of modern, glamorous and luxurious, boutique-y elements in greys and whites'

Ted stays in Room 3 at Sat Bains, pictured. It features a smart TV with Netflix and Apple TV that extends out so you can watch it from the plush bed. And it’s ‘an impressive and thoughtful blend of modern, glamorous and luxurious, boutique-y elements in greys and whites’

Pictured here is Room 3's stylish L-shaped sofa, the 'vast blanket' and the dressing area to the right

Pictured here is Room 3's stylish L-shaped sofa, the 'vast blanket' and the dressing area to the right

Pictured here is Room 3’s stylish L-shaped sofa, the ‘vast blanket’ and the dressing area to the right

A TASTY BMW

I drove to Sat Bains from London in a mouthwatering new BMW 1 Series  – an F40 118i (below, outside my room) with all the sporty and tech-y trimmings. 

It proved more than a match for the potholes outside the eaterie. And looks saucy to boot. So perfect for a foodie road trip.

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I also like the refreshments tray that contains jars of ground roasted coffee and a filter jug – Sat Bains is not an instant coffee kind of establishment – and the dimmable filament lights.

A gentle foray into the wines-by-the-glass list helps pass the time, with a prompt room service operation delivering a crisp Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner, from the Kamptal region in Austria (£11); a Philippe Alliet’ Chinon Tradition’ Cabernet Franc, from France’s Loire Valley (£10); a Weingut Moric Blaufrankisch from Burgenland in Austria (£11) and a velvety Masseria Li Veli Susumaniello, made in Puglia, Italy (£12).

All great, especially, the peppery Loire Valley offering.

At 6.30 we put our room’s dressing area to use and don our dining attire, then head to the bar for an aperitif and the main event – a 10-course tasting menu and paired wines.

After a lovely glass of Le Chapitre Champagne – the table next to us opt for sake, which impresses the restaurant manager – we’re shown into the restaurant for an experience that’s as much an event as it is a meal.

The bar, pictured, is where the Sat Bains dining experience starts. Here guests sit in beautifully upholstered chairs

The bar, pictured, is where the Sat Bains dining experience starts. Here guests sit in beautifully upholstered chairs

The bar, pictured, is where the Sat Bains dining experience starts. Here guests sit in beautifully upholstered chairs

Ted has 'a lovely glass of Le Chapitre Champagne' in the bar, pictured, for his aperitif. But there are plenty of options - including sake

Ted has 'a lovely glass of Le Chapitre Champagne' in the bar, pictured, for his aperitif. But there are plenty of options - including sake

Ted has ‘a lovely glass of Le Chapitre Champagne’ in the bar, pictured, for his aperitif. But there are plenty of options – including sake

Mr Bains takes your taste buds on a journey that incorporates the five tastes – salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami – and the menu has a key that denotes the flavours in each dish, many of which are made using ingredients from the onsite garden.

Mouthwatering science.

To highlight the differences and engage you with the concept the first course, simply called ‘Introduction’, comprises five exquisite savoury morsels that are pure examples of each taste – a samphire, bonito and seaweed fritter (salt); deep-fried onion textures in an onion consommé (sweet); balsamic ice cream on a sourdough cracker (sour); a tapioca cracker flavoured with seaweed, avocado and olive oil puree, green tea and seaweed salt (bitter), and a gougère with pumpkin puree, crunchy parmesan and a soya glaze (umami).

Pictured is an example of one of Sat's stunning dishes - black pudding of pigeon with shawarma spices, samosa, melon, feta, mint, yoghurt and barbecue sauce

Pictured is an example of one of Sat's stunning dishes - black pudding of pigeon with shawarma spices, samosa, melon, feta, mint, yoghurt and barbecue sauce

Pictured is an example of one of Sat’s stunning dishes – black pudding of pigeon with shawarma spices, samosa, melon, feta, mint, yoghurt and barbecue sauce

And at the end, for a dish called ‘Conclusion’, we’re given five dessert morsels that demonstrate the tastes once more, to book-end the experience – a salted caramel chocolate truffle (salt); a white chocolate and mandarin ice cream cone with pine gel and pine sugar (sweet); dehydrated pineapple with mint sherbet (sour); a ‘mushroom trifle’ made from mushroom and chocolate puree, candied mushrooms, mascarpone mousse, dried cep and cocoa powder (bitter) and miso-flavoured fudge with fresh lime zest (umami).

