What time is Jeremy Kyle: TV On Trial on Channel 4 tonight?
*Warning: the following paragraphs include references to suicide that some readers may find triggering*
Jeremy Kyle can’t seem to catch a break.
The presenter recently saw his ITV show – aptly titled ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’ – axed after a former guest, 62-year-old Steve Dymond, died following an appearance in an episode where he took a lie detector test.
Unfortunately, there is more bad news to come as Channel 4 is due to lift the lid on what really went on backstage, with a special called ‘Jeremy Kyle: TV on Trial’ due to air tonight (27 May).
As for what will be covered in the special, here’s what we know.
When and what time is Channel 4’s Jeremy Kyle: TV on Trial
The special will air tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.
What will be on the Jeremy Kyle special?
Dispatches reporter Morland Saunders will uncover numerous allegations including guests being encouraged by the production team to use drugs, as well as alcohol being provided to guests for ‘medicinal purposes’.
Furthermore, it will investigate a process referred to as ‘Talking Up’, which the production team used as a method to create conflict among guests.
It will also be explained how the infamous lie detector test is in fact, not 100% accurate.
Two former Jeremy Kyle guests – Stacey Talley and Dwayne Davidson – will appear on screen to talk about having suicide thoughts following their experience.
In addition, people who worked on the show will also reveal secrets, including claiming that guests were occasionally encouraged to take a detour trip on their way to the studio – to visit their drug dealer.
‘Researchers and APs and sometimes producers would smoke weed with guests in the hotels the day before to keep them happy,’ an anonymous producer told Saunders.
‘If guests were becoming flaky they’d appease them in any way they could.
Another producer explained the ‘Talking Up’ method and how it was used to get guests to argue.
‘All the new staff that were on the show got taken to a big meeting, and we were taught, about this process that they used on the show called ‘Talking Up’ which I’d not come across before, essentially ‘cause the show is about conflict resolution, you need the people that come on the show to be in conflict when you get on… when they’re on the show,’ one producer, who worked in the show in 2005, explained.
An ITV spokesperson has denied all the allegations and outlined the show’s duty of care and its aftercare processes.
‘ITV has many years of experience broadcasting and creating programmes featuring members of the public, and each of our productions has duty of care measures in place for contributors. All of our processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose in an ever-changing landscape,’ they said.
‘In the case of the Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme had significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors built up over 14 years, and there have been numerous positive outcomes from this series, where people have resolved long-standing personal problems.
‘Guests were supported by our guest welfare team prior to filming, throughout filming and after filming. Should they require ongoing help then appropriate solutions were found for them. This could include residential rehabilitation, counselling, anger management, family mediation, child access mediation or couples counselling.’
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