The Jeremy Kyle Show returns to air in new documentary series 2 years after axing
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In May 2019, The Jeremy Kyle Show was taken off air following the death of guest, Steve Dymond. Mr Dymond passed away seven days after he failed a lie detector on the ITV programme. Despite no plans to bring the show back, it has now been revealed that Channel 4 will air a new documentary exploring the impact the programme had on British culture and “the lives of those who appeared on it”.
The programme, which will be made by the makers of Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain, is yet to confirm when it will screen on television.
The documentary also promises to “tell the wider story of The Jeremy Kyle Show”.
Speaking about the film and what “important issues” it will raise, Channel 4’s senior commissioning editor of factual, Alisa Pomeroy, said: “These award-winning programme-makers will undoubtedly explore some incredibly important issues raised by the making of these type of programmes.
“The film will also seek to explain why they had such mass appeal and generated a huge amount of social comment, which still continues today.”
Executive producer for Channel 4, Graeme McAulay added: “We’re hoping this series will contribute to a greater public understanding of the impact and complexities involved in programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show and explore why it continues to divide opinion.”
Dame Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV, has previously said there are no plans for Kyle to return to the broadcaster.
In a statement given at the time, Mccall said: “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.”
“Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond,” she added.
ITV also released a statement in 2019 following Mr Dymond’s death which stated that they were “shocked and saddened” by the tragic news.
A spokesperson said: “ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.
“Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.”
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In February 2020, Kyle’s television return was confirmed by his representative, who took to Instagram and claimed the presenter “will have his say”.
Alongside a photo of the television host, his representatives posted a lengthy message where they admitted he had “battled a year of unimaginable consequences”.
In view of their 8,593 followers, Kyle’s PR rep Claire Powell wrote: “We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Kyle has now signed exclusively to The CAN Group.
“For 14 years, Jeremy Kyle dominated Daytime TV with his hugely successful eponymous talk show. He’s also proved a hit in prime time, fronting five successful series of his investigative current affairs brand, The Kyle Files…”
She concluded: “Jeremy’s runaway UK success was the catalyst for two syndicated US series as well as stints presenting two other ITV juggernauts, This Morning and Good Morning Britain.”
Following the post in 2020, there has been no update on Kyle’s return to television.
At the time there was plenty of speculation as to what programme would replace The Jeremy Kyle Show.
However, ITV decided to have a shake-up with their TV schedule and extended the times of their morning programmes to fill in the 9.25am gap including Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning.
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