In between these is a roller coaster of other highly technical culinary delights.

Venison from deer culled at nearby Wollaton Hall with beets and truffle is a sensational flavour bomb; the partridge ragu comes with ‘tagliatelle of turnip’, a clever sleight of hand that sees the turnip cooked in such a way that you momentarily think it’s actually pasta and Goosnargh duck is presented as a ‘mixed grill’ – complete with a mini-kebab stick of meat.

One dining option is a seat in the kitchen (pictured) - where guests are served by the chefs and have the chance to chat to them as they cook

One dining option is a seat in the kitchen (pictured) - where guests are served by the chefs and have the chance to chat to them as they cook

One dining option is a seat in the kitchen (pictured) – where guests are served by the chefs and have the chance to chat to them as they cook

The menus appear on table lanterns so guests can follow their culinary adventure course by course

The menus appear on table lanterns so guests can follow their culinary adventure course by course

Pictured is the Sat Bains 'Nucleus', where guests can 'taste dishes being put through their paces before they make it to the main menu'

Pictured is the Sat Bains 'Nucleus', where guests can 'taste dishes being put through their paces before they make it to the main menu'

The menus appear on table lanterns so guests can follow their culinary adventure course by course, left. Pictured right is the Sat Bains ‘Nucleus’, where guests can ‘taste dishes being put through their paces before they make it to the main menu’

WHY SAT BAINS WON’T SERVE VEGAN FOOD 

Sat feels that serving a vegan menu in his restaurant would be a rip-off to his guests, because he charges £120 per head for the tasting menu and his business model is based on that.

He says that the menu would, of course, ‘be produced with the same love, care and research’ that all his food is created with, but the cost of the ingredients would not be the same and he feels that ‘it would be wrong to charge a vegan guest £120 on that basis’.  He has ‘a carefully structured business employing 48 people that’s open four days a week for dinner only’. The pricing structure of his menus ‘are pitched at a certain level with those running business costs and responsibilities in mind’. Hence his decision not to offer a vegan menu for the past 20 years. 

No part of the duck goes to waste, with the dish comprising wood-fired breast, sausage made from the minced neck, a rillette of the legs wrapped in potato and a brochette of the heart and liver served with a roasted mushroom and glazed in teriyaki. There’s also a black pudding made from the minced offal, plus mandarin segments, and dehydrated and roast tomato.

We also savour a mushroom quiche skillfully sliced and assembled to resemble a rose bud, a comforting steam-fried potato with Baeri prestige caviar, a scrumptious chocolate marquise, a delicate lattice of cinnamon-coated potato that resembles a waffle, with crème pâtissière, vanilla ice cream and blackcurrant jam – and pieces of bread that resemble muffins, accompanied by seriously delicious butter.

Every step of the way Sat uses temperature and flavour combinations and texture contrasts that wow and surprise.

The wines, meanwhile, are the perfect accompaniment – the standout bottles being a 2016 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir by Louis Michel & Fils from Burgundy; a 2017 Pictus VI by Painted Wolf Wines from South Africa and a 2014 Chryseia by Prats & Symington from the Douro region in Portugal.

Our sommelier describes them and explains how they complement the food with passionate expertise.

The Sat Bains urban garden, which produces around 40 per cent of the plants, salads and herbs used in the restaurant

The Sat Bains urban garden, which produces around 40 per cent of the plants, salads and herbs used in the restaurant

The Sat Bains urban garden, which produces around 40 per cent of the plants, salads and herbs used in the restaurant

In April 2019 Sat Bains installed two beehives in the garden, pictured. The honey the bees produce is 'quite citrus-y and light in colour'

In April 2019 Sat Bains installed two beehives in the garden, pictured. The honey the bees produce is 'quite citrus-y and light in colour'

In April 2019 Sat Bains installed two beehives in the garden, pictured. The honey the bees produce is ‘quite citrus-y and light in colour’

Ted concludes: 'Add my breathless hyperbole to the reams of praise Sat has deservedly received'

Ted concludes: 'Add my breathless hyperbole to the reams of praise Sat has deservedly received'

Ted concludes: ‘Add my breathless hyperbole to the reams of praise Sat has deservedly received’

TED’S 10-COURSE WINE-PAIRING 

Five tastes

NV Brut Classic Reserve, Hattingley, Hampshire, England – 70ml

Crab

2016 Verdejo Carravinas, Bodegas Felix Cachazo, Rueda, Spain – 70ml

Venison

2016 Grenache, Willunga 100, McLaren Vale, Australia – 70ml

Potato

2016 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, Louis Michel & Fils, Burgundy, France – 70ml

Partridge ragu

2017 Pinot Noir, Verum, Bodega Del Rio Elorza, Alto Valle Del Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina – 70ml

Quiche

2017 Pictus VI, Painted Wolf Wines, Coastal Region, South Africa – 70ml

Duck

2014 Chryseia, Prats & Symington, Douro Portugal – 125ml

Chocolate marquise

2010 Ice Cider, Domaine Leduc-Piedimonte, Quebec, Canada – 50ml

Potato waffle

2016 Torrontes Tardio, Familia Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina – 50ml

 

We even get a brief geology lesson, learning how 200million years ago the Burgundy region was underwater, with the salt left behind helping to give wines grown there a delicious minerality.

His colleagues are also top drawer, combining gentle banter with Savoy-level efficiency and politeness.

The furnishings? Refined, generally incorporating dark wood, and bespoke. I particularly admire the beautifully upholstered lounge chairs and the tables, which are covered in Wollaton Hall deer skins.

I also love the lamps on the tables that display the menu so that you can track your odyssey course by course.

One bonus of staying the night is that you get to experience the Sat Bains breakfast, which is served in one of the main dining rooms and is sensational in its own right.

In the morning we’re thrilled to see that the delicious butter has returned, this time accompanied by wonderful homemade jam and honey from the RSB hives.

As I tuck into a beautifully presented fully flavoursome full English and pour coffee from an enormous Le Creuset coffee pot, I ponder the Sat Bains experience.

Mr Bains, and his wife, Amanda, who oversees the rooms, have most certainly created something special.

Our room comes close to full marks and represents exceedingly good value (see the Travel Facts box for the prices).

Still, there is room for a soupçon of improvement.

I’d replace the cheap plastic loo seat (that doesn’t stay up) with wooden ones to match the beautiful wooden furniture elsewhere, and the plastic rain shower head with a stylish metal attachment to blend in with the rest of the industrial-retro-chic plumbing. A shower hose would be good, too (other rooms have them).

And if Michelin stars are ever distributed for ironing boards, the wonky-legged number we were given is in the running for minus two…

As for the restaurant… well, add my breathless hyperbole to the reams of praise Sat has deservedly received for it.

The whole operation is sheer class – thrilling, fascinating, run with military precision, verging on genius.

Will you notice that it’s a step up from a Michelin-star restaurant? Yes you will. Is it Britain’s best restaurant? It surely must be a contender.

Compliments to the chefs!   

TRAVEL FACTS 

Ted was hosted by Restaurant Sat Bains, which offers packages that include a room, tasting menu and breakfast from £185 per person. The seven-course tasting menu is £105 and the 10-course tasting menu is £120.  

Visit www.restaurantsatbains.com or call 0115 986 6566 for more information and visit www.instagram.com/satbains1/ for Sat’s Instagram profile.

Room 3 gets 4/5, the restaurant 5/5, and the overall experience… 

Rating:

Rating key: one star – poor; two stars – ok; three stars – good; four stars – very good; five stars – exceptional.

 

 

Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory?


Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from Wuhan wet fish market

  • Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology concludes that ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan’
  • It points to research on bats and respiratory diseases carried by the animals at  the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology
  • WCDC is just 300 yards from the seafood market and is adjacent to the hospital

Chinese scientists believe the deadly coronavirus may have started life in a research facility just 300 yards from the Wuhan fish market.

A new bombshell paper from the Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology says that the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WHCDC) could have spawned the contagion in Hubei province.

‘The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,’ penned by scholars Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao claims the WHCDC kept disease-ridden animals in laboratories, including 605 bats. 

It also mentions that bats – which are linked to coronavirus – once attacked a researcher and ‘blood of bat was on his skin.’

Workers in protective gear carry a bag containing a giant salamander that was reported to have escaped from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province in January

Workers in protective gear carry a bag containing a giant salamander that was reported to have escaped from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province in January

The report says: ‘Genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the Bat CoV ZC45 coronavirus originally found in Rhinolophus affinis (intermediate horseshoe bat).’ 

It describes how the only native bats are found around 600 miles away from the Wuhan seafood market and that the probability of bats flying from Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces was minimal.

In addition there is little to suggest the local populace eat the bats as evidenced by testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors. 

Instead the authors point to research being carried out withing a few hundred yards at the WHCDC.

One of the researchers at the WHCDC described quarantining himself for two weeks after a bat’s blood got on his skin, according to the report. That same man also quarantined himself after a bat urinated on him.

'The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital (Figure 1, bottom) where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic.' The report says.

'The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital (Figure 1, bottom) where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic.' The report says.

‘The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital (Figure 1, bottom) where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic.’ The report says.

And he also mentions discovering a live tick from a bat – parasites known for their ability to pass infections through a host animal’s blood.

‘The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital (Figure 1, bottom) where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic.’ The report says.

‘It is plausible that the virus leaked around and some of them contaminated the initial patients in this epidemic, though solid proofs are needed in future study.’

And as well as the WHCDC, the report suggests that the Wuhan Institute of Virology could also have leaked the virus, as has previously been reported by MailOnline.

‘This laboratory reported that the Chinese horseshoe bats were natural reservoirs for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) which caused the 2002-3 pandemic,’ the report says.

members of staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team drive their vehicle as they leave the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei on January 11

members of staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team drive their vehicle as they leave the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei on January 11

members of staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team drive their vehicle as they leave the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei on January 11

The seafood market after it was locked off by police at the beginning of January

The seafood market after it was locked off by police at the beginning of January

The seafood market after it was locked off by police at the beginning of January

‘The principle investigator participated in a project which generated a chimeric virus using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system, and reported the potential for human emergence 10. A direct speculation was that SARS-CoV or its derivative might leak from the laboratory.’

The report concludes that ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.’

It comes as the outbreak has infected more than 69,000 people globally, with 1,665 deaths in China – most of these in the central province of Hubei. 

Through the Keyhole is AXED by ITV


Through the Keyhole ‘is AXED by ITV’ just a week after network cancelled Take Me Out as bosses are keen to ‘focus on new ideas’

ITV is set to axe Through the Keyhole after six series according to insiders.

It comes after the channel cancelled their long-running dating show Take Me Out after 10 years on the air as they plan to move towards different formats, following the success of The Masked Singer.

A source told the Daily Star: ‘Since last year’s series, there have been discussions over the future of Through The Keyhole and now it’s been decided to ditch it.

Axed: ITV are set to axe Keith Lemon-hosted show Through the Keyhole after six series

Axed: ITV are set to axe Keith Lemon-hosted show Through the Keyhole after six series

‘The show lasted for a while – almost seven years. But ITV are keen to focus on other ideas. The Masked Singer has proved new formats can work.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment. 

The Keith Lemon hosted show saw a celebrity panel try to guess the owner of a home based on its contents as the comedian riffled through their belongings and gave cheeky clues about the stars. 

The Keith Lemon hosted show saw a celebrity panel try to guess the owner of a home based on its contents as the comedian riffled through their belongings and gave cheeky clues about the stars

The Keith Lemon hosted show saw a celebrity panel try to guess the owner of a home based on its contents as the comedian riffled through their belongings and gave cheeky clues about the stars

The Keith Lemon hosted show saw a celebrity panel try to guess the owner of a home based on its contents as the comedian riffled through their belongings and gave cheeky clues about the stars

It first ran from 1983 to 2008 and was rebooted with Lemon at in 2013, but was previously presented by Sir David Frost and Loyd Grossman 

The six series reboot saw Keith delve into the homes A-listers such as Mel B, Pamela Anderson and Gene Simmons as the audience at home tried to guess who the property belonged to. 

The most recent episode, which aired in February last year, saw eyebrows raised when eagle-eyed viewers spotted sex toys in Fatima Whitbread’s home. 

It comes after Take Me Out, the long-running show hosted by Paddy McGuinness has said its final farewell as bosses believed the programme had 'run its course' after airing for nine years

It comes after Take Me Out, the long-running show hosted by Paddy McGuinness has said its final farewell as bosses believed the programme had 'run its course' after airing for nine years

It comes after Take Me Out, the long-running show hosted by Paddy McGuinness has said its final farewell as bosses believed the programme had ‘run its course’ after airing for nine years

Initially the show pulled in five million viewers but that dwindled to just two million by the latest series.  

It comes after Take Me Out, the long-running show hosted by Paddy McGuinness has said its final farewell as bosses believed the programme had ‘run its course’ after airing for nine years.

An ITV spokesperson confirmed the news to The Sun, saying: ‘We’ve decided to say goodbye to Take Me Out.’

Axed: The long-running show hosted by Paddy McGuinness has said its final farewell as bosses believed the programme had 'run its course' after airing for nine years

Axed: The long-running show hosted by Paddy McGuinness has said its final farewell as bosses believed the programme had 'run its course' after airing for nine years

Axed: The long-running show hosted by Paddy McGuinness has said its final farewell as bosses believed the programme had ‘run its course’ after airing for nine years

A TV source said: ‘ITV and Paddy have done all the specials you can eke out of a dating show, so it’s been decided it’s time for it to go.’  

‘As with many shows, ratings have slid a bit in recent years. But it will go down as a big success — it’s had more weddings than Blind Date.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV for further comment on the show’s cancellation. 

Take Me Out sees a single man arrive on stage in a ‘love lift’ where he is greeted by a panel of 30 women. 

All the women have a ‘light’ on and the man has to try and convince as many of the ladies as possible to leave their lights on for him before he picks which girl he likes.

When the guy had found his match, the couple would then go on a date to the fictional location of the Isle of Fernando’s in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.  

While Take Me Out may be leaving the small screen, Paddy will be kept busy with co-hosting Top Gear.

End of an era: ITV's dating show Take Me Out has been axed after 11 series on ITV

End of an era: ITV's dating show Take Me Out has been axed after 11 series on ITV

End of an era: ITV’s dating show Take Me Out has been axed after 11 series on ITV

It was recently revealed the motoring show, which Paddy co-hosts with Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris, is moving to BBC One.

The BBC Two show’s possible move to the flagship channel emerged earlier this month, but was said not to have been finalised.

The show, originally resurrected with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, will air on BBC One with its 29th series later this year.

It follows in the footsteps of Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty, which have also moved to BBC One.